Bullseye, also known as conventional pistol, is a shooting sport in which participants shoot handguns at paper targets at fixed distances and time limits. A number of organizations, including the NRA and Civilian Marksmanship Program in the United States, have established rules and keep records for these sports. Emphasis is on accuracy and precision. The sport is primarily popular in United States and Canada. Bullseye pistol was the inspiration for the ISSF international 25 m Standard Pistol (82 feet) event and like the ISSF pistol events, the development of skills required to shoot one-handed at 5.5-inch and 8-inch bullseye targets at 25 and 50 yards, respectively, takes considerable training to achieve proficiency.
All courses of fire are fired from a standing position using a one handed grip at 5.5-inch and 8-inch “bullseye” targets placed at 25 and 50 yards downrange. This is a significantly more difficult shooting position than the two handed grips accepted for use in metallic silhouette and action shooting competitions such as IDPA, IPSC, The Bianchi Cup, and PPC 1500 Matches. The “bullseye” targets are significantly smaller and farther away although time restraints are relatively more generous and shooting begins with an outstretched arm already aimed at the target instead of the mandatory holster draw required in most cases with the action shooting sports.
Three courses of fire are followed: Slow Fire, in which ten rounds are fired in ten minutes, Timed Fire, consisting of two five-round strings with twenty seconds for each string, and Rapid Fire, which has a ten second limit for each of the two five-round strings. All shooting is done one-handed, standing, with no support.
Outdoor competitions are typically fired at 50 yards for slow fire courses and 25 yards for timed and rapid fire courses. A “short course” shoots only at 25 yards and uses a reduced-size target for the Slow Fire segment. All courses of fire at an indoor competition are typically fired at 50 feet with appropriately scaled targets. A notable exception to this rule of thumb happens at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Conservation Club, which conducts indoor matches monthly November-April at 50/25 yards.
Bullseye stylists should take Smallarms, plus the Rapid Fire and Jam Clearing applications.
- Rapid Fire
- Jam Clearing
- Fastest Gun
- Grip Mastery
- Off-hand Shooting
- Rapid Reload
Style Mastery Bonus
Bullseye has no specific mastery bonus.