MOA Target’s NRA Critter series of varmint animal silhouette steel targets are designed to dimensionally match NRA High Power Rifle (HPR), Long Range Pistol (LRP), Hunter’s Pistol (HP), and Smallbore Rifle (SBR) size Chicken (Gallina), Pig (Javelina), Ram (Borrego), and Turkey (Guajalote) silhouette targets. HPR and LRP targets are full NRA scale, while the HP targets are 50%, and SBR are 20%. These targets are also designed with International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) use in mind.
Each target is available individually as well as in full racks (cheaper!).Targets are available with a welded base, as a weld kit with base to be attached, or for hanging with a mounting hole and no base.
MOA’s ¼” AR400 NRA critters are intended for use with smallbore rifle (rimfire) and pistols which do not exceed 1200 fps and/or 350 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle only. For all other uses, MOA’s ⅜” AR500 NRA critters are recommended. While the target surfaces are rated for rifle use, it is important to note that the welding process does weaken the target at the weld. Repeated impact to the welds will eventually require target replacement.
An article [http://www.riflesilhouette.com/SilhouetteInformation/SilhouetteHistory.html] by Roy Dunlap gives a detailed history of shooting metallic sihouettes. The NRA became involved in the sport in 1973 with the Metallic Silhouette Championship, but the sports roots go back much further. Legend has it that the Mexican bandit army of Pancho Villa started the whole thing with an argument between two soldiers, that culminated in a contest to see who could hit a steer first. Decades of cultural change resulted in the eventual switch from live animal targets to the steel targets used now.
Further technological changes have led from use of mild steel to AR400 and AR500 targets for greatly increased target life and increased acceptance of high powered rifle into the field. MOA’s laser cut NRA silhouette targets are proportioned as required by NRA range rules, including appropriately sized bases. Bases are notched for easy and accurate placement and welding of target to the base. Suspended, baseless targets, are intended for sighting in, as tournament rules typically require the target to fall.