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The Return of the 1500Ted

Ted George offers some background to the thriving international pistol competition circuit inthe early 1990s and proposes a much-needed revitalisation

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The majority of 1500 shooters compete with rifles


Around 1993 Dave Ballantyne and I set up a 1500 pistol team and a selection/training process with the approval of the NPA, NRA and British Pistol Club (BPC). At the time Great Britain was the leader in this discipline outside of America where, other than in a few organised matches, 1500 was accepted as a training shoot and competition for police and security personnel. Other European countries were keen on the discipline, with the Bund der Militär-und Polizeischützen (BDMP) shooting it and Belgium and Czechoslovakia following soon after.

The international competitions ran from 1993 until the loss of pistols and the dissolution of the NPA in 1997-1998. The 1500 was marked down with Bianchi for inclusion in the 2000 Sydney Olympics; a team from GB was selected and funding approved. Sadly, because of the ban, it did not happen. Since then, some of the shooters in the original team who still participate in international competitions have ‘donned the shirt’ and represented the country as a make-up team of best scores at the event.During the period between 1993-1997 the teams that were entered won four team gold medals in the four-man event and two golds, one silver and one bronze in the pairs event.

Present day

During the last 15 years a World 1500 Association has been formed and the number of countries shooting the associated matches has grown, now including Russia, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Australia, the USA and Norway. Every two years a World Championship is held in one of the member countries: Sweden this year in August, then Germany in two years’ time.

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The 1500 has adapted well to rifle shooting

Long-barrelled revolvers can be used for training, with some modifications, and for some events .22 pistols can also be used. Some pistols are stored in Europe for use in the matches if required. Now looks like a good time to revive the 1500 team and give it a more official standing. Speaking as the appointed coach for the team back in 1993, we can achieve scores to challenge the other competing countries and with some training even beat them.

Since the ban on pistols I have worked with various groups shooting 1500 in other European countries, putting together training plans, assessing the individual’s faults and suggesting ways of training them out of the technique. These countries are now putting in good and consistent match grade scores. The training notes I put together have been used by Germany, Sweden and Southern Ireland to good effect. I firmly believe we could put a core team together that would be capable of challenging for the medals at a future World Championship training and team selection. Training would be inclusive to everyone shooting competitively in the UK.

There are numerous competitions around the country including Mattersey, Derby, Basildon and Bristol as well as the Bisley GRAWs including the GR&P National Championships in August. Additionally, and new for 2015, there is a Scottish 1500 championship match to be held in Aberdeen on 2 August. I am proposing that competitors with a Match 5 score above 578 would be able to gain an invitation to join the squad where the coaching team would work with these individuals. Teams at these international WA events are two-person for the revolver matches and semi-auto.

We have in the region of 25 people entering competitions in Sweden over the long weekend of 13-16 August. For many this is simply for the pure enjoyment of taking part in international competition. Registered scores from most competing are not high enough to make it into to any sort of GB first team, but we have half a dozen or so that would be suitable candidates for the four spaces available.

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Can GB compete internationally with in 1500 with the pistol – as they do with the rifle?

The GR&P sub-committee will decide a short list of potential members for the first team; criteria for performance in the individual matches at national circuit competitions will be key in making the final selection.

The NRA is enthusiastic about the venture and will offer Goodwill Team status should the team apply. Range space for training is available at a number of ranges, donated to help the formation of a national pistol team. The team would also eventually seek sponsorship to help with the cost. For information about international 1500 competition shooting see the WA website.  For more information on 2015 World Championships the World Championships website.

Ted George

The Future of GR&PTed

Ted George investigates a new course aimed
to help clubs train their own GR&P instructors

Image-shootersA lot of gallery rifle and pistol clubs are insular in their  thinking and do nothing to encourage members to enter  competition. They are in their comfort zone, have ‘old Harry’  to look after new members, the books balance at the end of the  year – why do more? There is talent around the country but it is not  developed – it has no direction and goes to waste. We hear comments such as, “I’m not good enough,“ “I don’t know  anything about the competitions,” “I don’t know what to do if I  enter,” “The club I shoot at only ‘plink’ at precision targets,” “No one  at the club seems interested,” “We have no one at the club to show us  how to enter competitions or improve,” and “I’d have to go to Bisley  for ‘x’ number of weekends and I can’t afford the time and cost.”

We have considered these, and agree. For clubs  in the north and east it is time-consuming and costly to send people  to Bisley to do an instructors’ course. There are no technique courses  – it’s like being lost in a maze. None of this is good for the sport. We have put together a group of instructor-run courses around  the country for clubs and groups. The courses will be run as cheaply  as possible just to cover expenses – all we need is a venue capable of  setting up a screen and projector, seating for those taking part, and  a range to put theory into practice. This should make it economical  for clubs to get some quality basic instructors. In time we plan on  running technique courses for pistol and gallery rifle – it is now 17  years since we lost pistols and with national teams running once  more, we need to teach shooters the skills of shooting these again.

The basic course will cover the following:

Day 1

Gallery rifle – safety and firearms handling; basic techniques with  a .22 sporting rifle; stance with rifle standing; grip/hand position;  trigger; sights and aiming; breathing; firing the shot; follow-through;  faults in technique; different disciplines; use of underlever

Day 2

Revolver & Pistol Techniques – stance; grip; sights; aiming; trigger  release; breathing; follow through.

Black powder; Techniques for different disciplines.

Day 3

How people learn. Instruction techniques – Involve the person/ people; break the section down into small segments with practical  sessions; teach, don’t indoctrinate, think of a course you have been  on that you enjoyed; tell them how you want the task carried out and  not how not to do it, give positive feedback to build confidence. What affects how a person performs – A bad journey to the  session, problems at work, problems at home, alcohol, eating before  the session (blood is then used to digest food and robs the brain of oxygen). The person needs to concentrate on the shot being fired,  not what has gone or what is to come.

The course will also promote physical relaxation; mental  relaxation; visualisation; mental rehearsal; keeping positive shooting  records; and a positive attitude. The course can be tailored to suit individual needs. If you have  any questions ask, we want to get more people involved in the sport.

Comments welcome – please contact us

Home Countries, Great Britain Pistol Teams

gb-gr-logoThe Gallery Rifle and Pistol Discipline is sending a team to Sweden for the 1500 World Championships in August. If all goes well then approval from the NRA trustees for an official team for future international competitions will follow. As it stands we have applied for NRA ‘Goodwill’ status for the 2015 Sweden tour and see no reason for it to be declined.

England has also decided to form a team/squad for home countries and international competitions, following talks with shooters from Wales and Scotland they have also indicated interest.

Types of Competition

These are normally 2 person teams; one for revolver one for pistol.

1500 match 5 and T&P1, Multi target are shot in Europe and ideal for International matches and Home Countries Competitions run as head to head and possibly as a postal through the winter months as training.

In this country it will be with LBR and LBP.  Abroad with standard pistols and revolvers, although abroad it is iron sights only in the competitions. Practice in this country and scores for consideration will need to be with the same.

Selection

I suggest we use the NSRA system for selection as it has been accepted by Sport England and GB and hence receives some funding for the teams. It is not complicated, a simple form filled in by the shooter indicating interest, handed in at a nominated shoot and that with the score achieved sent to the Home Countries captain, coach and GB captain and coach. If an entry level score has been achieved or close to, then the person is invited to attend a training session with the squad and see if they want to become part of the squad. We could devise our own system but using something established makes more sense. People can apply to either Home Country or GB details of the person will be exchanged between them. GB team will be selected from best match scores, training scores and consistency in training.

Bear in mind membership of appropriate Home Countries or national Governing Body membership will also be required in most cases if the process is initiated. To shoot for an official GB team an individual membership of the NRA is required for example.

 

A suggest format for the form is shown below.

Funding

Initially it is unlikely any will be available but once teams are established and have a ‘track record’ it is possible to apply to the relevant body for some funding as do the GB pistol team now.

Entry Scores

Suggested entry level scores are below. If anyone is consistently achieving these scores get in touch. Ranking tables, Historic scores databases and Highest Achieved Scores are available on this website to refresh your memory of achieved scores.

T&P1

GalleryRifle CF 298
GalleryRifle SB 296
LBR 297

Multi Target

GalleryRifle CF 116
GalleryRifle SB 114
LBR 112

1500

GalleryRifle CF 1490
GalleryRifle CF 1470
LBR 1465

 


Suggested registration Form for Great Britain, Home Country Gallery Rifle and Pistol Team

Title………………
First Name………………………………………
Surname……………………………………………
Name you normally use……………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………………………………
Post Code………………………………………………………………
Contact Number…………………………………………………………
E Mail……………………………………………………………

Which team/teams are you registering interest in;

Gallery Rifle CF
Gallery Rifle SB
Pistol

Which competitions 1500, TP1, Multi Target

Home Country………………………………………………

Date………………………………… Signature…………………………………………………………