11th IMSSU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Go to the EVENT PAGE for info and results.


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 the Calender and the National Pages for Norway for the 2015 Norwegian competitions.

Also see competitions page.


New version of the Rule Book available. Includes rule changes as decided at the 2012 AGM.

Targets, targets, targets! Click here.