Metallic silhouette shooting is one of the only shooting disciplines in which the target reacts to a hit, adding to the enjoyment of the sport. To think it all started with a handful of bored Mexican bandidos… (read more)
Metallic silhouette shooting is run in the Western Cape under the auspices of WPMSSA (Western Province Metallic Silhouette Shooting Association), and there are several clubs where the sport can be practiced on a regular basis. Apart from inter-club league shoots, WPMSSA also hosts the WPMSSA Championships and the WP Classic on an annual basis.
Metallic silhouette shooting as a sport, has a rich and interesting history. Initially live farm animals were used as targets, but since around 1948 the targets have been metal silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams, that are set at various distances.
The objective is to knock a target off its stand with a single shot.
Firearms are categorized into five broad categories:
- Big bore rifle (center fire)
- Small bore rifle (.22 rimfire)
- Big bore handgun (center fire)
- Small bore handgun (.22 rimfire)
- Field pistol.
Within each firearm category, there are various events, e.g. standing, unlimited (freestyle), revolvers only, etc
A typical event under IMSSU rules consists of 40 shots, 10 shots at each target type.
Small bore handgun (Unlimited event)
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