Dedicated shooters braved the relentless rain to shoot the monthly .22 Rimfire Rifle Silhouette shoot on March 18. Despite the steady rain we shot and had a good time, and warmed up in the cook shack between relays.
Targets for the .22 rimfire rifle silhouette match consist of metal chickens set at 40 yards, pigs set at 60 yards, turkeys set at 77 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 Manny Carter
A special shout out to Jim Garges, one shooter (Jim) indicated he hit all the targets but only shot one relay. Nice shooting Jim!
In an attempt to make the match a little less changeling, because the standard rifle targets are very small; I mixed rifle and pistol targets. The pistol targets are larger and hopefully easier to hit.
I appreciate all those who attended and I hope to see you at the next match on April 15, at 9:30 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