What is Cowboy Silhouette?

Cowboy Silhouette

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NRA Rule 3.1.3 Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette Rifle - Listed below are the three classes of Cowboy Silhouette Rifles. The below listed rules apply to all classes of rifles. (The intent of these rules is to establish a match for common hunting carbines and other lever action rifles. The match is focused toward shooters who enjoy shooting hunting arms and do not want to make the investment required of other specialized types of shooting competitions.)


1. Rear sights may be open sights, receiver or tang sights manufactured for the rifle they are mounted on. Front sights must be a post or bead, may be hooded or, if interchangeable, may use post inserts only.
2. Barrels must be original or may be relined. Original barrels rebored to a larger caliber are allowed. Any safe trigger is allowed. Stocks must be of original configuration.
3. Ammunition may be loaded with smokeless or black powder, using jacketed or cast bullets, with or without gas checks. All bullets must be flat nosed suitable for tubular magazine use. Any cartridge causing target damage or deemed unsafe may be banned.
4. Firing period will include a 30 second ready (loading) period, and 2 minutes for 5 shots. Ammunition must be loaded through the tubular magazine.
5. Binoculars may be used for spotting. Spotting scopes or stands may not be used. No shooting jackets, shooting vests, or gloves will be allowed. NRA rule 6-9 concerning wind flags will not apply.
6. Classification:
Master 37-40
AAA 31-36
AA 25-30
A 15-24
B 0-14
(a) Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette - A. Any lever action center fire rifle 25 caliber or larger with a tubular magazine of original manufacture or replica thereof. A rimmed case loaded with a round or flat nose bullet must be used. (An exception for 35 Remington is allowed.)
B. Targets: Long Range Pistol, at distances of 50-100-150-200 meters.
(b) Pistol Cartridge Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette -
A. Any lever action center fire rifle with a tubular magazine. A rimmed pistol cartridge loaded with a flat nosed bullet must be used i.e. 25-20, 32-20, 38's, 357 magnum, 38-40, 44-40, 45 colt, 45 long colt, 22 magnum, 22 long rifle.
B. Targets: Hunter's Pistol, at distances of 40-50-75-100 meters.
(c) Smallbore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette - Any lever action, pump, or semi auto rimfire with a tubular magazine. 22 long rifle ammunition only, Hyper velocity ammunition prohibited.
B. Targets: Smallbore Hunter's Pistol at distances of 40-50-75-100 meters.