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

Click to download the official target

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.



Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's a former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.


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Good challenge Matt! 4″ inner circle close to ’10-Ring’ center size on full size silhouette targets we used to shoot in PPC (Practical Pistol Course – 60 rounds at different distances 7 – 25 yds. under time. Exclusively designed for the ‘issued’ revolver and course of fire included a reload). You didn’t put any time restrictions on your challenge – which is probably beneficial for most people – 25 yds. isn’t a distance most handgun owners for ‘self defense’ practice. This distance exercise will bring many ‘pistoleros’ back to the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship. PPC was the standard training course… Read more »

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