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Welcome to our first Christmas Edition — enjoy!

December 2009 Issue

Club
Features
Support Your local
Gunshop

Event reports
Second part feature
article—.308 Rimfire, Air Rifle and
Winchester Centerfire Benchrest
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Imperial Meeting ammunition • Quigley Report • New Products • and lots more…..
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Welcome to the First Christmas issue

.......of Target Shooter
Sections
12 Westlake Muzzle 6 Shooting Sport News
Loading Revolver by
10 Shooters Calendar
Carl Boswell
18 Christmas Gadget Gallery

26 Support your Local Gun


44 Building a Rifle for Shop
F/TR Class
29 Shooting Black Powder
by Vince Bottomley Pistol by Chris Risebrook

32 Mini Rifle and theBradley


Arms AR15 Rifle

58 2009 Imperial Meeting 36 F Class Special - European


Ammunition Examination Championship 2009
by Chris White
42 Website of the Month

51 Weihrauch HW45 by Tim
Finley
62 No4T Sniper
67 Gun of the Month
rifle part 4 by Nigel
Greenaway 69 Shooting from the Chair
by Andy Dubreuil

75 Weaver T36 Scope by Carl


Boswell
87 HANDLOADING 79 Match Report S. Africa vs
‘OLD FAITHFUL’ THE Malta by Stanley Shaw
.308 WINCHESTER
(part 2) by Laurie Holland 83 Smallbore Business
by Don Brook

94 Reloading School
95 Gallery Rifle Basics
Part 6 by Gwyn Roberts 100 Club Feature
114 Letters

115 Advertisers Index

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Association Pages
103 UKBRA

105 UKBR22 Editor(s).


Carl Boswell and Vince Bottomley
107 Quigley Association Advertising and Office Manager
Andy Dubreuil. email; admin@targetshooter.co.uk
109 HFT News Contributors
Vince Bottomley Andy Dubreuil Chris White
110 Gallery Rifle Tim Finley Laurie Holland Chris Risebrook
Carl Boswell Don Brook Tony Sanders
111 UKPSA Nigel Greenaway Gwyn Roberts Chris Farr
Stanley Shaw Ken Hall Les Holgate
Webitorial - December 2009

The internet is a great thing – a shop window for the whole world. Put something on the net and it sort of
becomes public property – like it or not!
Clearly, in the case of the music industry, they do not like it but honestly I hadn’t given much thought to
it – until we found some enterprising shyster was selling Target Shooter and a host of other free on-line
magazines at $2.00 a pop! We didn’t know whether to be flattered or offended but anyway, we told him to
stop – but he’s in Taiwan and we’re in the UK!
Target Shooter was of course born from the ashes of Target Sports magazine which unfortunately closed as
a stand-alone publication and became a small part of Sporting Rifle. This was a shame as we all loved and
supported the UK’s only magazine for the target shooter.
Blaze Publishing also publishes Gun Trade News - a sort of ‘tabloid’ for the gun trade and this month,
publisher Wes Stanton takes a friendly pop at us:
“Though the content is on the button and as good as you might expect from enthusiastic technical folk, the
entire thing is obscured by amateurism.”
Well Wes, as with our Taiwanese scallywag, we don’t know whether to be offended or flattered! It’s great to
at least be recognised by the ‘trade’ and with regard to our ‘amateurism’ – yes, you’re right but please, don’t
confuse amateurism with ignorance. Our writers are the equal of any and know their subject inside out and
all we seek to do is pass that knowledge on to our readers – for free – with as much energy and passion as
we can muster.
Maybe we will never be successful as a business – if success means money but, if success could be
measured in customer satisfaction, then I would proffer that we are already more successful than any other
UK shooting publication – thanks to you, our loyal readers.

Finally, a very happy Christmas to everyone and don’t forget, it might be New Year’s Day but our first issue
of 2010 will be on-line on the first day of January – beat that Wes!

Until next month. Andy, Carl & Vince

A last reminder - when looking at ads you can click on these to go directly to vendors websites to
view products. Please mention our name when contacting them.
Carl Boswell - carl@targetshooter.co.uk and Vince Bottomley - vinceb@targetshooter.co.uk and
Andy Dubreuil - admin@targetshooter.co.uk Copyright © Trinity Digital Publishing Ltd
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The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers and relate to specific circumstances within each article. These are the opinions
and experiences of writers using specific equipment, firearms, components and data under controlled conditions. Information contained in the online magazine or on the
website is intended to be used as a guide only and in specific circumstances caution should be used. Target Shooter Magazine does not except any responsibility for
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Shooting Sport News

A ir Gun Auctions
A new website that has just been launched
recently is Air Gun Auctions. This has been
developed to start where other online auction
houses left off, helping the sporting and target
shooter to sell their surplus items online. The new
UK based auctions site is dedicated to hunting
and shooting goods. It sounds very professional
and like all new things needs your support to make
it work. There will be other features to this new
website, as it develops and grows in the coming
months. At present they are offering free listings
to all users, with the prospect of fees being as low
as £1 for a standard listing in the future. Presently
there are no intentions to introduce selling fees,
so better than some that are out there already.

The website itself is well designed and easy to


navigate, so all customers should be able to use
it easily.

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Well it’s nearly Christmas and we thought we would
keep some good news for this month. We have effect as you turn the pages.
upgraded our service to you the readers yetagain, by What this means for us is that we have far greater
buying into a dedicated server for the website, online control over the magazine, it is safer as it is all backed
viewing and downloads for Target Shooter magazine. up and we can focus on providing you with an even
Now we won’t go into the technical details, otherwise better service. We will still be uploading to Scribd, as
you will nod off into your coffee. What it means for this brings in lots of ‘passing trade’ - a bit like a well
you, our readers, is that you will be able to access the known high street news agents. However the best
magazine online faster, download it faster to your own viewing can be obtained through the Target Shooter
desktop and use the new software we have purchased website.
for better viewing. There is even a nice little sound So we hope you enjoy and let us know how it goes.

T he British Shooting Show at Newark goes from


strength to strength.
Now established as the UK’s total shooting show it is
Norman Clark, Riflecraft, Hellis, Westley Richards,
Kelby’s. Mossberg, Merkel, Winchester and Thompson
Center etc.
in fact now the largest show of its kind in Europe. It Rifle specialists, importers, customisers and retailers.
has grown three times in size from a modest 45,000 A great chance to talk technical with a host of other
sq ft to now over an 112,000 sq ft indoor arena companies including; GMK, Alan Rhone, North West
packed with rifles, shotguns, optics and shooting Custom, Osprey Rifles, Global Rifle, Brock & Norris,
accessories – something for every shooting discipline. Riflecraft, Ruag Ammotec, Fox Firearms, Westlake
Rifles at the show – a major element of The British Engineering, Jager Sporting Rifles, Norman Clark,
Shooting Show 2010. Browning, Open Season, Viking Arms, Euroguns,
You’ll see a fantastic range of rifles from many of Cheshire Guns, Jackson Rifles, Fawcetts and Francis
the most well known and respected manufacturers, Lovel etc.
including; DSR, Sniper Systems, Pfeifer-Waffen, Win a Sako Quad Rifle worth £875.00: just go to the GMK
Mauser, Titan, Kimber, Keppeler, Unique, Cooper, stand in main Gunmakers Hall and enter the free prize draw
Anschutz, Tikka, Sako, Howa, Remington, Browning, Airguns at The British Shooting Show 2010.

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Competitions for a massive £3000 worth of guns and Leupold, Meopta, Nikko, Jahtjakt, Schmidt & Bender,
accessories etc. Airgun City has alone grown to five Leica, Lynx & Shepherd etc.
times the size and now covers over 18,000 sq ft! Guns The British Shooting Show will be held at the Newark
from all the major manufacturers will be on display Showground, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY,
and for sale. A huge 37 lane shooting range extends 27th - 28th February 2010.
from the side of The Airgun City arena, where you will Please visit www.theshootingshow.co.uk or tel:
be able to try guns, enter competitions and win great 01472 241439 for further information.
prizes worth over £3000!
Plus the NSRA Olympic Experience.
The NSRA will be running a 10 metre match pistol and
rifle range, manned by NRSA coaches.

Optics at the show.


A great chance to talk to the specialists and retailers.
See a range of scopes from, Sightron, Hawke, Carl
Zeiss, MTC, Nightforce, Bushnell, Khales, Fox, Hakko,

5 .56 and 7.62mm ‘Outlawed’


A perennial question is about the difference if
any between 7.62X51mm and .308 Winchester (or
this for the UK and unwittingly made ownership of
every .308 Win rifle in the country illegal as our FACs
invariable use the dual title in listing the weapons
5.45X45mm and .223 Remington). And while there are held. In any event ICFRA, the international target
small differences primarily in the chamber and barrel shooting body which regulates fullbore rifle including our
throat forms, they are so nearly indistinguishable that ‘Target Rifle’ and F-Class, has deleted all reference to the
the UK national police firearms licensing computer uses metric versions of the two cartridges in its rules and
both terminologies together either side of an oblique to documentation, and I imagine that applies to our NRA
avoid problems if an FAC variation is for one, but the too.
firearm is marked and proof-tested for the other. This Firearms law researcher and writer Colin Greenwood
applies particularly to British and Commonwealth TR has been investigating this UN process and his
(‘Target Rifle’) rifles that were classed as 7.62mm until findings must be deeply unsettling for all sporting
recently, although current builds or recently rebarrelled and recreational firearms users. The sub-committees
examples now bear the .308 Winchester description. tasked with producing reports and recommendations
that are often accepted by the UN with little or no
debate are secretive, refusing to disclose their
membership or the remits they are working to. They
will not divulge the basis of ‘facts’ contained in their
reports, how research was carried out and where, who
was interviewed and so on. One fact that is clear
are that they will NOT make any distinction between
civilian sporting arms, (even shotguns), and military
weapons, and that they believe that arms ownership
is a bad thing per se. Greenwood is convinced that
Don’t try and take anything marked 7.62mm this is a movement towards international civilian arms
abroad or you’ll be regarded as an international control via the back door under the cloak of keeping AKs
arms smuggler and RPGs out of the hands of African child soldiers or
guerrillas.
None of this would be of any great import if it weren’t Things may get ‘worse’ too in that the proposed
for the United Nations having started a crusade against conventions seek to ban the manufacture of arms
international movements of military smallarms and and ammunition of any type and any calibre, except
ammunition except on a government to government by government licensed concerns which must be
basis. The problem is that 5.56 and 7.62mm are closely regulated. Quite right too you might think, but
classified as ‘military’ period, no matter that it’s a remember that your gunsmith is an ‘arms constructor’,
single-shot target rifle and your pride and joy. This is and you are an ‘ammunition manufacturer’ if you
a particular problem for anybody travelling across handload. Until now, the US government has been
international boundaries as an early result has been a bastion against this sort of undemocratic backdoor
airlines, through their international regulator IATA, control by routinely telling the UN to naff off! Not so now
accepting these rules and refusing to carry anything under Barak Obama, the State Department allegedly
so marked or documented, even if on a dual basis as signalling a change of policy here, its first move being
in ‘7.62mm / .308 Winchester’. The next worry is that to announce that export licenses will not be issued for
as countries sign up to the various UN accords on this any barrel chambered for 5.56 or 7.62 NATO destined
issue, we’ll suddenly discover that somebody has done for a commercial end-user.

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Calendar of events over the next few months
If your club or association has events you want to publicise here then email us.
5 Dec Gallery Rifle Xmas Shoot and Social 13 Jan 2010 Grand Prix of Plsen The competition
(National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) runs from 13th to 17th January Location: Plsen,
Come to the final gathering of 2009 for the Gallery CZE
Rifle community. This festive event has plenty of
27 Jan 2010 Munich Airgun International, GER
shooting, with a twist, and a splendid dinner and
The match runs from 27th to 30th January 2010.
grand Prize-giving that has never failed to
Location: Munich, GER
impress. Contact(s): Brian Thomas

6 Dec LMRA Wappenschaw (National Shooting 20 Feb Target Shotgun Festival (National Shooting
Centre (NSC), Bisley) Centre (NSC), Bisley)
Contact(s): LMRA Calling all Section One shotgun owners. The
Target Shotgun Festival has unique and
6 Dec Civilian Service Rifle competition (National challenging competition stages that are engaged
Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) Civilian Service with solid slug, SG/buckshot and birdshot
Rifle competitions are held throughout the year. ammunition. Contact(s): Brian Thomas
Dates so far for the winter league 24 October, 21
November, 6 December. Download an entry form 27 to 28 Feb The British Shooting and
and send to NSC, Bisley. Contact Mark Bradley Countryman Show - Telephone 01472 241439
for further information. Email - info@shownews.co.uk
http://www.shootingshow.co.uk/
12 Dec NRA Shooting Club Xmas Shoot (National
Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) 27 Mar to 28 Mar Gallery Rifle - Spring Action
NRA Shooting Club Xmas Shoot. Targets have Weekend (National Shooting Centre (NSC),
been booked on Melville. Bisley). Contact(s): Brian Thomas
Open to all full members of the NRA who have
completed and returned the registration form
3 to Mon 5 Apr Bisley Clubs Easter Meeting
which is available by clicking on the link below.
(National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) This
If you would like to attend you must book in at least
year the Easter Meeting will be run by the City
a week in advance by contacting Heather Webb.
For more information on the NRA Shooting Club - Rifle Club. Contact(s): Pat Drummy
Contact(s): Charles Perry
25 Apr Somerset SBSA – Open Shoot. (Rifle)
12 Dec DTL Shotgun Training, Sywell Ranges - Long Ashton Ranges. Tel. 01275 836442. Email.
Contact MLAGB julian.withey@btinternet.com

13 Dec Rifle Practice, Bisley 100yd - advance 26 Sep Somerset SBSA – Open Shoot. (Rifle)
booking required - Contact MLAGB Long Ashton Ranges.
Tel. 01275 836442. Email. julian.withey@btinter-
net.com

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The Westlake Taurus .357
Muzzle Loading Revolver

By Carl Boswell
When we lost pistols to the handgun ban of above - Alan in his workshop
1997, we thought we had lost it all but the fight
development of pistols that ‘fitted into’ the
continued in a variety of ways over the years, both
legislation contained in the 1997 Firearms
lobbying and legal actions. For the benefit of non-GB
(Amendment) Act, enacted after the pistol ban.
readers, shooters in Northern Ireland were allowed
Pistols with a minimum barrel-length of 12
to retain pistols and so were residents of the isle
inches and an overall length of two feet, or muzzle-
of Man. In the rest of Great Britain, pistols were
loading pistols were not prohibited and these
forbidden to ordinary citizens – or should that be ‘
long-barrel and modified propellant based
subjects’ – with the exception of vets and in some
muzzle-loading pistols and revolvers have come a
cases stalkers, for humane dispatch of wounded
long way in the last decade or so. Gunmakers like
game.
Alan Westlake and others have worked tirelessly
Some took another route and began the
to give us back some semblance
of the pistol shooting we thought
we had lost forever. However, our
Olympic pistol squads are still
unable to train in the UK but we
hope that they will eventually be
allowed to do so and thus compete in
their home Olympic Games in 2012.
Alan Westlake of Westlake
Engineering was featured in
last month’s ‘Gunshop of the
Month’. Alan has worked on some
interesting developments over the
years, but they have been hard
fought for with the authorities.
His recent innovation, a Taurus
revolver modified to a muzzle-loading
The revolver ready for loading revolver, is now accepted under
the current laws that govern firearm
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The revolver with before and after cylinders

ownership in the UK. Good news indeed, as this loader based on a modern revolver design.
at least brings back the ‘feel’ of shooting a modern The Taurus revolver looks and feels exactly like
revolver using modern propellants rather than any modern revolver, the balance being the
black-powder. Alan has developed traditional same as any other five-inch barrelled pistol. Just
reproduction black-powder revolvers into ‘nitro’ handling the Westlake Taurus brought back
burners in the past but this is the first muzzle- memories of my own Taurus which was sadly

Details of modifications

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taken from me in the 1997 hand-in. I do
currently have a Taurus long-barrel
revolver which is great as the feeling of
shooting a revolver is something that
most of us enjoyed. It’s not quite the
same as shooting a proper revolver with
no arm-brace and shorter barrel so this
latest offering from Alan really does bring
back the memories.
A fellow shooter, Colin Renwick, recently
acquired one of Alan’s converted Taurus
muzzle loaders. (You may know Colin as
the UK air rifle benchrest champion and
his talents do not stop there as he shoots
pistol at county level as well). Colin also Powder is prepared and seperated
has another of Alan’s pistols, the 22LR ready for use at the range

simply shortening the barrel.


The old cylinder is discarded
and a yoke extension fitted.
This contains the
spring-loaded plunger that
frees the action when the
yoke is closed. As this
extension cannot be
removed, it thus prevents
the re-fitting of the original
cylinder. Obviously this a key
point in making the revolver
legal in the UK.
To make this into a
muzzle-loader, Alan makes
a completely new cylinder,
Priming each cylinder with powder which has pockets for shot-
gun primers at the rear .

Browning Buckmark but


more on this in the new year.
The muzzle-loading Taurus
is actually a conversion
from a Taurus .357 Magnum
long-barrelled revolver.
This revolver complies with
current legislation for a
section 1 pistol and the
muzzle-loader has to be
converted from this model,
as a standard Taurus 357
Magnum revolver would
be classed as a section 5
revolver due to barrel-length
and overall length.
Using the loading press to force the wadcutter
Of course, the conversion
bullers into each cylinder
is more complicated than

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result of testing over a
number of months to get it just
Priming each cylinder with shotgun primers right. Firing the revolver is just
like firing the target revolv-
ers of old – same recoil, same
balance, same feel – brilliant!
A welcome alternative to the
traditional muzzle-loading
pistols that shooters are
compelled to use these days
– boy does it bring back
memories.
Something to consider if you
are looking to own one of
these conversions – either on
your own existing LBR or on
one supplied by Alan - order
well in advance as he is very
The pockets have a small flash hole through into
much a one-man band but this means that all
the chamber at the front. The chamber is made
work on your pistol will be done by Alan himself.
to accept .357” lead wadcutter bullets of the
Coupled with the fact that these and the other
type favoured for target shooting applications.
products that Alan makes are becoming more
The barrel is shortened to approximately five
popular – as they should be – so please allow time
inches and the defunct wrist-brace is removed.
for delivery.
Loading is similar to that of many historic
So there you have it. An excellent product which,
muzzle-loading revolvers. The cylinder is removed
if you long for the old pistol-shooting days, is
from the revolver and placed in a special loading
just about as near as you can get. Alternatively,
press (supplied) to seat the bullets in the revolver
maybe you never got the chance to shoot a proper
chambers after powder-charging. Colin uses
revolver but always wanted to try it, if so, the
2 grains of Bullseye powder as the charge for
Westlake Taurus could well fit your requirements.
target purposes. (Please refer to the
The conversion of your own pistol costs £330.00.
manufacturers guidelines for charges as
Extra Cylinders are £180.00 each. If you do not
although this load is safe in Colin’s revolver it
should not be used in conventional historic
or reproduction muzzle-loading pistols. Alan The test target at 25 metres
suggests charging the Taurus with Herco
powder - as per .38 S&W Special data -
conatct Alan for more imformation). Once the
chambers are charged, shotgun primers are
inserted into the primer pockets at the rear
of the cylinderThe loaded cylinder is then
slid back into the revolver and the pistol is
ready to fire. Easy and a lot less messy than
charging a conventional black-powder
revolver.
One interesting tip that Colin gave me
was using old 38 brass cases (obviously
without primer but with the base sealed)
as storage for the measured powder-
charges. The powder can thus be measured
at home ready to charge the cylinder at
the range. A bullet is placed gently in the
cartridge case to retain the powder for safe
transportation to the range – a neat idea.
On test, the accuracy was very good. The load
is low but just right for target-shooting and is the

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have a pistol this can be ordered for you from your FAC will need to be varied accordingly.
the Importers. A Taurus .357 Magnum LBR Contact Alan Westlake at;
currently costs around £675.00. Your FAC should Website; http://westlakeengineering.com/
have a variation for a .357/.38 Muzzle-loading Phone; 01722 782432
revolver and if you want any extra cylinders,

Tel/Fax 01722782432
Email; ags.westlake@virgin.net/ Website; www.westlakeengineering.com

The Taurus ML Revolver is converted from a Taurus .357 Magnum Long Barrelled Revolver.
The cylinder is removed and a Yoke extension fitted, this contains the spring loaded
plunger that frees the action when the yoke is closed. As this extension cannot be removed,
it prevents the re-fitting of the original cylinder. The Barrel is shortened to approximately 5
¼ inches and the wristbrace is removed.
A new cylinder is made which has pockets for shotgun primers at the rear with a small
flash hole through into the chamber at the front. The chamber is made to accept .357” lead
wadcutter
16 bullets. The
Target conversion of your pistol costs £330.00. Extra Cylinders are £180.00
Shooter
each. If you do not have a pistol I can order a new pistol from the Importers.
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Christmas Gadgets
Gallery
S pecial Uberti Zippo Lighters .
These lighters make great gifts for collectors. They are special
models to celebrate 50 years of Uberti Firearms and feature their first
model , the 1851 Navy Revolver .
The brushed Brass finish is a very small production run , only 50
have been made . Each one is numbered so buyers should phone to
reserve a number . Cost for this model including postage is £34.50.

The brushed Chrome finish is not numbered but already nearly 30%
of the first delivery have been pre sold . Cost for this model including
postage is £32.00 . Contact Merseyside Armoury on 07702 277791

N ightforce
Kit
Cleaning

Z eiss 8x26 PRF - Precision in


Pocket Size SRP £510
This Nightforce optical
cleaning kit is designed
especially for use on their
* High performance optics with 8x scopes; it includes an ultra
optical magnification brush, microfiber cloth and
* Quick, precise laser rangefinder anti-fog cleaning solution.
* Ballistic Information System (BIS) These products are designed
precisely displaying the correct to give the scope a perfect
holdover value. clean without the risk of
* Innovative 'one touch' principle damage.
* Hard-wearing, rugged rubber coated Available through your local
body gunshop. Imported via RAUG
RRP: £20.50
Tel: 01707 871350
www.zeiss.co.uk/sportsoptics

E LEY Soft shell


Jacket
Colour: Black £40.00
This popular outdoor jacket
is part of the ELEY clothing
range worn by sponsored
shooters including Olympic
medal winners. The
beathable, windproof and
water resistant jacket made
in a soft shell fabric is
available in men’s and
ladies fit sizes XS – XXL.
To place an order call 0121
313 4529 or email
KateWhite@eley.co.uk
New online shop coming soon with a fall range of ELEY
apparel and merchandise.

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Q uick clean Pull through
Quick clean Pull throughs
use a tear proof cord for safe use
and a high quality bronze brush
built in to the cord for gentle but
effective cleaning. Let the brass
weight gently glide through the
barrel and then pull Quick Clean
through slowly and steadily -
that's it - you're done! They are

E
also small and lightweight so you LEY Podium
can take the pull through with Colour: Black£1.00
you wherever you go. They are ELEY has developed a new insert called
fully washable and available in a a “Podium” which fits underneath the
variety of sizes to suit every gun. draw of the new Tenex box to lift the
Available through your local gun- bullets, making the removal of cartridges
shop. quick and easy leaving the shooter free
RRP: £18.00 to concentrate on their target. The
Podium was designed to fit with the new
Tenex box but shooters have used the
solid plastic podium in the other ELEY
boxes. To place an order call 0121 313
4529 or email KateWhite@eley.co.uk
New online shop coming soon with a fall
range of ELEY apparel and merchandise.

S portsmatch Spirit Level B ulzeyepro is an


optical booster lens
for generic or specific
The New Sportsmatch side scopes associated with
mounted spirit level is designed those that are used in
to be visible without moving your both centerfire and rimfire
eye away from the scope and it benchrest. The website
fits all Sportsmatch mounts with for the company is; http://
M5 side clamp screws. Perfect www.bulzeyepro.com/
stocking filler this Christmas. and the cost of the optic
Available through your local starts at $40 or £24 for
gunshop. RRP: £25.30 the entry model. This will
depend on the model,
coating and magnification
you get.

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V oodoo Tactical Roll Up Mat

The VOODOO TACTICAL Roll Up


Shooter's Mat provides lightweight
padded protection with fold-out
elbow wings and easy roll-up.
Includes sewn-in data book pocket
ith pen holder, removable tool pouch,
ammo pouch and bullet slots for easy,
quick access. Adjustable straps with U pLULA universal magazine pistol loader
Description:- Loads them all from 9mm to 45acp single or dual
quick release buckles. Extra male end stack. The ideal gift this festive season
"E" buckles to attach to your pack. Purchase online from our site www.gunsmalta.com
Measures 69" x 48" at the widest Cost 32 Euro
point. Rolls up to a compact 8" x 20".
£85.www.nwcustomparts.com/

R ude Fat Dog Xmas upgrade for your 10/22 ! -The new KID Cocking Handle kit comprises the
cushioned handle, guide rod and three separatecolour coded springs for use with differing velocity

ammunition. GBP 37.95 from www.rudefatdog.com/

N orth West Custom Parts


Calendar 2010
North West Custom has produced a 2010
Calendar of its favourite weapons which
we are donating copies to our Troops in
Afghanistan support them in their work.
You can get you copy posted direct to your
door for only £10.95 (postage included)
www.nwcustomparts.com/

O akley Customisable Radar, Shooting Specific - from


£129.99 (depending on lens choice)
The Shooting Specific Radar utilises the G26 Range lens
option to help increase the viewing area and decrease outside
distractions. The G26 lens is perfect for target shooting, but if
this doesn't quite suit the conditions then a wide selection of
lenses are available. www.oakley.co.uk/custom

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Action & chamber cleaning tool from Pro-shot.
This is an essential bit of kit for every shooter yet how many
have any means of cleaning the chamber and action? All
the Pro-shot products are well designed for the serious
shooter and this cleaning kit is no exception. From Tim
Hannam - www.timhannam.co.uk/ £23.99

The Nikon Sports Optics will shortly introduce


the Nikon riflescope ProStaff series. Nikon’s new
Prostaff series consist of six models, the 3-9x40
Duplex, 3-9x40 BDC, 3-9x50 Duplex, 3-9x50
BDC, 2-7x32 Duplex, and the 4x32 Duplex.
Each model has its own unique features and
brings the user the benefits of high cost performance with a variety of lens specifications and reticles to suit
diverse requirements. From £139.99 - contact Highland Outdoors at www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk/
Key features
•Multicoated lenses for light transmission up to 90%•Generous eye relief•Versatile magnification range for
various hunting situations•Windage and elevation reticle adjustments with precise 1/4 MOA click-reticle
adjustment•Nitrogen gas-filled and O-ring sealed for waterproofing and fog-proofing• Eco glass lenses• ED glass
for chromatic aberration compensation.

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T he popular Morini CM84E ISSF ‘Longarm’
Free Pistol Price: ~ £1200.00 - FAC Required
From the NSRA at www.nsra.co.uk/

A R-15 Magpul MIAD Modular Grip


www.midwayuk.com sell these excellent grips
for about £39. The grip features interchangeable
frontstraps and backstraps for a truly custom fit. Full
kit includes pistol grip, 3 backstraps, 4 frontstraps
(including one with an enhanced integral trigger- Laser Bore Sight
guard), core insert plug that holds 3 rounds of .223. (York Guns) Price:
from £54.95
This one is cartridge-
specific .It couldn’t be
simpler to use. Pin up a tar
get about 50 yards away and
set your rifle on a rest .
Chamber the laser – no need to actually close the bolt
fully – and adjust your rifle until the laser dot is on target.
Then, look through your scope and twiddle the adjusters
until the red dot is in the centre of your crosshair. A couple
of shots on target to fine-tune and job done. Nice thing is,
you could mount your scope and do the laser bit in your
garden but don’t frighten the neighbours! www.yorkguns.
com/

W EBLEY ALECTO ™, MULTI-STROKE PNEUMATIC


AIR PISTOL.177
CALIBRE, RRP £169.99
This ultra-easy to cock pistol goes way beyond traditional
single-stroke pneumatics, with the introduction of a patent
pending multi-stroke technology that allows muzzle velocity
to be set at 120 metres per second (“mps”) with a single
stroke, increasing to 160 mps with a second ”no sweat”
cocking action. A third stroke achieves maximum muzzle
energy limited to 5.8 ft-lb’s.

The new “Alecto ™ is


ergonomically perfect, available C o-Ax Case And Cartridge
Inspector
One tool to perform three vital
with either right or left handed
dedicated grips (left-handed measurements; • Neck wall thickness •
grips Case neck concentricity • Bullet runout.
available January 2010) each Measurements are in increments of
incorporating a comfortable palm one-thousandth of an inch so accuracy
and thumb rest, and is available is superb. The Inspector is unique
from all good gun shops now. because it checks both the bullet and case
www.webley.co.uk/ alignment in relation to the centerline
(axis) of theentire cartridge or case.
22 Target Shooter £85.74 from www.timhannam.co.uk/
S ightron SIII SS 8-32x56
LRD

Top of Sightron's S III range.


Finished in an elegant slate grey
and based on a one-piece 30 mm
alloy tube, the big Sightron has
crystal clear, bright optics right up
to the edge with plenty of contrast
and colour saturation. The unique
ExacTrack adjustment system
ensures gratifyingly precise and
reliable adjustments to be made
shot after shot without losing the
original zero. It boasts 70 M.o.A.
of adjustment in windage and
elevation (35 M.o.A. either side of
centre) compared to the
Nightforce 12-42x56 NXS which
has 65 M.o.A. of elevation and 45
M.o.A. of windage.

Sightron range offer a no-quibble


Lifetime Warranty on all their
products.
The Sightron SIII SS 8-32x56
LRD costs £ 820 with free P&P
during December. To order or for
further information, contact Aim
Field Sports on 01606 860678.

P armoor Custom Gun Stocks. The price for western red cedar stocks are from £195 in hard wood
amination i.e. beach, zebrano, black walnut, multi colour laminate from £250. Rose wood laminate,
black walnut laminate & any other exotic laminate from £300. Aluminium butt plates £40, trigger guards
from £60. Lacquering & polish £100. The company also makes sporting rifle stocks, f class stocks & F/TR
stocks. For further information contact Steve on 07958077365 or 01937842017
Peli’s latest addition to their successful travel vault/
fire arms cases. The 1770 is the longest Peli case
with generous volume. This case
should satisfy the needs of anyone
with longer firearms and equipment.
Interior dimensions:
138.6 x 39.6 x 21.9 cm (54.58" x
15.58" x 8.63" )
Available online at www.green-
leopard.co.uk
Price: £587.50 inc VAT

The Tiablo A10 takes gun mounted or hand-held


lamps to a whole new level. The performance of the
A10 is unrivalled in a unit so compact. Operating
for up to 3.5 hours on full power this lamp is even
suitable for centrefire users. Find out more at www.
allcocksoutdoorstore.co.uk or call 01299 822212
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‘Support your local gun shop’
Newavon Arms

Richard in the main shop

Newavon Arms is situated 5 minutes off junction 19 of buyers never get the chance to shoot it before
the M5 in the South West of England and has a great purchase. This means you will get the rifle that
selection of new and second hand weapons and more. suits you and your pocket before leaving the shop.
Richard Reeve, owner of Newavon Arms, has been Newavon Arms keep a great selection accessories,
in the gun trade for over 30 years and started off scopes, ammo and rifles and no matter whether you
supplying the film industry. Eight years ago he are a novice or an experience shooter, if you are
purchased Newavon Arms which was based in the looking for something a little bit special in a firearm
Bedminster area of Bristol before moving to his new then they can source it for you. Newavon Arms
premises in Pill, just outside bristol in July this year. customers come from all over the country and, being
The new shop was originally a convenience store close to the motorway, it’s very easy to get to the shop.
and Richard gutted the whole building, re- wired Richard has full workshop facilities and can offer
and layed new floors and amongst other things, put customers maintenance and servicing, re-stocking
in a ramp in to allow easy access to the upper level. and custom work on rifles and most other arms.
It’s easy to find your way around the shop as For the future, Newavon Arms are looking to get more
Richard has divided it into three sections - a clothing involved target-shooting and welcome customers
section where you can try-on garments, an upper who are looking to get started in the sport – rimfire
level for accessories and then the gun showroom. or centrefire - or simply looking to upgrade their rifle.
Regular customer or new, you will always get Newavon Arms will soon have a new website
a warm welcome and Richard and his staff are to compliment the shop but until then you can
always happy to help or advise on your needs. visit the shop Monday to Saturday. (Late night
Richard has not finished with the shop just Thursday, early closing Wednesday and Saturday)
yet and he is looking to build a 15 yard range Newavon Arms, 13-15 Lodway, Pill Nr Bristol BS20
in part of the building so that customers will 0DH
have the opportunity to try out air rifles and air
pistols. This is a very new concept as most air-gun

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Target Shooter
Shooting the Black Powder Pistol
Part 2

by Chris Risebrook
This month we will look at single shot pistols in Above - Modern copy of flintlock Kentucky
more detail. Apart from the matchlock, these will be pistol
either flintlock or percussion. Flintlock replicas are facing upwards and that the patch is still central.
either of a generic type - usually military - or copies With a small wooden mallet, tap the ball into the
of 18th and 19th century dueling and target pistols. muzzle. If the patching is tight, it may be necessary to
follow this with a short starter to seat the ball just
The military pistols are good fun, but not really below the muzzle. Then with the ramrod try and push
competitive. However, the target pistols are the ball firmly down onto the powder, in one smooth
capable of surprising accuracy, even though to motion. Again, there should be a witness mark on
compete under MLAGB rules they must be the ramrod to show that the ball is fully seated.
smoothbore. Larger bores seem to work best, with
heavy charges and tightly patched balls. Whilst it is virtually impossible to blow-up a
pistol with black-powder, any air gap between the
The problem with flintlocks is ignition - or rather lack powder and the ball has a nasty habit of converting a
of it! From my own experience, about one in four propellant into an explosive. Next, sprinkle a little
shots is a ‘flash in the pan’. The loading sequence powder into the pan close to the touch hole, close
requires a definite system and concentration from the pan, pull the trigger and hope for the best. In the
the shooter. Personally, I start with a measuring rod happy event that it actually fires, you will be caught
which I drop down the barrel to the witness mark to out by the long lock-time and the disconcerting flash
prove the barrel is empty (it is surprisingly easy to of the priming powder - not to mention the awe and
double load). Next, use a long drop tube and load wonder of the inevitable spectators. If it does not fire,
the powder, from a phial please - not from a flask. hold the gun pointing down range for about a minute,
Take a pre-lubed patch and place it over the just in case it is a hang fire. Then open the pan, brush
muzzle followed by the ball, making sure any sprue is away any powder, prick the touch hole to make sure

Modern copy of a Mortimer


flintlock

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The real McCoy! A best
English double barrel by
Bourne.

it is clear, re-prime and have another go. Needless gadget, but it takes away the niggling worry of ‘what if’.
to say, these misfires do nothing to improve your Under MLAGB rules, percussion pistols can be
target shooting, and are a good test of your technique rifled, and work well with modest charges in
- or lack of it. You will soon discover if you flinch! smaller calibers - .36 is a favorite. Once again
Under MLAGB rules, you have 30 minutes to fire 13 there are various copies of military style
shots, and you may well need every one of them. pistols but the target/dueling copies are incredibly
accurate with fast lock-times. The loading sequence
One potential worry with single shots in general and is as for the flintlock, except that instead of priming, a
flintlocks in particular, is that of a stuck ball. Most percussion cap just has to be placed over the nipple.
replicas come with a screw to remove a stuck patch, Patch lubricant is a subject all to itself. Presently I
but a stuck ball is another matter. If it just won’t go off, am using neatsfoot oil, but I have tried tallow,
the only recourse is to draw the charge. Easy enough washing-up liquid and spit - and they all work. Our Club
with a percussion - unscrew the nipple, sprinkle a Secretary used a concoction of soap, lard and his
few grains of powder down the touch hole, screw in wife’s perfume. It worked, but the smell was appalling!
the nipple, recap, point downrange and fire. There
will be enough pressure to push the ball out of the Last month, we touched on the subject of cleaning.
barrel. With a flintlock, a worm has to be screwed onto Countless different products are made especially for
the cleaning-rod which is then screwed into the ball this purpose and they all work but the easiest - and
to enable it to be pulled out. Easier said than done! cheapest way of cleaning - is simply boiling water.
Remove the stock and nipple - or touch-hole for
An engineer friend kindly made me a steel rod with flintlock - hold the barrel in a pair of wooden tongs,
interchangeable drill bit and worm and a collar which pour boiling water down the barrel, with a little
exactly fits the bore. With this, a hole can be drilled washing-up liquid and scrub with patches in a
centrally into the ball before screwing in the worm, piston motion until the patch comes out clean. The
and those with a mechanical bent may wish to barrel will become very hot and any water will quickly
make up such a device - if only for peace of mind. evaporate. When dry, oil in the usual way.
Fortunately, I have not, so far, had to use this Incidentally, it is best to carry out this cleaning
outside to avoid any domestic opposition! If
you are contemplating buying a pistol, do buy
one with a hook breach; it makes cleaning so
much easier. It is only necessary to push out
the fore-end key, and lift the barrel from the
breach.

All of the gadgets mentioned above and


English pocket more, are available from Henry Krank of
pistol by Pudsey, West Yorkshire.
Towlson converted Next time we will look at percussion
from flintlock revolvers.

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The Bradley Arms AR15 Mini Rifle

By Vince Bottomley
In this, the second part of our winter series of Above and below - The real thing – this is no
articles designed to get you and your club involved in replica. Note safety just above the grip.
competition shooting, I was intending to put my GSG
5 through its paces but, a slight change of plan.

Following part 1 in last month’s Target Shooter,


Mark Bradley got in touch and offered us one of his
rim-fires for review. If you shoot Practical Rifle or
Highpower, Mark will already be known to you and
you may even be shooting one of his rifles. As well
as being a keen competitor, Mark is also something
of an AR specialist and will build you a bespoke
centrefire AR15 and he also offers a semi-auto
rimfire version of this popular ‘straight-pull’ rifle.

Now, my GSG might look like Heckler & Koch’s MP5


but that’s as far as it goes – it’s just a semi-auto
rimfire made of plastic and Dinky Toy metal with
no parts common to the real MP5. The barrel is a
weedy tube and the moderator is a ‘pretend’. On the
other hand, Mark’s rimfire no only looks like an AR15
– it is an AR15 and shares many common parts with
the real thing - it just happens to be chambered
for the 22lr cartridge. In fact, if you already own an
AR15, you could easily convert it to a 22lr simply by
dropping an ‘upper’ onto your centrefire ‘lower’ but of
course, you already knew that didn’t you?

There are other cheaper ways to covert your


centrefire AR and you may have heard of those

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Very similar rifles handling-wise.
Note my new fore-end on the GSG

conversion kits - basically a 22lr ‘chamber’ which optics are concerned so maybe we can both learn
drops into the centrefire chamber. I have to something. I’m currently ammo-testing with a four
emphasise that our rifle is not so converted and it is power Burris on the GSG so the Schmidt will be ideal
a true 22lr fitted with a heavy Border match barrel. for comparable test purposes. I expected the S&B to
This rifle is therefore no cheaper than its centrefire have a duplex reticle but it’s fitted with a fancy but
counterpart, so expect to pay around three times super-fine crosshair, so even better.
what you would pay for my H&K look-alike. I asked Mark for an ammo. recommendation when
As you can see from the photographs, the AR really I collected the rifle but he was non-committal – “It’ll
looks ‘the part’ and this example is nicely tricked out shoot anything.” So, I’ll treat it the same as the GSG
with pic-rails and contrasting furniture. The standard and try the CCI Mini Mag that I’ve now settled on for
AR 223 magazine is nicely reproduced to take the the GSG.
22lr cartridge and, once in place, you
would struggle to tell it from the real The Black Dog mags. are the
thing. Is this important? Should we be same size as the ‘real’ one
attempting to make our ‘pretend’ rimfires and really tough
look like ‘proper’ guns? Well, it certainly
won’t make it shoot better but on the
other hand, an awful lot of research has
gone into the ergonomics and handling
of guns like the MP5 and AR15 and it
makes sense to copy this with a replica
– if you are allowed to - I’ve heard a little
whisper that H&K are none too pleased
with GSG’s replica and they may not be
on sale for ever, so now might be the
time to grab one!
Mark’s rifle has a 1 - 4 Schmidt &
Bender scope up top but he also gave
me a red-dot sight. In a future issue, I’ll
compare this with the red-dot I got from
York Guns. I’m a novice where these

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Rested, Mark’s rifle is one accurate piece of kit but
then, the GSG is no slouch. Indoors at 25 yards
there is very little to choose between the two and
with care, I could lay down some very impressive
three-shot ‘clover-leafs’ with either rifle though
under proper ‘benchrest’ conditions, the AR would
definitely have the edge. This impressed me as
I know the super-sonic rimfire ammo. doesn’t
usually give results comparable to the sub-sonic target
variety. At eight and a half pounds (less sight) the AR
is a good bit heavier than the GSG’s six and a half
pounds so it’s easier to benchrest. Also, the GSG’s That Magpul retractable
mag. tends to get in the way when trying to rest the stock is really good (Shown
fore-end but off-hand, either rifle will do the job and in fully retracted position)
with practice, it’s possible to shoot three-shot groups
around half an inch. Of course, this is a bonus in competition as you can
immediately see how many rounds remain whereas
If we are comparing the two, I found that the the AR gives no indication, though it does hold the
lighter GSG was a bit easier to handle. The GSG’s bolt open following the last round.
left-side forward-mounted cocking-handle is more
user-friendly than the AR’s rear-mounted charging Both magazines snap in and out easily though the
handle but, of course, if you already have an AR15 GSG must be pulled out – they won’t just drop to the
you will be familiar with such features. On the floor when you release the catch like the AR mags.
other hand, the trigger was far superior on Mark’s do. However, this is not a problem – the GSG is
AR and this made it nicer to shoot off-hand. With the designed so that you can easily do it one-handed by
GSG’s heavier trigger and lighter weight, there is a gripping the mag. and operating the release-catch
tendency to pull the shot but the internet is bristling with your thumb. The AR releases exactly the same
with modifications for these guns and shortly, I will as on all ARs - i.e. the release-catch is operated with
have to tackle the trigger. the trigger-finger.

The Black Dog AR magazines are a superb piece From the photographs, you will see that my
of kit. Externally, you just can’t tell it from the real GSG is now sporting a new fore-end made up of
thing and it’s so strongly made you could drive a three Pic. rails, with a grip mounted on the lower
4x4 over it no problem. However, filling the mag. is one. This greatly assists holding the rifle when
painfully slow compared to the GSG, which is very shooting from the standing position and the AR is
thoughtfully designed with a small catch which similarly equipped. The AR also sports a neat Magpul
allows you to pull down on the follower, releasing the retractable stock which I really liked. You can buy a
spring tension. The GSG mag. is also a reasonable retractable or folder for the GSG but I’ve not seen
replica of the H&K but because the sides are open, one as good as the AR’s Magpul – but I’ll keep
your visible weedy rimfire rounds are a give-away. looking and maybe try modifying a Magpul.

Finally, I would guess that many shooters


who buy one of Mark’s ARs – either as
a complete rifle or as an ‘upper’ – use it
for indoor practice in the off-season to
keep competition-sharp. The GSG on the
other hand is the plinker’s favourite – you
only have to look it up on You-Tube – but
I’m hoping it will still make a reasonable
beginner’s gun for Mini Rifle competition
as well.

Next month, Tim Finley will be reviewing


his latest toy (above)- a Mini Rilfe from
Tim Finley’s Mini Rifle South Yorkshire Shooting Supplies – it
from South Yorkshire looks ‘the dogs’ and Tim has already taken
Shooting Supplies his first win with it!

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News from the GB
F-Class Association

The 2009 European F Class Championships Special


The ‘Europeans’ are also the fifth and final round in the country that can easily cope with this
of the GBFCA League Championship and, number, it would clearly make for a great shoot and
following in the wake of the World even the weather forecast looked promising. To
Championships, I did wonder whether the turn make things run smoothly – essential with a turn
out would be down from the usual 100 plus out of this magnitude - we had dedicated R.O’s
competitors. and match organisers who did an excellent job.

Thankfully, it wasn’t and no fewer than 116 The trend towards the F/TR class continued
competitors had booked-in from all over and clearly this class appears to have a great
Europe with most GB regulars in attendance potential for growth and the field was now split
plus an increased showing from Europe with almost 50/50 between Open and F/TR. F/TR also
the Spanish and Ukrainian shooters had the highest percentage of new faces with
attending for the first time. Including the four many of the Continentals opting for this route, not
countries of the UK, no less than eleven nations to mention a large contingent of shooters from
were in attendance – a true international event. Altcar’s 101 Rifle Club sporting Fox Firearms
clothing.
With Bisley being probably the only range

Fox Firearms were in


attendance – flying the
Sportsmans Ass. flag and
selling a few goodies.

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As you would expect with a competition of conditions with little prospect of rain, we
this size, many shooters arrived at Bisley on hadn’t reckoned on an Autumn mist which
the Thursday to take advantage of some free shrouded the targets and put paid to the
practice time – remember, many of the planned two hour practice session. Diggle’s
bad weather appeared to have migrated south!
The practice was therefore abandoned but, when
the mist lifted - at around 9.30am – shooters
would dress back to 900 yards and have just have
a few minutes practice before the competition
proper got under way. Conditions were calm and
for most, it was probably sufficient and at least
we zeroed at the range we were now to shoot at.

Shooting in pairs, there were three details


over twenty targets. The details were split into
one Open Class, one F/TR and a mixed detail.
Details and squadding can be important at
Bisley and some targets are less favourable
than others but resident boffin Des Parr had
written a computer programme so that the
squadding was as random as it could be, hopefully
giving everyone a fair shoot. At least no one
could complain about drawing a bad lane, it was
New European Champion is young Adam just pure luck. As well as picking the lane, the
Brough squadding would also move you to the left or
the right and make sure you shot with a different
partner over each of the five matches. All clever
stuff.
Continental guys never shoot beyond 300
metres on their home ranges. For those who With the competition now underway at 900
couldn’t manage Thursday, organiser Mik yards, the wind was fairly light but it was
Maksimovic had allowed a few hours on the Friday fish tailing a bit and there was little room for
before the comp started, to zero at 800 yards. But, error on a five-ring which is just ten-inches in
best laid plans of mice and men etc……………. diameter. Current European Champion, Andy
Wyspianski, proved that his win last year was
Yes, although Friday dawned to dry, calm no fluke and posted a superb 75.12v shooting

This is one of our Ukrainian


friends, shooting a McRees
stocked Remington

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Organiser Mik Maksimovic
grabs a shoot when he can

his Walker Rifles BAT chambered in 7mmWSM. just ahead of Dan on V bull count. 1000 yards
He was closely followed by Cliff Warwick and is a long way for a 308 and although the scores
Jim De Kort on 74.7v with Cliff taking second were down, Russell Simmonds’ 88.6v was a
place on count back. There were some good great performance with Kate Fitton in second
performances in F/TR with Irishman Liam place on 87.4v and Paul Dobson third with 86.1v.
Fenlon’s excellent 72.5v beating Andy Gent on
count-back with Adam Bagnall close behind on With Day one over, the scores looked like this:
72.4v.
Open Class Adam Brough 171.12
Following the mandatory Bisley lunch break Dan Brough 170.9
we dressed back to 1000 yards and this clearly Grant Taylor 168.6
proved more testing with a lot of scores tumbling.
Andy Wyspianski could manage only 12th and F/TR Liam Fenlon 158.5
the Brough brother topped the list with Adam Russell Simmonds 156.9

Wot you lookin’ at? John Dean of Aimfield


Sports once again provided the winners
with bags, mats and Sightron scopes

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Kate Fitton 155.8 shots in that tiny white disc! Fine shooting with
phenomenally accurate rifles. Gary won on count
For day two, Saturday, it was once again dry back and third place went to Paul Sandie with
and mild and we were at 800 yards for the first 98.9v.
distance for a 2 sighters and 15 to count. Jan
de Kok came off the line with a 75.6v so could In F/TR big points can easily be dropped
rightly feel pleased – until he saw that this was at 1000 yards especially with a 20
only good enough for 21st place! To make round-count – remember, a two MOA wind-reading
the top you needed a 75 with twelve V bulls error will push you towards the ‘one’ ring!
– and three shooters managed this feat! On Andy Gent prevailed with a great 93.9v with
count-back, the stage win went to Mark Daish Mark Gray in second on 92.4v and Paul
with Jim de Kort second and Paul Hill third. Eggemann third, also with 91.4v after count back.
Russell Simmonds has dominated the League
Interestingly enough, scorer of the highest again this year but would his 91.4v be enough
V bull count with 13 was Lee Tomlinson but to take the win and his second Championship?
unfortunately for him, like several others, one
shot had slipped into the four ring. It was a Here’s how it all finished in the Open:
similar story in F/TR and two shooters cleaned
the target with Stuart Anselm’s 75.7v narrowly 1st Adam Brough 414.31v
beating Adam Bagnall into second place with 2nd Grant Taylor 414.28
75.6v. 3rd Dan Brough 413.31
4th Mark Daish 411.45
The weather continued warm and dry for the 5th Andy Wyspianski 411.42
900 yard stage and another five Open class 6th Gary Costello 411.41
shooters managed to get a maximum75. The 7th Paul Sandie 411.34
top three were Mark Daish with 75.11v , Lee
Tomlinson on 75.10v and Shaun Baker, Christer So, Adam is our new European
Jacobsson and Grant Taylor all on 75.5v. Shaun Champion. The scores of the top seven were
took 3rd on count back. amazingly close with some massive V bull counts.

Not too many overseas shooters find themselves In F/TR it finished like this:
near the top of the score sheet so it’s worth noting
that this was the second straight 75 today for Chris- 1st Russell Simmonds 395.30v
ter Jacobsson from Sweden. Yes, others had done 2nd Liam Fenlon 391.21
it but not with a 6mmXC like Christer was using. 3rd Adam Bagnall 388.23
4th Stuart Anselm 387.22
In F/TR, only one shooter managed a 75 and that 5th Steve Rigby 384.20
was current World Champion, Russ Simmonds. 6th Paul Eggerman 382.18
Adam Bagnall and Liam Fenlon were close 7th Andy Gent 381.29
behind on 73.7v with Adam getting second place
on count-back. Full results can be accessed via the GBFCA
website www.f-class.org.uk
The final distance of the Individual European
Championships would be the usual 1000 yard So, Russell Simmonds is now World Champion,
two and twenty shoot. The weather was good European Champion and GB League Champion
but the wind was definitely up and that extra all in the same year! It is possible that this may
100 yards makes all the difference – especially never happen again, unless he does it of course!
to the F/TR guys. The scores did come down Clearly, this man has something that the rest of us
in Open class with the field being spread out aspire to but Russell is willing to share his secrets
more but amazingly two shooters, current World and is planning to run a course for budding ‘effers’
Champion Gary Costello and David Kent, which will include reloading, rifle maintenance, etc.
posted an incredible 99.10v. Think about that for a
moment please. The V bull is just five inches We already know that Russell is the 2009
in diameter and these guys put ten of their 20 GB F/TR League Champion but what about

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the Open class? Grant Taylor won the very but after an hour or so the match was abandoned.
first League shoot of 2009 at Diggle and his Not only were the targets almost impossible to
second place finish today was enough to see but water in actions can have a detrimental
secure the League Championship for 2009 and effect and in the interests of safety and common
a very popular victory it was. Grant built his own sense, the shoot was reluctantly abandoned.
rifle and is one of the few to shoot a ‘straight’
284Win and make it work as well as a WSM. So some of us can now go back to our clubs
for six months of cold wet shooting until the
So that was it for the 2009 GB League. The GB League starts up again, with the opening
meeting was rounded off with the Shoot Dinner in shoot at Diggle in April 2010. By request, this
the London and Middlesex Club but prize giving will be a short range shoot - 5/600 yards, so
would have to wait until the Sunday, following the ideal maybe for your first foray into the F Class
Team shoots. League. Meanwhile, you can keep in touch with
After three days of great weather, heavy rain and F Class via this column and the GBFCA website.
high winds were forecast for Sunday and for once,
the forecasters got it spot on. We did get started

2009 League winner, Grant


Taylor

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Building a Rifle for F/TR Class

By Vince Bottomley
Without delving into the extensive rules shoot and given the gunsmith a few more options
governing F Class, we are basically looking at other than a bag full of lead-shot to juggle with.
rested rifles capable of half MOA accuracy out to
1000 yards – the V bull at this range remember The 6.5-284 Norma, 284 Win, 7mmWSM and
is just five-inches in diameter. Not surprisingly, a the 7mmBooBoo are the popular Open class
competitive F Class rifle would hold its own at cartridges. Although the ‘sevens’ will do the job
any 1000 yard benchrest event – except for the admirably, we quickly found out that barrel-life
fact that the maximum all-up weight limit is 22lbs., can be frighteningly short – especially with a
compared to 17 lbs. for the Light Gun class in benchrest. three-figure round-count at big matches. I’ve found (in
1000 yard benchrest) that my 7mmWSM will deliver
Twenty-two pounds? I’m of the opinion that outstanding accuracy for the first 250 rounds, very
someone didn’t properly think this one out. Almost good accuracy for the next 250 and then – well, don’t
any barrel/ stock/action/scope may be used and expect to find that five-inch V bull very often! In other
even then, a butt-full of lead shot will be needed words, reckon on a couple of barrels per season.
to bring the rifle up to weight. Benchresters have
proved that a 17 lb. rifle can be phenomenally For many shooters, this is just too much – not
accurate at 1000 yards and a 17 lb. weight- only the cost but the length of time it can take to
limit would have made the rifle more challenging to get a new barrel fitted. Not surprisingly, some

The beautifully finished


Robertson stock with Barnard
bedding-block

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The official GB F/TR Team
was chosen directly from the
2008 GB League results and
a variety of equipment proved
capable of doing the job.
The League winner, Russell
Simmonds, used a Barnard
‘S’ action and True-Flite
barrel in a Choate stock.
Stuart Anselm used a very
standard-looking Savage in
the factory laminate stock
but fitted with a 32 inch
Pacnor barrel, whilst yet
another used a scoped-up
Swing Target Rifle. Can an
The Barnard P action with ‘out of the box’ rifle cut it in
top level competition? Steve
factory trigger. Note recoil peg
Rigby and Paul Dobson used
in underside of action
their German Keppelers to
great effect and don’t forget,
competitors began to turn to the F/TR class – for a couple of the Gold Medal
rifles restricted to the 308 Win. cartridge. American winning American F/TR Team used an ‘out of the
shooters like Brad Sauve, Darrell Buell and box’ Savage F/TR at the Worlds last July.
others have lead the way over the last few years and
revived the 308 as a competitive long-range So, with a couple of season’s F/TR experience, we
target-round and we Brits have followed suit. In 2007, have a fair idea of what works and what doesn’t. Of
the GB F Class League ran a separate Championship course, the initial cost of building a competitive F/
for a dozen or so F/TR shooters - by the end of the TR rifle is not necessarily cheaper than an Open
2008 season, a third of the field were shooting F/TR. class rifle - as similar components could be used -
At the last Diggle League shoot a couple of months the saving is in barrel-life. The borescope reveals
ago, there were an equal number of F/TR and Open that 308 barrels tend to wear out rather than burn
class shooters and it was very close in the recent out like the big ‘sevens’ and we have seen 308’s
‘Europeans’. So what constitutes a competitive F/TR delivering outstanding accuracy well beyond 3000
rifle? rounds.

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for the 2009 World F Class Championships.

Stuart had made his choice of components.


The action will be a Barnard ‘P’ with light-
Running-in. Note the bolt, left-port. This action is of slightly heavier
Australian Larkin bi-pod proportions than the Barnard ‘S’ used by
World Champion Russell Simmonds and
comes with the excellent Barnard trigger,
which is fully adjustable. The barrel will be cut
from a 33 inch button-rifled True-flite blank
in ‘Heavy Palma’ profile with a 1 in 14 twist.
Some may think this twist-rate is marginal but
we had already proved that it would stabilize
the 155 grain Scenar with Stuart’s Savage.

The stock is a Canadian Robertson


H &H pattern in fibreglass – also
supplied by Fox Firearms. Barnard offer an
aluminium ‘bedding-block’ system to suit their
actions and the Robertson can be ordered
ready-inletted for the bedding-block. This
obviates the need for a full Devcon bed
and makes life very easy for the gunsmith.
This was Stuart’s choice as it would also
permit easy in and out of the barrelled-
action should the need arise (i.e. trigger
failure) and, we always have the option of a
Devcon bed if it doesn’t ‘cut it’ accuracy-wise.

Not only is the F/TR Class limited to


Most GB League shoots are at 800 – 1000 yards the 308 Winchester cartridge (and the
223 Rem. but don’t go there!), the all-up weight
and on the bullet front, most have settled on the 155
grainer. Steve Donaldson and George Barnard
favour the 200 grain bullet and have had some A winning combination – Lapua Scenar bullets,
good results with it. Much experimentation will VitN540, Lapua brass and Forster dies
no doubt take place over the winter with 175 –
200 grain 308 bullets. Although factory actions
like Remington and Savage are capable of
good accuracy, the custom action is preferred
and, with the current weak pound, American
actions are out and the New Zealand
Barnard is flavour of the month. Similarly, the NZ
True-Flite barrel has proven itself in
competition and with a sub. £300
price-tag and a delivery in weeks rather than
months, it’s no wonder they are popular.
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Stuart Anselm of Osprey Rifles won that first


GB F/TR Championship in 2007 with his
re-barrelled Savage and finished in the top
four in 2008, so earning a place on the GB
F/TR team and was subsequently chosen
to be Captain. We had re-barrelled Stuart’s
factory 12BVSS Savage in 2007 and he
approached me with a few ideas for his new rifle
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Ian Dixon’s carbon-fibre & aluminium
bi-pod – you won’t see a lighter more
stable bi-pod than this

of the rifle is reduced from the Open Class’s Barrel-length - 30 or 32 inches? Is it important?
whopping 22lbs., to a more reasonable 18lb. 2oz. Yes, with a 308 it could be. If that 155 grain bullet
Furthermore, rifles may only be supported by a simple is to stay supersonic all the way out to 1000 yards,
bi-pod – which is included in the weight of the rifle. A it must have a muzzle-velocity of at least 2950
back-bag may also be used but this is not fps. In our cold climate, an m/v nearer 3000 fps is
added to the weight. Although 18 lbs. may sound preferred. That extra two inches of barrel can make
generous, most shooters will hope to use something all the difference – or does it? An inch of barrel weighs
better than a Harris bi-pod to support the rifle, so around 4 ounces – two-inches is a useful half- pound
our real target-weight including scope, is more like weight saving! With our weight restriction, I decided
15-16 lbs. The Harris is a great product at less than a to find out if that extra two inches is worth having.
pound in weight but more elaborate bi-pods, like the
Sinclair or Australian Larkin typically weigh 2 – 3 lbs. Obviously, lopping two-inches off Stuart’s barrel
and then finding out that we’d made a fundamental
An 18 lb. F/TR rifle will typically break down as follows: error was not an option but I did have an identical
barrel, chambered with the same reamer. Using a
Action 2 to 3lbs. ‘control’ round of commercial ammunition - which
Stock 3 to 5 lbs was fairly ‘soft’ – the m/v over five shots averaged
30 – 32 inch barrel 6 to 8 lbs 2810 fps out of the 32 inch barrel. Back in the
Scope 1 to 2 lbs lathe and two-inches exactly were lopped off. Back
Sundries (trigger, guard, screws, mounts) ½ lb. on range a couple of days later – I didn’t take the
Bi-pod 1 to 3lbs temperature but it was miserably cold again and
my average m/v from the 30 inch tube was 2750
If we were to pick the heaviest option - a wood- fps. Stuart will keep his barrel at 32 inches –
laminate stock, heavy 32 inch barrel, Nightforce unfortunately, I can’t put the two inches back on mine!
scope and a decent bi-pod we would be up around
20 lbs. Compromises need to be made. Do we go for All the components are now with us and our
the heavy barrel and settle for a Harris and one pound reamer from Pacific Tool & Gauge is ground
Weaver 36 power scope or go for a lighter ‘Palma’ specifically to suit a 155 grain Lapua Scenar
profile on the barrel, an 8-32 Nightforce and a Sinclair bullet seated to a depth of 7mm into our Lapua 308
bi-pod? Each shooter will have to make that choice. case. If the chamber is cut with a reamer ground
to suit the 155 gn. Sierra Palma Match bullet and

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Shooting the Barnard - off a
Sinclair bi-pod

then the shooter opts to use the Scenar, the bullet grade’ barrels. I have them on my 600 yard and
will need to be seated much deeper and powder- 1000 yard benchguns and they are performing
capacity will be compromised - you don’t get 3100 very well. They also cut beautifully, so gunsmiths
fps from a 308 without using all its case-capacity! will like them and they are readily available and
competitively priced compared to American
Yes, some competitors are exceeding 3100 fps equivalents. Now the barrel is threaded and
– I know this because of the recently introduced chambered and mated to the action, we can start on
muzzle-energy limits for civilian shooters using the stock-work.
military ranges (including Bisley). Potentially
‘high energy’ ammunition (HME) must be The aluminium bedding-block is a very close fit in
chronographed and the rifle ‘zeroed’ prior to the start of the recess pre-machined in the stock. It’s too tight
shooting. A 155 grain bullet travelling at anything to allow the use of a thick bedding compound like
over 3100fps will exceed the HME limit of4500 joules Devcon or Marine-tex so we opted to simply glue it
and I have seen the chrono read well over this figure! in place with a two-pack epoxy adhesive (Araldite).
Anticipating that a certain amount of the epoxy
The victorious American F/TR Team (GB finished would ooze out, we took the precaution of applying
second in the Worlds) used the new 155.5 grain a release agent – wax polish – to the whole of the
Berger bullet and there is also a new Sierra 155 action and bunged-up screw-holes etc. with plastecine.
grain bullet. The Scenar, the Berger and the new
Sierra have a very similar BC (ballistic coefficient) The beauty of this process is that it can be
and any of these bullets would be suitable. At the accomplished by those who might otherwise baulk
time we chose the Scenar and had the reamer at the prospect of a full bedding-job but I’ve just
ground to suit simply on availability. Supplies of found out that Fox can supply the Robertson stock
the new Sierra and the Berger were not as reliable with the block already glued in place - if you don’t
but the Berger is now imported by Tim Hannam, feel confident in attempting it yourself. Now it’s
Norman Clark & Fox Firearms and HPS carry the just a matter of some minor milling on the stock to
new Sierra. Target Shooter scribe, Laurie Holland, clear the ejection-port, bolt-release and bolt-handle.
is currently carrying out extensive testing with the
Bergers in his F/TR gun so look out for a report soon. Is the bedding-block system as good as a
proper bedding-job? I don’t really see how it can be.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with True- Admittedly, the perfectly round Barnard action
Flite barrels, I can only say that they appear to and the bedding block are CNC machined so the
be made to the standard that we have come to fit should be perfect but a circular action in a 90
expect from American stainless-steel ‘match- degree ‘V’ means that the contact surfaces are

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minute. With a conventional bedding job, we are it a real test and, for the record, took second place.
seeking 100% contact. “The proof of the pudding
is in the eating” as they say - we’ll soon find out. Weight-wise, we are comfortably under – by about
Certainly, the build was very quick and simple - half a pound. Having said that, the scope is a Weaver
just two days. The Robertson stock is beautifully T36 which weighs just 17 ounces. A variable scope
finished and needs no work at all - apart from is preferred by F Class competitors as it can be
touching-up the milled-out ejection port etc. A turned-down if the mirage runs and it also allows
colour-matched paint sample is supplied for a shooter to more easily keep an eye on adjacent
this purpose. The stock-work could therefore be targets. This can be useful with a 308 at extreme
accomplished by anyone who is competent with ranges – at 1000 yards the targets are just seven
hand- tools. Fox also import ‘pre-fit’ True-Flite MOA wide and it’s all too easy to miss with the
barrels for the Barnard actions - the actions are so first sighter-shot. If you do miss, a glance at your
consistently accurately that no further fitting or competitors’ targets may at least tell you
headspacing is needed. Many shooters find this which side you likely missed on! An 8-32
route is the quickest and cheapest way to obtain a Nightforce NSX would be the dream choice but
semi-custom rifle. at 2lbs. it’s a luxury we can’t afford but the 8-32
Sightron is every bit as good as a Nightforce in
We did all the barrel-work on a Tuesday and my opinion for half the cost and Stuart ditched
glued in the bedding-block. On Wednesday, we the Weaver in favour of a Sightron for the Worlds.
removed the barrelled-action and carried out The subject of bi-pods for F/TR could
minor finishing work on the stock and mounted occupy a whole article. The simple but sturdy
the scope. By Thursday, Stuart was on the range Harris has served us well but you won’t see many on
breaking in the barrel and sorting out a load. competitive F/TR rigs – although it is light! Stuart
prefers the Australian Larkin bi-pod or the latest
Break-in procedure followed the familiar one-shot Sinclair offering, both of which weigh around two and
and clean for the first five shots, then half a dozen a half pounds. At the World Championships, custom
three-shot groups, thoroughly cleaning and de- built bi-pods using aluminium and carbon-fibre were
coppering between groups, then a couple of ten-shot in abundance. Ian Dixon’s is definitely worth a look.
strings to finish. Initial load-development was done at
the same time and all loading was carried out using The rifle has since proved itself in top level
Forster dies (from Tim Hannam) – I’ve found that their competition over the 2009 season and Stuart
Benchrest Ultra-Seater is about as good as it gets for finished second in the GB F/TR League
screw-in dies when it comes to loading straight rounds. (Russell Simmonds won – again!) and fourth in last
month’s European Championships (Russell won that
Vihtavuori N140 is a popular choice with 308 shooters one as well!) Stuart is pleased with his choice of
but the ‘5’ series double-base powders have proved components and has already put together a few similar
to be an effective alternative. Superior muzzle- rifles for F/TR shooters. Check out www.ospreyrifles.
velocities can be obtained with N540 with no increase com and www.foxfirearms.co.uk For Sightron www.
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consistently lower m/v with the 155 grain
bullet. The Lapua Scenar bullet will be
seated about five thou. (0.005 inches) off the
Please mention
rifling. With F Class competition there is always a
possibility of a “Cease-fire, remove bolts” so it’s best
not to load into the rifling and risk pulling a bullet
and filling the action with powder! The starting load
was 45 grains and we had a chronograph set up. when using
advertising in the
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Stuart increased the load - by 0.3 grain at a time - we magazine
soon hit 3000 fps with no pressure signs. When he
started to shoot groups, Stuart was relieved to see
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Weihrauch HW45 Air Pistol

By Tim Finley
There are few firearms that are iconic as the Colt this is all air pistol. In fact it is without equal in terms
45, and in the world of spring piston air pistols the of power levels in the spring piston pistol world. It
Weihrauch HW45 is at the top of the tree. It was
shamelessly designed to resemble the famous Colt
The end of the barrel inside the top
45, with it’s square section top slide cocking lever
housing the barrel of the pistol. Cleverly it can even
cocking section
accept any custom grips designed to fit the actual
Colt 45 firearm. The air pistol has been around for
twenty years. That does not take away the fact that
a genius design is a genius design. Do not let the
age of the pistol give you impression it’s “old hat”.
It still outperforms any other spring piston air pistol
on the market today. It weighs about the same as a
Colt 45 and from what I remember of shooting a real
45 it has the same “feel“. However, make no mistake

made it’s debut in 1985, being launched by


Weihrauch in Germany as the HW45 and in America
as the Beeman P1. The HW45 uses the same barrel
over cylinder system as the old Webley air pistols. Both
differ radically from the more normal low powered
break barrel spring piston pistols, which are more
common. The HW45 is a big pistol really, needing
a two handed supported shooting stance to get the
The Silver Star and my
best out of it.
HW45 The correct firing sequence for the HW45 is as
follows, first the safety catch is applied. Then top slide is

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is small, but you get the hang of it
after a while. Once cocked and loaded
the lever can be shut, again, it’s made
easier by pulling back the hammer/
latch, pushing the top down to it’s
lowest level and then letting the
hammer forward to engage the latch.
When ready to fire the safety catch
can be disengaged by pushing the
small safety lever forward. The safety
A 45ACP round next to a 177 pellet catch situated behind the trigger, it’s
a small ribbed lever. It has an S for
unlocked by pulling back on
the exposed hammer/latch at The safety catch
the back of the pistol near the
rear sight, the slide can then
be pulled upwards to compress
the spring. I found it easier to
press the top of the slide down in
order to more easily disengage the
hammer/latch. On the .177
versions the HW45 has
two cocked positions. The
first position swings the top
section through 90 degrees to
the main body of the action gives
a lower power setting for indoor
plinking/target work. If the top
section is then pulled all the
way out to 135 degrees from the

The standard HW45 front sight safe and a red dot and F for the
unsafe or ready to fire position.
Note however, there is only a
red dot warning you it’s ready to
fire on the left hand side of the
action, perhaps there are no left
handed shooters in Germany?
Weihrauch quote a 5.9 foot
pounds power level in their
advertising for the HW45. The
pistol also comes in .22/5.5mm
calibre, but that model does not
have the variable power setting
option of the smaller .177/4.5mm
calibre. The standard black
model HW45 is fitted with notch
and post type open sights.
The rear sight is adjustable for
action this sets the pistol to it’s highest power for windage and elevation, via screwdriver type screws
longer range outdoor work. The pellet can then heads. But it also has a scope/red dot sight mounting
be loaded directly into the end of the barrel, which dovetail on the front half of the top cocking lever, which
is housed in the top section/cocking lever. The extends all the way to the front of the gun, even past
barrel sits inside the top section/lever with a space the front sight post. The wooden slab grips are styled
behind the barrel for the raised transfer port and “o” upon the Colt firearm the HW45 is modelled upon.
ring seal where the barrel mates with when the top They have checkered panels to ensure a firm hold.
slide is closed. I found it a bit fiddly to load at first Over the chronograph the pistol gave me 3.2
with my large fingers, the space behind the barrel foot-pounds on the first cocked position and a very

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healthy 5.2 foot pounds on
the fully cocked position. The
trigger is very good for a pistol
and plays a part in making the
HW45 such an accurate gun.
I wanted to see if the differing
powers had an effect on the
trigger weight. I suspected the
trigger weight on the higher
power setting would be higher
due to the increased pressure
on the trigger sears caused
by the increased main spring
tension. Testing the weight with
my electronic trigger scale I
The laser mounted on
was correct, the average weight
of the low power setting was the trigger guard
1.260kg (2lb 11oz) compared to
1.365kg (3lb) when running at the HW45 and after a long plinking session, you
full power. The adjustment screws are both situated know about shooting the HW45. But that really is the
on the front face of the ribbed trigger blade and can only down side to the gun. It comes supplied with a
be accessed via a hole in the trigger guard. The top comprehensive instruction guide and spare “o”
screw alters the second stage position, shorter turn ring for the transfer port. It also has an Allen key
which fit’s the trigger adjustment
I replaced the wood grips with a rubber one screw, but believe me you do not
need to alter it from the factory
settings. I bought the HW45
myself in 2006, or rather my
wife bought it for my birthday,
on a trip to the gun trade show
IWA I bought a set of Hogue
rubber grips for a Colt 45 and as
mentioned at the start of the
piece they fit the HW45. I also
fitted a laser on the front of
the trigger guard and a Hawke
Picatinny rail on the pistols
dovetail rail. Onto this I fitted
a small Barska reflex/red dot
sight it needed the Picatinny
rail as 99% of the small reflex
sights are all made to fit Weaver/
to the right, longer turn to the left. The bottom screw Picatinny style rails. Coupled with the laser the gun
is the weight, turning in will harden or increase the is capable of hitting 1inch discs out to 30 yards. In
trigger weight and turn to the left to lighten or soften this set up my HW45 is a very, useable gun, it looks
the trigger. I left the trigger as factory set, for my good and it very accurate.
initial tests. I first zeroed the gun in my 6 yard loft The latest version of the HW45 is the Silver Star,
range, where it comfortably grouped within 10mm recently launched by Weihrauch, on paper this
using a two handed grip. Both with Vogel Match new version of the HW45 just looks to have had a
pellets and #7 Crosman Premiers. Another feature cosmetic makeover to bring it more up to date. On
of the HW45 is the optional extra of a shoulder stock, opening the box it looks a little like the older STL
this makes the very most of the guns long range version of the HW45 but that initial look was way
accuracy and means you can fit a normal rifle scope off the mark. This new model is so much more than
to the dovetails. There is also a .20 calibre spare that. It has several new features that set it apart
barrel if you want a change of calibre from the from all the previous HW45 marks. The new feature,
normal .177 or .22. which is a major advance over the old models for
I do find it hard work to continually shoot the pistol me, is the fitting of coloured fibre optic strands to
without a break. It does take a bit of effort to cock
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measured its power over the chronograph at two
The Silver Stars front sight
and a half foot pounds with .177/4.5mm 7.9 grain
Crosman pellets. Pulling top section all the
way out the power went up a full two foot
pounds to just over four and a half, this was
with a brand new gun with less than 20 shots
through it. Once worn in the power should
match my old model. The power gain of the
second setting is for only a further 17mm
of movement on the piston. Initial tests in
my loft range at six yards gave me an 8mm
center-to-center five shot group shot with
wadcutter match pellets, with a power of four
and a half to five foot-pounds the Silver Star is
the rear notch and front post open sights. This aid to wasted at six yards. I took off to my FT club to
sighting I have used on many other weapons and the see what is could do a FT pistol ranges. Out of doors
difference the system makes to open sights is the fibre optic sight came into it’s own, the front
monumental. You cannot fail
to recognise the new model
as the words Silver Star are
engraved in flowing script behind
the HW45 logo on the left hand
side of the action. The grips too
have had a major make-over and
been replaced with a laminated
wood set which are target style
and look really stunning. The
layered wood in differing
shaded of grey is well sculptured
and has a stippled finish to the
bottom portion of the grip. This
bottom half also swells out to
a large section butt cap. The
The Silver Stars laminated
craftsmanship finish on the
wooden grip
wood is as you expect from
Weihrauch on their Special
Marks, superb. Getting down to
the nitty gritty, the pistols mechanism is basically the sight has a red filament and the rear a looped green
same as my standard mark on this latest model I section. These give two outer green dots and a
center red dot when on the aim. With a zero card
set at fifteen yards, my FT
pistol zero range I set about
seeing what the Silver Star
could do. We use a two handed
grip in FT pistol and the new
laminated wood grip is the best
I have ever used on a spring
powered air pistol. It is
comfortable as a single handed
shooting stance too. It is not
perfect for both left and
right-handed shooters as
it has been designed to be
ambidextrous, but as a
right-hander it still felt good
The trigger adjustment to me. The compromise in
screws dedicated right or left-handed
shooters design is minimal and

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sight and Deben for the Picatinny rail.
Shooting the Silver Star Specification
Manufacturer WEIHRAUCH
Distributor Hull Cartridge 01482
34257
Model HW45
Type Spring Piston
Barrel length 170mm
Calibre .177 or .22 (.177 on
test) (Spare .20
barrel available)
Action Over lever
Sights Notch - adjustable
(with dovetail optical sight ramp)
Trigger Two stage adjustable
whoever did design it wants a pat on the back. Overall length 280mm
You can tell they spent time on it, the way the Weight 1.1 Kg
angle of the front top section of the grip follows the Price £270 rrp
angle of the safety catch when in the safe model
is just one example of their deft touch. It really is a Model HW45 Silver Star
comfortable gun to shoot compared to the plain grips Type Spring Piston
of the standard model, as I wrote earlier I should Barrel length 170mm
know I own a standard HW45. At fifteen yards with Calibre .177 or .22 (.177 on test)
a standard two handed outstretched arm grip I shot Action Over lever
a 20.7mm five shot group, this is with open sights Sights Rear notch – adjustable, with fibre optic el-
remember. It was more remarkable when I ements front and rear (with dovetail optical sight
measured it more closely, three shots were within ramp)
7.6mm, four within 14.1mm, so I must have spoilt the Trigger Two-stage adjustable
group with my fifth and last shot going high to spread Grips Laminated Gray wood target style
it out to almost 21mm. I then ventured over to the FT stippled for grip
pistol course, the first target was a 20 yarder. Overall length 280mm
Aiming just at the top of the target I dropped it with Weight 1.1 Kg
my first shot, deciding then to go through the ten Price £294 rrp
targets as an actual course I missed only three due
to me not really knowing the Silver Stars close in Barska sight £75 from South Yorkshire Shooting
trajectory. Fitted with a scope or red dot sight of some Supplies
kind it would be fantastic, but I would be loathed to Hawke HK 17013 11mm to Picatinny rail £22 from
do so on the Silver Star, the new fibre optic elements Deben
really makes open sights work and what’s the point
of rendering such a great feature on a great gun
unusable by fitting a scope.
I decided to keep the Silver Star and
add it to my ever-growing collection of The superb Barska sight
air pistols, yes I have a standard HW45
already but this new model is so much
more, it may be expensive as true
quality always is. My old standard
model is tricked up with rubber grips, a
laser and optical sight but the Silver Star
I shall leave as it is, open sights do have
a part to play in target shooting and
shooting this gun it deserves a gold not
a silver star.

Thanks to Karl and Pat of Guns


International and Dave at Hull Cartridge
for the pistols, SYSS for the Barska

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Target Shooter 57
A critical examination of the 2009 Imperial
Meeting Ammunition – Part One.

By Chris White
The NRA Imperial Meeting, the largest Target Rifle the NRA, so they had no option but to go elsewhere.
competition in the UK, has always imposed After various ‘trials’, ammunition supplied by RWS was
‘issued ammunition’ on competitors, relying until this chosen. Target Rifle shooter Chris White shot in the
year on military RG ammunition producer, British Imperial and now he looks a little closer into the RWS
Aerospace. Unfortunately, BA will no longer product.
supply ammunition to independent associations like Whilst the title may be a bit of a
mouthful, it hopefully reflects the nature
of this article. Target Rifle shooters are
prone (pun intended) to pontificate on
the basis of gut feel and old wives tales.
Facts which are stated boldly behind
firing-points up and down the country
often have very little in the way of hard
facts to support them.

Most of the competitors I spoke to


at this year’s Imperial Meeting were
blissfully happy with the issue RWS
ammunition. One or two reckoned they
had had shoots ruined by off-call shots.

So was the ammunition the cat’s


whisker? Was it just reasonably good
commercial ammunition or was all the
hype unjustified? I could make a
statement here as to my opinion and
make this a very short article. That
opinion, however, would be just as
subjective as any shooters’ scuttlebutt.

Of course to be really scientific about


this we should have taken reasonably
large batches of a variety of different
ammunition types and shot them off a
bench in ideal weather conditions to see
which batch produced the tightest groups.
I do have neither the financial nor the
time resource to do this and neither am
I a bench shooter, furthermore when

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the chips are down I have do the best I can, ‘sling’ Both the Army Target Shooting Club and the English
shooting my rifle from the shoulder in whatever weather XX Club run open meetings over the May Bank
condition prevails at the time and exercising all the skill, Holiday weekends. These meetings require the
luck and low cunning available to beget a better score entrants to shoot issued ammunition which, in both
than all the other guys (and gals) who are in exactly these cases this year, was HPS Target Master - the
the same boat. As Captain Mainwaring would say ‘We current ammunition of choice for many clubs and
needed to do the exercise under combat conditions’! TR shooters who do not reload. Both the British
Commonwealth Open in July and The NRA Imperial
What follows is not going to be a treatise on either Meeting in July issued RWS “NRA Target” ammunition.
ammunition manufacture or statistics. Suffice it to say
that because the sample sizes are relatively low and the The Welsh Rifle Association Open Meeting over the
samples are not chosen randomly, any conclusions have August Bank Holiday weekend allows the use of any
no statistical validity whatsoever. The sort of statistical ammunition, furthermore it provides TR shooters to
invalidity which pertained when I asked my MP if there shoot alongside the Match Rifle shooters on Monday
was a connection between the banning of handguns morning at 1,000, 1,100 and 1,200 yards. To say that
and a five fold increase in crimes involving handguns! this is a severe test of shooter, rifle and ammunition is
If, as Mark Twain said, “There are lies, damn lies and something of an understatement!
statistics” the facts can speak for themselves and
readers can draw their conclusions but, I will dare bet that This then gave me the opportunity to critically
if we could have gone on testing until the cows came home appraise the performance of the RWS ammunition in
the end result would have been pretty much the same. comparison with commercially produced handloads
of accepted quality (HPS) and my own ammunition.
Finally, whilst we are still in the realm of disclaimers,
any handload mentioned in this article was perfectly Before we get into looking at results, a word about
safe in the author’s rifle using his reloading equipment my own ammunition (VMS). This was originally
and techniques. That does not mean it will be safe in developed as a commercial product and, as a result,
your rifle using your equipment and techniques. had to perform in a variety of rifles. Consequently
Always refer to a reputable loading manual. Neither the little load development has been done other than
author, the editor nor the publishers accept any liability ensuring that it meets these criteria and that it would
for readers misusing this information. Data on cartridge significantly outperform ‘good’ RG. (British Aerospace
length must not be construed as a recommendation! ammunition produced at their Radway Green facility).

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My ammunition is loaded with Sierra 155 engages the rifling. My comparator has a .299 inch
Matchking bullets (as was both the HPS and RWS) diameter hole for .30 calibre.
over 45.6 grains of Vihtavouri N140 in MEN cases
and ignited by Federal Gold Medal primers. Bullets In all the cases studied values for each brand
are seated with an LE Wilson benchrest seating die. showed very little variation from round to round
so the values quoted are typical. Various batches
Exceptions to this generic load are that the loads for of Target Grade 155 grain RG were measured for
my short-range rifle were set at 10 thou. off the rifling comparison purposes. There were some significant
and for the long range rifle, as a result of a little bit differences from round to round so three rounds
of load development, 3 thou off. In both cases the drawn at random from each batch were checked.
ammunition used was neck-sized only and the finished
rounds batched by total loaded-weight. In the case The results appear in table 1.
of the long-range ammunition, only live
round showing less than 3 thou of total ]
indicated bullet run-out were used for
scoring shots. (We’ll come back to this
point later).

Please bear in mind that all we can


establish is the relative performance
of these three different brands of
ammunition in the author’s rifles.
Different rifles may produce different
results and better shooters may
produce tighter groups. To try to rule
out external effects I have taken as my
examples the tightest elevation spreads
displayed by the respective brands at
300, 600 900 and 1,000 yards.

The rifle used at short range is a Barnard


with a 1 in 14 twist 30 inch Krieger
barrel which has currently had 4,000
rounds fired through it and at long range
a Steyr SSG (rear locking) with a 30
inch 1 in 12 Krieger which has now shot 6,500 rounds. Next month, we will look more closely at how the
Both rifles are pillar bedded in Anschutz Supermatch ammunition performed in competition.
walnut stocks and have height adjustable foresights.

As a physical comparison I checked cartridge ogival


length with a comparator. This picks up on the bullet
ogive and is more meaningful than using cartridge
overall length. It should be noted that the comparator
does not, necessarily, sit on the part of the bullet which

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No.4(T) Sniper Rifle

By Nigel Greenaway

Having covered the development of the No.4(T) Right -: Three No.32 scopes – a Mk1, a Mk2 in the
sniper rifle and its telescopic sight, it is now time to middle and lower a Mk3.
give some useful tips on shooting and reloading for
popular because it ran to five editions. A similar
these fine rifles. Some of the best explanations on
book, also by an ex-WW1 sniping officer only ran to
how to use both rifles and sights were in the training
one edition – Sniping, Scouting and Patrolling.
literature of the day.
The first official pamphlet was Military Training
Training Literature
pamphlet No.44 Notes on the Training of Snipers,
Several pamphlets and booklets were
printed and these have become very
collectable. The first publications
were privately printed by Gale and
Polden in 1940. Fieldcraft Sniping and
Intelligence was written by Lt-Colonel
N.A.D. Armstrong. A Canadian
explorer and big game hunter who
got involved with sniping during the
WW1 and ran one of the Canadian
Sniping Schools before becoming an
instructor at the Sniping Wing, Small
Arms School Hythe and Bisley, 1940-
42 and ultimately Commandant of
the Royal Marine Sniper’s School
at which he is pictured in the group
photograph, front row, second from
the left. His book was obviously
Right -: 1st Sniper’s Special course
1943

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A number of WW2
privately printed and
official literature on
sniping

printed in 1940 which has a WW1 flavour and does otherwise free floating, barrel touching the last couple
not mention the No.4(T). The next publication was of inches of the fore-end with a downward pressure.
Small Arms Training Vol 1 Pamphlet No.3 Rifle 1942 It should require 3-5 lbs of upward pressure to lift the
which does mention the No.4(T) and the correct use barrel off its contact at the tip of the forend. When
of the M1907 sling on the last 7 pages. A rare set of released the barrel should go straight back down on
amendments for this pamphlet were printed in June the middle of the bearing surface, not contacting the
1945 which, for the first time, gave instructions on sides of the forend. Some No.4’s have subsequently
how to zero the No.32 Mk3 scope. In April 1944 Army been centre bedded for civilian target shooting which
Training Instruction No.9 The Organization, Training results in the barrel appearing to be free floating at the
and Employment of Snipers was published - just in muzzle-end. This method is not correct for a No.4(T).
time to issue to troops for D-Day. It was not until 1946 The other thing to check is that the top hand guard,
that the first really comprehensive 65 page pamphlet nearest to the foresight protector, has not moved
was produced - Small Arms Training Vol 1 Pamphlet forward under recoil. I have seen many No.4’s
No.28 SNIPING – because of its comprehensive where the metal tip of the hand guard is actually
coverage on how to zero all three marks of scope I touching the foresight protector which will result in
have had some reprints made which current users inconsistent barrel flip and consequent lack of
find very useful. The last publication - Infantry Platoon accuracy.
Weapons Pamphlet No.10 SNIPING 1951 was all of
142 pages and came in handy for the Korean War. On the subject of accuracy - the required wartime
standard for a No.4(T) was a five round group
How to get the best out of your rifle within 3x3 inches at 100 yards. The training
Apart from all the obvious points about sound literature stated that 2.5 inches or better was
bedding, good barrel and muzzle, correct head possible at this range and because of the Lee-Enfield’s
spacing, tight king or bedding screw, etc there are “compensating” action, accuracy was often better at
one or two key things you need to check before longer ranges. I have shot my No.4(T) at 1000 yards
shooting your No.4. Numerous tests, during and in a Practical Rifle competition. The four targets
after the war, proved that the original method of were 18 inch wide Fig 11’s spaced equally apart on
bedding was the best. This resulted in the, the ten foot wide backer, 4 shots, one on each target

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There should be about a 1.5mm gap
between forend and foresight
protector
in 30 seconds. I had already shot the competition prevent gas bleeding past the bullet before proper
with an Enfield Enforcer, so I had some idea of the set up in the rifling. Powders that work well are
wind and the affect of the extreme cold on people’s Vihtavuori 140 and Reloder 15. I prefer the latter
elevation. I asked to shoot my No.4(T) just to see what and anything starting around the 41.0 – 41.3 grain
the old girl was capable of – much to the amusement level will give slightly under the service velocity
of some onlookers armed with some very modern.. of 2440 feet per second (this will vary from rifle to
..rifles with powerful scopes. I was not given any rifle). I use Greek HXP brass which I sort by rifle
zeroing shots, so I cranked the elevation drum and neck resize thereafter but Privy Partisan brass is
to the number “10” and added 2 minutes for the probably even better. Overall cartridge length will
excessive cold, applied some windage, before be determined by the type of shooting, magazine
shooting four times within about 20 seconds fed or single shot – mine are 3.075 inch OAL. All
using Greek HXP military specification ammunition. the usual caveats apply as I have found this to
When the targets reappeared there were four chest be a safe load in my rifle but readers should start
shots and the doubters said I couldn’t do it again – at least 10% below this load, especially if using
so I did, amused comments ceased forthwith to be different brass or bullets. Another tip is to neck size
replaced with a certain respect for the old sniper rifle. the brass for as long as possible before full length
resizing. This will extend the life of your brass and
Reloading for the No.4(T) also make it more accurate but you will need to
If you really want to experience the full accuracy segregate your brass if shooting more than one rifle
potential of a No.4(T) you need to consider in .303 calibre. I use standard factory loaded HXP for
reloading. Sierra produce a really nice boat-tailed rapid fire or snap competitions at 200 yards because
174 grain Match King bullet which can be made it is perfectly up to the job of hitting the 12 inch
to shoot to just over a minute of angle in a well square bull – I then neck resize for the longer range
bedded rifle with a good barrel. I stress this competitions. Neck resized ammunition can get a
because in a cordite worn barrel, characterised by bit tight to chamber so is best NOT used in rapid fire
wear in the lead of the rifling, boat tail bullets will not events.
shoot well whilst the barrel may still shoot well with
the original flat based bullets. The flat base helps

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The author shooting at 1000 yards

Zeroing the No.32 telescopic sight sought after scopes. They had a slipping scale
If a shot strikes to the left of the target, turn the with a recessed projection which was designed to
deflection/windage drum anti-clockwise and accept the tip of a bullet. All you had to do was hold
vice versa. Mk1 scopes have 2 minute windage the drum tight whilst using the tip of the bullet in the
adjustment and 50 yard clicks for elevation whilst recessed projection to push the slipping scale around
the Mk’s 2 & 3 have one minute adjustment in both to the correct reading – very simple and soldier proof!
windage and elevation. Once zeroed correctly Well that is the end of this series on the No4(T)
for elevation, military ammunition would shoot sniper rifle – probably the best sniper rifle of
correctly to whatever range setting you dialed with the WW2 when considering its all round attributes of
numbers 1-10 corresponding to 100-1,000 yards – accuracy, robustness, one minute of angle
hence these scopes are refered to as Bullet Drop adjustment of scope plus overall ease of use.
Compensating. Zeroing the Mk 1 & 2 sights can German optics were better but they had no
be purgatory because you need three hands! Zero windage adjustment on the scope and some of the
at 100 yards, making adjustments so that you are mounting systems were not very robust. It speaks
striking the two inch square aiming mark. To zero the volumes for the basic package of rifle and scope
drums you have to hold the drum stationary whilst when you consider that from the 1970’s onwards
loosening the clamping ring but whilst not moving original No.4T) rifles were converted to 7.62mm
the central pin. You then have to keep the central calibre to produce the L42A1, which served for
rectangular shaped pin stationary whilst rotating the another 20 years. No.4(T)sniper rifles have proved
drum so that it either reads zero for windage or the to be one of the best investments for collectors and
number ‘1’ for 100 yards (if that is the range you shooters with prices touching £5,000 at this year’s
are shooting at). You then have to hold the drum Trafalgar Meeting Trade Fair – find the right one and
and central pin stationary whilst retightening the it will continue to appreciate in value for years to
clamping ring. There were two different types of tool come and provide a lot of enjoyment for the owner at
used to help achieve this feat but both were not very the same time.
good! The Mk3 scope or the modified Mk2/1 scope
(a Mk2 scope retrofitted with Mk3 drums) were much Sources:
easier to zero and this is why these are the most The Armourer Militaria Magazine, Issue 57 May/

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Sierra’s excellent 174 grain
MatchKing bullets

June 2003 – WW2 Sniping Rifles by Roger Payne


International Arms & Militaria Collector – Magazine
No.20, 2002 – Roger Payne and David Tomkinson
article on the No.4(T)
An Armourer’s Perspective .303 No.4(T) Sniper Rifle
– ISBN 1 85367 144 4. Peter Laidler’s bible on the
history of these rifles.

Telescope Sighting
No.32 – An insider view Reloads can
of the Snipers Rifle result in sub
Telescope - Peter one inch
Laidler - last reprinted groups at
in 1993 - a very 100 yards
comprehensive booklet
on these scopes
and how to strip and
reassemble them (if you
are very brave)

Have a good
Christmas and see
you in the New Year

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Gun of the Month

Have a look at the photograph – what makes


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Yes, that’s just a ‘common or garden’ A5
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Was it the winning rifle? Has it set any records?


No, it didn’t win but it was still a ‘first’ in that this
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British-made action from Russell Gall Rifles in
Scotland.
the very best in proven design and materials.
Way back in spring, Target Shooter carried a
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we’ve seen prototypes before but the gap the Month, examined the action in detail and
between making one action and putting them brought you, the readers of Target Shooter,
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Shooting from the chair

By Andy Dubreuil
The title may seem strange but bare with me, I Portishead near Bristol I was face with my old
have been wheelchair bound since 1995 due to a problem of having to get out of the chair bum down
spinal injury and for anyone that suddenly has a the steps to get into the club, no big deal as I always
disability, and it’s hard to get over and to adjust to. make the effort. As I watch someone asked me if I
I was always active in everything I did but your life wanted to have ago with an air rifle. The last time I
can change overnight. Disability doesn’t change shot was when I was in the army many years ago, but
the person but it can with those around them, it can I thought I would give it a go, well I found that I had not
take you to some very dark places as reality sets in. lost my touch for shooting. After a couple of visits a
I take a comment for a young soldier who said one bought a couple of air rifles and it was good as I had
moment he was 6ft tall and in a flash he was 4ft tall found something to be able to do with my step son.
caused by and IED, he lost both legs and an arm Trouble is that he was reaching the age were
in the explosion, but when one door closes another girls had come to his mind and when he found
opens as they say and he is still working for the one I found myself the only one going to the club,
Army and is into sports that he would never of got but I had got hooked on the idea of being able to
into if it had not been a single life changing situation compete in postal competitions and when I won my
and that is what it’s like for most disabled people. first medal that was it, I was in at the deep end.
My step son was in the Marine Cadets and turned I got through some different air rifles and then
round to me one day and said he would love to I had a go at Rimfire, that was so much fun, but
be able to get extra practice at shooting as this is then I was trying 3.57 and black powder. The 3.57
something that he did with them, so I said ok we and black powder was great fun but was almost
will find a club to join so you can get some extra knocking me out of my chair and I do take
practice. When I went down to the local club which is safety seriously and stick with in my limits. I got
myself a Ruger with a match
barrel and it wasn’t long
Andy at practice during the world championship before I starting adding mod’s
2008 to it to make it even better and
I was winning medals with that.
I had seen guys doing prone
shooting and wished I had
been able to do that but my
body would just not take that
kind of stress, but then one
day I saw our club secretary
on the outdoor range shooting
off a table and it intrigued me
at what he was doing, it was
benchrest shooting and once
I had ago I know it was for me.
Since then I have made it my one
and only sport due to the amount
of money I have spent and there
just isn’t the time to do all the
different competitions that we
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Andy ‘on the line’ at the world
championship in 2008

have at our club.


My first rifle cost me £250 and I got a Caldwell
BR1000 rest, that year was the first nationals
and I just had to go even though I had only been
shooting benchrest for about 3 months and I wasn’t
expecting to pick up any medals, but I didn’t finish last.
I am one of 3 in the UK that are wheelchair bound
that shoot benchrest, what I have learn over the
years is that even if you are disabled you can
compete against able bodied shooters and even
give them a run for their money. My guys as I
call them at my club are fantastic, they treat me
just like one of the them and are always pulling
each other’s leg’s, just I can’t feel it when they
pull mine! I don’t have to bum down the steps
anymore as they have put in a ramp now but I was
happy to do that come rain, snow or sunshine.
I have been a member of the British Squad for
3 years now and even they treat me just one
of the guys. Target shooting has open a whole
new world to me and that is because I became
disabled, as my life was very different back
before then. The transformation from being able
bodied to disabled was a hard one, emotionally
as well as physically, you have to learn things all
A bit of fun in Italy shooting pistol over again but in a different way, shooting can
also be like that in some way. If you spent a lot of
during a day off from competition time shooting one discipline and then move into

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Andy at the European Championship 2007

another one, it can be difficult to leave some of the and family, finding new things and ideas to make life
things that you did behind with the new one, call seem normal in some way can be a great medicine.
them old habits but they just don’t work. And being For me I have my step son to thank but also those
disabled can be like that, we adapt quicker to new friends I have made at my club that made me feel
challenges and obstacles that are put in front of us. welcome, they have been there for me when I have
I have travelled Europe and have taken part in been ill and at times when I have had to go into
European and World matches because of benchrest hospital, they don’t look at me any differently to
shooting and I have earn my place with the team anyone else. I have also through the sport made
just like any other team member, there is no special great friends around the world, sometime it’s like a
class for disabled and there doesn’t have to be and dream.
everyone is seated, you could say the sport was made I have always been of the view for a long time that
for disabled shooters but it’s not, it’s there for everyone. you can turn a negative into a positive and I have
More and more shooters that have done prone tried to live my life like that, I was asked not long ago
shooting for years are now looking at taking up would it be hard to give up shooting, and the answer
benchrest shooting as they have the right rifle and to that is yes in some way but more for the people
just need to put a scope on it and buy a benchrest that I have made great friends with, there isn’t a
and they are ready to go. day that doesn’t go past without some friend asking
Around the world there are different benchrest how is my shooting going, what gear have I bought
competitions from Air Rifle, Rimfire and Centrefire and even for advise and a training. It would more
going on and it’s a growing sport and even the lost of contact with friends than the shooting.
younger people are taking it up, which is fantastic It is because of this sport of shooting that I got
as they are the next generation. Benchrest is a very involved in this magazine, again it has been a new
technical sport, there are some that spend their time door that opened for me, I never intended to write for
trying to work out the physics of it all to try to make the magazine and work more behind the scenes with
what is commonly called ‘killer rifles’, I think they have the advertisers you see in this magazine who are a
addiction bad, but like all shooting sports we do it for great bunch of people to work with. I was not sure
fun because we enjoy it for one reason or another. what we were about to take on was going to work, but
We all know someone in our lives that have been you the readers have helped to make this magazine
made disabled or are disabled so why not invite what it is today, I get a lot of satisfaction from reading
them to come to your club and let them have a go. the comments that you send in about what we do.
There are disabled athletes all around the world, 14 years ago I was stuck in a flat with hardly
they didn’t just knock on someone’s door and asked seeing soul or talking to anyone for days if not
to have ago, they have been encouraged by friends weeks, spending most of my time with hospital and

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physiotherapy, we never know what
life is going to through at us, or how
things can turn.
The United Kingdom
Team 2008
I had always had it my mind that I
would never be able to travel when
I became disabled but with good
friends and team mates I am able to
do it. First time round was scary as I
travelled alone and was in a hotel by
myself as the team had not sorted itself
out with everyone going together, we
were a bit new to it all, but once there it
was great, the worries just disappear
and you get on with job of competing.
Here in the UK the NSRA have started a
disabled shooting project and it’s
good to see one of our national
associations looking to help as much
as they in this area. The great thing is
able to give something instead of just taking it. I have
there are people and organisation out there willing
always had a saying ‘if you can see past the metal
to help.
work you will see the person’ we are all different one
You can find details on the NSRA website
way or another, but sport can bring us all together
under News about their project or if you are looking
from all walks of life, it’s a great thing to be part of.
at benchrest shooting then get in contact with the
UK Association of Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest
Shooting, just Google them!
My life couldn’t be fuller than it is and I feel that I am

View
“sport can bring us all together from all walks of life, it’s a great through
thing theof”
to be part scope at
50m

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best of Seasons greetings and a hope
for an great new year. From all of the
team at Target Shooter.
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74 Target Shooter
The Weaver T36 scope

By Carl Boswell
The Weaver T36 has been around for quite a
above-custom Anschutz with an alternative
number of years and has been reviewed by a
silver finish to those T36’s tested
great many people during its lifetime. I bring it up
again here, as it is one of the few scopes that has on the objective lens. I must say that I have an
spanned the last two decades and is still used opposite position to this thought, since moving
quite extensively by a variety of shooters around onto a scope with parallax adjustment being on
the globe for long-range shooting such as F-Class the side turret, but I have used scopes with this
and all forms of benchrest shooting. This longevity configuration before. (I just find it easier on the
as a product in the day and age of ‘fixed product side turret so I don’t have to lean over and
life-cycle’ suggests the Weaver has something to adjust the scope when practicing – that’s me, I
offer everyone. The official importers of Weaver am lazy and once comfortable in my chair I like to
scopes into the UK are Edgar Brothers, although remain in position until the end of my detail. ‘To
the two I have came directly from the States. each their own’ I guess! I found the adjustable
Opening the box and, as I like presents I do like objective moved very smoothly and easily locked
opening something new, my first impressions are into position when it needed to be. Overall the
positive. As you would expect the scope is well layout is as you would expect, ergonomic and
made, slim with a one inch body, but sturdy. The easy to use.
one-inch tube seems small in comparison to the
30mm Leupold I use predominantly but does the The T36 has two reticles to choose from, either
job. The markings are clear and precise. The one the eighth MOA dot or the fine crosshair. My
thing that has been pointed out to me as a boon personal preference is the latter, as I tend to shoot
on this scope is the parallax adjustment being rimfire and air rifle benchrest I have always opted
for this type of reticle.
It depends what you
really require but, each
one is as effective as
the other. My first view
through the scope, I
tend to view the reticle
and see how good the
glass is. (The T36 has
multicoated lenses
to reduce flare – as
you would expect). I
achieve this by look-
ing at the brightest light
I can, (but not the sun
for obvious reasons).
Parallax adjustment on the Objective lens This allows me to see
the edges of the glass
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believe are made in Japan and
the scope assembled in the
USA.

The weight of this scope will


also be a deciding factor
for some shooters trying to
make weight for their chosen
discipline. At seventeen
ounces, it is on a par with
its nearest competitor, the

T36 on the LG100 with view at 25 metres

and view any imperfections or foggy edges you


might encounter with cheaper glass, however there
were none so this test was confirmed. (In some
Weaver tests I have seen there has been
suggestion of fogginess at the edges of the glass
– but see my previous comment). The optics I

36X Sightron (also 17oz). This can make all the


difference when fitting for rig into a weighed class.
The fact that it comes with sunshield as standard
is also another bonus, as often this has to be
purchased separately. The screw-on lens caps
are a very positive aspect to this product, like a
number of other manufacturers they are
supplied to protect, but also aid protection during
cleaning. This is especially beneficial during all
forms of benchrest matches
where you could be cleaning
up to six or seven times during
a match.

The scopes, both dot and


fine crosshair, were tested
on both rimfire and air rifles.
I used Pro Mounts on both
scopes during this process,
as they were the ones I had
available with my Cicogani ones
out of commission. The rimfire
rifle being an Anschutz 2013
customized benchrest model,
T36 on the custom Anschutz with view at 50 metres
the air rifle being a Steyr

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LG100 customized for benchrest. As I shoot Weaver is half or two thirds the cost of some others
both, I wanted to get the feel of the scope on I would say the clarity was exceptional for the price.
both of these rifles as they are used for different It is worth having a look at some of the other scope
disciplines. (Air rifle benchrest shooters also tendreviews in Target Shooter to compare comments –
to use scopes that are not necessarily meant some are a similar price to the Weaver and some
for benchrest, although this is changing). are quite a bit more expensive.
Although both rifles are designed to be used for The scope has one-eighth MOA clicks which
benchrest, the practicality of shooting the two can is great for benchrest shooting in any form.
differ in the techniques used. I used a Leupold These were decisive and clear when adjusting.
magnetic boresighter to sight in the scopes so One issue that has been commented on is that of
they were ready to fire onto test targets. (This tool
tracking. Some Weaver T36 models have been
is again a massive boon for rimfire shooters – the known to over ‘adjust’ well over the clicks that
official importer for the UK is GMK. I have seen a were dialed in on adjustment. This was not
rimfire laser bore-sighter recently and hope to get encountered during the tests, but if it does
this for testing in the near future). happen my personal experience is that Weaver are
happy to repair/ replace the scope with no hassle.
The tests themselves consisted of series of 50m A 50 metre test to show how the scope managed
tests with the rimfire and series of 25m tests with to track around the standard rimfire and air rifle
the air rifle. This was attempted over a number benchrest target was carried out. Each click
of months with different conditions to ascertain produced a new point of impact, as I strung up
the general use and feel of the T36. An eye test and clockwise around the target, coming back to
was first, using newsprint to check the clarity of the original setting and point of impact. The large
smaller numbers and lines until it was too small turrets are clearly marked and easy to read, being
to read plus of course, a rimfire benchrest are etched in gold and move with a very positive click.
target. Both provided appropriate data that the Next was an accuracy test, with both rifles. From
clarity was very good, out to the maximum test the target diagrams you can see a couple of
distance of 50 metres. We could comment on examples of both the 25 metre and 50 metre
how this compares with other scopes but, as the targets (all five shot groups, all outdoors and during
the summer months). These
were pretty similar to the others
conducted in the varying
conditions during this summer
period. The conclusion from
this is that they were holding
a good pattern, even in windy
conditions, as I could ‘hold off’
with confidence.
After all this testing and having
the T36 for ‘a while’ I have
decided this is a cracking scope
for the money, especially when
combined with the Davis optical
booster from BulzeyePro. The
booster I used brings the
magnification up to about X45,
which is more than adequate
for any type of shooting. As
the Weaver T36 is used by a
number of the top shooters,
and currently at least 2 world
champions in rimfire and
air rifle benchrest, then it is
apparent that it is good
Turrets are marked clearly and give postive clicks investment. Coupled with this -
if it takes your fancy - is that the

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it, some of the world’s best are using them and
winning!
Overall this is good purchase even as a starter
scope, as the T36 costs around £400 depending
on the retailer. Although there are other good
scopes out there around this sort of price, I think
the Weaver T36 is a bargain! Until next time!

Specification
Magnification Power, Objective : 36x40 AO
Exit Pupil (in millimeters) : 1.16
Field of View (feet @ 100 yds): 3
Eye Relief (inches): 3
Overall Length (inches):15.4
Weight (ounces): 17
Reticle: Fine Crosshair/ MOA Dot
Colour: Silver or Matt Black
Distributor: Edgar Brothers
A range of test targets - top rimfire at 50m Cost: Approximately £395.00 for the Matt
and bottom air rifle at 25 m. Black version, but this may differ with currency
Weaver T36 is available in both silver and matt black. fluctuations. The Silver model may be more
Therefore the aesthetics of your rig can be expensive depending on the retailer.
developed by you the shooter. The ones on test Davis optical booster can be found via this
had a fine matt black finish that did not mark or website; http://www.bulzeyepro.com/
scuff during testing. The T36 is an older model Edgar Brothers can be contatced via this website;
scope and there are newer ones out there - for http://www.edgar-brothers.co.uk/
me it comes down to a coin toss at the end of the
day, as this scope is value for money. Let’s face

great
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Head to Head Benchrest Match -
South Africa verses Malta

By Stanley Shaw
The Malta Allied Airgunners Club (MAAC) started air Monday 28th September 2009, following the WFTF
rifle benchrest in May 2008 when they were still part Worlds, it was time to shoot the Tri-Nation. South
of another club. This was after initial contacts with Africa, New Zealand and Malta in a head to head
Carlo Caricato (former ERABSF president) and Carl duel for the first time. Unfortunately New Zealand
Boswell. Later that year in August, MAAC was officially had to pull out at the last moment due to some
formed and issued with a Target Shooting Club License. unforeseen reason but this did not spoil the broth.
Currently, MAAC is seeking the required experience Most of us only knew of each other through e-mails
to compete with the rest of the world. For the first or Facebook but the WFTF Worlds had brought us
time since 2008, MAAC participated in the World together a few days earlier.
Air Rifle Postal that was set up by the Free State
Benchrest Shooting Association (FSBSA). The event was set up at the Krokodilspuit Range
The date for the head to head was set for Monday in Pretoria. When we arrived, the South African
28th September 2009 and we all eagerly awaited shooters were already preparing the range with
the moment. Later on New Zealand also showed wind-markers and the necessary hardware for the
interest in participating in this event and hence the match. The weather could not be better for head
Tri – Nation title for this event. to head bench rest match. The wind was a strong
force 4-5 with gusts up to 6 and
increasing as the day progressed.
We Maltese had to prove
ourselves to our South African
hosts head to head, with the same
conditions for all shooters. We
did not expect to beat South
Africa but we needed to prove
our postal scores.

Nick opened the event by


offering a prayer for the
occasion granted to meet and
shoot together. The first match
was for air rifle at 25 metres
South Africa are very well set up for rimfire, air rifle & followed in the afternoon by a
rimfire match, also at 25 metres.
centerfire benchrest The Match Director and referees

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The first relay commenced and
shooters started to shower their
first score card with pellets whilst
the rest of us chatted about air
rifles or followed the progress
of their colleagues. Between
relays, shooters exchanged
opinions and experiences.
There was time for a quick
snack between the AR and RF
matches. The wind was chilly and
everyone needed some energy
to warm up. Now it was time for
the rimfire match and the South
African shooters helped out
the Maltese shooters with their
Windy days down in South Africa setup and gave hints on rimfire
BR and wind deviation effects.
were selected, ID tags were distributed and shooters South African shooters also
got busy preparing their equipment. The Maltese gave us a target of at least 230 points per score card.
team shared the four PCP air rifles that were used
during the WFTF worlds - a Styer LG110, Air Arms The match started and everyone was thoroughly
EV2, HW 100 and an Air Arms S400 all in 0.177 enjoying it and getting to grips with the rifles and
caliber and under 12 ft lbs. Most of the South African conditions . Whist the relays were in progress, Match
shooters used Air Arms S400 and MPRs. Director Nick Schoonwinkle and his team were busy
scoring the AR BR match and the first incoming
The topography at the Krokodilespuit range causes cards from the RF match. The wind continued to
the wind to flow in a crazy way. In that 25 metre flurry and a storm was clearly on the way. We could
stretch between shooter and target, the flags and already see lightning over the ridge ahead of us.
wind markers were busy spinning and turning in all
possible directions. When the event was over, special medals and

Nick Schoonwinkle of South Africa providing some advice

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awarded medals out of 12
contestants.
1st Natali Terblanche (RSA)
1473-59X
2nd Pieter Van Der Merwe
(RSA) 1470-43X
3rd Niel Terblanche (RSA) 1455-
40X
4th David Giardina (Malta) 1426-
28X
5th Nazzarenu Scorfna (Malta)
1420-29X

Other Match Statistics.


Air Rifle highest score card for
Malta : Stanley Shaw 238-6X
The air rifle match Air Rifle highest score card RSA:
Pieter Van Der Merwe 246-3X
Rim Fire highest score card for
Malta : David Giardina 249-8X
Rim Fire highest score card for
patches were distributed among the winners of each
RSA: Tionette Bernard JR 250-19X
category. Special trophies from Malta were presented
Air Rifle highest number of X on 3 cards Malta:
to the top South African Shooter in the air rifle , rimfire
James Bugeja -13X
and overall classification. A special trophy was also
Air Rifle highest number of X on 3 cards RSA: Natali
presented by MAAC to FSBSA for this memorable
Terblanche - 15X
day for our two countries. FSBSA was so happy with
Rim Fire highest number of X on 3 cards Malta:
this trophy that Nick and his team decided to make
Dr.Mario Spiteri and Nazzarenu Scorfna - 23X
this trophy into a special floating trophy that will be
Rim Fire highest number of X on 3 cards RSA :
awarded during a yearly commemorative shoot.
Tionette Bernard JR - 52X
Combined highest number of X Malta : Stanley Shaw
Results and statistics:
- 30X
In the Air Rifle section medals were awarded to the
Combined highest number of X RSA : Natali
top 6 out of 17 competitors.
Terblanche - 59X
1st Natali Treblanche 726-15X (RSA)
2nd Renier Mosert 725-15X (RSA)
The storm was on us by now as FSBSA and MAAC
3rd Pieter Van Der Merwe 722 – 7X (RSA)
members socialized around the traditional braai. This
4th Johnathan Piezer 715 – 13X (RSA)
concluded his wonderful day and a match that will
5th Niel Terblanche 711 – 7X (RSA)
be permanently etched in every shooter’s memory.
6th Stefan Pretorius 708 – 4 X (RSA)
(Malta placed 8th with David Giardina 703-7X and
9th James Bugeja 702-13X)

In the Rim Fire section medals were


again awarded to the top 6 out of 16
competitors.
1st Tionette Bernard JR 749-52X
(RSA)
2nd Pieter Van Der Merwe 748 – 36X
(RSA)
3rd Natali Terblanche 747 – 44X (RSA)
4th Luandri Bernard JR 744-41X (RSA)
5th Niel Terblanche 744-33 (RSA)
6th Dr. Mario Spiteri 739-23X (Malta)
(Malta placed 7th with Nazzareno
Scorfna 738-23X). Shooters on the line, South Africa have
had quite a few international matches
In the Overall Class the top 5 were in 2009
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This Smallbore Business

By Don Brook
It is nice to resurrect this column for a magazine World records and Olympic Gold were just a part
that reaches so many. of these. In my opinion, those three men listed
above - each had their own fields – but with all
The primary function of these articles is to give three, I regard them as the best team I ever saw.
the new chum coming into this fascinating sport
an insight into what is needed, particularly if you A great deal of my own techniques came from
want to go a long way in the rifle game. these guys, so now it is my turn to put something
back. So what does a new chum need to get
For starters, the British Isles has a long history started?
in smallbore three-position matches and this
writer was privileged to be accepted as a Well, we will address the target rifles first and in
competitor with the British shooters in their my opinion, though the options are many and
undisputed heyday. Great shooters such as the varied, there are probably two rifles that stand
incredible Malcolm and Sarah Cooper, Alistair out.
(Jock) Allan and Barry Dagger did the British The Anschutz series
Team proud with a very long list of successes. Made in Germany, Anschutz also has a long

Anschutz Model 1913 with stock 1907

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Anschutz Model 2007/660 Small Bore Rifle in
stock 2313 Alu Color

and proud association with the sport and hold shooter in the world at present, an Australian
many records, together with Gold Medals. These friend of mine, Warren Potent.
were the rifles that I used in my career and at
one time the Anschutz completely dominated the It is interesting to note that Bleiker generally uses
firing-line at every international competition you American stainless-steel barrels - either Hart or
could name. Lilja but I know there are also very good Swiss
barrels made and that can be discussed with
They are available in different forms, from pure Bleiker depending on your preference.
prone rifles to the three-position thumb-hole
stocks. In later years, Anschutz developed their Bleiker also has the distinction of offering to
aluminium stock and these are now preferred discuss requirements with the shooter and will
over the timber variety. Some shooters still build the rifle accordingly. I have no doubts, that
prefer the timber versions such as Sergei in spite of my lifetime with Anschutz, I would
Martynov from Russia, quite arguably rated as choose the Bleiker rifles were they around in my
one of the better prone shooters around. day. A word though, even with the very best gear,
you still have to shoot them! You will find them on
It is important to understand that the new chum www.bleiker.com.ch and well worth a look!
to three-position needs to choose a free rifle,
(nothing to do with the price!) as these are Generally, there are many different types of rifle
the ones with stocks having a multitude of available and the secondhand market usually has
adjustments. These are very necessary to ensure a plethora of them. For the new chum, you do
the ultimate body fit that is so necessary to shoot not have to go to extremes of finance, as often
really well in all the three positions of a match. you will find that secondhand rifles are well up to
standard.
All of the available rifles have this system and
the shooter would do well to jump onto the It is worth noting that very rarely have I seen
computer and search Google so that all avenues a smallbore shooter with a rifle that is not well
are covered, according to personal preference. cared for. Most secondhand rifles are well looked
You need to pay particular attention to the after and still shoot really well. Occasionally you
accessories, which I will deal with in later articles. may find a Walther (Germany) free rifle on the
You can view the excellent Anschutz catalogue market. These were favoured by Cooper, and I
on the web site www.anschuetz-sport.com have a 1952 model Finish Lion that still shoots
extremely well (see photo above) and there is
The Bleiker rifles no way I would ever sell it from my stable. It is
These rifles without doubt, are moving steadily extremely accurate.
into the market. Like most stuff from Switzerland,
they are extremely well made, precise, So, initially let’s look at 3 Position shooting and
innovative in design and extremely accurate. These what is required.
are the rifles currently favoured by the best prone
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BLEIKER ‘Challenger’ Smallbore Rifle .22 LR (ISSF)

Prone shooting shooter expects to and often does exceed his


In many countries, including Australia, this is prone standard, such are the score expectations
usually where the shooter starts out, due to demanded.
the fact that the prone events are what most I will also address this position down the track a
countries focus on. I had to make it as a prone little in later articles.
shooter before I could concentrate on my
preferred event, the 3 position matches. Finally in this article comes the first step for a
new shooter. It is imperative, in my opinion that
Prone events are generally easier, simply due to you find an excellent techniques coach right from
the steadiness of the prone position and you can the start of your campaign to become a British
get to be pretty capable in a relatively short time. representative in your chosen field. Smallbore, is
As you advance, prone shooting becomes quite an Olympic event, and I could not find a better
a science with mental attitude making a very big reason for my goals.
difference. This too I will attend to in later articles. A really good coach can save you heaps of time
and in England you have one of the very best
Standing shooting available. I speak of Barry Dagger from
This is the most unstable of the positions due Manchester. Barry is a gifted coach. I would look
to the small support-platform under the rifle him up right at the outset, and listen to what he
and there is specialised clothing and boots to has to say.
consider as well. Good standing shooting is an As an Australian, in my era, it was very difficult
art form and it does involve quite a long process to gain any subjective information relative to
of training if the shooter wants to reach the top. improvement. So, make your choice carefully
The air rifle events are all shot standing, so an when choosing a coach and listen - try things out
ideal training model for an aspiring smallbore 3P under instruction. This could save you major time!
shooter. More on this later.
The other thing with all smallbore events –
Kneeling shooting - A specialised event remember this example of psychology (which I
In my opinion this is the most difficult of the will also address later on) that I leave you with:
three positions due to two things. Firstly, the
positions generally are cramped and unusual for the ‘Practice does not necessarily make perfect….
shooter to master. Secondly, a good kneeling perfect practice makes perfect’.

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HANDLOADING ‘OLD FAITHFUL’
THE .308 WINCHESTER (part 2)

By Laurie Holland
Let’s move onto components in our look at .308 Above - Many British .308 Win users will use
Win. Making a choice can be as simple or as hard Lapua brass and bullets with Vihtavuori powders
as you like: if you live in Britain or Europe, the
‘simple route’ is to specify Lapua brass, a most mid burning rate powders, a quick survey
‘benchrest’ primer such as the CCI-BR2 or finding just over 20 fully suitable grades from five
Federal 210M, 155gn Lapua Scenar or new Sierra manufacturers available in the UK, most of them
Matchking bullet and subject to personal suitable for ‘mainstream’ (155-210gn) bullet
preference, Vihtavuori N140 / weights. A quick count of suitable bullets threw
540 / 150 powder. Hodgdon VarGet is the powder of choice for .308W Palma and
Take a deep breath when Fullbore Rifle on the western side of the Atlantic with American
you buy the gear though as brass and bullets. Alliant Reloder 15 is the choice of some
a couple of hundred cases,
500 Scenars, 1,000 primers,
and couple of kilos of N140
add up to £437.36 using the
importers’ recommended retail
prices, although you can
reduce unit prices somewhat
by buying bulk (1,000-piece)
bullet packs and a 3.5Kg bottle
of powder. If you’re American,
you might choose Lapua brass
too, but are more likely to select
home-produced Winchester or
Remington, a Sierra or Berger
155gn bullet and Hodgdon
VarGet. One of the beauties
of handloading .308 Win is
the range of top quality
components that is available
not to mention this design’s
excellent performance with
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How do you get your cases? Once-fired or other
secondhand brass from different makers and
production lots and fired in other people’s rifles
is not ideal
up 36 HPBT or FMJBT match examples within
this weight range, again from five manufacturers.
Brass
But, let’s start with the case, a component which
is all too often the last thing to be considered,
and then largely in terms of: “Which is cheapest?”
Alright, if you’re going to use an ancient 7.62mm
TR rifle or superannuated sporter to shoot at large
targets at modest ranges, expensive brass won’t
affect the results overmuch. Just after the first
Gulf War I acquired hundreds of 7.62X51mm
cartridges from people who’d bought them for under
£10 / 100, then complained they “wouldn’t shoot”!
They had Farsi headstamps, came from different
manufacturing lots, and were dirty with a mixture of
grit and oil. Oh yes, they were still in strips of five in
metal disintegrating-belt clips, presumably having
been in 5 ball; 1 tracer machinegun belts – I’m pretty
Buying new Lapua, Norma or RWS brass is the
proper starting point for precision .308W sure they were the former property of one Saddam
handloads. The R-P cases seen on the left are Hussein and had been recovered from some bit of
good quality too, but cost more than Lapua at Kuwaiti or Iraqi real estate. The case to bullet crimp
the moment! was so crude some mouths were almost square

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and dismantling them revealed poorly made, often
damaged bullets alongside three powders each with
a different charge weight. A few cases had flaws in
the brass walls and had to be discarded for safety –
it doesn’t come worse than that! Yet cleaning them
up and truing / resizing the necks produced very
serviceable short-medium range ammunition when
reloaded with 150gn Lapuas – a Ruger 77V
heavy-barrel sporter had no trouble keeping them in
the NRA TR target centre at 500 yards.

Match Quality
However ....... if you have any aspirations to
produce match quality .308W ammo, you start
with brand new (NOT ‘once-fired’) good quality
brass, and the best comes from Lapua, Norma,
and RWS. Unlike American brass, this trio have
machined primer pockets and drilled flash-holes, and
usually exhibit smaller variations in their neck wall
thickness, and overall weights. Norma is rarely
found here as new unprimed cases, most examples Lapua is not only very consistent, but very strong
coming from fired factory sporting ammunition while with the best brass hardness gradation control
RWS cases can be obtained if you hunt around, but in the business. Note the dark shoulder/neck
are very areas from the final annealing operation
psi away from your eyes. It’s not as
simple as that though as we need
degrees of brass hardness / toughness
that vary – hard at the rear in the head
/ web area so it doesn’t distort under
pressure and the primer pocket
doesn’t expand, hopefully not
under repeated firings either as we
don’t want to throw the cases away
after two or three loadings. As we
go up the case, the brass has to be
softer as well as thinner so that it
expands against the chamber walls
without splitting. Finally, the shoulder
/ neck section has to be very soft in
relative terms to grip the bullet without
splitting and to take the expansion
and contraction of firing followed by
The Sinclair case sorter allows quick and easy
case-neck measurement for batching and Super thin-walled 1980s Norma 160gn .308
culling brass cases have a thin, weak web-body junction
and will separate in short order if headspace
expensive. Lapua is widely available, and is not kept small and/or heavy loads are used
considering the quality, not that much dearer than the in weaker actions
Remchester equivalents – In fact, checking with
Lapua importer Tim Hannam, it’s currently cheaper
than its ‘Relcom’ (Remington) equivalent at £47.95
per 100 compared to £52.98! Winchester is cheaper
though at £36.40 from Wilson & Wilson Fieldsports Ltd.

So what’s special about Lapua? Firstly, strength –


very important as the back end of the case is the
plug that that seals the rear of the chamber and
keeps gas at thousands of degrees and 60,000

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The final thing we’re interested in is
capacity, the amount of space inside,
specifically a few microseconds after
ignition has taken place and pressure
has built up enough to expand the case
to fit the chamber – that’s the actual
working combustion chamber volume
which has a significant effect on the
ultimate pressures produced as the
powder burn peaks, and in turn affects
performance and safety. We measure
the capacity by weighing the amount
of water that fills a fired but unsized
case to the top of its mouth. Weigh a
selection of fired cases, choose an
average example noting its empty
weight, fill it with water level with the
Above - Laurie isn’t a fan of battery powered electronic mouth, then reweigh to obtain the
scales for measuring powder charges, but they’re a boon water’s weight by simple arithmetic.
for weighing and sorting cases. This Lapua .223 Rem case We don’t do this for every case in a
is being weighed empty prior to filling with water to obtain box, but it’s useful for comparing the
the capacity capacity of different makes,
sometimes even different lots of one
resizing down for the next loading. It does work make, and nearly essential if you have the
harden though, and it’s this that will likely define QuickLOAD internal ballistics program and want
the case’s life, either that or the primer pocket to use it properly as inputting the finding(s) gener-
expanding under repeated heavy loads. Lapua’s ally provides more accurate results than using the
materials control, cold-drawing stages (which default value. What we’d like is for every case in
hardens the brass as well as being part of a box to have an identical capacity, but we can’t
the forming process) and multiple targeted really find that out, so we do the next best thing
annealing processes (to soften the metal in the and weigh every one (empty) and segregate them
appropriate places) as it turns a brass disc or ‘coin’ accordingly. The idea is that if a case is lighter
into a finished case are reckoned to be amongst than its fellows, its walls are thinner so it likely has
the best in the world. The result is a really strong more capacity; less if it’s the other way around and
component that Lapua says will survive at least is at the heavier end of the range. We’re looking
10 loadings, and in military ammunition has a 20 for a 1% maximum variation – 1.7gn if a typical
year shelf life without case-neck deterioration. example weighs 170gn, or around 0.8gn either side
of the median. What are we actually likely to find in
The other thing we’re looking for is consistent wall a box of virgin brass? It varies depending on make,
thickness, this seen by measuring necks at three cartridge, and manufacturing lot. Our ‘good trio’
or four points around their circumference. We want usually produce small variations – I’ve seen Lapua
two types of consistency – between cases, so that .308 brass where every example in a 100-piece box
every case in the box has more or less identical was within a 1gn range equating to around 0.6%
dimensions; also within individual cases so that variation, but three-quarters or more vary by less
brass that averages 15 thou’ neck thickness say, than half a grain. I’ve encountered other makes
doesn’t throw up readings of 14 thou’ on one side where there was four or five grains difference over
and 16 on the other. We can neck-turn these 100 cases. Incidentally, this weighing process and
inconsistencies out, can’t we? Yes, but that’s any batching or culling should be done after any
extra workload needing expensive tools, also case preparation processes that involve removing
inconsistent neck wall thickness is a symptom of metal: trimming; primer pocket cutting / uniforming;
the whole case being out of kilter. These things mouth chamfering; and neck-turning.
are bad for precision ammo as they (a) generate
inconsistencies between cartridges, and accuracy What did I mean by ‘cartridge’ within the list of
is about every cartridge behaving the same way variables? Well, even within the Lapua range,
in the rifle, and (b) produce small concentricity I reckon there is ‘Lapua Quality’ and ‘Lapua
variations, so cartridges don’t lie straight in the Quality’ – that is, .220 Russian, 6mm BR Norma
chamber and/or bullets aren’t lined up with the bore. and 6.5X47mm Lapua cases are usually superb
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This is one reason why
bullet and powder
manufacturers are a
bit cautious in their
loads data. If you read
the wordy bits at the
beginning of reloading
manuals as you should,
you might notice a
‘health warning’ about
maximum loads only
being safe with the
exact combination of
components listed in
the cartridge data, but
the producers know
that many customers
will ignore this and use
any old case they can
get hold of, preferably
for free! You also used
Weighing good quality brass from a single production lot like these Lapua to see warnings in
308W examples will usually produce a classic ‘distribution bell-curve’ with tables of .30-06 and
most weights in the middle tapering off to a few very light and heavy .308W data to reduce
examples at either end of the range maximum loads with
‘arsenal brass’ by a
customers in the shooting fraternity. .308W is a less
couple of grains as heavy military cases often have
pricey ‘bread and butter’ product produced in larger
less room inside and generate more pressure for a
quantities and some of it ending up loaded with FMJs
given bullet and powder charge.
for military customers, so it’s not guaranteed to be
quite as good, displaying greater variability between
Makes
lots, but at its best is still really, really consistent.
What have I been using in my test loads and
competition shooting? The primary make is Lapua,
We’re not just interested in consistency amongst
all cases of recent manufacture but bought in three
cases from one maker, but in comparing weights
bites, hence different lots. I also have hundreds of
and capacities of brass from different sources.
1980s era Norma cases that are light, thin-walled
RG Bisley Match 7.62mm cases are heavy with reduced and ‘roomy’. Recent Relcom (R-P
internal capacity while the German MEN brass used in HPS headstamped cases from Remington)
target master ammunition is on a par with good quality and Winchester cases were purchased
commercial products too. As examples of military type brass,
I tried 25-case samples of American
WCC80 and German MEN, the latter
obtained from firing HPS Target
Master ammo. Finally, for comparison,
I weighed and measured the water
capacity of an RG 2004 7.62mm case
from 155gn‘Bisley Match’ cartridges,
also fired in my rifle and fireformed
to its chamber. Cases were weighed,
had their neck thickness measured,
and the water capacity identified – the
results are shown in Table 1. The Lapua
brass displayed its usual exceptional
weight and length consistency, but this
particular lot had more neck thickness
variation than some ranging from 14
to 17 thou’. I should stress that these
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is the famous, perhaps that should be
notorious, ‘160gn Norma’ which was
seized on by the Bisley Match Rifle
shooters, but turned out to be overly
thin-walled and weak in the web-body
junction leading to failures with the
very stiff loads these shooters use.
Some of my cases measure only 12-
13 thou’ in their necks, although 14 is
more common.
Capacity wise, I got a range of
water weights from 54.8gn for the RG
military example up to 57.2gn for the
old thin-walled Norma representing
smallest and largest capacities.
The table also lists these weights
and shows the peak pressures and
MVs that QuickLOAD calculates
for a 155gn Lapua Scenar seated
to an OAL of 2.850” over 45.0gn of
Vihtavuori N140, showing how
capacity affects pressure. Putting it
another way, if you had worked up a
maximum load of this powder that is
right on the CIP allowed maximum of
Case wall consistency is a key factor alongside the press, dies 60,191 psi in the Norma case, then
and loading techniques in producing cartridges with minimum used that charge in the Lapua or RG
bullet runout – unlike these American factory examples case without reducing it, you’d be
single case ,and moreover only applied to a very 3,550 psi and 7,150 psi over the CIP
few examples. Around half the 100 cases measured PMax levels respectively!
exactly 15, and that right around their necks too,
give or take a half-thou’. This is where a Sinclair I’ll look at case preparation next month, asking if
case-sorting tool is a boon letting you measure it’s worth the expense and effort, then move onto
necks quickly and segregate those outside of the next main group of components, bullets, where
whatever you decide are acceptable limits. The we not only have a big choice of makes, weights
Relcom (R-P) brass was more consistent than I and types, but a split between long and short-range
expected with less extreme overall neck thickness models that many shooters fail to appreciate.
variation than the Lapua, no measurement falling Pmax values marked with a * exceed CIP maximum
outside 0.015 to 0.0165”, but actually had far fewer allowed (60,191 psi). NB pressures and MVs are
individual cases with
Table 1 Case Weights and Neck Thickness
a one-thou or less
variance in their necks. Weights (gn) Neck Thickness Capacity PMax (psi) MV (fps)
This make also had Norma Av. 159.5gn Av. 0.013” 57.2gn H2O 55,686 2,890
a good overall weight Winchester 156.3 – 158.7 0.014 – 0.017” 56.9gn H 2 O 56,403 2,896
spread of only 1.3gn. Remington 164.1 – 165.4 0.015 – 0.0165” 56.6gn H2O 57,141 2,902
To my surprise MEN 171.1 – 172.0 0.0145 – 0.016” 56.3gn H2O 57,901 2,908
as I think of it as Lapua 171.1 – 171.9 0.014 – 0.017” 55.6gn H2O 59,763 2,922
military rather than WCC80 (Mil) 173.9 – 177.0 0.013 – 0.0175” 55.3gn H2O 60,602* 2,929
match brass, the RG04 (Mil) 172.3gn 0.0155 – 0.0175” 54.8gn H2O 62,059* 2,940
ex-HPS MEN stuff
was very good too.
Winchester, in my lot at least, was the poorest of the estimates from a computer model, and actual
commercial makes and also had the worst finish, pressures may be higher or lower in a particular
hardly a case-mouth round as they came out of firearm. The loading data is purely for illustration,
the packet. It wouldn’t be fair to comment on the not necessarily recommended for use.
Norma cases which produced a lot of variation,
because it’s not recent manufacture, and my holdings
comprise several manufacturing lots mixed.This brass
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By Gwyn Roberts
Most new shooters entering into our Gallery Rifle Would you like to represent your country in
competitions will usually start off by shooting some of Gallery Rifle?
the smaller (low round count) ones such as the Timed
your eyes closed, bring the rifle slowly back up into
& Precision 1 or Multi Target matches. Most clubs
the aim again until your cheek contacts your usual
offer their own “informal” competitions for novice
reference point on the stock. Once you have
shooters whilst others may also be involved in one
adopted what feels like a natural hold, open your
of the many postal league competitions that are
eyes and check to see where your scope is pointing.
available throughout the country. These two matches
If the crosshairs are actually pointing somewhere on
are by far the most popular of the “shorts” events that
your target then things are looking good but if they
people take part in, and this is probably due to the
are off to the side of it somewhere, you will need
fact that they are both shot from the Strong shoulder
to adjust your feet slightly and carry out the test
only, in the “standing unsupported position.” This “just
procedure again until the correct alignment is
stand there and shoot it” position doesn’t mean that
achieved! Once a good body/target alignment has
they are easy matches to score well in however, as you
been achieved, a good tip to adopting the correct
will probably find out after shooting your first match!
position again quickly during your practice session
is to simply draw around your feet on the floor using
To be a good “shorts” shooter or probably more
some chalk. This way, all you will have to do is simply
importantly, a consistent one, you will first of all
step into the shapes each time you go on to the line
need to work on achieving a quick and consistent
which may save you a lot of time and trouble to start with!
target acquisition as there can be up to 30+ targets
closely situated together on some of the ranges that
After alignment, the next thing to master is
we shoot on, and it can be very easy to cross shoot
bringing the sights up consistently onto the centre of
onto someone else’s target in these circumstances!
the target each time and this can only be achieved
To be able to do this it is essential that your body
by keeping your head still, whilst keeping your
position in relation to the target is correct to start with
eyes focused on the centre of the target. Simple
and this can be done by a simple alignment check.
repetition of bringing the rifle slowly up and
First of all, put a target up at 25m and then take aim
down from the aiming position will develop your
at it in your normal standing position. The next thing
muscle memory and hand/eye co-ordination and will
you need to do is then close your eyes and bring the
eventually help get you onto the target in around
rifle down into the 45º “ready” position and hold it
a second or less, but only if you practice! Just
for a few seconds. Then still making sure you keep
remember that you should always shoot with your head
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A pretty simple course of fire but not that easy to
score well in!
in an upright position and that the rifle always moves this match is at 15m and requires one shot to be
towards your head, and not the other way around! fired in 2 seconds, for a total of 12 shots in all. This
particular one causes many of the newer shooters all
Once you can get yourself up quickly onto the sorts of problems and many of them tend to bring the
centre of your target the next thing to look at is rifle up as quickly as possible and just pull the trigger
timing, as this is a very important part of shooting the as soon as they see any part of the target in their
“shorts” matches. Shooting too fast will produce poor sights. This approach is obviously not going to score
accuracy whilst taking too long will result in late shots them the maximum number of points available on
and misses on the target so you must find the right the day! To shoot this stage well you should first of all
balance and build up to it slowly. The first practice in just practice bringing the rifle up slowly into the aim
the Timed & Precision 1 match allows you 2 minutes until the sights are in the middle of the X or 10 ring
to shoot 12 rounds at 25m. This sounds easy and before slowly releasing each shot. If it takes you 3
it is really as long as you don’t rush your shots and or 4 seconds to do this at first it’s no big deal, as
remember to use a timer. You must also remember you must first work on your accuracy and not your
to breathe in between your shots and don’t hold the speed. Once you have practiced a little and start to
rifle up for too long otherwise your arms will start to place your shots pretty much all around the middle
get tired and your performance will suffer. You have part of the target you can then start to decrease
plenty of time to shoot this practice in so don’t be
afraid to lower the rifle down every now and then Whatever your standard, there is always
to help relax your muscles! The second practice in room for a little improvement!

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your times slightly. You must however work on as opposed to wrapping it back over again before
remaining calm and focused and maintain your squeezing the trigger each time will help you to
accuracy above all else. Once your technique and timing produce a smoother racking action and is well worth
improve you should work gradually towards releasing spending a bit of time practicing on. The two shots
your shots off within the 2 second interval and simply in 3 seconds stage at 10m also causes some people
repeating the timing to yourself can help you a lot! problems and again it shouldn’t really as long as you
When I shoot this match as the targets start to turn always think about what you are doing at the time.
towards me, I just repeat to myself “up…. aim…. You must always make sure that when you practice,
fire” and simply release each shot as I say “fire.” the emphasis is on putting the second (or 3rd or
Obviously to get the timing just right you will have to 4th) shot into the middle of the target and not on the
watch the targets turning towards you but with a little speed that you release it in. When shooting the two
bit of practice it certainly becomes a lot easier! Dry shots in 3 seconds stage in Timed & Precision 1 at
firing is probably the easiest way to do it at first, and make 10m I simply repeat to myself “up…. and one (fire)….
sure that your scope magnification is not set too high and two (fire). I do rack the action fast but my tech-
to start with as this will only make the process harder! nique always keeps the rifle flat and controlled and I
never take my eye off the target/crosshair. Releasing
Shooting 2 or more shot strings with an underlever each shot as I reach “one and “two” always gives
is certainly a lot easier if you tune up your action to me the confidence to take that little extra bit of time
start with, whilst using a slow and smooth technique to just tweak the sights over into the middle of the
when operating the lever will also help to keep the X ring and helps me to remain calm and focused.
crosshairs in the middle of the target. This will
obviously help make your follow up shots a lot easier The 6 shots in 15 seconds at 25m and 6 shots
and allow you to place your shots more consistently (3 on each target) at 20m stages in the Multi
on the target! A lot of people for some reason tend Target match usually causes a lot of people to
to lift their heads up off the stock when racking an needlessly snatch their shots as they try to shoot too fast
underlever making it much harder for them selves instead of paying attention to their sight picture and
and this should be avoided at all costs. Learning to shot release. Whenever you release a shot you must
shoot with your thumb “up” on the side of the grip always shoot “through” your target so that you see

Don’t guess what time you have left,


use a timer if allowed!

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Wrapping your thumb back around
the grip will waste valuable time, so
learn to shoot with your thumb “up”
on the side of the grip!

exactly where the crosshair is on the target when The competitor will fire 12 shots, starting loaded with
you feel the recoil caused by the fired round. This is 6 rounds and reloading with 6 rounds within the 2
also referred to as “follow through” and if you don’t, minutes.
then the chances are you will have closed your eyes Practice 2 - 15m
in anticipation of hearing the “bang” and pulled the The target will make 6 appearances of 2 seconds
rifle off line as it were. Snatching at the trigger is also each, with intervals of 5 seconds. One shot is to
a common mistake that people make when trying to be fired at each appearance. The competitor must
shoot quicker than they are capable of, so always return to the ready position between appearances.
take that fraction of a second longer to release your This practice will be shot twice.
shots smoothly as it will usually produce much better Practice 3 - 10m
results. Remaining calm whilst trying to shoot more The target will make 3 appearances of 3 seconds
quickly is obviously a lot easier said than done but each, with intervals of 5 seconds. Two shots are to
once you have gained the confidence to do it, it will be fired at each appearance and the competitor must
definitely help take your shooting to the next level! return to the ready position between appearances.

Starting with the easier of the two, here are the The Range Commands (for all three) at the start of
courses of fire for the two matches. Note that each practice will be: “With 6 rounds load and make
all magazines are limited to 6 rounds in each: ready.” After an appropriate amount of time this will
then be followed by “Are you ready?” If there are no
Timed & Precision 1 match problems this will be followed by “Stand by” and the
Targets: 1 x DP2 (GCRF, LBP & LBR) or 1 x DP2a targets will turn away. Once the targets turn to face
(GRSB) you, you may commence firing.
Position: Standing unsupported - Ready position:
45 degrees If you are not ready, shout out “not ready” and
Practice 1 - 25m the R.O will acknowledge “Not ready called” and
The target will make one appearance of 2 minutes. you will be given up to 30 seconds to prepare

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The Galleryrifle.com website has everything degrees.
from National Classifications and rules, to Practice 1 - 25m
score cards and courses of fire for you to The targets will make one appearance of 15
download for freeso make sure that you visit seconds, during which the competitor will fire 6 shots
on the left hand target.
it soon!
Practice 2 - 20m
yourself. The R.O will then again call “Are you
The targets will make one appearance of 10
ready?” and if all is well call “Stand by” and the
seconds, during which the competitor will fire 3 shots
targets will turn away. At the end of the practice
on each target.
the command “Unload and show clear” will be
Practice 3 - 15m
given. At this point you must (keeping the muzzle
The targets will make 3 appearances of 3 seconds
pointed downrange at the targets) unload your rifle
each, with intervals of 5 seconds. At each
(remove the magazine and lock the bolt open for semi
appearance 2 shots are to be fired on the right hand
autos, or rack the lever 3 times and leave the action/
target. The competitor must return to the ready
lever open for underlevers) and remain still on the
position between appearances.
firing point until it is proven clear by a Range Officer.
Practice 4 - 10m
The targets will make one appearance of 8 seconds,
Scoring: A fresh full target or centre is used for each
during which the competitor will fire 3 shots on each
practice and all targets are scored on the frames.
target. The Range Commands for each practice will
They may be scored by the range crew or by the
be the same as for the Timed & Precision 1 match.
competitors themselves (provided no competitor
scores his own target) and ALL targets on which
In complete contrast to these “short” matches,
maximum points are scored (regardless of number
we’ll take a look next month at one of the “Action”
of Xs) will be re-scored using outward gauging. This
competitions and the 192 round Bianchi match that is
score should also be recorded (by practice) on the
made up of 4 separate stages, with each one requiring
scorecard and will be used for tie-breaking if required.
a different skill to be mastered in order to score well
Multi Target match:
in it!
Targets: 2 x DP1 (GRCF, LBP & LBR), 2 x DP1a
(GRSB)
Position: Standing unsupported - Ready position: 45

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KRPC is a long established shooting club situated room and kitchen.
not far from the center of the West Yorkshire town of The club has active rimfire and air-weapons
Keighley, most well know for being the terminus for sections which between them cover the majority
the Worth Valley Railway which featured in the film of small-bore disciplines. Most popular amongst
’The Railway Children’. rimfire shooters is prone target rifle with many
The club has excellent facilities including its own members competing in the Yorkshire and Leeds
outdoor range with 18 covered firing points and postal leagues as well as NSRA run national
shooting distances of 50 meters, 50 and 100 yards. competitions. The club also takes a large
Indoors there are 6 lanes with target holders at 10 contingent to the NSRA Bisley meeting every
meters, 6, 20 and 25 yards plus a comfortable club year in August and in 2009 one member won the

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Unrestricted and Benchrest events as well as the D Air weapons meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings
class Double English Match. A number of members with rimfire shooting on Wednesday and Thursday
also compete in the area, county and national evenings and Saturday mornings, or at other times
benchrest competitions as well as various by arrangement so long as at least 2 members are
lightweight rifle events. present.
Amongst air-weapons the most popular event is 20 Like most shooting clubs the atmosphere is relaxed
yard sporting air rifle but some members also shoot
10m match air rifle/pistol and benchrest.
Membership fees are very reasonably priced with
full membership at £175 per year for rimfire and
air rifle or £75 per year just for air weapons with
no additional range fees to pay. For those new to
shooting, probationary membership is only £25 for

Paul Barker, gold medalist in the recent


world air rifle benchrest postal and medalist
in the UK nationals

and friendly with most members happy to offer


advice and coaching to those who want to learn.
People are quite welcome to just shoot for fun but
for those who wish to compete, air rifle and rimfire
events are shot at club, county and national level
The club room with a couple of members past and present even
going on to shoot internationally.
For more information the club has an extensive
the first 6 months during which time probationers website at http://www.keighleyrifleclub.co.uk
can try either. The club has its own pre-charged air
rifles including an Air Arms s200 suitable for juniors
and a number of rimfire rifles which can be used by
probationers on club premises.

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Competitions cover. Great shooting guys – for the record, GB


I’ve just got back from shooting the European F League winner Grant Taylor also put 10 rounds in
Class Championships at Bisley – you can read the V bull with his fifth place 97.10v score.
a full write-up in Les Holgate’s column, ‘The
Long View’ elsewhere in this issue. I’ve long Back to proper benchrest now and the first of our
banged-on about the accuracy of F Class rifles 600 yard shoots took place on Sunday November
compared to 1000 yard benchguns and this was ably 15th. The weather was fine and we had a great
demonstrated at the Europeans. Current F turn-out – helped no doubt by the offer of free
Class World Champion Gary Costello and fellow venison burgers supplied and cooked by Jack
competitor David Kent, shot themselves into the Searle and Eddy Robinson. The BBQ certainly
GBFCA record book with a stunning 1000 yard kept the cold at bay and got our winter series off
shoot in which both scored 99.10v with their to a great start.
7mmWSM’s. Now consider that the V bull is
just five-inches across and these guys actually In Factory Sporter, it was another battle of the
put 10 shots into it - on a day which was by no 6.5-284 Savages with Lenton, Watts and Kellett
means easy wind-wise. This really is benchrest moving their fight from the 1000 yard benches
performance shot under conditions which were to 600 yards but it was Welshman Darrel Evans
inferior to a benchrest competition – shooting off with his Accuracy International now fitted with
grass is no match for a solid concrete bench under a 6.5x47 barrel who took the win. Darrel also

Second placeman Jack Searle, who also shoots and cooks some great venison!

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posted a stunning 2.225 inch group which looked like Full results on the UKBRA website at www.ukbra.
being small group of the day until Brian Webb shot co.uk
a super 2.035 incher with his Rhino Rifles Howa
chambered in 6BR. This was Brian’s first BR shoot Our next 600 yard shoot is on the first Sunday
but it won’t be his last! Young Luke Wadsworth has after Christmas December 27th and the guys have
aspirations to be a gunsmith and his Light Gun promised us another BBQ! Further information
win shooting his home-smithed 22 BR is a great e-mail vinceb@6ppc.fsnet.co.uk
testimonial to his abilities. His 3.128 agg. was
almost an inch less than second place man, Jack The UKBRAawards for the 2009 season will be
Searle. presented at the Diggle Christmas shoot on
Sunday 20th December so be there if you’ve won
Results: Light Gun anything.

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In association with

Interview with Bill, WRABF then make it easier to build a momentum to try &
President get the disciplines entered in both Commowealth
• How did WRABF come & Olympic Games. In the meantime we will keep
about and why? The WRABF things going with our World Championships &
was formed as a result of The other events endeavouring to foster goodwill in our
First World Rimfire & Air Rifle disciplines throughout our members world wide.
Championships held in Milan - • How hard or easy was to get all the
Italy 2008. It has been set up to countries to agree to the rules that the WRABF has
promote & encourage Rimfire & Air Rifle Benchrest all set up? This process took over 12 months with a
over the World through events such as World Postal representative from each country having a say, with
Championships, World Cups & every 4 years World so many different ideas & rules all over the world
I wont lie it was not easy. Many grey hairs & late
night emails were exchanged. We came up with the
original rules based on majority votes & these rules have
been recently upgraded by the WRABF Committee.
• As the president of the federation maybe
some info about yourself on how you got into
benchrest and why you decided to take up the
position? I have been shooting for 4 years & I was
Captain of The Australian Team in Italy for 2008
World Championships. I was also ranked number 1 in
Australia last year & this year was the first rimfire
benchrest shooter in Australia to receive a major
sponsorship from Eley Ammunition in the UK. I
decided to take up the position in the WRABF
after I was nominated for it as I thought that
I could assist with my non aligned views
Championships. The first European championship political or country) and my genuine passion to
led to Milan in 2008. Everything has been a roll-a- encourage the sport world wide. I have also had
coaster from there to be honest, as the sport has grown experience for the role of President through being
in popularity – 4 new countries in the last few months. on many Boards that I sit on in my business life.
• What countries are involved and how do • How does the World Postal’s fit in with the WRABF?
others get involved in WRABF? Many countries We work hand in hand with Doug Weeter in the USA
from all over the world are involved but only one who runs this event & it is fully supported by the WRABF.
representative association from each country is • Who is holding the next World Championship
eligble to join. You can join through weblinks on and were? We are negotiating with colleagues in
the website (http://www.wrabf.com/) & enquiries to the USA to hold the 2011 World Championship. The
myself or Secretary Carl Boswell @ www.wrabf.com first venue seems to have fallen through, but there
• Who is part of the committee? President are two others that are in discussions at this time.
is Bill Collaros (Australia), Vice President is • How will the federation finance itself?
Ladilav Ninger (CZ), Secretary is Carl Boswell (UK), This is to be determined at the next meeting
Treasure is Nick Shoonwinkle (SA), & committee in 2011 World Championships, but it would be
is Markus Feldmann (GER) & Craig Young (USA) similar to most orgnaisations around the world
• What does the WRABF want for the future where a nominal annual fee will be paid by the
of the sport of benchrest? We would like to see representative association from each country.
that there is only one peak World Body that runs • Are you looking at sponsorship for the
Rimfire Benchrest & Air Rifle Benchrest, this would championships and how do sponsors that are

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interested contact the WRABF? Yes we are looking chrest22.org/scores.htm
for sponsors, as would any big event, it is early in this
process, but we are drawing up a list of companies As part of the World Postal Championship, we have
that are involved in both rimfire and air rifle benchrest. a report from Australia about two of their matches.
We hope to take on board the sponsorship that was 2nd Match 2009 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS SYDNEY.
involved in the last world championship and make This event held at Woollahra Rifle club right above
this grow even further. Obviously we need to work the cliffs & coastline of Malabar. The Australian
with colleagues around the world to make this happen A Team comprised of Jim Smith, Peter Wrigley &
and build on other sponsorship that has happened Bill Collaros came in as reserve for his daughter
this year for such things as the world postal Simone who was not well & unable to shoot. The
championships, where Steyr Sportwaffen became form of many shooters leading up to this event
involved. was white hot, only 1 problem we had one of the
• How windiest & dustiest months of all time in Sydney & we
do you see the encountered gale force gusts of wind on this day. I
future of benchrest shooting? My dream would be to take my hat off to the small group of shooters that
see it at Olympic Level. had the guts to turn up even though it was obvious
their World Postal Scores were not going to be pretty.
World Rimfire Benchrest Postal Championship As always it was going to come down to who could
There have been a number of international rimfire handle the conditions the best & that was the in form
and air rifle postal matches this year, to keep all the Peter Armstrong, Peter has had a stellar year & trained
countries shooting together whilst preparing for the hard for it also, he is at present the best in form shooter
two major ‘head to head’ internationals in the next down here & it is great to watch the marrying of a great
two years. The World Postal Championships have shooter, a great rifle & great ammo all come together.
Air Rifle World Postal Championship You know it’s windy when targets start to blow off
the frames,
unfortunately
the Team did
not do well
at all & the
Rimfire World Postal Championship scores reflect
the conditions.

Top 5 Scores:

been shot over the last four years and brought in Peter Armstrong 734.31
lots of countries again this year. It has become very Richard Lightfoot 727.31
popular, with a number of shooters saying they Martin Lee 726.20
would like this type of competition on a more Bill Collaros 723.29
regular basis. This competition is shot at major matches Geoff Knight 719.2
throughout the world and specific to the unlimited 3rd Match RBA Nationals Sydney
class rifles at 50 metres for rimfire and 25 metres The RBA Nationals were held @ The Sydney
for air rifle. This is predominantly a team event, with International Shooting Centre, again as all year
teams registered one month in advance of the match. there was tricky wind & some rain but it was
Individual shooters get a world ranking for this year. certainly shootable. The competition for the top 10
came down to the last target & many positions were won
Rimfire World Postal Championship places go to; or lost on X Rings. The Top 3 for Nationals were John
Air Rifle World Postal Championship places go to; Patzwald 1482.73, Peter Armstrong 1482.70 &
All these matches were hard fought with the UK Jeanette Mitchell 1477. 81 Our trio in the World
teams and individuals doing us proud. Full score Postal went well coming in 3 place at present Clinton
from; http://www.wrabf.com/ Sondergold 743.39, Brian Mitchell 742.36, Brett
Wilson 720.32 = 2205.107 It’s been a long & hard
The International Rimfire Benchrest League year down under with mother nature giving us plenty
This was again popular but incorporated different to think about at most of the big competitions. Well
classes at a both distances of 25 and 50 metres. done to all the winners & good luck to the remaining
This championship was predominantly individual, World Postal Teams world wide. Looking forward to
with a team division. The final results for this were it again in 2010.
reported last month. scores from; http://www.ben- Bill Collaros

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A regular column whereby Ken Hall keeps us up to date
with black powder cartridge rifle shooting in the UK.

NOVEMBER QUIGLEY AND A NEW John Ellin and Eric Todd looking for the buff
QUIGLEY CHAMPION.

Despite warnings of foul weather, it was


decided to forgo the shelter of the covered
firing so that we would be able to make
the most of the limited daylight and also to
allow those who have a long journey home
to get away earlier. Unfortunately the rain
soon appeared, but as we are getting
quite used to it this year we settled down
to some serious shooting. Despite an
horrendous fishtailing wind some
respectable scores were achieved. Stage
1 at 400yds was fired at the unforgiving
bucket target which scores 5 points per
hit, with only one point for the nearest of
misses. The stage completed, we retired exciting, and it was. With the light beginning to go, and
for lunch with four firers, Richard Healey, Dennis the persistent rain making the buffalo target even more
Richardson, Dave Coleman and Ian Hull all scoring difficult to see and hit, Dave Malpas won the stage
over 50 points. The 600yds stage promised to be with 40pts, with Richard and Ian close on his heels.
Back into the clubhouse and
A familiar scene a rapid tally to determine today’s
winner and the season’s Champion shot.
Richard Healey won today’s comp
with a score of 85 points, with Ian Hull
as runner-up by 1 point with 84 points.
The QSA Championship is based
on a firers best 3 scores, this gives
all members a good chance to win,
allowing you to drop your worst scores,
or to miss a couple of shoots without
forfeit. When the arithmetic was
completed, the championship went
thus…….
1st. Dennis Richardson 304pts
2nd.Richard Healey 291pts
3rd.Ian Hull 281pt
4th. Dave Coleman 254pts

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Quigley champion Dennis Richardson

5th. Ken Hall 251pts

Each year, the shooter who achieves the highest


score on Stage 1, is awarded the ‘Quigley Bucket’.
The shooter with the highest score
on Stage 2, wins the ‘Quigley Buffalo Ian, Dennis and Richard
Trophy’, both unique trophies hand
crafted by our own Doug Herod.

This year, Dennis completed the ‘Grand


Slam’ and took both these as well,
deservedly so, as proof of his
consistent performance.

Please feel free to email with questions


and comments to khall6548@aol.com

Season’s greetings to all,


see you in the New Year.

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Hunter Field Target News
December marks the end of the open season and are
the big summer series of shoots… Congratulations using, a scope making wakes in the HFT world
to all the winners and roll on 2010. However, the has to be the Bushnell 2.5-16*42 6500 mildot. The
winter is the time to take a good hard look at your winner of the 2009 series used one as well as many
kit and all aspects of your shooting and make any other top shooters. If you shop around you can
changes you need to. The plan is to improve your get one for £480. Winter too is the perfect time to
shooting in the closed season in time for the start test new batches of pellets, or even completely
of the open season of big shoots in the spring. All new makes to the ones you currently use. I will be
the top shots leave it until the closed season to trying out the new 7.9grain Falcon pellets, the 7.9
grain Crosman Premier’s I use now
Pete Sparks with this are ‘‘running out ( I only have a few
seasons rifle ‘boxes left) so I will have to change
pellets within the next couple of years.
They are the same weight as my old
pellets so my impact points should
not change by any large degree. I am
loathed to try the 8.4 grain pellets that
everyone else uses as the ballistics
would alter too much and it will take a
few months to relearn the aim points.
Plus the one’s I have tested deflect
more in the wind than the lighter
7.9 types, they are heaver and are
‘travelling slower than the Premiers
so that is only to be expected.
As well as the rifle and scope look at
the rest of your shooting gear, it is
make any changes, one example is Pete Sparks. time to buy a truly waterproof prone mat or a new
He has already changed his rifle after winning the pair of boots or coat. The worse thing in the world
2009 series with the Walther he has gone back to is to turn up at the first big shoot of the year with
a new Daystate electronic regulated precharged a brand new coat or boots. You will spend more
pneumatic rifle. He has not deemed to change time thinking about how different it feels when you
his scope and that is a major tip. It is far easier are shooting than concentrating on your actual
to make a change in the rifle than the scope when shooting. I know it’s always a bit frightening to
HFT shooting. That’s not to say you must not make make a change to any aspect of kit but the winter
a swap, if moving to a new scope will improve your is the best time to do it. Also there are still shoots
scores than it is worth a try. Scope specifications to attend over the winter in order to test any
vary greatly these days and ones with smaller changes you make over the winter. Many regions
objective lenses will have a smaller exit pupils and have leagues in the winter be it FT you can still
therefore less potential parallax error than ones shoot them SFT or HFT style if they allow it and
with 50 or say 55mm objectives. 42mm must be the Midlands have a dedicated Hunter series in
the maximum size scope objective lens to go for. the winter which is attended by shooters from
Hawke have listened to the HFT shooters and just NEFTA and even Wales and the South.
brought out a 38mm objective scope fitted with
an HFT .177 calibre friendly SR6 multi aim point
Next month I’ll go into greater detail as to rifle
reticle. I can see a few shooters moving to this
set up and things you need to consider including
scope over the winter. Hawke are sending me one
of the first batch to test, I’ll cover it as always here
the dreaded subject of crossover and optically
in Target Shooter. Look at what scope the top shots centering an outfit.

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Gallery Rifle & Pistol News

Whenever you go to an open meeting, If you’re out on the competition circuit already it’s just
especially at the National Shooting Centre, you’re carrying on as usual with a bit more added in and
bound to run across some of the top GR&P plenty of practice. If you want more information about
competitors in the country. You’ll also see their names any of the teams just contact chris@galleryrifle.com.
in the lists of national team members but you’ll also see
some names you may not know. As the years pass, Still a couple of Christmas shoots in December below
some names drop out and some new ones come in. and some more dates for 2010. I know I’ve mentioned
Currently, there are teams for England, Wales and this before, but if your club would like to put on an open
Scotland competing in the short events and the Great meeting and want some advice or help, email gallery@
Britain Team which competes in the GRCF 1500. We nra.org.uk and we’ll do our best. It gives your club
hope that, in time, there will also be teams from the members a chance to get a taste of open competition
regions too giving the opportunity for top level without leaving the comfort zone of their home range
competition in all parts of the country. and visiting competitors a look what you have on offer.
These teams are open to anyone who meets the
selection criteria and if you want to join in, now’s COMPETITION CALENDAR
the time to start your preparation for next season. December 5 Gallery Rifle Christmas Shoot
The selection process is under way right now and the and Social, National Shooting
selectors are looking at everyone’s performance in the Centre, Bisley
2009 season. This is made possible by the National
Rifle Association’s GR&P database. Provided the December 30 Christmas Shoot Shield
events are run under national rules and are open to all Shooting Centre, Dorset
competitors, scores from any open meeting in this DATES FOR 2010
country or, indeed, abroad are sent in by the March 27-28 Spring Action Weekend NSC
organisers and stats crews (those people who waste Bisley
a perfectly good weekend sitting in a shed in front of April 17-18 Basildon 1500 Basildon
a computer) and logged. The data are then made May 2 Mattersey Ten Mattersey
available to the selectors. May 28-30 The Phoenix Meeting NSC
Bisley
What you have to do depends on which team you June 26-27 Derby 1500 Derby
want to get into but there are some common features. July 18 Derby Steel Shoot Derby
You need to prove your ability by putting in the best July10-24 The Imperial Meeting NSC
possible scores at as many of the open meetings as Bisley
possible. Generally speaking, turning out for a couple a July 25-26 Frome Three Gun Shield Dorset
year does not really show commitment and won’t get you August 28-29 Gallery Rifle National
selected. Some teams run selection/qualification days. Championships NSC Bisley
These are compulsory if you want to be considered. September 19 Mattersey Bianchi mattersey
Each team is authorised by it’s own National October 23-24 The Trafalgar Meeting NSC
Governing Body and membership of this body is Bisley
essential if you want to be in the team. For the GB October 30-30 Autumn Action Weekend NSC
Team, it’s the NRA, for Scotland it’s the Scottish Bisley
Pistol Association, for Wales it’s the Welsh Gallery
Rifle Club and for England it’s the English Twenty Club. (Either contact the organisers direct or go to www.gal-
If you’re invited to join, you will have to agree to leryrifle.com for entry forms.)
varying conditions of membership. For example,
agreeing to attend nominated meetings and training GR&P = Gallery Rifle Centre Fire (GRCF), Gallery Rifle
days, Small Bore (GRSB), Long Barrelled Pistol (LBP) and
appearing at prize giving ceremonies, wearing the team Long Barrelled Revolver (LBR)
strip etc. In short, being part of the team. Some travel
will also be involved around the country and, for the GB Please go to the Gallery Rifle website www.galleryrifle.
Team, abroad as well. com for more news and information.

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As 2009 comes to end with only the British Open LBR The dense wooded glade half a mile off the A414
Championships to be shot on the 13th December, we echoed with the babble of the sixty or so competitors
are already putting next year’s shooting Calendar. arriving on the damp weekend of the 25th October
Here are some dates for your Diary. 2009 for the final level III Practical Shotgun match of
the year.
13th December LBR L2 Leicester
17th January AGM Bisley With the excitement of the European Shotgun
21st February LBR L2 Bedford. Championships in Operany, Czech Republic in
6/7th March PSG L3 Shield September now over, it was time to return to more
17th April DPOA L1 Shield typical English weather conditions the Brits are used
21/22nd May PSG L3 Harlow to, with the squelch of mud and the constant drips from
11/12/13th June PSG L3 Shield the recent heavy rains creating a patter on the autum-
3/4th July PSG L3 Carlisle nal leaves of Harlow Town RPC’s main shotgun
28th July PSG L4 USA range. The venue is a series of clearings in the two
4/5th September PSG L3 Borders acres or so of 30 year old sycamores and hawthorn,
September Handgun L4 Serbia with rolling ploughed fields providing a broad safety
8/9th October PSG L3 Harlow area that would be the envy of many clay shooting
clubs.
There many other match dates listed on the UKPSA
members Forum. The AGM will be held at Canada For those that have followed this series of articles on
House at Bisley. Practical Shotgun (PSG) this year, this thrilling target
sport will need no introduction. For those who are
Harlow Home Countries Practical Shotgun Match unfamiliar with the discipline, it is a power and
2009 Level III Match by Tony Saunders accuracy event using 12g or 20g shotguns, shot
Photographs © Iain Corrigan against the clock and utilising birdshot, buckshot
and solid slug (depending on range clearances) A

Alison Hatchard shooting a low aperture on Stage 5 At Harlow

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Neil Berverley tackling Stage 2

match will consist of a series of carefully thought out shoot a match. This ensures that basic gun handling
stages that represent a considered shooting challenge is ingrained and all competitors know that every other
involving speed, ingenuity and imagination. Designed person shooting has attained the same grounding in
by the club members and sanctioned by the United safe shooting practices.
Kingdom Practical Shooting Association (UKPSA), a
Level III match usually has 8-12 stages and is open to The Level III match calendar in 2009 has
shooters both from the United Kingdom and also those consisted of four separate matches. The Midland
willing to travel from any of the other IPSC regions. Championships held at Harlow, followed by the Northern
Attending this match were members of the Serbian Championships at Carlisle, then the British Open
National Shotgun team Branslav Raketic and Igor Championships at Border Guns in Shropshire and
Jankovic – two extremely competent shooters. now, finally, the Home Countries Championship at
Harlow.
Stages will encourage moving between shooting The National grade for each competitor is determined
points; shooting through apertures (high and low) by taking the average of the best three out of these
but quite often challenging, or positions that force four matches. Different divisions are recognized,
shooting from prone, kneeling, crouching, and being: Standard (using a semi-auto shotgun
standing. Often, a stage may force the competitors with a maximum starting capacity of 9 rounds),
to stand on a beam or to shoot moving and bobbing Standard Manual (Like Standard division but using a
targets from both strong and weak shoulder. All against pump-action or lever action shotgun), Modified
the clock and almost always requiring much thought Division (allows for longer magazine capacity and
as to the shooting and loading sequence. If you’ve not more rounds in the gun at the start, also the gun
tried PSG you’re missing a fantastically challenging may be ported to allow better muzzle control) and
shooting experience. finally Open Division – which is under represented in
the UK but allows shotguns with red-dot sights, and
Safety is the UKPSA byword and every stage has a unlimited magazine capacity as well as any other
qualified Range Officer (RO) with the shooter all the bells and whistles the shooter thinks may give an
way through the stage. The RO is there to ensure advantage.
that safe gun handling is maintained at all times.
Finger must be off the trigger when moving at the risk of This match saw the return of the “Harlow skateboard”
immediate disqualification. Muzzle angles are – a securely fastened plank. The challenge was then
clearly stated and must not be infringed. All to shoot eight steel targets on the ground about 7
competitors will have also satisfactorily completed metres away, with a no-shoot target placed in the
a mandatory two-day safety course before they can middle to incur penalties if accuracy was lacking.

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Tony Saunders tackling targets around a red no shoot on stage 7

A cunning stage created entirely from used pallets stages and headed to welcome delights of hot tea and
formed a stepped, multi-height platform with two bacon butties at the Harlow trailer as the scores were
shooting apertures, separated by a small wooden wall calculated. In no particular order:
to obstruct easy movement between the apertures. At
the start of the stage, the gun could be placed either Modified Division: Branislav Raketic in first place,
end of the stage confines but the start position had to followed by UK’s own James Harris in a close second,
be at the opposite side to the gun. The stage wasn’t with Ian Richards in third place.
symmetrical (with one side being lower so involving Open Division: Nicholas Hockley in first place,
a step up) so the dilemma was down to whether the followed by Stephen Unwin in second place and David
competitor felt it was quicker to move left to right or Kiddle in third place.
right to left. Having shot a stage like this, almost all Standard (Semi-Auto) Division: Igor Jankovic beat
shooters wish they could reshoot it in the opposing our own Mike Darby into second place with Barry
manner to find out whether their decision was correct. Sullivan in third position.
All agreed though it was a good stage to shoot and Standard Manual (pump) Division: Iain Guy won a well
hurled friendly insults in the direction of the Harlow deserved first place beating Neil Smith into second
crew! place and Jon Holloway in third place.

Harlow recently introduced high and low level clay The Home Countries match was the last UKPSA level
targets to their heady mix of crafty stages. Thin metal III match in the 2009 PSG calendar. 2010 sees the
poles holding a single clay target at a height of about return of Shield Shooting Centre in Dorset adding to
ten feet off the ground interspersed with lower targets. the sanctioned match calendar, likely starting in March
These are fiendishly difficult to spot in the dappled with the traditional Hardy Shoot as it is known, and
woodland and therefore very easy to forget to shoot followed later in the summer by the Shield Summer
them. A non-engaged target incurs a penalty, plus a Challenge match. These will be a welcome addition
further penalty for the miss and of course the loss of to the level III circuit and have always provided some
the five points for a hit. fantastic stages from Steve Pike and his crew.
This is a general issue when shooting in woodland. In the meantime, the PSG shooters will be
Steel plates meld into the background very easily attending local club shoots in order to hone skills and
and part of the technique is to ensure you commit to technique ready for the new season. With the increase in
memory the minimal shooting positions to shoot all Standard Manual shooters over this past two years
targets clearly. It all adds to the challenge and fun of it is likely that several will be hoping that Santa
practical shooting. perhaps struggles down the chimney with a new Benelli
SuperNova along with their socks and aftershave.
By 4.00pm the last of the shooters finished the nine By Tony Saunders

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Letters Many thanks for producing a well balanced
magazine and for free too.
I have found the recent Lee Enfield articles of
Hi, first of all thanks for the magazine…an inspired great interest since I have a No4 Mk1 myself,
approach…which I have only recently discovered. and the reloading articles are also inspiring as I
reload both my .308 and .303 ammunition.
As a recent “convert” to the joys and woes of Admittedly your are not the only magazine I
small bore target rifle shooting (prone) I have read, but you are the only magazine that has
found a real problem trying to get objective articles out numbering adverts, hence each
advice on suitable jackets. Experienced club issue is eagerly awaited. Keep up the work
members advice often seems to be at odds with the and keep encouraging readers to produce the
“salesmen” who refer to old school not
excellent articles which we are growing
understanding the benefits of modern jacket
accustomed to.
materials and technology/design. To make it even
Thanks again.
harder it appears that it is impossible to know if a
Richard.
jacket is really suitable until it is broken in which
is too late if a bad decision has been made… at
Our thanks for this letter Richard. We aim to
the same time I am told that the right jacket can
develop articles each month to include as many
transform results..
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I wondered if you or your contributors were aware contributors, so at the end of the day we need
of any source of impartial advice / comparisons these and to show readers what is out there from
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honest. Even when advertising increases in
Thanks again for an interesting and innovative particular months, we will continue to offer the same
magazine.. high standard articles you have come to expect.
Our thanks, Carl
Les Gibons
Hello,
Hi Les, I have bought many jackets inc made to I was searching for information for a Sheldon
measure over the years, I have never been a metal lathe when some how a link to your site
small bore shooter and not sure of the specifics was in the listing , as a target shooter from USA
required for prone, although if he was doing 3p
I was very impressed with the layout and the
the jacket would be set up mainly for standing and
adjustments for prone with undone buttons I information that you offer to your readers , so
believe. The rule of thumb for standing jackets much that I down loaded everyone of your back
was always that when buttoned up (adhering to issue , I will go back read them over our holiday
overlap rules) place both arms at waist height break here in the US .
straight and horizontally, then bend the elbows so Thanks so much for having this magazine
the wrists are face height and if you can bring both available to all to learn and enjoy .
elbows together to touch you will get no benefit
from the jacket as it does not provide the necessary Jesse Jenkins. USA
support over the shoulder area. Not sure of any
comparison sites but my best advice would be Our thanks Jesse. To you and all our readers, have
to take advice from as many jacket retailers as a great Christmas and may the New Year hold the
possible to see what information pops up time and answers to all our dreams.
time again along with listening to the experience
of the club shooters, but bearing in mind that there
have been major advances in shooting clothing in
the last 20 years and a correctly fitting jacket will If you have an issue, question
serve you admirably for years and certainly give or comment then please send
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