Dear Metallic Silhouette shooters,

Due to the current world situation regarding Corona COOVID19 Pandemic,
after discussions with IMSSU Chairman Rob Boutcher and General Secretary Hanna Lempola
we have decided to cancel the 2020 World Championships.

At this point in time, we cannot guarantee your health and that everyone will come home without quarantining.

We regret that we are unable to complete the competition, however, at the same time we wish to do this in 2022 instead.

There will be a small Open Competition on 1-5/7/20 for those who want to come to Gideå anyway.

Best regards

Tom Jonsson
Vice President Swedish Metallic Silhouette Association

Welcome to the 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 26 member countries. Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands. Other: Australia, Brazil, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, 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

A boy scout troop near Albany, NY state, USA, got an assignment to find resources about firearm safety while studying for their Rifle Shooting merit badges. One troop member, William, found this helpful resource and wants to share it with everybody.

It serves to remind us that all air arms, whether it's airsoft or air rifle or air pistol, should be treated exactly the same as any other firearm.

Here is the link to the article: Air Rifles – Information, Safety, and Help with Your Rifle Shooting Badge.

Thank you, William.

See large calendar

The 14th IMSSU World Championship that was scheduled to be held at Gideå shooting range, Sweden from 1 July - 10 July 2020, has been cancelled.

See elsewhere on this page for the cancellation notice.

Also see competitions page.


New version of the Rule Book available. Includes rule changes as decided at the 2016 AGM.

Targets, targets, targets! Click here.


Jean-Pierre Beurtheret's book on handloading, with illustrations by Freddy Drubigny, is now available in English.

The aim of this book is to explain the subject from a different standpoint than usually found.

Click on the book cover for the table of contents and a random extract of 13 pages:

Cartridge Handloading book cover

The book is in A4 format, consists of 368 pages and 660 illustrations, and is available at €49.00 from the Tecmagex or Amazon France websites.

It contains a brief history of the metallic cartridge and the description of its components (the primer, the case the powder, the bullet) and of the various tools used for handloading.

The detailed description of advanced handloading procedures and die adjustments departs from the usual specialized literature and will allow the production of ammunition totally adapted to a specific firearm, using the standard reloading table of the powder manufacturers.

Cartridge conversions, ballistics, security of the shooters and on the range are not forgotten. The last chapter is devoted to a short description of the automatic and semi-automatic firearms operation.