Welcome to the new official website of the International Metallic Silhouette Shooting Union (IMSSU).

IMSSU is the international body governing the interests of the sport. IMSSU is responsible for maintaining the rules and safety standards, as well as running international competitions, such as the bi-annual IMSSU World Championships.

The aim of this website is to be a portal for all things concerning the sport, and also contains links to the different member countries' web sites.


There are currently 21 member countries. Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands. Other: Australia, Brazil, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Zimbabwe.


The maximize the success of this website, it is important that you, the shooter, submit content in the form of articles, pictures, videos, etc. In short, anything that concerns metallic silhouette shooting. Please submit items for publication to gro.ussmi@ofnibew. If you have files that are too large for email, please email the webmaster at the aforementioned address, who will then give you instructions on how to upload the large files.


Metallic silhouette shooting as a sport, has a rich and interesting history. Initially live farm animals were used as targets, but since around 1948 the targets have been metal silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams, that are set at various distances.

The objective is to knock a target off its stand with a single shot.

Firearms are categorized into five broad categories:

  • Big bore rifle (center fire)
  • Small bore rifle (.22 rimfire)
  • Big bore handgun (center fire)
  • Small bore handgun (.22 rimfire)
  • Field pistol

Within each firearm category, there are various events, e.g. standing, unlimited (freestyle), revolvers only, etc.

A typical event under IMSSU rules consists of 40 shots, 10 shots at each target type.

Koedoeskloof range, South Africa
Small Bore Handgun - Unlimited event

See large calendar

See competitions page.

Notice from Matthew Canning, Ireland:

Hi I hope I find you all well.

For those of you that do not know me I am Matthew Canning from Ireland.  I am a member of BRC Shooting Club, Bohernabreena, Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland.  BRC Shooting Club will be hosting an International Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Shoot on May 3rd & 4th 2014.

As my contact list of Silhouette Shooters in this email is not extensive I would be very appreciative if you could notify your National Association or Federation and Silhouette Shooting friends that this event is taking place. Your members may be interested in attending and competing in the BRC International so please pass on this email to them.

If you are interested in further details of the BRC International I would ask you to please email BRCShootingClub@gmail.com with the words BRC International in the subject line.

Application forms will be issued by email and posted on the Metallic Silhouette Page on Facebook in the coming weeks.

I hope to see you in Dublin in May 2014 knocking down some silhouettes.

Best Regards

Matthew Canning

International PRO



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