Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

Home Countries Competitive Pistol Shooting

hcnm-flagsDuring the Gallery Rifle National Championship Meeting at the end of August an experimental pistol match was held in which teams from England, Scotland and Wales competed in a concurrent LBR and LBP match. The popular shorts match of T&P1 was chosen as the competition event to record and scores were recorded and published as below.

Feedback from competitors and others at the meeting suggested there was enough interest in the event to continue to pursue and possible formalize into a legitimate trophy match within the 2015 season.

Results are below.


The LBR Match

Scotland    1167.29
England     1164.24
Wales       868.11

The LBP Match

Wales       1178.34
Scotland    1175.40
England     1171.45


Alan   Podevin       287    3
Colin  McMichael     294    11
David  Guest         295    12
Morne  Van Dalen     295    19
John   Shine         285    1
                     1171    45
Peter   Watts        293    7
John    Shine        295    1
David   Guest        287    8
Morne   Van Dalen    289    8
Colin   McMichael    286    5
                     1164    24
Clive  Ferguson      297    5
Taff   Wilcox        296    13
Marek  Pawlik        293    9
Terry  Fry           292    7
                     1178    34
Dave   Meaby         281    4
Marek  Pawlik        298    1
Terry  Fry           289    6
???    ???            
                     868    11
J  Crouch           295    12
G  Gordon           289    8
L  Kong             295    1
R J Tonner          296    19
C  Bestwick         281    4
                    1175    40
S    Lyon           292    6
C    McLean         289    5
G    Rastall        294    12
R    Ronner         292    6
J    Cormie         274    1
                    1167    29

O Captain! Our Captain!

England Gallery Rifle TeamThe England Gallery Rifle team is looking for a new England Captain for the 2015 season. Sophie West, the current Captain is stepping down at the end of this season after a fairly eventful year in the role which has seen Home Countries shooting events making their best showing in 2014.

Sophie leaves on this message:

I have really enjoyed the post and if I wasn’t going to have a baby next year I would have loved to have stood again for 2015. However, I would not be in the position now to do the role any justice next year.

Thank you for all your support in my role this year and for the support of the English XX club and members.

Sophie West

Please submit nominations for England Captain to myself to include why you think either yourself or the person you are nominating  is suitable for the role.

You have to be a member of the English XX club to shoot for England. Whilst the captain can be a non shooting position membership of the club will still be required. This is not onerous and is not expensive. A subscription of £15 will secure a years membership. If you want to join please contact me.

Neil Francis

English XX GR Rep


25 OCTOBER 2014
Gallery Rifle Action Weekend

£ 8.00

Steel Challenge Flyer Oct 2014

(Download and Distribute to your clubs)

LBR, LBP, 22rf. U/lever, L/release. Enter with as many gun types as you like.

Re-enter as often as you like, £4.00 (with same gun type), all entries to count.

Five stages, Three runs per stage, Five targets per stage, drop your slowest run on each stage. LBR’s LBP’s start holstered hands on ears, Rifles at 45 degrees

No holster / not confident ? start at 45 degrees, 10 seconds added to overall time

Target diameters 10, 12, and 18 inches and 18 x 24 inch rectangles, possibly 10 to 45 yards in distance, and from 1′to 5′ in height. . Circa 30 minutes per match.

Also available as “pay and play” (note you must register for the meet at reception) 22 only

Duelling / swingball tree, this can be shot either as an individual or as a couple shooting against each other, 8*4 inch dia steels at 15 metres distance. When hit the steel transits from one side of the tree to the other.

Shot as an individual : three runs per entry, shoot all the steels from one side to the other then back again. Shot against the clock. £4.00 per entry.

As a couple : three runs per entry, £5.00 per entry for each couple. 10 rounds per mag, as many mags as you think you will need. On the beep shoot all targets to opposite side of tree
First person with no steels his side of tree wins, max time allowed is between 15 and 25 seconds, only the RO knows

Snooker. £4.00 per entry
6 red steels and 6 colour steels at 15 metres. 12 rounds only per run, 3 runs per entry.
Pot a red. Pot a colour, your choice of colour but reducing size according to value of colour,
Value of steel as per snooker. Highest point score wins. Max time allowed 3 min per run.

We are a friendly group and all Ro’ing is one to one, so is like having your own personal trainer, Novice or experienced ALL WELCOME.

To enter go on to the NRA website then, Autumn GRAW
Any questions ? I would welcome feed back so I can get an idea of how many people we are catering for , please contact me on or 07402804007

Man v Man

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Man v Man

Steels - man v manOK guys – Me again – Slky Smooth of the Steels fame.

Firstly I need some sort of response re: Man v Man at lunch time as I need to gain permission and have time to make some additional steels. I have no official position within the NRA other than being a member so please contact to me with either a yes or no ASAFP.

Man V Man, as the name suggests is shot against another person, a “J” ladder is used to match competitors, winners of each stage compete against other winners, losers compete against other losers. A little movement and a tin can are involved.

On the beep step forward, place can on post and engage your steels, in the prescribed order, then compulsory reload and engage stop plate. Best of three runs. £ 5.00 per head. LBPs and rifles will compete in same comp against each other. 22 only. In my experience this is the biggest adrenalin rush in shooting, bar none.

With reguard to steels in october. Given that I do not have to consider persons on either flank I intend to set up 4 possibly 3 stages, to allow one really wide stage and 2 or 3 narrower stages.

One or two of the narrower stages will have to be shot twice, in different orders, to maintain the round count but, I think, given that the opportunity has arisen it is worth doing.

The Gallery Rifle Sub Committee

The CommitteeFollowing my appointment as the NRA Gallery Rifle Discipline Rep for a second period (2014 - 2017) I’m looking to put together a fresh discipline sub-committee.

The sub-committee will be informal in its makeup but I am keen to formulate a dynamic which can move things along and keep the pushing legitimate boundaries of the GR discipline to a level it deserves to be at.

If you have the interest, motivation, a bunch of ideas and a bit of time to promote the Gallery Rifle discipline, please contact me as soon as possible.


Results from the JSPC Open

JSPC OpenThe Joint Services Pistol Club hold two Open shorts meeting a year.

Last weekend was their late 2014 Open. Shooters came from Northumbria and Cumbria, Dundee, Aberdeen and the Borders and no-one had to go through border controls after the Scottish Referendum ended in a vote to stay in the Union.

Provisional results and photos over on the JSPC website.

SLG and Mattersey

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SLG and Mattersey

Mattersey RPCThis weekend sees a couple of registered competitions running and its just about possible to get to the them both even though they are ~300 miles apart!

Saturday hosts the SLG Bisley 1500 and shorts open meeting. Competitions in 1500, T&P1, Multi Target and Advancing SLG BisleyTarget for all gun types. Just about still time to enter – entry forms here.

On Sunday Mattersey is running a full set of Bianchi matches with T&P1 and Multi Target matches filling the gaps. Entry forms downloadable now.

Mini McQueen at the AAW

McQueensAt some previous Gallery Rifle Action Weekend (GRAW) meetings at Bisley we have squeezed in the Mini McQueen match for 2 or 3 hours in the middle of the day – usually to run on Melville range. Its proven very popular which is no surprise as its a great match to shoot. Its a smallbore ‘simulation’ of the traditional McQueen match shot at 50m. Any .22 rimfire rifle (within reason) can be used to to compete.

At the Autumn Action Weekend the Mini Mcqueen will run throughout the meeting. It will be available on Time Limit range which is to the left of Melville range complex, next to the Running Deer range.


Mini McQueen,  Course of Fire:

mcq-targetTarget:  miniature DP14 (half size)

        • Sights: Any
        • Distance: 50m
        • Position: seated, at a table, use of a bipod or other rest permitted

Course of fire:

This event takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
10 shots + up to 5 sighters

Sighters: up to 5 sighting shots at a miniature or half size DP14 target

Competition: the rifle will be made ready with 10 rounds. The target will make 10 appearances of 3 seconds, with irregular intervals varying between 5 and 20 seconds each appearance of the target (over cover and at loop-holes) will be in a different place, the sequence being varied for each competitor 1 shot to be fired at each appearance.



Steels at the AAW

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Steels at the AAW

Some feedback from the community requested from old Slky Smooth on what you want from the Steels at the AAW in October.

Range hire is based on presumed 100% occupancy. As such the cost base for the shoot will assume that if we weren’t there, other shooters could and would be using every firing point.

The NRA do not want to stop any of the competitions however, in the medium to long term we must look to break even, ideally we should be looking to make a profit.

Some of you may be aware that there will be no Bianchi at the Autumn meet due to lack of shooters at the August shoot. We are not currently under threat but if we do not do something to increase numbers of shooters/challenges shot we may also be at risk. To this end I will be producing a flyer which I hope you can display at your local clubs.

For the Autumn meet we have been moved to the mover bay on butt zero and the barricade bay.

I have been asked to redesign the steels to shoot on these two bays, which is what I am currently doing. The width of both bays and the fact that we will have no one on either of our flanks may

allow for at least one stage being substantially wider. We may also have to double up on one of the stages. I will only really know when I have viewed the space in person.

Also, space permitting I intend to set up the duelling/swingball tree, this will be available in two formats;

Two people shooting against each other. 22 only
As a solo speed shoot (times will be recorded for the solo shoot and may become an event, if popular enough). 22 only

Both run as pay and play.

I am also attempting to bring back the snooker layout. Again pay and play.

A Man V Man could possibly be held during the lunch hour. Remote reset on plates would reduce it to a circa 40 min run time.

22 of your choice.

I need to have an indication of who wants to shoot this as it is limited to 16 people.

Start position and COF to follow.

To try and attract the “practical boys”. Change start position for LBR LBP to holstered, hands on ears. Persons not confident in drawing from holster will continue to start from 45 degrees but 10 second will be added to their overall time. This equates to 1 second per scoring run, this time has been determined by myself and my son trialing the difference between holstered and 45 degrees.

Get back to me with your thoughts please

Steve Smoothy



Now the date for challenges has passed from the Nationals the latest ranking tables are now available. 3,900 qualifying scores have been shot in the past twelve months which is 700 more than the same time last year.  Next qualifying match is the JSPC Open on 20-21 Sept. Any problems let me know. Neil Robo


The 2014 AAW


The 2014 Autumn Action Weekend – 25-26 October

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We are fast approaching the Autumn Action Weekend 2014, taking place 25-26 October.

This meeting comprises a range of Gallery Rifle & Pistol, Target Shotgun and Fullbore competitions. This year we are also launching the Mini McQueen for GRSB on Time Limit, at £5 for your first shoot, £3 for reshoots (reshoot cards available on the range).

Shooting Times

The majority of events will be available on Saturday and Sunday, however in order to manage range costs and still offer a wide choice of shoots, some events will run Saturday only.

Saturday & Sunday – GR&P events on Melville and Time Limit.
Saturday – Speed Steels on Butt Zero. Target Shotgun, 200 yd and McQueen on Short Siberia.

The online entry system is now live. The entry form is also downloadable from the website here for those who wish to enter by post.

Range Officers

Volunteer ROs are crucial to the success of the weekend, so we would value your support to run this event. If you are able to offer your time to work, please click here and complete the online form (ideally by Friday 17 October please as this enables us to pre-order accommodation and prepare range allocation). ROs will have access to Melville range for a dedicated shooting day on Friday 24 October.

This is the last major event in the UK GR&P calendar and an excellent prelude to the Target Shotgun Festival on 8 & 9 November, so I look forward to seeing you here at Bisley.

Peter Cottrell
Meeting Director

Trafalgar Shooters….

cb-traf-at-2013Check out the competition and achieved scores for the Trafalgar meeting if you are thinking of entering the meeting. A full database of scores going back to 2010 is available to search for all the events on offer.

Trafalgar Scores Database

The 2014 Trafalgar Meeting

trafalgar imageThe Trafalgar Meeting if approaching – The 18-19 October 2014.  We are looking forward to this exciting annual festival of Classic and Historic Arms.  Steeped in history, this Meeting offers shooters the opportunity to compete and enjoy Classic and Historic Arms through the periods, from Muzzle Loading, Flintlock and Percussion, through Vintage, Classic, Veteran and Post Veteran.

So capture the atmosphere, and if you own firearms that fall into these categories, this Meeting is a must.

Plenty of GR type competitions are available, from pure precision events (25m, 50m and 100m), snap shooting with the Bobber, Duelling, Surrenden and the ever popular advancing target.

For further details please  download the Entry Form, rules and technical details from the NRA website.

For a successful Meeting, we rely heavily on the support and expertise of our volunteer ROs.  We are seeking support through the weekend, so if you are able to offer any time, please complete the online RO form – thank you.

Part of the celebration and tradition of the Meeting is the Trafalgar Dinner on Saturday 18 October from 8.00 pm at the ATSC, Bisley. The cost is £16.50 pp for a three course meal, coffee and mints.  A fine way to spend the evening with comrades following a full day’s shooting. More details and the booking form are available to download here.

Finally, we would like to welcome Peter Ryder, the new Classic and Historic Arms Rep, to the Meeting.  He’s looking forward to competing during the weekend and to meeting you.

Best wishes

Peter Cottrell
Match Director

The SLG Bisley Open – 27 September 2014

SLG BisleyA one day event offering matches in 1500, T&P1, T&P3, Multi-Target and Advancing Target for all gun types. Competition entry fees set at £10 and £6 for the 1500 and shorts respectively which will make this a popular event in the final quarter of the competitive season.

Entry forms available to download here



That time of year again for the second JSPC match of the year.

Please find entry forms over on the JSPC website. Saturday gets filled very quickly so please let us know your preferences as soon as possible.