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knock down. If you hit a silhouette and it doesn’t fall, you get zilch. Over the years, silhouette has morphed into a number of different disciplines: High Power Rifle, Hunter Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Black Powder Cartridge Rifle, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Hunter’s Pistol and Cowboy Lever Action Rifle are the basic disciplines. Cowboy Lever Action is broken into three sub-categories to include Smallbore Cowboy Rifle, Pistol Cartridge Cowboy Lever Action and regular Cowboy Lever Action. Black Powder Cartridge A typical Silhouette Rifle also has a ‘Scope’ class. scorecard lists Hunter’s Pistol is broken into 10 shots for each of four four sub-categories. Further, targets, for there are different classes for a total score shooters within every discipline. of 40. As a result, virtually anyone who wants to shoot sihouette can probably find a level and discipline of competition that suits them just fine. Despite the differences in powerplants, everyone shoots 10 each of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams. What changes with the different disciplines is distance to the target and

the size of the target. For example, with air pistol silhouette, chickens are shot at just 10 yards and they are only 11⁄8 inch high. At the other end of the spectrum, high power rifle and black powder cartridge rifle are shooting 26½ inch x 32 inch rams at 500 meters. Distances, by discipline, are: Air Rifle—20, 30, 36 and 40 yards; Smallbore— 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters; and Highpower—200, 300, 385 and 500 meters. Considering all the disciplines together, silhouette shooters represent one of the largest groups of competitive shooters within the NRA. Each discipline has its devotees as shown in the following interviews: Mark Pharr (Round Rock, TX) loves shooting highpower rifle because of “the feel of the recoil as the rifle is coming back and watching 60 pounds of steel mass (the ram) falling over slowly.” But he also loves smallbore sihouette because it’s very family oriented and open to women and children. Bill Motl (Porter, TX) has shot smallbore and high power and holds many records in air rifle. He says that “air rifle is, in my opinion, pure shooting. You don’t have recoil or noise, and you don’t have to wear ear plugs.” He notes, though, that you’ll find more people at a smallbore match than an air rifle or high power. “Still,” he says, “in high power, it’s a thrill to watch targets go down at 500 meters. The rams fall slowly, usually 2 to 3 seconds after you pull the trigger.” Cathy Winstead-Severin (Joplin, MO) shoots mainly rimfire (smallbore) silhouette. “I like the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of recoil. You can converse with other shooters behind the line. It’s great for the kids in that sense, and you don’t have to worry about reloading.” She adds, “It’s still hard. You don’t go out and shoot a 40 all the time. You have to read the wind and the mirage, so it’s always a challenge.” Eric Boos (Little Rock, WA) likes big bore hunting rifle silhouette. “It’s the real deal,” he says. “Five hundred meters offhand is very challenging. The average shooter would assume you are lying, so I don’t talk about it much. When you’re doing it, it’s mentally very fatiguing.” Boos is also a fan of smallbore. “It’s good practice for high power. It’s the same format. You have to develop your position and get into the mental part of the game.” Hugh Wilson (Trinidad, CO) has shot many silhouette disciplines and has settled on black powder cartridge rifle. He likes the novelty of shooting the old style guns similar to the one that Tom Selleck shot in the movie Quigley Down Under. In black powder cartridge
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - November 2010

Shooting Sports USA - November 2010
Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Contents
Shooter’s News
NRA Online Registration Process Goes Live
Range Bag
Book Review
Score Sheet
3-Position By The Numbers, Part 1
Silhouette Target Shooting
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Contents
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - NRA Online Registration Process Goes Live
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Range Bag
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Book Review
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Score Sheet
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - 3-Position By The Numbers, Part 1
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Silhouette Target Shooting
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - November 2010 - Coming Events
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