If anyone is interested in either shooting a silhouette match, or just finding out what it is all about, there will be one at Douglas Ridge Rifle club on December 4th, 2011. Show up at 9:00 AM. You can shoot any handgun you want to shoot, but be aware that the furthest targets are 200 meters away in the big bore catagory, and it takes a minamum of 357 mag to knock one over. Knocking over a 55 pound steel plate requires a fair amount of energy. No, 9MM will not cut it. There are also catagories of field pistol where the furthest targets are only 100 meters away, (You might get away with a 9MM there) but you must do all of that shooting in the standing unsupported position. Only a very few people do well at that. If you want to shoot a 22 long rifle caliber handgun, there is a catagory for that as well, and again the furthest target is 100 meters, but the targets are much smaller and not as heavy. So, come on out, bring your lunch as there are no facilities for buying food on the property. If you want to see where Douglas Ridge Rifle Club is located, follow this link. You can get a map and directions there that would be a whole lot better than anything I can put up here. Douglas Ridge Rifle Club - Directions The gate code for that day will be 3030. If the gate is closed, and it usually is, just drive up to the key pad and punch 3030 and the gate will open. Matches are normally on the first sunday of each month, but there will not be one in January because that is New Years Day, and the match director doesn't think there would be a very good turn out. So after December of this year, the next match will be in Feb. of 2012 Oh yeah I almost forgot, You will need to pay $6.00 for each set you shoot. A set or round as we usually call it is 40 targets with 5 shots allowed just prior to that set for sighters. You get to go thru each of the target sets twice, Chickens at 25 meters, pigs at 100 meters, turkeys at 150 meters, and rams at 200 meters. If you can knock them all down you get a perfect score of 40. Beginners usually get anywhere from 0 to 15 the first time thru. The old timers will help you figure out where your bullets are actually landing and tell you if there is something you can do better. We shoot for fun, not prizes, so about the best reward you will get is a pat on the back and a well done from other shooters. It's still fun if you enjoy long range shooting with a handgun. It also helps you become a better shot when hunting season comes around.