Shooting For The Top
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Accreditation The process which issues us with passes etc in international competitions
Aggregate Competition A competition where your result is made up of the total of several competitions (eg at Bisley National Meeting in August)
Badge Match This is a serious match – the real thing in all but name (like a final dress rehearsal) held a few days before the Commonwealth Games officially starts.
Bisley “Bisley” is a village in Surrey. Near Bisley village is Bisley Camp (a former army camp), now the National Rifle Association site and on part of this site is the National Smallbore Rifle Association’s HQ. Bisley Camp is an important part of many British shooters’ lives!
Bisley National Meeting This is a week of continuous shooting competitions in early August finishing up with the British Prone Championship - the final of which is the last thing shot.
Class Everybody who shoots in club or national competitions is put into a class, depending on how good they are, (X, A, B, C, D), X is the highest class and D is the lowest class.
Equipment control This is where our rifles, shooting jackets and trousers, etc are all checked and tested to make sure that they conform to international standards
Malcolm Cooper He won Olympic Gold twice along with World Championship, Commonwealth and European medals. At the Lord Roberts Centre at Bisley Camp the 50 Metre Range is named the "Malcolm Cooper Range" in memory of him. (He died a few months before the range was opened but had a lot of input into its planning, etc.) We were privileged enough to meet him in 2000 when he came to give a talk to the GB Junior Squad. His widow, Sarah Cooper (who was also European air rifle Champion) opened the new Lord Roberts Centre in 2001.
Olympic Final At the end of any competition an ”Olympic Final” is sometimes held. The eight shooters with the best scores shoot ten shots each, one at a time in a limited time. Scores are announced individually after each shot, and unlike the ordinary match scoring, they are scored to one decimal point, 10.9 being the highest possible score. The scores are added to their existing score and the highest scores win. An Olympic Final can sometimes seriously alter the end result of a competition (especially if anyone is “timed out”) – at other times it can make little difference
Postal competitions These are shot in a set period and then your targets are posted to an adjudicator for marking
Scoring .22 Three-Position Ladies’ is 3 x 20 shots so is scored out of 600; men’s is 3 x 40 and is scored out of 1200.
Scoring Air rifle Ladies’ is scored out of 400 (ie max of 10 per shot = 40 shots); men’s out of 600 (60 shots).
Scoring .22 Prone Rifle Ladies' and men's both scored out of 600 (60 shots)
Shooting Jacket & trousers These are specially tailor-made or “off the peg” clothes made from leather and canvas which provide necessary support while we are shooting in order to avoid stressing or damaging the skeletal frame and soft tissue
Shooting Range The air range is normally indoors and for our event it is a shooting distance of 10 metres. The .22 range is normally out of doors and has a shooting distance of 50 metres for international competitions. (There are some non-international .22 competitions which might be shot at 100 yards and some at 25 yards indoors)
Squadded competitions These are shot at set times and involve shooting shoulder-to-shoulder with people you are competing against.
Targets These vary according to where you are. At Bisley and other major international ranges they are all computerised, with a small TV screen by each shooting position so you can instantly see your result, and have a print-out afterwards. Other ranges may have manual card targets.
Three-Position .22 Rifle (also known as “3P” or "PSK") This is and event where you shoot twenty shots in each of three positions (prone(lying down),standing, and kneeling ) for ladies (40 shots for men). A 3P Olympic Final is shot in the standing position
Unsquadded competitions These can be shot at any time in a set period and just involve putting a sticker on the target card for the competition and then shooting the card.