DISCONTINUED: NRA Smallbore Silhouette Tournaments

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DISCONTINUED: NRA Smallbore Silhouette Tournaments

Postby Sporty » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:08 pm

Thank you for your interest in Polk County Gun Club's Smallbore Metallic Silhouette shooting. The club is sponsoring NRA sanctioned, Approved Tournaments, from April to October, on the 4th Sunday. Match information specifics are below.

Smallbore silhouette is a fun, arcade-like, rifle marksmanship game using your faithful old .22 rifle or purpose built silhouette standard rifle in .22 LR. It is easy to learn and can take a lifetime to perfect. This page will be dedicated to information, technique, rules, equipment, and ammo use in smallbore silhouette competition, as they relate to the Polk County Gun Club.

Smallbore silhouette is a scaled down version of the original game that originated in Mexico as Siluetas Metalicas or metallic silhouettes, that used high power sporting rifles at much larger steel targets in the shape of chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams, at ranges out to 500 yards or more. Smallbore silhouettes uses steel targets 1/5 the size of the high power at 1/5 the distance for each set. The course of fire is 40 shots at 40 animals. Ten chickens at 40m, ten pigs at 60m, ten turkeys at 77m, and ten rams at 100m.

The matches are fired in the off-hand position, meaning that no benches, bags or sticks are used to steady the aim. It is just you, and your rifle in the standing position.

Each set of ten targets is separated into two groups of 5 targets. At the command to fire, the shooters will be allowed 2 1/2 minutes to fire five shots, then a short break of 2 minutes to reload and or make adjustments before the second 2 1/2 minutes of firing to complete the bank of animals. Shooting once per target left to right, in order, is the requirement. Any shot made out of sequence is scored as a miss for the intended target.

Competitors of another relay have the responsibility of scoring. Coaching and spotting with spotting scopes may be used.

After the command "Cease Fire", all rifles will be made safe by unloading any saved rounds, inserting an open bolt indicator, and place them in the rifle racks behind the firing line.

When the line is determined to be safe by the match director, all shooters will then proceed to walk to their targets to reset and paint, for the next relay. This process is repeated until all shooters have completed the 40 shot course of fire.

In the event of a tie within a particular class, or for the overall winner, a sudden death shoot-off will determine the winner. The target will be chosen by class and the competitors shoot until all but one misses. Class B will shoot at pigs; Class A will shoot at chickens; Class AA will shoot at rams, Classes AAA, Master, and Match Winner will shoot at turkeys. Shoot-offs are very exciting to watch and even more exciting to participate in.

Some of you may think that 100 meters is an awfully long way to shoot a .22LR. let me tell you, that is not true! Any .22 rifle in good working order is capable of a perfect score of 40/40 if the shooter can do it. The beauty of silhouettes is that almost everyone has everything they need to get started. Iron sites are fine but most use scopes with repeatable adjustments to establish "zeros" for each animal's distance. There will be two matches on match day. One for the Hunting rifle and another for what the rules call "Standard rifle". The Hunting rifle class is restricted to what most of us call "sporters". They range from the very inexpensive, and common Marlin bolt-action repeater, to high-end collectibles like the Winchester 52 repeating sporters. The hunting rifle cannot weigh more than 8 1/2 lbs, (including sights), and have a tapered barrel. It must have a hunting style stock without adjustments, or added features, with a trigger pull of not less than 2lb. Thumbhole stocks are not allowed in this category. Other rifles in this category include: Ruger 77/22, Ruger 10/22, Clip fed Marlin, and Savage bolt actions, and tube fed lever actions, or tube, or magazine fed semi autos that are very common. Basically the .22 you have had for ages that is gathering dust, while the squirrels eat your pecans, bird feed, or the wires bringing electricity to your home.

The Standard rifle category allows the use of more specialized target competition rigs with fewer limitations. They may weigh up to 10 lb. 2 ounces including sights, with "bull" barrels up to 30". Any trigger not subject to accidental discharge may be used; But "release" triggers or automatic triggers are prohibited. The stocks are usually specifically designed to conform with current rules, and can be wood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar, or laminates. Attachments that do not place the rifle overweight, or extend past the length of the barrel are allowed. Any rifle used in the Hunting rifle match can also be use in the Standard rifle match.

As stated before, any sight may be used as long as your rifle still conforms to the rules. But most sporters that have not been scoped will probably have the old tried and true leaf rear sight that limits your elevation and windage adjustment. Most will try to establish a zero for the closest target and "hold over" for the rest. This may be fine for a skirmish against a rising hoard of belligerent soda cans where time is not a factor and ammo is plentiful, but for silhouettes, it is a major disadvantage.

The obvious upgrade to your sporter is a decent scope. By decent I mean a scope that can reliably focus, adjust, and repeat for each of the known distances required. It should be rugged, and capable of doing this for every match. Most optics chosen for 22 rifle duty are usually not suitable for silhouettes because they lack the features of adjustable objective lens (Focus), target knobs, and have low magnification. When choosing a scope for your favorite 22, think of it as buying a nice scope. Don't let the fact that it's going on your 22 limit you to only the cheapest optics. With that being said, I wouldn't suggest that you plop down $600 bucks on a Leupold silhouette scope if you are new to all of this. There are reasonably priced optics with the afore mentioned features that can be had for much less. Give some a try. Scopes with great reputations among SB silhouette shooters include: Nikon, Bushnell 4200, and 3200, Burris, Leupold, Weaver, and Sightron.

Smallbore shooters today have the widest array of choices available for ammo in history . Today we have subsonic, standard, and hyper velocity ammo, by more manufacturers than you can shake a stick at. But for our silhouette matches we will only use .22 cal long rifle standard velocity ammunition. ****You may not use .22 high velocity, 17M2, 17HRM, or any other 17 rim-fire ammo****. The velocity of these bullets are so high that damage to the targets and risk of ricochet prohibit their use.

First place award pins will be based on classification. Second place pins will be awarded if we have 6 or more competitors in a class. You will be awarded a pin for shooting all 5 in the top or bottom bank and for shooting all 10 animals on both upper and lower banks. There's no carry over from the top to bottom bank for a 5 pin.

If we have at least 10 shooters, there will be a special prize for each match based on a drawing. For example, if you scored a hit on yellow chicken #7 and that was drawn from the pot, you win a prize.

Match Information
Match dates: The fourth Sunday from April to October.

Match fees are $7.50 per match, $5 per match for juniors and seniors + a once per year NRA scorebook fee of $13. All matches are open to the public.
Practice and zeroing 12:00 pm. Matches begin at 1:30 pm with smallbore standard rifle and smallbore hunting rifle following the completion of the first match.

Registration on match day will begin at 11:30 am. However, no shooting will be allowed before noon. Registration for the following Hunter match will continue up to its match start.

The club has 20 positions, 5 of each animal. If we have more than 20 competitors then we'll form another relay. The match director may attempt to balance the relays in an effort to assign scorers for each competitor.

If there is only one competitor in any particular class, the match director will inform the shooter that they will be competing against members of the next higher class.

All NRA small bore silhouette rules apply, as with all safety rules of PCGC, and commands from match director. NRA rulebooks are available from http://competitions.nra.org/documents/p ... r-book.pdf.

For more info and forum discussions pertaining to silhouette competition go to http://www.steelchickens.com. This is a great resource for online discussion with very knowledgeable and friendly members.

So dust off that squirrel slayer. Put it to good use in fun, exciting, and very challenging SmallBore silhouette matches. Come out and give it try. Once you hear that "clang" of a well aimed round and see that target disappear, you just might get bit. I sincerely hope you do.

Match Director: Charlie Meli, sporty.charlie@gmail.com.

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Re: NRA Smallbore Silhouette Tournaments

Postby Sporty » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:39 pm

The following details are designed to help first-time competitors.

There's a 1.5 hour practice session before the match starting time of 1:30 PM. Competitors zero their rifles with a bench rest during practice. It's highly recommended as wind and temperature conditions change from match to match.

Ammunition is 22LR Standard Velocity (1050-1070 fps) High velocity isn't allowed as it could break the targets.

The Standard Silhouette tournament and the following Hunter Rifle are $7.50 each plus a one-time $13 purchase of a 2016 NRA score book, if needed. $5.00 for each match for juniors and seniors. Bring that score book to every tournament.

Safety is top priority. You should follow the rules specified below. There will be a safety briefing before the match starts.

Your rifle should be in a case when you move it from your vehicle to a bench at the firing line for practice.

If the range is cold and there are people downrange you cannot handle any rifle. The only time you can handle and remove your rifle from the case is when the range is hot.

Ensure the muzzle is pointing downfield when you open the case to remove the rifle. An empty chamber indicator should be inserted. An empty chamber indicator is mandatory when a rifle isn't ready to fire.

When you move the rifle to and from the bench the muzzle is pointing up with an empty chamber indicator inserted. Again, if the range is cold you cannot handle any rifle.

For the match, the match director will call the relay to bring the rifles to the line. You place the unloaded rifle, with the empty chamber indicator inserted, on the table at your starting position that you had signed up for.

The match director will ask if anyone needs more time.

The next time you can touch the rifle is when the match director gives the "ready" command. You will hear, "For the top bank of five animals...ready!".
You now have 15 seconds to load five rounds and aim at the first animal on the left.

Your finger is off the trigger at all times until you hear the command, "fire". Then you make one shot per animal, from left to right. So long as the "cease fire" and ground your rifles commands haven't been ordered, you can make sight adjustments, if needed.

After 2.5 minutes the "cease fire" command is given. Any unfired rounds are removed from the rifle and the rifle is placed back on the table, you step back, and scores are recorded.

At this time a competitor has a chance to ask the match director for an alibi in case there was a rifle or ammunition malfunction during the 2.5 minutes firing time.

If there are no alibis the match director will call the relay to the line. Then, "For the bottom bank of five animals...ready!". You load five more rounds and repeat the sequence as above. So long as the "cease fire" command hasn't been ordered you can make sight adjustments for the next bank of animals.

After 2.5 minutes you cease fire, unload any unfired rounds, insert the empty chamber indicator, scores are recorded, and your rifle is placed back in the rack behind the firing line.

The rifle isn't handled while it's in the rack. That includes making sight adjustments that you may have forgotten to do for the next bank of animals.

Once all the rifles are in the racks the match director will declare the range cold. You can go downrange to set your animals back on the stands and spray paint the impact marks.

If there are no other relays then you wait for the match director to call you back to the line for the next bank of animals.

I'm sure you'll have fun. It's like a shooting arcade. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

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