SILHOUETTE SECTION

The Yellowknife Shooting Club hosts an active silhouette shooting program at the outdoor range.  The Silhouette Section started the 2018 season on May 3. 

During the summer months, we shoot a smallbore (.22 rimfire) rifle and handgun match on Thursday evenings
Sight-in starts at 6:00 pm
Match starts at 7:00 pm

There's also a highpower match (any non-magnum rifle 6mm or larger) on the first Sunday morning of each month.
Sight-in at 9:00am
Match begins about 10:00am

We hold a highpower cowboy rifle and handgun match on the third Sunday afternoon of each month.
Sight-in at 12:00 pm
Match begins about 1:00 pm. 

Friendly instruction and assistance are provided for anyone that would like to try silhouette shooting.

Special Welcome for Juniors
Smallbore silhouette shooting is an excellent introduction to shooting for youth. Junior members, with parental supervision, are welcome at our matches. The club has several good quality .22 rifles to loan to junior shooters. Safety training, safety equipment, ammunition, and coaching are provided.

What is silhouette shooting?
Silhouette shooting uses animal-shaped steel targets (chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams) placed on stands at different distances.  For Smallbore competitions, two banks of five animals are set up with chickens at 40 metres, pigs at 60 metres, turkeys at 77 metres, and rams at 100 metres.  High Power Rifle targets will be set at 150, 200, 300, and 340 metres.  High Power Cowboy Rifle and Handgun targets are set at 50, 100, 150, and 200 metres. A match consists of 40 shots, one per each animal target.  Scoring is simple: a shot that knocks the intended target off the stand is scored as a hit; if not, it is a miss.  To keep it challenging, all rifle shooting is done from the standing position.

What do you need for silhouette?
As with most sporting activities, there is a large variety of equipment available to help you get better scores.  However, to begin little equipment is needed. 

For smallbore silhouette, any reasonably accurate .22 calibre handgun or rifle with a scope is all you need to shoot a silhouette match.  There are two different rifle classes, Hunter and Standard Rifle, depending on the weight of the rifle.  The rifle class can be assigned at the range.  Also, a lever action .22 rifle with iron sights will allow you to compete in the Cowboy Rifle class.  High velocity rimfire ammunition will damage the targets and is not allowed.

For High Power Silhouette, we shoot two types of matches:

Cowboy Rifle matches are held the third Sunday of the month during the summer. Cowboy rifle matches are fired with any lever action or pump action rifle that fires a rimmed centre fire cartridge (30-30, 45-70, etc.).  Open or peep sights are permitted, but telescopic sights are not allowed.  The cowboy targets are also at the correct range for IMSA handgun silhouette.  Different handgun classes allow the use of almost any centre fire handgun.  Ammunition that damages the targets is prohibited.  Most factory soft point ammo is fine, but FMJ ammo and high velocity hand loads are not allowed.

High Power Silhouette matches are shot on the first Sunday of the month.  The scaled targets are made for use with most centre fire rifles larger than 6mm.  Just about any scoped hunting rifle will do the trick, though through a forty shot course of fire, lighter loads are generally preferred by most shooters. Handgunners are welcome two, but it is a very challenging course of fire!

You will also need eye and ear protection to participate in silhouette shooting matches. 

National and Territorial Championships
The 2018 Silhouette Nationals will be held July 29 - Aug. 4 in Prince Albert, SK.

The Silhouette Section, with support of the NWT Federation of Shooting Sports, will host the 2018 NWT Silhouette Championship in Yellowknife on the weekend of 23-24 June, 2018.