Championship Matches are defined here as any NRA, SRAC or Femeti sanctioned matches as outlined below. This does not include local gun club matches, such as NRA Approved Matches in the USA where National Records can not be established and sanctioned championship match rules are not always strictly enforced.
If you are a new or recreational silhouette shooter and have not shot in a Championship Match, please come join us! While shooting in your local club matches can be fun and challenging, the best way for you to climb up to a AA, AAA or even a Master Classification is to challenge yourself. The experience you gain in your first Championship match can be very exhilarating! Not only have many shooters achieved their best score to date in their first Championship Match, but the experience of being around good and great shooters can be very motivating. Over time, you will elevate your game as well as your personal expectations when you shoot next to champion-caliber shooters on the firing line. Try it and you will not be disappointed!
2022 Lapua North American Cup
Some of our top silhouette shooters collaborated with Capstone Precision Group to form the Lapua Monarch Cup (LMC) in 2020. The LMC would be a three-leg aggregate Silhouette Smallbore Championship Series shot in Canada, the USA and Canada. What made this so special is that the LMC is the first major silhouette collaboration between all three countries in North America.
While Covid-19 has delayed the Lapua Monarch Cup to 2022, plans are moving forward as you read this. A LMC Board was established, prize sponsors are being solicited, and logistics are moving forward.
Imagine the precedent the LMC is setting! In our Link “ABOUT US”, we have mentioned that the LMC was a primary motivation for starting NASSA and another such North American Series Championships (air rifle) is already in discussion.
NASSA is honored to help disseminate the Lapua Monarch Cup information and bulletins as summarized below to help make LMC a smashing success!
Lapua Monarch Cup (Leg 1) – In conjunction with the 2022 Canadian Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championships to be held at the Bull River Shooters Association Range.
Lapua Monarch Cup (Leg 2) – In conjunction with the 2022 USA National Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championships to be held at the Ridgway Rifle Club Range.
Lapua Monarch Cup (Leg 3) – In conjunction with the 2022 Mexico Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championships to be held at the Club De Tiro Saltillo Safari Range.
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National Championships – The Canadian National Silhouette Championships for both High Power and Smallbore have been held lately held at the Bull River Shooters Association Club due to their logistical capability to hold these matches. National Championships are not conducted in the Air Rifle and Lever Action disciplines.
Provincial Championships – Provincial Championship Matches are conducted annually by some Provinces throughout Canada, although many Provinces currently do not have the gun clubs, shooter attendance and/or logistics to conduct such championships.
Special Championships – SRAC-sanctioned matches can be sponsored by silhouette gun clubs that do not fit into the above categories.
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The very first Silhouette Shooting Championship in our sport was held in Mexico City in 1952. Fast forward over 50 years and Metallic Silhouette is the top shooting sport in Mexico. Silhouette championship disciplines include High Power and Smallbore Rifle. Currently, there are no championship caliber matches in air rifle and lever action is not really present in Mexico. There is some movement in air rifle with air rifle silhouette rules being established similar to NRA air rifle rules. This should prompt cross-over potential with the USA to establish a North American Championship potential.
National Championships – Currently in Mexico, there are National Championship Matches in both Smallbore and High power Silhouette Disciplines. Competition between silhouette clubs in each of the Mexico States is fierce, with the winning club having the privilege of hosting the Nationals in the following year.
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By the early 1970’s, metallic silhouette had moved across the Arizona Border and started to spread into California, New Mexico and Texas. Lobbying the NRA led to the establishment of the 1973 NRA Metallic Silhouette Championships (High Power) at the Tucson Rifle Club with the NRA High Power Committee having jurisdiction early in the process. This championship match as well as the subsequent 1974 National Championship at the Tucson Rifle Club created explosive growth in metallic silhouette matches throughout the USA. The structure of modern day NRA-Sanctioned Championships shown below largely follows the structure of other NRA-sanctioned rifle sports under NRA administration.
National Championships – Currently in the USA, there are National Championship Matches in the Lever Action, Smallbore and Highpower Silhouette Disciplines. No National Championship in Air Rifle Silhouette has been conducted since 2017.
Regional Championships – Regional Matches are conducted throughout the USA with no specific regional boudaries and at the discretion of the match directors of silhouette gun club filing with the NRA for permission to register a Regional Match.
State Championships – State Championship Matches are regular conducted by many states throughout the USA, although many states currently do not have the gun clubs or logistics to conduct such matches.
Registered Championships – NRA registered matches are regularly conducted that do not fit into the above categories such as the Conard Bernhart Match, Montana Iron Man, Lapua Super Shoot and the Shamrock Silhouette Shoot-Out. These matches are well attended by the top shooters and have a well deserved tradition as championship matches.
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