Gallery Rifle Division

The 2015 season witnessed the new Gallery Rifle captain, Morné van Dalen, repeat full England attendance at the main three national meetings in the competitive calendar.  Our meetings at Derby, Haverfordwest and Bisley all host Home Countries head to head matches.  Thanks go to the organisers of these events who put aside range time and help arrange Range Officers and officials for the matches.  Full results are in section Gallery Rifle Matches below.  

An England touring team completed their first victory on Welsh soil, by just two points.  Wales came out on top at the main event of the year - the Home Countries National Match at Bisley.  This is their second win in the flagship event of the national Gallery Rifle calendar following their 2013 victory.

One objective the England squad set themselves for 2015 was to encourage more competitive pistol shooting.  Within the mainland of the UK this, of course, is restricted to Long Barrelled Revolvers (LBRs) and Long Barrelled Pistols (LBPs).  At the Phoenix meeting and the Gallery Rifle National championships, concurrent pistol matches for two new trophies took place.  These trophies have been provided by current and previous team captains to promote competitive pistol and revolver shooting.

From an England perspective our current captain and vice-captains are very enthusiastic and fully committed to providing more opportunities for competitive pistol (LBR/LBP) shooting.  Our four Bisley GRAW meetings (as well as many regional meetings) offer excellent opportunities to register scores on the national circuit.  All our classified meetings count towards the season-wide rankings as well as the chance to compete for England. Overseas shooting is on offer − we have enough interest.  Despite our restrictions on the purer form of pistol shooting, 26 British shooters attended the WA 1500 World Championships at Stockholm, Sweden in August.  Revolvers and pistols of the more traditional kind were borrowed and hired.  An England team comprising English Twenty Club members Colin McMichael and Peter Watts competed in the Revolver Expert class finishing ninth from 15.  Details of this major international event are on the website: http://www.ppc1500wc2015.se/

Another site of interest to GR and P shooters is: http://galleryrifle.com.  This is the main web site; a Facebook site of the same name is another source of information. 

We also have a Facebook page (England Gallery Rifle) and Twitter stream (EGRifle) for the England Gallery Rifle team.  Follow both to keep up with the news.

Neil Francis
www.GalleryRifle.com