Calling lady members in your club!

You may have read recently the NSRA is organising a National Long Range Rifle Competition this summer, with regional events across the country followed by a final at Sywell, Northampton on the weekend of 11/12 September. In addition to the classed competitions, the regional events will be a selection process for this year's GB team for the Randle Trophy Match, with the match itself being shot on Sunday 12 September at Sywell - which is a departure from the usual way of selecting this team.

In a normal year, the Randle Trophy Match is fired at Bisley during the NSRA Meeting, the team being selected from the top scorers in the first two days of the Aggregate.  In 2020, of course, there was no Bisley Week and with Covid restrictions worldwide the Match did not take place.  However, the introduction of the new National Competition in 2021 makes it possible for us to fire the match this year, and team selection will be from the regional events.

This is the first (and probably will be the only) time that it is possible to qualify for the team without entering the Bisley Meeting; moreover, selection will not be restricted to X and A Classes, so a real opportunity for any lady shooter to qualify to represent her country in an international match, and I sincerely hope that you can share this message to anyone who could be interested.

As well as the team of ten and two reserves, we shall need to have wind-coaches for each shooter, and these too have to be female, so you may have ladies in your club who could support a fellow club member who qualifies for the team and I would love to hear from them.

The NSRA have generously offered to provide the team clothing for the Match, for which we are very grateful.

Any questions please get in touch with me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and have a look at our website for lots more information on the Match over the years -

www.gbrandleteam.weebly.com

We won the Match in 2019  -  and we can win it again in 2021!

Mog Thomson

GB Randle Captain

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The NSRA Performance Club Programme is off to a flying start with resident in-house Club at LRC, Centurions, the first to be recognised under our new initiative. Club Chairman, Steve Elliott commented “We are delighted to have received our award. It is a fitting achievement after many years hard work we have all put in to build and develop Centurions. It is also testimony to the strong relationship we have forged with the NSRA.” The Performance Club Programme is open to all and we hope it proves an aspirational incentive for many other Clubs. Information can be found HERE

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Photo from left to right Club Secretary,Daniel Shefras, Di Coates MBE and 8 times Paralympian and Steve Elliott, Club Chairman

2020 was an outstanding year for the Great Britain Rifle Team, who were victorious in the Drew, Wakefield and “Goodwill” Dewar Prone Rifle Matches. The NSRA are determined to emulate this success in 2021. So, if you want a chance to help Great Britain secure back to back victories, make sure you get your entries in soon. The entry deadline of 30th June 2021 for the International Match Postal Trials is fast approaching. Entries can be made online by clicking HERE. All Postal Trials can be shot on your home range or any other suitable range.

  • The Drew Match: This is an annual 50 metre Prone Rifle Postal Match for Juniors (aged under 21 as of 31st December 2021). The course of fire is 60 shots at 50m. There are three teams, a team of ten, a team of three men, and a team of three women. This year, the Match is to be shot on the athletes’ home ranges. You do not have to be a member of the NSRA and entry for the Postal Trial is FREE.

  • The Dewar Match: This is an annual Prone Rifle Postal Match; the course of fire is a Single Dewar (20 shots at 50 metres/yards and 20 shots at 100 yards). The Team consists of 20 shooters and two reserves. COVID-19 permitting, the Team will shoot the Match at Appleton Rifle Club on 21st August 2021.
  • The Pershing Match: This Prone Rifle shoulder to shoulder Match, which is usually held every eight years. The Match is shot in the USA; the course of fire is a Single Dewar (20 shots at 50 yards and 20 shots at 100 yards) and is shot on American targets. The Team consists of 10 shooters and two reserves. The Match was last shot in 2013, with the next event planned for July 2022 and is scheduled to be shot at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  
  • The Wakefield Match: This is an annual 50 metre/yard Prone Rifle Postal Match; the course of fire is 60 shots at 50 metres/yards. There are 10 shooters and two reserves in the Team. The Match is shot on the athletes’ home ranges.

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10m Air Rifle Women – Seonaid McIntosh

10m Air Rifle Men – Dean Bale & Mike Bargeron

Air Rifle Mixed Team – Seonaid McIntosh & Dean Bale

Prone Women – Katie Gleeson, Rachel Glover & Seonaid McIntosh

Prone Men – Dean Bale, Mike Bargeron & Ken Parr

3p Women – Katie Gleeson & Seoniad McIntosh

3p Men – Mike Bargeron & Dean Bale

3p Mixed Pairs – Seonaid McIntosh & Dean Bale, Katie Gleeson & Mike Bargeron

300m Prone Women – Seonaid McIntosh

300m 3P – Seonaid McIntosh

10m Air Pistol Men – Kristian Callaghan & James Miller

Rapid Fire Pistol – Kristian Callaghan & Sam Gowin

Standard Pistol - Kristian Callaghan & Sam Gowin

50m Pistol - Kristian Callaghan

The Tokyo Olympics are just nine weeks away so this is an important opportunity for athletes to finalise their preparations and pit their skills against the best in Europe.

The schedule of events can be found here https://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/venue.ashx?cshipid=3000 and live broadcasts https://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/venue/finalslivebroadcastschedule.ashx?cshipid=3000

Randle TrophyI am delighted that, after the disappointment of not being able to compete last year, we shall be able to fire the Randle Match in 2021, albeit in not quite the usual way!

Now Shooting has resumed and we’re looking forward to Summer please be aware the deadline to enter is fast approaching, so if you haven’t done so already please send your entries in by 28 April using the links below. As soon as your completed entry form and payment is received we will send confirmation.

If you are still due to renew your NSRA Membership then please do so by CLICK HERE If you renew your Individual Full Membership before 30 April the cost will be £64.

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Thanks to the sterling efforts of our volunteers from Goodyear Rifle Club and the multi-skilled digger operators from Ridgewood Contractors the outdoor range at NSRA Aldersley will reopen on Monday 29 March for .22 rimfire and air.

The reopening will be in accordance with the latest NSRA Guidelines and Government Roadmap for England

Here are the steps to follow:

New Antique Firearms Legislation has now been published and is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0012021-antique-firearms

This includes the new definition of ‘antique firearm’ that will come into effect on 22 March 2021 and a transitional period for licensing etc. of former antique firearms will run for six months until 21 September 2021.

Anyone who has either applied for or renewed a Firearms or Shotgun Certificate recently will have encountered the need to get a medical check carried out by their GP before the certificate will be granted. This has caused major issues for some in that the GP may refuse to carry out the service. Others have experienced delays or found the cost incurred in doing it is inordinately high.

We are pleased to advise the Shooting Council Minutes – 25 July 2020 have been amended and are now in the correct page order including the previously missing page 13.

Click here to review the Minutes

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