Over the last few weeks we have been delighted to host our GB Paralympic Shooters and Coaches as they finalised their preparation for Tokyo. Well Monday 30th August sees the start of the action and hopefully more medal success.
Click here: https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/paralympic-games/en/results/shooting/paralympic-schedule-and-results.htm to see the schedule and keep track of the results.
Don’t forget live coverage and extensive highlights of The Paralympics are available on Channel 4 TV channels and online, and BBC 5 Live. We wish our athletes well.
The stage 1 trial for the 2022 GB Pershing Match team has now been completed. The results are available for download below:
The 2022 Great Britain Pershing Team selection process takes the form of a series of trials. As a result of the uncertainty associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent need for flexibility, the Selection Policy is fluid and is therefore subject to change. The dates, venues, and number of competitors involved in each stage may, at short notice, vary.:
The Team Captain may, at his sole discretion, offer places at any stage of the trial to ‘wild cards’. Athletes selected to represent Great Britain in any of the 50m Rifle events at the rescheduled ‘Tokyo 2020’ Olympics will be invited to participate.
This is a very important competition. As always, effective witnessing is paramount. Therefore, during the postal stage, the NSRA reserves the right to appoint a nominated witness for any trialist.
As a result of their success in the 2021 Great Britain Dewar Team Trial held at Appleton Rifle Club on 21st August 2021, the following athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain in the 2021 Dewar Match:
Mike Arnstein – Captain
Paul Duxbury – Adjutant
The Dewar Match is an international postal smallbore prone rifle competition. The course of fire is a Single Dewar (20 shots at 50 metres/yards and 20 shots at 100 yards). The Team shoot the Match together on the same range on the same day.
Back row (L to R): D Farmer, D Crispin, S Norman, S L Green, D Swain, C Cooper
Middle row (L to R), D Lake, T Dodds, G Webb, L Jones, W Foith, J Newing, R M Fowke, D Cowan
Seated (L to R): R H Wilson, R Dowling, K Bowley, M J A Arnstein (Captain), P C Duxbury (Adjutant), N Clark, L Thomson, M Dixon
Following the Regional Events in the NSRA Long Range Rifle Competition, I am pleased to announce that the following ladies have been selected to represent Great Britain in the Randle Trophy Match, to be fired at Sywell Range on Sunday September 12th.
For three of these ladies, it will be a first-time appearance in the team and we congratulate all those selected, particularly in a year which has been so difficult for many.
We appreciate having been offered the use of Sywell Range to fire our 2021 match, and are also very grateful to the NSRA for their generosity in sponsoring the team polo-shirts
Under the NRA of America rules which govern the match, each lady in the team is allowed (and encouraged) to have a personal wind coach, all of whom must also be female. When the match is fired during Bisley Week, it is relatively easy to find ten ladies who can fulfil this role, but it’s obviously more difficult to do so this year.
We wish the team an excellent shoot on September 12th to repeat our success of 2019.
Two challenge trophies were brought to the 1922 Meeting Prize List by the NRA – the Jaeger Bowl and the Captain Cup – and the NRA generously left both of them on loan with us ever since.
The Captain Cup was awarded in 1922 for an individual competition outside the Grand Aggregate, rather like the Chas Bell Trophy was in 1922 and still is today. The Captain Cup, still linked to the name of “The Astor”, is now given to Class A for Competition 4 of the Aggregate.
The other “miniature rifle” Astor Competition was not transferred into the Meeting until 1925, but also still remains with us. This is the team-of-six competition where Bisley hosts the final, contested by one club representing each County Association.
These two Astor competitions share a special feature. The Bisley Meeting was under the joint auspices of the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs and National Rifle Association from 1922 to 1938. Thus it is not surprising that NRA medals were given to the award winners in these years.
But the tradition did not stop when responsibility for the meeting passed into the hands of the SMRC alone. Right up to today this tradition remains in place with a number of NRA medals awarded at an NSRA Meeting for two Astor competitions which link the two Associations. Long may this tradition continue.
Nowadays at Bisley we are used to the leisurely pace of a 20-minute detail for 20 match shots and unlimited sighters which can be shot before, during and even after the match shots. Life was not like that in 1922.
Firstly there was Rule 23. “Sighting” and “blow off” shots will not be allowed. Any breach of this rule entails a penalty of disqualification for the whole Meeting and forfeiture of all prizes and entrance fees. A touch draconian, you might think!
A detail in 1922 was a single card of 10 shots, all to count, to be fired in five minutes. Therefore a competitor had to know his sight settings intimately. This was made a lot easier by perhaps the most advanced piece of equipment attached to the rifle, an aperture rearsight with vernier gauges on both elevation and windage adjustment screws.
Accurate adjustment of the rearsight from the previous distance shot could save a lot of worry when firing the first shot. However there was a way round the rule – on the detail before your first match card you shot a practice card of 10 shots in five minutes. But to increase the fun you added to the card an item that has now disappeared from almost every open meeting – a sweepstake ticket for the daily cash prizes.
Following the tragic shootings in Plymouth on 12 August the NSRA extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives as well as to others who were injured or witnessed these awful events.
The UK has some of the strictest gun control legislation in the world and comparatively low levels of gun crime so tragedies like last Thursday’s are rare, however the impact is profound.
The NSRA will continue to work with other shooting organisations and Government to ensure that the interests of its members, target shooters and of course the public are effectively represented as any changes to guidance are discussed.
The GB Dewar trial and match will be held at Appleton RC this coming Saturday (21st August) starting at 09:30.
You can view the livestream of the trial here http://www.appletonrc.co.uk/liveA.htm
The team will be selected from the 5 highest scores in each squad and the next two highest scores from combined squads 1 and 2 will be the reserves.
The team will be led by Mike Arnstein (Captain) and Paul Duxbury (Adjutant).
In its 100 years at Bisley Camp, the principal range for the SMRC/NSRA National Meetings has been in only three locations. The current range is on the Century Range 300-yard firing point and this has been our home since 1973. This took over from the range further back, on the 600-yard firing point, which was used for only the four years from 1969 to 1972. The move forward was necessitated by new edicts from the military authorities requiring much larger danger areas in respect of ricochets.
So the only other range used was our first, located on Running Deer and Running Man and our home from 1922 to 1968. This range was located just to the left of Stickledown, on ground still used by the British Sporting Rifle Club and, to its right, the Melville 50-metre complex.
It is now over 50 years since we were last on Running Deer, but there will still be a few of our members who can remember shooting there. We could name several, but let’s limit it to just our President, Geoff Doe and Chairman of the Rifle Committee, Mike Chapman.
Today Team GB Shooters Issy Bailey and Lorraine Lambert completed their training at LRC before travelling to the Tokyo Paralympics on 22nd August. NSRA Staff, Civil Nuclear Constabulary Officers and other visiting shooters gathered around to wish Issy and Lorraine the best of luck in their bid to continue Team GB’s great success. Acting Joint NSRA Chief Executive, Phil Pride said “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to welcome these great athletes to LRC over the last few weeks and we know they will continue to inspire us at the Paralympics”. Before they left Issy and Lorraine along with coaches Mike Babb, Head Rifle Coach, British Shooting and Steve Pengelly, Head Pistol Coach, British Shooting were given a standing ovation.
Following the announcement of the NSRA Performance Club program, fifteen clubs from across the country have requested details of the scheme. A downloadable PDF has been prepared to show clubs what the scheme is about and how to take it forward.