Monday, 6 August 2018

Metford Trophy 2018

1100 yards

The weekend of 4/5 August 2018 saw Branch members from the UK, France, Holland and Jersey competing at Bisley for the coveted Metford Trophy. This is a demanding match comprising the aggregate of 15 shots fired at each distance, 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards, with muzzle loading match rifles.

Whilst many will have been enjoying the hot dry summer, for the long range shooters it brought its own difficulties. Besides the discomfort of shooting in such weather, conditions were challenging. Once in a while there would be some uniformity in the wind flags on the range, but for much of the time each appeared to have a mind-of-its-own! Watching the mirage in light wind conditions can help, being more responsive to rapidly changing conditions than wind flags. However, with mirage alternately boiling, running left-to-right, then reversing, conditions became a battle of attrition!

Despite the conditions there was some excellent shooting. David Minshall took a strong lead at 1000 yards on the Saturday (this stage being fired concurrently with the MLAGB National 1000 yard Rifle Championship). The following day at 1100 yards Alan Beck fought back and significantly reduced David’s lead. At 1200 yards Gary Evans was top scorer for which he gains a bar to go with the special Hepsworth Medal he has won previously. Alan again shot well and finished with an aggregate of 113.3; David meanwhile had kept a steady day shooting and finished on 115 to win the Trophy. Bernard Collot had a good day at 1100 and 1200 yards, and was rewarded with third place on a score of 104.

Full Results

1200 yards

Monday, 9 April 2018

Volunteer Trophy, 2018

The Branch competition season commenced on 8 April at Bisley. The match was the Volunteer Trophy, for military match rifles, and fired with open sight. 15 shots at 600 yards.

Shooters on the first detail only had to contend with a gloomy sky and lingering smoke in the generally calm conditions. What wind there was wasn’t enough to blow the already rain soaked wind flags around much. The second detail was much the same conditions, but with the addition of rain! Despite shooting in the miserable conditions of the second detail, John Whittaker had a tremendous shoot and convincing win.


Name 600 yards
John Whittaker 54.1

Henrie Van Koot 44.1
Chris Goed 43
Alan Beck 41.1
Paul Wolpe 40.1
Jerry Womble32
Dave Craven31
Jason Buckingham 28
Taco Van Der List 23

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Spring 2018

Friday 6 April sees a practice day at Bisley with shooting at 600 and 900 yards. The following day is the MLAGB National 300 yard Rifle Championship, and the weekend concludes with the Branch Volunteer Trophy. The latter is fired at 600 yards with military match rifles using open sights (rear aperture sights are not permitted). This is a rare opportunity to compete with such rifles in their original, early 1860s, configuration.

The early season continues with a mix of match and practice sessions at Bisley. May and June will see the Branch 900 and 1000 yard Championships for match rifle, and the very demanding Asquith Cup – an aggregate match for Enfield rifles fired at 600 and 800 yards. Several Branch members will also be attending Nottinghamshire Rifle Association black powder meeting at Thorpe Cloud, Derbyshire, in June. Please assist by getting your entry forms submitted early.