Metallic Silhouette shooting is a series of target shooting matches that involve shooting at metal cutouts of rams, pigs, chickens and turkeys cut to different scales and set at varying distances from the competitor depending on the specific match.
Targets are set up in groups of 5 known as “Banks” with a silhouette’s width between each. Banks are laid out at the required distance for each specific match and each bank must be shot in 2 minutes in order from left to right. If the competitor is required to shoot 10 targets in a relay then he/she must shoot 2 banks of 5 silhouettes. Similarly if the competitor is required to shoot 15 targets in a relay then he/she must shoot 3 banks of 5 silhouettes etc. When the competitor has finished shooting the first bank, the silhouettes are reset and a second bank of the same animal is engaged. Most ranges in Australia accommodate two banks of the same 5 targets at each distance and the targets are reset after the two banks are shot.
In Big Bore Metallic Silhouette shooting, chickens silhouettes are set at a distance of 50m, pigs at 100m, turkeys at 150m and rams at 200m. In Rimfire and Field Pistol, chickens silhouettes are set at a distance of 25m, pigs at 50m, turkeys at 75m and ram at 100m.