In order to shoot well, shooters must exercise excellent “sight alignment” and “trigger control,” both at the same time! Trigger control is important because the gun is held in one hand, at the end of an outstretched arm, and any “fault” in trigger control can easily cause a perfectly aimed shot to miss the target center by a substantial margin.
The National Pistol Championship is conducted at Camp Perry, Ohio, in July, along with Smallbore and High Power Rifle Championships. A Bullseye match consists of 90 shots, comprised of 30 shots each, of slow fire, timed fire, and rapid fire, for a total possible score of 900 (which no one has ever shot). Slow fire can be fired either at 50 yards or 25 yards (depending on the range and match rules) and timed and rapid fire are fired at 25 yards. In slow fire, 10 shots are fired in 10 minutes. In timed and rapid fire, strings of five shots are fired in 20 and 10 seconds, respectively. Targets are scored after 10 rounds. All of the participants shoot at the same time (subject to range capacity) and shooters score the other shooters. A bullseye 900 takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.