Metallic Silhouette



Metallic silhouette shooting is a series of shooting disciplines that involves shooting at steel targets representing animals at varying distances, seeking to knock the metal target over. The targets used are rams, turkeys, pigs, and chickens, which are cut to different scales and set at certain distances from the shooter depending on the specific discipline.


Metallic silhouette is descended from an old Mexican sport, dating back to the early 1900s, where live animals were staked out at varying distances as targets. By 1948, metal cutouts of the animals were used instead of live animals, birthing “siluetas metalicas“. The first metallic silhouette match was held in Mexico City. Because of the sport’s Mexican roots, in the United States the silhouettes are often referred to by terms from several varieties of American Spanish, namely gallina (chicken), javalina (pig), guajalote (turkey), and borrego (ram). The first silhouette range constructed in the United States was in 1967 at Nogales, Arizona. Growth was steady until 1973 when the NRA became involved in the sport. By the mid-1980s it was the fastest growing gun sport in the United States.

 Silhouette Disciplines Offered at FTRPA

  • International Handgun Metallic Silhouette (IHMSA)
  • NRA Lever Action Silhouette
  • NRA Air Rifle & Air Pistol Silhouette
  • Thursday Night Indoor Silhouette

Course of Fire

  • Silhouette is a 40 shot match.
  • Animal silhouettes are grouped in banks of 5. There are two banks for each animal.
  • Banks must be shot left to right, firing one shot at each steel animal.
  • If you knock the animal off the rail, it counts as a hit. If you fail to do this, it’s a miss and you move on to the next animal.
  • Targets shot out of order count as a miss.
  • You will repeat this for each animal until you complete the course of fire, which should take about 30-40 minutes.
  • Distances vary depending on discipline.

Target Distances

Chickens Pigs Turkeys Rams
IHMSA Smallbore & Field Pistol 25yds 50yds 75yds 100yds
IHMSA Big Bore 50m 100m 150m 200yds
Lever Action Rimfire & Pistol Cartridge 40yds 50yds 75yds 100yds
Lever Action Centerfire 50m 100m 150m 200yds
Air Pistol 10yds 12.5yds 15yds 18yds
Air Rifle 20yds 30yds 36yds 45yds
Thursday Silhouette 25yds 25yds 25yds 25yds

Match Facts

  • Runs 2nd Sunday of the month as part of our Outdoor Silhouette match, March through December.
  • Registration and setup begins at 8AM. Match starts at 9AM and continues until 2PM.
  • Registration fee is $7 for sanctioned shooters and $5 for non-sanctioned shooters.
  • Our club runs Smallbore, Big Bore and Field Pistol.
  • Follows IHMSA rules, but shoots alongside the NRA Lever Action match.
NRA Lever Action
  • Runs 2nd Sunday of the month as part of our Outdoor Silhouette match, March through October.
  • Registration and setup starts at 8AM. Match starts at 9:30AM and runs through 2PM.
  • Registration fee is $5. 16 and under shoot free.
  • Current NRA Silhouette Rules will apply, but shoots alongside the IHMSA match.
Air Gun and Air Rifle Silhouette
  • Runs on the 3rd Sunday on the air gun range April, June, August, & October of each year. The match will not be held if it conflicts with Easter.
  • Matches are NRA Approved.
  • Air Pistol Runs on the Indoor Range 6-9PM on the 1st Monday October through June.
  • Air Rifle Runs on the Indoor Range 3rd Mondays, 6-9PM October through June.
  • Matches are open to all shooters, including non-members.
  • The fees for the outdoor matches are $8.00 for the first gun, and $14 for two.
  • Fees for indoor air pistol matches are $3 for the first gun, and $2 for an additional gun. Air Rifle are $2 per entry.
  • Shooters under 20 shoot for free at all air silhouette matches
  • 10 in a row pins will be awarded to AAA and Master shooters. 5 and 10 in a row pins will be awarded for AA, A, B and Unclassified shooters. One pin for each animal is the most that will be awarded per match.
Thursday Indoor Silhouette
  • Runs as a Fall/Winter League every Thursday from October to February.
  • Registration and sight-in from 6:00-7PM. Match runs from 7-8:30PM.
  • Pre-registration is now available on Practiscore. Walk-ins will be accommodated, but pre-registration is appreciated.
  • Registration is $2 per gun for members, and $5 for non-members.
  • Pins will be awarded.


  • Any handgun capable of firing out to the distances required, and complying with IHMSA rules (see above). Typically competitors use single shot Thompson Center contenders, Anschutz bolt action pistols for small bore. A simple .357 or .44 revolver can be competitive, especially in Field Pistol.
NRA Lever Action
  • Smallbore: Any lever action .22LR rifle with a tubular magazine of original manufacture or replica thereof. Smallbore rifle may be a pump. No hyper velocity allowed.
  • Rifle Cartridge Rifle: Any lever action with tubular magazine in any rimmed .25 caliber or larger, or 35 Remington.
  • Pistol Cartridge Rifle: Any lever action with tubular magazine in a flat nosed pistol caliber, such as 25-20, 32-20, .38 Spc, .357 Mag, 44-40, 45 Colt, 22 Mag.
  • Ammunition must not damage the targets.
Air Gun and Air Rifle Silhouette
  • Any air rifle or air pistol that complies with NRA Air Gun silhouette rules
Thursday Indoor Silhouette
  • Any .22LR rifle or pistol, or .177 or .22 caliber air rifle, open or scoped.


NRA Lever Action
Air Gun and Air Rifle Silhouette
Thursday Indoor Silhouette

Range Location

354 Newbold Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030


Phone Number

(215) 295-6565