Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

AAW Results

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AAW Results

AAWAnother season over (almost). The AAW results now available with prizelists over on the results page.

England Gallery Rifle Captain

After three seasons as England Gallery Rifle Captain Neil Francis has decided to step down at the end of the 2013 season. This, of course, means England is in need of a new Captain.

The good news is four people were nominated to the English XX Committee for endorsement and recommendation to Council for captain in the 2014 season. Of the four nominations two have accepted and England GR shooters now have the unenviable task of choosing between these two candidates in order to decide who they wish to have as their team captain for next season.

Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper

The two candidates are  Sophie Norton and Peter Cooper.  The decision making is an internal England team and English XX club affair and all members will have received full details from the candidates.

Pete started shooting in 1997 and started coming to Bisley in 2003. He has visited every year since and concentrated on Gallery Rifle. He competes all over the UK and in Europe and represented England in 2013. He is regularly seen these days as CRO on Melville for the GRAW meetings on the 1500 range at Melville bays D and E.

Sophie Norton

Sophie Norton

Sophie has been shooting since the mid 2000s and also regularly travels the UK and Europe to compete. She has shot for England and regularly shoots for her local club at the GRAW meetings. She can regularly be found on the Butt Zero complex officiating the Bianchi matches at most of our Bisley meetings.


Good luck to them both – I’m sure the England Gallery Rifle Team will be going from strength to strength with either in the hot seat.

September 2013 Rankings

The latest rankings are now available and include all scores to Mattersey & SLG.  Only one more grader left this year – The AAW. 1500 LBR & LBP are now included. The JSP scores are not listed as yet as we need the scores in a format that we can enter into the software. This means that we need the results in a format that give the <Competitor Grid No> / <Match No> / <Score> / <X count>. Without this it would mean manually looking up grid numbers and typing in every score.  Any errors in the ranking, just let me know.  Neil Robo


Mattersey Bianchi 2012 Results

MatterseyThe results now in for this one.

Two new British records were set at the meeting.

Mike Chinery cleaned the T&P1 LBP match and pushed the X count up to 22 with an impressive 300.22.

Clive Ferguson took us a step closer to the day when somebody cleans the Multi-Target LBP match with a score of 119.12

Well done to these guys. The scores are on the website and the records scores database updated accordingly.

GRAW Attendance  Statistics

I recently received some attendance figures from from our Stats guru showing the number of people attending and events shot relating to the four Bisley Gallery Rifle Action Weekends we hold.

The graphs are below and show the number of competitors and the number of events shot. Data is based on returned scorecards. As can be seen, since an almost universal peak in 2010 the most pronounced curves, (the red ones)  have at best flat-lined.

You don’t have to be a stats guru yourself to interpret what is being shown below – what we’ve had for a while now is a similar number of people shooting more events – this is what the ratios are showing.

Attendance and Entries at the GRAWs

 See all the data here


Close of Season Meeting with the NRA

The HAC As we have the Autumn Action Weekend (AAW)  meeting closing early this year the opportunity has been taken to have an end of season meeting with representatives from the NRA to review the season and discuss any possible changes to the format of the Gallery Rifle Action Meetings (GRAWs) we have at Bisley every year.

As many will know the NRA hosts four GRAW meetings a year at Bisley which offers the full range of Gallery Rifle events and some offering a fair bit more. The Calendar details the weekends and the dates have been nominally cemented into the calendar as advertised elsewhere on the site for a fair few years now.

The 2013 AAW will formally finish at 12:30 on Sunday 26th October. A meeting has been arranged between the NRA and representatives of the GR community to start at 13:15 over in The HAC.

I am looking for comments and feedback from everybody so we can represent as many viewpoints as possible at the meeting. We can’t invite everybody in person to the meeting but via channels such as these we can solicit views and opinions from as many people as possible.

Get your feedback over regarding how the GRAW meetings are being run at Bisley. Should everything continue as it is? Are there too many meetings, too few? Too many competitions, too few? Same old stuff year in year out or still increasingly interesting as the years progress? Enough shooting challenges or has everyone cracked it? Too expensive, about right or too cheap?

OK – the last question is a bit loaded but the idea of coming to a shoot at Bisley is its an all in one package – you turn up, you shoot, you move on to the next thing. The friendly ROs and admin people do everything else for you. Is the package about right or is it completely adrift with what we all want?

Feedback or comments via the usual mechanisms please. Here, email, or the usual social media channels.


Results from the  JSPC Open – September 2013

Results and photos from the September outing of the Joint Services Pistol Club Open meeting held over the weekend of the 21/22 September can be found over on their website

JSPC Open - September 2013

SLG 2013

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SLG 2013

SLG BisleyAn excellent shoot down at Bisley for the last  glorious weekend in September of 2013

Get the full story here

With the results here

AND  enjoy the day in proxy HERE

The 2013 AAW

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Gallery Rifle and Pistol Autumn Action Weekend

The NSC, Bisley 26th and 27th October 2013

Range Officers still required  please sign up here

aaw-fogThe online entry for the Autumn Action Weekend is now available via the NRA website.

 Download the traditional paper copies from here

As the turnout at the National Championships this year was down on last year, it has been decided that shooting will cease at lunchtime on Sunday.

Range Officers and volunteers are, as usual, required to help run the shoot.  Please let us know as soon as you can if you are able to help out. As well as NRA qualified RCOs we also are very happy to have any other helpers, regardless of experience, to lend a hand. If you have not worked on a range crew before you will learn a lot and contribute to the success of the meeting.

There will be a day or two prior to the meeting for ROs to shoot their events. Food and accommodation will be provided as well – in line with the number of days you can give us.

If you would like to volunteer please complete the online form as it as it makes the process of collecting all the data much easier.

Eye protection is mandatory at the meeting. Shatterproof glasses must be worn which provide adequate protection at the sides as well as the front. If they do not, you must use additional side protection in the form of slip on shields or similar. Slip on side shields will be available at reception with profits going to a charity for visually impaired shooters.

Don’t forget to bring your Firearm Certificate and your competency certification card as you will be required to produce one or both before you can shoot

Hope to see you there.

Police Sport UK

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Results from this meeting now available

Police Sport UK
The Police Sport UK Open Rifle and Pistol Championships are being held at Bisley between the 10th and 12th of September 2013 at the National Shooting Centre – Bisley.

Whilst this is essentially the Police Championships it will take place concurrently with the open meeting. All events are open to everybody and winners of all competitions will be awarded prizes in all events.

Entry forms and full details of the competition are available from the Police Sport UK Shooting Website. For further information and details please contact the event organizer – Martin Armstrong-Prior.

Entry Form – PDF | Entry Form – MS Word

The SLG Bisley 1500 and Shorts

SLG BisleyThe next meeting at Bisley is the SLG Open match offering events in 1500, T&P1 and Multi-Target  (for all gun types), T&P2 (for rifles) and T&P3 (for pistols).

Just a one day event but ABC line (and other) accommodation should be easily available on the camp at this time of year. After the event all competitors (and ROs no doubt) are invited over to the SPOTT for a BBQ and a few drinks hosted by the SLG  crew and the main BBQ man himself.

Entry forms available in the usual place. Entries limited though and just a couple of weeks left to enter. Contact Shazza for more details and to lobby for optimum squadding opportunities on the day.

Please note this is a change from some may have seen from the the originally advertised date of the 21st September. If you are after a fully classified shoot on the 21st the JSPC are running an excellent event a bit further North

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 🙂