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Les Pulling

SaLes - 1d news I’m afraid. Anyone who shot on Melville ranges at Bisley in the recent past would probably have remembered Les Pulling. He was the range warden there for many years and retired in 2012.

News was received today of Les’s death after a short illness. I’m sure many will remember him on Melville for his daft stories and antics as he helped us on the range with all the targetry and moaned at us for not sweeping up properly.

RIP Les – I think many will agree you made the shoots at Melville a little bit more enjoyable.

148th Imperial Meeting

16th June – 22nd July

NRA LogoThe first Imperial Meeting was contested on Wimbledon Common in 1890, when Queen Victoria fired the first shot and gave a prize of £250 to the best individual marksman.

This set the pattern for the Association’s Annual Meeting, held every year with the exception of the two World Wars.

The Queen’s Prize remains the premier award for the Meeting’s top shot, with the £250 prize still given to the winner.

Today the Imperial has grown to include many different disciplines, from Target Rifle to Service Weapons, Gallery Rifle and Pistol, Historic Firearms, Civilian Service Rifle, Schools, Cadets, Match Rifle F-Class and McQueen.

The Meeting starts on the 16th June and culminates with the Queen’s Prize on the 22nd July.

Over 3500 competitors took part in the 5 week long meeting in 2016 making it a real festival of shooting.

With competitors coming in from all over the world, the Imperial is a once-a-year must shoot in any competitor’s calendar.

Host to the competition is NRA Bisley, the world renowned ranges complex covering virtually all forms of shooting from air rifle to 1200 yards full-bore shooting set in 3000 acres of heathland; Bisley is as unique in character as it is in the variety of ranges it offers.

The atmosphere at Bisley is second to none, with friendships made and renewed on the firing points every year, but the event does not end with the shooting, the famous Bisley clubs take over and competitors enjoy the Bisley hospitality at its best.

2017 is set to be another great Imperial and we look forward to welcoming you to Bisley for the 148th Imperial meeting.

Entry forms to all competitions available on the NRA website

The Imperial Gallery Rifle and Pistol Meeting

ImperialIn the middle of the Imperial meeting there still languishes the most relaxed competitive Gallery Rifle and Pistol (GR&P) meeting on the circuit.

The Imperial Gallery Rifle and Pistol meeting runs for five days – middle Wednesday to middle Sunday – (12-16 July 2017) and is worth at least a couple of days out of your usual routine to attend.  The meeting still seems to be continually off the radar for a lot of GR&P shooters. Attempts to promote it in the past have been met with limited success so an outline of what the meeting is all about is below.

In the 1990s and earlier it was a pistol meeting. It changed to a GR and MLR/P meeting in later years and has been running ever since  most recent addition of LBR and LBP offerings.

The meeting is open to all shooters and offers competition in Galleryrifle Centrefire (GRCF), Galleryrifle Smallbore (GRSB), Long Barrel Revolver and Pistol (LBR/LBP) Muzzle loading Revolver/Pistol (MLP/MLR) and some Air Pistol (AP). There are unlimited medal entry matches, squadded trophy matches and team matches.

The format of the Imperial is slightly different to many GR meetings people may attend. Its broadly split into two streams and there are one or two nuances, mainly regarding sights.

The traditional trophy matches are run over the weekend and if entered will be squadded affairs. The trophy matches, for GRCF, are iron sights only.  Running throughout the meeting and making up the bulk of the shooting are the unlimited entry matches – simply called “the Unlimiteds”. Any sights are allowed here so scopes, red dots or any variation are perfectly acceptable.

The idea of the Unlimiteds is exactly what it says – unlimited entries. People can shoot as many times as they want in any chosen event and keep submitting scorecards to be processed for that perfect score. In fact to get a score on the board shooters have to submit at least two cards in any event. They can submit more if they wish however only the top two will be crunched for the final record.

That’s the formula – the encouraging factor is to shoot – as many times as the shooter wants and on this basis the entry costs are deliberately kept low. For 2016 all medals entries were priced at £4.50 a card. 2017 prices will not be too much more.  Its the cheapest competitive shooting on the GR circuit.

The Events

They are described in the Bisley bible (The NRA handbook) and there are 7 in all but here is a summary of the Unlimited events shot for medals throughout the meeting. These are available for both GRCF,GRSB, LBP/LBR and MLP.

  • Advancing Target – 24 round course of fire
  • America Match – 30 round course of fire
  • T&P1 (Police Medals) – 30 round course of fire
  • Multi-Target (Service Medals) – a 24 round course of fire
  • Scott Medals (a precision match) – a 20 round course of fire
  • Granet Medals (a duelling match) – a 20 round course of fire
  • Silhouettes Medals (a rapids match) – a 15 round course of fire

The Grand Aggregate – the Grand Agg. is now available for GRCF, LBR, LBP and MLR. Take one of each of the above events for GRCF and nominate the card. Exclude America and Silhouettes and its the LBR/LBP/MLR Grand Agg. One nuance mentioned above comes into play here – its an iron sights only aggregate for GRCF – any sights for the pistols!

Trophy matches are for competed for over the weekend sessions and are available in the following events. They are all for GRCF apart from the two as appropriately indicated. They are all Iron sighted affairs!

  • The T&P1 Match (Police Match)
  • The Multi-Target Match (Service Match)
  • The Scott Cup (Precision)
  • The Granet Cup (Duelling)
  • The Silhouettes Cup (Rapids)
  • The Cotterill Trophy (Air Pistol)
  • The Galleryrifle Smallbore Match (Smallbore)
  • The Galleryrifle Match (precision and duelling)
  • The Man v Man match

There are also nine team events in total but in line with the NRA’s overall charitable objectives for the encouragement of shooting three are restricted to University teams and one is a traditional Oxbridge varsity match.

The final medals on offer are the Highest Possible Scores (HPS) Jewels and the Grandmaster medal. These are defined in the bible and offer a chance to achieve competitive reward based on achieving perfect scores in stages of all the competitions or striving for points based on standards.

Entries are now open for the 148th Imperial meeting – either on-line or via a downloaded PDF entry form.

Basildon 2017

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Basildon 2017

Basildon 2017

The Basildon Open competition is run on the third week in April, about a month before the Phoenix. That is this weekend coming – 221-23 April. We shoot on Friday (half day – PM) to Sunday. We will be offering 1500, T&P2, 1020, T&P1 and Multitarget Phoenix A at £7 each in all disciplines on our 25 and 50 meter outdoor ranges.

There will be the usual spectacular prize table, kindly supported by Derby 🙂

If you wish to stay, we can offer a place to pitch a tent or park a camper van, breakfast and a BBQ and beer to enjoy on Saturday evening with a few like-minded soles. All free and part of the weekend for the brave souls who venture out at this time of the year.

Our range staff are friendly and do not bite, (much). They will endeavour to help any newcomers trying out their first competition where we will offer “enter one get one free”. And remember, it’s a month before Phoenix, so it’s a chance to get that competition practice after the winter layover.

So come to Basildon and have some competitive fun.


Entry Forms for the 2017 Basildon Open available below


2017 ATSC Results

Results foATSC Logor the 2017 Army Target Shooting Club Open  are now posted:

Challenge  deadline – Tuesday 18th April

Full Results 

The 2017 Phoenix Meeting

phoenix-logoWe are now looking forward to one of the largest and most popular meetings of the season, the Phoenix Meeting, 26-28 May – with the International Match on Monday 29 May. This festival of shooting saw almost 500 competitors take part last year and provides the opportunity to shoot Gallery Rifle, Target Shotgun, Practical Pistol and Revolver, and has Air and Fullbore competitions from 15 yards to 1000 yards. Classic shooters also have the opportunity to take part in events across the weekend.

The entry form is now available for on-line entries, more details and match conditions are also available.

The 2017 GR&P  and Phoenix Handbook is now available to download and to collect at the NRA

We would appreciate Range Officer support to run this event so if you are able to offer some time please complete the online RO form by Monday 15 May.

Please continue to encourage new and young shooters to come to Bisley to take part.

2017 SAW Results

bullseye-targetResults for the 2017 Spring Action Weekend are now final:

Full Results and Prizelists

The GB Gallery Rifle Team – 2017


Having reviewed the recently posted scores from last season, noting people’s ability to commit to representing Great Britain and taking into account people’s personal choices for the future, I have, in conjunction with others, selected the following shooters to represent Great Britain for 2017.

In particular, I’d like to welcome Dave Eastwood and Tim Mepham into the main squad – well deserved.

The Main Squad

The following people have accepted a position on the 2017 squad

A Summers
C West
C McMichael
D Hackett
D Eastwood
F Hay
G Bowden
G Betteridge
G Gordon
G Roberts
J Smith
J Cormie
K Cox
N Veitch
P Watts
R Wheeler
R Tonner
S Lamb
T Wilcox (Vice Captain)
T Mepham

The Reserve Squad

There will be a reserve / development squad of the following people, who will be still available to select from. I hope to be able to promote some of them into the main team next year, if not before. A special welcome to Phil Wood, who has worked hard to join us this year.

A Dagger
P Wood
D Rogers
D Guest
D Holt
M Beard
M van Dalen

On behalf of all the Great Britain Gallery Rifle team and squad, I’d like to thank them for all their contributions in the past years and I hope we see some of them again in our ranks.


Ashley Dagger

Great Britain Gallery Rifle Captain

GR&P Rulebook and Phoenix Handbook for 2017

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The Handbook is in a familiar format again for 2017. Thanks to all our sponsors and advertisers, contributors, proof readers, checkers and generally interested parties. Although thoroughly checked there is bound to be the odd error or typo. If you find any please let us know via the usual channels.


The handbook is available in the following  formats:

PDF – For on screen Reading and Printing

Hard Copy from the NRA (or your local shooting club) from the 23rd March 2017 onwards

The Spring Action Weekend – 25-26 March

SAWWe are looking forward now to the Spring Action Weekend – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017. This will be the first opportunity of the year at Bisley to shoot the range of matches on offer in GR&P, Classic and Historic, Full-bore Rifle, Target Shotgun and Practical Pistol.

Aside from the usual GR&P events on Melville over the full weekend, Butt Zero hosts the Target Shotgun matches on Saturday, with Speed Steels running until mid afternoon followed by Man v Man. The Practical Pistol Match (2nd Round of the NRA Handgun League) will be shot on Sunday.

On Short Siberia the multi-positional full-bore shooting events will be shot beside the 200x McQueen matches on Saturday, and a range of 200x Classic and Historic events on Sunday.

The popular Mini McQueen will be running throughout the weekend on the Time Limit range.

We continue to encourage new and novice competitors to come to Bisley to take part in this enjoyable weekend of shooting.

Range Officers

We are in need of volunteer ROs to run matches across the weekend. If you are able to offer some time please complete the online form. Range Officers and volunteers will have access to the ranges to shoot their matches on Friday 24 March.

Advance entries close at 1200 hrs on Monday 20 March. Entries will be accepted after this, however will not be squadded.

Thank you for supporting these Meetings, and I wish you all the best with your competitions.

Sally Wilson
Deputy Head of Shooting and Training

A Gallery Rifle Competition Coaching Day

Sunday 19 March

Hosted by Frome & District Pistol Club Ltd, Anglo Brewery Complex, Anglo Trading Estate, Shepton Mallet, Somerset


As a perfect precursor to the 2017 competition season, we are offering a Gallery Rifle Competition Coaching Day at Frome and District Pistol Club Ltd’s new range complex in Shepton Mallet. This is a unique opportunity to be individually coached by members of the Great Britain Gallery Rifle squad through specific aspects of the 1500 match. The techniques learnt and honed through this are transferable to a wide range of GR competitions.
The day will cover:
• Basic shooting techniques: trigger control, sights, aiming etc
• Shooting positions: standing unsupported (or supported – LBR/LBP); standing unsupported weak shoulder (or supported – LBR/LBP), sitting, kneeling
• 1500 match specifics: position and changing position, timings, speed and accuracy, loading, reloading, practice and more practice!
• Competition shooting: preparation, awareness, attitude and approach

Further information and booking forms here – book now

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The GB Shooting Show

GB Shooting ShowIf anyone is visiting the GB Shooting Show at Stoneleigh next weekend pop over to see us. Us being the friendly faces of Derby Squadding guru – Jim Smith, Derby Stats guru – Pete Lomas, GB Gallery Rifle captain for 2017 – Ash Dagger and Neil Francis serving his final year as NRA GR&P Rep.

We’ll be in the usual location (Hall 3 we reckon) sharing a stand with the 50 Cal guys and maybe one or two others. The Show App for your smartphone will probably show you the way.

We are there promoting the GR&P discipline, the competitive circuit and progression opportunities towards the national/international teams and squads.

See you there hopefully

The 2017 IGRF World Cup

Will be held at Harbour House Sports Club, Ireland, in 2017


IGRF 2017

Gallery Rifle Competition Calendar for 2017

Download and print the Competition Calendar for 2017


The NRA Shooting Leagues

nra-shooting-leaguesThe NRA in conjunction with numerous local clubs (see below) are organising and co-ordinating three shooting leagues in 2017 encompassing the practical side of the shooting disciplines in pistol, rifle and shotgun. The competitions are open to all.

These events are possible due to the  time and effort put in by the clubs hosting the events and by the generous sponsorship from  Edgar Brothers, GMK Ltd and AW Armoury Ltd