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a section 1 rifle; it just happens to have a custom stock and reduced barrel length, though still conforming to the overall length requirement. The same enthusiasm for the Ruger and new Colt LBPs was not demonstrated, the rationale being their parentage was handgun and not rifle based, so we have the anomaly that we are likely to get a Buckmark on the Club FAC but not any other LBP with exactly the same firearm classification – I didn’t even think about asking about an LBR!


The recently deceased Irish ex-Prime Minister Dr Garret Fitzgerald was quoted today on the radio as saying, “that’s a very practical suggestion, but will it work in theory”, well when I get back from the Phoenix Meeting we will submit an application for a Buckmark on the Club FAC and see if an eminently practical discussions I have had so far with the Avon and Somerset Licensing Department are accepted in the theoretical world of licensing administration - I will keep you posted on the outcome.


Other Events


After the SAW the Shield Shooting Centre in Dorset hosted a charity fund raiser for the Help for Heroes Appeal on Saturday 16th April. The event was well supported with 86 shooters partaking of ten stages of practical shooting and in the process raised £6,000. Well done to all who participated, a big thank you to the sponsors who reportedly provided an excellent prize table.


The 10th Mattersey Ten was held on Saturday 4th May with 237 match cards being submitted in all the favourite events, including timed and precision and multi-target shotgun matches.


On the 14th May the Frome Club hosted the Western Winner 1500 Match at the Bristol and District Rifle and Pistol Club Failand Ranges. With 75 matches being shot, plus some timed and precision and skittles side shoots and Keith Cox being crowned the 2011 Western Winner for best aggregate in the GRCF and GRSB matches.


Full results for all these matches on the GR Web Site (details below).


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So what’s next?


By the time you read this article the Phoenix Match, and the first International Matches of the season will be over and I will report on these events in the next issue. I am looking forward to the debut of the South African Gallery Rifle Team at the Phoenix International 1500 Matches, which also features an official GRSB Match for the first time in addition to the traditional GRCF. Let’s hope the fine weather continues over the Bank Holiday Weekend.


After the Phoenix there is the ever popular Derby Open GR weekend on 25th/26th June, this is always a well run and friendly event and is probably the biggest open GR event outside of Bisley so try and get along there if you can, you will have a great time. Details of the Derby Open and all other GR events available onwww. galleryrifle.com.


Finally the Imperial Meeting host two GR events, the Historic Breech Loading Shooting Association have some GR matches for period firearms on the weekend of 9th/10th July and then the Imperial unlimited and squadded GR events run from Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th July. The Bisley Bible has full detail.


Plenty to keep us busy then – I look forward to seeing you on a range somewhere.


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