Galleryrifle

Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

…For 2013 [Photos here]

The 133rd Aberdeen Wapinschaw

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

 

Entry forms  [PDF Format]  [MS Word Format]

The  NASRPC Irish Open 2013

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The IGRF

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.

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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!

Thanks for the Phoenix

Phoenix LogoThanks to you all for coming to the Phoenix Meeting again, or for the first time.  I hope you have enjoyed the experience and that, at the very least, went home with a couple of personal bests.  By the time you read this the results should be on line in the usual places.

Alan Whittle Newcomer Trophy

This is for the person with the highest number of Grandmaster Medal points who has not attended the Phoenix before.  It proved too difficult to work out in the short space between the stats going final and the presentation so we apologise for this.

The winner was Riaan Kunneke, one of our guests from South Africa.

Raffle prizes

On the Friday night several prizes were awarded and the main winners among the range officers were:

Free entries for NRA meetings:

At the prize giving Glenn Forde, Shaun Trout and Steve Paine won the rifles and the cash prize.

The Grandest Master

New for this year sponsored by the UKPSA it is the competitor with the highest number of Grandmaster Medal points.  This year the winner was Terry Fry.

British and Phoenix Records

Several new records were achieved at the meeting.  Congratulations to all those competitors. In the past we have highlighted both British record and Phoenix record scores in the results but as these are now easily accessible on the Gallery Rifle website and will be updated in the next few days, please check there.

Although past records are not complete, I think Colin McMichael made another one by completing 36 events, including some personal bests!!

Jane’s Wicked Wheel

Due to the low number of entries the prize was awarded to the fastest time, regardless of gun type.  The winner was Dave Stanley with a time of 3.57 secs.  He won a cash prize which he generously gave back to the BUGS charity.  Jane would like to thank everyone for continuing to support BUGS and tells me she raised over £300 over the weekend.

Next meetings on the calendar (details on the NRA and Gallery Rifle websites)

Sponsors

And a final thank you to this year’s sponsors.  Please support them with your business and tell them that you appreciate their generosity.

Our headline sponsor is Midway UK – they make a major contribution to the success of the Phoenix – www.midwayuk.com.

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors

Bronze sponsors

Chris Farr
Meeting Director

Phoenix Meeting – Results

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

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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.

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The IGRF

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 admin@britishshooting.org.uk.

VIEW THE BRITISH SHOOTING STRATEGY 2013-2020.

Scores and Results

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

The latest Ranking tables are now on line including Mattersey scores.

The Basildon Open – 2013

945474_10200302745585636_1222260757_nAs  a fairly recent newcomer to shooting I was amazed by the opportunities that are available for regional Gallery Rifle shooting, and this was my first experience of  the Basildon Open.

In this present economic climate its fantastic that such a well run and professional competition can be held where shooters can improve their  average scores and rankings by taking part in short competitions such as T +P1 and Multi-Target for basically half price. This encouraged me to enter for other competitions that I had either never before tried such as the Grand, or had only ever  had one go at and felt I needed more practice before trying again, such as T&P2 and Phoenix A. At £5.00  a comp it was well worth it ( 1500 was £10 only) !255760_10200302749425732_1690580255_n

943785_10200302718824967_889061_nThe 50 metre and 25 metre ranges were both good to shoot on, with turning targets, plenty of spaces and although well attended there was room for some flexibility and I think everyone enjoyed the safe, efficient but stress-free and relaxed atmosphere. This was due to great organisation and special thanks should go to the CROs Mike Chinnery, Keith EdwardsDave Hackett, Andy Jarman John Robinson and to everyone who helped and supported. There was no lack of extra ROs or people to clear, set targets, give advice and generally ensure that everyone had a good time.943485_10200302757265928_1395273354_n

229631_10200302734825367_399423994_nThe social side of the event was superb, with teas coffees drinks and snacks available throughout the 3 days,  lunches (thanks Kazz) and BarbQ on Friday and again on Saturday night in the Club house and outside around the oil drum, a party atmosphere which made the whole event really fun, the hospitality was excellent (Burn those pants and pallets, Peter Cooper!)  For those considering next year, there are hotels a few minutes way on the Festival Park with prices to suit all pockets and camping available on site at the range too. This competition was  exceptionally good value for money and a great way to join in with the shooting fraternity and improve personal scores.225701_10200302731705289_976374748_n

Enjoy the photos and sideshow of the weekend below.

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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.

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Butt Zero

Butt Zero – Lovely!

National Ranking Update

RankingsThe latest ranking tables are now available and include scores up to Basildon.

The rankings are calculated on a 12 month rolling calender, for example, Basildon 2012 results dropped off to be replaced by Basildon 2013. At the end of the season AAW, we will end up with the ranking table for the year. Also at any time in the year you can see your national ranking, just like all other sports. The column at the end shows how many matches everyone has entered, so if its 3, enter one more and you will move up the table.

The top 4 scores in the rolling 12 months are used for the table.

Historic data did not have the x count, therefore some people will notice that they have no x’s  for last year. In future all matches will show the x count in the table. Where there are ties at the top of a table scores have been entered manually to show who is currently ranked No1.

This is the first year for this so there are bound to be teething trouble, if you spot something, let me know and I’ll do my best to sort it.

Neil Robo