Tuesday 9 April 2024

Asquith Cup 2024

The ‘Asquith Cup’ is the first match of the season and was fired at Bisley on Friday 5 April 2024. Rules for this percussion military muzzle loading rifle competition are for 15 shots at each distance, 600 & 800 yards. Even in calm conditions this is a testing match! This year however there were extremely strong winds forecast (gusts over 40mph), and partial closures were already in place on Stickledown range. Rather than risk cancellation, at least in part, the whole match (30 shots) was fired at 600 yards on Century range. 

Only a small number of Branch members competed this year, and it is hoped that there will be wider participation next year. Some took opportunity to use the range time for training in breezy conditions with their muzzle loading match rifles.

Alan Beck’s consistency won out in the day, and he took first place with a three point lead. John Whittaker was second, just one point ahead of Mike Hall, while Mike’s score of 33 in the afternoon was the highest score of the two details that each competitor fired.

Link: Asquith Cup Results

Sunday 24 March 2024

Spring 2024 News!

Once again, we have a programme of competition and practice days booked at Bisley, all coordinated with the MLAGB series of mid and long range National Rifle Championship matches. These combined bookings generally provide up to three days of shooting.

The first match of the season is the Asquith Cup on Friday 5 April – this is a challenging aggregate of 15 shots at each distance, 600 and 800 yards, with the .577 military percussion rifle. The weekend will also see members shooting in the MLAGB 300 and 500 yard National Rifle Championship matches.

In May distances are extended somewhat with a 1,000 yard practice day on Friday the 3rd. The weekend includes the Volunteer Trophy match at 600 yards and the B.C. Baker Cup at 900 yards. The Volunteer Trophy is fired with open sighted military target rifles. Members will also be able to enjoy practice sessions at 500 and 600 yards.

June 7th – 9th is a weekend primarily of competition. On the Friday morning is the MLAGB National 900 yard Championships. Saturday is the 30 shot Branch 1,000 yard Championship, and Sunday the MLAGB National 600 yard Championships. Some members will be involved with / competing in the Entente Cordiale on Friday afternoon, while for others there is opportunity for 900 yard practice.

Further events are held in August and October and the full programme can be found on the Branch calendar

Bisley range availability this year meant some reprogramming of events. Sadly, it has not been possible to book either the 1,100 or 1,200 yards ranges this year, the Metford Trophy match cannot therefore be held. For this year the following arrangements are in place:

  • The Karl Bailey Trophy and the Hepsworth Medal will be competed for concurrently with the Branch 1,000 yard Championship (30 shots fired) on 8 June. Scores achieved will not be eligible for Branch records, the events not being fired at their usual distances (1,100 and 1,200 yards respectively).
  • The Karl Bailey Trophy will be awarded for the highest score achieved in shots 1 – 15 of the Championship.
  • The Hepsworth Medal will be awarded for the highest score achieved in shots 16 – 30 of the Championship.

See you at Bisley!

Monday 30 October 2023

Rigby and Whitworth Cup matches - Metford Trophy final results

Sharp rain showers punctuated the days shooting, changing to a longer spell of torrential rain towards the end of the day. Despite conditions almost everyone got to shoot. The winners of the Rigby Cup and Whitworth Cup, John Whittaker and Henrie van Koot respectively, each shot outstanding scores and achieved their win by a comfortable margin. 

On Friday 27 October the MLAGB held their 900 and 1000 yard Championships, postponed in August. This enabled the Branch to complete the Metford Trophy match, the 1000 yard scores being shot concurrently with the MLAGB Championship.

Link: Rigby Cup, Whitworth Cup, Metford Trophy results

For Branch competition results and record scores see the 'Competitions' page

Tuesday 8 August 2023

Metford Trophy 2023 (interim results)

Storm Antoni hit the UK on Saturday 5 August, with strong winds and heavy rain throughout the day. This resulted in the MLAGB 900 and 1000 yard matches being postponed. The 1000 yard stage of the Metford Trophy is fired concurrently with the MLAGB match. LRR have therefore made their Friday 27 October practice day available to the MLAGB, and the 900 and 1000 yard matches will be re-scheduled for then.

Rain abated on Sunday 6 August, and the day was generally bright and clear. The fresh headwind continued in a playful manner though, making for some testing conditions. Two shooters showed some mastery of the wind and tussled for top placing at both 1100 and 1200 yards. John Whittaker in the end just managing to finish ahead of Mike Hall at each distance. The interim results for the Metford Trophy follow, and will be concluded on 27 October with the 1000 yard stage.

Entries this year were down a little, in part due to clash of this match with the MLAIC European Championships, in which some members from the UK, France and Netherlands were competing.

LinkMetford Trophy (interim results)

Tuesday 13 June 2023

1000 yard Championships 2023

The Branch 1000 yard Championships is fired over two details (morning and afternoon) with a 30 shot course of fire. It’s a testing enough discipline for muzzle loading rifle, but with temperatures soaring above 30 degC it became a gruelling experience. Most found the morning conditions a little easier, and Mike Hall got off to an especially good start. The afternoon temperatures were higher and the wind a little more playful, but Mike continued to shoot well. John Whittaker was however on fine form, in the end beating Mike by just one point overall. The two were well ahead of the other shooters, leaving Paul Wolpe and David Minshall to resolve third place, the bronze medal going to Paul, one point ahead of David.

There was a reduced entry to this event compared to previous years, in part due our French members having another major event on the same weekend. It was however good to see friends from the Netherlands, Jersey and throughout the UK.

Link: 1000 yard Championship Results