Friday 5 April is the first Branch shoot of the year, the Asquith Cup; this is a demanding course of fire for Enfield rifle enthusiasts, firing 15 shots at each distance, 600 and 800 yards. The weekend of 6/7 April sees both the Branch Volunteer Trophy and the MLAGB National 200 yard Rifle Championships. The former 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. 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!