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High Power Rifle Metallic Silhouette


Match Director
Roger Estes
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New guns added to high power silhouette matches - 2018

Please follow the link below to see the new rifles added to the high power silhouette matches this year. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to note me or call.

New rifles added - 2018


War Rifle Match, 12/9/17

The War Rifle Match was one heckuva day! Only the bravest came to this one! The snow was predicted and came; all the day. Temperature was a balmy 33 degrees when the match began and around 28 the rest of the day. There is nothing like being cold and not being able to get enough warmth in your body to not be cold for a few minutes. Some sat in a warm car for a few minutes but found that wasn’t useful because they had to get back out on the line to shoot again before heat returned. So we all were cold all the day.

The Hero of the day was Victor Bolster, our all the day target setter, who managed to do the job all the day. We all sincerely thank you, Victor, and look forward to your return in 2018!

The Shooter of the day was James Tucker, who, after Eighty-Two dollars were deposited into the pot for egg shooting, managed to smash that egg at 200 yards, in the pouring down snow, on the eighty third dollar. Congratulations James. GREAT SHOT!

Even with the snow, and the cold, generally speaking, at least for the first couple hours, we had fun. After that, we were a group of dedicated rifle shooters, hoping to finish quickly so we could be warm.

Ya shoulda been there if you weren’t. It was a fine day, to find out just how good your focus is when things are not going well.

This is the last silhouette shoot of 2017. Stay tuned for matches beginning in March 2018.


War Rifle Match
DATE: 12/9/17
Legend : W=Woman, O=Optic
S/H Class
Joe Iacabucci
Lesley Ivanjack
W, O
High Optic
James Tucker
Hartwell Stoneham
Roger Estes
Match Winner
Walt Ivanjack



July 2nd, 2017 - It was a great day to shoot a high power silhouette match. But then, what day isn't a great day to shoot? Hazy, hot and humid; standard weather for Northern Virginia. That was this day as well. About 90 degrees, Serious humidity.

At first, in the first part of the day, the temperature dropped some to, in the 80's and we were all heartened that it wasn't going to be the way the weather predicted. Uh-oh, not to be. By 11, we were in the 90's with the high humidity. Good grief.

One good thing; there was no wind to speak of. Of course, in the Lea Range (I call it the hole), wind has a difficult time getting in.

Winner of both Standard and Hunting Rifle catagories was Dick Floyd with a 27 and 25, respectively. Dick had just came back from Cavaliar Rifle Club at Richmond the day before, winning Standard rifle there, on a regulation distance range with a 22 x 40, (This guy is a shooting machine).

Winner of the AR category was Walt Ivanjack, with an 11, beating out Hartwell by just 1 animal. Walt is coming into his own this year. There will be more good scores and wins this year for him.
Come'on out and shoot with us. Bring your deer rifle, or your AR (223 caliber only), or your semi-auto, as issued military rifle (no scopes on these). We have a good time. We have had a very good target setter the last couple months and hopefully he will continue. The match takes about 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the number of relays. The match will cost you 15 bucks and 40 rounds of ammo. No belted magnums, and no penetrator ammo.

Download the results here.

Practice at 9, match at 10. First Sunday of every month - March thru October. Hope to see you there.
Questions: Roger Estes, match director, rce497@comcast.net


May 7, 2017 was a very fine day for a high power rifle silhouette match.  Lots of other shooters thought this as well.  We had 8 shooters in 3 different categories of rifles; Standard, Hunting & AR, respectively.  We were fortunate to have two new shooters to our match, and we had a target setter.  A great day.

The day, for May, was downright cold at times.  Around 50 degrees most of the day.  Bad enough to have cold weather in May, we also had wind at times, sometimes blowing upwards of 20 mph.  But still, we had good scores:  Dick Floyd won standard rifle with a 29 x 40.  Dick also won Hunting Rifle with a 19x40.   Hartwell Stoneham took the AR category with a 21 x 40.

I'd say a good time was had by all in general.  

Our next High Power Silhouette match is June 4.  Practice begins at 9a.m., match at 10.  We expect to be complete by 2p.m.  Bring your deer gun out and try the game out.  If you can hit any of these animals at 200 yards, in standing position, have no fear, you can hit any deer any time.  We allow any semi-auto war rifle using any sights.  Also allowed is AR-15 rifles, in caliber 223 only.  Then we also have standard and hunting rifle categories for our regular high power silhouette rifle match.  We have 40 shots for record.  Hope to see you there.  Any questions - Roger Estes @ rce497@ Comcast.net.

Download the results here


February 25th, 2017 - High power rifle silhouette matches begin on the first Sunday in March. 3/5/17 is the date.  We will continue these matches on the first Sunday of each month.  The match will go on, rain or shine or snow or cold.  

This year, to include more types of rifles to shoot in the high power silhouette monthly matches; we're going to try allowing semi-auto military rifles in these matches.The NRA Rifle Silhouette rule book shows that the times as well as the target sizes are the same as the regular high power rifle silhouette rules. The military rifle rule is rule 3.1.2 in the NRA Rifle Silhouette rule book.

There will is no requirement to purchase a score record book to use a military rifle. However, if the shooter wants to purchase a book for his other high power or smallbore competitions, and he or she uses a military rifle, then those scores will be entered into the score record book. That way, if the shooter attends other matches, a classification will already be established so the shooter will be able to shoot in a class, rather than unclassified and in Master class.

Military Rifle will be a category, for awards purposes. Just like AR rifle, which will continue to be shot in our matches. Awards will be the same as the rest. If enough shooters participate in any category, a winner of the category will be awarded. I think 3 shooters per category should be enough for an award.

Fees: With Military Rifle, we could have a total of four categories: High Power Standard Rifle, High Power Hunting Rifle, AR-15 rifle, and Semi-Auto Military Rifle. Fees will be as follows: 1 rifle - $15. 2 rifles - $25. 3 rifles - $35. 4 rifles - $40.

In a row pins - In high power rifle, we do not have correct yardage for any pins of 5 or 10 in row pins other than chickens. However, this year, we will include AR's for in-a row chickens as well as Military rifles and of course the other high power rifles already allowed.  The AR's and military rifles will both get the same color as high power rifle.  Or, if high power color runs out, then smallbore color will be used, depending on availability.  

Any questions, suggestions or comments please email match director Roger Estes @ rce497@comcast.net



About Highpower Metallic Silhouette:

The sport originated in Mexico. It began with the use of various live animals at various distances, to metallic cut-outs at specific distances. 

It is believed to have begun around 1914 by the followers of Pancho Villa. There was a dispute between two men and the squad leader Juan Martinez had the idea of them shooting at long range at a steer that had been taken for food. The each would shoot alternately and the first to kill his steer would be the winner. That contest was enjoyed and began to be repeated with other animals at other distances. After the Mexican Revolution the contests continued throughout different regions of Mexico. 

After the conclusion of World War II, the thought that it was too inhumane to use live animals in such a sport caught on. This was the birth of the name "Silhuetas Metallicas" and its first match in 1948 held in Mexico City using the metal silhouettes of the animals and not live animals. Don Gongalo Qguilar organized that first match and in 1952 was the person behind the organization of the "Silhuetas Metallicas Nacionales" in Mexico City, or the Mexico National Championship of Metallic Silhouette. The targets there were "Gallinas" (Chickens) at 200 meters, "Gualotes" (Turkeys) at 385 meters and "Borregos" (Sheep) at 500 meters. Later, in the mid 1960's the "Javelina" (Pig) at 300 meters was added. 

Eventually around 1960 the Northern League or "La Liga Del Norte" of Mexico started to draw some attention of the people living in the Southwestern United States. They started crossing the border to compete. There were some competitions being held in Southern Arizona but in April 1968 the first formal Metallic Silhouette competition in the United States was held at the Tucson Rifle Club.

In November 1972 the NRA sponsored its first Rifle Silhouette Championships and officially recognized it as a shooting discipline. 

Today Metallic Silhouette is an international sport with several categories of competition. It is governed by the International Metallic Silhouette Shooting Union (IMSSU). Eighteen countries are members of the IMSSU they are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.

This is how each bank of five targets are done............ 

You rifle begins unloaded in a "Benched" position, you cannot be holding it or touching it in any way. You can have no more ammunition with you than is needed in your relay, or 5 rounds maximum per pre-loaded clip if it is clip fed. If you are shooting 10 rounds in each relay, you have a maximum of 10 rounds with you, or a maximum of two clips with 5 rounds in each clip.

"READY" command is given, You then can load your rifle with your first bullet or snap in your clip and you can adjust your scope. YOU CANNOT SHOOT YET!

15 seconds later the "FIRE" command is given. You then have a total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds to shoot one shot at each target. After the 2 minutes and 30 seconds the command "CEASE FIRE" is given. 

While firing, you must shoot only one shot at each target and in the correct order from left to right. Any shot done incorrectly is counted as a miss even if a target is knocked down. If you miss a target, you move to the next target. If you accidentally discharge your rifle, if for any reason a round is discharged, it is counted as a shot and you move to the next target. If you nick a target and move it, it is not a hit unless it is moved off the pedestal. If it is a two footed animal, Pig or Ram, if one foot moves "completely" off the pedestal, it is a hit. If the bullet ricochets, spins, tumbles, does a back flip and then the intended target is hit and knocked down, it is a hit. If you have a miss-fire shell, one that fails to discharge, or your gun malfunctions, you declare an "Alibi" for that shot, and any other occurring during that bank of 5 targets, fired as described below, immediately following the "CEASE FIRE" for that bank of 5 targets, you are allowed this privilege only once in a match. Also, if your gun malfunctioned, you may replace it for the remainder of that match, or repair it if it will not delay the match, and use an "Alibi" for each shot in that bank in which it malfunctioned.

ALIBI: You will be allowed the 15 seconds after the command of "READY" to prepare your rifle and 30 seconds to fire after the "FIRE" or command. 

NOTE: During a relay, a minimum of 30 seconds will be allowed between the command "CEASE FIRE" of the First set of 5 and the command of "READY" for your next set of 5 in that relay. After each relay is complete there is usually a few minutes delay for targets to be reset. 

Shoot-offs for ties: You will be allowed the 15 seconds after the command of "Ready" to prepare your rifle and 30 seconds to fire after the "Fire" command. This will repeat until the tie is broken. 

Center fire rifles must have a minimum caliber of .243 (6mm). The ultimate choice of caliber comes down to a trade-off between the rifle's felt recoil and the ability of the bullet to retain sufficient energy to topple the targets

MORE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS................ Here are some more technical descriptions from the rulebook that describe equipment and clothing. 

Spotting Scope -The use by the coach of a telescope or other optical device to spot shots is permitted. 

Clothing -Commercial type trap and skeet vests (sleeveless ) and shotgun shooting shirts are permitted as well as clothing normally suitable for existing climatic temperatures. Shooting coats, unnecessarily heavy clothing, or anything on the person that would provide artificial support such as clothing having excess padding or stiffening material or which restricts or supports the body in the shooting position may not be worn. Any dispute regarding clothing will be submitted to the Jury for decision. 

Sleeveless leather, vinyl, heavy fabric or multiple layered vests that may be considered or construed to be unnecessarily heavy or to provide artificial support are permitted if they can be closed over a gauge made from 4 inch thin wall PVC pipe, not less than 30 inches in length, passed through the entire length of the vest, and opened or vented from the bottom edge to a point two inches above the crest of the hipbone. 

Open Bolt Indicators - An Open Bolt Indicator is required in all NRA Silhouette competition to indicate the bolt is open. 

Eye Protection - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex are required to wear eye protection devices. 

Ear Protection - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex are required to wear hearing protection devices. 

Oh, did I mention that this is all done in ‘stand up shooting',  the off hand position? 

I hope you come and join us for all of our matches. They will be a ton of fun!

- Roger Estes



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