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2013 Derby Open

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Moving into High Summer the Derby Open 1500 and Shorts meeting offers one of the season’s finest shoots to challenge the competitive Gallery Rifle shooter. This is an event which should be well and truly cemented into the season’s calendar. All the usual competitions catered for – 1500, shorts, T&P3 and more

A fantastic prize table, fantastic venue and range complex, a BBQ, mini beer festival (the best yet!), free camping and some local traders also putting in a welcome appearance. Check out some of the sponsors above and see them at Derby.

See you there.

Entry forms are out now.

The Derby OpenEnter now

…For 2013 [Photos here]

The 133rd Aberdeen Wapinschaw


Match details and entry forms now available over on the Events pages


Entry forms  [PDF Format]  [MS Word Format]

The  NASRPC Irish Open 2013



The entry forms for the NASRPC Irish International Open are now available below:

[Entry Forms | PDF | MS Word ]

This meeting fulfils the Irish leg of the IGRF International series of Gallery Rifle meetings.

This is an open meeting – anyone can enter.

The Imperial Historic Arms Meeting

ybEntry forms for this meeting are now available on the website.  In  the spirit of the original no on-line entries but the forms are not as complicated as they first seem to be.

Early bird deadline is the 22nd June and there are discounts of 10% and 20% for 6 and 12 competitions entered respectively.  This can bring individual entry fees down to as low as £5.00 a pop.

Be sure to check this meeting out. Remember its the Spirit of the Original that counts here. The general Gallery Rifle Shooter’s lever action rifle is eligable with the appropriate sights being used.

 // Entry form now available to download \\

Scores and Classifications Databases

…..all updated

The TraceThe Phoenix Records database shows 31 new records for this year. The Classified records database has just one update with Gwyn Roberts shooting an excellent Multi-Target GRCF score of 120.21.

The GRID Database showing classifications and current highest scores is up to date. We currently have 2617 shooters in the GRID Database.

Historic scores database also up to date following Phoenix 2013.  The scores database is always work in progress. It currently holds 27644 classified scores going back to 2007.

Just the Ranking Tables to update. I hear the handle churner for this has just decided to move house!

Phoenix Meeting – Results

phoenix-logoResults from the 2013 Phoenix meeting are now available.

[Results | Prizelist]

Feedback regarding errors, omissions or anything else via the usual channels please

Databases of historic scores, Phoenix record and British record scores and the ranking tables will be updated in due course.

A full list and archive of all results from the 2013 season always available on the 2013 Results page.

EU Public Consultation of Firearms

The EU So – there is an EU Consultation Document on a common approach to reducing the harm caused by  the criminal use of firearms in the EU. No doubt a fair few of us have received such information via email. What’s this got to do with shooting? Well – I agree – not much – its politics – so OK, lets do politics in this post.

A questionnaire can be completed and opinions are being sought from all EU citizens (yes even us in the UK who will be leaving next year!). Apparently the questionnaire is ‘fixed’, biassed, rigged!

It is apparently essential that shooting organisations  and their individual members complete and submit responses to the questionnaire by clicking on option “1” for all the questions – no need to answer any additional questions or offer any opinion or even read the questionnaire – just blindly click option “1”!

Here’s a better idea

Ignore the stuffed shirts at the likes of BASC , BSSC, Countryside Alliance and anybody else just passing this stuff on and just go shooting.

Respond to the questionnaire if you want (but read the bloody questions and make your own mind up – please!!!!) However in reality its all probably about as relevant as an on-line petition lobbying to bring back pre-decimal coinage or reducing the Imperial Entry fees.

Shoot one more meeting in the year.

Get one more member of your club to come to any of our meetings.

Start with the Phoenix next weekend. Or the Derby open  at the end of June, or The IHAM or Imperial P&R (and enter online). One more shooter entering any one of those meetings is worth a hundred people filling in on-line petitions and 10,000 people blindly following the stuffed shirts at the BSSC et al.

The 2013 Phoenix Meeting

 phoenix-logoWhy do people attend the Phoenix Meeting? More to the point – why don’t people attend the Phoenix meeting? In the lead up to the Summer season, the Phoenix offers a diverse programme of competitions, having something for everyone. Whether the competitor’s interests lie in the pure Gallery Rifle (GR) disciplines, rifle events shot back to 1000 yards, pistol events shot to the same distances (yes – thats a pistol at 1000 yards), black powder, target shotgun or even air pistol the phoenix will have an event ready and waiting. – so there is no excuse to not have this as a must in anybody’s shooting calendar.bisley-comps-2013-140

In many ways, and for many people, the Phoenix is just another Gallery Rifle Action Weekend (GRAW). Four of these are held every season at Bisley. The Spring and Autumn action weekends take place as the country adjusts its collective time pieces to take advantage of the daylight saving protocols we know and love so well. The last bank holiday of the Summer – the August Bank Holiday – pays homage to the Gallery Rifle National Championships. The Phoenix meeting sits squarely in the middle of all this and offers not only the natural plethora of gallery rifle and pistol events but a whole lot more.

Understandably some events are popular, very popular, however some are surprisingly under represented. There are so many competitions at the Phoenix it’s inevitable some slip under the radar. T&P1 Air Pistol for example, a lot of the Long Barrelled Pistol (LBP) events, some of the longer range events and a handful of classic and open events are all crying out for more competitive input.

inside cover-2013-140Condensed into a long weekend the Phoenix has a more intense look and feel about it than the likes of the NRA Imperial meeting which is held over a 2-3 week period in high Summer. A major part of this is probably due to the long standing trade fair which dates way back to pre-Phoenix days. A lot of people back then used to travel to just visit the trade show and I’m told this is still the case. Each to their own of course, but I think people are missing out if they choose to overlook the main reason the ranges exist in the first place.

For the last few years the bank holiday Monday has been used to host the IGRF International Gallery Rifle Match. This sees teams from Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and South Africa compete head to head  with centrefire and smallbore calibres in a 1500 match. This year, 28th May 2013, Bisley will be running this event as the inaugural Gallery Rifle World Cup, which will mean one of these countries will be officially crowned World Champions.



As an overall event the Phoenix is billed as an annual celebration of shooting sports. So – the most puzzling misnomer any Phoenix regulars, indeed any competition shooters in general, ponder often revolves around why more people don’t come along and enjoy the whole experience. Many theories are proffered around the bars, clubs (and campfires) which all play excellent hosts to the influx of visitors who attend the long weekend of events. Theories proliferate, which range from the financial thru to the “not good enough” route and eventually terminate at the often cited intimidatory factor of the whole experience.

250188_10200302738745465_1289169439_nThe latter is particularly worrying (if correct) and we all need to spend time reflecting on the perception of this element of our sport. For whatever reason if your fellow club members are not shooting any of our meetings we all need to work out why. It can’t stop there though – we then need to work out how to overcome such perceived obstacles and work around them.

Newcomers AwardNot being good enough needs to be condemned at conception. We promote the sporting and competitive side of shooting as being open to everyone and this is an absolute truth.  The most popular GR events are shot in classes. This means everyone is shooting against their peers. With the current classification rules and regulations everyone has as much chance of achieving a place and medal shooting first time around as their hundredth – in fact more so!  This year we are awarding a newcomers trophy first time Phoenix competitors.

Team events have also been introduced in recent years to attempt to encourage members of  local clubs to partake. As with all events these are open to any members of any local club to put together a 2 or 4 person team. So have a think about taking part and get your club’s name into the historical records!phoenix-1

Irrespective of all the above we do need to get a sense of perspective.  After all – are we not all simply shooting against ourselves? Aiming to beat our last outing or personal best? Its great to traipse back to our local clubs and ranges, banter with our shooting colleagues about who bettered who, who outshot who, more likely who messed up the least – that’s all part of why we do it.

In 2012 an online database of classified and highest scores was created so people can keep track of their achievements. In 2013 we plan to enhance this to run a season wide league table and ranking system for active Gallery Rifle competitors. In this way we aim to keep an ongoing interest in competing on the national circuiregional-2013-140t.

Numerous other GR events are organised and hosted both at Bisley and throughout the country by local clubs. The flyers illustrated in this article can be found at full resolution elsewhere on the website These can be printed and displayed in local clubs.  A full calendar of events can also be found here.

Keep an open bookmark here and to our our facebook page and twitter feed for all this information and a bunch more.

[Majority of this text originally published in the Spring 2013 NRA Journal]

British Shooting – Strategy Released 2013 – 2020

British Shooting has published its latest strategic plan for the period 2013 to 2018.

The plan is the summary of the objectives and targets set-out by the sport to deliver shooting throughout Great Britain.

Feedback and and constructive suggestions are requested. Please email


Scores and Results

Results and scores from recent competitions (Basildon, JSPC, Mattersey) over on the results page.

Butt 19 – Century

Work on Butt 19 100m firing points on Century range.  But – er – TR shooters don’t go anywhere near this firing point!  This oasis of grass in a sea of mud should be ready for you long rangers at Phoenix meeting.

Hats off to the NRA  – just butt zero and Short Siberia 200 yard points left to sort out before the end of May.

Butt 19


Butt Zero

Butt Zero – Lovely!

The Alan Whittle Trophies

alan-wThis year there are two new trophies in memory of Alan Whittle who was a dedicated Gallery Rifle shooter and a good friend and comrade to many both on and off the range. The clubs Alan was most associated with over the last few years generously donated these trophies to the Phoenix meeting and have chosen to award them in line with what we all think most appropriate.

Newcomers Award

The Alan Whittle Newcomers Trophy

The Newcomers Trophy (the Rifled Spiral) will be awarded for anyone who has not previously entered an open meeting and will therefore be shooting the Phoenix for the first time. The winner will be the person with the highest number of points in the standards medal scores system. Hence the trophy can only be won once by any single individual who is shooting for the first time at the Phoenix meeting.

The trophy is silver plate on brass and mounted on an integral plinth. It stands ~30cm tall and weighs approximately 1.2kg.

AW classic award

The Classic Aggregate Trophy

The Gallery Rifle Classic Trophy (the Spear Bullet)  will be an aggregate of the following Gallery Rifle Centrefire Classic events:

  • 0704 – Timed and Precision one – Classic
  • 1104 – Multi Target – Classic
  • 1904 – Advancing Target – Classic

The winner will simply be the highest bullet score (and X count to break ties) across the three events.

The trophy is nickel plate over solid aluminium. It stands ~30cm tall and weighs just over 1.5kg.


Many thanks to the generosity of the following clubs for donating these modern and elegant trophies which we hope will competed for in the years to come.

Bristol and District Pistol Club
Frome and District Pistol Club
Fulwood Shooting Club (Liverpool)
The Galleryrifle Great Britain Squad

The trophies will be available to view in the NRA reception throughout the 2013 Phoenix meeting.

Mattersey 10

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The Mattersey 10

5 May 2013

Still time to enter the world famous Mattersey 10 open match up at their Range Complex in North Nottinghamshire. FOr more details and an entry form please email

The 2013 Basildon Open – Results and Prizelists


It didn’t bucket down – well only on Saturday afternoon – and it was clear enough for the evening BBQs to do their job.

Thanks to all who attended for an enjoyable weekends shooting. Thanks for John for hosting and for the BBQ. Thanks to Kaz for the lunches. Thanks to the RO crew. And many thanks to Trim for the Saturday evening entertainment.