What is Bullseye or Conventional Pistol?
“Bullseye” is the classic precision pistol sport. Shooters fire at targets one-handed, while standing in the classic "dueling" posture, at distances of 25 and 50 yards. A complete match consists of 270 shots fired at a variety of 10-ring targets, with the best possible score being 2700 points - hence a match is often referred to as a “2700”.
The match is traditionally shot using three pistols - .22 rimfire, a centerfire handgun (typically a .38 revolver), and a .45 semi-automatic handgun. However, modern .45 semi-auto handguns are so accurate that most competitors skip using a separate gun for the centerfire stage and just use their .45 for both the "centerfire" and ".45" stages.
Targets are mounted on rotating stands so that they can be turned to be visible to the shooter for a limited amount of time. A match is divided into three 90-shot events and four stages: slow fire, the "National Match Course", timed fire, and rapid fire. The slow, timed, and rapid fire stages are 20-shots each, while the "National Match Course" consists of 30 shots: 10 slow fire shots at 50 yards, and 10 each in timed and rapid fire at 25 yards. Timed fire consists of 5 rounds in 20 seconds, while rapid fire consists of 5 rounds in 10 seconds.
One of the appealing features of conventional competition is the multiple opportunities to win. At the National Matches, and even at large state or regional events, awards are presented for every match and for sub-aggregates. When each of these is multiplied by the many different classes and categories possible at a big match, there can be hundreds of opportunities to win!
The NRA classification system groups shooters of similar ability into one of four classes that range from "Marksman" up to the top level, "High Master". Shooters may be further grouped into categories - juniors, seniors, women, collegians, police and service members.
For additional information you can come to a Practice on the Competition Range (see next paragraph) or visit http://www.bullseyepistol.com.
Open Practice -- Beginners and non-members are welcome!!!
Open practice sessions will be held on the Competition Range every Wednesday evening, from 3:30pm to close, beginning March 30th and continuing through September 21st. All you need to get started is a good quality .22 target pistol, plenty of ammunition, and a willingness to learn!
The 2014 Bullseye dates are:
April 27 Bullseye Clinic
May 4 2700 Match
May 18 2700 Match
June 7 NRA Regional Match Day 1
June 8 NRA Regional Match Day 2
June 21 2700 Match
July 27 2700 Match
Aug 17 Minnesota State Outdoor Championship
Sept 28 1800 non-sanctioned pistol match
Practice Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:30 April 23 through Sept 24.
For more information, or to register to compete, please contact Match Director John Rahm by email at firstname.lastname@example.org