Sunday, 2 July 2017

1,000 yard Championships

Stickledown Range
Stickledown Range, Bisley

The Branch 1,000 yard Championship comprises a 30 shot course of fire with muzzle loading target rifles. Competitors have two 1.5 hour details, one in the morning and one the afternoon, to complete this and there is no fixed number of shots to be fired per detail.

Shooting took place on Bisley's Stickledown Range on Sunday 11 June.  The day before many had enjoyed shooting in the MLAGB's National 600 yard Rifle Championships. The sunny and dry weather conditions were pleasant - the strong wind was however somewhat fickle and with already outstretched wind flags picking up on changes in strength was difficult.

Franck Rustichelli from France had a good start scoring 58.1 with his first 15 shots, and although that standard eluded him in the afternoon his final score of 91.1 gave him third place. Gary Evans scoring 96 overall was placed second, leaving John Whittaker in the top place with 99.4.

It was good to see our members from France and Holland in attendance, giving an air of a mini-international - especially given the French team were using the weekend as trials for their international team!

Link to: Full results.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Back to the Ranges...

Branch competitions recommence at Bisley on Friday 7 April with the Asquith Cup. This is a challenging aggregate competition for Enfield rifles with 15 shots at each distance, 600 and 800 yards. It offers a fascinating opportunity to gain some insight into how accurate this military rifle can be at long range under the controlled conditions of a target shooting range; ie. known distances, slow fire, prone shooting, and no one firing back at you!

The following day is opportunity for some practice at 500 yards in the morning, followed by the Volunteer Trophy at 600 yards in the afternoon. The latter is for military match rifles with their original open rear sights, and is a rare opportunity to shoot these rifles in a competition class of their own. Sunday 8 April is the MLAGB National 300 yard Rifle Championships, and nicely concludes a full weekend of shooting.

The MLAGB National 200 yard Rifle Championships is on Friday 12 May, and the 500 yard Championships on Sunday 14 May. On the Saturday between these is the Branch 900 yard Championship in the morning, with practice at 1000 yard in the afternoon.

The last of the MLAGB National Rifle Championship matches fired at mid-range is at 600 yards and held on 10 June. All these MLAGB Championships have competition for both Enfield rifle and target rifle. The Branch 1000 yard Championship takes place on 11 June and comprises 30 shots; a long course of fire requiring consistency over the day of shooting.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Rigby Cup & Whitworth Cup, 2016

Thirty one Branch members gathered at Bisley on Saturday 29 October to compete in the final matches of the year, the Rigby Cup and Whitworth Cup. Each match comprises 15 shots at 600 yards, with either any muzzle loading rifle or hexagonally bored Whitworth rifles.

When the Bisley siren announced that shooting could commence at 8:30am outlook was not particularly good. Gloomy conditions and a very fine misty rain hanging over the range gave poor visibility. Once shooting commenced the gun smoke lingered around before being gently wafted away. Target numbers were not readily discernible through the rifle sights and care had to be taken to avoid cross-shots, which are recorded as a miss (a frustrating and needless way of losing points – as the author knows from experience!).

Some shooters adjusted to the conditions better than others and there were some fine scores recorded. It is also pleasing to report that Alan Beck and Henrie van Koot who won the Rigby Cup and Whitworth Cup matches respectively, did so using original rifles.

This popular end of season event attracts members from England, Wales, Jersey, France and Holland and is concluded with the Branch Annual Dinner and Prize Giving.

Results: Rigby Cup and Whitworth Cup

Sunday, 10 July 2016

11th MLAIC World Long Range Championships

Invitations for the 11th MLAIC World Long Range Muzzle Loading Championships have been circulated by the Sporting Shooter’s Association of Australia (SSAA).

The Championship will be held in South Australia, 8 – 14 October 2017.

Competitions will be on the Murray Bridge Rifle Clubs “Deed Range”, which is part of the Monarto Range complex where the 2000 and 2008 Short Range World Championships were held.

No further details curently available. Information and entry forms will be forthcoming later this year.

Members seeking a place on the team are urged to contact the Team Captain promptly. It is important that this should happen sooner rather than later in order that training can be planned and advantage can be taken of any early booking deals for flights, hotels etc.

If you want the chance to see a bit more of the world while competing at the highest level in our sport please get in touch with the Team Captain. Contact details were published in the Spring 2016 edition of the MLAGBs ‘Black Powder’ magazine.

It is understood that South Africa, Spain and the USA, have already confirmed their participation.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

1000 yard Championship

Members spent a full day shooting at 1000 yards on Bisley's 'Stickledown Range' on Sunday 5 June 2016. The Branch 1000 yard Championship is a demanding 30 shot course of fire, completed over two details, one morning and one afternoon. Shooting was hard work in the unbroken sunshine we had nearly all day, after light cloud cleared.

Congratulations to Championship winner Alan Back, 2nd placed Ken Watson and 3rd John Whittaker.

Results: 1000 yard Championship