Nra Small Bore Silhouette Shooting usa.
Did anybody catch Shooting USA this week on OLN? They had the Nra National Small Bore Silhouette championships fimed in nearby Ridgway, Pa. Pretty fun sport. Occasionally I shoot the small bore lever action open site class at our Gun club in Bradford, it's basically the same but you are shooting lever action open sites. I really suck at it I might add, but it is fun. Hopefully Im Planning on taking the guys that make it up here for the get together up to 0ur club and let them try it! It's harder than it looks!
The sport is metallic silhouette, reduced in size and distances to match the power of the .22 rimfire cartridge. Competitors shoot rifles, off-hand, to drop chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams set at distances from 40 to 100 meters. It’s small caliber competition, but no small challenge to win the national titles. Championship Series coverage of the best NRA silhouette rifle marksmen.
You could call it an organized form of plinking, like shooting pop cans with your 22 rifle. But the targets in NRA smallbore silhouette aren’t pop cans, although they’re not much larger. And the distances to the targets are formidable, more than the length of a football field in the case of the Rams standing on their rail at 110 yards. That’s the challenge that has brought the best shooters in the game to the small town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, to shoot for the national titles.
There are two championships in smallbore silhouette—Hunting Rifle, with rules to limit the competitors to an essentially unmodified production 22 rifle and Standard Rifle with barrel weights hanging on barrel extensions, to help slow muzzle movement, plus lightweight, high-comb stocks. Both classes of competition use extreme power scopes, usually 36 to 40 power magnification.
Unlike most other shooting sports, in Silhouette there is no separate title for women. And it’s understood that women have an advantage in standing and shooting off-hand. That’s one of the reasons smallbore silhouette has become a family event with wives, sons and daughters enjoying the instant satisfaction of knocking down Chickens, Pigs, Turkeys and Rams.
Plus Tom Knapp is pumping up for his appearance with his