Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

The 2013 Mattersey Bianchi Open (and Shorts)

MatterseySo – you wait for a classified Gallery Rifle shoot and three come all at once – well almost…..

Its apparently grim up North and I guess it depends on whether the 1500 or Bianchi is your preference in proving skill at arms. If its the latter Mattersey are holding their early Autumn Bianchi Open on Sunday 29th September 2013. Officially the competition takes place just on Sunday but shooting on Saturday can be arranged if required.

Camping also available Saturday evening if you are travelling from afar and are not making the trip south, or staying for the BBQ. Let the guys know if you intend to camp or wish to shoot on Saturday as soon as you can. For more information and an entry form contact the organisers soon if you decide to travel.


The 2013 Trafalgar Meeting

historics-2013-140The Trafalgar Meeting of the one thousanth and thirteenth year of the common day calendar will take place on the 19th and 20th October.

Gallery Rifle shooters should not overlook or ignore this meeting as it contains a fair amount of challenges which are definitely worth a go. Spirit of the original is the ethos of the meeting. In essence GR shooter; dump your scope and take up the challenge of the classic iron sights your Winchester, Marlin or Rossi (and much more) offers you in the raw.

Plenty of ‘Gallery Rifle’ style competitions are available at the Trafalgar from pure precision events (25m 50m and 100m), snap shooting with the Bobber, Duelling, Surrenden and the ever popular advancing target all being on offer.

The Scores database from 2010 onwards is available for perusal.

Entry forms are available in traditional format. Get them here:

[Trafalgar Meeting Entry Forms]

Please get your entry form in as early as possible and we will make every effort to make sure you get to shoot all the events you want to. There are a few changes this year with a couple of new events to enter.


The event conditions and courses of fire are also available for download. We have been asked to draw your attention to the sections about slings and gloves in the documentation as there has been some discussion about their use recently. If any of this is not clear please get in touch.


As always, no meeting runs without the selfless dedication of the volunteer range officers. If you are able to help out, even for just half day, please  spend a couple of minutes filling in the form. This helps greatly in the organisation of the volunteers but if you do not have access to a computer, please complete the section on the entry form. You don’t have to be experienced as there will always be someone to show you the ropes.

Trafalgar Dinner

The dinner will be held on Saturday night at the Army Target Shooting Club as usual. When you return the tear-off slip to book tickets, please make sure you also send payment in full.

The JSPC Open

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The Joint Services Pistol Club Open

JSPCThe JSPC are holding an Open Competition over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September. There will be an RO shoot on the Friday when they will be preparing the range, so if anyone is having problems making it on the Saturday or Sunday, please contact them and they may be able to fit you in. (A little work will be expected of anyone attending!)

On offer are shorts events:

International Gallery Rifle Shooting



Over the last few years quite a few of the UK Gallery Rifle community have partaken in overseas shooting competitions and events. Popular destinations include Germany and Ireland where the IGRF takes the opportunity to host officially endorsed and recognised  international events.

Its not all about the official international team shooting though. Individual and local club team events are all available and the social side of the event, the travel and the shooting are all part of the experience.

Over on the IGRF Website we have posted some statistics on how people have performed over the years. As well as all the official team results its just a list of how everyone has shot over the years. The individual lists show centrefire and smallbore highest achieved scores. The team lists show how the various teams have performed over the years.

From the stats obsessed group amongst us – enjoy the lists 🙂

The latest rankings are now available following the Nationals, some events are close to put it mildly with only a few x’s deciding it.

(Note – the latest ranking tables are always linked from the (GR Rankings) link on the top menu)

Nationals and HCNM

Wales GR Team Results, photos and more photos from the Nationals and Home Countries National match are now available in the usual places.

Congratulations to Wales for winning the HCNM. 24 points separating the whole match with the GRSB side of things proving to be where its at.

Wales 1643.100 1649.121  3292.221
England 1631.81  1647.122  3278.203
Scotland  1622.84  1646.114  3268.198


NRA Autumn Open Day

The NRA Open day is taking place on Saturday 7th September. Volunteers are required to help run Gallery Rifle disciplines on Melville Ranges running throughout the day.

If you think you have the day or even half the day spare please get in touch.


The GalleryRifle Home Countries Match

Saturday 24th August, Melville Ranges, 16:00.

Welsh Gallery Rifle Team

Congratulations to the Welsh Gallery Rifle Team for winning the 2013 HCNM Welsh Gallery Rifle Team







The GalleryRifle Home Countries Match.

A head to head match between the nations of Wales, Scotland and England shooting Timed and Precision One Centrefire, Timed and Precision One Smallbore, Multi-Target Centrefire and  Multi-Target Smallbore. Teams of five will shoot the competitions  to represent their countries and to count towards an overall aggregate. The tournament to take place on Melville Ranges, Bisley on the 24th August 2013.

Teams have been declared and will comprise of the following shooters:

Centrefire Shooters
Scotland Wales England
Graeme Dodds Gerry Betteridge Morné Van Dalen
Glen Gordan Mark Jones Alan Podevin
Leslie Kong Bob Worthington Chris Thompson
Chris McLean Taff Wilcox Pete Cotton
Grag Rastall John Avetoomyan Chris West
Smallbore Shooters
Scotland Wales England
Charles Bestwick Taff Wilcox Sophie Norton
Jonathon Cormie Gwyn Roberts Martin Hannam
John Crouch John Avetoomyan Jim Smith
Scott Lyon Andy Summers Ian Cox
Robert Tonner Dale Rogers John Shine
Greg Rastall Taff Willcox Neil Francis

The 2013 Welsh Open Gallery Rifle Championships

taffwOnce again Taff ‘one shot‘ Wilcox and Dave ‘the engine‘ Meaby, along with a bit of assistance from Taff’s little helpers (you know who you are),  pull off a cracking Welsh Open Championship match which, for the second year in succession, is held on the outskirts of the county town of Pembrokeshire and Wales’ finest shooting ground – Haverfordwest Target Shooting Club.davem

For some its along drive. However its well worth it for a very relaxing weekend of the expected Gallery Rifle competitions, sunny daytime weather, ambient atmosphere and unpolluted night time skys.

Enjoy the photos and the slideshow and the results are over in the usual place


New Long Range Events at the Nationals

200ydsFour new long range events are available at the Gallery Rifle National Championships which are not described or documented in the rule book. The course of fire for all gun types will be the same as event 6380 – 200m fullbore any rifle, and will be shot at Short Siberia range.

The events are as follows:

  • 6301 – 200m GRSB
  • 6301 – 200m GRCF
  • 6303 – 200m GRCF Open
  • 6304 – 200m GRCF Classic

 General Conditions are as follows:

  • Bipods, sandbags and front rests are allowed
  • Single point slings and shooting gloves are not allowed.
  • Shooting jackets may be used if not attached to slings.

Target: DP1

Course of fire: 40 shots + 4 non-scoring sighters

Practice 1: prone

  • 4 sighters and 10 shots to count in 5 minutes

Practice 2: prone

  • 10 shots to count in 1 minute

Practice 3: kneeling

  • 10 shots to count in 5 minutes

Practice 4: kneeling

  • 10 shots to count in 1 minute

The Welsh Gallery Rifle Championships


**Still Places Left – Still Time to Enter**

Don’t forget all – the next Classified Open meeting in the calendar is the Welsh Open.

The Welsh Open: Held at Pembrokeshire’s finest shooting ground, – at Haverfordwest.

After a modest but very enjoyable inaugural event in 2012 the Welsh Gallery Rifle Club, Haverfordwest Target Shooting Club and the Welsh RA invite all competitive Gallery Rifle shooters back to this beautiful corner of South West Wales to cement this event into the calendar.

According to our man in the know and all knowing Match Director, Dave Meaby, slots are filling up quite quickly at the moment, if you wish to shoot at a particular time please advise soonest or he advises he will have to slot you in as best as he can.

Entry forms available to download now

Interested to hear others thoughts on holding the Nationals over a Bank Holiday. Anyone with a family has to choose between family long weekend or Bisley. So many other events to draw competitors “may” hit numbers. Unlike Phoenix there is no International on the Monday. Would RO’s still help if it was not a Bank Holiday … Thoughts


24th and 25th August 2013

*-* On-line entry now available *-*

The online entry form for this meeting has been delayed.  As we are running behind schedule this year, the downloadable form is available now.  I anticipate the online facility will be available early next week so please check the NRA website regularly.  (Please don’t swamp Shooting Division with enquiries about when it will be ready.)

As we are running late, the late entry penalty will not apply for this meeting.

In case you don’t know already, Sally Philcox has left the NRA so the biscuit/chocolate surcharge will be suspended.  I will certainly miss the 100% support Sally has given me and the meetings over the years.  A very hard act to follow.

Please still use the usual email,, (not the one sending the email) for enquiries as it will be monitored by Shooting Division.
Many British championships are fought over this weekend and this is your chance to either repeat the successes of previous years or to come to the front for the first time.

On Melville on the Saturday afternoon, the national teams from England, Scotland and Wales will fight it out shoulder to shoulder in a short events aggregate in the Gallery Rifle Home Countries National Match.  Please do come along and support your team – Scotland seem on top form this year and will be hard to beat.  The first shot down range will be at 16:30.

Finally, a request for volunteers to make the whole thing possible.  If you have done it before, you know what to expect, but if you have not, food and accommodation are provided as well as an opportunity to shoot your events on the Thursday and Friday preceding.  You do not have to be an NRA RCO or event experienced – it’s a great way to get involved and you will learn a lot about what it’s like to be just behind the firing point instead of on it.

If you are able to help out, please  fill in the online form which only takes a couple of minutes.

I want to volunteer for the National Championships

I hope to see lots of you there in the sun in a few weeks.

Good shooting!

Chris Farr

Meeting Director

Latest ranking now available and including Derby. Any queries mistakes please get in touch 🙂

Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

We have received the very sad news that one of our shooting friends, colleagues and long established Range Officers died yesterday (16th July) in a road accident near Marsberg in Germany. Olivia was 61 years old.

Regular attendees of the Phoenix meeting and the German Open meeting in Leitmar will probably have met, or at least encountered, Olivia. For a few years she acted as a Range Officer at both meetings and will be greatly missed by all.

RIP Olivia-Henriette Braunisch


Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

IGRF International Range Crew, Bisley, UK, May 2012

Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

Phoenix Range Officer party, Bisley, May 2012

Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

IGRF International Match – Bisley, UK, May 2012

Olivia-Henriette Braunisch

The German Gallery Rifle squad at the Phoenix Range Officer party, Bisley, May 2012