Please do not approach or congregate at any range, unless a PVGC Range Safety Officer (RSO) for that range/match is present. If the RSO is not present, please wait outside the gate. If the gate is open when you arrive and an RSO from another match is present, please wait outside the gate for the Match Director/RSO for your match to arrive before proceeding to the range…. then make contact with him/her and follow his/her directions. This has become a problem/causes confusion when there are two PVGC matches held on the same day. Please do not remove firearms from your car or bring them forward until directed by the RSO or Match Director for the particular match you are involved in. With your help, we can keep this sport safe. If you follow these two rules when arriving, it is pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to be doing the WRONG or unsafe thing!! Thanks!!
Smallbore Silhouette Rimfire Match Description
These events are hosted by the Palomino Valley Gun Club. If, after hearing the entire MATCH BRIEFING, you have any questions/comments, I will welcome them at that time! Participation in this event is FREE for juniors (members) 12 and under, $7 for members, and $12 for non-members. Membership is $20 for each calendar year.
- Eye and ear protection is mandatory. Open bolt indicators are also available for $1.
- Any style rifle chambered for rimfire calibers .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. Any SAFE trigger pull weight is allowed. We recommend having two magazines if you rifle is magazine fed, but you CAN get by with one. If there is any question about trigger pull weight/safety, the Match Director will make determination/allow/disallow a rifle as appropriate.
- Binoculars or spotting scope, and chair if desired. Please DO BRING a spotting optic!
- 40 rounds of ammunition required per match, plus optional rounds for sight-in period and potential shoot-offs.
- Entry Fee: FREE to all PVGC junior members, $7 adult members, $12 adult non-members, $5 junior non-members.
- Scheduling: refer to match calendar. Range Safety Briefing for sight-in period. Sight-in period begins as soon as range is set and after safety briefing at about 0815. All sight-in participants MUST BE PRESENT FOR SAFETY BRIEFING prior to sight-in firing! We will do our best to begin the match promptly at 9:15 AM upon completion of sight-in, painting/servicing of targets and match conduct briefing. PLEASE ARRIVE IN A TIMELY MANNER, as time will not be spent covering safety or match conduct multiple times.Location: Small bore range at west side of Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility (click for driving directions)
The PVGC small bore silhouette rim fire match is designed for all shooter skill levels, and features NRA hunter pistol size and shape targets (swingers) engaged at four separate distances in three positions, fired from four stations. WHILE WE do present this as a “Match”, we intend this to offer shooters of all levels an enjoyable shooting experience and, ESPECIALLY for this to be a relaxed, fun and educational day of shooting for folks either first beginning to shoot or for those that are experienced shooters that are re-joining the ranks of active shooters after an extended layoff to “participate in life”. This match will teach new/younger shooter’s firearm safety, proper range etiquette, and basic marksmanship skills. The course of fire will be challenging enough to promote growth, and enable graduation into other disciplines. This squadded individual match is for any rim fire rifle in .22 CB, Short, Long or Long Rifle. Shooters may select a rifle class that best suits their chosen sighting system: Metallic Sight Unsupported OR Magnified Sight Unsupported. SHOOTER CLASSES will be earned according to previously fired scores and may be found on our list of shooters if a shooter already has earned an assigned classification.
After a shooter has participated once, learned how we do this and established a score, that shooter will be classified into our “shooter classification system” and will be charged to participate in future events as per the published fee schedule. Shooters (“JUNIORS”) (Club Members) age 12 years or younger will continue to participate for no charge until reaching age 13.Classification/score cards will be color coded — white = unclassified, ⊗ (Marksman), ⊗ Sharpshooter, ⊗ (Expert) or ⊗ (Master)—-to indicate a shooter’s level AND will include a couple of extended “TOTAL” columns that should be completed/done by each squad’s scorers. Mater Classification shooters be requested to be present during the practice period in order that they may volunteer to help any of our newer shooters that request help with familiarization with their rifles, shooting/range safety and etiquette, equipment questions/issues, establishing and shooting from the most commonly used three shooting positions, and any other areas/questions that may arise. This will be an excellent opportunity for new shooters to “pick the master shooters’ brains” !!!
Rifle Classes (Adult/Junior)
- Metallic Class, Unsupported: Any sighting system which provides a method of aiming or aligning two separate but visible sights or mounted reference points, including tube sights and non-magnifying color filters and some non-magnifying “red dot” sights. Artificial of any kind support is prohibited.
- Magnified Class, Unsupported: Any telescopic sighting system which includes a lens or system of lenses and an aiming reference or reticle at the focal plane of a lens or system of lenses. Artificial support of any kind is prohibited.
All new competitors (first time participants in THIS MATCH) first shoot the course as “new/unclassified” for score only. Their first match score determines classification for future matches. Difficulty Enhancements (firing at the RAMS from the assigned position—Standing, sitting/kneeling or prone) are designed to increase shooter challenge as experience and classification increases. Two consecutive low scores are required to reduce classification by one class and classification will only be reduced upon the competitor’s request. Equipment changes and malfunctions will be taken into consideration.
Master: Previous match scored 36-40. Master shooting positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys SIT OR KNEEL; Rams STANDING (Large Rams) OR Prone (small Rams).
- Expert: Previous match scored 30-35.EXPERT shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams STANDING (Large Rams) OR Prone (small Rams).
- Sharpshooter: Previous match scored 20-29. SHARPSHOOTER shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams SITTING (Large Rams).
- Marksman: Previous match scored 19 or lower. MARKSMAN shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs SITTING or KNEELING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams SITTING (Large Rams).
- New/unclassified: No previous score. Score fired ONLY for classification. NEW/UNCLASSIFIED shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs SITTING or KNEELING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams SITTING (Large Rams). Total score will be used by Match Director to assign classification for following matches.
- UNMAGNIFIED/METALLIC SIGHT CLASSES:
- Master previous match scored 36-40 Master shooting positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys SIT OR KNEEL; Rams STANDING (Large Rams OR Prone (small Rams).
- Expert previous match scored 29-35 EXPERT shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams STANDING (Large Rams OR Prone (small Rams).
- Sharpshooter previous match scored 20-29 SHARPSHOOTER shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs STANDING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams SITTING (Large Rams).
- Marksman previous match scored 0-19 MARKSMAN shooting Positions as follows: Chickens STANDING; Pigs SITTING or KNEELING; Turkeys PRONE; Rams SITTING (Large Rams).
- The purpose of having classifications is to keep the match fair to all and attempt to offer all shooters the opportunity to participate either to learn more about shooting and/or just have fun, while allowing those among us that have the experience and desire to compete to all accomplish our goals…to shoot and enjoy!! Some among us enjoy just shooting for the fun of it, while some enjoy the competition aspect! Shooters that have been classified upward and then shoot 2 or more scores that would move them back downward MUST ASK TO BE RECLASSIFIED DOWNWARD and we will do so!!!
- This competition is for .22 Cal Rim fire –CB, Short, Long and Long Rifle rifles/cartridges only. Shooters may compete in an unsupported metallic sight class, or an unsupported magnified sight class. Shooting jackets, gloves, slings, rests, and artificial support are not allowed.
- Shooters will be scored on a total of 40-rounds for record. You will shoot at four stations for this match, in the standing, sitting, and prone positions as noted on your scorecard (NOTE: There WILL be some changes for 2018 in allowed/required positions, MOSTLY for the MASTER and EXPERT classifications). Each relay consists of two 5-round strings of fire, completed within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. (This includes time to correct malfunction, so there will be NO ALIBIS) Magazines may be filled with five rounds each at any time prior to being called to the line and then be brought to the line with you when your relay is called forward. (We will allow some extra time for shooter using tubular magazine rifles to load after the LOAD command is given and before the FIRE command)
- Unless requests are made, shooters are randomly divided into squads based on the number of shooters at the match.
- Shooters will engage targets beginning left to right, and will fire at the same target twice in separate strings. RAMS ONLY will be each fired at five times in separate strings for either large or small rams.
- The left shooter’s five targets face left, the second (right hand) shooter’s five targets face right. Targets are all hanging (swinger) targets and are designated for each shooter by the direction they face and by color coding of the racks.
- A ‘hit’ is scored when the silhouette target is hit, or visibly marked by direct bullet impact.
- A ‘miss’ is scored when the target is not struck and has no visible sign of direct bullet impact.
- If a mechanical problem causes delay, the shooter or squad members may request an alibi for extra time.
- The range will periodically be made ‘cold’ so that shooters may safely travel downrange to service/check targets and to record/confirm hits and/or misses.
- At the end of a match, shooters with identical scores may wish to break a tie with a shoot-off contest for placing.
- All shooters must have had a safety briefing prior to participation. THIS INCLUDES THE PRACTICE PERIOD!
2nd Gun Rule
With approval of the Match Director and when attendance allows, contestants may enter a second unique gun into competition at the expense of an additional entry cost. Contestants may receive only one award per shooter class entered.
Course of Fire Details
When your relay is called to the line, you may bring your rifle forward and place it, in the SAFE condition and WITH THE MUZZLE POINTED DOWNRANGE, on the provided mat(s) at your station. You may insert/load 5 rounds ONLY into your magazines and carry them to the line, but they may NOT be inserted into the rifle until the “LOAD” Command is given. You may also handle your rifle and get into shooting position. If your rifle is of a tubular magazine design, you may load the magazine ONLY WHEN hearing the “LOAD” range command. You may insert a round into the chamber of your rifle and close the bolt ONLY when the “LOAD” command is given. Upon hearing the “FIRE” range command, you may commence to shoot your string of five shots. Upon the “CEASE FIRE” command and when completing your first string of five, place your rifle, bolt open, on the provided mat and prepare to receive the next range command in preparation for your second string of five shots, which will be a repeat of the first string of five. When both of your five shot strings are complete, please place your rifle in a provided rack in the SAFE condition with the bolt open and the magazine removed (or empty if the rifle has a tubular magazine). ONLY when all weapons are made safe and in the provided racks and the range is declared “COLD” will shooters/scorers be given the command to proceed downrange to confirm hits/misses, record scores and to paint targets. This procedure will be repeated until each squad has completed their relays and, after checking/painting targets, equipment will be moved to the next firing station.
- Station #1: CHICKENS at 44 yards–There will/may be two shooters at this station. The left hand five targets are to be shot by the LEFT SHOOTER and the right hand five targets are to be shot by the RIGHT SHOOTER. With five rounds of ammunition fire at chicken targets 40m/44y away using a standing or offhand position within two minutes and thirty seconds. Brief reloading period, then fire five rounds at the same five targets as were shot in the first string of five shots.Short break to record score and service targets.
- Station #2: PIGS at 66 yards–There will/may be two shooters at this station. The left hand five targets are to be shot by the LEFT SHOOTER and the right hand five targets are to be shot by the RIGHT SHOOTER. With five rounds of ammunition fire at pig targets 60m/66y away using a sitting or kneeling position within two minutes and thirty seconds. Brief reloading period, then fire five rounds at the same five targets as were shot in the first string of five shots.Short break to record score and service targets.
- Station #3: TURKEYS at 84 yards—There will/may be two shooters at this station. The left hand five targets are to be shot by the LEFT SHOOTER and the right hand five targets are to be shot by the RIGHT SHOOTER. With five rounds of ammunition fire at turkey targets 77m/84y away using a prone position within two minutes and thirty seconds. Brief reloading period, then fire five rounds at the same five targets as were shot in the first string of five shots.Short break to record score and service targets.
- NOTE: We are adding some new little RAM targets for the 2018 season and will be giving some classifications of shooters a choice as to whether they want to shoot the little rams (using the prone position) or the LARGE RAMS (using the usual STANDING position)!! The choice MUST BE declared before starting the string and CAN NOT be changed once declared!
- Station #4: RAMS at 109 yards—There will/may be two shooters at this station. The left hand (four—shooter’s choice for MASTERS–LARGE or small ), LEFT FACING targets are to be shot by the LEFT SHOOTER and the right hand (four) RIGHT FACING five targets are to be shot by the RIGHT SHOOTER, separately with five shots at each target in two strings of fire. For the first string of fire, with five rounds of ammunition fire at left of two sheep targets 100m/109y away using the specified (on the score sheet in lower left portion) position within two minutes and thirty seconds. Brief reloading period, then fire five rounds at the right target.Short break to record score and service targets.
- Conduct shoot-off in standing position at targets as assigned by Match Director to settle tie-breakers if necessary.
- Short break to clear all firearms and personal equipment from the line.
- Collect and store targets. Announce final scores, and award match winners with ribbons.
- Alternate shooting positions: if the shooter hass a physical limitation that prevents reasonable comfort in any position, the standing position may be used without penalty at any target station. Portable tables are allowed when available.
- Score tie-breakers: In the event of identical final scores within a class, the shooters tied for first place in each class MAY decide the winner through a “sudden death” style shoot-off. Shoot- offs will be announced by the Match Director and shoot-off stations will be assigned at that time for each class.Shoot offs MAY be done for second and third place at the Match Directors discretion.
A minimum of 40 rounds ammunition is required per small bore silhouette rim fire match, plus replacement ammunition for damaged or lost rounds. Additional ammunition may be desired for the optional sight-in period and potential shoot-offs. Armor piercing, incendiary tracer, steel core, 17 HMR, 22 WMR, and 22 Hornet ammunition is prohibited, as is ALL center fire ammunition. This match is for .22 caliber RIMFIRE ammunition ONLY!
The PVGC smallbore silhouette rimfire match is designed for all shooter skill levels, and features large NRA hunter targets engaged at four separate distances in for possible shooting positions. Shooting positions are as described on each shooter’s score card.This match will teach shooters: firearm safety, proper range etiquette, and basic marksmanship skills. The course of fire will be challenging enough to promote growth, and enable graduation into other match disciplines. This squaded individual match is ideal for any .22 caliber rimfire rifle. Shooters may compete in the class that best suits their equipment, and enter up to two guns when permitted.
- Costs: Match per rifle $7 for club members or $12 for non-members, so PLEASE DO bring some one dollar bills! Junior shooters 12 years old and under will shoot for free.
- Further Scheduling Info: Monthly matches per PVGC event calendar on our website. Registration and practice begins at 8AM. Please arrive PUNCTUALLY as the match firing starts promptly at 9:15 AM for the first match and we will be doing our very best to start it at 9;00 AM for the second and following matches in an attempt to get’er DONE by lunch time. Please plan your arrival in time (8:00 AM) in order to be present for the GROUP safety briefing/match briefings by the match director, as you MUST have had these briefings in order to participate and we WILL NOT be repeating the briefings over and over as this is unfair to the folks that showed up on time and only further delays the match!!! If you’d like to arrive around 7:35 AM, Your help with setup and teardown of match equipment will be appreciated. ALSO,some HUSTLE by shooters (ESPECIALLY the folks working on the RAMS) as we move downrange to paint and score targets and return to the line will greatly help with our efforts to keep the match moving along!!!
- Location: covered smallbore range at west side of Regional Shooting Facility 21555 Pyramid Way (click for driving directions)
- Please NOTE: we have had some shooters state that they have been distracted by loud conversations being carried on behind them while they are firing, so PLEASE KEEP ALL CONVERSATION behind shooters fairly LOW IN VOLUME!!!!! Your cooperation in this regard will be appreciated by your fellow shooters!!
Match Director Contact
Don Johnson: 775-224-6854
Please feel free to contact Match Director with any questions!!!
Below are pictures of the targets we use and here are several links to the NRA site’s targets we use for this match in case anyone wants to make either steel ( NOTE: for 22 LR use ONLY, the steel can just be 1/4″ or even 3/16″ low carbon (also called hot rolled) steel plate) or paper ones to practice on:
- CHICKENS: http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/silhtgts/silhtar-05.pdf
- PIGS: http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/silhtgts/silhtar-06.pdf
- TURKEYS: http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/silhtgts/silhtar-07.pdf
- RAMS (the BIG ones): http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/silhtgts/silhtar-08.pdf
- RAMS (the SMALL ones): http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/silhtgts/silhtar-09.pdf (We DO NOT use the chickens that are also on this page!!)
NEW FOR 2018 on the Rams…showing size of new small rams:
Upon completion of each match, ribbons will be awarded and the Match Winner will be given our Mercedes Benz (model—NOT a REAL ONE!!!) travelling winner trophy. Number of ribbons given in each class will depend upon the number of competitors firing in that particular class.
All match results are posted online here: Smallbore Silhouette Match Results