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Minutes and Speeches of AGM 2014

Please find below the links to the speeches and minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Friday 13th June 2014.

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Updated: 23-Jul-14 (Original posting: 23-Jul-14)
Funeral of Arthur Clarke

The funeral of Arthur Clarke will be held on Tuesday 29th July at 13.30 at Guilford Crematorium.

Updated: 23-Jul-14 (Original posting: 23-Jul-14)
Invitation to the Welsh Open TR and MR meeting - August Bank Holiday weekend

The Welsh Open includes a varied programme of TR shooting starting on Saturday afternoon 22nd August with a Queens 1, followed on Sunday with a Queens 2 and Queens 3.

Competitors will fire in two details and will be re-squadded on Sunday lunchtime to ensure those leading the Grand shoot on the same detail at 900 and 1000yds.

Monday morning consists of a MR competition of 2&15 at 1000yds, 1100yds and 1200yds.

Click here to view and download an entry form.

Updated: 23-Jul-14 (Original posting: 23-Jul-14)
Reflections
No, you have not been forgotten. Reflections have been delayed a bit because of NRA Journal commitments and additional work commitments this week. I hope to settle down to write in the remaining evenings to round this all off. Apologies.
Updated: 23-Jul-14 (Original posting: 23-Jul-14)
It Is All In The Jeens
Saturday 19 July

So we get to the final day, on which the St George's Vase is settled, the Mackinnon is fought and the Queen's Prize is decided. One rumble of thunder last night and some gentle rain at 6am that had almost gone shortly after 8.30. It developed into a very humid day with bright hot sun once the early overcast had cleared. The St George's 100 were faced by gentle breezes blowing from behind the shooters and wafting either side of the flag posts. In other words an over the shoulder fishtail. These days if you are not carrying 75 through with you there is a hill to climb.

In the end there were eight scores of 150 after the 900yds final was finished, the best being Jim Bailey of Australia with 25 centrals in his account, a fitting reward for some fine shooting during the Meeting. Three centrals behind came Oliver Rolfe of Wellington College, another fine entry into the lists, with James Corbett third two more centrals away.

The Mackinnon Match produced as fine a display of teamwork as you will see by England, taking advantage of some very docile breezes when the flags on Stickledown could not manage the energy to cease hugging the posts. Dropping only two points at 900 and only a further 10 at 1000 they posted a new record for the match of 1188.149. Congratulations to Peter Bromley and his team. Scotland were second on 1175.129 with Wales third on 1167.130.

Between the two events the tie for the Conan Doyle was settled with Chris Haley outright winner on the first five shots.

So to the Queen's final, and a topsy turvey affair it was. With only two score of 150 carried forward, Corbett and Francis Bilton (Leiston Patriotic RC and not Leicester as I mis-read yesterday) and a spread of four points, it had a little uncertainty from the start. Not only that but the wind wound itself up again over the left shoulder and then down the range and back again from the left. Interesting, and it was. James Corbett squadded 0-4, Bailey 2-2, Bob Oxford 0-4 and David Armstrong 3-1 led at half-time all on 224. Jon Cload had a maximum 75 to pull himself up to 223. At 1000 Rob Sandlant of Australia, Richard Jeens of NLRC and Simon Carson of Ulster all joined the chase producing a frenzy of nameplate swapping and sweeping on the leader board. With Corbett an early finisher on 6 off the race settled into a nail biter between Jeens, Sandlant and Carson each creepingup shot after shot with just 3 off. The star remained against Jeens on the better count of Centrals and did so until the end.

He, Sandlant and Carson finished on 297 counted out by 44, 33 and 30 centrals with Corbett fourth after his win last year. Here we pause to contemplate the brothers Jeens, Henry winning the Prize 10 years ago, Ed coming second last year and Richard the victor this year. I cannot resist it: it is all in the Jeens. I do apologise. Richard, swapping rifle for new-born son (fast asleep all the while) was chaired off the range by a loud band and some very considerate bearers. It was a very popular win.

After the hectic dash home to write this I will pause for a day or so to get my bearings before writing the usual reflections. Have a last visit in a couple of days time when I have been able to contemplate the last ten days.

Updated: 19-Jul-14 (Original posting: 19-Jul-14)
Corbett's Queen's II
Friday 18 July

Thunder and lightning plus the sound of torrential rain on the caravan roof at 4am this morning. The storms had cleared by the time shooting started four hours later and an early overcast quickly cleared to become another very hot and humid day. 29C registered on the tank temperature display and it must have been more than that out in the centre of the ranges. The accompanying breezes early on were swift moving reducing to gentle and deceptive as the day wore on.

The Kolapore saw a 17 point victory for GB on 1192.177, with Jersey second and the Australians third. And so to Queen's II at the hottest part of the day. The winds from around 4 o?clock were not easy and the heat took its toll with a few competitors who had dropped too many points by the end of 500yds deciding to call it a day rather than suffer the third distance. Despite that the result was a close run thing. There were only two scores of 150 to carry through and the cut was a clean one at 146.19. and no tie shoots. James Corbett of Australia, last year's winner, was again in the van with 150.24 just ahead of F Bilton on 150.23, his first 150 over this course of fire and a good time to make it. Angus McLeod of ATSC was third on the best 149 with 25 centrals. There was a nice touch to the award of the top three badges when Paul Kent was also called forward to receive his 30th Queen's finalist badge, much applause for a remarkable consistent performance over the years.

Finally we had the Donaldson Memorial final at 1000yds where Exonia & Tiverton George Cann quietly produced a score of 75 12 in the very last moments of card counting. He pushed out Peter Holden of OGRE on 75.10 and his fellow Exonian Jonathan Haward on 75.8.

Tomorrow is the St Georges final, the Mackinnon and the Queen's final. Another long day in prospect as is some very uncertain weather after the regular sun and heat of the last week. Rain is forecast for tonight and it is tinkling overhead as I scribe. Storms are forecast tomorrow with patchy clear spells. We wait to see how accurate this is and what effect it will have on proceedings. Cue a large clap of thunder and a flash of lightning. Good night.

Updated: 19-Jul-14 (Original posting: 19-Jul-14)
Kent's Grand
It has been another long, hot and dusty day. The temperatures on Century range rose by the minute and were as humid and hot as I can remember for many years. The main morning interest lay with the Grand Aggregate and could Paul Kent hang on to his two point overnight advantage. The short answer was that he could. Needing a score of 74 or 75 in the Prince of Wales to win outright he made 74 - as did his nearest rival Jim Corbett of Australia who came second. Barry LeCheminant's 75 pulled him up to third with Parag patel third.

To crack 700 in the winds that we have experienced during the last week or so is no mean feat and Paul and the chasing pack deserve congratulations for getting to, and approaching that marker. It is Paul's second Grand, the first being in 1999 to add to two second and two third places.

The Prince of Wales was undecided with four scores of 75.13 to go forward to a tie-shoot.

This afternoon we had the St Georges second stage. 300 shot for the final 100 places. James Corbett showed the best 150 with 26 centrals. Jim Bailey, his Australian colleague was second with 24 centrals just beating Oliver Rolfe of Wellington College on count back (all subject to stats confirmation). Corbett has been shooting consistently well this meeting as befits last year's Queen's Prize winner - with both Georges and Queen's left open to him.

In between these two individual competitions we had the National Match, in which Nick Hinchliffe's England team set a new record of 2087 points to see off the other three home nations. Scotland were second with Ireland third and Wales fourth. England's Matt Purday won the David Hossack Memorial Salver with 105.17 on count back from Scotland's Sandy Walker.

Kolapore and Queen's II await us tomorrow - as does a long lie in for those not required upon the firing-point.

Updated: 18-Jul-14 (Original posting: 18-Jul-14)
NRA General Council Elections - Results

PLEASE FIND BELOW THE RESULTS FROM THE GENERAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS FOR THE ORDINARY MEMBER VACANCIES ANNOUNCED DURING THE BISLEY GENERAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY

Mr JPS Bloomfield 1046 votes
Wg. Cdr DP Calvert 979 votes
Mr DC Crispin 797 votes
Mr TS McDowell 774 votes
Mr GMLN Gilpin 672 votes

All the above were elected as Ordinary Members of General Council.

The other candidates received the following votes

Mr IR Thomson 667 votes
Mr SJ East 667 votes
Mr MG Farnan 666 votes
Lt. Cdr. J Morgan-Hosey 641 votes
Mr JP Tapster 463 votes
Mr S Wallis 421 votes
Mr A Wragg 393 votes
Mr M Osment 311 votes


Updated: 17-Jul-14 (Original posting: 17-Jul-14)
Grand Boiling to Finale
Thursday 17 July 8am

I seem to have missed a day, for which apologies. Scrutineering duties over the NRA General Council Elections meant presence was required at the Bisley General Meeting to deliver the outcome. It was a bit like a tie shoot with 13 candidates for three places and 8500 shots to mark. Suffice it to say that it was a bit late when the proceedings ended. I hear rifles in the background above the crunch of my toast and marmelade. The Prince of Wales has just started and for many that will be their last shoot of the Meeting.

What of Wednesday? It was warm and humid with the left hand breezes moderated a bit from previous days, but none the less testing. Ant Ringer of Uppingham Veterans and Alex Coetzee of South Africa tied for the bling in the Queen's Prize first stage, each with 105.19. James Borland of East of Scotland carried off third place with the best 105.18. The only important thing for the remaining 297 was the cut off score of 102.12.

The Conan Doyle at 900yds resulted in a six way tie, too many to list here, all scoring 50.9. The later details might have had it a bit easier as the winds died down towards evening but 83 maximum 50s might cast doubt on that theory.

Finally the Grand Aggregate, where there was a change in the order. Paul Kent retains his two point lead, but after the two shoots it is now last year's Queen's winner james Corbett of Australia who is second with the same number of Centrals. Parag Patel slipped to third one further point behind, ahead of Barry LeCheminant and John Warburton by another point.

In reality this means that with a 75 or 74 the Grand will go to Kent. Anything less and Corbett could snatch it with a 75 and more centrals than Kent. Game on. More this evening.

Updated: 17-Jul-14 (Original posting: 17-Jul-14)
Results of NRA Adaptive Match - 4th July 2014
This year the National Rifle Association in conjunction with the Army Rifle Association hosted the third Adaptive Military Shooting Championships.

This was open to any disabled veteran from any of the Services. The event coincided with Her Majesty The Queen's Medal final and the Adaptive winners received their trophies from the VIP prize presenter, Major General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations).

Click here to download results.



Updated: 16-Jul-14 (Original posting: 16-Jul-14)
Help Our French Friends

The biggest range in France, was condemned one week ago to leave the place where we are, near Versailles castle. It's killing us, as if Bisley range was to be closed.

I do not know if in this matter NRA UK can be of any help, please let me know. A relay of this information on NRA web site would be of great help to put pressure on authorites and help getting a solution.

1500 members are kicked out, without any replacement solution.
This is also for all official and professional people training here : policemen, soldiers, customs and special forces.

I would greatly appreciate your personal support as well as NRA support and help in sign on here under:

Sign Petition here

Best and warmest regards

Bernard COLLOT
Délégué Général du Tir National de Versailles
NRA member

Updated: 16-Jul-14 (Original posting: 16-Jul-14)
St Georges Perfect Tie
Tuesday 15 July

I have just spent the last 6 hours closeted in a very warm museum room in the NRA offices assisting in counting votes for the NRA General Council elections, so I am in grave danger of becoming churlish. Therefore I am going to cheat a bit by attaching the results synopsis that I sent in to the newspapers a few hours ago to bail me out of a corner. Today started cloudy but by mid morning was humid and hot. Prime match on the agenda was the first stage of the St Georges, 15 shots at 300yds and a place in the second stage for the top 300. Tim Drysdale of City of Newcastle and George Cotton of Horsham contrived to be the clever ones with perfect 75.15s and will shoot off in due course.

As that is the only Grand contributer today it is not going to make much of a dent in the running order, and it did not. Paul Kent still leads by two points from John Warburton and Parag Patel, followed by Barry LeCheminant and James Corbett. Three ranges of the 1st stage of HN The Queen?s Prize and the 900yd Conan Doyle tomorrow might offer change, but we shall see.

There have been other county matches tonight but since I was locked away I do not know what the results were. You might have to wait until tomorrow for the website scores because of the late finishes but on the other hand they might be there already. We have a number of tie shoot results and they are listed in the summary below. I think I need something to eat: my brain is fading. More tomorrow.

St Georges Vase 1st Stage (300yds). Tie to be shot: 1= T Drysdale (City of Newcastle) & G Cotton (Horsham) 75.15; 3. J Corbett (Australia) 75.14. Qualifying score for 2nd stage: 73.9. Tie Shoot results. Times Challenge Cup (300yds). 1. A Lothian (Epsomians) 25.4/5/5/ 2. R Jeens 25.4/5/4. Donegall (300yds). 1. S Osmand (Uppingham Veterans) 25.4; 2. J Jobson (NRA) 25.2: 3. P Kent (Epsomians) 24.3. Lovell (1000yds). 1. K Pugh (City of Newcastle) 24.2/5/5/4/V; 2. I Shaw (Epsomians) 24.2/5/5/4/5; 3. G Morris (NRA) 22.0. Admiral Hutton (900yds). 1. M Barlow (Fife & Kinross) 24.2/V/V; 2. R Hatcher (Bedfordians) 24.2/V/5. Century (500 & 600yds). 1. J Messer (NLRC) 25.5; S East (RAFTRC) 25.4. Grand Aggregate (after 8 ex 11 matches). 1. P Kent (Epsomians) 472.67; 2. J Warburton (Huddersfield) 470.71; 3. P Patel (Epsomians) 470.64; 4, B Le Cheminant (Jersey) 469.68; 5. Corbett 469.67.

Updated: 15-Jul-14 (Original posting: 15-Jul-14)
Kent Inches In Front
Monday 14 July

Of course you do not need reminding just how important this day is, 'Quatorze Juillet', to the descendants of Bernard Rene de Launay. He was pulled onto the ramparts of the Bastille on this day in 1789, there to come to a savage and ignominious end. Rather like being Corporated at 1000 yards in the Corporation of the City of London match. To put this in perspective the myth of an easy early detail in the Corp was blown away and trashed without ceremony, the early winds being brisk and head on switching either side of the posts and varying in strength. Once again the speed of the changes was a primary factor in our discomfort.

The winds grew stronger through the day as the clouds got higher and the sun warmed the ground, switching to a more Westerly stream from the left. Up to 13 or so minutes on the Stickledown Hill and four or five on Century. And it fluctuated quickly. Hearts were there to be broken. We will stick with the Corp for the moment. Despite the winds two competitors made 50, Paul Kent of Epsomians with 5 centrals and David Armstrong with a winning 7. Simon Belither of Uppingham veterans was the best of only 8 scores of 49. In the Times there were just 2 scores of 50.10, Andrew Lothian of Epsomians and Richard Jeens of North London RC, with Jeremy Thompson of Central bankers the best 50.9. Some 160 of the 886 competitors made a score of 50 showing that the morning on Century at 300yds was not quite as fearsome as over the hill.

The Wimbledon at 600yds in the afternoon produced its own crop of hard luck stories. In fact at 1630 it seemed reasonably steady at around 3 to 4 left, but there were dips and hollows to catch you out. There were 47 scores of 50, with two scores of 50.9, P Lanigan of GBU25 and B Merhtens of New Zealand living to fight another day for the trophy. Ant Ringer of Uppingham Veterans was the best 50.8. All of which means that Barry Le Cheminant of Jersey topped the Monday Agg with 148.20 with Paul Kent and Miss S Hayes of Australia second and third on 148.17.

That leaves the Grand Agg after seven matches with Paul Kent nosing into the lead on 397.57 ahead of John Warburton who is two points behind on 395.63, and Parag Patel dropping two places thanks to a 46 in the Corp on 395.50. John Bellringer is the third 395 in fourth place followed by Le Cheminant and James Corbett of Australia on 394 making steady progress. The full list of the top 200 and all these matches and myriads of aggregates should be on the website www.nra.org.uk.

Tomorrow holds one Grand competition, the St Georges first stage and is followed by county shoots and other matches. Goodnight.

Updated: 14-Jul-14 (Original posting: 14-Jul-14)
Patel Leads Grand By Four Centrals After Four Events
Sunday 13 July

Overcast, damp feeling, cool and occasional spots of half-hearted rain: that describes the conditions at the start of the day. However this quickly changed as the clouds got higher, broke up and the blustery wind poured in from the North West. It barged its way straight up the ranges flicking from side to side of the posts, changing direction and strength in a flash. And that made it all rather interesting and downright testing to boot. The Alexandra at 600yds came first at short range. Daily Telegraph winner John Warburton posted another perfect score of 50.10 only to be joined by Steve Negus of Canberra Australia. They will shoot off. Ant Ringer of Uppingham Veterans was third.

The wind pattern continued all day, hitting the afternoon Daily Mail in the same way. If anything the speed of the changes got quicker: if you did not make up your mind quickly and get the shot away pronto the chances were that it would not be in the place where your careful preparation said it should be. Such fun. Rob Lygoe of Dursely was the outright winner with the only pluperfect 75.15. Paul Kent of Epsomians was two centrals behind and last year?s Queen's Prize winner James Corbett of Benalla was third also on 75.13.

Over on the Stickledown Hill the Duke of Cambridge at 900yds marched on through the day. I counted five clear targets in a row after my second sighter also missed the target (message 7 produced a high 12 o?clock magpie). The wind was turning in the blink of an eye and five left becoming 1 or two right in the final moment of letting the shot go does move you a bit. Nevertheless, as always there are clever people who can remain in the bullseye, 41 of them in fact. Barry LeCheminant of Jersey was the only 50.10, followed by Colin Sherratt of Club 25 and Nigel Cole-Hawkins of NLRC, the only 50.9s.

The Sunday Agg went to Parag Patel with Paul Kent and John Warburton following. The Weekend Agg also went to Patel followed by Kent and Rob Lygoe. At the head of the Grand Aggregate sits Patel, clean on 250.33 after four of the eleven events. Fellow Epsomian John Bellringer is four centrals behind in second place, one point in front of Warburton (apologies for the error in the first posting of this summary - if you noticed it). The full lists should be available later tonight with the first of other concurrent individual and team aggregates. Something to eat calls. More tomorrow.

Updated: 13-Jul-14 (Original posting: 13-Jul-14)
Warburton's Perfect Telegraph
Saturday 12 July

The day dawned feeling damp and looking very overcast. Mizzle was in the air at 0600, but by the first detail of the Donegal (300yds) it had vanished to leave the start of the day warm and sunny with a cheeky little headwind, flicking coquettishly either side of the posts. George Cotton of Horsham, whose card I was marking, found no demons with a very tight 50.10 to set the standard. By the time we got up to long range for a 1000 Lovell at 1000yds the coquette had been replaced by a proper little goblin, moving from 4 or so right to 2 or 3 left with the flags pointing every whichway. Even the mirage was behaving in a confused fashion. Some shooters found the bullseye easily only to follow success with trips to all parts of the paperwork.

So, who won what? Let us start with the Telegraph where John Warburton outshone the rest with the only score of 75.15 to take the challenge cup outright. James Watson (Uppingham Veterans) put his fourth into the ordinary bull, Rupert Clark (RAFTRC) his fifth, Chris Watson (Uppingham Veterans again) his eleventh and Ian Shaw (Epsomians) his thirteenth to sort out the 75.14s. The Donegall produced five 50.10s including Cotton, Paul Kent (Epsomians), Ant Ringer (Uppingham Veterans), J Jobson (NRA) and S Osmond (Uppingham Veterans) will join him in a tie shoot. No less than 162 scores of 50 were recorded.

Three scores of 50.9 will shoot off for the Lovell (1000yds) in a total of eleven scores of 50. Gaz Morris (NRA) , Ian Shaw and our favourite North East coast special Keith Pugh (City of Newcastle) will re-engage later. The Tucker Aggregate was won by Parag Patel (Epsomians) with the only perfect 250, followed by Ross McQuillan of Ulster and David Crispin (Surrey RA) both on 248. Finally the Saturday Aggregate went to Ian Shaw as the best of three maximum scores of 175, by two centrals from Gaz Morris who counted out Parag Patel by virtue of two more centrals in the Lovell.

That is it for now. More tomorrow and hopefully the lists will have been posted.

Updated: 13-Jul-14 (Original posting: 13-Jul-14)
Friday Second Helpings
Friday 11 July

I suppose that today ranks with next Tuesday as one of those days that feels as if it should be the longest day. The Astor and related matches start at 0800 and I drew the last detail of the Admiral Hutton finishing at around 1930. A good 12 hours on the go for range staff so I lift a cool glass of something or other to them at this early stage. The weather today started bright at 0700, but quickly clouded over and by mid morning some spits and spots of rain could be felt. Almost immediately this cleared and a humid day with a few patches of sunshine followed on. It remained thus to the end of shooting when it was getting distinctly murky at the target end.

Ties are in fashion: not a piece of sartorial wisdom, but a note of the thrill of the chase that will lead to both the Century and the Hutton being decided on another day. Sorry about that little literary adventure: I have been released on poetic licence. In the Hutton (900yds) Mike Barlow of Fife & Kinross (and also a top Match Rifle exponent for those of you that have been following earlier posts) will go shoulder to shoulder with Robin Hatcher of Bedfordians _ also from the caravan just up from the command centre - both on 50.9. James Lothian of Epsomians was the best 50.8 in third place. In the Century Steve East of RAFTRC and Jane Messer of NLRC both made 100.17. The final test awaits both of them. Stuart Postins of Troubleshooters (aka past Oundle pupils) was best 100.16 in third place. Finally, the Friday Agg was taken by Rob Sandlant of Australia on 150,23, one central ahead of Mike Barlow who in turn counted out Parag Patel of Epsomians. That concludes the bare bones detail. Full lists in the usual place.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Grand Aggregate with the Telegraph Challenge Cup and by Sunday night we will have an idea of the leading bunch. More on the morrow.

Updated: 11-Jul-14 (Original posting: 11-Jul-14)
Schools, Veterans and Openers
Friday 11 July

For the benefit of my good friend Dr Jim Thompson of DCRA I am duty bound to relate that last night's dinner was exceptionally good. Medallions of smoked duck and chicken, savoury flans, crab mayonnaise and excellent salads with fresh baked almond and seed bread to start: meringue and cream roulade with summer fruit coulis and some excellent cheeses to fill up the nooks and crannies to finish. For those of you that like smoked and other fancy meats a visit to David Richard's Capreolus Fine Foods website is a very good idea. Dominic's excellent wines complete the picture.

All of which followed the final day of the Schools' meeting in which Wellington College triumphed in the chase for the Ashburton Shield. With the field shooting 300 and 600 before lunch their shooting master, GB stalwart Nigel Ball, was looking concerned as the final 500 yard stage was under way. Wellington had a solid 18 point lead after a 600 yard shoot. It was the conditions that caused major problems for many but their pursuers seemed to be nibbling the lead away. Some very tricky winds that were turning and bouncing off the right hand end of Century were the culprits for what happened next.

Greshams, and Elizabeth Guernsey were hunting Wellington down but Ball need not have worried. Wellington settled and the rest fell away bar Epsom, unnoticed by many, who crept up to take second place. The winning margin was 17 points, and Wellington's second win to add to that of 2012. Elizabeth were third. Ellesmere College took the Cadet pairs and Dollar Academy the Cadet Fours.

The Veterans thundered on into the remnants of a fine sunny evening. Oundle's Troublshooters had a one point lead in the A teams, Old Epsomians did the same in the B teams and Guilfordians swept away the opposition by a mere 2 centrals in the C teams. The Aggregate went to Epsomians ahead of Elizabethans with Guildfordians third and the giant Lucas went to Wellington to crown their day.

This morning's team matches produced wins for Scoregasm (Opening Shot), Jersey RC (Astor) and the Channel islands (Cadet National). Yesterday Surrey took the English Counties King George V Cup by a slim 4 points from Hampshire.

All these results and more can be found on the website. The Century and the Admiral Hutton are popping away as I scribe and they will produce their results much later this evening. More anon.

Updated: 11-Jul-14 (Original posting: 11-Jul-14)
NRA Team to the Channel Islands 2015

I am delighted to have been selected to be the Captain of the NRA Team to the Channel Islands in 2015. The tour is expected to take place between 20th and 27th May. The team will travel to Guernsey and then Jersey with team matches against both islands and some individual shooting.

This tour is designed to aid the development of target rifle shooters who have gained or are close to attaining county level status and want to take their shooting to the next level. I wish to invite applications from shooters who aspire to be considered for forthcoming GB or national team selection along with applications from more experienced shooters who are willing to pass on their shooting knowledge. I plan to organise training days, including at least one corporate day to keep costs down and team members would be expected to attend these.

It is my objective to lead a successful and enjoyable tour combining competition at a senior level with a relaxed social content in the company of our friends in the Channel Islands.

Please submit applications to me by e-mail or in writing including a shooting CV by 31st July 2014. I would hope to announce the team in September.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Cheslyn-Curtis
Deerhurst, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LH

Cheslyncurtis@btinternet.com

Updated: 10-Jul-14 (Original posting: 10-Jul-14)
England's Elcho
Wednesday 9 July

England ran out comfortable winners in the Elcho Shield match shot in some difficult winds on the Stickledown Hill at Bisley. They finished 36 points ahead of Scotland who in turn were 31 points ahead of Ireland with Wales fourth. After his triumph in the Hopton Aggregate England's Rob Lygoe made top score of the match, but only by virtue of a higher count of central bullseyes at the expense of Scotland's Mike Baillie-Hamilton.

For the record the scores were:
1. England 1699.154 (R Lygoe 219.32); 2. Scotland 1663.134 (M Baillie-Hamilton 219.22); 3. Ireland 1632.140 (J Lindsay 210.21); 4. Wales 1626.105 (G James 215.15).

Tomorrow is 'Black Thursday', so named by the late Harry Eaton who ruled the range office for many years, when the past pupils follow on the Schools' Ashburton Shield match. As usual there may well be no posting in the diary that night, dinner getting the better of ferreting for scraps of news.

Updated: 09-Jul-14 (Original posting: 09-Jul-14)
Markers Monday Results
It was good to have nearly 40 butt markers and some NRA staff shooting at our Marker's Monday shoot on 1st Monday (7 July). We saw some good scores from 300x on Century, and this allowed markers the opportunity to enjoy some competitive shooting whilst appreciating the value of their role in the Imperial.

Congratulations to Ian Atherton, the top shooter with a total score of 68.3v, followed closely by Alastair Thompson in 2nd place and Chris Bonham in 3rd place.

Click here to download full results.



Updated: 09-Jul-14 (Original posting: 09-Jul-14)
Lygoe's Second Hopton
Tuesday 8 July

So it is decided. Rob Lygoe has won the Hopton for the second time having led since Sunday evening. Many congratulations after a day that has seen testing winds and rain. It was a thoroughly dominating performance, finishing with a maximum 75 at the 1200 yards distance of the Albert and turning his 5 point advantage into a clear ten, breaking the 1000 points barrier in fine style and just failing to bust Nick Tremlett's record 1004 of exactly 10 years ago. He also finished in third place in the Albert, behind Tremlett and Philip Bain of Explorers.

The full MR lists will be posted soon (if not already) but for the record the main scores today are shown below.

Hopton Challenge Cup

1. R Lygoe (Dursley) 1003.129; 2. E Hobbs (FCSA) 993.124; 3. M Barlow (Fife & Kinross) 991.83; 4. T Kidner (West Atholl) 990.120; 5. N Tremlett (Windsor) 990.116.

Albert (1000, 1100 & 1200yds) 1. Tremlett 221.31; 2. P Bain (Explorers RC) 221.25; 3. Lygoe 220.31.

Tomorrow sees the Elcho match which, strawberries and cream permitting, should produce a result around 4.30pm. Time to stand easy for a bit.

Updated: 08-Jul-14 (Original posting: 08-Jul-14)
Imperial Historic Arms Meeting 2014 Results
Click here to download full results for the 2014 Imperial Historic Arms Meeting.
Challenges will be accepted until noon on the Second Sunday (13 July).

For all queries please click here to contact Mark Haigh in Shooting Division.



Updated: 08-Jul-14 (Original posting: 08-Jul-14)
Hopton Progress
Monday 7 July

Two days of Match Rifle events for the Hopton Aggregate have passed and Rob Lygoe, winner in 2011, was leading the field by four points overnight. Today sees the Edge at 1100 and 1200 yards and if the weather at Bisley is anything like it is here in West Sussex they will be having occasional spatters of rain but mostly high broken cloud with sunshine and a brisk breeze.

All of which is to say that four points as a margin is useful but not as yet decisive at these long distances. Eric Hobbs lies second and Tim Kidner, shrugging off the effects of his Commonwealth Games open rifle organisational duties, is third but with a further five points to catch up. Behind them in the ballistical equivalent of a gaggle come Mike Barlow, Hugh Butcher, Nick Tremlett, Mike Baillie-Hamilton and David Friend. Some top names there, but all with considerable work to do.

A quick wander round the back of the firing points yesterday showed the estate to be in good fettle, still green from all the rain earlier in the year and feeling fresh. Some rounds at 500 yards were helpful in confirming elevation zeros for RWS and unhelpful in showing that windage on one rifle was in dire need of correction. I thought that I had corrected it carefully a week ago. These things are sent to try us.

Finally, shooters the world over will have been saddened to hear of the death of Arthur Clarke, one of the great shooters and coaches of all time. There will be a place for a formal obituary in the coming weeks, but I can recall one particular act of kindness in my first appearance in the Donaldson Memorial final many years ago. I shared a target with him, and when my rifle ceased to function with about six shots to go he simply told me to wait a moment and that he would lend me his when he had finished. Even though his method of aim using a blade foresight tucked into the top right of the target was a bit novel to me I managed to score with each of the remaining shots. Not only that but he quickly diagnosed the problem with my Musgrave and fixed it. Thank you Arthur.

More in due course.

Updated: 07-Jul-14 (Original posting: 07-Jul-14)
Bisley on the BBC
More information on Countryfile is here

Updated: 04-Jul-14 (Original posting: 04-Jul-14)
Kingsbury Incident. Summary ( Redacted)

Following reports of an incident involving members of Rifle Club 1 (RC1) at Kingsbury in July 2013, the NRA was informed that MoD Land Accident Investigation Team did not wish to investigate the incident and that MoD requested that the NRA carry out an investigation in accordance with the NRA / MoD agreement for use of ranges by civilian clubs.

In subsequent action formal disciplinary action was considered inappropriate; however, several individuals were rebriefed on specific aspects of the duties they were fulfilling on the day, and the RCO and the firer were required to have their performances as an RCO and as a reloader respectively independently reviewed under arrangements made by the club. On completion of these reviews MoD accepted the NRAs request that the club be permitted to return to using MoD ranges. Clubs are invited to note the timescale, which the NRA believes is likely to be typical in investigation of similar occurrences in the future.

To view Kingsbury Incident Summary redacted report Click here

Updated: 04-Jul-14 (Original posting: 04-Jul-14)
2014 First Sighter
Thursday 3 July

The witching hour approaches and the charms of the mobile command centre beckon. An embryo wasps' nest has been evicted and the damp around the bedroom vent and cooking area should disperse thanks to the replacement mushrooms on the roof. The mushrooms inside have been consigned to the trash bins. My local robin, that I am sure nests in the chassis somewhere, greeted my maintenance efforts with a derisory trill last week, and the squirrel in the oak-tree above Norris' van hurled insults to match.

What have we got? Numbers first of all: the website shows a total of 1044 entries as at today's date. In terms of what I always think is the true measure for target rifle, this includes 813 entries to the TR Grand Aggregate, just 15 behind the list total at the end of the 2013 meeting. We will have to wait a few days before a more complete total is available.

So what will be the talking points? Hopefully the much trailed Glasgow Commonwealth Games will add piquancy. This year's batch of RUAG will no doubt come under scrutiny after all the kerfuffle last year: may this year it prove to be an entirely uneventful matter. The same, of course, could be hoped for from the weather, as we bask in sunshine and testing breezes this week. But the forecast for next week suggests some showers initially before moving on to more settled weather up to final Saturday - in the southern part of the UK. The first practices start tomorrow. The MR Hopton commences with the first of the seven constituent matches on Saturday. Last year's winner of the Queen's Prize, James Corbett of Benalla (just down the road from my sister Sue) has returned to defend his TR title. All the usual suspects are, no doubt, in fine fettle. Other than that, no predictions: no disappointments. Further reports will be posted over the next four days, time and work schedule permitting, settling down into the usual late night pattern from Friday 11 July. Finally, the customary warm welcome to all overseas competitors and followers, and also to readers in far flung places. It is good to be back.

Updated: 03-Jul-14 (Original posting: 03-Jul-14)
Range Office Targets / TR Practice Targets

Range Office Targets
ROT's are available on the following dates and at the following distances.

21st June 1000yds AM, 600yds PM.
22nd June 500yds AM only.
28th June 900yds AM, 1000yds PM.
29th June 1000yds AM
3rd July 100yds AM & 300yds PM
4th July 900yds AM
6th July 300, 500 & 600yds PM (can only be booked as single distance)
8th July 1000yds AM & 600yds PM 1730hrs - 1930hrs
9th July 300yds & 500yds PM 1730hrs - 2000hrs
10th July 300yds AM 0830hrs - 1000hrs & 600yds 1100hrs - 1200hrs

These are bookable through the Range Office, please be aware that we can book two shooters on each target.

TR Practice Targets

10th July 900yrds AM 0830hrs - 1000hrs & 1000yds 1015hrs - 1145hrs
and 900yds falling back to 1000yds PM 1330hrs - 1630hrs

11th July 900yds AM 0830hrs - 1100hrs

Range Office

Updated: 19-Jun-14 (Original posting: 19-Jun-14)
Inter Counties and R Jarvis 2014 Results

Hampshire succumbed a solid Short Range lead to allow Surrey to retain their Inter Counties Championship. Posting 1169.129v, they overcame a 7 point deficit to win the Inter Counties by 13 points.
The Long Range Match was shot on Sunday 15 June in generally light to fresh wind, albeit conditions became tricky as the morning progressed.
Apart from Surrey's impressive showing at both 900x and 1000x, Somerset, Berkshire and Hertfordshire produced scores to put real pressure on Hampshire, but fell just short of catching them.

Results for the Lt Colonel H Jones VC Memorial Trophy (Inter Counties Short Range), shot on Saturday 14 June:

1st Place, The Challenge Trophy and Ten Gold Medals: Hampshire - 1180.152v
2nd Place, Ten Silver Medals: Surrey - 1173.130v
3rd Place, Ten Bronze Medals: Ulster - 1167.124v

To download full Short Range results click here.

Results for the NRA Long Range match, shot on Sunday 15 June:

1st Place, The Challenge Trophy: Surrey - 1169.129v
2nd Place, Somerset - 1162.127v
3rd Place, Hertfordshire - 1161.125v

To download full Long Range results click here

Overall Results:

Winners of the NRA Inter Counties Championship 2014: Surrey - 2342.259v
Runners Up: Hampshire - 2329.256v
3rd Place: Berkshire - 2326.227v

To download full Aggregate results click here

The R Jarvis was shot by 127 competitors in mixed conditions, with periods of muggy and damp weather interspersed with pleasant June sunshine.
The wind was generally light and fairly constant, resulting in a high scoring match with excellent scores. Congratulations to all who took part.

Results for the R Jarvis:

1st Place, The Challenge Trophy and Gold Medal: Mr P Kent, Surrey - 105.18v
2nd Place, Silver Medal: Mr R Kitson, Ulster - 105.17v
3rd Place, Bronze Medal: Mr D Luckman, Somerset - 105.17v

4th Place: Mr N Mace, Hampshire - 105.16v
5th Place: Mr T Raincock, Surrey - 105.15v
6th Place: Mr K Morton, Hampshire - 105.15v
7th Place: Mr W Broad, Surrey 'B' - 105.13v
8th Place: Mr J Hull, Hampshire - 105.12v
9th Place: Mr P Griggs, Kent - 105.11v
10th Place: Mr G Childs, Devon - 105.11v

Congratulations to the highest Under 23 - Mr W Broad with 105.13v

To download full R Jarvis results click here.

Updated: 16-Jun-14 (Original posting: 16-Jun-14)
70th anniversary of D-Day

Mr Chairman, On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, on behalf of the NORMANDY R.C. - French Long Range Association

On our personal behalf we have the honor to salute the memory of the thousands British soldiers who sacrificed their youth to liberate France, with a particular and respectful affection for those which rest in earth or Normandy.

With kindest regards,

Philippe Ginestet Chaiman of the Normandy R.C. NRA Vice-Président R.G. Chombart NRC Président d'Honneur NRA Vice-President.

Updated: 09-Jun-14 (Original posting: 09-Jun-14)
Irish Open 2014 - Results

Please find below a link to the results of the Irish Open 2014 held at Ballykinler Ranges from 31st May to 1st June.

Click here to view



Updated: 03-Jun-14 (Original posting: 03-Jun-14)
Phoenix Meeting 2014 - Results

The exciting Phoenix Meeting 2014 saw a record number of entrants and competitions shot, with 535 shooters who between them shot 3,384 competitions. It was good to also welcome a significant number of newcomers to Bisley.

Congratulations to all those who took part in their first competition, achieved their PB, HPS and finally to the two highlight achievements - John Chambers with a perfect score in the Embassy Cup Shotgun Semi-Automatic, and Paul Stockill who smashed the previous record in T&P 1, Pump Action Shotgun, with a score of 300 20X.

John Ware was the well-deserved winner of the Sporting Rifle Statics by a significant margin - with an outstanding score of 285. This score may well stand for a few years waiting to be beaten. The Zebras from South Africa were the proud winners of the Sport Rifle Statics Team Match with a team score of 985. This was well worth their journey here to Bisley specifically to take part in the Sporting Rifle competitions.

The Gallery Rifle International Matches took place on Monday 26 May, with the Great Britain team performing brilliantly under the guidance of their captain Pete Cooper, securing victory in both the Small-Bore and Centre-Fire events:

GRSB
        GB - 5915.359
        Ireland - 5899.355
        Germany - 5812.284
        RSA - 5770.317

GRCF
        GB - 5966.414
        Germany - 5954.370
        Ireland - 5929.382

Full results of all events downloadable HERE and the prizelist can be found HERE..

PHX 14 - Century Range, Sunday AM

Updated: 12-Jun-14 (Original posting: 29-May-14)
NRA bid for IPSC Franchise GB

Click here for an update on the NRA bid

Click here for details of the bid itself.



Updated: 23-May-14 (Original posting: 23-May-14)
MOD Ranges - Urgent Safety Notice

This Safety Notice concerns RangeMaster Precision Arms rifles in .50BMG, some Krag-Jorgensen rifles, and some batches of .50BMG ammunition.

The MOD and NRA have agreed an immediate ban of the use of the specified rifles and ammunition until the incidents have been investigated.

To view the Safety Notice Click here

To view the Range Advice Notice covering the ban Click here

Updated: 23-May-14 (Original posting: 22-May-14)
The NRA British 300M Open Championship Match Report

The NRA British 300M Open Championships event was shot on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May 2014. It was good to see a strong number of entrants for this competition.

The Championships consist a number of competitions run over the weekend for the 300M discipline, including 60 shot Prone TR/Standard Rifle, 60 shot Free Rifle Prone, 40 shot Free Rifle (Kn/St), and Prone Aggregate.

Match conditions were good with warm temperatures, and light winds (albeit a little stronger on the Sunday) that clearly did not hinder the quality of shooting.

This event is serviced by electronic targets and shot from the 300M shed on the left hand side of Century range. This allows consistent and accurate scoring with all shooters obtaining a copy of their score detail, including group diagrams.

It was unfortunate that there was a technical problem with the server mid-afternoon on the Sunday, forcing the last two competitors on Detail 3 to retire early.

Full results downloadable here..

Congratulations to A Gent and Graham Hawarth (pictured below) as well-deserved winners of the S/TR and Free Rifle Matches respectively.

NRA 300m Championships



Updated: 22-May-14 (Original posting: 22-May-14)
NRA Range Diagrams/Score Cards
We have just taken stock of NRA Range Diagrams for all distances - 300x, 500x, 600x, 900x, 1000x - offering a choice of 'RAF' and NRA diagrams. Thanks as always to Bill Richards for the design brief.



Updated: 13-May-14 (Original posting: 13-May-14)
NRA Team to the Channel Islands 2015

I am delighted to have been selected to be the Captain of the NRA Team to the Channel Islands in 2015. The tour is expected to take place between 20th and 27th May. The team will travel to Guernsey and then Jersey with team matches against both islands and some individual shooting.

This tour is designed to aid the development of target rifle shooters who have gained or are close to attaining county level status and want to take their shooting to the next level. I wish to invite applications from shooters who aspire to be considered for forthcoming GB or national team selection along with applications from more experienced shooters who are willing to pass on their shooting knowledge. I plan to organise training days, including at least one corporate day to keep costs down and team members would be expected to attend these.

It is my objective to lead a successful and enjoyable tour combining competition at a senior level with a relaxed social content in the company of our friends in the Channel Islands.

Please submit applications to me by e-mail or in writing including a shooting CV by 31st July 2014. I would hope to announce the team in September.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Cheslyn-Curtis
Deerhurst, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LH
Cheslyncurtis@btinternet.com

Updated: 09-May-14 (Original posting: 09-May-14)
CASUALS MELVILLE SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2014
To all Shooters

Please note that there will be no space for casuals on bay A Melville Sunday 11th May 2014.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Range Office

Updated: 07-May-14 (Original posting: 07-May-14)
Army TR Open Meeting Results

The results for the Army TR Open Meeting 2014 are now available

Download List

Download Main Results and Prizes



Updated: 07-May-14 (Original posting: 07-May-14)
CLRA Open Meeting 2014 Results

The results for the CLRA Open Meeting 2014 are now available

Download results


Updated: 06-May-14 (Original posting: 06-May-14)
Imperial & Inter Counties 2014 - Issued Ammunition

By the end of this month we will have taken delivery of just over 350,000 rounds of this year's batch of .308 Win (7.62 x 51) RUAG match ammunition; this will be issued for both the Inter Counties Competition (Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th June) and the Target Rifle Competitions at the Imperial Meeting (Thursday 10th to Saturday 19th July).

Entry fees for both competitions have been set assuming the use of RUAG ammunition.

Plentiful stocks of this year's batch are now available from the Armoury priced at £99.00 per hundred (with discounts available for orders over 1,000 rounds).

We have commenced testing to explore options for procuring major competition issued ammunition from 2015 and expect to conclude our research in the autumn.



Updated: 03-May-14 (Original posting: 02-May-14)
Small-Bore Long Range Match Results Sun 27 Apr
The inaugural Small-bore Long Range Match was shot on Sunday 27 April. Conditions were good overall, with a light to moderate wind and only the occasional shower which didn't dampen the spirits.
The match, shot under two classes for MR and TR, included 100, 200 and 300 yards AM, then 400 and 500 yards PM. The longer ranges presented some challenges even in the generous conditions. The full results will be available in the Competitions section, but congratulations to:

MRSB Short Range Aggregate (100,200,300)

1st Michael Haselgrove 141.10
2nd John Mead 139.14
3rd Nick Tremlett 134.6

MRSB Long Range Aggregate (400, 500)

1st John Mead 111.3
2nd John Robbins 86.5

TRSB Short Range Aggregate (100,200,300)

1st Paul Wright 131.10
2nd Richard Kenchington 131.7
3rd Mike Townsend 129.6

TRSB Long Range Aggregate (400,500)

1st Carole Silver 114.0
2nd Mark Silver 108.1
3rd Ben Stubbins 107.1

Overall winners (100-500 yards)

MRSB John Mead 250.17

TRSB Carole Silver 239.6

Click here for full results

Updated: 28-Apr-14 (Original posting: 28-Apr-14)
Firearms Licensing Fee
There has been flurry of press coverage regarding Firearms Fees and the NRA is actively involved in British Shooting Sports Council (BSSC) discussions with the Home Office on this subject. The following statement from BSSC Secretary, David Penn, sets out our position:-

'The national shooting associations offered an inflationary rise and proposed annual fees reviews four years ago, but these need to be proportionate and in line with Treasury guidelines. These permit charging for the cost of issuing the firearm or shotgun certificate, but not enforcement costs, so 'full cost recovery' is not an option.

To base fee increases on the cost of the existing admittedly inefficient and partially manual system is not appropriate, since it will be superseded by a computerised and on line 'eCommerce' system in 2015. This system (which will be applied to a wide range of police activities, not just firearms licensing) has only recently been developed to the point where it could be used to calculate licensing costs. Force to force, licensing practices and thus expenditures have varied considerably, bedevilling any attempt at establishing costs. The police are well aware of the need to address this aspect and the College of Policing has just issued an Authorised Professional Practice document designed to achieve the delivery of 'an efficient licensing process that is proportionate, rigorous, cost effective, fair and timely'.

Looking forward, these changes will form the basis for establishing equitable fees for our firearms licensing system.

Andrew Mercer Secretary General

Updated: 24-Apr-14 (Original posting: 24-Apr-14)
E-petition to allow ownership & use of .22 calibre Rimfire Pistols

Please find below a link to an e-petition to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland.

Click here to complete the e-petition.

Updated: 17-Apr-14 (Original posting: 17-Apr-14)
Announcement regarding NRA Open Days 2014

We have reviewed the format and delivery of the popular NRA Open Days for 2014 in response to the recent rapid growth in our membership.
Training and the encouragement in participation in the broadest range of target shooting disciplines are key priorities for us this year.

We have arranged a programme of 'Discipline Days' for NRA members that deliver enjoyable and professional introductions to disciplines including Civilian Service Rifle, F Class, Gallery Rifle & Pistol, Target Shotgun and Target Rifle.

Further details of these events will be posted to the NRA website in due course. We have also embarked upon a programme of investment in Bisley Camp including the creation of a new training centre, new visitor centre, and the upgrading of roads and general range facilities.

As a consequence we will not be hosting the May and September Open Days this year. There are many guests who have attended the Open Days over the years and I hope they will take the plunge and join as members of the NRA to enjoy the great sport of Target Shooting.

We are planning to organise an Open Day for next year - put the date of Saturday 2nd May 2015 in your diary; vouchers carried over from 2013 can be redeemed then.

Andrew Mercer

Secretary General

Updated: 21-Mar-14 (Original posting: 16-Apr-14)
Civ SR Winter League 2013/14 Final Results
The Civilian Service Rifle Winter League 2013/14 was completed on 5 April. 694 shooters competed in four classes over 7 months. Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part:

Historic
1st Doug Cross 993.47
2nd Blair Drummond 904.54
3rd James Geering 901.66

Iron
1st Bob Wightman 1000.00
2nd David Moran 807.16
3rd Wayne Daysh 655.60

Practical Optic
1st Adrian Newberry 986.11
2nd Martin Camp 981.87
3rd Colin Hudson 953.54

Service Optic
1st Peter Cottrell 999.57
2nd Bill Ellis 964.87
3rd Adam Chapman 947.62

The entry forms for the Imperial Civ SR, Methuen and Falling Plates are available on the home page under Imperial 2014.

The final results for the Civilian SR Leagues are now available:

Download results

Updated: 08-May-14 (Original posting: 10-Apr-14)
The NRA introduces a new Membership database

The NRA is rolling out a new Membership database for use by the in-house team and members alike. Over the coming months it will be taking over the features currently available through the current 'MyHome' area.

Click here for details of how to use the new system.

Updated: 08-Apr-14 (Original posting: 08-Apr-14)
Results of the Civilian Service Rifle event (5 April 14)

Here are the results for the shoot on April 5th:

Download AM results

Download PM results

Download Aggregate results

Download Final League Results



Updated: 09-Apr-14 (Original posting: 08-Apr-14)
Bisley on TV

You might be interested to hear that Bisley was on TV recently. The 'garage' used right at the start and throughout the first episode of the new series of Endeavour, was in fact a building at Bisley ranges near the Inns of Court that was adapted for the occasion.

Other buildings used were the Menagerie Hut and Cadets Hut at IOC. Interior scenes were filmed in sets constructed within the Menagerie Hut and IOC Cadets Hut, many of which will be seen to be pivotal to the whole story line of this series.
They also filmed outside huts on D-Line just before Stickledown / Melville Ranges.

It is still available to watch on ITVPlayer if you missed it.

Updated: 03-Apr-14 (Original posting: 03-Apr-14)
RULE 150

Members may be aware of a lively debate surrounding Rule 150 (Target Rifle : Firearms, Ammunition, Equipment, Targets and Techniques) - specifically on issues pertaining to throat length and throat diameter.

For the avoidance of doubt I can confirm:-

(1) The 2014 edition of the NRA Handbook (the Bible) has no changes to Rule 150 from 2013.

(2) We are in discussions with the British Proof Houses to ascertain whether further trials and tests are required to improve the understanding of the relationship between throat dimensions and pressure.

(3) An independent review is being commissioned to examine the various changes to Rule 150 since the 1999 Proof House Memorandum that established the current exemptions from standard CIP dimensions.

I hope this is helpful; further updates will be posted as appropriate.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Updated: 02-Apr-14 (Original posting: 02-Apr-14)
PACEC Shooting Sports Economic Survey

Please accept our grateful thanks to all members who completed the PACEC shooting sports economic survey - to date 1,973 NRA members responded out of a total from all shooting organisations (including BASC, Countryside Alliance, CPSA, NGO and NSRA) of 11,370.

PACEC received a good number of robust comments about the structure of the survey from NRA members - thank you for helping raise target shooting's profile in this important survey, due for publication later this year.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Updated: 01-Apr-14 (Original posting: 01-Apr-14)
Discipline Days - Introduction to Target Shotgun

Click here for full details.



Updated: 31-Mar-14 (Original posting: 31-Mar-14)
Discipline Day - Introduction to Gallery Rifle

Click here for full details.



Updated: 31-Mar-14 (Original posting: 31-Mar-14)
NRA Spring Action Weekend Results

Download SAW Prize Lists

Download SAW Results

Download Mini McQueen results



Updated: 07-Apr-14 (Original posting: 26-Mar-14)
NEW CENTURY NUMBERS
To All Shooters

The practice of deliberate shooting at the new Century Range Numbers must stop. Butts 11,12 and 13 have only been used for one weekend, and already there are a large quantity of shot holes in numbers 1 to 24, some of them are deliberate, others are the product of members shooting with rifles that have not been zeroed.

We are investing quite a substantial amount of money in the new numbers and to have them deliberately shot at will only make them deteriorate quicker and shorten their life span.

All members are therefore requested to refrain from deliberately shooting at the numbers and to ensure that they know what their sight settings are,and if unsure use the zero range.

Any one caught carrying out this irresponsible behaviour will face disciplinary action. The NRA would like to ask all Range users to be extra vigilant and report this and any other inappropriate behaviour to the Range Office without delay.

Range Office

Updated: 28-Mar-14 (Original posting: 26-Mar-14)
NRA Signed Accounts for 2013

The audited Annual Report and Accounts of the Association for the year ended 31st December 2013 were approved by Trustees on Saturday 15th March 2014 - follow the link below.

I can report the following:-

  • The result for the year is surplus on unrestricted funds of £340,905.
  • We have made decent progress in the year to improve cash balances and clear borrowings; collect debts as they fall due; and reduce reliance on professional advisors.
  • Considerable efforts have been expended to correctly allocate income and expenditure in 2013 but we have not revisited / restated 2012 allocations - this makes some of the year on year comparisons look a little odd but will help consistency in future years.
Andrew Mercer

Secretary General

Click Here to download a copy.

Updated: 21-Mar-14 (Original posting: 21-Mar-14)
Journal - Imperial Entry Forms
The current NRA journal mistakenly reported there was an Imperial Entry Form included - this error had been spotted by the editorial team but alas lost by the publisher. The 2014 Imperial entry forms have been produced and will be distributed as follows:-

(1) Competitors who usually enter manually by post, letters and entry forms have been sent directly to you
(2) Competitors who usually enter online, we will email you with the link when the online form is available (expected by the end of March 2014)

Please contact NRA offices if you would like a hard copy of the entry forms.

shootingdivision@nra.org.uk

Updated: 21-Mar-14 (Original posting: 21-Mar-14)
GB Veterans Rifle Team World Championships 2015

The SQUAD has been selected from which the Great Britain Veterans Rifle Team will be chosen for the 2015 World Veterans Individual and Team Championships in August 2015 at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA.

Download the squad



Updated: 14-Mar-14 (Original posting: 14-Mar-14)
CSR Winter League 2013-2014 Results to date (March)
CSR Winter League 2013-2014 Results to date

Download results

Updated: 05-Mar-14 (Original posting: 05-Mar-14)
Results of the Civilian Service Rifle event (2 Mar 14)

Here are the results for the shoot on March 2nd:

Download results



Updated: 04-Mar-14 (Original posting: 04-Mar-14)
CARAVAN SITES - Bisley Camp

We are looking forward to welcoming all our caravan owners back to Bisley for the 2014 season.

However, please be aware that due to the high level of rainfall so far this year, the grounds are very saturated.

Therefore, we would politely request that all drivers take care when driving on their relevant pitches to avoid further damage to the grassed areas.

Kind regards

Updated: 25-Feb-14 (Original posting: 25-Feb-14)
Match Rifle Seminar 22/23 March
Match Rifle Seminar.

An ideal opportunity for anyone interested in this fascinating branch of long range rifle shooting.

Taking place on the weekend of 22/23 March this year, the seminar aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to match rifle shooting.

Topics to be covered include 'Putting a match rifle together', 'Handloading tips', and 'Long range wind judgement'. In addition there will be tutorials for the more experienced including 'Ballistics, basic and advanced', and 'Shooting technique'.

The seminar will take place at the North London Rifle Club, starting about 9am on 22nd, and finishing at lunchtime on 23rd. There will be a social evening and dinner on the Saturday evening.

If you are interested and would like more details please contact Nick Tremlett (nicktrem@aol.com).

Updated: 25-Feb-14 (Original posting: 25-Feb-14)
Astor Claim Forms 2014

The conditions and claim forms for the Astor are available to download below:

Download forms

Updated: 24-Feb-14 (Original posting: 24-Feb-14)
PRODUCT RECALL - Winchester M22 .22

Winchester have recalled the M22 .22" LR Rimfire Ammunition.

Click here for more information.

Updated: 21-Feb-14 (Original posting: 21-Feb-14)
BUTT ZERO
To all clubs and members please be aware that due to past wet weather over the past few months, The whole of Butt Zero as become quite wet and muddy under foot so please take greater care if using this facility.

We are fully aware that additional drainage is required and plans are in place to carry out this work 24th - 28th Feb 2014. Once the drainage is in place we will be resolving the issue with the Butt Zero range floor.

You are reminded that no vehicles are allowed on the range floor unless you have a disabled badge or an NRA range office issued vehicle pass for 2014.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused

Range Office

Updated: 28-Apr-14 (Original posting: 20-Feb-14)
Multi-Gun Match Results February 2014

Download results



Updated: 18-Feb-14 (Original posting: 18-Feb-14)
General Council meeting minutes from 8 Feb 2014

The minutes can be downloaded from here

Updated: 11-Feb-14 (Original posting: 11-Feb-14)
Results of the Civilian Service Rifle event (1 Feb 14)

Here are the results for the shoot on February 1st:

Download results



Updated: 08-Apr-14 (Original posting: 04-Feb-14)
Telegraph Poll on legal handgun ownership

Click here for Nigel Farage's comments on the handgun ban in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, page 4.

The Telegraph is running a poll on whether handguns should be legalised and licensed.
Click here to view the current result and to vote.

Updated: 30-Jan-14 (Original posting: 30-Jan-14)
NRA proposal to IPSC for Governing Body Status

The NRA has recently applied to the International Practical Shooting Confederation for recognition as the administrative body for Great Britain (excluding Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).

The Association recognises the growing importance and popularity of our newer dynamic shooting disciplines such as Target Shotgun and Civilian Service Rifle. Securing recognition from the IPSC would allow NRA teams to compete on the International Stage as with other disciplines including Target Rifle, F Class, Gallery Rifle and Sporting Rifle; and help us develop a series of successful competitions throughout the country.

The UKPSA, who are affiliated to the NRA, is the current IPSC administrative body for the GB region.

The IPSC Executive Council has reviewed our proposals and further discussions are scheduled later this year.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Updated: 09-Jan-14 (Original posting: 09-Jan-14)
NRA 100 2013

Please see attached document

Click here



Updated: 07-Jan-14 (Original posting: 07-Jan-14)
Results of the Civilian Service Rifle event (5 Jan 14)

Here are the results for the shoot on December 7th:

Download Morning results

Download Afternoon results

Download Aggregate results

Updated: 07-Jan-14 (Original posting: 07-Jan-14)
Inspired on Teesside

Following the 'Inspired on Teesside' article in the NRA Winter 2013 Journal we would like to make members aware that Peter Metcalfe of Tees Valley Target Sports Club, who produced the article, would welcome contact with any clubs who wish to attract funding for similar projects.

Click here to contact Peter.

If you have not yet read the NRA Winter Journal 2013 please follow this link

Updated: 03-Jan-14 (Original posting: 02-Jan-14)
NRA Treasurers Report to General Council

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Updated: 20-Dec-13 (Original posting: 20-Dec-13)
Results of Civilian Service Rifle event - 7 Dec 2013

Here are the results for the shoot on December 7th:

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Updated: 10-Dec-13 (Original posting: 10-Dec-13)
Changes to Firearm and Shotgun Renewal and Variation process

The application process for grant, renewal or variation of a firearm or shotgun certificate changes substantially on 1 December. The new process has benefitted from substantial input from the National Governing Bodies through the British Shooting Sports Council and although still rather cumbersome is a considerable improvement.

For notes on the changes and to download the new application forms, click here

Updated: 02-Dec-13 (Original posting: 02-Dec-13)
Target Shotgun Festival results

NRA Practical Shotgun National Championships
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Target Shotgun Festival - GR&P Shotgun Results
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Updated: 21-Nov-13 (Original posting: 21-Nov-13)
Gallery Rifle Ranking Leagues - Final Results

The Gallery Rifle community have been running a ranking league this season and the final results are published here:

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Updated: 13-Nov-13 (Original posting: 13-Nov-13)
German Open and IGRF International results

Full results from the German Open and IGRF Gallery Rifle International match can be downloaded below;

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Download German Open results

For further details, photos and much more please visit GalleryRifle.com

Updated: 13-Nov-13 (Original posting: 13-Nov-13)
CSR Winter League 2013-2014 Results to date (Feb)

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Updated: 04-Feb-14 (Original posting: 12-Nov-13)
Results of Civilian Service Rifle event - 3 Nov 2013

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Updated: 07-Nov-13 (Original posting: 07-Nov-13)
Autumn Action Weekend - Results

The Results and Prize Lists for the Autumn Action Weekend are now available

Note that you have until 5 Nov to challenge any of these results

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Updated: 29-Oct-13 (Original posting: 29-Oct-13)
Ages Match - Results

The Ages Match took place on a very blustery weekend but was thoroughly enjoyed by all teams.

Click here to download the Results

Congratulations to captain Mike Gregory and his team!

Updated: 31-Oct-13 (Original posting: 28-Oct-13)
Trafalgar Meeting 2013 - Results

The results of the 2013 Trafalgar Meeting are available for download below:

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Trafalgar Letter winner - Bob Marsh

Meeting Director Prize - Jane Shields



Updated: 29-Oct-13 (Original posting: 22-Oct-13)
Intellectual Disabilities in Target Shooting Conference

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View the main article on the DSP web-site



Updated: 17-Oct-13 (Original posting: 17-Oct-13)
Firearm and Shotgun Certificate Fees
As a result of work by BSSC, BASC and the GTA, the Home Office have set up a Firearms Fees Working Party to discuss and decide:

Which aspects of Police work should be paid through the fee for a Firearm Certificate and Shotgun Certificate.
Which aspects of Police work should be paid by HMG.
There is an acceptance by the Home office that full cost recovery is not appropriate as is the case at the moment, so the question is where the dividing line should be drawn.
The Working Party will meet quarterly.
There will be no interim fees increase while the Working Party is working.

New Application Forms for Firearms and Shotgun Certificates are expected to be introduced from 1st December 2013 and should make the task of completing simpler.

There is expected to be a trial on the e-Commerce approach to using the internet to apply for Firearm and Shotgun Certificates in the counties of Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Staffordshire and North Yorkshire next year to test the feasibility of online applications which will of necessity involve simplifications to the application process.

A review by HM Inspector of Constabulary into the divergent processes adopted by the UK Police Forces regarding applications for and renewals of Firearm and Shotgun Certificates is expected to take place next year involving a limited number of Police Forces.

Updated: 14-Oct-13 (Original posting: 14-Oct-13)
CSR Winter League 2013-2014 Results to date

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Updated: 13-Jan-14 (Original posting: 14-Oct-13)
Civilian Service Rifle Results from 5th Oct

The Civilian Service Rifle League Results for October are available to download below

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Updated: 09-Oct-13 (Original posting: 09-Oct-13)
GR&P National Championships - Prize Lists & Results

The Results and Prize Lists are now available to download below:

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Updated: 29-Aug-13 (Original posting: 29-Aug-13)
TR Classifications for 2014
The classifications for 2014 are now available download file

Updated: 23-Aug-13 (Original posting: 23-Aug-13)
Home Office Firearms Guide - Published Chapters

The following chapters of the Home Office firearms guide have now been published on the gov.uk website.

  • Introduction
  • Definition and classification of firearms and ammunition
  • Prohibited weapons and ammunition
  • Expanding ammunition
  • Restrictions on the possession, handling and distribution of firearms and ammunition
  • Law on shooting birds and animals
  • Museum firearms licences
  • Criminal use of firearms
  • Proof of firearms
  • Northern Ireland

To download these chapters click here

Please note that over the next few months the whole Home Office Guidance will be updated.

Updated: 30-Jul-13 (Original posting: 30-Jul-13)
Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships

The results are available for download below:

Individual Results

Under 25 Results

Under 25 Pairs Results

Badge Results

Senior Pairs Results



Updated: 26-Jul-13 (Original posting: 26-Jul-13)
Imperial Historic Arms 2013 - Full Results

Match-by-match results for the Imperial Historic Arms events are available for download here



Updated: 09-Jul-13 (Original posting: 09-Jul-13)
BCRC Meeting Results
Toby Raincock wins the BCRC Meeting. The full results of the 2013 British Commonwealth Meeting are now available click here to download.

Updated: 30-Jun-13 (Original posting: 30-Jun-13)
Inter Counties 2013 results

The results for the Inter-Counties events held on 15/16 June are now available

Download Aggregate results

Download H Jones Prize Lists

Download H Jones full results

Download Jarvis results

Download Long Range Prize lists

Download Long Range full results



Updated: 17-Jun-13 (Original posting: 17-Jun-13)
Mini Palma 2013 Results

The results of the 2013 Mini Palma match are available to download below

Click here to download results



Updated: 13-May-13 (Original posting: 13-May-13)
NRA Range Booking Cancellation Policy (Revised April 2013)

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Updated: 11-May-13 (Original posting: 11-May-13)
EU Public Consultation on Firearms (April 2013)

This consultation document is available for download here.


Updated: 07-May-13 (Original posting: 07-May-13)
CLRA 2013 Stats

The stats for CLRA 2013 are now available

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Updated: 07-May-13 (Original posting: 07-May-13)
NRA Smallbore Long Range trial match

The NRA ran a trial Smallbore Long Range match on Sat 27 April shooting at 200, 300 and 400yds. The feedback was very positive and the results are available for download here



Updated: 02-May-13 (Original posting: 30-Apr-13)
CSR Winter League Final Results

The final results for the Civilian SR Leagues are now available:

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Updated: 13-Apr-13 (Original posting: 13-Apr-13)
Civilian Service Rifle Results from 6th April

The results for the Civilian Service Rifle match held at Bisley on 6 April 2013 plus the League summary is available to download below.

Download results from 6 April (pdf)

Download final League results (pdf)



Updated: 28-May-13 (Original posting: 08-Apr-13)
Spring Action Weekend 2013 Results

Click here to download the Prize List.

Click here to download the Full Results List.



Updated: 28-Mar-13 (Original posting: 28-Mar-13)
Civilian Service Rifle Results from 3 March 2013

The results for the Civilian Service Rifle match held at Bisley on 3 March 2013 plus the League summary is available to download below.

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Download results (Excel)

Download League results to date



Updated: 06-Mar-13 (Original posting: 06-Mar-13)
Multi-Gun results from 16-17 Feb 2013

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Updated: 21-Feb-13 (Original posting: 20-Feb-13)
All Melville Users
Could all Melville Range users please ensure that when they use the 50m turning mechanisms that you replace the covers. These are there to protect the mechanisms from sand and debris which foul up the turners making them unservicable. Please help us to help you. Ranges Manager

Updated: 18-Feb-13 (Original posting: 18-Feb-13)
Civilian Service Rifle results from 2 Feb 2013

The results for the Civilian Service Rifle match held at Bisley on 2 Feb 2013 plus the League summary is available to download below.

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Download League results to date



Updated: 08-Feb-13 (Original posting: 08-Feb-13)
Civilian Service Rifle results from 6 Jan 2013

The results for the Civilian Service Rifle match held at Bisley on 6 Jan 2013 plus the League summary is available to download below.

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Download League results to date



Updated: 11-Jan-13 (Original posting: 11-Jan-13)
Range Opening Times
Please note that the Range Opening Times are as follows
Closed Mondays
Tues - Fri 0830hrs - 1630hrs
Sat - Sun 0830hrs - 1730hrs
The Range Office opens at 0745hrs
Please do not leave bookings on the Answer phone please use the online booking system or email your booking to the Range Office

Updated: 11-Oct-13 (Original posting: 20-Aug-12)
Range Safety

The NRA Safe Shooting System (SSS)

The NRA SSS is designed to ensure, as far as we can, that all those shooting on our ranges:

(a) can handle their firearm safely and competently,
(b) can fire a group of sufficiently small diameter to ensure that their shots do not hit the range floor or escape over the top of the stop butt,
(c) know the elevations on their sights to be used at all distances at which they will be shooting.

All too often, however, individuals cannot comply with either (a) or (b), and most certainly do not demonstrate (c)! Indeed not too long ago the statement was made over the radio "I'm a Palma shot - I don't need to check my zero" - followed by five consecutive misses!

To comply with sub-para (a) above Certificates of Safety & Competence assessments have been introduced, as follows:

Certificates of Safety and Competence
You are reminded that, as from 1 January 2009, all fullbore/centre fire shooters on Bisley ranges (and all MoD ranges) must have in their possession a valid Safety & Competence card, signed by their Club Chairman (or the NRA Secretary General for those members of the NRA who have been assessed by the NRA) for the firearms with which you will be shooting.

The use of MoD ranges by clubs firing only NSRA-approved .22 rimfire ammunition in single shot practices governed by the NSRA is not considered to pose a risk of any rounds escaping the Range Danger Area, and the 'Safe and Competent' certification system does not therefore currently apply except where self-loading firearms are used, in which case certification will be required.

If you have booked a target for individual shooting you will be required to produce this card in the Range Office before you may sign in. If you are not able to produce your card you will, unfortunately, not be allowed to shoot. In this event no refund will be made.

If you are signing in as the RCO for a group booking you will find that the certificate at the top of the signing-in form has been amended to include a statement by you, the RCO, that every member of the group for you will be responsible either has his/her own card or will be coached, on a one-to-one basis, by the holder of such a card. The responsibility rests with the RCO to confirm that every member of his/her group complies with one or the other of these two conditions.

Rifle Zeroing at the beginning of the season
In accordance with sub-para (c) above it is obligatory that all shooters using military ranges or Bisley ranges must know the correct wind zero for their sights. They must also know the correct elevation setting for all distances at which they may be firing. For these reasons all firers will, as from 1 January 2009, be required to check their wind zero and elevation settings on the Zero Range at the beginning of the shooting season, after a layoff of some months and after rebarrelling etc. This must be done before going to shoot at longer distances (and certainly before shooting on Stickledown).

Bracketing
It used to be (and may still be) a well known practice that, if a firer missed with a couple of shots and was unsure of his elevation, he would raise his sights by five minutes and fire again, then if still a miss lower his sights by ten minutes and fire again and so on until he eventually hit the target. This practice is potentially highly dangerous, and must not be done!

This adjustment of the elevation

Updated: 06-Feb-09 (Original posting: 31-Jan-09)
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