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Great Britain GR&P Handgun Team Captain

Nominations Sought for 2024

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Nominations are sought for the role of “Captain of the Great Britain GR&P Handgun Team” for 2024.

It is recognized that the selection and appointment of the Captain for a Great Britain team is a highly important decision. To be appointed Captain is a great honour but it is also a great responsibility. The ability to create a winning team is not the only criterion needed for a successful Captain. The manner in which the team conducts itself, both on and off the ranges, could affect the standing of the NRA, target shooting and indeed the country. It is therefore vital that the person selected should have the appropriate personality and skills to carry out all aspects of the task in the appropriate manner. The selection process, while being transparent and fair, should result in the appointment of someone who meets these requirements.

The criteria for selection are:

Nominees must be full Members of the NRA for a minimum continuous period of 3 years before they become eligible for nomination and must remain so during the entire period of appointment. A nominee’s subscription (where appropriate) must be fully paid up at the date of nomination. Nominations must be supported by signatures of three NRA Members who have Gallery Rifle & Pistol as one of their declared disciplines and whose subscription (where appropriate) must be fully paid up at the date of nomination. However, nominations may not be supported by any current member of the GR&P Working Group (although any member may be nominated, including members of the working group). Candidate CV’s and nominations should be submitted in writing, bearing original or electronic signatures of the candidate and supporters. Nominations (Shooter CV and supporters) will be evaluated by the NRA Council during August and acceptable nominees are passed back to the GR&P Working Group for a final recommendation; the preferred nomination is then notified to the NRA Council for endorsement and formal appointment

Nominations must reach the Secretary at the NRA Offices by 5pm on Friday 21st July 2023. Forms can be downloaded below, or are available from the News section of the NRA website, or requested from georgina.thatcher@nra.org.uk

Great Britain GR&P Handgun Team Captain Nomination Form

Great Britain GR&P Handgun Team Captain CV Form

Regards

Ash Dagger
NRA GR&P Discipline Rep

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The Great Britain Handgun Squad

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The 2023 Handgun Captain, Dave Harris, has now announced his squad – listed below. They will be supported by Sharon Bowden as team adjutant. The major challenge for the team will be the World Championships in Sweden, in mid-August. Good luck to all the lucky shooters who can now formally represent GB in centre-fire handgun matches outside of mainland Britain.

The squad is announced as follows

Dave Harris Capt
Alan Podevin  Vice Capt

Andy Wiggins
Chris Pannell
Dave Berry
Matt Peppitt
Neil Jones
Nigel Porter
Pete Watts
Steve Lamb

The Budleigh Farm Steel Shoots

I’ve often wondered if more people knew how pleasant and relaxed a day’s shooting was to be had at the steel challenge shoots in Devon many more people would attend. Held within the boundaries of the Dartmoor National park, famous for its wide open spaces, rugged tors, Dartmoor Prison, bronze age archaeology, ponies, Sherlock Holmes, myths and legends, and 20th century castles add to the list the Budleigh Farm Steel Shoots.

The venue is situated in the Wray valley on the edge of Dartmoor near Moretonhampstead. This long established facility has a high reputation for smallbore target rifle shooting and has two small indoor ranges as well as two large outdoor ranges. Twice a year one of the ranges is booked for two days to host the aforementioned steel shooting competitions.

These shoots are unlike the Speed Steel shooting that some of you may know from attending any of the Gallery Rifle Action Weekends (GRAWs), including the Phoenix. Even if you haven’t shot or seen these shoots you will have heard the constant background ringing of the steels playing throughout the day at the Bisley GRAW events. The emphasis for these traditional steel plate competitions is on speed – hitting large static targets as quickly as possible. The Budleigh Farm matches are of a completely different style. For rimfire rifles only, the targets are much smaller, at different ranges and reactive – namely they fall down when hit. This makes it both entertaining to watch and addictively satisfying to shoot.

The Competition comprises three sections, each with four banks of ten unique targets designed to test both speed and precision. Each bank of targets is engaged in rotation before moving on to the next section and the 280+ round match can be completed in about three hours so there are morning or afternoon sessions available leaving you time to take in some of the glorious scenery of Dartmoor, eat a cream tea or just arrange your travel time for a more leisurely day.

The shoot has been in the ‘calendar’ for many years and is accessible and enjoyed by shooters of all ages, disciplines and abilities. Because it is unlike the usual shooting disciplines, every new shooter is entered into a Freshman class for their initial competition, regardless of skill level, and their first score will dictate which Class (X, A, B or C) they will be entered into on their subsequent shoots. Competitors will climb up the classes as their scores improve – and believe me, once you have done it you will want to do it again.Steels Shooter

The Competition is run twice a year. The first is usually early April, known as the Steel Challenge, and the second around October time is called the Rimfire Festival (not to be confused with the Frome and District Pistol Club’s shoot of the same name). As an added bonus a side competition called the Pistol Challenge is also arranged for those who want to shoot LBPs. This short rapid fire shoot mimics a stage of the main competitions where the shooter engages a bank of ten targets with a maximum of twenty rounds (two mags of ten) as fast as possible. A shot timer records the time taken to drop the last target or fire the last round, a time penalty being added for each target still standing. Each shooter gets two attempts on each of the two banks of targets and the highest score from each goes forward towards their final score. Shot during the lunch break between sessions so shooters can do it before or after the main competition.

More SteelsCompetition dates for 2023 are now fixed and entry forms can be found on-line at the usual places. Dates for the Steel Challenge were the 15th to 16th April and the results are posted here. Dates for the Rimfire Festival are the 30th September to the 1st October.

The weekends are currently organised by David Guest and hosted by Budleigh Farm Target Shooting Club at Moretonhampstead in Devon. For further information please contact David at btscsteels@gmail.com

[Originally published in the Spring 2023 NRA Journal]

Mattersey 2023 Results posted

Results from the 2023 Mattersey Open are published

Mattersey 2023 Results

ATSC Final Results

The ATSC 2023 Open Results, including results of the England v Wales head to head are posted

ATSC 2023 GR&P Results

ATSC ISSF and Club ML Results

ATSC Repeating Pistol Results

 

Phoenix 2023

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Phoenix 2023; 25th – 28th May

Phoenix 2023

Phoenix Meeting 2023

The Phoenix Meeting offers a huge variety of competitions across multiple disciplines including Civilian Service Rifle, F Class, Gallery Rifle & Pistol, Muzzle Loading and Black Powder, McQueen, Sporting Rifle and Target Shotgun. Most of the Bisley range complex is in use over this weekend, with events on offer between 10 to 1000 yards there is truly something for everyone!

Phoenix Meeting – Team Competitions

During the Phoenix Meeting there are a selection of concurrent Team Competitions with NRA Phoenix Medals up for grabs!

 

  • Club Teams (Concurrent)T&P1 and M-T in four Classes: GRSB, GRCF, LBP and LBR
  • Sporting Static Team (Concurrent)
  • GR International Team (Concurrent)T&P1 and M-T in four Classes: GRSB, GRCF, LBP and LBR
  • TS International Team (Concurrent) – The Limax Cup:

For more details and to enter head over to the NRA website

The 2023 GR&P Handbook

Published March 2023. This handbook supersedes previous editions. Changes from the 2022 edition are marked up appropriately.  They are listed within and are summarised below

GR&P 2023 cover

A3.2.8f     Update to the LBR clearance procedure
A3.5.1      Added reference to artificial supports
B6.1.1      Update to the term Benched
B6.9         Update to the rules of Benched shooting
B14.1.4-5 Update to Open Meeting requirements

Event Condition Changes

  • 25m Precision Benchrest Change to Targetry
  • 50m Precision Benchrest Change to Targetry
  • Timed & Precision 1 Update to Classifications
  • Timed & Precision 2 Update to Classifications
  • Multi-Target Update to Classifications
  • Phoenix A Update to Classifications
  • Multi-Target 3 Update to Practice 1 Ready Position and Reloading Procedures
  • 1500 Update to Classifications
  • 1020 Update to Ties, Procedural Penalties and Classifications
  • Bianchi Change to Practical Match Practice 4 distance and timings
  • WA48 Update to Tie rules
  • Advancing Target Update to Classifications
  • Sporting Rifle Statics Update to maximum rifle weight
  • 400/ 500/ 600 Yards Change to Targetry
  • Mini McQueen Update to Sights, Position, Rests, Practice and Tie Shoots
  • McQueen Update to Position, Rests and Tie Shoots

C3.2.5     Update to Team scorecard policy
C3.4.3     Update to team scorecard procedure

  • Advancing Target Unlimited Updates to Targetry, Scoring & Ties
  • America Match Unlimited Update to Practice 1 timings
  • Free Gallery Rifle Unlimited Sighting shots included
  • Police Unlimited Update to Targetry and Grand Master score
  • Scott Unlimited Update to Ties
  • Service Unlimited Update to Targetry and Grand Master score
  • Silhouettes Unlimited Update to Ties
  • Gallery Rifle Smallbore Match Update to Scoring procedure
  • Silhouette Cup Update to Scoring procedure

The Great Britain Handgun Team

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Following a season or two of negotiation and many years of informal pistol and revolver shooting overseas its a great pleasure to announce the NRA has now formally endorsed an international Handgun team. The team will officially represent GB in Centre Fire Pistol and Revolver matches overseas (shot under the auspices of the WA1500).

It can also be confirmed that NRA Council have recently supported the appointment of Dave Harris as the Captain of that team for 2023. Dave has appointed Alan Podevin as his vice Captain. Dave (and Alan) come with many years experience shooting both rifle and pistol on the national and international competitive circuit.

He and his squad look forward to participation (and hopefully success) at the WA1500 World Cup in Sweden, later in the year.

If you think you have the potential to join that squad, contact Dave directly.

 

Great Britain Gallery Rifle Squad

The Great Britain Gallery Rifle squad announced for 2023

Pending the formal squad announcement which will be reported in the Spring NRA Journal and gbgr.org website, also informally on various Social Media sites and below, the Great Britain Gallery Rifle squad and support team are announced.

The 2023 captain is Morné van Dalen – an experienced GR&P competition shooter and former captain of the England Gallery Rifle team.

 

The 2023 GB Gallery Rifle Squad

Captain: Morné van Dalen
Vice Captain: Jonny Cormie

Shooters:

Andy Summers
Chris West
Dave Hackett
David Guest
David Morrow
Gerry Betteridge
Jake Mossom
Joseph Pugh
Keith Cox
Keith Kilvington
Malcolm Stewart
Mel Beard
Peter Keegan
Peter Watts
Phil Wood
Robert J Tonner
Robert L Tonner
Robert Wheeler
Scott Lyon
Stephen Lamb

GB Admin Committee:

Ash Dagger
Charles Murton
Jacky Lamb
Morné van Dalen

Supporting Team:

Jim Smith
Neil Francis
Sophie West
Jacky Lamb

The 2023 Calendar of Events

2023-calendar

McQueen GRSB Classifications

One to note for McQueen GRSB (also known as Mini McQueen) shooters.

It has been decided to classify the Mini McQueen events into three divisions. The classification formula will follow that of the main events using the three year sliding window format.

Classification boundaries have been set for the 2023 season as follows:

Class GRSB
X 50.06 – 50.10
A 49 – 50.05
B up to 48

Initial classifications can be seen here

 

Bianchi Amendments

One for Bianchi shooters to note…

Currently the Bianchi match is only shot at the Phoenix and the Nationals. For the last few years the ‘standard’ range set up on Stickledown Butt Zero has been Barricades, Mover, Plates and the Practical match. The Plates and Practical match were squeezed in on the right hand side of Butt Zero at the speed steels end of the range. The pedantic may well appreciate it was a modified version of the Practical match being shot – distances of 10, 15, 20 and 25m – (as opposed to 10, 15 25 and 50m) were utilized to coincide with the plates distances and allow Plates and Practical to be shot at the same time.

For various reasons, after the Phoenix Meeting in 2022, it was decided to move the Practical Match to the Barricades range on the left hand side of butt zero. Anyone who shot Bianchi at the Nationals 2022 would have noticed this. The modified Practical Match distances of 10, 15, 20 and 25m were kept however these distances do not align with the Barricade match distances of 10, 15, 25 and 35m.

Although the matches are separate parts of the overall Bianchi competition the decision has been taken to align the distances of the Barricade and Practical parts to allow for a more efficient running of the range. Timings for the 10, 15 and 25m stages will be as documented for the appropriate distances. The 35m distance for Practical is new therefore will be modified to suit.

For the 35m practical stage the CoF and timings will be:

Stage 4   35m   

  • 6 seconds – 1 shot on each target
  • 8 sec – 2 shots on each target
  • 10 secs – 3 shots on each target

This will be documented in the 2023 GR&P handbook.

2023 Classification Breakpoint Changes

Classification breakpoints are reviewed annually and it has been decided to amend the class boundaries across most of the events in an attempt to spread shooters more fairly across the divisions offered. The majority of changes are just tweaks to the class boundaries – some raised – some lowered. However two major changes should be noted:

  • The T&P2 LBR competition (0904) has been changed from three divisions to one – essentially its now unclassified. There were not enough people submitting scores (19 over three seasons) to justify splitting it.
  • 1020 LBP and LBR competitions (1621 and 1622) are now classified into three divisions which aligns with the rifle events.

The new breakpoints for the start of the 2023 season are below. Areas of change have been highlighted in red. If anyone needs to refer to the previous set of breakpoints they are archived here.

Shooter classifications will be automatically re-aligned to the new boundaries before the first competition of the 2023 season. Match Directors and stats gurus need to ensure they amend their scoring software to reflect the numbers below if they offer prizes or awards in any of these events.

Timed & Precision 1 (T&P1)

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 300 300.24 299-300 298-300
A 298-299 300.18-300.23 294-298 293-297
B 294-297 299-300.17 up to 293 up to 292
C 285-293 296-298
D up to 284 up to 295

Timed and Precision 2 (T&P2)

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 587-600 597-600 587-600
A 572-586 587-596 572-586
B up to 571 up to 586 up to 571
U up to 600

Multi-Target (M-T)

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 117-120 119-120 116-120 110-120
A 113-116 117-118 109-115 101-109
B 106-112 114-116 up to 108 up to 100
C 95-105 108-113
D up to 94 up to 107

Phoenix A

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 189-200 195-200 189-200 174-200
A 175-188 188-194 177-188 163-173
B up to 174 up to 187 up to 176 up to 162

The 1500

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 1484-1500 1494-1500 1480-1500 1445-1500
A 1471-1483 1489-1493 1450-1479 1400-1444
B 1458-1470 1480-1488 up to 1449 up to 1399
C 1414-1457 1465-1479
D up to 1413 up to 1464

The 1020

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 1016-1020 1019-1020 1012-1020 1000-1020
A 1000-1015 1013-1018 998-1011 970-999
B up to 999 up to 1012 up to 997 up to 969

Bianchi

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 1836-1920 1890-1920 1895-1920 1825-1920
A 1701-1835 1801 – 1889 1750-1894 1750-1824
B up to 1700 up to 1800 up to 1749 up to 1749

Advancing Target

Class GRSB GRCF LBP LBR
X 289-300 180 177-180 174-180
A 282-288 178-179 169-176 163-173
B 269-281 175-177 up to 168 up to 162
C 250-268 169-174
D up to 249 up to 168

GR&P Competition Calendar 2023

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GR&P Competition Calendar - 2023

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