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HBSA "S.M.R.C." Historic Arms Meeting


Below are details of the annual meetings held during the first weekend of the

National Small-bore Rifle Association's - NATIONAL RIFLE MEETING - in August each year

and the National Rifle Association's Imperial Historic Arms Meeting


Additionally, details of the NRA July Historic Arms Meeeting's small-bore events can be viewed via the EVENTS CALENDAR

FROM 2014, THESE COMPETITIONS HAVE BEEN REINSTATED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE H.B.S.A.

SEE THE 2018 MEETING RESULTS as PDF

(N.B. Only entrants' initials are shown for data protection but, for those who may be interested in knowing something of the event's format, the wide range of rifles and calibres used are included with the scores. To knowledgeable eyes, it will be evident that some calibres have required careful hand-loading and testing to obtain the excellent results shown as being achievable)

N.B. See details of the now complete H.B.S.A. Event at

Bisley for August

Download the latest supplied S.M.R.C. - H.A.M. ENTRY FORM as a PDF file

WITH WHICH RIFLES MAY I SHOOT - AND IN WHAT CLASSES ?

WHAT ARE THE RULES & MATCH LISTINGS ?

Read a short HISTORICAL BACKGROUND and of 15 Years of the modern SMRC Meeting


See also the HISTORY of the S.M.R.C. plus details of SMRC PRIZE CROCKERY & SILVER and SMRC MEDALS


Shown below: BSA 1906 Pattern War Office Miniature Rifle in the DeLuxe model

then available either in .22 Long Rim-fire or .297/.230" Morris Tube (MT) Centre-Fire calibres.

A rifle such as this, in either of the above miniature calibres, could be shot in the above competitions, or their NRA equivalents.

To rotate image - slide cursor left/right over image, click to zoom, and use arrow icon for full screen


For greater detail, visit the War Office Miniature Rifle



Below we show the related article published in the 2010 Summer edition of the NSRA Journal,

and which is followed by further detail of the competitions in a copy of their newsletter.

These and the Rules, Regulations with Match Listings can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link at the top of this page.

NATIONAL RIFLE MEETING

15 Years of the "S.M.R.C. Meeting"

(The Historic Arms matches during the first weekend of the N.S.R.A. August Bisley Meeting.)

The first NSRA "Miniature Rifle Meeting" was set up at very short notice after the NRA's "Imperial Historic Arms Meeting" in July 1996 by the NRA's "Historic Arms Resource Centre" to cater for the Smallbore aficionado of older rifles and as a deliberate link between the NRA and the NSRA.

Despite minimal publicity this event was enjoyed by 28 entrants who shot 53 prone targets in just two time-lined Matches, the earlier "Miniature Rifle Class" equating to HBSA Classic pre- 1919 designs and a later "Historic Smallbore Rifle" for Veteran (1919-1945) designs. The fundamental HBSA principle of "in the spirit of the original" was adhered to, both for firearms AND equipment and for fairness shooters were placed in "divisions" according to their NSRA / NRA Class and in accordance with established practice at the "Trafalgar" and "Imperial Historic Arms" Meetings, the Place Awards were reproductions of the colourful Victorian NRA Certificates.

To encourage participation the Match Fee was £2, multiple entries (with different rifles) and the use of repeating rifles were allowed and traditional "Skilled Shot Certificates" were awarded on a percentage basis with the top 5% gaining the "Marksman" certificate, next 10% = "First Class Shot" and next 20% = "Skilled Shot". The Skilled Shot certificates ensured that whatever the weather there was a reasonable chance of taking away something.

The basic course was 20 shots plus unlimited sighters in 20 minutes at 50 yards on the American decimal target (used for the Randle, of course) produced some fine scores - the highest being 196.10 ex 200 by Les King in the Veteran Match, using a Winchester M52B. He then proceeded to make the next three best scores with different rifles. Fine scoring indeed but as Bill Phelps said, "... these old rifles are probably being shot for the first time with decent ammunition." As now, the rules did not allow Les more than one place in a Match so the 5th highest scorer gained 2nd Place, with Les getting three Skilled Shot Certificates.

Rifles used included Martini-Henry conversions, BSA Model 8, 12, 12 / 15, War Office Miniatures, .22SMLE Pattern 1914, "Sportsman" and "Century" (allowed in because of its basic features), a Winchester "Winder Musket" and Model 1903 S-L, Vickers Jubilee, Mauser "Sportmodell" , Remington M37 and even exotica such as the Greener "Queen's Cup" and a "Dewarifle". This gave sufficient data in order to consider future plans. It was clear from the results of this Experimental Meeting that there was a need to separate Martinis from the more specialised rifles and that there should be separate Matches for Sporting Rifles and Military Trainers.

EXPANSION IN THREE STAGES

(A) Types of Rifle
For the first "proper" competitions the 1997 Programme offered a wider range of Classes such as "Any Rifle", and Martini-action" and over the years more opportunities were added for different
types of rifle: Target, Military Trainer, Sporting and "Schutzen", the latter of course being one of the Offhand Matches which were added as the first stage in the growth of the Meeting.
Additionally, we recognised the differences between "open" and "aperture" sights and that some firers would like to use 'scopes, so there is plenty of choice in the current programme.

(B) Different Calibres
Because of requests to use the old Centrefire "Miniature Rifle" calibres such as .297/.230 Morris, and especially the .310 Cadet, sound tests were undertaken to see whether the use of these at the far left of the NSRA firing-point on Century would inconvenience the "serious .22 TR shooters". It was discovered that the reports of mild loads were perfectly acceptable. "Hot" loads such as .357 are not permitted but, of course, people can readily use their Winchesters (etc) with downloaded cartridges and, indeed, the use of sub-calibre adapters in suitable rifles is not excluded. Accordingly, these old CF cartridges were approved for use, along with "Pistol- Gallery calibres" which were coming to the fore. This led naturally to the next significant development ...

(C) Offhand Shooting
The course of fire selected was two targets, best 10 of 12 shots on each in 20 minutes, initially on the old NRA 50yard "Martin Smith" revolver target and latterly on the UIT 50m pistol target due to problems with supply of the originals. Crafty shooters do fire two shots on each target to give a string of four sighters before their (2 x 10) scoring shots but they have to count their shots carefully!
Possibly because some people are finding it harder to get down into the National Meeting prone position we have noticed a significant increase in Standing entries but there are some people who are still nervous about trying this, so for 2010 (following some experiments in 2009) we have added Matches for standing supported shooting. Fremantle in his 1901 The Book of the Rifle illustrates a continental training aid using a stepped rest and we know that this system is still in use in the USA in some of the Germanic "Schutzen Vereins", such as the one in New Braunfels, Texas. Indeed, we are given to understand that rested shooting has been formally introduced in Germany for "Seniors", although what we will use will certainly not be the costly equipment which one can see in the current Gehmann catalogue! The 2009 experiments used basic wooden pegs and the scores obtained suggest that we can continue with the same course and target used by other Standing matches.
Our rules allow the resting of the barrel or fore-end but not (i) holding onto the rest or (ii) forward pressure on the rest by means of the hand-stop, front of the fore-end or other means. The firer may use one hand or two to support the rifle but both of them must be behind the resting point.

WHERE WE STAND IN 2010

Nowadays, the NRA's HARC is functionally defunct so there is no formal link with them except for the use of their Certificates, but the "SMRC Meeting" soldiers on having endured (mostly) sunshine, howling gales and floods, its ever- decreasing band of volunteers (hint, hint) administering a meeting which features:

(1) The cheapest entry fees of any Open Meeting at Bisley;

(2) a matrix of courses comprising Matches:

(a) suitable for a wide range of rifles, cheap to exotic;
(b) for Target, Military trainer, Sporting (including Rook Rifle) and "Any Rifle" and "Schutzen" Rifles;
(c) in .22RF and Centre-fire Gallery Rifle calibres (with possible experiments THIS year for BB, CB and "Zimmer" rifles at 10 metres);
(d) datelined Classes for Vintage, Classic, Veteran and "Extended period" rifles;
(e) both prone and offhand (standing), and now also for "Standing (Supported)"

(3) Awards for individual achievement including:

(a) traditional, illuminated Place Certificates, number according to entries;
(b) Skilled Shot Certificates awarded on a percentage basis (rather than bogey scores, thus making allow-ances for bad weather)
(c) a small number of challenge trophies: the principal aim is participation;

(4) Each entry also comes with a free chance to win a .22LR Rifle suitable for Historic events or for Youth Training. Jim Hallam of Classic Gun Company has given a Savage- Stevens "Favorite" falling-block rifle to the SMRC Meeting for many years — it is under 5lbs in weight, and ideal (another pun?) for encouraging standing shooting within Clubs.

Why not come down to the "S.M.R.C. Meeting" and take part in Living History, as well as having some fun? Volunteers to assist with the running of the Meeting are always (more than) welcome. Please contact the Match Director - Richard Collins — 07802 831073 or email richard.collins@hotmail.co.uk

 

There is a full programme of 50 metre PRONE and STANDING MATCHES (20 shots + sighters in 20 minutes)

UNLIMITED ENTRIES ONLY £4, multiple entries with different rifles permitted:-

RIMFIRES and CF (pistol calibre)Target, Military and Sporting — including "Standard", "Match" and "Free"
Iron (open & aperture) and Any Sights

There are TIME-LINED CLASSES FOR RIFLES, based on design date

Vintage - basically "Victorian"— (Martini conversions, many Winchester lever actions etc)
Classic (pre 1919) - BSA Model 12s, .22 SMLEs, ... etc
Open Historic (pre 1946) - BSA 12/15s, Vickers, earlier Winchester M52, Remington M37, .22 No. 4
Extended Period (see Rules) - Internationals Marks I & II, early Anschutz, M52C & D

ONE FREE DRAW ENTRY FOR EACH MATCH CARD BOUGHT and/or FIRED -- you don't HAVE to shoot the card!

A Wide Range of Historic Rifles will be available on free loan to qualified persons by Jim Hallam (Classic Gun Co), e.g., .22s by Ballard, Bonehill, B.S.A., Francotte, Greener, Marlin, Stevens (all types in Sporters)...

plus

Centre-Fire .32s by Marlin, Winchester, "Rook Rifles" and CGCo's .32 & .22 "Modular Martini".

Why not bring down your "traditional-style" Gallery Rifle (with low power loads!) and try something different!

Ammunition available or use your own .22LR.

Class certificates awarded in all competitions based on NSRA / NRA classes or past successes in this Historic Meeting.

REGISTRATION either before the Meeting or ON THE DAY at the CLASSIC CARAVAN at the far left hand end of Firing Point.

The full programme is on the NSRA website. Alternatively send SAE marked "SMRC" to South London Rifle Club, Old NRA Offices, Bisley Camp, WOKING GU24 ONY.


WIN A CLASSIC RIFLE

donated by the CLASSIC GUN COMPANY - 01483 472718 / 0775 3697888) at the "S.M.R.C. MEETING" -- Bisley, 14th & 15th AUGUST

This is a SAVAGE-STEVENS "Favorite", .22LRB weighing well under 5 Ibs, fitted with Sporting sights. This single-shot falling- block rifle is IDEAL either for introducing youngsters to the sport or for the beginner wanting to shoot standing.


MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING --- a cheap weekend and a well-kept secret:  14th. & 15 th. August 2010


The first weekend of the NSRA August Meeting at Bisley includes what has come to be known as the "SMRC Meeting" --- i.e., it is the "Historic Arms Weekend".   It is very poorly advertised --- indeed almost all the NSRA do is to list the Courses of Fire in the Programme/Entry-Form for the full Meeting, available online on their website ( www.nsra.co.uk) following the links "latest news" / "competitions" / "Bisley Meeting Entry Form", or indeed here . . . . . . .ENTRY FORM

Entry Fees are the cheapest of any Bisley Open meeting -which must be a real bargain. There is small additional entry fee for those not already shooting the rest of the Meetin, but this still means that a day’s shooting can be done for a fraction of the cost at many other Bisley Meetings.

As to be expected there are time-lined classes for all sorts of rifles…  TARGET / SPORTING / MILITARY TRAINER / etc  with every possible combination of sights.  The gamut ranges from a basic “Classic Sporter” with open iron sights through to a “Schutzen” replete with set trigger, hooked buttplate etc…………. and calibres from .22rf through “rook rifle” and “Pistol gallery calibres” to .44WCF and .45Colt.

Competitors are also placed in “classes” so that you shoot against people of similar skill levels and there are a number of types of Awards --- Trophies, Certificates  etc.

There are two Courses of Fire:-

(1) PRONE:      unlimited sighters + (4 x 5shots) all in 20 minutes   

        AND

(2) STANDING: 2 targets each (best 10 of 12 shots) all in 20 minutes

  • PLEASE NOTE that although it is an NSRA Meeting one can shoot "Gallery rifle Calibres":  normally there are very few entries in CF calibres, so dig out the Rook Rifles and "Winchester-caliber" (sic) lever-actions! (Just don’t use “hot” / noisy loads to upset the other firers please.)

  • Unlimited entries with different rifles (even IF just in Serial #)

  • You can shoot the more “sophisticated” classes with “simpler” rifles --- indeed, LAST year many of the winners did just that!

  • There will be rifles of many types available on Free Loan (courtesy Classic Gun Company) – for .22RF use your own ammo.  If you have FACTORY .32S&WL, .32WCF or .38splHBWC bring that to use.

  • Every entry also gets a free chance in a draw for a .22Lr Savage-Stevens "Favorite" rifle, given by Jim Hallam (Classic Gun Company).   This weighs under 5 lbs and is an ideal rifle for starting young people off, especially for off-hand shooting.

  • Entries for these competitions may be made in advance on the entry form or, subject to range availability, on the range on the day of shooting.

    MATCHES FOR HISTORIC RIFLE

    The fundamental principle is “spirit of the original”, i.e., a “basic” rifle without significant alteration so that the firer is the controlling factor. (Certain minor modifications to rifles and sights are permitted to encourage participation.)

    The NSRA Historic Matches was originallyt divided into two timelined periods for rifles in “miniature” calibre (not necessarily Rimfire) as follows:

    CLASSIC”: pre-1919 design                 and            “OPEN”: pre-1946 design

    The programme has been extended to include a later time-banded period as used in the Historic postal matches run under the auspices of the NRA HARC. The programme admits lighter “sporting” rifles in their own match.  A “simple” rifle may, of course, be used in matches for which more “sophisticated” rifles are permitted, but NOT vice-versa.
     “EXTENDED PERIOD”: certain early 1950s design

    “Normal” shooting equipment (jackets, slings, accessories as permitted by individual Match Conditions). Prone Rifles may be fitted with hand-stops of simple design. “International” type heavy duty shooting jackets and gloves are not considered to be “in the spirit”. The Match Director’s decision is final: if unsure please consult before firing. All aspects of the firearm and principal equipment used shall be “in period”.

    Matches will be shot on a reserved section of the left-hand end of Century Range. Sound checks have shown that standard velocity centre-fire calibres may be used without disturbance to small-bore shooters. High velocity loadings of CF calibres are NOT permitted (e.g. a competitor using a .357 Uberti M1873 must use moderate .38spl loadings – please enquire if unsure).
    Competitions are single entry, but re-entry in any competition is permitted with a different rifle, even if it is functionally identical but with different serial numbers. Any rifle of a suitable calibre/period is eligible (including sporters) provided that it is loaded singly.
    A person may not win more than one place award in any competition.

    Classification of competitors:
    Class 1 NSRA X, A & B classes, NRA X or A classes who do not have a current NSRA Classification, winners of two or more “Class 2” Historic matches in past meetings and those whose placings in previous years warrant this Class.
    Class 2 NSRA classes C and D, winners of one “Class 3” Historic match in past meetings and those whose placings in previous years warrant this Class.
    Class 3 All those not classified 1 or 2 above.
    COMPETITIONS 200 to 206 - PRONE
    Course of fire: 20 scoring shots plus unlimited sighters in 20 minutes, NRA GR5 (based on USA Standard 50 yard target).

    200 .22 - ANY ACTIONEXTENDED PERIOD

    Any rifle as for Competitions 201 & 202 (below) plus Martini International Mks I and II, Winchester M52 up to Model 52D and Remington M37 only. This admits those rifles available as the “first generation” of 1950’s smallbore rifles without the complication of the later types/makes such as the Anschütz 54.

    COMPETITIONS 201 & 202 - Any rifle of .22 rimfire calibre to 1945 design, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern. This allows all of the BSA smallframe (Francotte-Martini) “Targets” produced before the “International” series, any “Vickers”, the Winchester 52A & B, 69 & 75, Remington Rangemaster, Mossberg M35, M42 and M43, and a wide variety of others, including “sporters”. The No.8 “sneaks in” on the basis of its functional similarity to the Canadian .22 trainer. Strictly speaking, the BSA “Century” is too late, but it is (a) very common and (b) “basic” and thus it is “deemed” to be eligible. All variants of the BSA “Sportsman” series are deemed to be eligible (but not the “Supersport”.)

    201 OPEN HISTORIC .22 - ANY ACTION                               202 OPEN HISTORIC .22 – MARTINI

    203 OPEN PRONE SPORTING RIFLE – ANY SIGHTS (Inc. Telescopic) Rifle Rules as for 207 except sights

    COMPETITIONS 204 and 205 - Any pattern in “miniature calibres” available before 1919 -- but subdivided according to SIGHTS used. “Miniature calibres” are .22 rim, 6mm rim, .297/.230 Morris, .25 rim, .297/.250, .300(.295) Rook, .310 Cadet, but NOT .255J & .300S.
    Rifles fitted with both types of rearsight may shoot in each competition.

    204 CLASSIC MINIATURE - OPEN SIGHTS (front and rear)               205 CLASSIC MINIATURE - TARGET SIGHTS (any iron sights)

    206 OPEN MILITARY MINIATURE

    The rifle must be of “Military or Training Rifle Pattern” with issue-pattern sights, e.g. .310 Cadet Martini, M1907 War Office Pattern, SMLE No.2, Bonehill conversions with tangent r/s and blade/ barleycorn, Lee Enfield No 8.

     

    COMPETITIONS 207 TO 211 - OFFHAND (STANDING)

    Course of fire: Two targets (each of best 10 of 12 shots) in 20 minutes. Target -- NRA/HBSA Classic 25M-scaled @ 50m or suitable substitute..

    Rifle:       Datelined “Open Historic”, types as defined below. For repeating rifles the magazine, if fitted, may NOT be used.
    Position                    Standing unsupported, no slings or specialised footwear or clothing that gives support to the body.
    Trigger weight        Minimum 2 lbs except where a set trigger is permitted.

    207 STANDING SPORTING RIFLE – OPEN SIGHTS

    Any sporting pattern rifle to 1945 design, maximum weight 6 1/2 lbs, chambered for .22 rimfire or NRA Gallery Rifle calibres, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern. The rifle must, in the opinion of the Match Director, be a Sporting Rifle. NOTE:- some current “L-A” rifles are not in the spirit of the original Model Numbers, please check with the Match Director. – Special award for highest score with a recognised ‘Rook & Rabbit’ Rifle.

    208 STANDING MILITARY TRAINER

    Issue Pattern .22RF or “subcalibre adapted” rifles not exceeding .23”, based on or converted from pre-1946 Service Rifles and “Armory” (sic) models. This match allows the use of the Stevens “Armory” model, Savage NRA M1919 and the Winchester “Winder Musket”. The following are deemed to be eligible – “Bonehill” (and similar) conversions if using a POST or BARLEYCORN foresight: the Nos. 7, 8 & 9: KK Wehrsport gewehr and similar rifles.

    209 STANDING STANDARD .22 RIFLE

    Any rifle of .22 rimfire calibre to 1945 design, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern. Hook buttplates and palm rests are not permitted.

    210 STANDING SPORTING RIFLE – ANY SIGHTS

    Any sporting pattern rifle to 1945 design, maximum weight 6 1/2 lbs, chambered for .22 rimfire or NRA Gallery Rifle calibres, fitted with any sights of contemporary pattern (including telescopic sights).

    211 MATCH (SCHÜTZEN) RIFLE

    Any pattern single-shot rifle, with no limitation on stock design, palm rest, sighting system or trigger weight provided all the design features were extant before 1946.

     

    STAFFING FOR THESE MATCHES IS PROVIDED BY VOLUNTEERS, IF YOU CAN SPARE A HALF DAY OVER THE WEEKEND TO HELP IN ANY CAPACITY PLEASE CONTACT RICHARD COLLINS 07802 831073 or email richard.collins@hotmail.co.uk


    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND


     

    Recognising the growth of interest in so-called “Miniature Rifles” in the major “Historic Arms Meetings” at Bisley, the NRA Historic Arms Resource Centre (regrettably now functionally defunct) set up a “Miniature Rifle Postal League” which is still in existence. As a formal link between the NRA and the NSRA some experimental Courses of Fire were set up during the 1996 NSRA August Meeting. These are what has now developed into the “SMRC Meeting” which is a permanent feature of the NSRA August Meeting.

    The “Historic Arms” movement is characterized by strong emphasis upon two main principles:-
    • the “spirit of the original” in all its aspects – firearms, accessories and procedures; and
    • “accessibility”: this means that due regard is given to ensuring that for the majority there is no perceived requirement for specialised (and therefore costly?) equipment to achieve success. Certain readily-available (= cheaper!) rifles are deemed to be eligible in certain Matches to encourage participation.

    The principle of “Multiple Entry with different Firearms” commonly applied means that it is possible, say, for a collector/shooter of Greener .22 Martinis to use every one of the collection – making it worthwhile to travel a distance for just one Match.
    In contrast to most other Historic Arms Meetings, firers are classified according to prowess, so that all levels of ability have the opportunity for success. The Courses of Fire are simple, ammunition is cheap, suitable firearms are frequently available on free loan, entry fees are the cheapest at Bisley, Skilled Shot certificates are within the grasp of a Club Shooter and the camaraderie on the Firing Point is well to the fore.
    In other words, the SMRC Meeting is intended for someone to PARTICIPATE, rather than COMPETE -- to have an enjoyable and economical shoot without the pressures of “serious competition”, although IF someone is determined to win something then there are Awards available.

    Over the years the SMRC Meeting has developed from a few Prone matches for old .22” Target Rifles to a flexible Programme for
    • a wide variety of Rifle types -- Target, Sporting and Military – including replicas and copies
    • time-lined historical Periods, based on a simplified HBSA system
    • a range of sights – iron and optical
    • Prone, Offhand (Standing) and new for 2010 Standing Supported positions
    • .22Rimfire and Centrefire “Gallery Rifle” calibres
    and developments are still planned for the future.

     


    WITH WHICH RIFLES MAY I SHOOT - AND IN WHICH CLASSES ?


     

    MY RIFLE.

    IN WHAT

    CAN I SHOOT IT ?

    IRON SIGHTS UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE

    "Classic" includes "Vintage",
    "Open" includes "Veteran" & earlier

    (v.2 29July2010)

    KEY

    "*"= Eligible .................. "X"= Not Eligible
    (1)   Special conditions apply --ENQUIRE
    (2)  .22RF only   

    (3)  "Rook" calibre 
    (4)  Blade/barleycorn f/s  


    (5) Open sights (no apertures)
    (6) If Martini action 


    (7) Optical sights o.k.
    (8) "Miniature calibres only" 


    (9) Iron sights only

    PRONE STANDING
    MATCH NUMBERS
    RIFLE -- standard configuration.
    IRON SIGHTS UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE
    ACTION
    Time-lined
    NOTES
    BASIC TYPE
    200 201 202 203 204 205 206 210
    220
    211
    221
    212
    222
    213
    223
    214
    224
     
    Early Anschutz - -single extractor
    Bolt
    EXTENDED
    Sight element box in pistol grip
    Target
    *
                    2    
    B.S.A.  Model 12 (1909-   iron sights - SMALL foresight
    Martini
    CLASSIC
    Not large f/s  (PH#2)
    Target
    * * *     *       2   *
    B.S.A.  Model 12 (1909- )  with PH2 large foresight
    Martini
    VETERAN
    Large f/s  (PH#2)
    Target
    * * *             2,9   *
    B.S.A.  "lightweight Martinis" such as Model 6
    Martini
    CLASSIC
    Tgt. / Sport
    * * *     *   *   2,9 7 *
    B.S.A.  Model 13   (1932-1939)
    Martini
    VETERAN
    incl. "R" prefix.
    Target
    * * *             2,9   *
    B.S.A.  Model 15 and "Centurion" (post WW1)
    Martini
    VETERAN
    Target
    * * *             2,9   *
    B.S.A.  Model 12/15 (1947 - 1955)
    Martini
    OPEN but deemed VETERAN
    Target
    * * *             2,9   *
    B.S.A. "Century" (1955-1961)
    Bolt
    deemed VETERAN
    Tgt. / Sport
    * * *         *   2,9 7 *
    B.S.A. "Sportsman" (1947 update of Model 3)
    Bolt
    OPEN but deemed VETERAN
    Sport
    * *           *   2,9   *
    B.S.A. Supersport (1955-1967)
    Bolt
    deemed EXTENDED
    Sport
    *                     *
    B.S.A. "International" Mks I (1949)  & II (1953-
    Martini
    EXTENDED
    Target
    *                     *
    B.S.A. "International" Mk III onwards (1960-
    Martini
    NOT ELIGIBLE = free-floating barrel versions.
    Target
    X X X X X X X X X X X X
    B.S.A. Model 1924
    Slide
    VETERAN
    Sport
    * *           *   2,9 7 *
    B.S.A. .310 Cadet
    Bolt
    CLASSIC
    MilTrain / Tgt.
              8 *   4 2,9 7 *
    B.S.A. Model 1 & 2 (1908-1939)
    Bolt
    CLASSIC
    Sport
    * * *     *   *   2,9 7 *
    B.S.A. (& L.S.A.) War Office Miniature M1907
    Bolt
    CLASSIC
    (Mag versions not for singleshot matches
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    * * *     * *   4 2,9   (1)
    B.S.A. (& others) .22 S.M.L.E. (No.2 Pattern 1914)
    Bolt
    CLASSIC
    Sport
    * * *     * *   4 2,9 7  
    B.S.A. Ralock (1947-1951)
    S-L 
    deemed OPEN  due to design features.
    Sport
    * *           *   2,9 7  
    B.S.A. Armatic (1966-1969)
    S-L 
    NOT ELIGIBLEE
    Sport
    X X X X X X X X X X X X
    BALLARD Small frame
    Block
    VINTAGE
    Sport & Tgt.
    2 2 2     8   *   2,9 7 *
    BALLARD Large frame
    Block
    VINTAGE
    Tgt. / Sport
    2 2 2     8       2,9   *
    "BONEHILLS"  - large frame military Martini convn.
    Martini
    VINTAGE
    incl. Greener / Enfield etc.
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    * * *           4 2,9   *
    BROWNING (F.N.) 
    S-L 
    VETERAN
    Sport
    * * (1)     (1)   *   2,9 7  
    FRANCOTTE Small-frame
    Martini
    CLASSIC
    Sport
    2 2 *     8   *   2,9 7 *
    GREENER Miniature Club
    Martini
    CLASSIC
    Target
    * * *     8       2,9   *
    ENFIELD No 2 Pattern '14 (& Lithgow & AGP)
    Bolt
    CLASSIC
    Issue sights in "Mil" matches.
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    * * *     * *   4 2,9    
    ENFIELD No.8   
    Bolt
    deemed OPENN
    due to Canadian trainer
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    * *         *   4 2,9   *
    ENFIELD No 7 & 9
    Bolt
    deemed OPENN
    MilTrain
    * *         *   4 2,9   (1)
       
    RIFLE -- standard configuation.
    ACTION
    Time-lined
    NOTES
    BASIC TYPE
    200 201 202 203 204 205 206 210
    220
    211
    221
    212
    222
    213
    223
    214
    224
     
    HAENEL KK SPORT
    Block
    VETERAN
    MilTrain
    * *               2,9   *
    KK -Gewehr (Germann .22 K98s)
    Bolt
    VETERAN
    Many manufacturers
    MilTrain
    * *         **   4 2,9   *
    MARLIN M1892
    Lever 
    CLASSIC
    Sport
    2 2 2     8   *   2,9 7  
    MARLIN M1894 "Gallery calibres"
    Lever 
    CLASSIC
    Sport
              8   *     7  
    MAUSER KK-gewhr
    Bolt
    VETERAN
    Many manufacturers
    MilTrain
    * *         *   4 2,9   *
    "PARKER" CMT2 and CMT3 - mil Martini conversions
    Martini
    dependant upon sights in some matches
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    * * *       *   4 2,9   *
    REMINGTON Rolling blocks
    RB
    VINTAGE
    dependant upon calibre
    Sport
    2 2       8   (1)   2,9 (1) *
    REMINGTON M37
    Bolt
    VETERAN
    Target
    * *               2,9   *
    ROOK RIFLE -- various -- ".22"Rim
    Various
    VINTAGE
    Sport
    * *       *   *   2,9 7 *
    ROOK RIFLE -- various -- "Traditional R&R calibres"
    Various
    VINTAGE
    Special Awards
    Sport
              8   *     7 *
    ROOK RIFLE -- various -- converted to .32W / .32S&L etc
    Various
    VINTAGE
    Sport
              *   *     7 *
    SAVAGE NRA MATCH (M1919)
    Bolt
    VETERAN
    MilTrain
    * *         *   4 2,9    
    SCHMIDT-RUBIN .22"LR K31
    Bolt
    VETERAN
    MilTrain
    * *         *   4 2,9    
    "SCHUTZEN RIFLES" .22RF
    Various
    CL & VET
    many types --- enquire
    Target
    * * 6     (1)       2,9   *
    "SCHUTZEN RIFLES"  CF calibres
    Various
    CL & VET
    many types --- enquire
    Target
        6     (1)           *
    STEVENS 44 & 44 1/2
    Block
    VINTAGE
    dependant on sights
    Tgt. / Sport
    2 2       8   (1)   2,9   *
    STEVENS "Favorite"
    Block
    VINTAGE
    Sport
    2 2       8   *   2,9 7 *
    STEVENS "Armory"
    Block
    CLASSIC
    MilTrain
    * * *     2 *   4 2,9 (1) *
    WEIRAUCH HW52
    Block
    VETERAN
    Target
    * *               2,9   *
    VICKERS .22 Martinis
    Martini
    VETERAN
    Target models not in sporter
    Tgt. / Sport
    * * *             2,9 (1) *
    WALTHER Dual Action
    S-L/Bolt
    VETERAN
    Sport
    * *           *   2,9 7  
    WINCHESTER M1866 / 1873
    Lever 
    VINTAGE
    & Copies (Uberti etc)
    Sport
    2 2       8   *   2,9 7  
    WINCHESTER 1890
    Slide
    VINTAGE
    & Copies (Rossi etc)
    Sport
    * *           *   2,9 7  
    WINCHESTER M1892
    Lever 
    VINTAGE
    & Copies (Rossi etc)
    Sport
              8   *     7  
    WINCHESTER M1894 "Gallery calibres"
    Lever 
    VINTAGE
    & Copies (Uberti etc)
    Sport
              8   *     7  
    WINCHESTER Model 9422
    Lever 
    OPEN 
    deemed eligible.
    Sport
                  *   2,9 7  
    WINCHESTER Winder Musket
    Block
    VINTAGE
    MilTrain / Tgt.
    2 2       8 *   4 9   *
     
       
                           
    My Rifle #1
                                   
    My Rifle #2
                                   
    My Rifle #3
                                   
    My Rifle #4
                                   
     

    RULES and REGULATIONS

    (as few as possible!)

    and MATCH LISTINGS

    for the “Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs”

    Annual Historic Arms Meeting


    Items in Calibri Font (this one!) should be taken as Advice and NOT as a formal Rule or Regulation.

     

    RULE ZERO

    The Volunteer Staff at Reception and on the Firing point will expect participants to abide by the fundamental principle of “the Spirit of the Original”. 

     

    The Match Director’s decision is final: if unsure please consult before firing.  All aspects of the firearm and principal equipment used shall be “in period".  There is a formal “Equipment Control” at the SMRC Reception Area.

    If unsure please ask for advice before setting up on the Firing Point.

    In these Rules and Regulations the term “Conditions” refers to the rubrics associated with a SPECIFIC Match.

     

     

    CLASSIFICATION OF FIRERS AND EQUIPMENT

     

    To achieve parity, the various Matches are arranged according to dateline and type of rifle and classified according to the “Class” of the firer.

     

    SECTION 1: - TIMELINED PERIODS

     

    1.1 The NSRA (“SMRC”) Historic Matches are divided into time-lined periods for rifles in “miniature” calibre (not necessarily Rimfire) as follows:

    1.1.1     “CLASSIC”:  pre-1919 design.

    1.1.2 

    “VINTAGE”:  this HBSA classification is not currently in formal use in the SMRC Meeting although there may be Special Awards for “Vintage” firearms, according to entry.

    1.1.3     “OPEN HISTORIC”:  pre-1946 design (i.e., HBSA “Veteran” plus “Classic”)

    1.1.3.1 

    “VETERAN”:  this HBSA classification is not currently in formal use in the SMRC Meeting, being part of the “OPEN HISTORIC” timeline,  although there may be Special Awards for “Veteran” firearms, according to entry.

    and

    1.1.4  “EXTENDED PERIOD”:  generally pre-1960 designs approved at Registration/Control.

    Firers are advised to seek advice prior to the Meeting if they intend to use such a rifle: an e-mail to <jimhallam@dial.pipex.com> with a photograph might be a suitable approach.

     

    1.2 Unless otherwise precluded by the Match Conditions, “EARLIER” may shoot against “LATER” but NOT vice-versa:

     e.g., A BSA Model 12 may be used in an “OPEN” Match but a Model 12/15 may NOT be used in a “CLASSIC” Match.

    1.3 Unless otherwise precluded by the Match Conditions, “SIMPLER” may shoot against “MORE SOPHISTICATED” but NOT vice-versa;

    e.g., A BSA Model 12 may shoot in a “Schutzen” Match but a Bonehill Martini fitted with an aperture foresight may NOT shoot in the “Military Trainer” Match.

     

    1.4  The “timelined period” refers to the DESIGN of the item and NOT to the actual date of manufacture.  Thus reproductions and replicas are permitted.

     

    SECTION 2: - FIREARMS

    2.0   The Match Director’s decision is final: if unsure please consult before firing.  All aspects of the firearm and principal equipment used shall be “in period".

    2.1: GENERAL

    2.1.1  FIREARM: - A “basic” rifle without significant alteration so that the firer is the controlling factor. (Certain minor modifications to rifles and sights are permitted to encourage participation.)

    2.1.2  ALL firearms must be inspected before use and authority obtained for their use.  For simplicity an “Historic Passport” must be shown / obtained for the firearm and must be initialled by “Control” before access to the Firing Point is allowed.  The RCO must be shown this “passport” before the detail commences.

    2.1.2.1  ALL firearms used must bear valid Proof Marks or otherwise shown to be “of Proof”.

    2.1.2.2  Firers must ensure that they are properly authorised to use the firearms, either by Firearm Certificate, by suitable Exemption or by other lawful means.

    2.1.3  Unless otherwise precluded by the Match Conditions,

    (a)“earlier” may shoot against “later”,

    (b) “simpler” may shoot against “more sophisticated”

    but NOT vice-versa .

    Competitors are advised to check their rifle configuration at “Control” after Registration.  Advice will be freely available as to the eligibility of items for the various Matches.

    2.1.4  As the “timelined period” refers to the DESIGN of the item and NOT to the actual date of manufacture, reproductions and replicas are permitted.

    2.1.5  Rifles must be chambered for a cartridge available during the time-lined period even if the firearm was never available in that chambering, PROVIDED THAT this gives no undue advantage . (e.g. a Brazilian-made “Winchester M1892” replica may be chambered for .45Colt;  a Rook Rifle may have been relined for .32WCF.)

    This encourages participation with less costly rifles which benefits the sport, however

    2.1.5.1 The firer MUST bring the attention of Reception/Control to the intended use of such rifles and the Match Director reserves the right to retrospectively re-classify such rifles.

     

    2.2: TYPES OF RIFLES

    2.2.1  A rifle of a “lower” (technically simpler) type may be used in a Match for a “higher” type but NOT vice-versa.

    2.2.2  A repeating rifle may be used provided that --

    (a) the RCO is formally advised and has acknowledged its use on each occasion that a Detail is set up;

    (b) the RCO formally checks the magazine of the rifle before and after each use.

     

    2.2.3 TYPE OF RIFLE according to normal function and use.

     

    2.2.3.1  Target Rifle: any rifle eligible for the Match Conditions as specified.  Rule 2.2.1 applies

    2.2.3.1.1  Specialised Target Rifles:

    2.2.3.1.1.1  Offhand Target Rifle:  any rifle eligible for the Match Conditions as specified. Any contemporary pattern of sights may be used but hook buttplates and palm rests are not permitted. Rule 2.2.1 applies

    2.2.3.1.1.2  “Schutzen” Rifle: any pattern single-shot rifle with no limitation on stock design, palm rest, sighting system or trigger weight provided that the design was extant before 1946. Rule 2.2.1 applies.

     

    2.2.3.2  Sporting Rifle: any rifle originally manufactured for (low power) sporting use, chambered for .22rf or a CF Gallery Rifle calibre or using a sub-calibre unit or a chamber adapter formally approved at Reception/Control.

    2.2.3.2.1  “Sporterised” military rifles must be formally approved at Reception/Control. 

    2.2.3.2.2  “Rook & Rabbit Rifle”:  a traditional British design normally chambered or re-chambered for .22rf or a low-power CF British cartridge not exceeding .380Rook calibre. See Match Conditions.

    There may be Special Awards for this type of rifle according to entries. 

     

    2.2.3.3  Military Trainer: An ISSUE PATTERN .22rimfire or “sub-calibre-adapted” rifle not exceeding .23” plus “Armory Model” (sic) patterns as approved at Reception/Control. 

    NOTE:  "Bonehill Martinis" are deemed eligible if used with open sights.

     

    2.2.3.4  Miniature Rifle”: chambered for a cartridge used in a standard “Miniature Rifle range”  -- .22rf or  a low-power CF British cartridge not exceeding .310 Cadet.

    Because of the frequent conversion of these and Rook Rifles to .410 following the 1920 Firearms Act, re-conversions are permitted, including other specified calibres.  See Match conditions.

     

    2.2.3.5  Standard .22 Rifle”: Any .22 rifle to 1945 design fitted with a simple stock (no hooked buttplates / palm rests... ) and with metallic sights of contemporary pattern, with a minimum 2 lb trigger weight.

    2.3 RIFLE CONSTRUCTION

     

    2.3.1 GENERAL

    2.3.1.1  Rifles shall be of standard commercial manufacture. 

    2.3.1.2  A competitor may present a “custom built” rifle for approval but such firearms should not be constructed with the benefit of hindsight from features which may have been extant during the time-lined period but which would not have been in common combined use.

    2.3.1.3  The attention of competitors is drawn to Rules 2.1.4 and 2.1.5 regarding the use of contemporary chamberings.  SEE Rule 2.5 for amplification.

     

    2.3.2 ACTION

    2.3.2.1  Any Action:  a rifle utilising a commercially produced breech action bearing valid Proof Marks or otherwise shown to be “of Proof”.

    2.3.2.2  Martini Action:  a TILTING-block action generally in accordance with the Martini Patent, bearing valid Proof Marks or otherwise shown to be “of Proof”.

    Please Note: many so-called Martini actions are, in fact, Falling Blocks (e.g., Stevens Favorite) and will not be eligible.

     

    2.3.3 STOCK

    2.3.3.1  There shall be no significant alteration to the factory / original woodwork of the rifle, other than

    (a) alterations for reach (length of butt);

    (b) shortening of the fore-end;

    (c) "Sporterising" of military rifles…. BUT SEE Rule 2.2.3.2.1.

    2.3.3.2  Curved butt-plates shall be of no greater radius that was normal during the time-lined period.  The forward-most point of  the butt-plate shall not be more than 1" (c.25mm) from a straight edge placed touching the upper and lower rear extremities ("horns") of the buttplate.

    2.3.3.3  Modern adjustable butt-plates are not permissible.

    2.3.3.4  Rules 2.3.3.2 and 2.3.3.3 shall not apply to rifles used in "Schutzen" Matches.

    2.3.4  Rifles used for the STANDING SUPPORTED Course of Fire shall not be modified by forming a flat lower surface on the fore-end.  The contact area between the rifle and the resting bar shall not exceed 50mm (about 2") in width.

     

    2.3.4  SIGHTS

    2.3.4.1  Sights are of several types defined according to their POSITION (Rule 2.3.4.3) and OPTICAL NATURE (Rule 2.3.4.4).

    2.3.4.2  Sights shall be in accordance with the Match Conditions; "simpler" sights may be used but not vice-versa.

     

    2.3.4.3  Position of sights

    2.3.4.3.1  A REAR-SIGHT is fitted above or to the rear or side of the action of the rifle;

    2.3.4.2.2  A MID-SIGHT is fitted in front of the chamber of the rifle, normally on the barrel. 

    2.3.4.2.3  A FORE-SIGHT is fitted near the muzzle of the rifle, used in combination with a REAR- and/or MID-sight.

     

    2.3.4.4  Nature of sights

    2.3.4.4.1  "Iron Sights" shall consist of metal only, unless Rule 2.3.4.4.1.2 applies.  "Iron Sights" may include

    2.3.4.4.1.1  "Open" Rear- or Mid-sights:- these may be of any contemporary ("timelined") form (e.g., U, V, “Patridge”, “Buckhorn” etc) provided that the target is not capable of being viewed THROUGH an aperture.

    2.3.4.4.1.2  Apertures whether in Rear-, Mid- or Fore-sights may be of any shape: the target is viewed through these;

    2.3.4.4.1.3   In "Open Historic" Class rifles a foresight aperture with perspex or Glass elements may be substituted for metal.

    2.3.4.4.2  Fore-Sight "blades" must be in accordance with Match Conditions and may be required to be of a specific form -- e.g., "blade", "barleycorn", "bead" or other.

    2.3.4.4.3  An Optical Sight or Sighting System consists of one or more optically-active elements through which the target is viewed.  The degree of magnification is considered irrelevant.  This definition includes "telescopic sights", magnifying devices such as a Martin (Galilean) front lens and other devices, including a combination of two lenses of which one is worn by the firer and one is on the rifle.

    2.3.4.4.4  The Firer may use optical correction in the form of a SINGLE lens worn on the person or a SINGLE lens fitted to the rear-sight.  This will NOT be classed as an "OPTICAL SIGHT" under Rule 2.3.3.2.4 but it may NOT be used in combination with another optical element on the rifle.  The Firer is responsible for ensuring that s/he has advised Equipment Control and has received due authority.

    2.3.4.4.5  An optically flat coloured filter element shall not be considered to be part of an optical sighting system.

     

    2.4 TRIGGER

    2.4.1  All triggers must be of mechanical action and unless otherwise permitted in the Conditions triggers adjusted below 2 lbs are not permitted or set triggers.

    2.4.2  Thumb triggers are only permitted where fitted originally by the Manufacturer.

    2.4.3  Release triggers are not permitted.

     

    2.5  CALIBRES

    2.5.1  Rifles must be chambered or re-chambered for ammunition in use during the timelined period for the Match.

    2.5.2  The chambering must be appropriate to the rifle and not to gain undue advantage.

    2.5.3  “Miniature calibres” available before 1919 are .22 rim, 6mm rim, .297/.230 Morris, .25 rim, .297/.250, .300 (.295) Rook, .310 Cadet, but NOT  .255J & .300S.

    2.5.3.1  Application for permission to use other calibres must be made formally and must be given FORMAL approval at Control.

    2.5.4  The use of removable sub-calibre devices such as “Morris tubes” or “chamber adapters” in heavy-calibre rifles shall be permitted but firers MUST be given specific permission at Control.  (E.g.  a .45 Colt chamber adapter in a .577/.450 sporting rifle; a “Marbles” adapter in .32acp in a .303)

     

    SECTION 3: - AMMUNITION

    3.0   The Match Director’s decision is final: if unsure please consult before firing.  All aspects of the firearm and principal equipment used shall be “in period".

     

    3.1 Firers are responsible for providing suitable ammunition.

    3.2 RIMFIRE Ammunition shall be of commercial manufacture but there is no restriction on the use of a cartridge of shorter length than the chamber (e.g., .22short in .22LR).

    3.3 CENTRE-FIRE CALIBRES

    3.3.1  Certain "pistol-calibre" centrefire ammunition is permitted in Historic Matches, as permitted in the Conditions.

    3.3.2  As a guideline, NRA "Gallery Rifle" Rules apply, with specified calibres in some Matches -- see Conditions.

    Sound checks have shown that standard velocity centre-fire calibres may be used without disturbance to small-bore shooters.

    3.3.3 High velocity loadings of CF calibres are NOT permitted (e.g. a competitor using a .357 Lever Action rifle must use moderate .38spl loadings – please enquire if unsure).

    3.3.4 Reloaded CF ammunition is permitted but competitors must ensure that they are adequately insured. 

    3.3.5  “Miniature Calibres” --- SEE Rule 2.5.3 et seq.

    3.3.6  “Traditional Rook Rifle Calibres” are .22Rimfire, 6mm rim, .297/.230 Morris, .25 rim, .297/.250, .300 (.295) Rook, .310 Cadet and .360No 5, but NOT  .255J & .300Sherwood.

    3.3.6.1  Application for permission to use other calibres in “Rook Rifle” Matches must be made formally and must be given FORMAL approval at Control.

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    SECTION 4: - CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

    4.0   The Match Director’s decision is final: if unsure please consult before firing.  All aspects of the firearm and principal equipment used shall be “in period".

    4.1 PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

    4.1.1  Clothing and equipment shall not be capable of giving undue advantage.  See Rule 4.0.

    4.1.2 “Normal” shooting equipment shall be as available during the time-lined periods (q.v.)  but specially-built items constructed with hindsight shall not be permitted. (jackets, slings, accessories as permitted by individual Match Conditions may be worn / used.)

    4.1.3  Prone Rifles may be fitted with hand-stops of simple design.

    4.1.4  For "Classic" (or earlier) Matches slings if permitted by the Conditions shall be of two point pattern and must not exceed 2" in width.

    4.1.5  “International” type heavy duty shooting jackets, trousers and gloves are not considered to be “in the spirit”. 

    4.1.6  "Modern" jackets may be worn to protect elbows but may NOT be buttoned / zipped up. 

    4.1.7  Gloves stiff enough to stand on their own shall not be used.

    4.1.8  Firers in PRONE Matches may provide a shooting mat of any reasonable design.

    4.1.9  Firers may use devices to spot their shots provided that adjacent firers are not inconvenienced.

    Firers are advised that they should provide “Bulldog” clips (or similar) to fix targets to the frames.

    4.2 RANGE EQUIPMENT

    4.2.1  The Match Organiser shall make every attempt to ensure that the facilities available to each type of firing-point shall be similar.

    4.2.2  Prone Firing Points shall not be supplied with mats (but see Rule 4.1.8)

    4.2.3  Offhand Firing Points – reserved.

    4.2.4  Standing Supported Firing Points.  The support bar will be affixed as firmly as possible but firers must realise that absolute stability cannot be guaranteed.

    4.2.4.1 The support bar shall not exceed 25mm (about 1") in width nor shall it be less than 10mm.

    4.2.4.2  The support bar shall be cut in increments of 25mm height and 65mm width (about 1" x 2.5") and shall be set at about 30degrees to the horizontal.

    Standing Supported Shooting -- -see Section 6.3.3 for procedures for the firer to follow.

     

    SECTION 5: - PROCEDURES

    5.1  Matches will be shot on a reserved section of the left-hand end of Century Range.

    5.2  Entries for these competitions may be made in advance on the entry form or, subject to range availability, on the range on the day of shooting.

    5.3  Competitions are single entry, but re-entry in any competition is permitted with a different rifle, even if functionally identical but with different serial numbers.  Any rifle of a suitable calibre/period is eligible (including sporters).

    5.3.1  A person may not win more than one PLACE award in any competition.

    5.4  Entrants must present themselves at SMRC Reception in good time for Registration, Equipment Control and collection of Score-Cards and Targets.

    5.4.1  THOSE ENTERED FOR THE NSRA MEETING WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE.

    5.5  Firers are responsible for collecting serial numbered target(s) from Reception and for returning shot targets to Stats together with the appropriate Score Card.

    5.5.1  TARGETS have been selected bearing in mind traditions and the types of rifles employed.  Details will be found under "Courses of Fire" in the MATCH LISTS.

    5.6 Appropriately authorised persons may be permitted to use Rifles provided on free loan, as available.  Firers will be responsible for providing suitable ammunition. Rifles and/or ammunition may be available from Equipment Control.

    5.7  Entry to the Firing Point is by showing the Score Card ("Register Ticket") to the RCO at the appropriate time.

    5.8  Firers may set up on the Firing Point such personal equipment as is necessary for the detail but must NOT allow such equipment to (a) inconvenience adjacent firers or (b) to shield / protect their rifle from the elements.

    5.9  All details will be of 20 minute duration, under the overall control of the duty NSRA CRO who will instruct the firers when to set up / mount and/or change targets.

    5.10  When not actually firing a detail, ALL rifles will be shown to be unloaded by the use of either a BREECH FLAG or removal of bolt or by another means appropriate to the action of the rifle.

    5.11  Loading from the magazine of a repeating rifle is permitted with the EXPRESS permission of the R.C.O. who will issue a "Magazine used" tag.

    5.11.1 This MUST be displayed whilst firing and then returned to the RCO after the rifle is cleared.

    5.12  ASSISTANCE

    5.12.1  With the express permission of the RCO a firer may be accompanied onto the Firing Point by a third party (the “assistant”).

    5.12.2 The assistant must retire to the rear of the Firing Point at the start of the Detail and remain there unless needed to assist with handling the rifle.  S/he MUST receive express permission from the RCO to approach the firer.

    5.12.3  Spotting and coaching by the assistant is not permitted.

     

    SECTION 6: - TARGETS AND SCORING -- RESERVED:

    TARGETS – see Rule 5.5.1

    SCORING – Reserved.

     

    SECTION 7: - FIRING POSITIONS

    7.1  There are three (3) basic Firing Positions -- Prone, Offhand and Standing Supported.

    7.2  The Match Director / CRO will permit handicapped persons to adopt modified Firing Positions as appropriate to the Course of Fire.

    7.2.1 Application to use a modified position MUST be made formally and permission must be formally given and the RCO advised.

    7.3  POSITIONS

    7.3.1 Prone:  as normally accepted for Rifle Competition under NSRA / NRA Rules.

    7.3.1.1  Alternative position for handicapped persons -- sitting, both elbows resting on a small table.

    7.3.1.2  The Match Organisers will attempt to provide tables and chairs but may be prevented from doing so due to local conditions.  The firer may be given permission to use his/her own table / chair which must not give undue advantage.

     

    7.3.2  Offhand (Standing):  no part of the person or firearm other than the soles of the footwear may touch another object at the time of firing a round.

    7.3.2.1 Alternative position for handicapped persons -- sitting on an armless chair / stool, no support other than the buttocks.

    7.3.2.2 The Match Organisers will attempt to provide chairs but may be prevented from doing so due to local conditions.  The firer may be given permission to use his/her own chair which must not give undue advantage.

     

    7.3.3  Standing Supported:  (Based on 19th Century tradition, still shot is some countries). 

    7.3.3.1  The firer is provided with a STEPPED support on which the fore-end or barrel may be rested.  The horizontal  parts of the stepped support shall not be wider than 3” (75mm) and not thicker than ½” (12.5mm), the vertical steps to be in increments of between 1” and 2” ( 25 – 50mm).

    7.3.3.2  BOTH HANDS MUST be behind the support point  but the firer is not obliged to hold the rifle with two hands.

    7.3.3.3  The firer may NOT touch the support point or hold the rifle onto it.

    7.3.3.4  If the barrel is rested, the firer may NOT press the front of the fore-end, the hand-stop or any similar projection FORWARD onto the support bar.

    7.3.2.5 Alternative position for handicapped persons -- sitting on an armless chair / stool, no support other than the buttocks and the feet; barrel or fore-end rested on short horizontal support provided by the firer.

    7.3.2.5.1 The Match Organisers will attempt to provide chairs but may be prevented from doing so due to local conditions.  The firer may be given permission to use his/her own chair which must not give undue advantage.

    7.3.2.5.2 The firer must receive formal approval before using the “support” referred to in Rule 7.3.2.5.

     

    SECTION 8: - AWARDS

    8.1  With the exception of Challenge Trophies, Awards become the property of the awardee.

    8.2  AWARDS: in addition to Challenge Trophies, awards are in the form of Certificates, based on original Historic Certificates from the NRA Museum Collection.

    8.3  Place Certificates are awarded pro rata according to the number of entries in a Match and for Classes within each Match and may also apply to Rimfire AND Centrefire entries and/or type of Sights used.

    8.3.1  A competitor may not receive more than ONE Place Certificate in a Match:  if multiple entries have been made the Match Director will award Skilled Shot Certificates in lieu of such successful entries.

    E.g., Fred W. uses 3 BSA 12s in Match 201, achieving High Scores #1,2 and 3.  He will be Awarded the FIRST PLACE Certificate and two SSCs and the 4th highest score will be awarded the SECOND PLACE.

    This system allows repeat entries but does not discourage  others, as it disallows “clean sweeps” of Places in the Matches.

    8.4  Skilled Shot Certificates are awarded on a percentage basis according to entries and also under Rule 8.3.1.

    8.5  Place Awards and SSCs will be posted to Competitors with the results, after the VOLUNTEERS have completed necessary Stats procedures.

    The leading scores / results will be posted as soon as possible but complete details of scores will, of necessity, take some time to prepare.

     

    SECTION 9: - CLASSIFICATION OF FIRERS

    9.1  Firers are placed in "Classes" in order to allow Awards to firers from a wide range of abilities, thus encouraging participation in the sport.

    9.2 Classification of competitors  is based on previous successes or a formal declaration from the firer, viz.,

    9.2.1 Class 1:- NSRA X, A & B classes, NRA X or A classes who do not have a current NSRA Classification, winners of two or more “Class 2” matches in past meetings and those whose placings in previous years warrant this Class.

    9.2.2  Class 2:- NSRA classes C and D, winners of one “Class 3” match in past meetings and those whose placings in previous years warrant this Class.

    9.2.3  Class 3:- All those not classified 1 or 2 above.

    9.3  The Match Director reserves the right to re-classify a firer retrospectively if his/her scores suggest an error in the initial Classification.

     

    (End of Rules and Regs – Match Details follow… … )

     

    MATCH LIST

     

     

    COMPETITIONS 200 to 206 - PRONE

     

    Course of fire:  20 scoring shots plus unlimited sighters in 20 minutes using the NSRA 50m 6 bull target.

    Shot prone with the use of any suitable sling of contemporary material and fixings.

    Two diagrams may be used for unlimited sighting shots:  the remaining four diagrams for 5 Scoring Shots each are paired by Stats for "Target 1" and "Target 2" in the event of ties. The Firer is advised to check before the Detail WHICH target diagrams are applicable.

     

    200:  EXTENDED PERIOD .22 –  ANY ACTION

    Any rifle as for Competitions 201 & 202 (below) plus Martini International Mks I and II, Winchester M52 up to Model 52D and Remington M37. This admits those rifles available as the “first generation” of 1950’s smallbore rifles without the complication of the later types/makes.  Certain VERY EARLY Anschutz and similar rifles MAY be admitted after detailed examination at Control.

    201:   OPEN HISTORIC .22 – MARTINI ACTION

    Any rifle of .22 rimfire calibre to 1945 design, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern with a Martini action.  This allows all of the BSA small-frame (Francotte-Martini) “Targets” produced before the “International” series, any “Vickers” and some Continental rifles using a similar action body.

    202:  OPEN HISTORIC .22 – ANY ACTION

    Any rifle of .22 rimfire calibre to 1945 design, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern with any action.   This includes any rifle eligible for Match 201 plus the Winchester 52A & B, 69 & 75, Remington Rangemaster, Mossberg M35, M42 and M43, and a wide variety of others, including “sporters”.  The No.8 “sneaks in” on the basis of its functional similarity to the Canadian .22 trainer.  Strictly speaking, the BSA “Century” is too late, but it is (a) very common and (b) “basic” and thus it is “deemed” to be eligible.  All variants of the BSA “Sportsman” series are deemed to be eligible (but not the “Supersport”.)

    203 - 204:  Not in 2010

    205:  CLASSIC MINIATURE - TARGET SIGHTS (any iron sights)

    Any pattern in “miniature calibres” available before 1919 with any contemporary sights (open or aperture). 

    “Miniature calibres” are .22 rim, 6mm rim, .297/.230 Morris, .25 rim, .297/.250, .300 (.295) Rook, .310 Cadet, but NOT  .255J & .300S.  Application for permission to use other calibres must be made formally and must be given FORMAL approval at Control.

    206:  OPEN MILITARY MINIATURE

    The rifle must be of “Military or Training Rifle Pattern” with issue-pattern iron sights of  calibre .22RF or “sub calibre adapted” rifles not exceeding .23”, based on or converted from pre-1946 Service Rifles and “Armory” (sic) models.  The following are deemed to be eligible – “Bonehill” (and similar) conversions if using a POST or BARLEYCORN foresight: the Lee Enfield Nos. 7, 8 & 9: KK Wehrsport gewehr and similar rifles e.g. .310 Cadet Martini, M1907 War Office Pattern, SMLE No.2, Stevens “Armory” model, Savage NRA M1919 and the Winchester “Winder Musket”.

    Awards may be made for different Classes (time-lined periods) if entries warrant this.

    COMPETITIONS 210 TO 214 - OFFHAND (STANDING UNSUPPORTED)

     

    Course of fire: Two series each of best 10 of 12 shots in 20 minutes.

    Position: Standing unsupported, no slings or specialised footwear or clothing that gives support to the body.

    Trigger weight: Minimum 2 lbs except where a set trigger is permitted.

    Target:  either NRA/HBSA Classic 25M-scaled or ISSF 50m Precision Pistol @ 50m.

     

    210:  STANDING SPORTING RIFLE – OPEN SIGHTS

    Any sporting pattern rifle to 1945 design, maximum weight 6 1/2 lbs, chambered for .22 rimfire or NRA Gallery Rifle calibres, fitted with metallic open sights of contemporary pattern.  The rifle must, in the opinion of the Match Director, be a Sporting Rifle.

     NOTE:- some current “Lever-Action” rifles are not in the spirit of the original Model Numbers, please check with the Match Director.

    Special awards for highest scores with recognised ‘Rook & Rabbit’ Rifles.

     

    211:  STANDING MILITARY TRAINER

    Rifles as per Match 206

     

    212:  STANDING STANDARD .22 RIFLE

    Any rifle of .22 rimfire calibre to 1945 design, fitted with metallic sights of contemporary pattern, minimum 2lb trigger.  Hook butt-plates and palm rests are not permitted.

    213:  STANDING SPORTING RIFLE – ANY SIGHTS

    Any sporting pattern rifle to 1945 design, maximum weight 6 1/2 lbs, chambered for .22 rimfire or NRA Gallery Rifle calibres, fitted with any sights of contemporary pattern (including telescopic sights).

    214: MATCH (SCHÜTZEN) RIFLE)

    Any pattern single-shot rifle, with no limitation on stock design, palm rest, sighting system or trigger weight provided all  the design features were extant before 1946.

    Special Award for Highest Score(s) with a Target Rifle.

     

    Note: this Match admits all classes of “Target Rifle”.  In previous years there have been many potentially good scores shot in other matches with more "basic" equipment.

     

     

    COMPETITIONS 220 TO 224 – STANDING SUPPORTED (RESTED)

     

    Course of fire: Two series each of best 10 of 12 shots in 20 minutes.

    Position: Standing - the rifle may be supported by resting barrel or fore-end on the stepped rests provided. Both hands MUST be behind the rest and the firer may NOT hold the rifle onto the rest.  Additional forward stabilisation by pressing the front of the fore-end, sling eye, hand stop or suchlike is strictly prohibited. The firer is NOT required to hold the rifle with two hands.

    Rifles. Trigger weight / Target -- as described for Offhand Matches above.

     

    220:  STANDING SUPPORTED SPORTING RIFLE – OPEN SIGHTS

    Rifles as Match 210 – Special Awards for highest scores with recognised ‘Rook & Rabbit’ Rifles.

    221:  STANDING SUPPORTED MILITARY TRAINER

    Rifles as Match 221

    222: STANDING SUPPORTED STANDARD .22 RIFLE

    Rifles as Match 212

    223: STANDING SUPPORTED SPORTING RIFLE – ANY SIGHTS

    Rifles as Match 213

    224: STANDING SUPPORTED MATCH (SCHÜTZEN) RIFLE)

    Rifles as Match 214:

    Special Award for Highest Score(s) with a Target Rifle.

     

    Note: this Match admits all classes of “Target Rifle”. In previous years there have been many potentially good scores shot with more "basic" equipment in other matches.

     

     

    ADDITIONAL EXPERIMENTAL “MATCHES”

     

     

    It is hoped that we will be able to offer “Experimental matches” at 10 yards/metres for HISTORIC AIR RIFLE and also ZIMMERSTUTZEN / PARLOUR RIFLES (in 4mmRF and .22BB and CB Cap).  This is very dependent upon (a) a suitable design of Target Holder and (b) Volunteers to run the Firing Point(s).

     

     

    STAFFING FOR THESE MATCHES IS PROVIDED BY VOLUNTEERS, IF YOU CAN SPARE A HALF DAY OVER THE WEEKEND TO HELP IN ANY CAPACITY PLEASE CONTACT RICHARD COLLINS  07802 831073

 


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