Galleryrifle Shooting in the UK

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.



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


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.




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.

Butt 19


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

The Alan Whittle Trophies

alan-wThis year there are two new trophies in memory of Alan Whittle who was a dedicated Gallery Rifle shooter and a good friend and comrade to many both on and off the range. The clubs Alan was most associated with over the last few years generously donated these trophies to the Phoenix meeting and have chosen to award them in line with what we all think most appropriate.

Newcomers Award

The Alan Whittle Newcomers Trophy

The Newcomers Trophy (the Rifled Spiral) will be awarded for anyone who has not previously entered an open meeting and will therefore be shooting the Phoenix for the first time. The winner will be the person with the highest number of points in the standards medal scores system. Hence the trophy can only be won once by any single individual who is shooting for the first time at the Phoenix meeting.

The trophy is silver plate on brass and mounted on an integral plinth. It stands ~30cm tall and weighs approximately 1.2kg.

AW classic award

The Classic Aggregate Trophy

The Gallery Rifle Classic Trophy (the Spear Bullet)  will be an aggregate of the following Gallery Rifle Centrefire Classic events:

  • 0704 – Timed and Precision one – Classic
  • 1104 – Multi Target – Classic
  • 1904 – Advancing Target – Classic

The winner will simply be the highest bullet score (and X count to break ties) across the three events.

The trophy is nickel plate over solid aluminium. It stands ~30cm tall and weighs just over 1.5kg.


Many thanks to the generosity of the following clubs for donating these modern and elegant trophies which we hope will competed for in the years to come.

Bristol and District Pistol Club
Frome and District Pistol Club
Fulwood Shooting Club (Liverpool)
The Galleryrifle Great Britain Squad

The trophies will be available to view in the NRA reception throughout the 2013 Phoenix meeting.

Mattersey 10

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The Mattersey 10

5 May 2013

Still time to enter the world famous Mattersey 10 open match up at their Range Complex in North Nottinghamshire. FOr more details and an entry form please email

The 2013 Basildon Open – Results and Prizelists


It didn’t bucket down – well only on Saturday afternoon – and it was clear enough for the evening BBQs to do their job.

Thanks to all who attended for an enjoyable weekends shooting. Thanks for John for hosting and for the BBQ. Thanks to Kaz for the lunches. Thanks to the RO crew. And many thanks to Trim for the Saturday evening entertainment.



Phoenix 2013

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The Phoenix Meeting 2013

24th to 27th May 2013 at the National Shooting Centre

Phoenix LogoEntries are now coming in at a good rate and you will be getting your squadding notices over the next few weeks. As we get nearer the Meeting, please remember that your entry must be postmarked 4 May or earlier to avoid the extra event fees. Also, online entries made by that date go into the draw for a free entry.

The closer we get to the actual Meeting, the harder it is to fit all your events in on the days you want them – you can imagine how complicated this all is. You can of course enter on the day if you want to, provided there is still room.

Thank you to all the Range Officers who have already volunteered their services – your support is very much appreciated. If you are going to help at the Meeting please do not wait to let us know but use the online form as soon as you can. There is considerable pressure on accommodation at the Meeting and so the earlier we can allocate your huts and order the food, the better. Finally, the Range Officer jackets have to be ordered in about a week, so to make sure that you get one, if you qualify, please fill in the form now.

The new Gallery Rifle rankings are now available and include scores up to and including the ATSC. Next Graded meetings are the Joint Services Pistol Club – Spring Open Shorts followed by Basildon.


Basildon Open

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The 2013 Basildon Open

basildon-140Still time to enter on-line for this South East of England classic held over a long weekend of the 26th to the 28 April. Space available but filling up as we speak.

This ‘Jewel of Essex’ classified open meeting is not to be missed. Camping and caravanning available – make a weekend of it (but extendible for 5+ years – rent free if necessary).  Come on – how could anyone resist a weekend trip to ‘Bas Vegas’? Day trips to Canvey Island and Saarfend also available by prior arrangement (see John).

Enter on-line here now.  Simple and quick. All popular payment methods accepted including Paypal, gold chains, goldy-looking chains, sovereign rings, decent alloy wheels, quality fluffy dice and copied DVDs.

See you there – BBQ by John;  and it won’t be bucketing down this year – we promise.

The JSPC – Spring Open Shorts Championships.

20-21 April 2013

Held at the Colmsliehill Ranges, Galashiels, fully classified Matches for

  • Timed & Precision 1
  • Multi – Target
  • Phoenix A

Meeting open for all shooters and available for all gun types – CentreFire and Small Bore Gallery Rifle and Long Barrelled Revolver and Pistol. Details and entry form available on the  Joint Servces Pistol Club website.

Competitions this Weekend

ATSCThe Army Target Shooting Club Open

Gallery Rifle and Pistol, ISSC Air Pistol and Black Powder pistol. From the Gallery Rifle perspective – a fully classified event. A full weekend of shooting and its the only meeting on the circuit where high tea is served at prizegiving. This running at Bisley Ranges all weekend. ATSC bar and clubhouse open for the meeting.

Speed Steel Challenge Match at Shield

Running Sunday 14th April only – see the Shield  website for more details