Thurnscoe Rifle Club

DISCIPLINES

Modern shooting takes many forms from the more traditional Target Rifle to Practical, fire and movenment type competitions. Below is a list of some of the different types of shooting carried out on mainland UK.

TARGET AIR RIFLE / PISTOL

Traditional target shooting at distances normally no more than 50m. Shot standing, kneeling or prone in the case of rifles and standing for pistol. Rifles and pistols are normally restricted in power.

 

FIELD TARGET

Using air rifles this challenging discipline is shot outdoors at various knockdown targets at distances normally out to 50m. Because the exact range is unknown range estimation becomes crucial for accurate shooting. To assist with this competitors normally use high end rifles with high power variable magnification scopes designed for range finding.

 

HUNTER FIELD TARGET

As with normal Field Target but with restrictions on rifle weight and type of scope to increase the level of challenge.

 

TARGET RIFLE SMALL BORE

Using single shot rifles normally fitted with open sights and shot from the prone position although some courses of fire are kneeling and standing. The rifle is supported by the shooter with the aid of a sling and a shooting jacket. These competitions are time limited and, at Thurnscoe, are shot over distances of 50 and 100 yds. Various postal leagues both county and national exist for this type of shooting whose governing body is the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) to which Thurnscoe Rifle Club is affiliated

 

 THURNSCOE RIFLE CLUB OPEN SHOOT

 

BENCHREST (SMALLBORE)

Shot with rifles from a sitting position at a bench. The rifle can be supported both at the front with an adjustable rest or bi-pod and at the rear with a bag rest. The targets used for this discipline are very small and although this sounds an easy way of shooting the level of accuracy required makes for a serious challenge.

 

LIGHT WEIGHT RIFLE

Normally using carbine type rifles shot from an unsupported standing position at 50m. Using a PL7 target firing 20 rounds. Score out of 200

GALLERY RIFLE

This encompasses various competitions and calibres. Disciplines include Bianchi, 1500 speed steels, multi target, advancing target and man v man competitions. Firearms used range from .22 rifles and long barrelled pistols to long barrelled revolvers and pistol calibre centre-fire carbines. Normally at distances from 10 to 50 meters these again are great competitions requiring speed and accuracy.

 SPEED STEEL GALLERY RIFLE COMPETITION

 

 

MINI RIFLE

Introduced after the pistol ban to replace small-bore practical shooting. With the emphasis on safety this involves fire and movement. Shooting from various positions and overcoming obstacles placed to hinder the shooter.  The target size is almost the size of an A4 sheet of paper. It is shot at from 50m down to 10m depending on the course of fire. It would be all too easy to shoot straight A's, so in practical shooting you are also against the clock. The score is divided by time taken. If you miss, it has a penalty of minus 10 points. Normally, the highest two shots in each target count.

 

TARGET RIFLE FULL BORE

The same as small-bore target rifle but using open sighted high power centre-fire rifles and ammunition, normally 7.62mm and shot from the prone position at distances up to 1200m. Rifles have open sights and are unsupported . Normally a fixed amount of sighting shots is allowed followed by either 10 or 12 rounds to score. Sighting shots can be converted to score if declared.

500yd TARGET RIFLE AT BISLEY

 

F CLASS

A popular growing discipline similar to target rifle. F Class allows the use of telescopic sights and is multi calibre up to 8mm. The rifle may be supported by rests or bipods both front and rear. Scoring is the same as Target Rifle but with a smaller V bull area.

 F CLASS SHOOTING

 

BENCHREST (FULLBORE)

Shot at distances from 100yd to 1000yd. Rifles are grouped into various leagues based on weight and build. Maximum calibre is 8mm. Shot from a sitting position at a concrete bench the rifle is supported both front and rear. Four 5 round strings are shot with the aim to achieve the smallest group. All four groups are measured and the smallest aggregate wins.

 

PRACTICAL RIFLE

Courses of fire are devised by the individual match organiser, and usually involve a physical element (e.g. a 500 to 100 yard run down firing two shots every 100 yards). Matches may involve deliberate, timed and snap shooting, and may involve rapid reloading or changing of magazines. Competitions are usually fired on disruptive pattern targets. A rifle with a telescopic sight and a magazine capacity of at least 10 shots is advised

 

SERVICE RIFLE

Courses of fire are based on those fired by the Armed Forces, and usually involve a physical element (e.g. a 500 to 100 yard run down firing two shots every 100 yards). Matches may involve deliberate, rapid fire and snap shooting, and will usually involve firing from a variety of positions including prone, sitting, kneeling, standing and from a fire trench. Competitions are usually fired on representative figure targets such as the Figure 11 and Figure 12 figure targets. For civilian competitors firing in matches alongside the military competitions a rifle with a telescopic sight and a magazine capacity of at least 10 shots is advisable.

 SERVICE RIFLE COMPETITION

 

McQUEEN

A challenging and fun shooting discipline. Normally shot at 200m although some clubs, (The Pennine Shooting Sports Association based at Diggle near Oldham who hold regular competitions) also shoot at 300m. The target appears in one of 6 apertures on a target board. Exposed for 3 seconds the target is then removed. The target then appears again at random between 5 and 15 seconds later in either the same or another aperture. Fast accurate shooting is required. At Bisley the max score is 60 using 10 rounds. (6 for a V bull, 5 Bull, 4 Middle, and 3 outer).  

 

BLACK POWDER PISTOL

This is now one of the few permitted forms of pistol shooting in the UK. Muzzle Loading Pistols are potentially as accurate as their modern counterparts though their rate of fire is much slower. Shooting may be conducted with original period pistols or with modern replicas. Matches may be fired under International Standard conditions at 25 metres with single shot flintlock or percussion pistols (best 10 shots from 13 fired in 30 minutes) or with percussion revolvers in a range of matches, many under the same conditions as previous cartridge pistol matches.

TARGET SHOOTING WITH BLACKPOWDER PISTOL

 

BLACKPOWDER RIFLE

Muzzle Loading Rifles are again potentially as accurate as their modern counterparts though their rate of fire is much slower. Shooting may again be conducted with original period rifles or with modern replicas. Smooth bore muskets may be used for matches at 50m. Most ML rifles (other than those using spherical balls) are capable of accurate shooting up to 600 yards. For the long range shooter specialist rifles in .451" calib

 

TARGET SHOTGUN

Using pump action or semi-auto multi-shot shotguns only legally available on a firearm certificate. Multiple shooting positions using solid slug and shot at distances from 15m to 200m

 

PRACTICAL SHOTGUN

A combination of Target shotgun and Mini Rifle, this is a fire with movement competition using FAC only multi-shot shotguns. As with mini rifle shooting from various positions and overcoming obstacles placed to challenge the shooter. Shot against the clock the score is divided by time taken.