Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

The Isle of Man Easter Shooting Festival

3-5 April 2015

IoM graphicThere is still time to book yourselves an Easter break on the beautiful Isle of Man.

If you do it will coincide with a cracking set of open comps to include 3P, PP1/2, Service and Practical matches, Air Pistol, BP pistol and service and sporting rifle.

The Festival is now in its 59th year and covers the biggest range of rifle and pistol events of any British meeting. There really is something for every enthusiast and club shooters comfortably rub shoulders with some of the country’s top performers. Many of the events are classified to ensure everyone taking part has the chance of going home with some awards in their bag.

For entry forms and more details:


01624 823728 / 07624 499640

Entries close:
Saturday 21st March 2015
Temporary permit applications close:
Saturday 14th March 2015


The Spring Action Weekend

Range Officer Allocation

SAWThe 2015 Spring Action Weekend will run over the weekend of the 21-22 March.  This year the meeting will have additional twist in that opportunities to compete in the the Historic & Classic events are now on offer.

Details are being finalised and the entry form will be available before the end of the January. As usual RO support will be most welcome and people can now volunteer to help via the usual on-line methods.

Volunteer to help at SAW

100/200/300 Sporting Rifle Statics

Shortly after we went to press with the Phoenix Handbook it was noticed an event we had inaugurated last season has been mistakenly absorbed into some other event numbers courses of fire.

The 100/200/300 yards Sporting Rifle Statics competition –  5685 – is incorrectly listed in the printed edition of the 2015 Phoenix Booklet alongside competition numbers 5702, 5703 and 5704 which are the Gallery Rifle long range events.

Its obviously too late to change the hard copy but the on-line versions have been updated to rectify this error.

Appropriate inserts will be arranged for the printed booklets. The correct course of fire for competition number 5685 can be found below:

100/200/300 yds – 5685 – Sporting Rifle Statics

Training & Coaching Day

Saturday 4th April, the 49th R&P Club

49th Training FlyerA Gallery Rifle training and coaching day to get to up to speed with competitive shooting, build confidence in on-range processes and procedures and generally hone your shooting skills will be held a the 49th Rifle & Pistol club in Birmingham on Saturday 4th April.

A full day event will cover:

  • Basic Shooting Techniques
  • Trigger control & release, sights, aiming
  • Shooting positions for Gallery Rifle & Pistol
  • Ammunition – is it fit for purpose?
  • Shooting T&P1, Multi-Target, 1500, Precision
  • Mental training & awareness
  • Attitude and approach to competitive shooting

Cost held low to simply cover range hire, targetry and light refreshments on the day.

Cost – £30.00 for the day

Contact Neil ( or Ted ( to book a place or for more information.

The Shooting Show

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The 2015 GB Shooting Show

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It is  only possible with kind support from Target Shooter Magazine and the Show organizers.

Please support the show and come and see us.

The Imperial Gallery Rifle & Pistol Meeting

High Summer – 2015

Flyer below for the Imperial GR&P Meeting for  2015. High Summer, relaxed, warm and sunny – please download, print and circulate around your local clubs.

Imperial 2015

The Basildon Open

Flyer below for the Basildon Open at the end of April  2015. For this true and unmissable Essex experience please download, print and circulate around your local clubs.

Direct link to printable Graphic here

Basildon 2015

The 2015 Bisley GRAWS

Flyer below for the Bisley GRAWS for 2015. Please download, print and circulate around your local clubs.

Direct link to printable Graphic here

The 2015 GRAWS

Gallery Rifle Competitive Calendar 2015

Flyer below for the Gallery Rifle Competitive Calendar for 2015. Please download, print and circulate around your local clubs.

Direct link to printable Graphic here

GR Calendar 2015

Spring Action Weekend

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March

SAW 2015Enter on-line Now

Download Entry Form

The SAW is more or less running to its standard format with additions and differences as detailed below. The usual discount incentives apply for multi-event entries. However 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. Simply enter as usual via the entry form and you will be squadded for a half hour detail. Available to anyone – give it a go – you’ll learn a lot.

Historics and Classics

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 the usual gallery rifle events that can be shot with historic arms.

A separate entry form if you want to shoot the classics.

Download Historics & Classics entry form here

Notes and Conditions for Rifle Events

Notes and Conditons for GR&P events

Classifications for 2015

The classification breakpoints have changed for 2015 which means many people’s classifications will have also changed. Of course these affect the classified events only – Namely – T&P1, T&P2, Multi-Target, Phoenix A, The 1500, Bianchi and Advancing Target.

The new classifications breakpoints are now listed and  been uploaded into the database. You can check classifications via the links below. Any queries let me know.



Introductory GR Training Day

Saturday 7th March, Melville Ranges, Bisley

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 Wimbledon House for coffee and 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.

11.30   Overview of mental training techniques – continue shooting through to lunch

12.30   Lunch

13.30   Further range practice

15.30   A over view of mental training techniques and how it can help, some continue shooting

16.30   Return to Wimbledon House for look at day and where to go from here, appraisal of day.

17:00 – 17:30 Finish

Barricade Shooting


Barricade Shooting – with Pistols

On the basis of Feedback (or lack of) the following rule will be inserted into the rulebook for 2015. Affects T&P2, T&P3 and 1500

Procedural penalties

c. Touching any part of the barrel with either the firing hand or supporting hand of an LPB and LBR when using the barricade.

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While we’re at it can we outlaw people holding the barrel for the barricade stages, this wasn’t allowed for 1500 pistol so why is it allowed now?

They were referring to the style of shooting which has evolved since we have been shooting our long barrel variants. So what does this mean?

Well – if you refer to the graphic on the left and imagine that revolver shooting one of the barricade matches – 1500, T&P2 etc. It is possible with that sighting system to wrap your whole hand around the barrel in front of the scope and press that firmly into the edge of the barricade or post.

The resulting shooting position is very stable and comfortable. The shooter could actually release their firipistol-gripng hand from the revolver or pistol’s grip completely and hold with the weak hand.

But its fairly obvious this is only possible because there is enough barrel to grab hold of and the sight line with a scope attached is high enough to allow a bunch of fingers to be over the top of the barrel. Take a look at the graphic on the right and picture yourself trying that with iron sights or a 4″ or 6″ barrel. (OK we know the latter is not possible any more).

However the former is and with the sights rules ofr pistols being split into irons and any next year should we look at outlawing the barrel grip method for barricade shooting?


T&P2 Pistol Matches – Timing Changes

A suggestion that stage one of the T&P2 match for pistols – which is 6 shots in 5 seconds – from the holster, is a little unrealistic to be able to get well aimed shots off. Its at 10m but , even so, to acquire the target, (release the safety catch), get a decent sight picture and then get 6 shots off is still more of a spray and pray issue rather than any sort of target shooting at a closer range.

T&P2 for LBR and LBP is not a very popular event. A count of only 9 shooters at the 2014 Phoenix meeting for LBP and 4 for LBR means that any timing changes are not going to impact anything too onerously.

On that basis the 10m timings for T&P2 pistol matches will change for the 2015 season to 6 shots in 8 seconds – shot twice. All other timings will remain the same.

The 2015 GB Shooting Show

The GB Shooting Show runs from Friday 13th February to Sunday 15th February at the same venue as last year – namely the Stoneleigh Park International Centre, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

All being well the Gallery Rifle discipline will be represented again at the show. This is only possible with kind support from Target Shooter Magazine and the Show organisers. Please support the show. Tickets available now online.

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