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Grand Theft Auto V

Handgun Challenges

Claire Farnworth


Medals Targets Time Limit
Bronze: 1400 15 39 seconds
Silver: 2000
Gold: 2800

Multiple stationary targets that exit after one hit.

Using Michael’s special is a very good idea if you are struggling with a challenge.

Using the AP Pistol for this makes achieving Gold so much easier. It has 36 rounds and you can fire rapidly so you can hit targets faster and not have to worry about reloading too much.

If you use the other pistols, just focus on hitting the centre of the target consistently, despite the time. You can rack up a nice multiplier by doing so. As the targets get further away, and especially when three appear at once, make sure to strafe to combat having to reposition the crosshairs too much. Of course you can always use Michael’s special to make things really easy.


Medals Targets Time Limit
Bronze: 2000 No Limit 23 seconds
Silver: 10,000
Gold: 20,000

Multiple moving targets that exit automatically.

Use the AP Pistol for this because of its automatic fire.

Every shot must count to get the Gold here and using the AP pistol helps a lot too. The targets are moving from the back of the range to the front and will then exit. Line your shot in the centre of the target and then strafe to keep the centre while you unload your clip. You have just about enough time to unload a clip and reload before the next one. This must be maintained, along with the multiplier to complete the gold challenge.

Remember the AP pistol is automatic and you always have Michael’s special if you are struggling to get the Gold medal.


Medals Targets Time Limit
Bronze: 650 No Limit 32 seconds
Silver: 3000
Gold: 15,000

One moving target that moves side-to-side throughout.

It goes without saying not to shoot the back of targets. Even accidentally, it can ruin your multiplier.

In this challenge, the target will start by moving from right to left, flipping around so you can no longer see the target and then flipping back around and moving left to right. It will do this for the duration of the challenge. Do NOT fire at the back of the target because it will only reset your multiplier and you will not score anything.

To get the Gold, use the AP pistol and pour a clip into the target before it flips around. Strafe with the target to keep the crosshairs in the centre but be careful you don’t end up strafing too far or you’ll get a wanted level for firing out of the range. Make sure to reload when the target is not facing you so you can maximise your shooting time.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Rockstar Games
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Steam, XB 360, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    16 September 2013
  • Last Updated
    23 December 2023
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth, Shane Williams

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