At the GB Dewar Match on Saturday 8th July the GB Team shot a new Team record score of 7,854 and beat Team USA (7,773) by 81 points, winning the Dewar Match 2023!
Given the amazing performance of the Team, selection for the GB Dewar Team 2023 was clearly very tough this year, and to beat a GB Team record that had stood for almost 15 years (7,852 set in 2009) is a fantastic achievement.
Ian Burton has tendered his resignation as a member of the Board of Management with effect from 23rd August 2023. He originally served on the Board from 2011 to 2017, and subsequently rejoined in 2021.
Living in Kelso, Mr Burton was the leading local organiser of the NSRA’s most recent Scottish Rifle Meetings at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, until the cancellation of the event from 2020 was necessitated by the Covid pandemic.
The Board is most grateful for his valuable contribution and advice over the last 12 years.
Are you a qualified coach looking to further your career?
Check out this link to the British Shooting Coach Development Initiative & how you can get involved.https://www.britishshooting.org.uk/article/2868
The closing date is 30th August, so don’t delay!
Join me in a brief wander back in our history to the Small-Bore National Meeting of 9th – 14th July 1923 and the introduction of the Earl Roberts Memorial Challenge Cup, courtesy of The Rifleman, 1923.
It was the hottest July on record, at around 90F / 32C, and the blazing heat was making it challenging for all competitors, none more than those shooting for the Dewar International, where the mirage on the 100-yard range caused considerable challenges! The British Team still managed to produce a record score, with The Rifleman noting, ‘if we compete long enough we shall eventually give the cup a sea trip to these shores’. This eventually did happen three years later in September of 1926, when the British team won by 60 points.
The National Rifle Meeting is very much a festival of small-bore rifle shooting, not just a competition. This significant event brings the UK shooting community together, with competitions for prone, benchrest, and three-positional shooters of all abilities. It remains the most popular event of its kind in the country and is hugely beneficial for target shooting across the UK. The meeting provides hundreds of shooters with opportunities to discuss the challenges they or their club are experiencing and to share their successes. This shared information spreads across the country and helps committees and coaches improve their club or local organisation to the benefit of our sport.
As many of the GB Dewar Team trialists slogged up, down and across our crowded motorways towards the Appleton Rifle Club Range in Cheshire, they may have been thinking,
“Is all this time, expense and hassle worth it?”
By the early evening of Saturday 10th July, they had their answer, as all had experienced the highs and lows of competing for a prized place as one of the GB Dewar Team members, and 20 had experienced the challenge and intensity of competing in the match itself.
Following over 5 years of service to the Competitions Department, Sandra Smith has decided to leave the NSRA. We would like to thank Sandra for her sterling service and we wish her every good wish for the future.
In the Competitions Department it’s still business as usual, with Cheryl, Eleanor, Laura and Rose working on current competitions and the backlog of awards.
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The NSRA would like thank everyone who took part in the NSRA 50m Championships at Bisley 16th to 18th June 2023. There was a great atmosphere and some good performances making it a great weekend for NSRA staff, volunteers and shooters alike.
We would especially like to thank our volunteers for doing a great job of keeping the meeting running – we couldn’t do it without you!
All photos from the event are available at www.nsratheshorey.com/2023-
Looking forward to the Bisley meeting and hoping to see many of you there.
If you’d like to volunteer or help out at the Bisley meeting please email
The West Kent Rifle League is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Prince William of Wales national individual & Paris shoot which is a shoot is in five classes and a junior section The shoot consists of three Short Range targets (BM1989 to be used) being shot during November and December. Entry Fee £5.00. The pairs shoot will be shot concurrent. Fee £4.00 a Pair.
Kent Cup- Schools & Units only. This is for teams of 8 with the best s to count Free Entry. Concurrent with main event. The juniors to be under 18 at 1st November 2023.
The information and entry form can be found on this link:
The Home Office has opened a consultation and seeks views on recommendations made to the government relating to firearms licensing.
The consultation is live at the link below ⬇️ and closes at 11:59pm on 23rd August 2023
RIFLE PATHWAY EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DATES
The window for athletes to apply for a place on the 2023/24 Rifle Pathway will open soon. As with previous years, all athletes wishing to be considered for the Rifle Pathway will need to apply. Relevant information will be gathered via an online form to get the process started. more information is available on this link.