Note from Matt: I’m reposting this challenge on July 19, 2022. The news talking heads are focusing a lot on a 22-year-old concealed carrier who intervened at the start of a spree shooting event over the weekend. The citizen had no military or law enforcement background, but drew his Glock and fired 10 shots from a distance of 40-50 yards and killed the would-be shooter before he reached a kill count that would constitute a “mass shooting.”
This event highlights a lot of things, but one of them is the importance of stretching your training beyond the typical 7-10 yards most people practice for. While this challenge originally called for 25 yards, I think there’s value in taking the target out to 50 yards (or alternatively using an NRA B-6) and seeing if you can keep all shots in the outer grey circle.
Paper plates were some of the very first targets I ever started shooting at. They’re convenient, easy to obtain, and come in a variety of sizes to reflect various accuracy levels. The Everyday Marksman community recently got interested in posting a few more Marksman Challenges, and so I figured we could do with a pistol-themed one harkening back to the simple paper plate.
For this challenge, I’m not requiring you to go out and buy plates or anything. Instead, I put together a simple target representing an 8″ plate. I like this size because it’s the same as so many of those classic Dixie plates, but also because 8″ is the size of the black on an NRA B-6 target used for 50-yard bullseye.
The target consists of two circles. The outer grey circle is 8″ in diameter. The inner black has a diameter of 4″. When placed at 25 yards, the inner black circle represents the 50-yard target. Click the photo below to download, or from this link.
The Paper Plate Pistolero Challenge Instructions
Completing this challenge is simple: fire a single string of 10 shots at a target placed at 25 yards. This must be done from a standing position without any support. Any shot that breaks the outer edge of a circle counts as a hit.
Level 1 is placing all 10 shots within the larger grey circle.
Level 2 is placing all 10 shots within the inner black circle.
Level 3 is placing all 10 shots within the inner black circle, but only shooting with one hand
For this challenge, you are expected to use a traditional handgun and not a braced pistol. We aren’t drawing any distinction between cartridge, action type, or the use of optics.
Good luck, have fun! Don’t forget to post your results in the Discord server so you can earn credit and rank up.
If you have the space to try it, post this target at 50 yards and try to keep all shots within the outer grey circle. We’ll call this a Level 2+ and level 3+ achievement. Keep in mind that at 50 yards, the mechanical accuracy of the gun starts playing a much larger role as well.
Make an effort to stretch out your pistol shooting to 50 yards, if your range allows it, on a regular basis. The things it teaches you about your gun and marksmanship fundamentals are important.