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NRA Guest Day Gallery Rifle - Cheylesmore Range

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding our next Guest Day here at Bisley on Saturday 9th May 2015.

We are offering the opportunity for our members to invite up to two friends or colleagues to Bisley for an introduction to the world of target shooting, with a view to hopefully joining the NRA or one of the Bisley Clubs.

We have booked a bay on Cheylesmore Range giving us 10 firing points and have arranged two sessions - one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, with a maximum of 20 guests per session.

Your certification card must include Gallery Rifle to be able to bring guests to this Guest Day. Please ensure you bring your certification card with you on the day as this will be checked.

Points to Note

- These sessions are for your guests only
- We request that members bring their own firearms and ammunition to use on the day.
- Ammunition will be available for purchase on the range on the day.
- The NRA will provide a selection of firearms for those members who do not have their own (these must be pre-booked).
- NRA RCOs and Instructors will be on hand to assist and ensure range safety at all times.
- The Membership staff will be available throughout the day to answer any questions about membership and training.
- Dress according to the weather
- The cost per guest is £35.00

There are 40 guest spaces available, so early booking advised.

Session Timings:

Morning 08.30 to 12.30
Lunch 12.30 to 13.30 *
Afternoon 13.30 to 17.30

* Lunch can be bought at the Clays, Jennys Snack Bar, NSRA, and various other Club Houses on the site, or you can bring your own.

For those members who are not certified for this discipline, please do not be disappointed as we will be opening up future guest days to include other full-bore disciplines when you will be able to bring your guests to take part.

Bookings with payment in advance only - limited spaces available. Please contact the Membership team on 01483 797777 extensions 162, 138 or 122.

Updated: 21-Apr-15 (Original posting: 21-Apr-15)
Entry forms for the 146th Imperial are now open, with online entries available for TR, MR, F Class, Civ SR, GR&P (via the Schools Meeting.

The Early Entry Draw for TR, MR and F Class entries is now open until midnight on 30 April. First Prize is 100% refund of entry; Second Prize 50% refund and Third Prize 25% refund.

Other events will require hard copy entries - please see the NRA homepage for details.

The Imperial Historic Arms entry form will be available shortly.

Updated: 20-Apr-15 (Original posting: 20-Apr-15)
No Casuals on Melville
Due to the Melville being fully booked there will be no space for casual shooters on Bay A Sunday 19th April 2015 afternoon only.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Range Office

Updated: 16-Apr-15 (Original posting: 16-Apr-15)
146th Imperial Meeting - Entry Forms
The 2015 TR/MR and F Class Imperial entry forms will be available very shortly for online entries, once final testing has been completed.

Paper copies are now available at the NRA Reception and in the Range Office, and those who submitted paper entries in the last two years (less Service personnel and cadets), have been mailed with a 2015 form.

Entry forms for Service Shooting, The Adaptive Match, Civ SR, GR&P, Schools and Historic Arms will all be available shortly.

Updated: 14-Apr-15 (Original posting: 14-Apr-15)
CSR Winter League 14-15: End of season roundup

Dave Wylde sets impressive record at the Civilian Service Rifle League!

The last matches in the 2014/15 CSR League took place on Sunday 5 April. With final places in all four classes up for grabs, the fine weather and light winds made for some impressive scores, none more so than Dave Wylde in Service Optic, who managed a mighty impressive 246 ex 250 in the PM Match. Breaking 235 is tough enough and scoring over 240 a rarity. Click here for photos from the final matches on 5 April.

The match includes standing snap shooting at 100 yds, a sitting rapid at 200 yds and two run downs. Dave's outstanding score was called across the range and Butts tannoy systems - the resultant hoots and cheers causing him much embarrassment!

The results of the matches are available - see link below.

Final League Results - 2014/15

We can now announce the final League positions. Exciting and skilled shooting was seen at every one of the 7 League days, shot between October and April each year, with just under 700 competitors testing their skill and fitness and many improving their scores in some tough match conditions.

The Historic Class all came down to the last match, with the eventual winner being Robert Morris with a score of 979 ex 1000, closely followed by Blair Drummond - runner up for the second year in succession with 972. Paul Bentley was third with 914.

The Iron Sight Class was won by Dave Moran with 978, with James Geering taking second spot (957) after moving from Historic class last year. Third place went to Doug Cross, winner of the Historic class last year now trying his hand in the Iron class.

The growing Practical Optic Class saw the 2011/12 winner return to the podium in the form of Nick St Aubyn, with a score of 981. Second place went to Colin Hudson (third last year) with 968, who just pipped John Morgan-Hosey into third by a single point (967).

The most popular class, Service Optic, had a familiar face at the top, with Peter Cottrell retaining the trophy for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 993. Adam Chapman (third in 2014) pushed him hard all season to finish a close second on 987 points, with Bill Ellis, one of the most consistent CSR shooters, third with 972.

Others achieved PBs during the season and many improved their scores; the standard in CSR is certainly getting better.

It was great to see so many new faces this year, many of whom had attended one of the 'Introduction' days, led by some of the most experienced coaches in CSR. With plenty of encouragement and support at each event, as one shooter wrote after competing for the first time: 'I forgot just how much fun shooting can be!'

That's just as it should be and we look forward to an even more successful 2015/16 League starting with the first match on Sunday 4 October. In the meantime, The Imperial is looming up and the Civ SR element starts on Thursday 25 June (Wednesday 24 June for the Practical Match). Details will be on the NRA website very soon.

Click here for Results

Updated: 10-Apr-15 (Original posting: 10-Apr-15)
Inter-Counties 2015 - GGG Sponsored Entry Fees - Entry Forms now online

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from GGG, the entry fee is £400 for the team of 8, and £38.00 for the R Jarvis. Fees include GGG ammunition, which will be issued on range, and these fees have been calculated to take account of returned sighters. NRA Rules 151 and 288 will apply.

This event has 3 matches:

The R Jarvis Individual Match - 2 convertible sighters and 7 to count at 3/5/600 yards.
The Lt. Col H Jones Memorial Trophy - 1 convertible sighter and 10 to count at 3/5/600 yards.
Finishing on Sunday with the NRA Long Range Team match - 2 convertible sighters and 15 to count at 900/1000 yards.

Click here to download the Team entry form.

Click here to download the R Jarvis entry form.

Click here to download the Match Conditions.

CLOSE OF ENTRIES: Friday 5 June 2015.

Please note entries will only be accepted from counties which have already paid their NRA affiliation fee for 2015.

The LMRA are running the Clive Amstein Memorial Trophy Competition (for teams of 4) over the same weekend. If you are unable to field a team for the Inter-Counties you may find that a smaller team for the Clive Amstein would be possible.

Click here to download the Clive Amstein Memorial Trophy entry form. Entries for this competition close on 27 May - and any queries regarding this match should be directed to the LMRA.

Updated: 09-Apr-15 (Original posting: 08-Apr-15)
Last Minute Range Availability

This Weeks Last Minute Range Availability at Bisley
click here to download

Click here to login and book

Updated: 08-Apr-15 (Original posting: 08-Apr-15)
CLRA Open Meeting Results

Please find below the results from the CLRA Open Meeting

Click here for the Results Summary

Click here for the Grand Aggregate results

Updated: 08-Apr-15 (Original posting: 08-Apr-15)
CSR 5 April 2015 - Provisional Results

CSR Sun 5 April 15 Click here for Provisional Results.

Any challenges to be notified by midday Thu 9 April.

Final results and the League Table will be posted on the website by Fri 10 April.

Updated: 08-Apr-15 (Original posting: 08-Apr-15)
Prohibited Ammunition - RWS Target Elite Ammunition .308 Win. 154gr

Certain ammunition provided to the NRA by RUAG for use in the 2013 Imperial Meeting was returned to RUAG as a result of an unacceptably high rate of blown and leaking primers. This ammunition was packaged in blue boxes marked "RWS .308 Win." stamped with batch number 261919.

The NRA has found ammunition packaged in boxes marked "RWS Target Elite Ammunition .308 Win. 154gr", where the boxes are stamped with that same batch number: 261919.

Click here for photograph of RWS Target Elite ammunition box showing batch number

The NRA is investigating this matter with RUAG, but in the interim the use of RWS Target Elite Ammunition .308 Win. 154gr marked with batch number 261919 at Bisley and in all NRA-sponsored competitions is prohibited in any rifle that is not fully compliant with CIP Regulations. Members should bear in mind that the presence of valid proof marks for .308W or 7.62 x 51mm cannot be taken as confirmation that the bore and chamber dimensions of the firearm in question are CIP-compliant.

Shooters are reminded that they are solely responsible for the safety of the combination of rifle and ammunition they use.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Click here for complete document.

Updated: 07-Apr-15 (Original posting: 07-Apr-15)
Historic Service Rifle Match - Sat 4 April - RESULTS
Click here for UPDATED full RESULTS

NOTE: Score error has resulted in change of Third in Veteran Class

The winners in each class were:

Classic (SMLE) 1st Place J West (LERA) 200
2nd Place I Dewey (LERA) 170
3rd Place S Doyle (OSM) 162

Veteran (No4 / No5) 1st Place J Avetoomyan (ATSC) 210
2nd Place S East (Wilbury RC) 205
3rd Place A Defreitas (KCS) 193

Veteran Optic (No4 T) Winner N Greenaway(NRA) 207

Congratulations to all who participated.

Updated: 07-Apr-15 (Original posting: 04-Apr-15)
Great Britain Under 21 Rifle Team to USA 2015
I am delighted to announce the 2015 GB Under 21 Rifle Team to the USA as follows:

Mr. T Bullock
Mr. T Dodds
Mr. R MacLeod
Mr. O Rolfe
Mr. S Sander
Miss. A Southall

Congratulations to you all on your selection.

Gary Alexander
Team Manager

Updated: 25-Mar-15 (Original posting: 25-Mar-15)
The Recent changes to JSP403 - March 2015

Joint Service Publication 403 (JSP403) is entitled - Handbook of Defence Land Ranges Safety.

It is a four-volume MoD publication, to view this online Click here

Click here to view and download a copy of the Brief for Clubs.

Updated: 25-Mar-15 (Original posting: 24-Mar-15)
NRA Team to the Channel Islands 2016

I am honoured to have been selected to Captain the NRA Team to the Channel Islands in 2016.

Gary Alexander (Ulster, Ireland and GB) and David Rose (Northants, Leicestershire & Rutland, England and GB) have accepted my invitation to be the team's Vice Captain and Adjutant respectively.

The tour will take place from Wednesday 25th to Tuesday 31st May 2016 lasting six days. There will be a match before we leave on Tuesday 24th May against the London and Middlesex Rifle Association and then matches against both Guernsey and Jersey.

The basis of this tour is to offer a foundation for target rifle shooters who wish to represent their Country. It is also important to me that the team of 14 is made up from solid representation from the 4 home countries.

I will be organising fundraising events to contribute to the cost, including at least one corporate day, the first of which could be late September/early October.

I would request that applications and your accompanying shooting CV are submitted to me by no later than July 31st 2015. Please make yourself known to me at the Imperial Meeting and/or enclose a photograph with your application. I will announce the team selection in early September where I plan to have our first team gathering shortly thereafter.

My ambition is to make this a successful and enjoyable tour and I look forward to receiving your application.

Rick Shouler
Iris House,34 Anson Road,Newton,Nottinghamshire,NG13 8ZJ

Updated: 24-Mar-15 (Original posting: 24-Mar-15)
The Phoenix Meeting 2015: 22-24 May

This multi-discipline meeting is a must for your shooting diary and has its roots in pistol calibre firearms but there are also plenty of competitions for Black Powder, Air and Fullbore from 15 yards right up to 1000 yards.

This Meeting has over 75 well attended competitions to enter, giving you enough chances to earn yourself one of the much sought after Grandmaster Medals.

This year's booklet is available to download below.

Shooting Division handles administration, whilst Neil Francis (NRA GR&P Rep) can answer your discipline queries.

Click here to enter online

Click here to download the entry form

Click here to download the GRCF Club Team entry form

Click here to download the GRSB Club Team entry form

Latest GR&P Handbook
Latest Phoenix Booklet
Phoenix/Action Weekend Service Rifle Definitions

Latest Classics & Historics GR&P Match list
Latest Classics & Historics Rifle Match list

Practical Pistol notes

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Updated: 07-Apr-15 (Original posting: 23-Mar-15)
The 2015 World Championships and Palma Match

You will all be aware that the 2015 World Long Range Championship (including the Palma Match) is taking place from 3 to 14 August this year. Countries entering Teams have already been approached by NRA of America and have been provided forms on which to enter their Team Members for the relevant Individual Matches as well as their Teams for the Team matches.

Provision has now been made for online entry for all those who wish to enter one or more individual Championships (Including the US Nationals) but who are NOT members of an accredited National Team.

The principal webpage giving appropriate information is at the WLRC website Click Here to view.
The match programmes and online entry form are to be found at The NRA of America Website. Click Here to view.
Summary information is also given on the ICFRA website Click Here to view.

I shall be grateful If you will ALL (except Countries which shoot F-Class Only) take steps to publish this information through your own websites and other means of communication with your members. Please note that the closing date for individual entries is 1 May 2015.

With compliments

Phil Harrison
Secretary General

Updated: 18-Mar-15 (Original posting: 18-Mar-15)
New Firearms Licencing Fees from 6th April 2015

The Government has announced today (12 March) its agreement for the firearms licensing fees administered by the police to be increased in-line with the proposals set out in the public consultation document of November/December 2014.

The new fees come into effect from 6th April 2015.

Click here to view and download a copy of the new charges.

Updated: 13-Mar-15 (Original posting: 13-Mar-15)
Spring Action Weekend 2015 - Update

Only a week until the event! The spring sunshine has given the ranges a boost and they are ready to see some action.

We ask you to encourage young shooters to take up the challenge of an event or two, and capitalise on the 40% discount for the Under 25s.

The weekend has plenty of GR type competitions available, from pure precision events (25m, 50m and 100m), snap shooting with the Bobber, Duelling, Surrenden and the ever popular Advancing Target. The coached Bianchi has not attracted the interest hoped for so will not go ahead at this meeting.

The exciting and increasingly popular Mini McQueen, launched last year, is being run on Time Limit, costing £5.10 with £3 for re-shoots.

If you haven't entered yet, submit your entries soon to take advantage of advanced squadding. Deadline for squadded entries: midday Thur 19 March.

There is now LIMITED SPACE in the following events:

200 yard events

CLASSIC EVENTS: We are receiving a good flow of entries for the 200 yard Classic events. Reluctantly, due to only two entries for the Gallery Rifle events on Cheylesmore, we have made the commercial decision to withdraw these matches.

Last, but not least - we are running the usual selection of Target Shotgun events for Manual, Classic and Semi-Automatics on Saturday on Short Siberia.

To enter all events, CLICK HERE

We would like to thank all the ROs who will ensure your safe shooting this weekend.

Updated: 13-Mar-15 (Original posting: 13-Mar-15)
NRA Signed Accounts for 2014

The audited Annual Report and Accounts of the Association for the year ended 31st December 2014 were approved by Trustees on Wednesday 11th March 2015 - follow the link below.

I can report the following:-

- The result for the year is surplus on unrestricted funds of £430,251.
- Fair progress has been made in the year to improve the facilities on Bisley Camp
- Support and participation in major shooting competitions is starting to grow

Please see full details in the report.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Click here to download a copy of the Annual Statutory Report.

Updated: 13-Mar-15 (Original posting: 13-Mar-15)
Highpower Rifle Association Precision & Snap Shooting Match - Results

A very enjoyable day's shooting at the National Shooting Centre was held on Sunday 8 March 15 where 43 competitors shooting in three different classes took part in the HRA Precision & Snap Shooting Match.

Lots of useful lessons were learnt in, what for some was, a tricky wind from left to right on very small targets under the pressures of time limited exposures.

The positions in each Class with score were:

.223/5.56mm Class

1st Gavin Haywood 306
2nd Fred Cooke 302
3rd Bill Ellis 301

.308/7.62mm Class

1st Dave Wylde 358
2nd Dave Green 325
3rd Ady Waters 303

Wildcat Class

1st John Morgan-Hosey 400
2nd Layne Chisholm 359
3rd Matt Lee 356

Click here to download the full results

Updated: 10-Mar-15 (Original posting: 10-Mar-15)
Astor Claim Form 2015

Please find below the information and claim form for the Astor County Championship being held on the First Friday of the Imperial Meeting 2015.

Click here to download the information

Updated: 10-Mar-15 (Original posting: 10-Mar-15)
ATSC (TR) Open Meeting - 2nd/3rd May 2015

Please find below information to the ATSC (TR)Open Meeting being held on 2nd and 3rd May 2015 here at Bisley.

Click here for more information

Click here to download an application form

Updated: 10-Mar-15 (Original posting: 10-Mar-15)
CSR Winter League March Results

Click here for results from March 2015

Updated: 09-Mar-15 (Original posting: 09-Mar-15)
NRA Treasurer Report

Please see below a link to the report made by the NRA Treasurer to General Council at the meeting on 21st February 2015

Click here to download the Treasurers Report.

Updated: 09-Mar-15 (Original posting: 09-Mar-15)
Small Bore Long Range Match - Sun 26 April 2015

A Long Range .22rf event.

Distances: 200, 300 and 400 yards for competition; 500 yards for interest.

Rifles: Any single shot rifle chambered for .22 Long Rifle, Long or Short Rimfire ammunition may be used. Magazine rifles must be loaded by single shots. A sling may be used.


MRSB Class: 'Iron', magnifying or telescopic sights may be fitted. The forward hand may also be rested, but the rifle itself may not touch the rest and the butt may not be rested or touch the ground.

TRSB Class: 'Iron' sights only. The forward hand may not be rested.

SRSB Class: British or foreign military training rifles such as the Enfield No 2, 8 or 9, foreign equivalents or Morris tube conversions, fitted with Iron sights of any type. The forward hand may be rested as for MRSB.

Competitors are to supply their own ammunition and markers will be provided.

Click here to download the Match Conditions.

Click here to download an entry form.

Entries close Wednesday 22 April.

Updated: 06-Mar-15 (Original posting: 06-Mar-15)
Gallery Rifle - Spring Action Weekend (21-22 March)

This is the first of three 'Action Weekends' servicing Gallery Rifle and Pistol, Target Shotgun, Civilian Service Rifle and the McQueen communities to encourage action shooting.

Typical competitions are Advancing Target, the 1500 Match, Bianchi, Timed & Precision, McQueen events, 200 yds prone and sitting, and the Speed Steel Challenge, with new courses of fire.

This year for the first time the NRA are offering Historic Arms matches during the Gallery Rifle Spring Action weekend. The idea is to offer more Historic Arms matches spread throughout the year culminating in the Trafalgar meeting in October.

Matches available during the SAW will include both Gallery Rifle historic matches such as the bobber and advancing, together with popular 100 & 200 yds matches.

In total over 60 historic matches are on offer.

Useful information relevant to this event can be found in the current NRA GR&P handbook that incorporates the booklet for the Phoenix Meeting.

Shooting Division handles administration, whilst Neil Francis (NRA GR&P Rep) can answer your discipline queries.

Latest GR&P Handbook
Latest Phoenix Booklet
Latest Classics & Historics GR&P Match list
Latest Classics & Historics Rifle Match list

Click here to enter online

Click here to download the GR&P entry form

Click here to download the Historic and Classics entry form

PLEASE NOTE: Discount incentives apply for total number of GR&P and Classic events (combined).

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Updated: 04-Mar-15 (Original posting: 04-Mar-15)
UKPSA Members - Insurance Notice

It has come to our attention that some members of the UKPSA may be under the impression that they are covered by the NRA insurance policies.

Our records indicate this is not the case and we have attempted to seek clarification on a number of occasions from the UKPSA Chairman but to date no satisfactory response has been forthcoming.

Insurance is a routine condition for most Fire Arm Certificates. I would urge all UKPSA members who think they are covered by public liability etc policies arranged through their membership of the UKPSA to contact them as a matter of urgency to confirm what cover has been or is in place.

For the avoidance of doubt this notice refers solely to UKPSA members who are not full members of the NRA.

Contact details for the UKPSA can be found at

Andrew Mercer Group Chief Executive & Secretary General

Updated: 26-Feb-15 (Original posting: 26-Feb-15)
Shooting on MoD Ranges - JSP403 Update

After lengthy consultation the NRA is pleased to advise members and affiliated clubs that the MoD document (JSP403 Volume 1 version 1.0) that sets policy on use of military ranges has been released by MoD to the NRA a few days ahead of its publication.

MoD engaged with the NRA regarding the elements of the document that directly affect civilian clubs using military ranges, and much of the material submitted by the NRA has been accepted with little or no change. We are very grateful to MoD for accepting these changes to their regulations. A full briefing for clubs and members will follow as soon as NRA staff have had time to study the document in detail.

Some items that we can highlight now are:

A clause that allows access to ranges for club members without lower age limits, unless there is a specific reason to impose limits in respect of a particular range.

Changes to the Club Agreement, that make it clear that a change of Chairman does not invalidate documents such as Certificates of Competence.

A rationalisation of the HME procedure, including a reduction in the qualifying group to 3 shots and removal of a separate zeroing procedure when all shooting will be at distances of 200 metres or less.

Qualification of RCOs by discipline or groups of discipline. Note that it was part of our submission that this change would not invalidate existing qualifications.

Acceptance of the principle that handloaded ammunition may be used, with a short statement of the undertaking to be given for its use. The undertaking is, we believe, not an onerous requirement and should not inhibit any current safe practice.

The changes were accepted on the basis of a revised version of the NRA Safe Shooting System being implemented; that change, and its effects, will be included in the NRA briefing.

MoD will shortly be publishing the document online.

Updated: 26-Feb-15 (Original posting: 26-Feb-15)
Historic Service Rifle Match - Sat 4 April 2015 - Open for Entries

Entries for this match are now CLOSED.

Following the successful trial event held in October 2014, we are staging another Historic SR Match on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April.

Entries to the trial event were overwhelmingly for British Service Rifles, thus for this match we are restricting the classes to British SR only in SR(a) and Open).

The Course of Fire (CoF) is based on military practices with standard Fig 11 and Fig 12 targets, shooting from standing, kneeling, sitting and prone. There are no Run Downs included!

The HBSA and LERA have been involved in the development of the event, which has been scheduled the day before the final day of the 2014/15 Civ SR League. Competitors will meet at the 300x car park on Century (Butt 19) at 1300 hrs for a mandatory Range Briefing, with the match shot in the afternoon only, followed by prize giving on range at approx 1730 hrs.

Click here to download the Conditions and Course of Fire.

Updated: 01-Apr-15 (Original posting: 25-Feb-15)
Target Shotgun Festival Spring 2015 Results - 14/15 Feb
The Target Shotgun Festival on 14 & 15 Feb which consisted of GR&P Shotgun on the Saturday and then a Practical Shotgun match on the Sunday,
the first Match of the new NRA Target Shotgun League

Click here to download the results

Updated: 17-Feb-15 (Original posting: 17-Feb-15)
Stickledown - Long Range Availability 2015

In order to provide members with regular access to longer ranges in a coordinated manner that uses range space efficiently we have published the Bisley Long Range Target Availability at 1,100 & 1,200 yards on Stickledown Range ? 2015

Download Stickledown Availability 2015

Updated: 03-Feb-15 (Original posting: 03-Feb-15)
Civ SR Winter League Results - 1 Feb 2015

After a cold, blustery Saturday the weather cleared to a chilly but bright Sunday for the Civilian Service Rifle Matches.
The morning featured the Short Range Rural Contact Match, while the afternoon was the ever popular Urban Contact Match.

Click here for results from 1 Feb.
Click here for 2014-2015 Winter League standings to date.

Entry is open for the next Civ SR matches on Saturday 7 March.

Click here to enter online.
Click here for more details including course of fire.

To stay up to date on Civ SR competitions why not sign up to the Civ SR Mailing List:

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Updated: 03-Feb-15 (Original posting: 03-Feb-15)
NRA Competitions - February & March
While the hardy Civ SR shooter have been enjoying the Winter League, there's been a lot of activity at Bisley preparing for the 2015 main shooting season and the first competitions are nearly upon us. Online entry is now available for the follow competitions:

Target Shotgun Festival - Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 February
This will consist of GR&P Shotgun on the Saturday and a practical match on the Sunday, this match being the launch of the new NRA Shotgun League.

Entries for Sunday's Practical Shotgun Match are now closed, there are still limited places on Saturday's Target Shotgun Matches

Civ SR Winter League - Saturday 7 March
This event is part of the very popular 2014/15 Winter League competitions, running to April 2015. The Courses of Fire (CoF) are based on military practices and may involve anything from 25 yards (Urban Contact Match) to 600 yards. Each league shoot has two matches, one AM and one PM, with CoF attached to each entry form and posted on the NRA website 4 weeks in advance. Over 100 shooters take part each weekend in all weather conditions. The matches are testing but always enjoyable!

Spring Action Weekend 2015 - Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March
The usual discount incentives apply for multi-event entries, and new for 2015 is a hefty 40% off for Under 25s. The Bianchi - Ever wanted to have a go at the Bianchi but not had the time or been bewildered by the technicalities or course of fire? Now is your chance. The three most demanding elements of the Bianchi are available on a single stage basis with 1:1 coaching by the best shooters of the discipline. New to the SAW will be events specifically for Historics and Classics. To encourage classic and historic shooters to become more involved we have included a historic element to the weekend, with popular events available on the Sunday on Cheylesmore and Short Siberia, in addition to the usual gallery rifle events that can be shot with historic arms.
Click here for more details and hard copy entry forms.

Updated: 11-Feb-15 (Original posting: 29-Jan-15)
Imperial Historic Arms Meeting - confirmed 4-5 July 2015

With the increase in Classic events through the calendar year, this will be a refined meeting and will include the most popular 100 yd and 200 yd events (including Rapid and Snaps, and prone and standing on the Round Bull and Sand & Sky targets) on Short Siberia, and Classic Sporting Rifle at BSRC - Running Deer at 100m and Running Boar at 50m. Details and entry form to follow by early April.

Updated: 28-Jan-15 (Original posting: 26-Jan-15)
NRA Open Days

NRA Open Days held in the recent past have been popular for members of the public. However they were extremely demanding to run and tied up considerable resources. We have therefore decided for 2015 to not to host Open Days for the general public but focus our efforts on Guest Days for the benefit of our members.

A series of Guest Days have been booked for the coming year covering the major shooting disciplines and will be made available to all NRA members. The focus of the Guest Days will be for members' guests to experience the sport in a relaxed way and hopefully join a club. Details to follow in due course.

Andrew Mercer
Chief Executive

Updated: 22-Jan-15 (Original posting: 22-Jan-15)
Ibis Open 2015

The Ibis Open will be held at Bisley on Saturday 18th April.

The event consists of a Queens II in the morning and 2 @ 10 at 1,000 and 1,100 yards in the afternoon.

Download Entry Form (PDF)

Updated: 20-Jan-15 (Original posting: 20-Jan-15)
Range, Storage and accomodation charges from 30th March 2015

From Monday 30th March 2015 the following charges will apply for NRA Ranges, Firearms Hire, storage and Accommodation.

Ranges & Marker Charges

Click here for a full list of revised Recreational Range Hire charges.

Firearms Hire Charges

Click here for a full list of revised Firearms Hire charges.

Accommodation - Accommodation is available to both members and non members.

Click here for a full list of revised accommodation charges.

Secure Storage - Secure storage is available to Members and Affiliated clubs.

Please see the revised charges in the document below.

Updated: 23-Jan-15 (Original posting: 20-Jan-15)
NRA Strategic Review 2015-17
We have recently concluded our annual review and agreed a development plan for the NRA for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Association is beginning to make some positive progress but there is much to do.

The attached report sets out our priorities and details some of the initiatives planned for this year.

Click here to download the report.

Updated: 13-Jan-15 (Original posting: 13-Jan-15)
CSR Winter League
Strong winds greeted the hardy shooters of the Civ SR Winter League, as 93 competitors braved the elements to take part in the first competition of 2015.

Most firers had around 7 minutes of wind at 500 yds, but the real challenge was the positional practices - sitting at 400 yds and 300 yds on unforgiving targets, and standing snap shooting at 100 yds while being buffeted by the blustery conditions.

Certainly a tough shooting challenge to start the new year but from the wide grins in the fading light, thoroughly enjoyable too.

The Results and current League positions are here:

click here for January Results

click here for current League Standings

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Updated: 28-Jan-15 (Original posting: 13-Jan-15)
Civ SR Winter League - Sunday 1 Feb

This event is part of the very popular 2014/15 Winter League competitions, running to April 2015. The Courses of Fire (CoF) are based on military practices and may involve anything from 25 yards (Urban Contact Match) to 600 yards. Each league shoot has two matches, one AM and one PM, with CoF attached to each entry form and posted on the NRA website 4 weeks in advance. Over 100 shooters take part each weekend in all weather conditions. The matches are testing but always enjoyable!

Therefore, the remaining dates for the 2014/15 League are:

Sun 1 Feb

Sat 7 Mar

Sun 5 Apr

A series of 'Introduction to Civ SR' courses will be run by the NRA for those interested in getting involved.

Shooting Division handles administration and organisational matters whilst Mark Bradley can answer your discipline or technical queries.

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Updated: 01-Apr-15 (Original posting: 09-Jan-15)
2015 dates for Introduction Days - CSR, Gallery Rifle, Target Shotgun

We now have dates for the increasingly popular Introduction Days for Civilian Service Rifle (CSR), Gallery Rifle (GR) and Target Shotgun (TS).

These days are aimed at two groups of shooters: those members wishing to gain more skill, knowledge and experience of a particular discipline, and new probationary members wanting to focus and become skilled in a specific discipline.

Each day offers both classroom and practical range work with individual expert coaching in positional shooting techniques. We hope all course members gain the increased knowledge, skill and confidence to take the next step of taking part in events and competitions.

The courses are open to all NRA members including those who do not currently hold an FAC or possess the appropriate firearm, but have successfully completed the required probationary course. Non NRA members can attend providing they possess the appropriate firearm and pay the additional course fee.

Each course fee is £70 which includes range fees, targets, scorebook, individual coaching and lunch. Ammunition and firearms are not included, however can be hired from the NRA - specific detail on the relevant course paperwork.

GR Sat 7 Mar 15 - Click here to download booking form

TS Sat 14 Mar 15 - This course is now fully booked

Updated: 24-Feb-15 (Original posting: 18-Dec-14)
Melville Range
Please note that there will be no space for casuals on bay A Melville Sunday 21st Dec 2014. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Range Office

Updated: 18-Dec-14 (Original posting: 18-Dec-14)
NRA 100
Congratulations to Zoe Northam on winning the NRA 100 2014 with an impressive score of 238. Both Adam Leech and Gareth Corfield scored 235, with Gareth awarded second place on count back in his first attempt at the competition.

Check out the NRA Journal for his article.

Click here to download the full list.

Updated: 16-Dec-14 (Original posting: 16-Dec-14)
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)
Results of CSR Winter League 7 Dec 2014
Click here to download results from 7 Dec 2014.

Click here to League Table to date.

Updated: 11-Dec-14 (Original posting: 11-Dec-14)
New Firearms Fees - Government Consultation Paper

The Home Office has released the attached document as part of the consultation exercise for the proposed increase in firearms fees.
The NRA has been closely involved in the negotiations leading to these proposals and we urge all members to support what we consider to be a fair deal for the shooting community.
There were attempts to double, triple or quadruple the current fees; the NRA considers this proposal is proportionate, reflects the true cost of licencing, and represents a fair settlement for shooters.

Andrew Mercer,
Secretary General

The Home Office today launched an on-line public consultation on the proposal to increase firearms licensing fees administered by the police. This e-mail has been circulated to you to invite you to respond to the consultation should you wish to do so and to enable you to forward this alert to your membership and other interested parties. A link to the consultation paper is attached: -

Click Here to view the Government consultation paper.

The paper explains the background and scope of the consultation as well as information about the proposal to increase firearms licensing fees. You can access the on-line survey via the link on page 5 of the paper.

The consultation will run from Thursday, 27 November and will close on Monday, 29 December.

A summary of responses will be published on GOV.UK following the completion of the consultation period. If, following consideration of the consultation responses the Government?s preferred way forward is to increase the firearms licensing fees administered by the police, we will aim to introduce the new fees by May 2015.

Best wishes
The Home Office Firearms Team

Updated: 27-Nov-14 (Original posting: 27-Nov-14)
Great Britain Match Rifle Team - Australia 2016

I am delighted to announce the GB Match Rifle Team to Australia 2016 as follows:

Martin Townsend Captain Ireland
Nick Brasier Vice-Captain England
Richard Whitby Adjutant England
Alex Cargill Thompson Treasurer England
Nick Tremlett Team Training England

Ashley Abrahams England
Gary Alexander Ireland
Hugh Butcher Scotland
David Dashwood England
Rosanne Furniss England
Mike Judge England
Tim Kidner Scotland
Rob Kitson Ireland
Derek Lowe England
Angus McLeod Scotland
Julian Peck England
Mike Wentges Ireland
Simon Whitby England

Congratulations to you all on your selection.

Martin Townsend

Updated: 11-Nov-14 (Original posting: 11-Nov-14)
NRA Shotgun Championships - Match Results - Sat 8 Nov-Sun 9 Nov 2014

Match results have now been published:

Click here for T&P One and Multi-Target Match Results - Sat 8 Nov 2014

Click here for Practical Match Results - Sun 9 Nov 2014

Click here for more photos and video on the NRA of the UK Facebook page

Updated: 11-Nov-14 (Original posting: 10-Nov-14)
2015 Accommodation now open online

2015 Accommodation bookings are now open on-line, please follow the link below or on the website to book your stay in Bisley.

Accommodation will close for Christmas on 19/12 and reopen on 5/1/2015.

For further information, please contact Diane Sawyer, Accommodation Supervisor on 01483 797 777 x 135 or 01483 798816 or email

Click Here to book accommodation on Bisley Camp

Updated: 05-Nov-14 (Original posting: 05-Nov-14)
Advice to members & clubs - Police Solitaire Initiative

We have recently been contacted by a number of club officials who have been invited to meetings with their local police firearms personnel. These meetings are part of an initiative called Solitaire designed to raise awareness of the risks of terrorists / criminals infiltrating Home Office Approved Clubs.

We have heard mainly positive reports about these meetings; and are aware that criminal elements have in the past used innocent activities such as paint balling to hone their skills.

We are all keen to assist the police in their efforts to keep firearms in the hands of responsible and decent people; and suggest that members attend these meetings in a spirit of good faith.

Andrew Mercer
Secretary General

Updated: 04-Nov-14 (Original posting: 04-Nov-14)
Results of Civilian Service Rifle Winter League - Oct & Nov 2014

Click here for revised results from Oct 2014 (the two PM matches now count as stand alone scores for the Winter League)

Click here for results from Nov 2014

Click here for 2014-2015 League Results to Date.

Any comments or challenges on November's matches please email Shooting Division
Challenges will be allowed until Friday 7 Nov 12.00

Updated: 05-Nov-14 (Original posting: 03-Nov-14)
Autumn Action Weekend 2014 Results - 25 & 26 October
Autumn Action Weekend 2014
25-26 October 2014
GR&P, Target Shotgun and Fullbore events.
Click here to download Results.
Click here to download Prize List.
Challenges on these results can be made until 12:00 Nov 3.
Please contact Mark Haigh by clicking here.

Updated: 29-Oct-14 (Original posting: 29-Oct-14)
2015 dates for Introduction Days - CSR, Gallery Rifle, Target Shotgun

We now have dates for the increasingly popular Introduction Days for CSR, Gallery Rifle and Target Shotgun.

These days are aimed at two groups of shooters: those members wishing to gain more skill, knowledge and experience of a particular discipline, and new probationary members wanting to focus and become skilled in a specific discipline.

Each day offers both classroom and practical range work with individual expert coaching in positional shooting techniques. We hope all course members gain the increased knowledge, skill and confidence to take the next step of taking part in events and competitions.

The courses are open to all NRA members including those who do not currently hold an FAC or possess the appropriate firearm, but have successfully completed the required probationary course. Non NRA members can attend providing they possess the appropriate firearm and pay the additional course fee.

Each course fee is £70 which includes range fees, targets, scorebook, individual coaching and lunch. Ammunition and firearms are not included, however can be hired from the NRA - specific detail on the relevant course paperwork.

CSR Sun 22 Feb 15 - Click here to download booking form

GR Sat 7 Mar 15 - Click here to download booking form

TS Sat 14 Mar 15 - This course is fully booked

Updated: 24-Feb-15 (Original posting: 23-Oct-14)
Melville Range is Closed until 1st November 2014

The Melville Range is now closed until 1st November 2014 for essential maintenance, with the exception of the Autumn Action Weekend on 25th and 26th October.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Updated: 21-Oct-14 (Original posting: 21-Oct-14)
Range Allocation

Please do not submit Range Booking Forms if you are using the online booking system, as this creates additional entries could create double bookings.

Click here for the 2015 Range Allocation Newsletter

Click here for the 2015 Pistol Application Form

Click here for the 2015 Rifle Application Form

Updated: 16-Oct-14 (Original posting: 16-Oct-14)
European Long Range TR Championship 2014
The tenth European Long Range TR Championship took place over the weekend in mixed weather, but despite efforts to overhaul Scotland's overnight lead from an impressive team shoot on Saturday, they ran off with the championship with a superb overall performance and victory over the English by 37 points.

Saturday dawned with driving rain and blustery winds, but by the time the teams gathered for pre-match practice at 900x, the rain had long moved away leaving a largely dry day with light winds and pleasantly warm weather.

The teams were broadly matched at 800x and 900x, but at 1000x the Scots pulled away, posting an excellent team score of 826.43v, some 20 points ahead of Ireland and 32 ahead of England at 1000x alone. At the half way stage the scores were:

Scotland 2564.191v

England 2511.159v

Wales 2505.164v

Ireland 2503.165v

Channel Islands 2481.148v

Germany 2435.117v

Due to persistent fog on Sunday morning the match had to be altered to 2+10 at 900x and 1000x. England clawed back 16 points in the reduced format and may have narrowed the margin further had the match gone the distance.

However, the Scotland lead was a massive 53 points from Day 1 and no-one really expected anything other than a deserving victory for captain Matt Charlton, with his last minute inspired picks of Euan Maclean and Peter Seebohm performing brilliantly.

The final top three places were:

Scotland 3698.277v

England 3661.246v

Wales 3645.245v

The top individuals from each country had just enough time for a 2 SS + 10 at 1000x for the Individual Championship. The winners were:

Gary Alexander Ireland 50.7v

Euan Maclean Scotland 48.8v

Gunter Kunz Germany 48.4v

Click here to download the results.

Plans are in place to invite other European countries in 2016 to widen the event, and to offer practice on the pre-Friday at 800x, 900x and 1000x, and stage a reception on the Saturday night.

Updated: 14-Oct-14 (Original posting: 13-Oct-14)
Advice to Members - Unannounced Police Home Visits

The NRA has been informed very recently that Home Office Guidance on Firearms Law has been amended to advise that the police should carry out unannounced visits to check firearms security where they have specific intelligence that there may be an issue.

Click here to download the NRA advice document.

Updated: 17-Oct-14 (Original posting: 13-Oct-14)
Results of the Historic Service Rifle Match 4 Oct 2014
51 competitors enjoyed the inaugural Historic Service Rifle Match on Sat 4 Oct, with support from LERA, HBSA and a welcome French contingent amongst the entries.
With the majority proudly displaying their No 4s, No 4Ts and SMLEs, it was a pleasure to see so many historic Service Rifles on display.

The match started in light rain which some thought would be a disadvantage to the early shooters in Details A & B. However, the Met Office forecast was spot on, and by 15.00 a clear blue sky emerged, just in time for Details C & D to start their shoot. However, at 300 yds the angle of sunlight onto Fig 11 targets set against a part-shaded stop butt made it very difficult to get a good sight picture.
Despite the challenging light, the winner of the main class, SR (a), emerged from Detail C with a hugely impressive score - well done to Chris Vale of LPSC, and to all those who took part.

The immediate feedback was very positive and there is a clear desire to see such a match run again, perhaps early next year.

Click here to download results from the Historic Service Rifle Match 4 Oct 2014.

Updated: 07-Oct-14 (Original posting: 07-Oct-14)
LMRA Open Meeting Results

Please find attached the results from the LMRA Open Meeting held at Bisley on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.

Click here to download the results.

Updated: 29-Sep-14 (Original posting: 29-Sep-14)
Multi-Gun Match Results - 14 September 2014
Click here to download results for the Multi-Gun match shot 14 Sept 2014.

Updated: 22-Sep-14 (Original posting: 22-Sep-14)
NRA Treasurer Report

Please see below links to the report made by the NRA Treasurer to General Council at the meeting on 5th September 2014

Click here to download the report

Click here to download the calendar

Updated: 11-Mar-15 (Original posting: 12-Sep-14)
At the Shooting Committee Meeting held on 4 September it was decided to cancel the Ages Match for 2014 and instead hold it biennially from 2015.

This is in response to the challenges some age groups have found in raising teams, and to take the opportunity to alternate the match with the European Long Range TR Championship being held this year on the weekend of 11-12 October, which is also a biennial event. Thus each match will be staged on the second weekend of October in alternate years:

2014 European LR TR Championship - 11-12 October

2015 The Ages Match - 10-11 October

2016 European LR TR Championship - 8-9 October

Updated: 05-Sep-14 (Original posting: 05-Sep-14)
F4i St Augustine's Florida Shooting trip 6-11 April 2015

Following on from the Journals article in the last issue - F4i will be running a shooting trip to St Augustine, Florida & have opened it to any NRA member. The trip will take place between 6th-11th April 2015.

More Details are here

Updated: 22-Aug-14 (Original posting: 22-Aug-14)
Due to NRA main event Melville will be closed to Casuals this weekend 23rd - 24th August 2014.

Range Office

Updated: 21-Aug-14 (Original posting: 21-Aug-14)
Winans Range - Now open

Winans Range - Now open details here

Updated: 18-Aug-14 (Original posting: 18-Aug-14)
RSN 14-04 Conditional Lifting of ban on .50 rifles

Following the incident at Warcop in May 2014, the NRA are investigating the circumstances.

The NRA's provisional report coupled with work by Rangemaster Precision Arms Ltd and the Fifty Calibre Shooters Association has enabled MOD to rescind the ban imposed on Rangemaster .50" rifles and various ammunition natures.

Click here To see the MOD notice rescinding the ban

Updated: 06-Aug-14 (Original posting: 06-Aug-14)
HRA Royal British Legion Charity Shooting Match

The Highpower Rifle Association Royal British Legion Charity Shooting Match held at Bisley on 2nd August 2014 was attended by 60 competitors.

The match was a great success with the weather being reasonably kind for most of the day although the wind gusting from 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon increased the challenge at the longer distances on the very small targets.

The winners of 1st Place Trophies in each class were:

Short Range .223 - Bill Ellis with a score of 228
Short Range .308 - Brian Reacher with a score of 205
Short Range Wild Cat - Chris Vale with a score of 215

Long Range .223 - Gavin Haywood with a score of 145
Long Range .308 - George Eracleous with a score of 178
Long Range Wild Cat - Gavin Bayley with a score of 195

To date a total of £3043.13 has been raised and donated to the Royal British Legion. Click here to view the RBL Match justgiving page.

Thank you to all the sponsors who supported the Match.

Click here to download the AM Scores.

Click here to download the PM Scores.

Click here to download the Overall Scores.

Click here to download the Full Stage Results.

Updated: 06-Aug-14 (Original posting: 06-Aug-14)
Results for the Practical Pistol Match - shot 3 Aug 2014
The NRA PRACTICAL PISTOL MATCH was held on Sun 3 August, with the stalwarts of Frome and F4i stepping up to kick-start practical pistol in Great Britain with the largest .22 pistol match since... well probably ever! Stage design was by Neil Brooklyn with George Granycome giving his time as Rangemaster.
A multitude of screens were erected to provide the obstacles and various targets laid out across Butt Zero, incl moving papers and impenetrable penalty targets. The disappearing drop turners were a big hit. 135 rounds and a lot of fun later the winners were John Chambers and Nick Towndrow.
Next match date tbc... aiming for the autumn. Match write up to follow in the next NRA Journal, however keep in touch with match gossip and planning via or

Click here to download full results for the Practical Pistol Match, shot on 3 Aug 2014.

Updated: 07-Aug-14 (Original posting: 06-Aug-14)
BGM - Chairman's Speech & Minutes

Please find below the links to the Chairman's speech and full minutes of the Bisley General Meeting held on Wednesday 16th July 2014.

Click here to view Chairman's speech

Click here to view the minutes of the BGM

Updated: 05-Aug-14 (Original posting: 05-Aug-14)
Results for the 2014 Cornish Open
Click here to download full results

Updated: 01-Aug-14 (Original posting: 01-Aug-14)
David Luckman takes Gold

After a closely contested competition, David Luckman takes gold, followed by Team Canadas Jim Paton, silver, and fellow Englishman Parag Patel who takes bronze.

Congratulations to all!

Updated: 29-Jul-14 (Original posting: 29-Jul-14)
British Isle Pairs Take Gold and Bronze

The NRA would like to congratulate England's Parag Patel and David Luckman on winning the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games Queens Pairs.

Congratulations to Canada's Jim Paton and Des Vampalew who took the silver medal.

Congratulations also go to Scotland's Ian Shaw and Angus Mcleod who won the bronze medal in the same event.

Updated: 29-Jul-14 (Original posting: 29-Jul-14)
England Gold at Glasgow CG
Luckman & Patel Gold at CG

Unconfirmed reports (Mail on line would you believe) report that David Luckman and Parag Patel have won the Pairs gold medal at Barry Buddon with Canada (Paton and Vamplew) second and Scotland (McLeod and Shaw) third. Conditions seem to have been dodgy (fog, thunderish rain storms) such as to cause hesitation in the programme (Cambridge reporter), but the England pair led all the way. Australia, who were level pegging up to 600, just one central behind with both pairs on a maximum 300 points at that stage, seem to have got lost in the mist. The official website up to now is no help. Fingers crossed of you are an English personage.

Just shows how difficult reporting is unless you are there! A tiny bit later: all confirmed.

1. England 595.77; 2. Canada 592.54; 3. Scotland 590.65; Australia 586.66.

Results now up on the relevant section of the Glasgow 2014 website.

Updated: 26-Jul-14 (Original posting: 26-Jul-14)
More Reflections
Reflections on 2014

My apologies for being a few days late with this final post. A hectic week has allowed no time to complete my task until today. The abiding memory must be the change in the weather over last year. We had day after day of unremitting sun, sweltering steamy heat and some testing breezes to go with it. Despite that the standard of competition seems ever to increase. It is good to see a number of young shots performing very well and discomforting the older lags. Long may that continue.

There were notable performances from Jim Corbett and Jim Bailey from Australia, Jim Paton from Canada and Barry LeCheminant from Jersey to challenge the home based shooters. The competitions will have served their purpose well in bringing Commonwealth Games competitors up to peak alertness. Even as I tap away the final stage of the fullbore rifle pairs is under way at Barry Buddon. I heard no agonised squeals about the ammunition. I had one misfire despite a strike that was thoroughly healthy, but I do not view that as anything other than entirely possible among so many rounds. No doubt ammo geeks will have their views. There are rumours of tests from alternative suppliers, but the rumour mill never ceases to gain momentum when more than two are gathered together. It keeps us happy chuntering away, but shooters have the right to know what direction is to be taken - sooner rather than later.

The picture of Richard Jeens and tiny son being carried off Stickledown will also stick in the mind. It was one of genuine happiness: very best wishes to the family and congratulations to Richard on his Queen?s success. Equally, it was a very smiley Paul Kent with his second Grand and 30th Queen's Prize finalist's badge: more congratulations. Nick Hinchliffe and Peter Bromley picked teams for National and Mackinnon that took advantage of the conditions and produced records.

I have lost count of the number of years that I have sat up into the early hours during the ten or so days in July. In reality it is probably less than I imagine, but it has been fun. I hope that it has been helpful to those that have read the diary posts, to have a little firing point input - the odd mistakes included. I am very grateful for the support that I have received, particularly from my Canadian scribbler friend Dr Jim Thompson, who helped inspire me by example with his DCRA reports.

At the start of this year I advised the NRA that I felt the time had come to stand back from my media duties. I agreed to continue to do the meeting diary for this year to allow them time to consider their options. I was also aware that they were appointing a new marketing manager who would have 'media' as part of her portfolio. She and the NRA have an opportunity to build a new relationship and I wish Katia all the best in so doing. I have one comment for the future: this is a diary by 'shooters for shooters' and their families and followers for the NRA website - keep it that way. I am now going to be able to go sit in an easy chair in the evening sun, with time to myself, to natter with old friends, such as T Rex (who has maintained an idle silence, whoever he or she may be). Thank you all for reading over the years. Toodle-pip.

Updated: 26-Jul-14 (Original posting: 26-Jul-14)
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.

Click here to view Chairman's speech

Click here to view Treasurer's speech

Click here to view Chief Executive's speech

Click here to view the minutes of the AGM

Updated: 23-Jul-14 (Original posting: 23-Jul-14)
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


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

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)
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)
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)
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:

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

        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: 05-Jan-15 (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)
Army TR Open Meeting Results

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

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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

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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)
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:

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

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: 07-Jan-15 (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)
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.

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)
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 (

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)
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)
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

Download Report

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:

Download Morning results

Download Afternoon results

Download Aggregate results

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
Download results (pdf)

Target Shotgun Festival - GR&P Shotgun Results
Download results (pdf)

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:

Download Ranking League results.

Updated: 04-Mar-15 (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;

Download International results

Download German Open results

For further details, photos and much more please visit

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

Download results for Nov 3

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

Download Prize List

Download Results

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:

Download results

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

Download Conference Outline

Download a Registration Form

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

Download Results

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

Download results

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:

Download Results

Download Prize Lists

Updated: 29-Aug-13 (Original posting: 29-Aug-13)
Home Office Firearms Guide - Published Chapters

The following chapters of the Home Office firearms guide have now been published on the 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)

Download the revised Policy

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

Download stats

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:

Download results

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)
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.

Download results (pdf)

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.

Download results (pdf)

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.

Download results (pdf)

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).

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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