A few shooters braved the weather and turned out for the monthly .22 Rimfire Rifle Silhouette shoot on February 18. The newly installed wood stove in the lower range ‘dining hall’ served us well.
Targets for the .22 rimfire rifle silhouette match consist of metal chickens set at 25 yards, pigs set at 50 yards, turkeys set at 75 yards and rams set at 100 yards. These distances are approximate. The targets are both 1/5 and 3/8 scale duplicates of their full-size high power rifle target counterparts. All shooting is done off-hand and each shooter fires one round at each of the ten animals. The bottom row of animals first and then the top row. The shooter then moves to their next shooting position and shoots ten more until they have fired ten rounds at each of the four shooting positions for a total of forty rounds fired. The course of fire is then repeated after a break, for a total of eighty rounds.
Results for this match were:
1st Place Greg Plass
2nd Place Dean Backer
3rd Place Neil Dozler
In an attempt to make the match a little less changeling, because the targets are very small; I mixed rifle and pistol targets. The pistol targets are larger and hopefully easier to hit. From the comments I received, I believe this mix of targets was well received and we will do the same this month.
I appreciate all those who attended and I hope to see you at the next match on March 18, at 9:00 am We can always use help setting up and taking down the targets; so if you show up early and or stay late it will make the day go faster. Thanks to everyone who participated and a big welcome to anyone that wishes to try silhouette shooting for the first time. I think this is a sport that is both economical and fun, due to the low price of .22 ammo and the fact that you only have to shoot 80 rounds. Any .22 rifle will work, and the aid of good optics is always a plus. If you have questions about equipment or ammo please ask one of the veterans, we are always eager to help. Silhouette shooting is probably the best practice you can get for hunting, and it’s fun to hear the ‘clank’ of a critter before to falls over.
Greg Plass, Match Director