Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

The 2016 GB Shooting Show

shooting show-2016A few of us will be be down to The 2016 GB Shooting show at Stoneleigh  again this year.

The show is at Stoneleigh Park again for 2016 – the same venue as the last couple of years. Mark the dates – 12, 13, 14 February 2016

We are in Hall 3 – around about Zone 31 if you look at one of the show plans.  If you don’t and you are there on the day wandering around aimlessly home in on the Spitfire which will be parked in Hall 3 – we are just around the corner. Yes – we kid you not – a Spitfire. It will no doubt generate quite a lot of interest amongst visitors, so I think it will be quite a busy area.

This year we are sharing the stand with the FCSA and Lovat Society.

Please support the show and come and see us – after you’ve visited the Spitfire of course – the important things first – the stuff that matters.

Introductory Gallery Rifle Training Day

Training-2016Saturday 12th March, Bisley Camp

Cost £70 – which includes range fees, targets, scorebook, individual coaching and lunch

The Introduction to Gallery Rifle (GR) Course will provide the fundamental skills for taking part in GR events and competitions, and will include individual coaching, positional shooting techniques, range procedures, match preparation, mental and physical attitudes, aiming, breathing, trigger control and much more.

The day is open for all shooters who have perhaps completed a NRA approved probationary course or have become a full member of a club and have been shooting for a while and wish to embark on the next stage of competitive GR&P shooting.

Your own Gallery rifles, pistols and equipment is ideally required although some equipment will be available for hire or loan if required. LBRs and LBPs are not available to loan or hire so those wanting to train in these disciplines must have their own equipment.

Further details and a booking form available on the NRA website.

Outline of the day

08.00   Meet at the NRA for tea/coffee etc and a look at program for the day. GR Classes; types of firearms, the competitive circuit, clubs, kit and equipment. Review of the basic techniques of marksmanship and shooting, aiming, stance, breathing, trigger release.

09.00   Move to range for practical work.

12.30   Lunch at ATSC

13.30  Further range practice

16.00  Return to NRA training rooms for a look at and a review of the day, where to go from here, next steps, feedback and, generally, anything else.

17:00 Finish

The 2016 GR&P / Phoenix Booklets

The updated 2016 GR&P rulebook and 2016 Phoenix booklet is now at the printers. Hard copies will be available and ready for collection at the NRA Offices from the end of the month and there will be a few copies available at the GB Shooting show next week.

grp-2016As a result of feedback, lobbying, natural justice and the usual moaning and groaning it is inevitable there will be changes to the odd rule set or section contained within. This year is no exception – there are minor amendments to both sections of the booklet.

T&P2 shooters should pay attention to the timing changes in that area. LBP shooters should pay attention to the holster rule changes in T&P2, 1020 and 1500 competitions. At the Phoenix meeting this year there are changes to conditions in some of the 100,200,300 yard matches.phoenix-cover-2016

Everyone is encouraged to  download a copy of both booklets – linked here as separate PDFs, and familiarise yourselves with the rule changes and changes and conditions.

The hard copy will, as usual, be a combined booklet and has been layed out this year to be slightly easier to read. Feedback welcome either way if this is the case and as usual any mistakes, errors or typos let us know.

The 2016 Great Britain Gallery Rifle Squad

gb-gr-logoJon Avetoomyan and his team has named the Great Britain Galley rifle squad for 2016. The main squad and reserve/development squad are listed below. Matches in the UK at Bisley are planned as well as tours to Ireland and Germany.

The GB Gallery Rifle team is an official NRA team who shoot competitively on the international circuit. Anyone wishing to know more about the team, the shooting or the criteria for selection please get in touch.


The GB Squad

Jon Avetoomyan 1542
Colin McMichael 2163
Andrew Summers 1057
Taff Wilcox 1426
Keith Cox 167
Terry Fry 1772
Chris West 1990
Jim Smith 683
Frazer Hay 2901
Mel Beard 43
Gary Bowden 2886
Greg Rastell 2337
Jonnie Cormie 2055
Norman Veitch 3114
Gwyn Roberts 623
Dave Hacket 296
Steve Lamb 1022
Andrew Jarman 1180
Dave Guest 2613
Pete Watts 783


The GB Reserve and Development Squad

Ashley Dagger 180
Gerry Betteridge 52
Robert Tonner 2330
Glen Gordon 2340
Dave Holt 354
Dale Rogers 2115
Angie Foster 2865
Morne van Dalen 1773
Helen Hay 2900
Rob Wheeler 3203


Melville Work

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Melville Work

The work on Melville Range will affect the way all people use it and also how its used for national competitions. A few comments have been received but if anyone else has thoughts on how this will impact the Bisley GRAWS, Phoenix meeting, Historics and IHAM etc send them over.

The work is taking place to reduce the risk of ricochets and allow the continued concurrent use of Melville and Butt Zero / right hand side of Stickledown at 900yds. The work being shown here is the removal of the 25m target line and its conversion into a 25m firing point. The sand and mini mantlets are being replaced with ballistic tiles at 50m.

There are some photos below taken a few days ago – about in mid January 2016.

Melville Bay E

Melville Bay E mostly complete









Melville bay B

Melville bay B under transformation









Melville Bay B

Melville Bay B








Melville Bay C

Melville Bay C









Melville Bay C

Melville Bay C









Balistic Blocks

Balistic Blocks at the 25m point









The Target line at 50m

The Target line at 50m










Melville Bay A has been completely stripped out for a rebuild.

Bay A

Bay A

Bay A

Bay A


GR&P Calendar flyer for 2016

Flyer for the the 2016 Calendar of events. Please download, print and pin up around your clubrooms.

GR&P Calendar of Events

Classification Changes for T&P1 GRCF

TP1 targetIts tight at the top and no more so than the Timed and Precision one event in GRCF. For all the classified events we have traditionally always broken divisional classes on bullet score. Up until now this has generally been an easy and acceptable way to achieve what we require.

T&P1 GRCF is a popular event and over the last few seasons the breakpoints used have started to prove themselves inadequate for dividing people into appropriate divisions in a fair way.

On that basis we’ll be separating  the T&P1 GRCF event on X count from next season onwards. Individual classes will be retrospectively applied before the start of the 2016 season so some people will be reclassified because of these changes.

Details as below:

Class Current Breakpoints Active shooters Proposed Breakpoints Active Shooters
X 300 28% 300.21 9.5%
A 297 – 299 26% 299 – 300.20 33.5%
 B up to 297  46% up to 299    57%


The 2016 Gallery Rifle Captain

jon-avo-2016 Jonathon Avetoomyan has been appointed the Great Britain Gallery Rifle captain for the 2016 season. I’m sure the GR community and squad will wish Jon good and we are sure he will continue to but build on the success of outgoing captain Pete Cooper who took the team to victory in the IGRF World Cup Finals in November 2015.

Jon started his shooting career as a pistol shooter in 1984. He then founded a local shooting club in 1998 and continued with competitive shooting within the Gallery Rifle discipline. He started attending larger national competitions in 2000, including the Gallery Rifle circuit at Bisley and other locations around the country.  He is an active member of several clubs and help to run the Army Open and the Welsh Open events on the current GR circuit.  He shoots for Wales and is a current member of the GB squad having toured and shot in Ireland and Germany several times over the last few years.




On Monday 16th November 2015 the second Gallery Rifle World Championships were held at the newly refurbished range facility in Leitmar, Germany. The order of the day had been agreed at an IGRF committee meeting held on Friday 13th November 2015 where it was decided that the smallbore match would take place first followed by the centrefire match.

The teams compete in a full 1500 match, each team fielding 5 competitors with the top four scores to count. Each match would be shot shoulder to shoulder with the shooters lining up starting with one man from Germany then one from Ireland then South Africa then GB and so on.

The first line of smallbore shooters was on the range for 09:00 and then we were under way. As the first match was wrapping up the scores were looking close and it was looking likely to be a hard fought competition with no one nation running away from the others at this point. By the end of the second detail some nerves were beginning to show across the line and the scores were showing it with some of the best shooters falling well below their best. Then it was time for the last line of the smallbore match and it was all to play for. The last shots were fired and score cards filled in, all that was left was for the stats team to do their work. What felt like a very long nervous wait (about 5mins to be honest) finally revealed that GB had triumphed to retain the title of Smallbore World Champions.

Before we reset the range ready to start the Centrefire match everyone moved quietly out to the carpark area standing close and united to observe a minute’s silence in respect of those who lost their lives or were injured or had been affected by the horrific events in Paris only days earlier. After a respectfully observed silence we again quietly moved back inside to commence the competition.

The order of the line was the same as the smallbore and would also spread across three details. This time GB took an early lead thanks to a PB by Greg Rastall putting in a strong 1493 with 100x, this put team GB firmly in the driving seat and they never took their foot of the gas. The final scores came in showing that GB had taken both matches and could proudly call themselves World Galleryrifle Champions.


IGRF World Cup 2015 – DKS2 1500 (GRSB)

German Open Action Weekend 2015 Leitmar,


Great Britain

 Jarman, Andrew  1481.79
Cormie, Jonathan 1476.93
Avetoomyan, Jonathan 1467.84
Cox, Keith 1463.99
Hay, Fraser 1450.61

South Africa

de Villiers, Deon  1478.89
Roets, Nico 1474.75
Griesel, Johan 1461.81
Terblance, Werner  1461.71
Kriek, Jaques  1452.66


Pfeifer,Roman  1477.91
Waldvogt,Meik 1467.75
Grün, Reto 1463.75
Riewe, Torsten  1454.63
Steinke, Andreas  1391.37


Kehoe, Jeff  1473.87
Byrne, James 1461.82
Nolan, Mark 1461.74
Thompson Noel  1454.58
Byrne, Declan  1453.66


IGRF World Cup 2015 – LAR 1500 (GRCF)

German Open Action Weekend 2015 Leitmar,


Great Britain

Fry, Terry 1494.96
Rastall, Greg 1493.100
West, Chris 1490.85
Hackett, David 1483.91
 McMichael, Colin 1477.93

South, Africa

van Tonder, Flippie 1489.94
de Beer, Gerrie 1484.99
Liebner Siegfried 1483.102
Strauss, Heinrich 1477.79
Louw, Hercules 1407.84


Kehoe, Jeff 1492.106
Nestor, Michael 1490.93
Carroll, Simon 1477.83
Byrne, Declan 1471.84
Kelly Mike 1466.78


Pfeifer, Roman 1486.96
Waldvogt, Meik 1483.89
Riewe, Torsten 1481.89
Grün, Reto 1475.89
 Blüße Bruno  1467.60

GB Gallery Rifle Captain for 2016

GB FlagThe GB Gallery Rifle team compete on the world circuit and take part in at least three International shoots a year. Team captains are appointed on an annual basis.

Nominations are now being sought for the Great Britain Gallery Rifle Captain for the 2016 season. The team will compete in IGRF international competitions at Bisley (May), Ireland (July) and Germany (November) in 2016.

Nominations should be sent to myself (Neil Francis) who will forward to the NRA Secretary General and has to be received by 1 December 2015. Nomination forms are here:

MS Word (doc) | PDF

Nominees must be full Members of the NRA for a minimum continuous period of 3 years (12 months in the case of under 25 members) before they become eligible for nomination and must remain so during the entire period of appointment.

Nominations must be supported by signatures of three (3) NRA Members.

Nominations will be reviewed by NRA Council and a list of approved candidates determined from the nominations at their next meeting in December 2015. The NRA will then advise the Discipline Representative of the Council’s approved candidate(s).

Holsters and LBPs


Holsters and LBPs

The GR&P discipline do not make massive use of holsters. They are used in the following events within a course of fire:

  • T&P2
  • 1500
  • T&P3
  • 1020
  • Phoenix A (although not really relevant as the start condition is always empty chamber)

Holsters can be used in other events as convenient holding device – in these cases they are not part of the course of fire.

In the case of LBPs current rulings for the above events state the start position as “holstered, slide forward, safety catch applied”. Depending on the type of pistol people use this may result in the hammer being down or locked back in the cocked position. In all cases, and this is the point, there is assumed to be a loaded round in the chamber.

Commencement of the appropriate course of fire can continue by releasing the safety catch and carrying on.

We have been asked to change the start position to “holstered, slide forward on an empty chamber”. Commencement of the appropriate course of fire under this start condition would mean racking the pistol before the first shot can be fired.

Why? Well we are told safety is paramount and we are told that unless a particular shooting discipline is not being conducted under one to one RO-ing  – as in the case on most GR&P events – holstering an LBP with an empty chamber is really the only option we have. [As an addendum to this its been pointed out that our rules have actually always been incorrect. For these events pistols should never be in holsters with a round in the chamber.]

Some may have already noticed the Bianchi is run under 1-1 RO-ing conditions so this will remain unchanged however the proposal for all other events is to amend the start position for LBP events to holstered, slide forward on an empty chamber. We are not particularly unusual adopting this rule – many other countries do so in the likes of the 1500 events.

I need feedback on this ASAP as I’m re-writing sections of the rule book now.

T&P2 Timings

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Timed and Precision 2 Timings

TP1 targetWhat is it with the Timed and Precision 2 event? Every year I get lobbied to change the timings because “they are wrong”.

Here is what we currently have:


  • 10m – Pistol, Revolver and GRCF – 8secs: GRSB – 5 secs
  • 25m – Pistol, Revolver and GRSB – 105 secs ( 1:45): GRCF – 120 secs (2 mins)
  • 50m – Pistol, Revolver and GRSB – 150 secs ( 2:30): GRCF – 180 secs (3 mins)

Here is what they are going to be changed to:

  • 10m – NO CHANGE
  • 25m – Pistol and GRSB – 105 secs ( 1:45): Revolver and GRCF – 120 secs (2 mins)
  • 50m – Pistol  and GRSB – 150 secs ( 2:30): Revolver and GRCF – 180 secs (3 mins)

This puts revolver timings at the 25m and 50m distances back to the original 2 minute and 3 minute boundaries respectively.

The 10m timings will remain the same as they were changed to last year.

Iron Sights Pistol Events

IronsAt the Bisley GRAWS throughout the 2015 season separate iron sighted pistol matches were offered for the T&P1, Multi Target and Advancing Target events.

Although we had some moderate take-up there is not enough people to justify continuing to offer these matches as independent and standalone events.

What will happen from 2016 onwards is be a concurrent recording of  any iron sighted pistol entries which will be clearly indicated in the results listings if the competitor so wishes.

New scorecards will be issued from next season onwards to allow competitors to  indicate they are iron sighted pistol shooters. These indications will be carried through to stats to be processed accordingly.

The above for the Bisley GRAW meetings. OF course match directors and organisers elsewhere are free to offer  pistol shooting events as they see fit.

Introduction to Gallery Rifle

Saturday 14th November 2015

NRAThe Introduction to Gallery Rifle (GR) Course will provide the fundamental skills for taking part in Gallery Rifle events and competitions, and will include individual coaching of range procedure, basic marksmanship and positional shooting techniques. The course is 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.

The course will involve both classroom and practical range work with expert coaching from national and international level shooters.

Download the application form here

The Final Rankings

RankingsThe final ranking tables for 2015 are now out. Congratulations to all those winner. 4225 cards where shot over the season.


  • T&P1 S/B   Norman Veitch
  • T&P1 C/F  Taff Wilcox (3x separated top 5 !)
  • T&P1 LBP  Mike Chinery
  • T&P1 LBR  Phil Cowling
  • MT S/B  Greg Rastall
  • MT C/F  Gary Bowden
  • MT LBP Mike Chinery
  • MT LBR Mike Chinery
  • 1500 S/B Chris West
  • 1500 C/F Terry Fry
  • 1500 LBP Mike Chinery
  • 1500 LBR Neil Jones

Any problems please let me know. Neil Robo