Airgun & Free Pistol Championships 2017

The results are now in and can be viewed on the Airgun and Free Pistol pages.

LSR Championships 2016

Results are now available on the LSR Results page. The County thanks everyone who attended and volunteered.

Autumn Airgun Meeting 2016

The results (in temporary form due to a computer glitch) are now available on the Airgun and Free Pistol pages. A neater version will be uploaded when possible.

There is a gallery of photographs taken by John Breakwell on the Competition Gallery page.

Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered to make this a successful two days.

New Issue of the Bull

Bull Issue 59 is available now.

Light Sporting Rifle Championships 2016

The LSR Championship entry form is now available on the LSR Competition page.

It is being held on the 9th October at Burnley Rifle Club and is a National Gallery Rifle Ranking registered event. Please share the entry form and details with anyone you think would be interested.

Airgun & Free Pistol Championships 2016

Results are now on the site, you can get them from the Airgun and Free Pistol pages.

A small gallery of photographs taken by John Breakwell is on the Competition Gallery

The County Airgun & Free Pistol Championships traditionally take place in Spring. On rare occasions, the weather is kind and temperatures on the range can head towards 20 °C (that’s 68 in old money). More typically at this time of year, there is still a chill in the air and thermal vests are the order of the day. This year, with the weather doing its best to snow, temperatures were more than chilly and extra layers of clothing were most definitely required. Undaunted by this, over 40 competitors braved the “big freeze” and ventured on to the ranges at Blackburn Rifle & Pistol Club for this year’s Championships.

The 10 m airgun competitions were shot on ‘D’ Range, which normally doubles at the club’s indoor car park. Being a former mill, with typical north lights in the roof, the lighting on ‘D’ Range is very good; record scores have been achieved on this range in the past. The 20 yd air pistol and 50 m free pistol competitions were shot on ‘B’ Range and the John Sandwell Range respectively. These are permanent ranges at the club and benefit from heating on the firing points (absolute luxury!).

The Association has used a Rika scoring machine for several years, but this year saw technology advance even further with the introduction of an ABVisie Match Manager system. The software together with a PC connected to the Rika scoring machine makes scores instantly available for display on a TV monitor. As cards are fed through the scoring machine, the score is transmitted to the PC and automatically entered into the database record for the competitor. After a series of 10 shots have been scored, the display to the TV monitor is updated so that everyone can track the progress. After all cards for a competitor are scored, the system automatically prints a sheet showing each string of shots on a representative target diagram, the total score and other useful analytics. We are pleased to report that for a first outing, the system worked brilliantly. Teething troubles were few and very minor.

The number of entries allowed most competitions to be shot in three or four classes, and we were able to run concurrent competitions for Under 21’s and Women. As with most events these days, there were far more pistol competitors than rifle competitors, which only reflects the current balance within the sport. It would be nice to see more rifle competitors.

The Champions and competition winners are:

Open Air Pistol Champion – Craig Auden (Welsh Target Shooting Federation)

County Air Pistol Champion – Tom Houghton (Wigan Target Shooting Club)

Women’s Air Pistol Champion – Javkhlan Lkhavga-Ochir (South Yorkshire Shooting Club)

Under 21 Air Pistol Champion – Joseph Baker (Crewe Rifle & Pistol Club)

Open Air Rifle Champion – Ye Aung (Stock Exchange Rifle Club)

Women’s & Under 21 Rifle Champion – Bethany Edwards (Crewe Rifle & Pistol Club)

Open Free Pistol Champion – Craig Auden (Welsh Target Shooting Federation)

County Free Pistol Champion – Paul Holdstock (Blackburn Rifle & Pistol Club)

20 yd Air Pistol Winner – Craig Leah (Altrincham Rifle & Pistol Club)

Prizes were presented by Harry Preston of Steyr Sport UK.

The Association thanks Kevin Hindle, not only for organising and running the Championships, but also for spending many hours getting his head around the Match Manager system and making it work so well on the day. We also thank Kevin Doughty, who was responsible for running the system, and worked tirelessly feeding cards through the scoring machine.

Finally, we thank the range officers (Mike Bagot, John Bethwaite, John Breakwell, Dave Pritchard and Andy Waller) for all their help, and Ingrid Falat-Marsh for managing and running the catering.

Call for Competitors

We are looking for more Air Rifle shooters to get involved in the County team. If you’ve shot in the past, just started or are a regular shooter, please get in touch. Details are in this poster

Please feel free to print out any of our pages for your club notice boards.