THE  ENGLISH  EIGHT  CLUB,

THE  NATIONAL  RIFLE  CLUB  OF  SCOTLAND

and  THE  WELSH  RIFLE  ASSOCIATION

 Entries are invited for this meeting for Match, Target and F class Rifles

to be held at  BISLEY on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 2021.

COMPETITIONS

Match & Target Rifles

  1. THE ENGLISH EIGHT CLUB JEWELS.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Jewels will be awarded to the full members of the English Eight Club who make the three highest aggregate scores on Sunday.  LORD COTTESLOE’S CUP will be awarded to the winner of the Gold Jewel.
  2. THE SCOTTISH EIGHT CUP will be awarded to the full member of the National Rifle Club of Scotland who makes the highest aggregate score on Sunday.
  3. THE WELSH RIFLE ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE CUP will be awarded to the full member of the Welsh Rifle Association who makes the highest aggregate score on Sunday.
  4. THE WELSH RIFLE ASSOCIATION AGGREGATE TROPHY will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest aggregate score on Sunday.
  5. THE H. G. COURTH MEMORIAL TROPHY (an English VIII Club trophy) will not be awarded at the meeting this year (subject to confirmation).
  6. THE MARTIN SMITH CHALLENGE CUP (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the competitor making the highest score on Sunday.
  7. THE L. D. RANKEN MEMORIAL TROPHY (a National Rifle Club of Scotland trophy) will be awarded to the competitor making the highest aggregate score at 1200 yards on Sunday.
  8. THE POWELL LADIES’ TROPHY will be awarded to the Lady who makes the highest aggregate score on Sunday.
  9. THE O.C.R.A. TROPHY will be awarded to the competitor, aged under 25 years on the first day of the meeting, who makes the highest aggregate score on Sunday.
  10. TEAMS MATCH – prizes will be awarded to the members of the highest scoring team, and the highest individual score in the match on Saturday. There will also be a separate prize for the highest team in a handicap competition.
  11. THE PILCHER PLATTER will be awarded at the Autumn Meeting to the person eligible to shoot for England in the Elcho with the highest aggregate total score in both the Spring & Autumn meetings.
  12. THE AUDITOR'S CUP will be awarded at the Autumn Meeting to the person eligible to shoot for England in the Elcho with the highest aggregate total score in all of the Hopton, Spring & Autumn meetings.

TR and F Class Rifles

  1. PRIZES will be awarded to the competitors using TR and F class rifles who make the highest aggregate scores on Sunday subject to a minimum of 3 entries in each discipline.

All Competitors

  1. A CASH SWEEP based on the aggregate of sighters and last shots on Sunday. First prize will go to the highest scorer, second to 10th place and third to the lowest scorer without a miss, entry upon payment as below.

Changes Due to Covid-19/Current Circumstances

Due to the current situation, and given that the entry may be limited this year due to most competitors not being able to stay at Bisley overnight, the individual shoot will be held on the Sunday only (and all prizes will be based on Sunday scores).

Due to range use on the Sunday, we are only able to shoot 1000x in the morning.  As well as the Individual shoot towards to the Club Jewels, there will also therefore be a Spoon Shoot on the Sunday morning (given we will have time and targets).  This will NOT count towards the day’s prizes or aggregates.

There will, however, be a shoot organised on the Saturday, for teams of 4. Teams can be nominated by members, but those who wish to shoot and do not have a team will be allocated to one.

As the rules regarding easing of lockdown will not allow for it by the time of the meeting, there will be no dinner or reception organised this year.

Entry into the clubhouse is conditional on wearing a face covering.

Conditions of entry

  1. English Members and Honorary Members are required to pay their membership subscription of £35 prior to the Meeting.
  2. Competitors are required to be members of the NRA and hold a valid shooting certificate for the rifle being used, both to be shown to the Safety Officer before score cards can be drawn.
  3. Entries, including remittance, should be received by Thursday 22nd April. Thereafter they can only be accepted if space is available subject to the late entry fee to reflect the charge for changes in target booking. Entries and payment will be acknowledged by email. Space is limited so early entry is advised.
  4. All trophies (except the English VIII Club Jewels) are held for one year. Previous winners are required to return them, appropriately engraved and polished.

 

REGULATIONS 

NRA Regulations for Rifles, ammunition, targets, scoring, the Conduct of Shooting and Range Safety will apply. Competitors are to supply their own ammunition.

RANGES 

1000, 1100 and 1200 yards on each day.

NUMBER OF SHOTS 

Saturday – Practice and Teams
Practice at 1000 yards
Teams: TWENTY and TWO convertible sighting shots at 1100 and 1200 yards
Sunday – Individual Competition
TEN and ONE convertible sighting shot at 1000 yards (Spoon Shoot)
TWENTY and TWO convertible sighting shots at 1000 yards
FIFTEEN and TWO convertible sighting shots at 1100 and 1200 yards
At 1000 yards of the Individual Shoot (not the Spoon Shoot) on the Sunday, up to five preliminary shots (including the two convertible sighters) may be fired, but the first to hit the target will count as the first sighter.

BLOW-OFF SHOTS 

On Saturday, blow offs will be permitted at 1100 yards, under the usual rules of team competition. On Sunday at 1000 yards only before the Individual Shoot (not the Spoon Shoot) there will be a period of one minute during which blow-off shots may be fired at the stop butt which may not be spotted.

TIES 

Ties will be decided by one convertible sighting shot and five to count at 1200 yards, and then by single shots as necessary until the outcome is decided.

 


SHOOTING PROGRAMME

 

SATURDAY

 

SUNDAY 

1000 yards  


 

09:00 Practice


 

 

08:40 Detail 1 (Spoon Shoot)
09:20 Detail 2 (Spoon Shoot)
10:00 Detail 1 (Individual)
11:15 Detail 2 (Individual)

 

12:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch

1100 yards 
 

13:30 Team Shoot
 

 

 

13:30 Detail 1
14:30 Detail 2

1200 yards  
 

15:30 Team Shoot
 

 

15:30 Detail 1
16:30 Detail 2

     

17:30 Prize giving

Notes

  1. Score Cards are to be collected from the clubhouse from 7:30am on each day, on production of an NRA membership card, Shooting Certificate and Range Office receipts of zero cards for those using ammunition over 4500J (HME).
  2. Squadding for Sunday will be in the previous year’s score order with the highest in the second details unless the entry is accompanied by a request to the contrary using the Contact Page on this website (priority to requests for the second detail will be given to those who are HME and do not shoot on Saturday, or are travelling from farther afield).
  3. Teams will have one target, with 105 mins at 1100 yards and 120 minutes at 1200 yards on the Saturday.
  4. The Saturday morning practice will be squadded, with each competitor having 30 minutes of practice time
  5. Competitors will shoot in pairs at all ranges for the individual shoot and during practice. Team shooting will be as per the NRA published COVID protocols, or in pairs (as the team members wish).
  6. The club reserves the right to alter the programme should external problems make it necessary.
  7. The results of all meetings are shown on this website on the Meeting Results tab in the menu above.

CANCELLATION

Cancellations before 22nd April will be fully refunded - please contact the Secretary directly or use the Contact page in the menu above. 50% of the shooting entry fee will be refunded if 7 days prior notice is given by email.

SAFETY BRIEFING

SEE BIBLE RULES 252–265 & 277-8

  1. You may not venture or place any kit whatsoever on the firing point, dry fire, load or fire a rifle without the CRO’s specific order.
  2. When loading (that is, closing the bolt on a round), the rifle must be horizontal and must engage the target allocated to the firer.
  3. If the rifle is loaded on the ground and then raised to the shoulder, the rifle must not deviate beyond the limits of the assigned butt (rule 258)
  4. In the event of a rifle going “click!” rather than “bang!” (misfire or hangfire), remain in the aim and summon the RCO. You must stay in the aim for at least 30 seconds and ensure that the RCO – and no-one else – deals with the matter. Do not deal with it yourself. In the event of a round not firing and remaining in the chamber, the situation must be treated as above and, if the round will not extract, then Bible Rule 265 will apply.
  5. At the end of a shoot it is the firer’s responsibility to ensure that her/his rifle chamber is empty and audibly confirmed to be clear by the scorekeeper, the CRO or, in her/his absence, his deputy.
  6. When having a rifle cleared, the bolt of a bolt-action rifle MUST be removed (Rule 263).  There can be no exceptions to this rule without the PRIOR agreement of the RCO.
  7. Hearing protection must always be worn on or near the firing point. 
  8. Competitors are reminded that it is unwise to mix alcohol and shooting.

May we thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe and enjoyable shoot.

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