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GB & NRA Team Captains - Nominations invited

Nominations are invited for Captains of the following teams:

GB Kolapore Team 2018
Under 25 GB Team Captain 2018
GB Sporting Rifle Team Captain to Norway 2018
NRA Team to Channel Islands 2019
GB Sporting Rifle Team Captain to New Zealand 2019
GB Rifle Team to Canada 2020

Nominations in writing, signed by three proposers all of whom must be full annual or life members of the NRA, must be received by the Secretary General not later than 5pm on Friday 6th October 2017

Nominations to be sent to Georgina.Thatcher@nra.org.uk

Updated: 14-Aug-17 (Original posting: 14-Aug-17)
Target Shotgun Skills Development Course - Sat 2 Sep

This Course will provide the fundamental skills for taking part in Target Shotgun events, including individual coaching of positional shooting techniques from national level shooters.

The course fee is 71.50 which includes range fees, targets, individual coaching and lunch. The course will involve both classroom and practical range work.

Click here to book online.

Click here to download a paper entry form and full course details.

Updated: 10-Aug-17 (Original posting: 10-Aug-17)
The Queen's Prize 2017 - NRATV, episode 4

If you would like to view the 2017 Queens Prize on NRA TV Please click here

Updated: 08-Aug-17 (Original posting: 08-Aug-17)
GB Rifle Team for Canada 2018

The following have been selected to represent Great Britain in Canada 2018

Click here to download and view the teamsheet.

John Warburton - Captain

Updated: 07-Aug-17 (Original posting: 07-Aug-17)
General Council Representative - CivSR & Practical Rifle

Following the resignation of John Morgan-Hosey after his sterling work for the CSR/PR community we are seeking a representative to serve on General Council. The appointment is subject to General Council approval and initially for the term ending July 2018 (with the opportunity to stand for further three-year terms).

Please send completed nomination form and supporting CV to Georgina Thatcher by letter to NRA, Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Surrey GU24 0PB or email Georgina.thatcher@nra.org.uk to be received by 5pm on Monday 14th August 2017.

Updated: 08-Aug-17 (Original posting: 04-Aug-17)
Under 25 GB Rifle Team Captain - New Zealand 2019

Henry Awin was elected as Captain of the Under 25 GB Rifle Team Captain to New Zealand in 2019 after securing 30 of the 53 votes cast in the ballot.

Congratulations to Henry, good luck to his team and commiserations to the other very worthy candidates.

Andrew Mercer
Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

Updated: 02-Aug-17 (Original posting: 02-Aug-17)
General Council Ballot - July 2017

The results of the recent vote to elect five members of General Council were announced at the July 2017 Bisley General Meeting.

2,013 voting papers were received of which 14 were spoiled; the total number of votes cast was 8,897.

The results in ascending order were as follows:

Tim Stewart 583
Barry Morgan 754
Peter Hobson 1,027
Nick Brasier 1,236
David Crispin 1,246
Silke Lohmann 1,291
John Bloomfield 1,364
David Calvert 1,396

David Calvert, John Bloomfield, Silke Lohmann, David Crispin and Nick Brasier were duly elected to serve as members of General Council



Updated: 02-Aug-17 (Original posting: 02-Aug-17)
GB Match Rifle Captain - Woomera Match - Bisley 2019 - Nominations invited

Nominations are invited for the GB Match Rifle Captain for the Woomera Match to be held at Bisley in 2019.

Nominations in writing, signed by three proposers all of whom must be full annual or life members of the NRA, must be received by the Secretary General not later than 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017.

Nominations to be sent to Georgina.Thatcher@nra.org.uk

Updated: 26-Jul-17 (Original posting: 26-Jul-17)
Gallery Rifle National Championships 2017: 25th - 27th August
The GR National Championships 2017 will take place over the weekend of 26-27 August, featuring GR&P, 200 yd Fullbore, McQueen (Mini and Fullbore), Target Shotgun and Practical Pistol events.

Don't be put off by the title of the competition as these Championships are open to all levels of shooter, from novices and newcomers to national squads competing in the Home Countries National Match.

There are also the Short Range Championships, one class for each gun type (GRSB, GRCF, LBP and LBR) in the following five events:

  • 25m Precision
  • Timed & Precision 1
  • Multi Target
  • 1020
  • Advancing Target
You will be automatically entered into the relevant aggregate if you enter all five events in your chosen gun type(s).

Volunteer ROs

These events can only be run with the assistance of Volunteer ROs.

Our ROs ensure the competitions run professionally and safely, whilst also advising and encouraging competitors including those new to Bisley and lacking confidence. It goes without saying that this RO support is a key element to the success of our events.

Volunteers for these events need not be qualified NRA RCOs as we have a qualified CRO managing each range.

We reimburse volunteers in a number of ways:

  • Mileage can be claimed up to 100
  • Accommodation can be requested: 1 night's accommodation for every 1 day worked
  • Meals are provided: 1 meal for every half day worked.
  • RO Range Day: Ranges are open on Friday 25 August for ROs shooting in the meeting

    If you have experience in competing or running ranges and are able to offer some time on from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August , please click here and fill in the quick and easy volunteer form.

    Enter Now

    Advance entries must be received by Midday, Wednesday 23 August to benefit from advanced squadding

    To enter online please click here

    To download a paper entry form click here

    For full rules and Courses of Fire please click here and download the GR&P Handbook and Phoenix Booklet.

    Updated: 26-Jul-17 (Original posting: 26-Jul-17)
  • 148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 22/7/17
    SATURDAY - Parag wins the Queen's

    It was very wet overnight, and once again the rain seemed to wash away much of the wind. Nevertheless, there were fewer 150s than in recent years in the day's first competition, the Final of the St. George's at 900 yards. Nine of the hundred qualifiers scored 150, with Glyn Barnett, John Warburton and Alex Coetzee scoring 150.22 but losing out to deserving winner David Luckman (Sedgemoor TSC) on 150.24.

    At the same time, seven teams of friends took part in a light-hearted Parting Shot match at 500 yards, with the Mighty Power Rangers losing out by only two V bulls to multiple previous winners, the fluorescent Scoregasm RC. VVV.

    The more serious team affair was the Mackinnon, the international long range match for teams of twelve. Despite the longer distance, wind conditions were not as challenging as the previous afternoon at short range, although they were certainly enough to trouble the inattentive and there were moments when a "wait" instruction would be given, only for all of its firers to shoot immediately and three points to disappear just as quickly.
    The rain also returned during the match, thankfully not with a vengeance, but it was interesting for the coaches to move from using angle of rain to judge the wind seamlessly into using mirage, as well as the flags of course (throughout). With the wind coming over the left shoulder, there was a slight advantage to being situated towards the left hand end of the range.
    Guernsey made the most of it at 900 yards to take a slight lead over England, Wales and Ireland. At 1000 yards, however, when the more interesting conditions presented themselves, Scotland stole a march on most of the teams that had been ahead of them and England excelled themselves, scoring almost as highly at 1000 yards as they had at 900. The final scores showed a 15 point margin of victory for England?s team (almost entirely recent Palma team members) on 1174.146, beating Scotland (1159.126) into second place. Irelans were 3rd on 1150.122, Wales 4th on 1159.114, with Guernsey, Jersey, Australia, Canada and Kenya occupying the remaining places in that order.

    On the same range, the various university teams took part in the Universities Long Range, in which they are permitted external wind coaches. Cambridge won with 378.36 ahead of Edinburgh in 2nd and Oxford in 3rd; Cambridge thus also won the Universities Aggregate.

    Over lunch, the rain which had almost disappeared late in the Mackinnon threatened to return for the Final of the Queen?s Prize. Return it did, with a vengeance, as the hundred competitors started to prepare for their shoot and their scorers tried in vain to keep the scoreboards fairly dry. There was even some brief lightning to make the Range Officers consider whether a postponement might be needed. Thankfully shooting was able to commence; the rain presented just as much of a challenge as the wind, such that scoring was fairly high but not universally so, and with very few 75s.
    Ellie Charlton briefly led the Queen's Prize, by virtue of finishing first at 900 yards after her shooting partner Colin Johnston had to withdraw because of a rifle malfunction, earning him 100th place.

    By the end of 900 yards, however, Parag Patel had extended his overnight lead of six V bulls to a full point, ahead of several rivals. With the wind (and to a large extent the rain) having abated, scoring at 1000 yards was mostly as high as at 900 and Parag, who scored 74.8, never gave up his lead.
    Parag's 297.37 was enough to win by a clear point from David Crispin (296.40), Jacqui Rankin and Nick Healy (both 296.38), Glyn Barnett (296.37) and David Luckman (296.36)
    https://www.facebook.com/NRAUK/posts/1771149179567615

    Updated: 22-Jul-17 (Original posting: 22-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 21/7/17
    FICKLE FRIDAY

    As Friday dawned there was evidence that the wind might be a bit of a problem today. On ?D Lines?, a gazebo was to be found, upside down, with one corner still attached to the hut, and the rest of it on top of the car that had been beside it. Unless this was the result of some early hours post-Dewdrop mischief, it was clear that this wind was so strong as to be known as the Gazebo Killer.

    Perfect time, then, for the Kolapore, in which eight of Britain?s best shooters (plus coaches) are selected to compete against the visiting national teams. Conditions were, as expected, difficult, so the coaches used almost all the available time at each range, rarely allowing strings of more than two or three shots to be fired before a pause was required. After dropping six points at 300 and five at 500 yards, Great Britain lost a further fifteen at 600 yards to finish on 1174.121, 17 points ahead of Jersey, who were 1 ahead of Australia in a reversal of fortunes from the Overseas Match as Guernsey, Canada, Kenya and Germany followed on behind. Top scorer was Parag Patel on 149.20; sole new cap Sandy Walker acquitted himself well with a 147.15.

    At the same time the various universities were also competing on Century Range, mostly in teams of four in the Musketeers, with Oxford and Cambridge fielding teams of eight in the Chancellors, which was this year won by Cambridge. Edinburgh University won the Musketeers ahead of Exeter, London, Newcastle, Durham, Imperial and others; GB won the Under 25 Match with Cadet Shakhman the highest scorer; and the House of Lords also took on the House of Commons in the Vizianagram.

    In the afternoon, the 300 highest scorers from the First Stage shot in Queen?s II. It was still very windy, coming over the left shoulder, mostly from 7 or 8 o?clock. At 300 yards, it was just about possible to stay in the bullseye by running on a mean wind throughout, so as not to be caught out by quick angle changes. Nevertheless, scoring appeared lower than usual. At 500 yards, that tactic could no longer be used, but some still tried! Both strength and angle changes became greater, and they only increased further, resulting in substantial numbers of magpies and even outers across the range. Strange things were happening at 600 yards, with some of the fall of shot defying logic in terms of the apparent (as opposed to actual) wind values. Much depended on when one fired; and your correspondent fired at the wrong time too often! So did many others, resulting in a rather low cut-off for a place in Queen?s Final, of just 144.13. There were no 150s, and only two 149s. Parag Patel?s, with 18 V-bulls, won the Silver Medal for top Second Stage score ahead of Frau Soelzer-Hermes of Germany.

    The evening?s Donaldson Memorial at 1000 yards, for which four earlier long range shoots constitute the qualifier, was won by David Crispin with 73.8 from Dan Richardson on 72.7 and Peter Bromley on 72.5. The difficulty of the conditions was reflected in most scores being in the sixties and several in the fifties!

    Tomorrow afternoon, the hundred competitors in Queen?s Final at 900 and 1000 yards will carry through their Second Stage scores, so there is already a spread of five points between them with thirty scoring shots still to fire. First thing in the morning, there is a two point spread between those competing in the St. George?s Final. In between are the long range team matches: the Universities Long Range, at 900 & 1000 yards, and the international Mackinnon match at the same distances, in which Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, Canada, Jersey, Guernsey, Germany and Kenya will have their hands full agai
    https://www.facebook.com/NRAUK/posts/1769848563031010

    Updated: 22-Jul-17 (Original posting: 22-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 20/7/17
    THURSDAY - wind, Watson, Will and winning. For some competitors, Thursday is a very gentle affair, with just the Prince of Wales (15 shots at 600 yards) to shoot, to complete their Grand Aggregate.

    To read full days report click here

    Updated: 21-Jul-17 (Original posting: 21-Jul-17)
    Percentage check of TR competitors chambers at the Imperial Meeting 2017
    To the Secretary General

    In accordance with normal practice, and as instructed by you on the advice of Shooting Committee, I arranged to have a percentage check of competitors chambers carried out. The check was completed on the morning of 17 July.

    The following headline figures can be extracted:

    96 competitors were called for testing - selected at random by index number.

    Three competitors did not respond:
    One was shooting MR only
    One will shoot HM The Queen's Prize only and at the time of writing has not arrived.
    One was a member of an overseas team sharing rifles and thus does not have a dedicated individual firearm.

    Sixteen competitors presented two rifles, thus 109 rifles were checked.

    Eight rifles, owned by seven members, failed the check. Four subsequently passed after cleaning and four required action by a gunsmith.

    The purpose of this check is to provide assurance as to the proper operation of the underlying scheme of measuring and marking.

    I W ROBERTSON
    NRA Safety Legal & Technical Officer
    18th July 2017

    Updated: 21-Jul-17 (Original posting: 21-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 19/7/17
    WEDNESDAY - D.ARMSTRONGS RULE (both of them)

    Wednesday brings the first stage of the Queen's Prize - a three stage competition, in which the top 300 competitors on Century Range today will progress to the second stage on Friday. The top 100 on Friday then go forward to Saturday?s Final on Stickledown. Wednesday also brings the Conan Doyle at 900 yards, but that was lower in competitors' consciousness today.

    To read full days report click here

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 20-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 18/7/17
    TUESDAY - County honours shared

    Tuesday brings with it just one individual match - the first stage of the St. George's, comprising 15 shots at 300 yards. The afternoon and early evening are taken up by team matches: the County Long Range and Inter-Services Long Range at 900 and 1000 yards, and the County Championship Short Range and Inter-Services Short Range at 300 and 600 yards.

    To read full days report click here

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 19-Jul-17)
    Imperial Media Coverage

    Our media coverage of the Imperial, including social media channels, generates interest not only from the competitors at Bisley, but also hundreds of international viewers.

    Still photography and live streaming of selected events has produced some excellent images, and we will be adding elements to two key events:

    St George's II (600x 1800 on Thu 20 Jul)

    Ahead of the start of the St George?s II, at approx 1730-1750 on Thursday 20 July, we will be using a drone to take images of Century including competitors preparing for the match.

    The commercial drone operator is CAA Approved with Permission To Fly and will operate the drone along the 500x FP, clear of all personnel. The flight will be concluded at least 5 minutes before Message 1.

    Queen?s Final In addition to live streaming of the main elements of the Queen?s Final, we will be engaging a commentator to explain the unique history of target rifle shooting and the traditions surrounding the final.

    Alun Lewis has kindly agreed to be the voice of Bisley and we look forward to his insights on the day.

    Peter Cottrell Match Director

    19 July 2017

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 19-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 17/7/17
    MONDAY - Chris Watson out in front

    Monday was a beautiful day. Another day in paradise. Paradise, that is, until you put a shooting jacket on, for that turns beautiful into sweltering.

    Normally, the early details of the Times at 300 yards are pretty simple if enough sleep has been had, if one hasn't enjoyed too much Canadian or other hospitality the night before, and if the heat doesn't exacerbate any problems related to those conditions. With the heat picking up, fortunes varied and, as the morning wore on, it became clear that the invisible right wind of yesterday had now become visible right wind. There were nevertheless approaching a hundred scores of 50, with Nick Healy (Army) and Will Broad (Old Epsomians) tying on 50.10.

    Throughout the day were details of the one competition that many dread - the potential Grand killer, the Corporation at 1000 yards. Not your correspondent, however. Ever since he won 3rd place in Lord Swansea's -Swindle? in his first Corp, scoring 28 without a miss *while aiming at the middle*, he has relished the Corp, and usually fared all right. Conditions this time were unfamiliar (right wind), but not too scary, and not unreadable, even in the usually trickier early-to-mid-afternoon details - but they required rather better grouping than your correspondent managed, and apparently than lots of others managed too. There were a mere 15 scores of 50 in the match, with Chris Watson (UVRC) and Mike Wood (Altcar) topping the list on 50.8.

    Finally on Monday was the Wimbledon at 600 yards. As the afternoon progressed, the wind grew gentler, and shooting conditions became sweatier and sweatier. More than 70 shooters took full advantage to score 50, including quite a few Tyros. It would be hard to find a much more accomplished trio than those tied for first place on 50.10, though: Glyn Barnett (OGRE), Parag Patel (OERC) and Richard Jeens (NLRC).

    The aggregates that were completed included the Stock Exchange Agg, in which Parag Patel's 175.32 was the best of seven 175s. Parag also won the Howcroft Newspapers Agg, with his 200.34 beating clubmate Ian Shaw (among ten 200s) by just one V-bull. The Young Riflemen's Aggregate saw Lancing College's Cadet Cpl Woodger triumph over Larcombe of the Athelings by one V-bull on 174.23.

    The all-important Grand Aggregate board (top 50) went down as far as .9 off. With previous leader Lauren Crowson having dropped a further five points to lie 19th, the top ten on Monday night contained two South Africans, two Australians, an Irishman, four Englishmen and a lone Welshman, Chris Watson, who had astonishingly only dropped one point so far, to lead by two clear points from Parag Patel and Hamish Pollock.

    Competitors retired to their huts, caravans, clubhouses or local hostelries for dinner before the Auction of Promises, in which many donated goods (and a few services) were sold in aid of touring teams. Some of the team members had done their team-mates proud with the items they had sourced; it's always great if every team member manages to put something in, even if it's just washing cars or babysitting during the Imperial!
    Next up: Tuesday, the St. George's and the County matches.

    Updated: 19-Jul-17 (Original posting: 18-Jul-17)
    OTF 100 Club Draw




    Updated: 18-Jul-17 (Original posting: 18-Jul-17)
    The British Proof Houses pressure test results with summary

    The key findings of the results are as follows:-

    1. There is a near linear relationship between pressure and freebore - there is no meaningful "spike" in pressure at zero freebore as had been claimed.
    2. The 500 bar increase when comparing standard barrels to TR barrels estimated when drafting the 1999 Memorandum has proved remarkably accurate.
    3. There was no material difference between the different makes of factory ammunition.
    4. The working pressure in a rifle which complies with Rule 150 does not exceed 4150 Bar, the maximum allowed by CIP, when used with NRA Specification issued ammunition.

    Furthermore:-

    1. The NRA has supplied some 9 million rounds to Target Rifle (TR) shooters using specialist (tight) barrels for 16 years of major competitions without any significant safety incident resulting from excessive pressure.
    2. There are some 2-3,000 TR rifles in use most of which have "1999 memorandum type dimensions" ; over the past three years the NRA has itself conducted random tests to check the throat length of 530 of these rifles during competition and recorded an average length of 2.829 inches, i.e., a mean freebore of at least 30 "thou" after adjusting for the OA length of the factory cartridges used.
    3. Properly engineered barrels made to comply with our competition rules and used with our standard issue TR ammunition exhibit a minimum jump which when combined with the manufacturers declared test pressures of around 3,400 - 3,500 Bar are within CIP pressure limits.

    To download the Proof House trials and test report Click Here

    Updated: 18-Jul-17 (Original posting: 18-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 16/7/17
    SUNDAY - Lauren leads the Grand

    Sunday was the first full day of Grand Aggregate shoots, comprising the Alexandra at 600 yards, the Duke of Cambridge at 900 yards and the Daily Mail, a 15 shot match at 500 yards. I've long found it slightly anomalous that, four shoots into the Grand Aggregate each year, we find ourselves having fired more shots (30) at 500 yards than at all the other ranges put together (20), even though most people tend to fire less often during the season at 500 than at the other ranges. Some, however, consciously prepare for it - good for them!

    To read full days report click here

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 17-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 15/7/17
    SATURDAY: WARM-UPS END; GRAND BEGINS

    Saturday is the first TR day that is entirely given over to individual shooting, with the final two warm-up shoots covering the shortest and longest ranges, and the Daily Telegraph - the first 15-shot shoot, the first shoot in the Grand Aggregate and the start of the period for which the keener shooters will have aimed to peak (but all too often the first occasion when some shooters slip up!).

    To read full days report click here

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 16-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 14/7/17
    THE WARM-UP SHOOTS

    The warm-up shoots offer an opportunity for competitors to have a shoot at each of the Imperial Meeting distances (300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000 yards) before the start of the Grand Aggregate. For some, they represent a final chance to hone any changes in technique or to establish zeroes after a barrel change; for others, they are for blowing out the cobwebs on their return to their favourite place on Earth. The warm-ups commenced late on Friday morning, with the Century and the Admiral Hutton.

    The Century has the odd distinction of being the only big competition in TR where competitors shoot the longer range (600 yards) before the shorter one (500 yards), so there are some VERY clear instructions on the combined scorecard.
    For the most part, the 600 yard range was not too challenging, but conditions became more variable in the afternoon, especially for those who started their long range campaign in the Admiral Hutton (900 yards) straight after lunch - the 2pm detail was a real baptism of fire for many, with the quantum of wind adjustment needed never being large but the speed of changes being extremely fast. A quick flick through the scorecards showed only three competitors on one range (30-odd competitors) scoring more than 44 out of 50, with two of them being 49s. Luckily for many, the conditions eased later in the afternoon and into the evening ? the final details began close to 7pm!

    In the Century, there were eight scores of 100, led by a pair of 100.15s from Reg Roberts and Jack Alexander. In the Admiral Hutton, a pair of excellent 50.9s from Tom Laing-Baker and David Calvert were exceeded only by a perfect 50.10 by Huddersfield?s John Warburton, shooting in the last detail. Reg carried off the daily aggregate with a fine 150.23.

    With shooting having ended at about 7:30pm, dinners and social gatherings tended to start later than will hopefully be the case for the rest of the Meeting. If you're a competitor who doesn't normally visit any of the clubhouses of an evening, I would thoroughly recommend it. Bisley's clubhouses are renowned throughout the world and are what, for many, "make" the Camp. As a rule, their members and guests will welcome you with open arms if you join them for lunch or a drink after shooting, and you are likely to make a lot of new friends there.

    Next up: the final warm-up shoots on Saturday, and the start of the Grand Aggregate with the Daily Telegraph match...

    Updated: 19-Jul-17 (Original posting: 15-Jul-17)
    148th Imperial Daily Report by Matt Charlton 13/7/17
    NRA TR blog: the pre-Grand team shoots

    Opening Shot
    As Thursday dawned, so did the Target Rifle portion of the Imperial Meeting, starting with more than a day of team matches. The schools competitions continued on Century Range while the first hundred or so TR competitors opened their account with the Opening Shot team match on Stickledown, at 900 and 1000 yards. Conditions were pleasant as clubs, groups of friends and national teams (despite the maximum two "X" class per team rule) competed for the first TR honours of the Meeting. Scoring was high, particularly amongst members of the fluorescent-yellow-clad local club, three of whose firers scored 150.23. Sadly for them, I am told that a miss opened the door for the 'Kangaroos' to retain the Opening Shot for the Australian squad by one point: 592.83 to 591.83.

    KG V
    Alongside the Ashburton, the county teams that had won the various regional heats took part in the final of the King George V Challenge Cup, which is restricted to England-qualified firers and coaches. In benign conditions, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Northumberland & Durham, London, Nottinghamshire and Surrey did battle. Impressively, eleven of the 48 firers achieved maximum 150s, led by Parag Patel's 150.25. He was one of five 150s on the Surrey team, who won by ten points with a superb 1197.178 to continue their successful season.

    Schools Veterans
    As that match finished, large numbers of TR competitors flooded onto Camp - some of them straight from work - for an event that traditionally marks the start of competition for many: the Schools Veterans. For others, it is their only shoot of the season as they descend on Bisley to get back together, both on and off the range, with old school friends who shoot more regularly. After the match, lots of the schools' former pupils get together every year (some of them alongside current pupils) for a formal dinner or a barbecue. This year, 95 teams of five entered the match and enjoyed the company of old schoolmates, young and old. If your school is on the attached list of entries and you didn't shoot yesterday, then get in touch and get involved next year. If your school isn?t on the list, then get together with a few old school friends and see if you can enter the match in 2018; all you need is five firers, and all schools' former pupils are eligible to enter.

    With the match finishing in the evening and with so many teams having competed, results weren't available until the next morning, revealing that the main Schools Veterans competition had been won by the Old Guildfordians on 250.44, ahead of TroubleShooters on 250.32 and Old Epsomians on 249.39. The second teams competition was won by Old Greshamians B (249.25) ahead of Old Guildfordians C (248.35), and the third teams by Old Wellingtonians C (239.21). The Schools Veterans Aggregate was taken by Old Guildfordians on 734.98, eight points ahead of the Old Epsomians. As for the Individual Tankard, David Rose won with the best of three 50.9s - the three scorers of 50.10 in the match hadn't entered!

    Astor Final
    The following morning, the Old Guildfordians' early success continued in the Astor County Championship Final at 300, 500 and 600 yards. The 21 teams in the final were each representing the county of which they were champion club, effectively making this the club championship of the UK. No more than two Xs are allowed to shoot in each team of six, and at least two have to be T or O class, so all club members have the chance to take part. Faced with a moderate front fishtail, several clubs performed extremely well. Wimbledon Common Rifle Club, representing Lond

    Updated: 20-Jul-17 (Original posting: 14-Jul-17)
    GB Rifle Team to Canada 2017

    To view the GB Rifle Team to Canada 2017 Brochure Click Here

    Updated: 18-Jul-17 (Original posting: 10-Jul-17)
    Artist Rifles Clubhouse
    Members may be aware of continuing publicity regarding litigation related to the lease renewal of the Artist Rifles Clubhouse.

    Please note the following:

    (1) It has been repeatedly stated that the NRA is seeking a 500% increase in rent. This is incorrect; the annual rent payable was 3,150 and the tenant was offered a revised rent of 10,000 at a meeting on 24th November 2016 held at the offices of Sir Julian Brazier. The tenant refused this offer and insisted the rent be determined by our respective surveyors; the NRA reluctantly agreed to this costly proposal.

    (2) The Artist Rifles clubhouse occupies a prime position on Bisley Camp, extends to 4,600 square feet of building space and includes 9 bedrooms, generous lounge, bar, dining room and kitchen.

    (3) Claims that hundreds of thousands of pounds have been invested in the clubhouse are not supported by the professional surveyor's valuation report commissioned by the tenant dated 6th October 2016 which conservatively assessed the costs of tenant?s improvements to the clubhouse at 61,200.

    (4) The NRA has no intention of closing the clubhouse; it is an attractive feature of Bisley Camp. The litigation (now settled by consent) concerned the terms of lease and the current arbitration process concerns the amount of rent, not whether the clubhouse would be closed.

    The NRA continues to work with 108 tenants on Bisley Camp; lease renewals are a routine part of our estate management and the vast majority are concluded amicably without resort to litigation. Two new leases for clubhouses have already been signed this year; their tenants continue to prosper and invest in improving their facilities for their members.

    Andrew Mercer

    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Updated: 07-Jul-17 (Original posting: 07-Jul-17)
    NRA Bisley General Meeting 19th July 2017

    The Bisley General Meeting will take place at 9pm in the NRA Pavilion on Wednesday 19th July 2017.

    To download and view the agenda for the meeting Click here

    Updated: 03-Jul-17 (Original posting: 03-Jul-17)
    NRA Methuen Cup - RESULTS
    A record 18 teams took part in the NRA Methuen Cup - 14 in Practical Class and 4 in Historic Class.

    Lee Enfield Rifle Asssociation 'A' retained the title with a convincing win in the Historic Class, while the London Practical Shooting Club won Practical Class with a narrow victory over last year's winner, the Highpower Rifle Association.

    HISTORIC CLASS:

    1st LERA A 753
    2nd LERA B 629
    3rd BYSA 552

    PRACTICAL CLASS:

    1st LPSC 'A' 1355
    2nd HRA 'A' 1332
    3rd PSSA 1285

    The individual highest winners in each class were:

    Historic Class - The Bayonet Trophy:

    Will Tong 156

    Practical Class - The Kukri Trophy:

    Martin Camp 238

    Updated: 03-Jul-17 (Original posting: 03-Jul-17)
    BCRC Open Meeting Results

    To download the results of the British Commonwealth Rifle Club Open meeting Please click here

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    Updated: 03-Jul-17 (Original posting: 03-Jul-17)
    NRA Falling Plates - RESULTS

    A record 38 teams enjoyed the NRA Falling Plates matches on Saturday 1 July, with wins for LERA Sparkbrook in Historic Class, and LPSC in Modern.

    Shot on the excellent facilities at Ash Ranges, the match has grown in popularity in recent years, and 2017 saw 22 teams in Historic Class and 16 in Modern.

    The plates are approximately 12" high x 10" wide, shot at a range of 200 yds.

    Teams of four have 10 plates to knock down as quickly as possible. Teams in the Historic Class have a reduced run of about 35 yds, while the Modern Class competitors advance 100 yds on the siren.

    LERA had a strong presence and the final became a shoot out between LERA Enfield and LERA Sparkbrook, with the Sparkbrook team narrowly beating their club rivals to take the Fulton Team Challenge Plate.

    In Modern Class it was a re-run of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 final with a Britain v France line up. The LPSC once again took on the popular French CSAG team, with LPSC winning by two plates.

    Updated: 03-Jul-17 (Original posting: 02-Jul-17)
    Civilian Service Rifle RESULTS

    Enjoying good weather throughout the championship, the 2017 Civ SR Imperial was decided on the last match shot on Saturday 1 July.

    With a tricky wind and a challenging course of fire, all places were up for grabs as 116 competitors started the final shoot.

    Starting with 100 yds snaps and finishing with a run down from 500 yds, the overall Championship results were revealed at Prize Giving:

    IRON SIGHT:
    Winner - Sean Clarke 919

    SERVICE OPTIC:
    Winner - Bill Ellis 1148

    Second - Adam Chapman 1147

    Third - Peter Cottrell 1134

    PRACTICAL OPTIC:
    Winnner - Olivier Larrue 1126

    Second - Colin Hudson 1117

    Third - John Morgan-Hosey 1108

    All competitors and organisers are to be congratulated for an excellent competition, shot with great camaraderie.

    Full results are on the NRA home page

    Updated: 03-Jul-17 (Original posting: 02-Jul-17)
    Kent County RA Championship Results 2017

    To download the results of the Kent County Rifle Association Open meeting held on Sunday 11th June 2017 at Bisley Please click here

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    Updated: 30-Jun-17 (Original posting: 30-Jun-17)
    NRA AGM 2017 Minutes and Speeches

    If you would like to download and read the Minutes and speeches from the 2017 AGM please select the appropriate link below.

    To download the Chairman's AGM Speech 2017 Click here

    To download the Chief Executive's AGM Speech 2017 Click here

    To download the Treasurer's AGM Speech 2017 Click here

    To download the Minutes AGM 2017 Click here



    Updated: 30-Jun-17 (Original posting: 30-Jun-17)
    The Hampshire Rifle Association Open Meeting Results - Sat 24 June
    The Hampshire Rifle Association Open Meeting took place on Saturday 24 June. Full results are here.

    Updated: 26-Jun-17 (Original posting: 26-Jun-17)
    NRA Falling Plates Match - Saturday 1 July
    The 2017 Falling Plates Match will be staged on Ash Ranges, No 2 Range, on Saturday 1 July, from 1700-1900.

    This hotly contested event will be shot in two classes: Modern and Historic, providing an entertaining mix of fitness and marksmanship. Teams of 4 have to sprint / run / jog / meander from the start point to the firing point, and knock down 10 plates as quickly as possible, each plate about 2ft square at a distance of 200 yds.

    This is actually quite difficult after running 100 yds (30 yds for the Historic shooters).

    The winning team goes through to the next round while the loser hopes for a second chance depending on the time taken.

    Last year the LPSC retained the Challenge Cup edging the strong French CSAG by a single plate.

    The Historic class final was an all LERA affair, with LERA Overlord out-shooting the LERA Goodwood team.

    The event is open to spectators and the post code for Ash Ranges is GU12 5ER.
    The deadline for entries is 12.00 on Friday 30 June: Click here to enter

    Updated: 23-Jun-17 (Original posting: 23-Jun-17)
    MR/TR/F Class - CLOSE OF ONLINE ENTRIES 1700 hrs, Monday 26 June

    Entries for the various Meetings are available here



    Updated: 23-Jun-17 (Original posting: 23-Jun-17)
    NRA Adaptive Championship 2017

    The NRA Adaptive Championship is a highlight of the Imperial Meeting, with tremendous camaraderie amongst the Serving soldiers and Veterans coupled with a strong competitive determination.

    Held on Melville Range, competitors use Ruger 10/22s in three matches: Advancing Target, Rapid & Snaps, and the Mini McQueen. An interest shoot is provided by the MLAGB which is always very popular and adds to the occasion.

    The NRA would like to record our sincere thanks to the volunteers who support this event.

    The overall winners were:

    Veteran

    1st Geoff Newport 367.22v
    2nd Vinod Budhahoki 356.21v
    3rd Jeffrey Winder 352.10v

    Serving

    1st Capt Craig Mudie 382.36v
    2nd Cpl Matt Drake 378.30v
    3rd Sgt Justin Maskell 375.40v

    Full results to follow.

    Congratulations to all participants and we look forward to hosting next years event on Thursday 21 June 2018.






    Updated: 23-Jun-17 (Original posting: 23-Jun-17)
    Irish Open 2017 - Results

    Ulster Rifle Association

    Annual Open Fullbore Target Rifle Meeting and 106th IRISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

    Click here to download the Irish Open 2017 Results.



    Updated: 22-Jun-17 (Original posting: 22-Jun-17)
    New 21 year lease for the Spott Clubhouse

    It was with immense pleasure that we were able to welcome a contingent of our German friends from BDMP for the handing over of the new 21 year lease of the Spott.

    David Brandenburger, Vice President of BDMP, and his club members have done a great job with their clubhouse, maintaining it to a very high standard and we are delighted by their desire to renew their 21 year lease for the Spott and continue to contribute to the fabric of Bisley and enjoy all that the Bisley Ranges complex has to offer.

    "The Spott is a great example of a vibrant clubhouse at Bisley, made all the more special with the fact that the tenant is based in Germany. We look forward to seeing good numbers of continental shooters and their UK friends at the Spott and ranges at Bisley over the next 21 years" said Andrew Mercer, NRA Chief Executive.


    David Brandenburger, Vice President of BDMP with Andrew Mercer


    Members of the BDMP with Andrew Mercer

    Updated: 21-Jun-17 (Original posting: 21-Jun-17)
    NRA INTER COUNTIES 2017 - Results
    The final day of the 34th Inter Counties Meeting was met with hot and humid weather conditions with temperatures over 30 degrees by 11.00, resulting in some excellent scores and wilting shooters in equal measure.

    Results for the top 5 teams in the The NRA Long Range Match were:

    1 Surrey 1185.159v

    2 London 1172.133v

    3 Berkshire 1164.123v

    4 Kent 1163.136v

    Surrey produced a consistent performance across the weekend to retain the Inter-Counties Championship for the ninth consecutive year, taking the 2017 title by a margin of 33 points from London.

    Surrey's total score of 2377.339v was 1 point lower than their record score in 2015.

    Results for the top 5 positions in the Inter Counties were:

    1 Surrey 2377.339v

    2 London 2344.283v

    3 Hertfordshire 2342.270v

    4 Kent 2338.265v

    5 Norfolk 2329.261v

    Click here for Long Range results.

    Click here for Aggregate results.

    Updated: 19-Jun-17 (Original posting: 18-Jun-17)
    Inter Counties Short Range - Lt Col H Jones VC Memorial Trophy
    Congratulations to Surrey for retaining the Lt Col H Jones VC Memorial Trophy (Inter Counties Short Range), but with 23 points separating the top 10 counties at the half way stage, there is still much to play for before the Long Range Match starts on Sunday 18 June on Stickledown.

    Results for the Lt Col H Jones VC Memorial Trophy:

    1 Surrey 1192.180v

    2 Hertfordshire 1180.147v

    3 Kent 1175.129v

    4 Norfolk 1173.142v

    5 London 1172.150v

    6 Gloucestershire 1172.131v

    7 Cheshire 1171.123v

    8 Sussex 1169.140v

    9 Hampshire 1169.126v

    10 Nottinghamshire 1164.111v

    Click here for full results.

    Updated: 19-Jun-17 (Original posting: 17-Jun-17)
    R Jarvis RESULTS
    The R Jarvis was shot by 125 competitors in very warm conditions with light but variable winds.

    There were 12 scores of 105, 15 scores of 104 and 19 scores of 103. A three-way tie for medals took place with the resuts below.

    Congratulations to all who took part.

    The top results are:

    The Challenge Trophy and Gold Medal

    Mr J Evans 105.17v (tie 25.5v)

    Silver Medal

    Mr B Logan 105.17v (tie 24.3v)

    Bronze Medal

    Mr D De Vere 105.17v (tie 22.1v)

    Winner Under 25 Trophy:

    Mr H Green 101.12v

    Winner Under 23 Trophy:

    Mr TS Bullock103.10v

    Click here for full R Jarvis Results.

    Updated: 19-Jun-17 (Original posting: 17-Jun-17)
    Artist Rifles Clubhouse

    Members may be aware of recent publicity regarding litigation related to the lease renewal of the Artist Rifles Clubhouse.

    Please note the following:-

    (1) The tenant of the Artist Rifles Clubhouse is Mr Mustafa who operates a private members club. The SAS is not party to the lease, neither is the Mars & Minerva Shooting Club.

    (2) Mr Mustafa agreed terms for a new lease on 10th February 2017; this was confirmed by a Consent Order to the Court. We note Mr Mustafa is using Crowd funding to "see the litigation through" - however the litigation effectively finished when Mr Mustafa agreed the Consent Order filed at Court.

    (3) Mr Mustafa agreed on 10th February 2017 that the level of new rent would be agreed by surveyors or, failing which, set by a RICS-appointed arbitrator. The arbitrator has been recently engaged to determine the level of rent.

    (4) Rents are reviewed at the start of all new leases; rent for the Artists clubhouse has been proposed at a level similar to that recently set for other clubhouses at Bisley. All shooting clubs are special and the Artist clubhouse warrants no preferential treatment.

    Andrew Mercer
    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Updated: 16-Jun-17 (Original posting: 14-Jun-17)
    Wanted Researcher to complete the History of the Athelings
    WANTED The Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting is looking for someone to complete the History of The Athelings, 1910-2010, for which a significant quantity of background material has already been collected. The person concerned does not need to have been an Atheling, as the project covers an important element, not just of Cadet shooting, but of the Cadet movement as a whole. For further details, please contact Mrs Gina Ansell at Derby Lodge, 01485-473095, or Email: AdminOffr@ccrs.org.uk.

    Updated: 08-Jun-17 (Original posting: 08-Jun-17)
    Great Britain Under 25 Team Captain - World Championships New Zealand 2019

    GB UNDER 25 TEAM CAPTAIN

    Nominations are invited for the Captain of the Great Britain Under 25 Rifle Team to New Zealand 2019

    Nominations in writing, signed by three proposers all of whom must be full annual or life members of the NRA, must be received by the Secretary General not later than 5pm on 23rd June 2017.

    Nominations to be sent to Georgina.Thatcher@nra.org.uk

    Updated: 05-Jun-17 (Original posting: 04-Jun-17)
    Phoenix Meeting 2017 - Final Results
  • Click here to download the final Prize List
  • Click here to download the final Results



    Updated: 07-Jun-17 (Original posting: 30-May-17)
  • 2017 Birmingham Bisley - Results
    A weekend of mixed weather greeted the return of the Birmingham Bisley, but even the torrential downpour on Saturday afternoon did little to dampen the mood.

    Overall, the event was a great success with excellent camaraderie and good shooting throughout.

    Congratulations to all participants and especially Michael Cooper and Tom Smith in TR, who both produced consistently high scores to vie for the main prizes. In F/TR, Mark Downing produced an equally strong performance.

    Click here to download Saturday's Results

    Click here to download Sunday's Results

    Michael Cooper
    Michael Cooper winner of the Grand Aggregate amongst a serious haul of trophies


    Updated: 23-May-17 (Original posting: 23-May-17)
    300M Championship - Results

    This 300M Championship attracted an excellent turnout this year, the best for several years. We look forward to hosting you again next year.

    To download the Results Click here



    Updated: 23-May-17 (Original posting: 23-May-17)
    148th Imperial Meeting Update

    If you have not yet entered the 148th Imperial Meeting then please don't wait as the early entry discount of 10% expires at midnight on the 31st May.

    Click here to enter

    Updated: 23-May-17 (Original posting: 23-May-17)
    Early Entry Draw - Winners
    The draw was made by Andrew Mercer today and we are delighted to congratulate the winners:

    First Prize (100% refund of entry fees) John Howe

    Second Prize (50% refund of entry fees) Alan Griffin

    Third Prize (25% refund of entry fees) Aubrey Sonnenberg



    Updated: 02-May-17 (Original posting: 02-May-17)
    Wimbledon Centre Court Tickets auction
    NRA Fund Manager Philip J Milton & Company PLC has kindly donated a pair of 2017 Centre Court Wimbledon Debenture seats on Day 6 (Saturday 8th July) together with passes for the Debenture Holders Lounge.

    We have decided to auction the tickets to raise funds for the Under 19 and Under 21 GB Teams in the NRA Overseas Team Fund.

    Bids for the auction will close at midday 28th May 2017 and the successful bidder will be confirmed at the Prize Giving for the Phoenix Meeting later that day.

    The two tickets are currently priced at 3,530; please email your bid to auctions@nra.org.uk confirming your name and contact telephone number. Further details and terms and conditions can be found on the link below.

    This is a cracking opportunity for a very special day at Wimbledon and to support youth shooting.

    Our grateful thanks go to Philip Milton and his staff.

    To download the Auction details please Click here


    Wimbledon Center Court



    Updated: 22-May-17 (Original posting: 28-Apr-17)
    CSR & PR Handbook is now available to download

    Click here to download the latest handbook

    Updated: 26-Apr-17 (Original posting: 26-Apr-17)
    Ibis Open 2017 Results

    The Ibis Open Meeting was shot on Saturday 22nd April. The Sun shone but the wind was tricky. Andrew Wilde (LMRA) won the short-range match with 150-16, the Long-range (1000 and 1100) with 90-05 and thus the overall trophy.

    IBIS Open 2017 Grand Aggregate Results
    Click here
    To view the results for this event.



    Updated: 25-Apr-17 (Original posting: 25-Apr-17)
    Small-bore Long Range Match - RESULTS
    The Smallbore Long Range Match took place on Sunday 23 April in very favourable shooting conditions, providing a tough but thoroughly enjoyable challenge to all competitors and many excellent scores.

    The event saw matches at 200 yds and 300 yds in three classes - Match Rifle SB, Target Rifle SB and Service Rifle SB.


    For ammunition, most shooters were using R100, with Eley Tenex, Lapua Centre-X and RWS 50 the most popular.

    The top two places at each distance were:

    MRSB:

    200 yds
    1st Mike Townsend 73.11v
    2nd Phil Morgan 73.9v

    300 yds
    1st Michael Haselgrove 68.6v
    2nd Mike Townsend 63.1v

    Overall Winner:

    1st Michael Haselgrove 138.12v
    2nd Mike Townsend 136.12v

    TRSB:

    200 yds
    1st Phil Northam 69.5v
    2nd Peter Francis 69.3v

    300 yds
    1st Peter Francis 62.4v
    2nd Phil Northam 62.1v

    Overall Winner:

    1st Peter Francis 131.7v
    2nd Phil Northam 131.6v

    SRSB:

    200 yds
    1st Steve Isherwood 68.5v

    300 yds
    1st Gavin Moffatt 54.2v

    Overall Winner:

    Steve Isherwood 115.6v

    Click here for full results

    Updated: 24-Apr-17 (Original posting: 24-Apr-17)
    Met Police Firearms Licensing Survey
    We have been working closely with the Firearms Licensing Team at the Met. Police to improve the service to licence holders in their area. They have asked us to help publicise their online survey for Met Police certificate holders to complete following any transaction with them (i.e. grant, renewal etc.). There are only 20 questions which should take not more than 5 mins to complete, but will be of great help to them to understand the quality of service they provide and how they can improve. The link to the survey is: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FETLONDON I will be pleased if NRA members served by the Met Police could complete the survey; we recognise the considerable efforts they have made to improve their service to the shooting community and applaud their desire for honest feedback.
    http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FETLONDON
    Updated: 21-Apr-17 (Original posting: 21-Apr-17)
    RCO Instruction Manual (Edition Seven)

    Range Conducting Officers' Course Instruction Manual (Edition Seven) can be purchased by current, in date NRA RCOs for 7.90 + 1.00 P&P.

    To order a manual please contact Training by telephone on 01483 797777 ext 149 or by email.

    Updated: 03-Apr-17 (Original posting: 03-Apr-17)
    CSR Winter League - April 2017 - Final Results
    The final CSR League match was greeted with beautiful Spring weather, although the morning northerly breeze tumbling over the trees in Butts 18 & 19 made for some tricky wind calls.

    Shooting from 600 yds to 100 yds in 10 stages, the Imperial Match is a very challenging event and perfect to decide the final league positions.

    The AM Imperial Match Long Range winners were:

    HISTORIC - Hywel Davies 78 pts
    PRACTICAL - John Morgan-Hosey 220 pts
    SERVICE - Peter Cottrell 222 pts

    The PM Imperial Match Short Range winners were:

    HISTORIC - Jon Foreman 78 pts
    PRACTICAL - Colin Hudson 229 pts
    SERVICE - Adam Chapman 236 pts

    After over 700 rounds fired across the League, the provisional final standings indicate how competitive this type of shooting is becoming.

    2016/17 CSR LEAGUE:

    HISTORIC:

    1st - Hywel Davies - 993.48

    2nd - Jon Foreman - 837.79

    IRON

    1st - Doug Cross - 950.99

    2nd - Andy Littler - 873.71

    PRACTICAL:

    1st - John Morgan-Hosey - 979.33

    2nd - Nick St Aubyn - 975.44

    3rd - Colin Hudson - 970.00

    SERVICE:

    1st - Peter Cottrell - 990.17

    2nd - Adam Chapman - 988.34

    3rd - John Chambers - 963.63

    Click here to download the final results for Sun 2 Apr.

    Click here to download the final league standing as of Sun 2 Apr.



    Updated: 07-Apr-17 (Original posting: 02-Apr-17)
    Historic Service Rifle Match - 1 Apr 2017 - Provisional Results
    A record number of competitors enjoyed the Historic Service Rifle Match in mixed conditions.

    It was especially pleasing to see members of the British Young Shooters Association taking part, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Provisional results are here:

    Click here to download the provisional results for the Historic Service Rifle Match, Sat 1 April 2017.

    Please direct challenges or queries via email to mark.haigh@nra.org.uk by midday Thursday 6 April.

    Updated: 02-Apr-17 (Original posting: 02-Apr-17)
    148th Imperial Meeting - Online Entries Open (TR, MR & F Class)


    The 148th Imperial Meeting will be contested from 16th June to 22nd July 2017. Entries for the various elements are available below.

    MR/TR/F Class online entries close 17:00 - Mon 19 June

    Click here to enter TR, MR and F Class Online

    Click here to download the TR and MR entry form.
    Click here to download the F Class entry form.

    Paper copies are available from NRA Reception and the Range Office.

    Early Entry Draw: This draw is open to all entries over 50 received by 1 May 2017.

    The draw will be made by Andrew Mercer, NRA Secretary General, and the winners announced on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

    First Prize: 100% refund of entry fee
    Second Prize: 50% refund of entry fee
    Third Prize: 25% refund of entry fee

    Early Entry Discount: Enter before 1 June 2017 to receive a 10% discount on entries.

    Schools' Meeting 2017
    Click here to enter online

    Entry Systems for all other Imperial competitions:
    Service Rifle, CSR, Methuen, Adaptive, GR&P, Imperial Historic Arms Meeting, Teams will be online early April.

    Astor County Championship:
    Please click here to find the information and claim form for the Astor County Championship being held on the First Friday of the Imperial Meeting 2017


    Key Dates are:

    16 June: NRA Individual Service Rifle Matches

    27 - 28 June: NRA Team Service Matches

    22 June: NRA Military Adaptive Championship

    28 June - 2 July: Civilian Service Rifle Meeting

    7 - 9 July: Inter Schools Cadet Rifle Meeting

    7 - 13 July: Match Rifle Meeting

    8 - 9 July: Imperial Historic Arms Meeting

    10 - 13 July: Schools Meeting

    12 - 16 July: Gallery Rifle & Pistol Meeting

    14 - 18 July: F Class Meeting

    14 - 22 July: Target Rifle Meeting

  • Click here to download the TR Class list for 2017.
  • Click here to find your TRID.



    Updated: 30-Mar-17 (Original posting: 30-Mar-17)
  • Spring Action Weekend 2017 - Final Results
    Spring Action Weekend - 25 & 26 March 2017

    Click here for Final Results

    Click here for Final Prize List



    Updated: 05-Apr-17 (Original posting: 29-Mar-17)
    148th Imperial - TR/MR and F Class Online Entries
    Entry Forms and the online entry system for Imperial TR, MR and F Class will be available on the NRA website from Thursday 30 March at 10.00.

    Updated: 28-Mar-17 (Original posting: 28-Mar-17)
    GB Rifle Team to Canada 2017

    Unfortunately, I must inform you that Jon M Ford has had to withdraw from my team to Canada this year. I thank Jon for applying and supporting the team, to date.

    We have selected Phillip Chapman-Sheath as Jon's replacement. I welcome Philip to the team, who will also take on the role as team Doctor.

    Please click here for the revised team list.

    Chris Weeden

    Updated: 28-Mar-17 (Original posting: 28-Mar-17)
    Astor Claim Form 2017

    Please find below the information and claim form for the Astor County Championship being held during the Imperial Meeting 2017.

    Click here to download the information



    Updated: 21-Mar-17 (Original posting: 21-Mar-17)
    NRA Signed Accounts for 2016

    NRA Financial Statements for year ended 31 December 2016 now available.

    To download and view the NRA Financial Statements for year ended 31 December 2016 Please click here

    Updated: 21-Mar-17 (Original posting: 21-Mar-17)
    Derbyshire Challenge 2017 - Results and Review

    Held at Thorpe Cloud Rifle Range on Saturday the 11th of March

    What a fantastic day! For those 8 F Class and 11 TR shooters who attended, this was an unbelievable opportunity to shoot on our historic rifle range.

    Click here to download the results and read the full review.

    Updated: 17-Mar-17 (Original posting: 17-Mar-17)
    CSR Final Results - Saturday 4 March
    The CSR League moved to Ash Ranges where 115 competitors took on two challenging but hugely enjoyable matches.

    The Roupell Match consists of 4 Stages, shot in various positions, with limited exposures and multiple targets at varying distances.

    After a short break the afternoon match was the Roberts - a 50 round match shot prone, kneeling and sitting.

    The Ash Ranges team were excellent and the SARTS system worked faultlessly.

    Final results are here

    League standings as of March are here

    Updated: 10-Mar-17 (Original posting: 04-Mar-17)
    CSR Winter League - April 2017
    This is the last match in the CSR 2016/17 league.

    This popular Winter League competition is running from October 2016 to April 2017.

    Click here to enter online.

    Click here to download the paper entry form.

    Click here to download the CoF.



    Updated: 02-Mar-17 (Original posting: 02-Mar-17)
    GB Rifle Team to Canada 2018

    I have been honoured by the Council of the National Rifle Association with the captaincy of the GB Rifle Team to Canada in August 2018 on the occasion of the DCRA 150th Anniversary.

    John Stevens has agreed to be the team's Vice-Captain and Martin Liversage the Adjutant.

    The team will compete in the Ontario Rifle Association meeting and the DCRA Championships in Ottawa and the duration of the tour will be approximately 2 weeks.

    All interested in applying for selection for team should write to me at jdwarburton@btinternet.com before July 28th 2017.

    I aim to select a team with a range of ages & experience that is representative of all parts of the UK.

    Financial support may be available for U25 applicants who have not yet toured with a senior GB team - please contact me for more details.

    John Warburton


    Updated: 01-Mar-17 (Original posting: 01-Mar-17)
    NRA Rifle Team to the Channel Islands in May 2018

    I have been honoured by the Council of the National Rifle Association with the captaincy of the NRA Rifle Team to the Channel Islands in May 2018. Chris Watson and Jon Ford have agreed to be Vice-Captain and Adjutant respectively. Chris brings a wealth of top level team shooting experience, having competed in the 'Big Five' and the Commonwealth games. In addition to being a GB shooter, Jon has also toured with the NRA team recently.

    The provisional tour dates are Friday 25th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018 to compete in both the Guernsey and Jersey Spring meetings.

    There is also a traditional match vs the LMRA expected to be on the Thursday 24th May. This totals 6 working days.

    Application forms can be requested by sending an email to nraci2018@gmail.com.

    The closing date for applications is the 23rd July.

    I am looking to select a team of coaches and shooters who are currently county or national level (or equivalent) and are eager to make the step up to a senior GB team.

    Paul Wheeler
    Captain,
    NRA Team, CI 2018

    Updated: 27-Feb-17 (Original posting: 27-Feb-17)
    Range improvement works on Century and Stickledown

    All members are reminded that there is range improvement work underway at Bisley.

    During the early part of 2017 the following firing points on Century will be improved.
    300yd in Butts 17, 18 & 19
    600yd in Butts 14 and 16.

    There is also some improvement and re-turfing on Stickledown
    Targets 36 to 50 at 1000yds
    Targets 1 to 20 at 1100yds
    Targets 21 to 35 at 1200yds

    Due to these firing points being out of use the lay down of the range may not be as you expect, if you have specialist requirements please be sure to mention them in the comments box when making a booking or call the Range Office before attending Bisley.

    Rick Wells
    Head of Range Services

    Updated: 21-Feb-17 (Original posting: 21-Feb-17)
    CSR Winter League - 5 Feb 2017 - Final Results
    116 shooters took part in the latest Civ SR League matches on Sun 5 Feb.

    With calm but chilly weather there was an opportunity for decent scores. The link to provisional results is below. One particular score is worthy of a special mention - John Chambers' score of 248 ex 250 in the Short Range Match may have set a new record. Outstanding.

  • Click here to download the finalresults for Sunday 5 Feb 2017.
  • Click here to download the up to date league standings, as of February.



    Updated: 09-Feb-17 (Original posting: 05-Feb-17)
  • Renewal of Home Office Approval

    It has come to the NRA's attention that the Home Office and police are no longer sending reminders that Clubs' Home Office Approvals are due for renewal. Allowing Approval to lapse can have significant consequences for a club and its members, in three main ways:

    Approval is a condition of holding a licence to use MoD ranges, so access to those may be denied.

    Approval is essential to enable members to use full-bore rifles without a certificate, and may be necessary to allow members to use small-bore rifles without a certificate.

    Holding a Firearm Certificate for target shooting usually requires an Approved club to be named on the certificate, so if club Approval lapses the validity of members' FACs may be compromised.

    Secretaries are urged to check the renewal date of their club's Approval. If the Approval has lapsed and further advice is required, please contact the NRA Safety, Legal & Technical Officer.



    Updated: 14-Feb-17 (Original posting: 03-Feb-17)
    CSR Winter League - March 2017

    This popular Winter League competition is running from October 2016 to April 2017.

    The next event takes place on Sat 4 March at Ash ETR. We will be shooting two events that many CSR & PR shooters will remember with mixed emotions - the Roupell Match and the Roberts Match - both very challenging but also great fun. Details and the Courses of Fire can be found via the links below.

    Please note that due to limits on the range there will be a maximum of 120 competitors. As these matches are likely to be very popular we recommend submitting your entry soonest.

    Entries are now closed

    Click here to download the CoF.



    Updated: 27-Feb-17 (Original posting: 02-Feb-17)
    Home Office Approved Club - New Fees Proposals

    The Home Office has published a consultation which seeks views on the implementation of new fees for firearms licences that are issued by the Home Office including fees for Approval of shooting clubs.

    The proposals are based on setting the level of fees at rates that allow full cost recovery; the view of the NRA is that the rates quoted are wholly disproportionate to the actual work required and are either incorrectly calculated or represent a fundamentally inefficient processes.... Click here to read more and download the complete letter.



    Updated: 23-Jan-17 (Original posting: 23-Jan-17)
    The NRA 100

    2 prizes this year - a TR one the Swanston Trophy.

    Won for the 2nd year in a row by Layne Chisholm with a significant score standing, closely followed by Gaz Corfield in 2nd place & Andy Wilde in 3rd

    A Service Rifle entry & prize - a fine pewter model of an SMLE.

    Won for the first time by Chris Green of Brunel University Target Shooting Club, 2nd Harrison Daw beating his Dad Andy Daw GB TR team member into 3rd place - beaten by his son, on his own rifle, the only junior entrant this year - he better start get used to it!

    2017 competition entries to me (p.northam@virgin.net) a event shoot will be held for a number of entrants to shoot together end of Oct. A most unique & fun competition.

    To download and view the full results Click here



    Updated: 17-Jan-17 (Original posting: 17-Jan-17)
    GB Veterans Team to New Zealand 2019

    The following have been selected to join the training squad from which the final team will be chosen:

    Captain: John Webster, GB & England

    Vice Captain: Martin Townsend, GB & Ireland

    Adjutant: Jon Sweet, GB & Scotland

    Squad members:

    Nigel Ball, GB & England
    Simon Belither, GB & England
    John Bellringer, GB & England
    Charles Brooks, GB & England
    David Calvert, GB & Ireland
    George Cann, GB & England
    Paul Charlton, GB & Ireland
    Gary Childs, GB & England
    Robert Eayrs, England
    Chris Fitzpatrick, GB & Ireland
    Richard Gardiner, England
    Peter Griggs, GB & England
    Jonathan Haward, GB & England
    Andrew Lothian, GB and England
    James Mehta, GB & Scotland
    Andrew Morley, England
    Neil Moxon, GB & England
    Lindsay Peden, GB & Scotland
    David Richards, GB & England
    Reg Roberts, GB & England
    Mick Silver, GB & England
    Colin Skellett, GB & England



    Updated: 12-Jan-17 (Original posting: 12-Jan-17)
    2016 NRA Shotgun, Handgun and Minirifle League Results
    Please see below for results from the 2016 NRA Shotgun, Handgun and Minirifle leagues:
  • Click here for the 2016 NRA Shotgun League results.
  • Click here for the 2016 NRA Handgun League results.
  • Click here for the 2016 NRA Minirifle League results.

    Updated: 09-Jan-17 (Original posting: 09-Jan-17)
  • NEW product from GGG - .223 REM 69gr Ammunition
    NEW Product Availability from GGG .223 REM 69 gr

    We are very excited to be offering this new product from GGG which was delivered to us today.

    This ammunition received raving reviews in the December issue of Shooting Sports. Click here to read the article.

    We have limited availability at the introductory price of 825 pounds per 1000 rounds.

    To purchase the ammunition, please get in touch with the range office via the website
    or on 01483 797777ext 152.



    Updated: 06-Jan-17 (Original posting: 06-Jan-17)
    Daily Telegraph Article - Stolen and Missing Firearms - Correspondence

    To download and read the response letter from Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner, Special Operations Met Police to the original letter from Andrew Mercer subsequent to the Daily Telegraph Article on 31/10/2016 Click here

    Link to Telegraph Article on 31/10 2016

    Click here to download and view the original response letter from Andrew Mercer.

    Updated: 16-Dec-16 (Original posting: 16-Dec-16)
    CSR Winter League - 4 Dec 2016 - Final Results

    Please click here to download the final results for the CSR Winter League match, on Sunday 4 Dec 2016.

    Please click here to download the up to date league standings, as of December.

    Updated: 12-Dec-16 (Original posting: 04-Dec-16)
    Target Shotgun Festival - November 2016 - Results

    Please click here to download the results of the November 2016 Target Shotgun Festival, including Round 10 of the NRA Shotgun League.

    Updated: 15-Nov-16 (Original posting: 15-Nov-16)
    CSR Winter League - 5 Nov 2016 - Final Results

    Please click here to download the final results for the CSR Winter League match, on Saturday 5 Nov 2016.

    Please click here to download the up to date league standings, as of November.

    Updated: 10-Nov-16 (Original posting: 05-Nov-16)
    NRA Response to the Mark Rowley Daily Telegraph Article

    Letter from Andrew Mercer to Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner Special Operations Met Police in response to the article published in the Daily Telegraph this week.

    Link to Telegraph Article on 31/10 2016

    Click here to download and view the response letter

    Updated: 02-Nov-16 (Original posting: 02-Nov-16)
    Security Warning

    Over the last few weeks three different members of Aintree Pistol Club have been attacked and robbed of their guns (and Archery Bow) when returning home from a club visit.

    These attacks took place outside their home addresses when returning from a club meeting; it is uncertain as to whether they were followed home or if the attackers were there waiting for them.

    It has also been reported that members of the club have on returning to their car at the end of the night found one or two flat tyres; there may be a relationship between these incidents and the attacks.

    Please take extra care and precautions when returning home from your shooting range on these darker nights.

    Andrew Mercer
    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Updated: 29-Oct-16 (Original posting: 29-Oct-16)
    NRA/HBSA Round Bull & Tin Hat Targets
    Following discussions with the HBSA, the NRA has a new set of Round Bull & Tin Hat targets for use by Classic and Historic shooters.

    The targets are based on the 1971 HBSA target dimensions and cover 200 yds, 300 yds and a 500/600 yards target face.

    These targets were used at the recent Trafalgar Meeting and will be included in future NRA events such as The Phoenix and Imperial Historic Arms Meeting as well as the Trafalgar.

    Click here to view the target dimensions

    Updated: 19-Oct-16 (Original posting: 19-Oct-16)
    GB Palma Team 2019 - Initial Squad announcement
    The initial training squad for the GB Palma team for 2019 in New Zealand has been announced and can be found at the link below. Palma Squad

    Updated: 26-Sep-16 (Original posting: 26-Sep-16)
    GB Team Announcement for Canada 2017

    The following shooters have been selected to represent Great Britain in the matches in Canada 2017.

    Chris Weeden
    Captain
    august 2016

    To download and view the full list of team members Click here

    Updated: 22-Aug-16 (Original posting: 22-Aug-16)
    GB Veterans Rifle Team to New Zealand 2019

    I have been honoured by the Council of the National Rifle Association with the captaincy of the GB Veterans Rifle Team to New Zealand in January/February 2019. Martin Townsend (GB & Ireland) has agreed to be the team's Vice-Captain and Jon Sweet (GB & Scotland) the team's Adjutant. The 2019 World Individual and Team matches are to be held at Trentham, and the duration of the tour is likely to be three weeks in late January/early February 2019.

    All those eligible and interested in applying to be selected for this team should write to me at jgmwebster@me.com or via the NRA before October 31st 2016. To be eligible, applicants must be 60 years of age on or before the first day of the Veterans World Individual Championship, currently anticipated to be 30th January 2019. A short shooting CV should accompany your application.

    John Webster
    Captain, GB Veterans, NZ 2019


    Updated: 10-Aug-16 (Original posting: 10-Aug-16)
    2016 Imperial Individual Scores Available
    UPDATED with this year's Imperial meeting scores. All scores from 1999 to 2016....Ever needed to look up your (or other's) scores from the Imperial Meeting?
    http://www.nra.org.uk/common/asp/mysite/loginform.asp?site=NRA&page=results/indivsearch
    Updated: 01-Aug-16 (Original posting: 01-Aug-16)
    TR Class List for 2017

    Unfortunately, we had quite a few people making errors in their classifications for this years Imperial so for your guidance the 2017 list is now published.
    We will also endeavour make it easy for people to look it up at the time of entry.

    TR class List for 2017 Click Here



    Updated: 25-Jul-16 (Original posting: 25-Jul-16)
    DIO range at Beckingham now available for use by NRA clubs

    I am pleased to report that the DIO range at Beckingham in Lincolnshire is now available for use by NRA affiliated clubs.
    This follows the completion of work to repair damage caused by heavy rain.

    Nicholas Couldrey
    Regional Ranges Manager

    Updated: 19-Jul-16 (Original posting: 19-Jul-16)
    Approved Clubs - New Home Office Guidance

    The Home Office has just published new guidance for Approved Rifle and Pistol Clubs; key changes include:-

    Guest Members

    We are pleased that the NRA's amendments have been accepted; the definition of "guest member" has been extended to include any member of another Approved Club; and visitors with a FAC or Visitor's permit.

    This is helpful and will allow Approved Clubs greater opportunities to broaden the use of guest membership. For example guests who are members of another Approved Club or possess a FAC or Visitor's permit will not require one-to-one supervision, and may be invited to shoot in club competitions and events.

    Clubs are required to notify the police of guest days only where the guest(s) are neither / nor members of another Approved Club or visitors with a FAC or Visitor's permit.

    The NRA Club Insurance policy covers guest membership; we will review this cover at the end of this year in the light of these new regulations.

    The long standing requirement for Clubs shooting at Bisley to notify the range office of guest days continue; this allows range staff to monitor the activities / supervision of shooters without NRA Shooter Certification Cards (NRA SCC).

    For the avoidance of doubt all Club members (including all categories of guests) who shoot at Bisley and MoD ranges who do not have an relevant NRA SCC must be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a club member with a relevant NRA SCC or NRA qualified instructor.

    Membership Application, Cessation of Membership, Attendance and Non-Attendance

    Applications for new membership to be notified to the police must now include full name with date and place of birth.

    An attendance register should be kept of all members; for those members with a FAC the register should include the calibre, type and serial number of the firearm(s) used and date used. The NRA's membership database has an online facility for members to record their shooting and includes a helpful print facility.

    Clubs are required to notify the police if a membership ceases (within 1 month notice) or if the member has not shot (as soon as practicable and ideally within 1 month notice) with the club for a period of 12 months; the police will then check that FAC holders are still regularly using their firearms. This requirement does not extend to Guest Members.

    Club Officers

    Club officers are required to ensure they are aware of firearms laws relevant to the membership of the clubs and use their best efforts to ensure that all members remain of good character. The NRA's professional staff can provide advice; contact the membership department in the first instance.

    The police have good intelligence regarding the conduct of FAC holders; this is not necessarily the case with members of Approved Clubs who do not possess their own FAC and clubs should remain alert to changes in these members' circumstances.

    Ranges and Insurance

    Approved clubs are expected to have access to a range deemed suitable to their approval (full bore, small bore and muzzle loading pistol); and have adequate financial arrangements (such as the NRA club insurance policy) in place to meet any injury or damage claim.

    For full details of the new Home Office Guidance click here

    Updated: 19-Sep-16 (Original posting: 18-Jul-16)
    Banning of Lead in Ammunition

    We are very pleased to report the recommendation from the Lead Ammunition, Wildlife and Human Health Group to ban lead in ammunition has been rejected by the Secretary of State.

    This is good news for the shooting community and a direct result of many shooting organisations working productively together.

    To see the letter from the Secretary of State Click here

    Andrew Mercer
    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Updated: 14-Jul-16 (Original posting: 14-Jul-16)
    Rule 150 Enquiry

    The NRA has concluded three investigations related to long standing concerns regarding Rule 150, in particular adherence to bore and chamber dimension regulations, associated matters relating to the relationship with the British Proof Authority, and the administration of rule changes.

    Three independent projects were commissioned by the Trustees at the behest of General Council, namely:

    (1) The NRA instructed Nicholas Doherty, a barrister with significant expertise on firearms matters, to advise on certain allegations of illegal activity made in respect of Rule 150. He has provided his Opinion to the NRA, in which he confirms that:

    (a) neither implementing Rule 150 of the Rules of Shooting with an additional concession that is not referred to in the 1999 Memorandum nor allowing the use in competitions of rifles with reduced chamber dimensions as described in Rule 150 resulted in the NRA committing any offence under the Proof Acts, or breaching the International Proof Convention or breaching any duty it owes to its members; and

    (b)a person does not commit an offence under the Proof Acts if he submits for proof-testing pursuant to the 1999 Memorandum, a firearm with non-standard dimensions but fails to certify the specific non-standard dimensions required to be certified to the Proof House under the 1999 Memorandum.

    (2) The British Proof Authority carried out a set of tests, on behalf of the NRA, to test the effect of freebore distance on Mean Pmax for values from zero up to the maximum as used in CIP standard test barrels. These confirm that:

    (a) The working pressure in a rifle which complies with Rule 150 does not exceed 4150 Bar, the maximum allowed by CIP, when used with NRA Specification issued ammunition

    (b) No cartridge fired during the trials exceeded or even came close to 4772 Bar, the maximum pressure permitted by CIP for a single cartridge; and

    (c) There is no ?spike? (sudden increase) in pressure when freebore becomes negative as has been claimed.

    (3) The Council appointed two recently elected legally qualified Trustees, Alice Gran and David Lacey, to conduct an enquiry to review the manner in which the NRA has dealt with Rule 150 in connection with the British Proof Authority Memorandum of June 1999. Their main conclusions were:

    (a) There was some lack of oversight in recording the nature and extent of changes to Rule 150

    (b) There was no evidence that any competitor obtained an unfair advantage in competition as a result in the way that the NRA addressed compliance with Rue 150; and

    (c) There was no suggestion that the NRA failed to comply with any requirement relating to safety

    For the full reports click below

    NRA Opinion of Mr Doherty - final version 30 June 2015 Click here
    Rule 150 Report - Alice Gran and David Lacey - 20 June 2016 Click here
    Proof House Trials 2015 Website Version Click here


    Updated: 11-Jul-16 (Original posting: 11-Jul-16)
    MR/TR/F Class online entries close 1700 hrs - Monday 27 June



    The next Imperial Meeting will be contested from 23 June to 23 July 2016.

    MR/TR/F Class online entries close 1700 hrs on Monday 27 June

    Entries for the various meetings are available here.



    Updated: 13-Jun-17 (Original posting: 14-Jun-16)
    Fire with Movement - Civilian Gun Clubs Using MoD Ranges.

    The National Rifle Association Civilian Service Rifle and Practical Rifle disciplines are recognised target shooting sports. Matches consist of rifle shooting practices that are designed to test marksmanship skills in a variety of positions in conditions designed to put mental and physical demands on the ability of the competitor to hit the target. The sport has an excellent safety record and has been shot on many MoD Ranges since the late 1970s.

    The MoDs Defence Ranges Safety Committee Working Group have decided to formally prohibit the practice of civilian gun clubs firing practices involving "fire with movement" on MoD ranges. This restriction does not apply to Bisley or other private ranges.

    The NRA defines "fire with movement" as: "Any movement away from a firing point with a rifle made ready".

    Under this definition movement between firing points with a rifle made ready (i.e. loaded, with a round in the chamber and safety catch applied) is prohibited. Movement between firing points with a rifle not made ready is permitted. This eliminates the risk of a rifle functioning if dropped.

    If you have any queries please contact Iain Robertson (Safety, Legal and Technical Services) at the NRA.

    Updated: 06-Jun-16 (Original posting: 06-Jun-16)
    Invitation for Applicants - GB Palma Team to New Zealand 2019

    I have been honoured with the captaincy our next Palma team, due to compete in New Zealand in early 2019. My vice-captain, team treasurer and fund-raising co-ordinator is Chris Hockley; Nick Tremlett takes on the critical role of head of coaching and training, and Dave Rose takes on the demanding task of adjutant. This brief constitutes a calling notice for applications to the initial Palma squad, selection for which is already underway. To read more Click here

    Thank you

    David Calvert
    Captain GB Palma Team 2019

    2 May 2016

    Updated: 04-May-16 (Original posting: 04-May-16)
    New charges for civilian use of MoD ranges

    Details of new charges for civilian use of military ranges are now available Click here to download and view

    A Letter from Defence Infrastructure Organisation regarding the use of their ranges is also available Click here to download and view

    For further information please contact the NRA Regional Ranges Manger Nic Couldrey

    Telephone 01483 797777 or by email Nic Couldrey

    Updated: 19-Jan-16 (Original posting: 19-Jan-16)
    Electronic targets trial update

    The six e-Targets were used for a total of 18 shooting days for the trial period to assess what we needed to learn to best manage their operation in terms of target attrition, maintenance cycle, de-leading the backstop and management of shooters on the firing line.

    During that time 68,739 rounds were fired at them with an average of over 10,000 at each target.

    One target had over 10 transmission errors and/or incomplete noise registrations on the target the others were either none or 1 or 2.

    One target had its electronics shot out. We suspected an incorrectly zeroed rifle was the cause as 5 shots were grouped in that area.

    The major issue for general use was the wiring when moving the targets and monitors proved not as reliable as we would like. A plan is in motion to resolve this.

    A Selection of written comments from users are below.

    Member VL. Would like a user manual. This was produced in advance but not in sufficient numbers apparently or handed out to shooters.

    Member SE. Thanks very much for your help with the targets, we had a really good mornings shooting.

    Member MK. I have a serious complaint to make regarding the amount of ammunition I was forced to fire while shooting on the new electronic targets at 200 yards this morning. Only joking of course, they were bloody marvellous!!!! I did shoot a fair amount of ammo though but absolutely no complaints at all, that's what we come to Bisley for.
    Congratulations all round to the NRA, best things since sliced bread.

    Updated: 12-Jan-16 (Original posting: 11-Jan-16)
    EU Directive on Firearms Control - Have Your Say

    I would urge all NRA members to register your concerns and provide feedback to the European Commission on their proposals for further firearms control - follow

    The key points you may wish to register include:-

    Restrictions on semi-automatic rifles

    In the UK .22 rim-fire rifles and semi-automatic shotguns are used by tens of thousands of shooters for target shooting and essential pest control. Large calibre semi-automatic rifles are already prohibited in the UK; there is no rational benefit to public safety from prohibiting small calibre rifles and semi-automatic shotguns. The proposals to ban "semi-automatic firearms for civilian use which resemble weapons with automatic mechanisms" is illogical - a great deal of confusion will result by attempting to legislate against form rather than function.

    Distracting Scarce Law Enforcement Resources

    There is virtually no link between legally held firearms and those used with illegal / evil intent. The EU proposals threaten diverting scarce law enforcement resources away from the real risk areas to harassing hundreds of thousands of law abiding shooters, collectors and traders across the EU from their safe and responsible activities.

    The proposals include greater restrictions on Firearms Collectors - collecting firearms is a passion enjoyed by many and there is no published evidence that demonstrates the need for greater restrictions - it is iniquitous to legislate merely on the possibility that collecting might cause a problem; and a ban on possession of deactivated fully automatic firearms by other than authorised museums - it is estimated that 230,000 firearms have been deactivated in the UK since 1988; they are non-functional and non-lethal and thus unlicensed - to confiscate them would demand substantial police resources and lead to substantial compensation claims payable by the British Government.

    There are additional unnecessary proposals for Firearms Certificates to be limited to a maximum five years duration (rather than a more sensible ten); sound moderators to be controlled as an "essential component" (moderators are widely used in stalking and vermin control and restrictions on them should be relaxed, not increased); registration of deactivated firearms (harmless items, the numbers and locations of which are unknown); and ban / restriction of disguised firearms (mainly Victorian walking stick shotguns, for which there is no record of criminal misuse).

    Andrew Mercer
    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General


    Updated: 16-Dec-15 (Original posting: 15-Dec-15)
    Letter to Members of the European Parliament

    Summary

    EU Commission Proposals on Weapons Control

    We understand the recent EU Draft Directive will be introduced to MEPs in December and voted on by the European Parliament in January. If enacted, some of the proposed measures would have severe consequences for the law abiding shooting sports, trade and collecting communities. Terrorists do not obtain firearms through normal licensed channels and the proposed EU restrictions will do almost nothing to reduce the quantity of firearms available to those with criminal intent.

    The NRA urges you to scrutinise these proposals with great care; please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further details.

    Andrew Mercer

    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Click here to view and download the full letter to the Eu Parliament.

    Updated: 04-Dec-15 (Original posting: 04-Dec-15)
    Last Minute Range Availability

    This Weeks Last Minute Range Availability at Bisley

    Click here to download this weeks availability

    Click here to login and book a range slot



    Updated: 04-Jun-15 (Original posting: 08-Apr-15)
    Range Attire

    Reviewing the many excellent images of shooting at Bisley has prompted some thoughts about how we are presenting our sport to the wider world. Winter months and unkind weather demand warm and weather proof clothing and occasionally the appearance of some of our shooters could mislead the uninformed public that we are engaged in quasi-military activity rather than our sport of target shooting.

    I would ask members and their guests to take a moment to think how their style of dress would be perceived by a member of the public ignorant of our sport; in today's world of social media and cameras in every pocket we need to remain responsible and vigilant. If your attire, on honest reflection, could be mistaken as military uniform then it would be wise to change.

    We have no desire to be prescriptive and the thought of drafting dress codes is a hideous prospect; I am sure that common sense will prevail and shooters will enjoy their sport in warm, dry and appropriate clothing.

    Happy Christmas and New Year.

    Andrew Mercer
    Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

    Updated: 11-Dec-14 (Original posting: 11-Dec-14)
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