Thursday, August 18, 2005

e-Postal Handgun Match #2 - "Snub-or-Not"

Here's what the target looks like. Download a "working copy" below.

UPDATE: You can't use shot shells..............

This month’s match is much more conventional, and is actually three matches in one. I wanted to keep it open enough that just about anything could be used, but I wanted to spotlight short-barreled or snub-nosed weapons, the sort of gun that’s often carried as a back up.

TARGET: The target can be downloaded from

It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. When you print it out, the outer circles should measure 3 ½ inches in diameter. If it measures 3 ¼” check in your print settings and make sure that “Fit To Page” is not checked. That should fix it.

  • SHORT BARREL: Any handgun with a barrel 2.5” inches or less in length.
  • INTERMEDIATE BARREL: Any handgun with a barrel over 2.5” but not over 4” in length.
  • LONG BARREL: Any handgun with a barrel over 4” but not over 12” in length.
Sub-Classes: Depending on the number of entries, there may be some sub-classes within the above classes.

Distance: ten yards

Shooting Position:
  • First target: Standing, un-supported.
  • Second target: Bench rest, but no gun vises or anything that clamps the gun. We are testing your shooting from a rest, not just the gun itself!
Sights: Any type of sight provided there is no magnification.

Caliber: Any caliber.

Procedure: You only get two target pages per entry. Re-shooting the match for a better score with the same gun is not permitted. Each sheet has five targets on it. Practice all you want, but not on the match targets. When you are all warmed up and sighted in, hang the first target page.
  • TARGET PAGE #1: Take five shots at each target on the first sheet, shooting from a standing and un-supported position, for a total of twenty-five shots. Only twenty-five shots per target page. Hang the second target. No practice in between.
  • TARGET PAGE #2: Take five shots at each target on the second sheet, shooting from a bench rest, typically a sand bag, or something similar, for your final twenty-five shots. You must use the same gun. Sitting is allowed. You must be controlling the gun, it cannot be clamped or anchored in any way. A side rest is OK, such as the edge of a shooting station or door-frame type rest.Scoring: Both targets are scored. Ten points per bull, and as marked on the target down from there. Only five shots per individual target count. If you drift one over onto the wrong target and end up with six holes, only the five best ones count. Mark your score, along with the name you want posted with your score, on the targets. Ties will be posted as ties.
Total possible points: 50 per target, 250 per page, for a total perfect score of 500.

Multiple entries: You can enter more than once, in fact, it is encouraged. The only restriction is that you can only enter once for any given gun. Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. For example, .38SPL and .357MAG are considered as one, as would be .44SPL and .44MAG. Different guns of the same caliber and barrel length can be entered.

Submitting your entry: Take a digital photo of, (or scan) your targets, and email the picture, along with:
Your score for each target page, the name you want used when we post the results, gun description, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights to

If you can’t scan or send target pictures, send everything else to me in an email, and we’ll arrange for either fax or snail mail for the targets.

If you have a blog or a website, you can post your target pictures on your site, and send me the URL, instead on sending the pictures in.

All entries must be received by Midnight Tuesday, September 6th., and results will be posted within seven days, or less. Since the closing weekend is Labor Day, I moved the closing to Tuesday, instead of Monday.

If you have any questions, leave the question in the comments to this post, or send me an email, or both.

Most of all, have fun, and be safe!!


At Thursday, August 18, 2005 5:53:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I hope I and the wife do better this time!

At least we'll be at the right distance this time!!! :)

Thanks, Mr. Completely!

At Thursday, August 18, 2005 5:53:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

BTW, you should get trackbacks!

At Friday, August 19, 2005 6:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in!
Now would be a good time to drag myself to the new range I heard about & see what my Chief's Special will do about shooting to it's sights at 10 yards instead of 15 yards!

At Sunday, August 28, 2005 4:48:00 PM, Blogger jwk8109 said...

10 yards seemed a lot further than I thought it would. A Smith and Wesson 637 made this a little tougher than I thought.


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