The Competitive Sport of Bullseye Pistol Shooting - Perfection at 2700-270X

Bullseye Pistol is a very difficult shooting sport.  So difficult, no one in the history of the sport has shot a perfect score in a 2700 point match! The current record is 2680 159x by HL Anderson in 1974.    It is a mental game and a physical game. The majority of the national champions are either military or ex-military where these folks are afforded the opportunity to practice all the time with unlimited ammo and with great coaches. Does that mean only military trained shooters can win the Nationals? No, a few civilians have won and certainly anyone who puts in the time and effort has the opportunity to win.

This sport is all about precision shooting with a bit of emphasis on speed in the sustained fire relays (Timed - 5 shots in 20 secs & Rapid - 5 shots in 10 seconds). Depending on which pistol sport you compare it to, a Bullseye target (the scoring area) is smaller than the "10 ring" on their targets and we shoot at 75 or 150 feet whereas they may shoot at only 20 feet.  I am not knocking the other sports, they have their challenges too but more in speed and power, not accuracy.

A lot goes into a winning combination in this sport.  You have to have good guns that are reliable and accurate.  The ammo is critical and most shooters reload their own to help with cost control and quality control.  While equipment is very important to achieve high scores, much more of the burden is on the shooter.  The best gun in the world isn't going to magically make you a Master or a High Master. For some sort of "scale" to emphasize the importance of the shooter versus the equipment, I would say the shooter contributes 80% to the score and the equipment is 20%.   

I am not sure exactly what motivates Bullseye shooters to compete in a sport where "perfection" has thus far been proven to be impossible.  Prize money is only a token, even at the Nationals level.  Trophies are always nice to have, they are a confirmation of accomplishment and achievement but are seldom issued anymore.  So what is it that drives us so hard to chase the impossible goal? 

07/05/13 - Updated blog with indoor national results
11/04/12 - Added article on wet brass cleaning Brass Cleaning With a Tumbler
10/14/12 - Added article on Lead Poisoning
10/08/12 - Updated Camp Perry Blog   
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07/29/12 - Added an article "Dealing With a Slump and Digging Yourself Out" in the training section
06/06/12 - Added new section "The Masters", see link on tabs at top of page
05/16/12 - Added training target downloads to Training &  Practice section
04/26/12 - Added article about instincts & reflexes in the training section
04/14/12 - Added the "Yardstick" which is a page showing the national results from 2011 - see links page
04/10/12 - Added MyBlog section - see link on tabs at top of page

This website is all about precision pistol shooting from my point of view. I hope that some shooters will take a look around, read some articles, and gain something that allows them to advance their shooting skills.  Most of what is here is based on my opinion of the subject matter. I am a firm believer that virtually all shooters are different from one another and therefore there is no "one" or "Singular" formula that works for everyone.  Take my advice if you wish, use it if you like, and share this site with other shooters.