Old IHMSA Targets Found and Restored

Fun ways to target practice: For me, it’s a carry-over from the days in the 1980’s when we used to compete in a sport called handgun metallic silhouette [1]. It amounted to setting a bunch of steel targets downrange and knocking them over (there’s something very satisfying about hearing that clang and seeing them go over).

Any other older shooters familiar with this? Revolvers like the Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 magnum, pistols like the Remington XP-100 and Thompson Center were very popular in these competitions.

So anyway, I found a partial set of these targets the other day (lost for many years) and decided to restore them to use again. Here’s a short video of that process, along with a description of how they were used and where to get the cutting patterns to make them.

[1] “International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association” or IHMSA for short

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Got me thinking about trying to find a local IHMSA chapter. I think I’d enjoy it, looks like something my speed.