What is Bullseye Pistol?
Bullseye is the classic precision pistol sport; in fact the NRA now calls the sport Precision Pistol. Shooters fire at stationary paper targets. The target distance is 25 and 50 yards. We fire one-handed, standing in the classic “dueling” posture.
While Bullseye is a competitive sport, mostly you are competing against yourself. We shoot Bullseye because we value accuracy and precision. We enjoy concentrating on the shot or string. You will enjoy the comradery of individuals working to improve their ability to shoot as accurately as they are able.
Please come and join us at our clinic, at any Wednesday afternoon practice or at one of our matches.
The basic Bullseye competition is one third “Slow Fire” – fired 10 shots in ten minutes at 50 yards. The second third, “Timed Fire”, are shots fired in 2 five shot strings at 25 yards, each string completed in 20 seconds. The final third called “Rapid Fire”, are also fired at 25 yards in two five shot strings. Each Rapid Fire string is completed in ten seconds. A complete match consists of 270 shots fired at Bullseye, 10-ring targets, with the best possible score being 2700, hence a match is often referred to as a “2700.” That score, 2700, has never been achieved.
A match is traditionally fired using three pistols - .22 rimfire, a centerfire and 45 caliber handguns. A match consists of three stages of 90 shots each, One stage is fired for each pistol type - 22, centerfire and 45 caliber. Originally it was thought that the 22 was the civilian pistol of choice. The centerfire, usually a .38 revolver, was the handgun of police. The 45 ACP was the choice of military shooters. Today, most shooters fire a 22 pistol and use a 45 pistol for both the centerfire and 45 stages of a match. There are still three stages, but a 45 is also uses centerfire cartridge.
Targets are mounted on turning stands so they turn to be visible to all shooters for only the specific time limits: 10 minutes for Slow Fire, 20 seconds for Timed Fire and 10 seconds for Rapid Fire.
In order to foster comradery and to improve our shooting, the Competition Range is reserved on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to close, throughout our season for practice. Some are able to come at 4:00 while others come to the range when they can get there. Oakdale club members interested in Precision Pistol shoot together. Bullseye shooting process, equipment and competitions are informally discussed while targets are changed. We practice shooting at turning targets at 25 yards and also at 50 yards. Non-members can shoot as a guest with an Oakdale member.
The point of our practice is shooting matches. The club hosts a half dozen or so matches each year, including an NRA Regional competition and the Minnesota Outdoor State Championship. Oakdale also conducts a Bullseye Pistol Clinic covering the basics of our sport. See the club calendar for the current year’s dates. Additionally, match dates, match programs and match results are posted on the Minnesota and Rifle Revolver Association web site. Use the "Multi Discipline Schedule" button at http://www.mrra.org.
The best way to start and learn this sport is with a 22 pistol. A very accurate 22 can be bought for less than $500. That pistol can be used for the 22 stage of a match. Also, shooters can usually shoot all match stages with the 22 until they are ready to try the larger caliber pistols.