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Team Scotland is under starter's orders for next year's Commonwealth Games, which returns north of the Border for the first time since 1986. Scotland's target shooters were the stars of the show in Delhi in 2010 and their medal haul was recognised by Jon Hammond carrying the team flag at the closing ceremony of the Games. Now it is almost time for our athletes to prove they can do the nation proud on home soil too. The Games are being staged not just in Glasgow but also in Edinburgh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool and at Barry Buddon near Carnoustie. The SSRA wants everyone involved in sport in Scotland to play their part too, be it by volunteering for roles at the Games or just lending support to our athletes.

Want to know more?

lYou can read about the drive to produce a winning formula for Team Scotland here

lYou can hear from some of our prospective team, including  some defending champions, in this video

lYou can keep up to date with news from Glasgow 2014 using the the link at the top  of each page here.

Jen McIntosh, pictured centre top right, was on hand to represent target shooting at the launch of the Go Scotland campaign held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem.

 

Latest News

Denwood Grands Prix

Updated  16 May 2013

The first SSRA Grands Prix were held at Denwood and Andrew Ross and Kathryn Williamson took the honours in the 3P event while Robin Thomson won the Prone competition, ahead of James Henderson and Matthew Thomson. Detailed results are now available on the Domestic Results page, along with results from the recent All Ranges event.


Fast forward to the future....

6 May 2013

Following recent development work carried out by Scottish Target Shooting, a rationale document was produced on the benefits of Unification of the Associations.  Click here for more information on this exciting period of evolution for our sport.


Get  your entries in for Caithness Open

2 May 2013

It may be the furthest to travel for a mainland event for many, but with incredible scenery it cannot be matched for a more splendid setting. Please click here to download the entry form for the Caithness SBRA Open 2013 and SSRA Prone GP3. It can also be found on http://www.csbra.org. It has been said that the Caithness Open is like a mini-Scottish, because of all the competitions available in one week-end (17). This year there is a new competition, where a Megalink is available courtesy of the SSRA. It will be on the 50m range. Entry fee 5.00, enter on the day with secretary. Cash prize, pending on entry. By popular demand, catering is by Murkle WRI. Any queries please contact martysimpson@tiscali.co.uk; 01955 621323, or 07915293593.
 


Ten to count as Target Shooters are awarded cash boost

2 May 2013

Ten Scottish Target Shooters have been given funding for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 with the allocation of sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs). Announced at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, 62 Scottish athletes were the recipients of SAPAs.

Jennifer McIntosh 10,000; Jonathan Hammond 10,000; Shona Marshall 10,000; Matthew Thomson 7,500; Sian Bruce 7,500; Neil Stirton 7,500; Ian Shaw 2,500; Angus McLeod 2,500; Drew Christie 2,500; Linda Pearson 2,500.

 


Ladies first in SSRA Air Rifle League

14 April 2013

Step forward Maria Bexley and Fiona Park as the winners of Division 1 and 2 respectively... Look out also for results from the final two rounds of the SSRA Team Prone league, which saw Banff and Macduff A take the honours in Division 1, Clachnacuddin A in Division 2, Steeple in Division 3, while Clachnacuddin's B team won Division 4. All the results can be viewed on the Domestic Results page.


Prone League reaches its climax

6 April 2013

The final round of scores have been published for the SSRA Prone League. Congratulations to the winners of the classes:  Division 1: Bill Vaughan, Division 2: Robin Thomson; Division 3: William Allan. Full results are available from the Domestic Results page.


Alloa opens its doors for 2013 outdoor season

3 April 2013

Organiser Willie McAulay has announced that Alloa's Tullygarth range will be open for  the season from 1pm on Sunday April 7. Email him for more information.


Be home on your range with new 50m summer competition

31 March 2013

A revamped 50m competition is now open for you to enter and is open to any club member shooting within Scotland. With averages based on previous indoor or outdoor cards, discounted entry terms are available to SSRA members and members of SSRA-affiliated clubs. Also, don't miss your chance to take part in the All Ranges and Inter-Region event at Denwood on April 14.

You'll find entry forms for both using the SSRA online entry portal at the top of this page.

 


How you can save "The Scottish"

23 March 2013

The NSRA has issued the entry form for the 2013 Scottish Meeting which will be held in Lauder. Click here to download it and click here to read the accompanying letter from organiser Ian Burton.


Scores from Tulliallan

13 March 2013

Results from  the 2013 Scottish Air Rifle Championships are now available here. In addition, the latest scores the SSRA Individual Prone League have also been published, see the Domestic Results page.


Prestonpans breathe new life into the sport

12 March 2013

East Lothian club Prestonpans had to deal with a shrinking membership  and run-down facilities in order to stop the club going under. Thanks to the SSRA's coaching and development initiatives and the Awards For All grant scheme,  they went on a recruitment drive, renovated their range and equipment and were given 5000 to bring on the next generation of target shooters. Read about this success story in full here.


Scottish Air Rifle Championships squadding announced

Updated 6 March 2013

Entries for the Scottish Air Rifle Championships at Tulliallan are now closed and the revised squaddings are available here. The full official timetable for the event is available here. This supersedes any previously published information. Decimal scoring will be used for all events which will be recorded using the latest Megalink software release and the 2013 ISSF rules.


SSRA Speedway finals results released

4 March 2013

The points results from Sunday's finals of the SSRA Speedway event, held at the Balerno & Currie range, are available on the Domestic Results page.


Vaughan comes up trumps in Carlisle

 26 February 2013

Bill Vaughan of Selkirk won the SSCA Borders Championship in the finals held at Carlisle at the weekend.

Bill, pictured right,  got the better of Tom Hodgson to take the title.

 

 

 

 

 

 


What's the score?

Updated 25 February 2013

The scores from the initial rounds of the SSRA Silver Medal, Speedway and CanDicap  winter competitions are now available from the Domestic Results page. In addition, the latest scores from the SSRA Air Rifle league and round six of the SSRA Team Prone League have also been released.


Law brings the curtain down on Air Grand Prix season

Updated 20 February 2013

Robin Law has won the Air Rifle Grand Prix series after a win on his home range at Kincardine. He edged the final with Shirley McIntosh in second, just ahead of daughter Seonaid and Sheena Sharp in a day packed with Commonwealth Games medallists and watched by the press - the last event  run in Scotland using the old ISSF rules. Look out for detailed results here soon as we look ahead to the all-electronically-scored Scottish Air Rifle Championships at Tulliallan in a month. Due to a technical issue, the scores from the ten-shot finals themselves are not currently available and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


SSRA Team Prone League

Updated 10 February 2013

Results from Round 4 and 5 of the SSRA Team Prone League are now available via the Domestic Results page. Look out also for the latest results from the Individual Prone league.


Watsonians Open

21 January 2013

Results from this well-attended competition in Edinburgh are now available here.


Scotland gets a result

15 January 2013

Kay Copland won Air Rifle Grand Prix 4 held at Denwood after a dramatic tie-shoot decider with Anne-Marie Bexley in front of an excited worldwide audience.
Thanks to another technological leap by the SSRA, the match results were streamed live on the internet and attracted followers from as far afield as Sydney and Prague while the SSRA Facebook page did a great job of providing commentary as the match unfolded.

"To end up with a final that ended in a tie-shoot could not have been bettered even by the TV broadcasters, with the two protagonists themselves putting in an appearance that left us questioning what can we do to push the bar higher still. Kay Copland scored a 9.5 against an 8.7 from a relative newcomer Anne-Marie Bexley who does not put in a lot of practice, according to to her coach," said organiser Jim McIntosh. "From the feedback from those who were with us on the web, we succeeded in involving a great number of followers not just the shooters but friends and family as well, truly an education for some."
The unsung heroes were Jim and son Bruce who laboured to ensure the range was tried and tested in time for a 9am start on a chilly Sunday morning, with the invaluable contribution of Gavin Walker who developed the software necessary to make the Megalink target system work seamlessly.

The conclusion was this has to be the way forward, Jim continued, bettered only by the atmosphere. "I don’t know if it was the constant enquiry 'is it snowing out there' or the camaraderie amongst those involved in the day."
With this type of performance the future of target shooting in Scotland looks bright. With those in the “boiler house” running the range as well as keeping the webcast running all looks good for the future competitions.

Class A winner Robin Law leads the Air Rifle series with 30 points from Mark Joyce on 13 and Sheena Sharp on 12.

For full results on the Air Rifle GP click here and the Pistol event, click here.
 

Meanwhile, scores from Round Three of the 2012-2013 SSRA Prone Team League are also available while the first tranche of results from the Air Rifle Leagues and Prone Individual Leagues can now be accessed from the Domestic Results page.


Scottish Government's consultation on airgun licensing

21 December 2012

The Scottish Government has unveiled proposals for the licensing of airguns and issued a wide-ranging consultative document for discussion until March 2013. Input is invited from interested parties and the document (30 pages worth) is available here. Have your say!


Lauder to host 2013 Scottish meeting

7 December 2012

The NSRA has confirmed that the 2013 Scottish Meeting will be held at Thirlestane in Lauder from Saturday  29 June to Friday 5 July.


Latest news on Watsonians Open

Updated 29 November 2012

 

Watsonian Rifle Club are pleased to announce their annual Open Meeting has moved back before Christmas to Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December,  perfect timing to avoid the Christmas shopping madness. There is now no space left between 1130-1300 hours on Saturday 1st December and no space left between 1030-1330 hours on Sunday 2nd December, for those wishing to enter on the day we recommend coming by 1000 hours or after 1330 hours on both days

 

The open consists of 60 shots at 25 yards shot in 10-minute timed details. There are 5 classes A-E with additional prizes for Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15's, there are also Veterans, Ladies and Team competitions. The Bun Room will be well stocked to keep your strength up... Entry forms are available here or from beverleyburnside@hotmail.com.


Commonwealth Games selection policy published

10 November 2012

The official selection policy for the Scottish Shooting Team for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014 can be found here.


Plea to add to backing for Youth Olympic bid

 24 October 2012

 
Glasgow is currently bidding to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 and has submitted its bid book to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne - and is up against four other contenders.The Youth Olympic Games launched in 2010 in Singapore and is one of the biggest sporting events in the world exclusively for young athletes. Through its combined sport, culture and education programmes, the Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire young people globally to participate in sport and live by the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games would provide fantastic opportunities for young people in Glasgow and Scotland, enabling the nation to continue the UK’s Olympic journey of inspiring a generation. The host city will be chosen in Lausanne on the July 2013 by members of the International Olympic Committee.

"It's crucial that we gather as much support from the public as possible by creating awareness of the Glasgow 2018 Bid and encouraging them to Back our Bid via either our website or Facebook page," said Kim Modeste of the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Team. Click here to add your support.
 

Commonwealth Games Scotland seeks Team Manager for Shooting

 24 October 2012

Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) is the lead body for Commonwealth Sport in Scotland and is responsible for selecting, preparing and managing Scotland's team at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. This is an exciting time in Scottish sport and CGS with Scottish Target Shooting is seeking to appoint an appropriately skilled person for the position of Team Manager: Shooting. This is a voluntary role with expenses reimbursed.
A role description and application form can be obtained from this website or by contacting:Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) Gannochy Sports Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA. Email: info@cgcs.org.uk Tel: 01786 466 480. Applications should be returned by email to: info@cgcs.org.uk no later than 12 noon on 31 October 2012.
Interviews will be held on 19 November 2012.



 

Scots bound for USA after success at Pershing Trials

 16 October 2012

Graham Shedden, Richard Simpson and Sinclair Bruce have all qualified for the 12-strong team to represent Great Britain in the Pershing Cup at Camp Perry in Ohio in July 2013 following success at the Pershing Trials.  In the final element of the trials, Shedden scored 399 with 31 X bulls, Simpson had 400 with 29 Xs and Bruce 400 with 26Xs.


SSRA Air GPs and the ISSF: Clarification

 15 October 2012

With the implementation of a new set of ISSF rules on the horizon for the start of 2013, the SSRA would like to clarify the rules position for the Air Grand Prix series which started at Glenrothes at the weekend. The 2012-13 series will be run under the CURRENT rules. Results from the first Air Grand Prix can be found on the Domestic Results page.


Balerno & Currie announce details of Scotweigh Open

Updated 23 October 2012

Balerno & Currie's yearly Open shoot will be staged on the weekend of November 10-11 this year and will have cash prizes on offer thanks to new sponsors Scotweigh. Entry forms can be downloaded here. Meanwhile, contact secretary Alasdair Horne for more information.


Medal joy in Jersey as CSF(ED) looks ahead to Isle of Man

 Updated 5 October 2012

Mel Mutch, Jamie Hodgson and Bobby Spence had a successful trip to Jersey for the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) event. Mutch and Spence won bronze in the 50m Rifle Men's Pairs,  Hodgson and Spence took gold in the men's Air Rifle Pairs as well as silver in the Men's 50m 3P Pairs while Mutch also picked up a bronze in the Men's Prone.  "I thought it was a good event with some strong opposition, especially in the air rifle and prone event," said Hodgson. "Electronic targets were used for the air rifle event which was great to see. Shooting 3x40 on the three card system was an interesting new experience! I find it hard enough to zero in on one aiming mark!"

Full results are available here and on the International Results page. 

It has now been agreed that the Isle of Man will host the 2013 CSF (ED) event, from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2013. A full programme of 10 metre, 25m and 50m competition will take place on the island plus trap, skeet and double trap. The 50m rifle finals will be contested on electronics while the fullbore rifle competitions will take place at Bisley.


Can the Kiwis be caught?

 28 September 2012

It's a case of better luck next year as Scotland continued its disappointing run of results in the annual match against North Island New Zealand when the official scores were announced here with the North Island scores here.


Air Grand Prix programme announced

 25 September 2012

Confirmed dates for the 2012-2013 Air Grand Prix series have been announced and entries can now be taken via the SSRA online entry system. The campaign is scheduled to begin in Glenrothes on 14 October 2012, followed by Callander on 11 November 2012. There is a return to Glenrothes on 9 December and the series moves to Denwood in Aberdeen on 13 January 2013 with the series climax being staged in Kincardine at the Sands/Alloa range on 10 February 2013. Look out for updates here and on the online entry pages.


Scots do the business at Bisley

 25 September 2012

Scots shooters returned from the British International 50m Rifle Championships at Bisley with a haul to remember.
Edinburgh's Jonty Barron won gold medals as the leading junior and leading university student in the London & Middlesex Rifle Association's Men's Prone Rifle match with a score of 583; in the Accuracy International Men's Three Position Rifle match Graham Rudd settled for silver after his score of 1227.6 being beaten by Kenny Parr to gold when Parr scored 1233.3.
Rudd was delighted with the Scots results and somewhat pleased with his own performance. "It was my first 3x40 since the Scottish championships in 2010. I hadn't shot standing or kneeling [0.22 rifle] in two years then I shot two 3x20s in August at Bisley (where he produced scores 577 and 578) and hadn't shot since," he explained. "On Saturday the biggest challenge was shooting kneeling whilst shivering. The time has come to do some training again as I will be shooting 2nd division Bundesliga in October. Having a lengthy break has helped me become interested in the sport again."
In the Anschutz-Frank Dyke Women's Prone Rifle match Banf & Macduff's Kay Copland took silver on 587 with Bon Accord's Sheena Sharp in the bronze position on 585. Kathryn Williamson from Dumfries earned gold as the leading junior on 576 and the Scotland team of Sharp, Maria Bexley and Sarah Henderson won the Home Countries international with a score of 1744.
Kay Copland took the bronze in the System Gemini Women's 3P match with a score of 656.

 


ISSF Rules for 2013

 14 September 2012

In the wake of London Olympic Games, the ISSF is preparing an overhaul of current rules and regulations. While many of the proposed changes will not receive official ratification until November with implementation due from January 2013, a number of the proposed measures have raised more than an eyebrow amongst the world's top shooters, including a plan that scores from qualification rounds will no longer be carried over into a final - the "start at zero" suggestion. If you are concerned about the future of shooting sports by the suggestions or just curious to know what the implications could be for everybody and what some of the biggest names in the sport think, visit this link to see how you can register your opinion.


Winners unveiled in SSRA  50m Individual Prone League

 11 September 2012

The second season of this outdoor competition reached its conclusion this week and Sinclair Bruce won Division 1, Shirley McIntosh Division 2, Cliff Ogle Division 3 and Seonaid McIntosh Division 4. The final sets of results are now available on the Domestic Results page. Congratulations go to the winners who will receive specially commissioned trophies. Developed from the C&D 50m Prone league this season, the event will be back bigger and better next time around....


SSRA announces package of changes for 2012-13 season

 Updated 16 September 2012

The schedule for the 2012-13 Air Grand Prix series will be announced soon with the first event expected to take place in a month's time. Plans are also being examined for Kincardine to replace Carlisle in the programme. Check back here for updates on venues in the coming days. Meanwhile, the SSRA Team Prone League will move to a self-scoring basis by clubs this season. The competition will once again be organised by Billy Crawford.


Your country needs you

 8 September 2012

With the Scotland squads due to be selected for 2012-13 next month, shooters not currently involved in the set-up but who would like to be considered should contact performance@ssra.co.uk. to request an application form from Performance Manager Sinclair Bruce. Completed forms should be sent to him at 161 Bailielands, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7SZ or emailed to performance@ssra.co.uk.  Applicants wishing to apply for membership of the High Performance & Fast Track squads should also be pointed at the criteria document available on the STSF website here. Athletes are reminded  that membership of the SSRA will be required.


SSRA outdoor season reaches its climax

 4 September 2012

The best stories always have a surprise ending and the A/B Grand Prix Series was no exception. Going into the last round Tom Hodgson held a clear lead on 29 points with the second place being held by John Sinclair on 22 points. Unfortunately Tom failed to qualify for the final leaving John the task of coming in the top two places to win by a clear margin. John started the final in 6th place so it was a difficult task. However , no one was watching the outsider Cyril De Jonckheere who won the final, picking up 12 points on top of his previous 19 points to win the series by 2 points. Cyril, pictured right, commented: “I’ve been trying for long enough.”

The top score in the final was an impressive 104.9 , including consecutive 10.9s shot by Bill Vaughan.The winner of the C&D Final was Fiona Spence with a score of 589 , which equalled the top score in the A&B qualification round. Fiona was the clear winner on the C&D Grand Prix Series.

Earlier in the day Tom Hodgson won A Class, Maria Bexley won B Class with 591 which was the best score of the day , Fiona Spence won C Class and Ron Nilsen won D Class. The top Junior was Ashleigh Taylor.

Thanks go to Peter, Pat and Jennifer for running another excellent day and even providing very pleasant weather even though the wind became more challenging as the day progressed. Iain Malone, too, went the extra mile when he stepped in to run the final.

The results from the Grampian 50m Open from Denwood and the final Prone Grand Prix from Gagie are now available on the Domestic Results page as are the scores from the final two 3P Grands Prix.


Scottish Blind Championships attract international field

 4 September 2012

The SSRA broke new ground as it helped run the Scottish Blind Shooting Championships at Denwood for the first time and, using a completely electronic scoring set-up while running SSRA 3P GP5 on the 50m range, emerged blinking into the evening twilight on Sunday after the three-day event having made a raft of new friends.

Competitor Hussein Patwa was in upbeat mood after the competition. "I I think it's gone great from Scotland's point of view, it's given Scotland the chance to show that it's capable of running a competition to a very high standard," he said. "It's also shown people on the continent exactly what we can do here, what our thoughts on shooting are with respect to visual impairment. As you probably know, this is the first exposure to international shooting we've had in the UK, it's great to let people know that we're open for business. Regardless of what the results were, it will herald an era of greater co-operation and open doors to acoustic shooting."

With competitors from Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and of course Great Britain,  the feedback was highly positive, with a number of 600 maximum scores, and the tension and excitement of a sudden-death shoot-off to decide matters added spice on the final day. There was still time to run a fun competition for the shooters' assistants in which the award of a Crunchie bar to the winner simply meant another photo-opportunity for the high-quality field. Under the watchful eye of organiser Jim Hammond, the range crew of Gavin Walker, Colin Watson, Jim and Bruce McIntosh and Sarah Brown kept the Megalink-equipped ranges running smoothly and early indications are that the Blind Shooting event could be expanded next year by popular demand.

This was music to Patwa's ears. "I think the bigger the better,"  he said.

 


Denwood final is rated 10.9

 26 August 2012

Tom Hodgson took the honours in the storming final of SSRA Grand Prix IV ahead of Mark Szymankiewicz and Matthew Thomson on a glorious afternoon at Denwood. Sheena Sharp delivered an awesome final score of 104.8 with two out of the final's four 10.9 maximum scores. Having survived the incredible downpour during the previous day's 3P Grand Prix, the range, fully equipped with Megalink electronic targets, not only survived weather fit for ducks - and there were a few admittedly plastic ones to be seen downrange - but functioned perfectly to set up a great weekend for the competitors.

Thanks must go of course to those who helped it happen by lending out Megalinks - Edinkillie Sport Services, Iain Malone and Graham Rudd -  the diligent organisation of Charles Allen, and the mystery duck wrangler....

You can see detailed scores from the Prone Grand Prix  here.

Taking a paddle through the monsoon at the rear of the range - guess who?

 


Scottish scorchers at Bisley

 20 August 2012

There were more than a few Scots names in the honours from the searing heat of the Bisley Rifle meeting. Richard Simpson won Comp 2 in X class and also the trophy for the combined Scottish and Bisley aggregates. Mel Mutch won the Life and Annual members event in X class and also the Daily Mail trophy.
Graham Shedden won Comp 4 in X class while Sarah Henderson was 5th in the Lord Roberts. Bill Vaughan and Cliff Ogle made the final.
Kathryn Williamson was second in the "Bobs" and the highest B class scorer in that event. Fiona Spence won the Flowers - with a score shot at the Scottish that no-one at Bisley beat.
As a result, Charles Allen, after many years of trying, will be promoted to X class and Kathryn Williamson will be promoted to A class.

SSRA chairman Ian Thomson led a Junior squad to Bisley - to see his diary on how they got on, click here.

 

The Ladies Team and the Main Team


SSRA 50m Prone League update

 20 August 2012

Results from Rounds 7 and 8 are now available on the Domestic Results Page.

 


Alloa 50m Prone

 12 August 2012

The results for this recent event are now available here.


OLYMPIC NEWS: Tough times for McIntosh and Hammond

 6 August 2012

Jon Hammond and Jen McIntosh found themselves caught up in a historic Olympic Games target shooting programme in Woolwich. While records tumbled - Sergei Martynov of Belarus delivered a superb 600+105.5 in the Men's Prone to set a new finals world record, Jamie Lynn Gray of the United States set Olympic records in qualifying and in the final for the Women's 3P event, and Italy's Nicco Capriani renewed his  love affair with the specially-constructed range in the Men's 3P by setting a new Olympic record on the way to a powerful win in the final - there was no room for either Scot, or indeed England's James Huckle, in the final eight of their respective competitions. In the men's 3P final,  the USA's Matt Emmons narrowly avoided disaster after shooting a 7.6 to come away with the bronze.

In the Men's 3P qualifier, Huckle finished 25th on 1162 ex 1200 and Hammond 41st on 1142. The day before, McIntosh showed great resolve to fight back in the Women's 3P after a tricky start and finish 42nd with 570 ex 600. Both Scots were supported by family, friends and cheered on by spellbound spectators hoping for TeamGB success.

Hammond finished 17th with 593 ex 600 in the Men's Prone and McIntosh 393 ex 400 in the opening medal event of the Games, the women's 10m Air Rifle. "It was an incredible feeling to have so many supporters watching," she said.


Sunday best at Thirlestane Castle

 22 July 2012

The Southern Southern Counties Association Open Field Day takes place at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder on Sunday 29 July. A one-day event, the course of fire is 40 shots at 50m and 40 shots at 100 yards. There is also a disc competition, with teams of three competing at 100 yards to break those pesky discs - more difficult than it sounds - and a version of the popular competition at the NSRA's Scottish Meeting. The team of three competition is handicapped as follows; A class - 0, B class -16, C class - 44.
In the main events there are also Ladies and Juniors comps and sweepstakes, in three classes:A - 97.5 plus, B - 95-97.4, C - 94.9 and under. Entrants should note averages are taken from the best five of six indoor league scores.
Details run from 10.30am - 4.30pm approx. Trophies confined to Southern Counties members and there are 32 firing points, some of which are covered. Held on the site that has hosted the Scottish Meeting in the past, it is inside the entrance to Thirlestane Castle, just on the outskirts of Lauder off the A68 and then 2nd left off the B6362. 
For more information, contact Robin Macmillan, Herds Cottage, Muirhouse, Stow, TD1 2QL on 01578 730530
 


Better late than never for date at Denwood

 22 July 2012

The 3P GP III was be held at Denwood on Saturday 14 July and was staged using Megalink electronic targets. While the scores come in instantly on electronics, publishing them on this site has proved to be tardy for which the webmaster has been sent to the salt mines. Bobby Spence came away with a win after his 1113 points in the reduced field Men's 3x40 event did the trick and Sheena Sharp won the Womens' 3x20 event with 565. The full results are now available on the Domestic Results page, along with points table for the competition.


THE SCOTTISH 2012 Emma Cole-Hamilton leads clean sweep for Scots in Dumfries

 29 June 2012

Aberdeen's Emma Cole-Hamilton took possession of the coveted Earl Haig chair today at a wet and wet and blustery Dumfries in the NSRA Scottish Meeting when she won the Scottish Championship. Her victory was just one on a day when Scots won every Grand Aggregate from X to D. Sinclair Bruce took the honours in X Class,  Seoc Malone A Class,  Emma Cole-Hamilton B Class, Kathryn Williamson C Class and Ashley Taylor picked up the silverware for D Class.  Scotland also had a 1-2-3 of the podium places in A Class with Seoc followed by  RR Simpson and Ian Malone. And there will be plenty other trophies staying north of the Border as there were also wins for Bobby Spence, victory for Fiona Spence in the Ladies Trophy and the Junior Trophy went to Darren Brown.

Bill Copland took custody of the impressive Wilkinson sword when he won the Freuchie competition.

Meanwhile, England overcame Scotland in both the main international and the Ladies match - with 171 points dropped to the Scots' 174 in the main match and by 113 points dropped to Scotland's 119. The Scotland teams were: Scotland main team (pictured right): AS Bruce, ST Malone, TF Hodgson, RR Simpson, Miss EJ Cole-Hamilton, Ms S Sharp, I Malone, JG Shedden, WJM Cole-Hamilton, W Copland. Reserves: R Spence, Miss F Spence. Ladies team (pictured left): Miss EJ Cole-Hamilton, Ms S Sharp,  Miss F Spence, Mrs FE  Shedden, Ms M Bexley. Reserves: Miss K Williamson, Mrs MJ Melvin.

A full set of results will be made available on the NSRA website.

 

 

 

 

 

 


URGENT: Weekend competitions at NSRA Scottish Meeting postponed

 22 June 2012

Because of adverse local weather conditions, the start of shooting this weekend has been postponed, the NSRA has announced.  Current plans for the weekend squadded events are that the Early Birds (Comp. 7) and the Dewar Competiton (Comp. 8) will be fired as unsquadded events during the remainder of the meeting. The Scottish Championship for the Haig Trophy (Comp. 1) will be shot on Friday 29 June, Stage 1 in the morning and the final in the afternoon.

Despite the turn of events the SSRA AGM will still be held at the Aberdour Hotel in Dumfries on Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm. The agenda can be found here. 


Triple Dewar results

 20 June 2012

The scores from Alloa's Triple Dewar competition at Tullygarth are now available here and the the latest results from the SSRA 50m Prone League can be found here and on the Domestic Results Page.


Scots bound for Bologna

 12 June 2012

Kathryn Williamson, Jonty Barron and Seoc Malone have been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Under-21 championships in Bologna from 10-15 July with Sinclair Bruce acting as Rifle Coach. The full squad is: Junior Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 25m Standard Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 25m Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 50m Rifle Prone: Jonty Barron, Seoc Malone, Ben Monksommers; Junior Women's 50m Rifle Prone: Kathryn Williamson.


 

 11 June 2012

There was a scramble for the record books and personal bests were the order of the day at Denwood as the rescheduled Scottish 50m championships became the first to be entirely staged using Megalink electronic targets.
The first day saw England's Kenny Parr produce a Men's 3P score of 1170, which is a new British record and surpasses the mark set by Scotland's Alister "Jock" Allan in 1990 by a single point. He took the prize (and some celebratory whisky) ahead of Neil Stirton and James Paterson.

Praise for the events flooded in from competitors. Northern Ireland's Gary Duff, who won the Men's Prone by less than one point in the final from Scotland's David Caughey and James Paterson, described it as a "great weekend". Duff is pictured below right with SSRA chairman Ian Thomson.
"It was great to see such a good competition with many competitors on our first competition fully run on electronics," was one comment posted on the SSRA's Facebook page.
"Special thanks to Donald McIntosh and Sinclair Bruce for making the targets available (and working), Bruce McIntosh and Willie Allan for gaffering and Jim McIntosh, Colin Watson and Gavin Walker for running the range."

"Apart from one technical hiccup on Saturday, the system worked well, and the drama- filled finals rounded things off nicely. The craic was excellent, as usual," commented Bruce McIntosh, who became known as Battery Boy as he made sure all the targets functioned despite the dull, damp and at times perishing conditions - well it was June in Aberdeen after all...
There were other pivotal moments as well, such as Olympic team member Jen McIntosh being pipped in the Women's Prone by both her younger sister Seonaid, competing in her very first event and her mother Shirley, a multiple medallist from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
Jen had the last laugh as she ran out the winner in the Women's 3P ahead of Jenny Corish and Sian Corish from Wales.

Donald McIntosh, himself the head rifle coach for TeamGB, tweeted: "Well done to SSRA on a Championships run so well (by a novice crew) on the electronic targets for the 1st time. What a difference it makes!" Also attending the event was Heinrich Bleiker of Bleiker gun makers (pictured left with Kenny Parr) who was on hand to provide help and servicing for Bleiker rifle owners and he too was impressed by the set-up which was the result of many days (and sleepless nights) of organising, heavy lifting, programming and testing with updates and information fed in from as far afield as the Czech Republic as the competition unfolded.


Full results are available here and on the Domestic Results page.

Photos courtesy Donald McIntosh and Lee Roussel

 


And the winners are...

 8 June 2012

Results are now available from the following recent competitions: 3P Grand Prix 2 at Denwood, SSRA Prone Grand Prix in Caithness, the first two rounds of the SSRA 50m Prone League and the final season results from the SSRA Winter 10m Air League.

Looking ahead, don't miss the chance to take part in Alloa & District RC's Triple Dewar competition being held at the Tullygarth range on 16 and 17 June.


Jackson humbled by award

 5 June 2012

Scotland's 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Susan Jackson today spoke of her pride at being inducted into the Edinburgh University Sports Hall of Fame recently.

"I feel really privileged to receive such a recognition from Edinburgh University," said Jackson, now a director with the Winning Scotland Foundation.  "The Edinburgh University Sports Hall of Fame recognises some incredible sporting greats including Sir Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger, Eric Liddell and Shirley McIntosh – and to be considered alongside them is an incredible honour."

 


How did you get on at Gagie?

 1 June 2012

Results from the Angus GP at Gagie are now available via the Domestic Results page


 

 

  28 May 2012

The first gold medal in the London Games will be awarded in the Shooting events and the Team GB Olympic shooting squad was today announced at the Tower of London  (place of birth followed by current home in brackets) Elena Allen - Olympic skeet (Moscow, Newport) Richard Brickell - Olympic skeet (Newbury, Newbury) Rory Warlow - Olympic skeet
(Plymouth, Plymouth) Peter Wilson - Olympic double trap (Dorchester, Sherborne) Richard Faulds - Olympic double trap (Guildford, Highclere) Georgina Geikie - 25m pistol (Oakhampton, Exeter) Jonathan Hammond (pictured above) Prone rifle (Aberdeen, West Virginia) James Huckle - Three position rifle (Harlow, Harlow) Ed Ling - Olympic trap (Taunton, Wellington) Jennifer McIntosh (pictured above) Air rifle (Edinburgh, Aberdeen).


 

Record form from McIntosh in Munich as GB shooters battle on

 Updated  26 May 2012

Jen McIntosh equalled the British record of 585 ex 600 in the Women's 3P qualifying round at the ISSF World Cup in Munich and reached her first World Cup final where she scored 100.2 to rise to sixth place overall and record a new British Final record of 685.2 in the process. The competition was won by Ildiko Karmacsi of Hungary with 591+99.3 for a total of 690.3. With events drawing to a close on Sunday 27 May, James Huckle and  Ken Parr made it through to the qualification relay of the Men's 3P while Dan Rivers notched a personal best. Jon Hammond is also through while Neil Stirton scored 1155 in MQS. For more updates, check the SSRA Facebook page or visit the Sius Ascor results site here.


SSRA Grand Prix results

 15 May 2012

Results from SSRA 3P Grand Prix 1 and Prone Grand Prix 1 are now available on the Domestic Results page.


RWS stays on target with SSRA

 13 May 2012

The SSRA is delighted to announce that RWS will continue to provide ammunition as prizes for the SSRA Grand Prix series as well as air weapon events for another year. Managing Director of RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd. Phil Unwin is also keen to enhance the relationship with Scottish target shooting and suggestions are welcome. Drop the SSRA webmaster a line with any thoughts.

 


Medals put shine on performances in Hannover

Updated 13 May 2012

Matthew Thomson won a bronze in the men's prone final at the ISCH in Hannover with a score of 104.2 to follow his 595 in qualification. And he moved up one step on the podium when the GB Men's Team took the silver in the Prone event along with James Huckle and Neil Stirton. In the Women's 3P Jen McIntosh scored 573, ahead of Jenny Corish on 561 and Sheree Cox with 556. Earlier in the competition, McIntosh also landed a bronze medal  in the GB Women's Air Rifle team event with Jenny Corish and Sheree Cox. Neil Stirton had scored 1148 ex 1200 in the Men's 3P event along with James Huckle.

 


Tuck in at Caithness...

11 May 2012

 

Entry forms for the Caithness SBRA Open (click here for entry forms 1, 2 and 3.) and SSRA GP3 2012 are now available. "Regulars to the CSBRA Open will know of the exceptional catering that has been offered each year by Elsie and Connie. Unfortunately both Elsie and Connie have retired from the tea tent, and it was with great doubt that they could ever be replaced," commented organiser Marty Simpson. "However, I am delighted to say that Murkle WRI have agreed to cater, and I'm sure that all competitors at Thurdistoft will have great memories  (and thickened waists) of the vast delicacies offered." 

Any queries please contact  martysimpson@tiscali.co.uk. Entry forms can also be found at www.csbra.org.uk


Get ready for a Triple Dewar at Alloa

6 May 2012

Entry forms are now available from organiser Willie McAulay for June's Triple Dewar competition at the Tullygarth range on 16-17 June. Drop him an email for more information on this event and for a form.


Necessity proves the mother of invention in Pilsen...

Updated 6 May 2012

Scotland's team at the Grand Prix of Liberation in Pilsen have had to contend with more than just the elements and their rivals. Both Sheena Sharp and James Paterson found themselves without rifles after some of their equipment failed to arrive by air in the Czech Republic.
Necessity proved to be the mother of invention, however, as Paterson was able to use the rifle belonging to Sian Corish of Wales for both his Men's Prone (score 589 ex 600) and Men's 3P (1131 ex 1200) matches. Sharp borrowed a P800 air rifle thanks to Feinwerkbau's service team for her match (373 ex 400), and the 2006 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist was also given the chance to use Vaclav Haman's new design of 0.22 rifle as a contingency in case her own smallbore rifle did not arrive in time.
Thanks must go everyone involved who helped but the same cannot be said for carriers KLM who had the responibility for transporting the kit...
"The police in Amsterdam (the connecting airport) were fantastic," said Scotland coach Sinclair Bruce, "as were the local organisers in Pilsen who were extremely helpul, laying on extra transport." Both rifles arrived in time for Saturday's matches and Sharp scored 583 in her prone match followed by 568 in her 3P match on Sunday while Paterson scored 584 in his air rifle competition. David Caughey (using his own rifle...) matched Paterson's score of 589 in Thursday's Men's Prone while Andrew Ozmond scored 575.
 


Alloa aggrieved as NSRA fails to enter teams

Updated 6 May 2012

Alloa & District Rifle Club has had its traditional summer outdoor campaign slashed - and disappointed secretary Willie McAulay has laid the blame firmly at the door of the organisers, the National Smallbore Rifle Association.
Alloa has competed in the NSRA's 50m and 100 yard leagues for 47 years - and successfully too, with the likes of top shooters such as Donald and Shirley McIntosh, Sinclair Bruce, Cliff Ogle and many more of the best competitors in Scotland bolstering a sound A team. This year, the club entered no less than seven teams in the NSRA's various leagues including the Scottish and RWS leagues and National leagues. The entries were made, McAulay insists, and delivered to NSRA headquarters one week before the entry deadline. He was shocked and angered to discover, after a lengthy wait without communication from anyone at the Lord Roberts Centre, that none of the teams had been entered.
"I sent all the team entries away on the 27th January and the NSRA received them on the 30th, one week before the last date for entries," said McAulay, pictured left. "We should have received the competition card stickers etc no later than 30th March 2012."

When this failed to happen, he contacted the NSRA's competition department and was informed that everything was in the post. "I gave it another week then emailed the NSRA and was told that as in past years the league had started earlier and earlier they have now brought it back in line with previous years," revealed an exasperated McAulay."I had a go at them and suggested that the NSRA, due to staff shortages, could not keep up to date with their programme of events."
Brian Woodall of the NSRA explained that on his recommendations the dates had been changed. The sport's governing body has however eased the situation by managing to place Alloa's top three teams in the Scottish League but not in the RWS National League except for Alloa B who will shoot in Div 6. "I think you will now be aware that the last dates for shooting the final rounds of the summer leagues are two weeks earlier than those you assumed in your email," Mr Woodall continued in an email to Mr McAulay. "I made the recommendation of the later start date because the current workload in Competitions Department is such that it was not possible to issue the summer season stickers as early as in previous years. Obviously clubs need time once the league material is in their hands to get everything up and running, and leave sufficient shooting opportunities for their members without the risk of leaving cards unshot."
Alloa's A team had won Division 1 of the NSRA's 50m National League for six years in a row and lost out narrowly last season.

A formal complaint was made by Alloa RC to Allan Boosey, the NSRA's chief executive, and the club has now received a written apology from him on behalf of the NSRA along with the return of their substantial entry fee.

The views expressed here are those of Mr McAulay and Alloa and District Rifle Club and not the Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association.


Shooters benefit from revised Commonwealth Games programme

1 May 2012

The long-awaited review of the events schedule for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games in 2014 has, as expected, led to the expansion of the shooting programme. Women's Prone is back on the events listing, allowing the likes of Kay Copland and Jennifer McIntosh to take part in the event which brought Scotland so much success in Delhi in 2010.

 Speaking on http://www.cgcs.org.uk, McIntosh said: “This is fantastic news. I was really disappointed when I heard that the women’s prone event might be removed from the programme and with it the chance to defend my title at a home Games. It is also good news for women’s sport as a whole that consideration is being given to gender equity.” 

The pairs events will not be restored, but Women's skeet, Women's double trap and Women's 50m Pistol will be introduced to the programme at Barry Buddon near Carnoustie.


Some sunshine for the summer....

29 April 2012

The SSRA is running a new 50 metre outdoor competition which can be shot at your home range. It will be run along the same lines as the SSRA 25yd indoor prone league. The competition organiser is council member Willie McAulay (click here to email him for more info). The competition rules will be made available here shortly and if you wish to enter this new and exciting event throughout the summer months, please register your interest with Willie McAulay no later than Monday 7 May

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LONDON WORLD CUP UPDATE

Updated 29 April 2012

The ISSF World Cup in London came to a close with a thumbs-up for the temporary ranges at Woolwich Barracks but disappointment that Britain could not land a medal in the small bore and air weapons events.

Scotland's Jon Hammond came closest, a blistering 400 ex 400, finishing with a 10.9 shot, in his prone section of the men's 3P event on Saturday. That set him up nicely for a tilt at the final but he fell agonisingly short and supporters in the crowd could only watch as Germany's Maik Eckhardt inexorably closed in on his total of 1165 in the blustery wind and chill (well, it was April) to claim the eighth and last berth in the final by a single point on 1166. The final itself threw up some excitement for silver and bronze but the gold was always in the grasp of Italy's Niccolo Campriani ("the man's a machine", quipped one coach) who won with a score of 1179 +99.2 in the final, ahead of the United States' Matt Emmons on 1173+95.7 for 1268.7.

Earlier in the World Cup, Jen McIntosh came up short in her bid to reach the final of the women's 3x20 event, her 565 not proving enough on a day when the gold medal went to Germany's Barbara Engleder with 586 + 100.1 in the final for a total of 686.1, silver to Stephanie Obermoser of Austria with 583 + 102.1 for 685.1 and bronze to Li Du of China with 584 +100.2 for a total of 684.2. Fellow GB team-mates Sheree Cox of England scored 567 and Jenny Corish  of Wales 555 in the qualification round. All three Britons had made it out of the elimination phase the day before with McIntosh scoring  568, Corish 576, equalling her personal best, and Cox 575, a new personal best.

There had been an earlier disappointment for Hammond and Scotland's hopes in the men's 50m prone rifle event.  Hammond scored 591 in the qualifying and finished 11th overall. He therefore missed out on a spot in the final which was won by Sergei Martynov of Belarus, the current world No1. Fellow Scots Neil Stirton and Matthew Thomson had been knocked out in the previous day's elimination, Thomson agonisingly on the countback method after a 591.

So the World Cup is over .... but Scotland will hope its athletes will get another chance in London, this time in the Olympics. Meanwhile, a team will travel to Pilzen in the Czech Republic for the Grand Prix of Liberation event. The team will comprise James Paterson, Sheena Sharp, Dave Caughey and Andrew Ozmond.

 

 

All weathers, all ranges at Denwood

21 April 2012

The annual All Ranges competition at Denwood on 15 April was the curtain-raiser for the forthcoming 2012 SSRA Grand Prix season and was keenly contested by some brave souls who endured wind, rain and near blizzard conditions on the outdoor range and, by comparison, tropical conditions on the indoor range.

Ian Henderson

Summary of results: Inter Regional Matches: 25 yards: Southern Counties (won on countback); Dewar (Bob Norman Trophy): Highland

Club Team: 25 Yards: Larbert; Dewar: Clachnacuddin; Aggregate: Clachnacuddin

Handicap Pairs: 25 Yards: Cole-Hamilton/Stofberg (Bon Accord); Dewar: S Bates/J Henderson (Watten) Aggregate S Bates/J Henderson (Watten)

Class A: 25 yards Cole-Hamilton (Bon Accord); Dewar: J Henderson (Watten); Aggregate:  J Henderson (Watten)

Class B: 25 yards N Macdonald (Bearsden); Dewar: M Bexley (Clachnacuddin); Aggregate: M Bexley (Clachnacuddin)
Class C: 25 yards: A Taylor (Strathearn); Dewar: C Seale (Watsonians); Aggregate: C Seale (Watsonians)

Womens: S Bates (Watten)
U21: J Barron (Bon Accord)
U18: D Brown (Selkirk)
Veterans: J Cole-Hamilton (Bon Accord)

Full results available on the Domestic Results page.


World Cup in London

19 April 2012

On the first day of events at the ISSF World Cup in London, which double as a test event for this summer's Olympics, Jen McIntosh scored 394 in the Women's Air Rifle event. It was not enough to make the final, however, on a day of fiendish competition in which a play-off was needed to decided the final line-up, with no score less than 397 ex 400 being enough. The event was won by left-handed shooter Sonja Pfeilschifter from Germany who overhauled China's Siling Yi - who had notched a perfect 400 in qualifying - in the last shot.

"Nice strong finish," said McIntosh, clearly undeterred. "Could have been better but still, a solid start to the World Cup season."


The Scottish really does need you!

Updated 21 April 2012

The NSRA Scottish Meeting will be held in Dumfries this year and the organisers are keen to get as many shooters to attend this event, the biggest held north of the Border. Increased attendance could have a big say on how the event is staged in future years. So if your club intends to send two shooters, why not make it three this year and help spread the word on the extra dimension that is outdoor target shooting?

The NSRA now has entry forms available for the 2012 Scottish. It is understood that forms will be bundled with the next issue of the Rifleman and the forms can be found online here.


They've got a result...

11 April 2012

The final results for the SSRA Team Prone League and Individual Prone League are now available from the Domestic Results page.


TeamGB line-up for London World Cup announced

11 April 2012

The British team for the London World Cup team has been announced with Scots shooters Jon Hammond, Jen McIntosh, Neil Stirton and Matthew Thomson included in the rifle line-up.

Full rifle team for ISSF World Cup (London, 17-28 April): 10m Air Rifle Men: Mike Bamsey, James Huckle, Kenny Parr. 50m Rifle Prone Men: Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton, Matt Thomson. 50m Three Positions Men: Jon Hammond, James Huckle, Kenny Parr. 10m Air Rifle Women: Jenny Corish, Sheree Cox, Jen McIntosh. 50m Rifle Three Positions Women: Jenny Corish, Sheree Cox, Jen McIntosh.

Coaches: Donald McIntosh, Ken Parr and Sinclair Bruce.


NEW Online entry forms for 2012 outdoor events NOW AVAILABLE

2 April 2012

New forms allowing you to enter the All Ranges competition, Scottish ISSF 50m championships and other outdoor events online are now available by clicking here. Spaces are limited for the 50m championship on its new date of 9-10 June so early entry is advised. Entry forms can also be printed off.


FREE London World Cup tickets

30 March 2012

ISSF World Cup, London, 19-28 April 2012

There are a limited number of tickets available to members of the NSRA.  If you would like to apply please email sarah.daly@britishshooting.org.uk by close of play today, Friday 30 March 2012. There is no charge for the tickets.


Team Prone League update

25 March 2012

Results from Round 8 of the SSRA Team Prone League are now available.


ISSF course confirmed for Scotland's capital

24 March 2012

 

An ISSF judges course, designed to give applicants a national British Shooting C licence and put existing holders firmly on the road to a B licence, will be held on the weekend of 29-30 September on the outskirts of Edinburgh at the Balerno & Currie Rifle Club, with easy access to the airport. While the course helps preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by qualifying officials to ISSF standards, the course will be open to anyone in the UK. This two-day course will be run by experienced by ISSF officials and for more information and to register your interest, contact Jim McIntosh of the Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association at jimmack25@btinternet.com.

Triumph at Tulliallan

18 March 2012

Jen McIntosh became the Scottish Women's 10m Air Rifle Champion with a 396 plus 105.3 in the final at Tulliallan - the championship that almost never was -  for a score likely to be confirmed as a Scottish record.

"I'm pretty happy with the weekend's results," she said. "Saturday was a mixed bag  for me but Sunday was a vast improvement. A couple of stupid mistakes in my match cost me points but I was glad to be able to make up for them in the final. It was a good final - much better than anything I've ever shot, even in training, so that was pretty exciting."

Fellow Olympic hopeful Neil Stirton won the Men's title after a nervous qualification - firing his last shot with just four seconds remaining - gave him the leading score of 580, equal with James Paterson and he held off his rivals in the final to take the title.

"It came as quite a surprise to me to win the Scottish Air Rifle Champs on Sunday, especially after having felt so awful on Saturday and since my focus in training has primarily been towards .22," said Stirton. "Some of the standing improvements I've made have definitely helped towards air rifle and I was delighted to have won this title for the first time."

"I definitely need to work on my timing on the wire changers however, as I had 15 shots and 10 mins to go. Having taken approx 1:15 - 1:30mins per shot, all of a sudden my heart rate was through the roof ... somehow managed to get all the shots off and complete the match though"

 Scores available from the Domestic Results page..

 


SSRA young stars head for Dortmund

18 March 2012

The British Schools Team competing in Dortmund next week includes three members of the SSRA U21 Squad. Adam Dove , Emma Steeples and William Stewart will shoot in the Junior event of the competition. Preparation for the event has included a trip to the 50M Indoor Open Meeting in Wigan and training at the outdoor range at Alloa.
   The Juniors will not be alone in Dortmund since many of the members of the Scottish and GB Squads will also attend the event , so there will be plenty of help and advice available.


SSRA Scottish 10m Championships back on track

Updated 16 March 2012

The SSRA Scottish 10m Championships at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan by Kincardine (including Air GP5) will now go ahead as scheduled for March 17 and 18. The first detail will now take place at 11am. (see below for detail timings). Any and all volunteers to help assemble the range are very welcome from 8am on the Saturday.  A commitment has been made that the original problem, a health and safety issue involving the gym hall, will now be resolved in time for the events to take place. Click here to mail organiser Jim McIntosh if you require any information.

Details (subject to amendment): Saturday: 1100-1245 Aggregate; 1330-1515 Aggregate;1530-1715 Aggregate. Sunday: 0900-1045 Aggregate; 1100-1215 Women's Qualifying; 1330-1515 Men's Qualifying; 1545 Finals. Equipment Control will be run by John Buchanan, the range will be run by Colin Watson and Gavin Walker with Jim McIntosh as CRO. Air Rifle Grand Prix 5 will be run by Cyril De Jonckheere.

 


New date for 2012 Scottish 50m championships at Denwood

13 March 2012

The SSRA Scottish 50m championships will now be staged on a new date, June 9 & 10 2012. This change has come about partly in response to the NSRA shifting the British 50m championships to September after the Lord Roberts Centre became unavailable on the original date. It is hope that this adjustment by the SSRA will be beneficial to many across the UK, including members of TeamGB who will be able to use the event as part of their Olympic preparations.

Entry forms for the SSRA event will be adjusted and published as soon as possible. It is anticipated that that there will be increased demand and for more information or to ask questions (positive or negative), please click here to mail organiser Jim McIntosh.


SSRA Results update

10 March 2012

Scores from Round 7 of the SSRA Team Prone League and the SSRA Prone League are now available via the Domestic Results page.


Triumph for first timer

10 March 2012

Banff shooter Lenny Thomson overcame powerful opposition to win the Bill Dick trophy for the annual speedway competition.
Going into the last set of matches it looked like a three-way competition between Lenny, Hugh Simpson and Sinclair Bruce. Lenny successfully saw off Bruce beating him 197 to 196, gained the vital six points to give him an unassailable lead. This is his first appearance in the event; no doubt it is the first of many. He can now look forward to shooting in the annual postal match against North Island, New Zealand.

Lenny, right, is presented with his prize by Cyril De Jonckheere.

 

 

 

 


Make a date for Watsonians Open

26 February  2012

Watsonians Rifle Club are delighted to announce their annual Open competition will take place on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11 2012 at George Watsons School ranges. The course of fire is six  ten-bull cards, with two cards being shot in each detail. There are five classes with separate competitions for Veterans, Ladies, U21, U18, U15, club pairs and teams of three. Food is available throughout the day from the "Bun Room" with entries being accepted on the day, although early entry helps secure desirable shooting times. For further information and entry forms please contact  beverleyburnside@hotmail.com
 


SSRA Prone Team and Air Rifle league

Revised 28 February  2012

Latest scores, from round 6 of the SSRA Prone Team league and the SSRA Air Rifle league, are now available on the Domestic Results page.


SSRA results updates

Revised 10 February  2012

Scores from last weekend's Air Grand Prix 4 at Carlisle are now available on the Domestic Results page. In addition, the latest rounds from the SSRA Prone League are also to be found there as well as the SSRA Team Prone League.

 


New Shooting Performance Plan is unveiled

10 February  2012

The new selection policy for athletes to aim for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 is now available here.

These are exciting times for Scottish Target Shooting, with an unprecedented number of athletes on contention for Olympic selection later this year following on from the best ever performance by our team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games," said Donald McIntosh, Performance Programme manager.  "The 2014 Games are not really very far away now, and we will continue to focus the majority of our efforts into those who are most likely to be in contention for medals in Glasgow, while keeping an eye on the 2016 Olympic and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and this selection policy reflects those priorities.

Sport Competition Managers wanted for 2014

7 February  2012

Glasgow 2014 is now advertising for Sport Competition Managers. If you think you have what is needed to make the shooting events at the next Commonwealth Games go smoothly click here for application details. And for further information, visit the Glasgow 2014 site here.


Scottish Team continue to make progress at Intershoot

7 February  2012

 A Scottish team travelled to the Hague in the Netherlands to compete against some of the world's top air rifle shooters in the first major overseas trip of the season.   A largely development squad shot three air rifle matches at the high standard championships.

A Scottish team of James Paterson, pictured left, Andrew Ross, Jamie Hodgson and Graham Rudd entered the 10m Men's 60-shot event, with Sarah Bates entering the Women's  40-shot competition and Kathryn Williamson in the junior 40-shot match.  Sinclair Bruce was also in attendance as the team manager and coach while Colin Watson was there developing his knowledge and experience on the Jury. 

There were a number of impressive performances from the Scottish shooters and everyone took a lot of positives away from the match as well as things which require more training or advice from overseas shooters, who have a vast wealth of experience to tap into.    The first day saw Graham Rudd make the men's final with an impressive 587+98.6 for 8th place, after a break from competitive shooting.    James was 12th with Jamie edging out Andrew for 16th and 17th places respectively.  Sarah was 12th and Kathryn 23rd in their respective events. The second day saw a new personal best from Sarah Bates of 384 for 11th place while Graham narrowly missed out on the men's final finishing 9th in a high standard event where England's James Huckle broke the British record with 598 ex600.   The final day of competition saw more good performances from the Scottish team with Graham missing out on the final again following a 5 shot shoot off finishing 9th and James close behind in tenth place and Andrew Ross finished with a 99 string for 13th place and Kathryn was 15th with a creditable 381.  

Attending and competing at high level competitions benefits all the squad as athletes and coaches alike learn from the international standard shooters competing.  Form here many of the squad will continue their development and training on the electronic Megalink targets ahead of the rest of the season and forthcoming domestic matches and major championships in Dortmund, Hannover and Plzen.

James Paterson


Comet gives plug for shooting star

31 January  2012

Lasswade's Jonty Barron, 18, has been awarded a 1000 grant from Comet and SportsAid. As part of Comet’s charity partnership with SportsAid, the electrical specialist will back 20 young talented sports people around the UK with training grants, giving them a vital boost during the defining early years of their sporting careers. Click here to read more.


SSRA Air Rifle Winter League and Prone Team League

Updated 31 January  2012

Results from the Air Rifle Winter League are now available here on the Domestic Results page. Also, results from the fourth round of the SSRA Prone Team League have now been published and can also be viewed from the Domestic Results page.


New date and venue for climax to SSRA Air GP campaign

22 January  2012

It has been decided to reschedule the final air grand prix of the 2011-12 season from 26 February to Sunday 18 March. This will avoid clashing with the British Airgun Championships at Bisley. The new date for Air GP5 also means a new venue, and it will now take place during the Scottish ISSF 10m Championships at Tulliallan rather than at Glenrothes. The competition organisers are happy to run the GP cards concurrently with the Championship series if competitors prefer. For more details please contact Jim McIntosh.

Air Rifle GP3 was held at Denwood and was won by Andrew Ross with a qualifying score of 574 ex 600  and then 94.0 in the final for a total of 668, coming in ahead of Robin Law who scored 566 +99.4 for 665.4 and Sarah Bates who scored 567 +98.3 for a total of 665.3.

The Pistol event was won by D Robertson of Bon Accord with a score of 521 ex 600 plus 91.6 in the final for a total of 612.6 with B McIntosh in second with 514 plus 94.6 for a total of 608.6 and C McGregor on 515 plus 89.4 for 604.4.

Detailed results are available on the Domestic Results page.

"There was no ice inside the range but it would not have been a surprise to find some, the range was set up so we were able to start on time and schedule," reports Jim McIntosh. "We had in all three details a full house, this was nice. The shooting was also nice with a number finding the cold on the first detail a problem. Looking at the scores and results make for interesting reading, the qualifying scores were close resulting in very competitive finals, a number of PBs were set and an enjoyable day all round. The next one at Carlisle will find that our numbers a bit depleted as this will clash with Intershoot in Holland where some of our stalwart will be keeping the Saltire flying."

 


Megalink donations keep squads on target

22 January  2012

After an appeal for sponsors to help the SSRA add to its Megalink electronic targets (30 August 2011), the association is pleased to announce that four units have been obtained and are now in use with the Scotland squads. With a total of ten Megalinks available it will now be possible to hold the finals at the 10m & 50m Championships and the Grand Prix matches with them, providing a much better experience for athletes and spectators alike as well the opportunity for athletes to use them for day-to-day training on their home ranges. Many thanks to all involved for providing invaluable support to Scottish target shooting.

News Archive

All of the news stories that appear here will be archived periodically. Follow the links to see each archive The current 2011 archive runs up to 22 January 2012.

 

Team Scotland is under starter's orders for next year's Commonwealth Games, which returns north of the Border for the first time since 1986. Scotland's target shooters were the stars of the show in Delhi in 2010 and their medal haul was recognised by Jon Hammond carrying the team flag at the closing ceremony of the Games. Now it is almost time for our athletes to prove they can do the nation proud on home soil too. The Games are being staged not just in Glasgow but also in Edinburgh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool and at Barry Buddon near Carnoustie. The SSRA wants everyone involved in sport in Scotland to play their part too, be it by volunteering for roles at the Games or just lending support to our athletes.

Want to know more?

lYou can read about the drive to produce a winning formula for Team Scotland here

lYou can hear from some of our prospective team, including  some defending champions, in this video

lYou can keep up to date with news from Glasgow 2014 using the the link at the top  of each page here.

Jen McIntosh, pictured centre top right, was on hand to represent target shooting at the launch of the Go Scotland campaign held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem.

 

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Denwood Grands Prix

Updated  16 May 2013

The first SSRA Grands Prix were held at Denwood and Andrew Ross and Kathryn Williamson took the honours in the 3P event while Robin Thomson won the Prone competition, ahead of James Henderson and Matthew Thomson. Detailed results are now available on the Domestic Results page, along with results from the recent All Ranges event.


Fast forward to the future....

6 May 2013

Following recent development work carried out by Scottish Target Shooting, a rationale document was produced on the benefits of Unification of the Associations.  Click here for more information on this exciting period of evolution for our sport.


Get  your entries in for Caithness Open

2 May 2013

It may be the furthest to travel for a mainland event for many, but with incredible scenery it cannot be matched for a more splendid setting. Please click here to download the entry form for the Caithness SBRA Open 2013 and SSRA Prone GP3. It can also be found on http://www.csbra.org. It has been said that the Caithness Open is like a mini-Scottish, because of all the competitions available in one week-end (17). This year there is a new competition, where a Megalink is available courtesy of the SSRA. It will be on the 50m range. Entry fee 5.00, enter on the day with secretary. Cash prize, pending on entry. By popular demand, catering is by Murkle WRI. Any queries please contact martysimpson@tiscali.co.uk; 01955 621323, or 07915293593.
 


Ten to count as Target Shooters are awarded cash boost

2 May 2013

Ten Scottish Target Shooters have been given funding for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 with the allocation of sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs). Announced at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, 62 Scottish athletes were the recipients of SAPAs.

Jennifer McIntosh 10,000; Jonathan Hammond 10,000; Shona Marshall 10,000; Matthew Thomson 7,500; Sian Bruce 7,500; Neil Stirton 7,500; Ian Shaw 2,500; Angus McLeod 2,500; Drew Christie 2,500; Linda Pearson 2,500.

 


Ladies first in SSRA Air Rifle League

14 April 2013

Step forward Maria Bexley and Fiona Park as the winners of Division 1 and 2 respectively... Look out also for results from the final two rounds of the SSRA Team Prone league, which saw Banff and Macduff A take the honours in Division 1, Clachnacuddin A in Division 2, Steeple in Division 3, while Clachnacuddin's B team won Division 4. All the results can be viewed on the Domestic Results page.


Prone League reaches its climax

6 April 2013

The final round of scores have been published for the SSRA Prone League. Congratulations to the winners of the classes:  Division 1: Bill Vaughan, Division 2: Robin Thomson; Division 3: William Allan. Full results are available from the Domestic Results page.


Alloa opens its doors for 2013 outdoor season

3 April 2013

Organiser Willie McAulay has announced that Alloa's Tullygarth range will be open for  the season from 1pm on Sunday April 7. Email him for more information.


Be home on your range with new 50m summer competition

31 March 2013

A revamped 50m competition is now open for you to enter and is open to any club member shooting within Scotland. With averages based on previous indoor or outdoor cards, discounted entry terms are available to SSRA members and members of SSRA-affiliated clubs. Also, don't miss your chance to take part in the All Ranges and Inter-Region event at Denwood on April 14.

You'll find entry forms for both using the SSRA online entry portal at the top of this page.

 


How you can save "The Scottish"

23 March 2013

The NSRA has issued the entry form for the 2013 Scottish Meeting which will be held in Lauder. Click here to download it and click here to read the accompanying letter from organiser Ian Burton.


Scores from Tulliallan

13 March 2013

Results from  the 2013 Scottish Air Rifle Championships are now available here. In addition, the latest scores the SSRA Individual Prone League have also been published, see the Domestic Results page.


Prestonpans breathe new life into the sport

12 March 2013

East Lothian club Prestonpans had to deal with a shrinking membership  and run-down facilities in order to stop the club going under. Thanks to the SSRA's coaching and development initiatives and the Awards For All grant scheme,  they went on a recruitment drive, renovated their range and equipment and were given 5000 to bring on the next generation of target shooters. Read about this success story in full here.


Scottish Air Rifle Championships squadding announced

Updated 6 March 2013

Entries for the Scottish Air Rifle Championships at Tulliallan are now closed and the revised squaddings are available here. The full official timetable for the event is available here. This supersedes any previously published information. Decimal scoring will be used for all events which will be recorded using the latest Megalink software release and the 2013 ISSF rules.


SSRA Speedway finals results released

4 March 2013

The points results from Sunday's finals of the SSRA Speedway event, held at the Balerno & Currie range, are available on the Domestic Results page.


Vaughan comes up trumps in Carlisle

 26 February 2013

Bill Vaughan of Selkirk won the SSCA Borders Championship in the finals held at Carlisle at the weekend.

Bill, pictured right,  got the better of Tom Hodgson to take the title.

 

 

 

 

 

 


What's the score?

Updated 25 February 2013

The scores from the initial rounds of the SSRA Silver Medal, Speedway and CanDicap  winter competitions are now available from the Domestic Results page. In addition, the latest scores from the SSRA Air Rifle league and round six of the SSRA Team Prone League have also been released.


Law brings the curtain down on Air Grand Prix season

Updated 20 February 2013

Robin Law has won the Air Rifle Grand Prix series after a win on his home range at Kincardine. He edged the final with Shirley McIntosh in second, just ahead of daughter Seonaid and Sheena Sharp in a day packed with Commonwealth Games medallists and watched by the press - the last event  run in Scotland using the old ISSF rules. Look out for detailed results here soon as we look ahead to the all-electronically-scored Scottish Air Rifle Championships at Tulliallan in a month. Due to a technical issue, the scores from the ten-shot finals themselves are not currently available and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


SSRA Team Prone League

Updated 10 February 2013

Results from Round 4 and 5 of the SSRA Team Prone League are now available via the Domestic Results page. Look out also for the latest results from the Individual Prone league.


Watsonians Open

21 January 2013

Results from this well-attended competition in Edinburgh are now available here.


Scotland gets a result

15 January 2013

Kay Copland won Air Rifle Grand Prix 4 held at Denwood after a dramatic tie-shoot decider with Anne-Marie Bexley in front of an excited worldwide audience.
Thanks to another technological leap by the SSRA, the match results were streamed live on the internet and attracted followers from as far afield as Sydney and Prague while the SSRA Facebook page did a great job of providing commentary as the match unfolded.

"To end up with a final that ended in a tie-shoot could not have been bettered even by the TV broadcasters, with the two protagonists themselves putting in an appearance that left us questioning what can we do to push the bar higher still. Kay Copland scored a 9.5 against an 8.7 from a relative newcomer Anne-Marie Bexley who does not put in a lot of practice, according to to her coach," said organiser Jim McIntosh. "From the feedback from those who were with us on the web, we succeeded in involving a great number of followers not just the shooters but friends and family as well, truly an education for some."
The unsung heroes were Jim and son Bruce who laboured to ensure the range was tried and tested in time for a 9am start on a chilly Sunday morning, with the invaluable contribution of Gavin Walker who developed the software necessary to make the Megalink target system work seamlessly.

The conclusion was this has to be the way forward, Jim continued, bettered only by the atmosphere. "I don’t know if it was the constant enquiry 'is it snowing out there' or the camaraderie amongst those involved in the day."
With this type of performance the future of target shooting in Scotland looks bright. With those in the “boiler house” running the range as well as keeping the webcast running all looks good for the future competitions.

Class A winner Robin Law leads the Air Rifle series with 30 points from Mark Joyce on 13 and Sheena Sharp on 12.

For full results on the Air Rifle GP click here and the Pistol event, click here.
 

Meanwhile, scores from Round Three of the 2012-2013 SSRA Prone Team League are also available while the first tranche of results from the Air Rifle Leagues and Prone Individual Leagues can now be accessed from the Domestic Results page.


Scottish Government's consultation on airgun licensing

21 December 2012

The Scottish Government has unveiled proposals for the licensing of airguns and issued a wide-ranging consultative document for discussion until March 2013. Input is invited from interested parties and the document (30 pages worth) is available here. Have your say!


Lauder to host 2013 Scottish meeting

7 December 2012

The NSRA has confirmed that the 2013 Scottish Meeting will be held at Thirlestane in Lauder from Saturday  29 June to Friday 5 July.


Latest news on Watsonians Open

Updated 29 November 2012

 

Watsonian Rifle Club are pleased to announce their annual Open Meeting has moved back before Christmas to Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December,  perfect timing to avoid the Christmas shopping madness. There is now no space left between 1130-1300 hours on Saturday 1st December and no space left between 1030-1330 hours on Sunday 2nd December, for those wishing to enter on the day we recommend coming by 1000 hours or after 1330 hours on both days

 

The open consists of 60 shots at 25 yards shot in 10-minute timed details. There are 5 classes A-E with additional prizes for Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15's, there are also Veterans, Ladies and Team competitions. The Bun Room will be well stocked to keep your strength up... Entry forms are available here or from beverleyburnside@hotmail.com.


Commonwealth Games selection policy published

10 November 2012

The official selection policy for the Scottish Shooting Team for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014 can be found here.


Plea to add to backing for Youth Olympic bid

 24 October 2012

 
Glasgow is currently bidding to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 and has submitted its bid book to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne - and is up against four other contenders.The Youth Olympic Games launched in 2010 in Singapore and is one of the biggest sporting events in the world exclusively for young athletes. Through its combined sport, culture and education programmes, the Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire young people globally to participate in sport and live by the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games would provide fantastic opportunities for young people in Glasgow and Scotland, enabling the nation to continue the UK’s Olympic journey of inspiring a generation. The host city will be chosen in Lausanne on the July 2013 by members of the International Olympic Committee.

"It's crucial that we gather as much support from the public as possible by creating awareness of the Glasgow 2018 Bid and encouraging them to Back our Bid via either our website or Facebook page," said Kim Modeste of the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Team. Click here to add your support.
 

Commonwealth Games Scotland seeks Team Manager for Shooting

 24 October 2012

Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) is the lead body for Commonwealth Sport in Scotland and is responsible for selecting, preparing and managing Scotland's team at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. This is an exciting time in Scottish sport and CGS with Scottish Target Shooting is seeking to appoint an appropriately skilled person for the position of Team Manager: Shooting. This is a voluntary role with expenses reimbursed.
A role description and application form can be obtained from this website or by contacting:Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) Gannochy Sports Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA. Email: info@cgcs.org.uk Tel: 01786 466 480. Applications should be returned by email to: info@cgcs.org.uk no later than 12 noon on 31 October 2012.
Interviews will be held on 19 November 2012.



 

Scots bound for USA after success at Pershing Trials

 16 October 2012

Graham Shedden, Richard Simpson and Sinclair Bruce have all qualified for the 12-strong team to represent Great Britain in the Pershing Cup at Camp Perry in Ohio in July 2013 following success at the Pershing Trials.  In the final element of the trials, Shedden scored 399 with 31 X bulls, Simpson had 400 with 29 Xs and Bruce 400 with 26Xs.


SSRA Air GPs and the ISSF: Clarification

 15 October 2012

With the implementation of a new set of ISSF rules on the horizon for the start of 2013, the SSRA would like to clarify the rules position for the Air Grand Prix series which started at Glenrothes at the weekend. The 2012-13 series will be run under the CURRENT rules. Results from the first Air Grand Prix can be found on the Domestic Results page.


Balerno & Currie announce details of Scotweigh Open

Updated 23 October 2012

Balerno & Currie's yearly Open shoot will be staged on the weekend of November 10-11 this year and will have cash prizes on offer thanks to new sponsors Scotweigh. Entry forms can be downloaded here. Meanwhile, contact secretary Alasdair Horne for more information.


Medal joy in Jersey as CSF(ED) looks ahead to Isle of Man

 Updated 5 October 2012

Mel Mutch, Jamie Hodgson and Bobby Spence had a successful trip to Jersey for the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) event. Mutch and Spence won bronze in the 50m Rifle Men's Pairs,  Hodgson and Spence took gold in the men's Air Rifle Pairs as well as silver in the Men's 50m 3P Pairs while Mutch also picked up a bronze in the Men's Prone.  "I thought it was a good event with some strong opposition, especially in the air rifle and prone event," said Hodgson. "Electronic targets were used for the air rifle event which was great to see. Shooting 3x40 on the three card system was an interesting new experience! I find it hard enough to zero in on one aiming mark!"

Full results are available here and on the International Results page. 

It has now been agreed that the Isle of Man will host the 2013 CSF (ED) event, from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2013. A full programme of 10 metre, 25m and 50m competition will take place on the island plus trap, skeet and double trap. The 50m rifle finals will be contested on electronics while the fullbore rifle competitions will take place at Bisley.


Can the Kiwis be caught?

 28 September 2012

It's a case of better luck next year as Scotland continued its disappointing run of results in the annual match against North Island New Zealand when the official scores were announced here with the North Island scores here.


Air Grand Prix programme announced

 25 September 2012

Confirmed dates for the 2012-2013 Air Grand Prix series have been announced and entries can now be taken via the SSRA online entry system. The campaign is scheduled to begin in Glenrothes on 14 October 2012, followed by Callander on 11 November 2012. There is a return to Glenrothes on 9 December and the series moves to Denwood in Aberdeen on 13 January 2013 with the series climax being staged in Kincardine at the Sands/Alloa range on 10 February 2013. Look out for updates here and on the online entry pages.


Scots do the business at Bisley

 25 September 2012

Scots shooters returned from the British International 50m Rifle Championships at Bisley with a haul to remember.
Edinburgh's Jonty Barron won gold medals as the leading junior and leading university student in the London & Middlesex Rifle Association's Men's Prone Rifle match with a score of 583; in the Accuracy International Men's Three Position Rifle match Graham Rudd settled for silver after his score of 1227.6 being beaten by Kenny Parr to gold when Parr scored 1233.3.
Rudd was delighted with the Scots results and somewhat pleased with his own performance. "It was my first 3x40 since the Scottish championships in 2010. I hadn't shot standing or kneeling [0.22 rifle] in two years then I shot two 3x20s in August at Bisley (where he produced scores 577 and 578) and hadn't shot since," he explained. "On Saturday the biggest challenge was shooting kneeling whilst shivering. The time has come to do some training again as I will be shooting 2nd division Bundesliga in October. Having a lengthy break has helped me become interested in the sport again."
In the Anschutz-Frank Dyke Women's Prone Rifle match Banf & Macduff's Kay Copland took silver on 587 with Bon Accord's Sheena Sharp in the bronze position on 585. Kathryn Williamson from Dumfries earned gold as the leading junior on 576 and the Scotland team of Sharp, Maria Bexley and Sarah Henderson won the Home Countries international with a score of 1744.
Kay Copland took the bronze in the System Gemini Women's 3P match with a score of 656.

 


ISSF Rules for 2013

 14 September 2012

In the wake of London Olympic Games, the ISSF is preparing an overhaul of current rules and regulations. While many of the proposed changes will not receive official ratification until November with implementation due from January 2013, a number of the proposed measures have raised more than an eyebrow amongst the world's top shooters, including a plan that scores from qualification rounds will no longer be carried over into a final - the "start at zero" suggestion. If you are concerned about the future of shooting sports by the suggestions or just curious to know what the implications could be for everybody and what some of the biggest names in the sport think, visit this link to see how you can register your opinion.


Winners unveiled in SSRA  50m Individual Prone League

 11 September 2012

The second season of this outdoor competition reached its conclusion this week and Sinclair Bruce won Division 1, Shirley McIntosh Division 2, Cliff Ogle Division 3 and Seonaid McIntosh Division 4. The final sets of results are now available on the Domestic Results page. Congratulations go to the winners who will receive specially commissioned trophies. Developed from the C&D 50m Prone league this season, the event will be back bigger and better next time around....


SSRA announces package of changes for 2012-13 season

 Updated 16 September 2012

The schedule for the 2012-13 Air Grand Prix series will be announced soon with the first event expected to take place in a month's time. Plans are also being examined for Kincardine to replace Carlisle in the programme. Check back here for updates on venues in the coming days. Meanwhile, the SSRA Team Prone League will move to a self-scoring basis by clubs this season. The competition will once again be organised by Billy Crawford.


Your country needs you

 8 September 2012

With the Scotland squads due to be selected for 2012-13 next month, shooters not currently involved in the set-up but who would like to be considered should contact performance@ssra.co.uk. to request an application form from Performance Manager Sinclair Bruce. Completed forms should be sent to him at 161 Bailielands, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7SZ or emailed to performance@ssra.co.uk.  Applicants wishing to apply for membership of the High Performance & Fast Track squads should also be pointed at the criteria document available on the STSF website here. Athletes are reminded  that membership of the SSRA will be required.


SSRA outdoor season reaches its climax

 4 September 2012

The best stories always have a surprise ending and the A/B Grand Prix Series was no exception. Going into the last round Tom Hodgson held a clear lead on 29 points with the second place being held by John Sinclair on 22 points. Unfortunately Tom failed to qualify for the final leaving John the task of coming in the top two places to win by a clear margin. John started the final in 6th place so it was a difficult task. However , no one was watching the outsider Cyril De Jonckheere who won the final, picking up 12 points on top of his previous 19 points to win the series by 2 points. Cyril, pictured right, commented: “I’ve been trying for long enough.”

The top score in the final was an impressive 104.9 , including consecutive 10.9s shot by Bill Vaughan.The winner of the C&D Final was Fiona Spence with a score of 589 , which equalled the top score in the A&B qualification round. Fiona was the clear winner on the C&D Grand Prix Series.

Earlier in the day Tom Hodgson won A Class, Maria Bexley won B Class with 591 which was the best score of the day , Fiona Spence won C Class and Ron Nilsen won D Class. The top Junior was Ashleigh Taylor.

Thanks go to Peter, Pat and Jennifer for running another excellent day and even providing very pleasant weather even though the wind became more challenging as the day progressed. Iain Malone, too, went the extra mile when he stepped in to run the final.

The results from the Grampian 50m Open from Denwood and the final Prone Grand Prix from Gagie are now available on the Domestic Results page as are the scores from the final two 3P Grands Prix.


Scottish Blind Championships attract international field

 4 September 2012

The SSRA broke new ground as it helped run the Scottish Blind Shooting Championships at Denwood for the first time and, using a completely electronic scoring set-up while running SSRA 3P GP5 on the 50m range, emerged blinking into the evening twilight on Sunday after the three-day event having made a raft of new friends.

Competitor Hussein Patwa was in upbeat mood after the competition. "I I think it's gone great from Scotland's point of view, it's given Scotland the chance to show that it's capable of running a competition to a very high standard," he said. "It's also shown people on the continent exactly what we can do here, what our thoughts on shooting are with respect to visual impairment. As you probably know, this is the first exposure to international shooting we've had in the UK, it's great to let people know that we're open for business. Regardless of what the results were, it will herald an era of greater co-operation and open doors to acoustic shooting."

With competitors from Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and of course Great Britain,  the feedback was highly positive, with a number of 600 maximum scores, and the tension and excitement of a sudden-death shoot-off to decide matters added spice on the final day. There was still time to run a fun competition for the shooters' assistants in which the award of a Crunchie bar to the winner simply meant another photo-opportunity for the high-quality field. Under the watchful eye of organiser Jim Hammond, the range crew of Gavin Walker, Colin Watson, Jim and Bruce McIntosh and Sarah Brown kept the Megalink-equipped ranges running smoothly and early indications are that the Blind Shooting event could be expanded next year by popular demand.

This was music to Patwa's ears. "I think the bigger the better,"  he said.

 


Denwood final is rated 10.9

 26 August 2012

Tom Hodgson took the honours in the storming final of SSRA Grand Prix IV ahead of Mark Szymankiewicz and Matthew Thomson on a glorious afternoon at Denwood. Sheena Sharp delivered an awesome final score of 104.8 with two out of the final's four 10.9 maximum scores. Having survived the incredible downpour during the previous day's 3P Grand Prix, the range, fully equipped with Megalink electronic targets, not only survived weather fit for ducks - and there were a few admittedly plastic ones to be seen downrange - but functioned perfectly to set up a great weekend for the competitors.

Thanks must go of course to those who helped it happen by lending out Megalinks - Edinkillie Sport Services, Iain Malone and Graham Rudd -  the diligent organisation of Charles Allen, and the mystery duck wrangler....

You can see detailed scores from the Prone Grand Prix  here.

Taking a paddle through the monsoon at the rear of the range - guess who?

 


Scottish scorchers at Bisley

 20 August 2012

There were more than a few Scots names in the honours from the searing heat of the Bisley Rifle meeting. Richard Simpson won Comp 2 in X class and also the trophy for the combined Scottish and Bisley aggregates. Mel Mutch won the Life and Annual members event in X class and also the Daily Mail trophy.
Graham Shedden won Comp 4 in X class while Sarah Henderson was 5th in the Lord Roberts. Bill Vaughan and Cliff Ogle made the final.
Kathryn Williamson was second in the "Bobs" and the highest B class scorer in that event. Fiona Spence won the Flowers - with a score shot at the Scottish that no-one at Bisley beat.
As a result, Charles Allen, after many years of trying, will be promoted to X class and Kathryn Williamson will be promoted to A class.

SSRA chairman Ian Thomson led a Junior squad to Bisley - to see his diary on how they got on, click here.

 

The Ladies Team and the Main Team


SSRA 50m Prone League update

 20 August 2012

Results from Rounds 7 and 8 are now available on the Domestic Results Page.

 


Alloa 50m Prone

 12 August 2012

The results for this recent event are now available here.


OLYMPIC NEWS: Tough times for McIntosh and Hammond

 6 August 2012

Jon Hammond and Jen McIntosh found themselves caught up in a historic Olympic Games target shooting programme in Woolwich. While records tumbled - Sergei Martynov of Belarus delivered a superb 600+105.5 in the Men's Prone to set a new finals world record, Jamie Lynn Gray of the United States set Olympic records in qualifying and in the final for the Women's 3P event, and Italy's Nicco Capriani renewed his  love affair with the specially-constructed range in the Men's 3P by setting a new Olympic record on the way to a powerful win in the final - there was no room for either Scot, or indeed England's James Huckle, in the final eight of their respective competitions. In the men's 3P final,  the USA's Matt Emmons narrowly avoided disaster after shooting a 7.6 to come away with the bronze.

In the Men's 3P qualifier, Huckle finished 25th on 1162 ex 1200 and Hammond 41st on 1142. The day before, McIntosh showed great resolve to fight back in the Women's 3P after a tricky start and finish 42nd with 570 ex 600. Both Scots were supported by family, friends and cheered on by spellbound spectators hoping for TeamGB success.

Hammond finished 17th with 593 ex 600 in the Men's Prone and McIntosh 393 ex 400 in the opening medal event of the Games, the women's 10m Air Rifle. "It was an incredible feeling to have so many supporters watching," she said.


Sunday best at Thirlestane Castle

 22 July 2012

The Southern Southern Counties Association Open Field Day takes place at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder on Sunday 29 July. A one-day event, the course of fire is 40 shots at 50m and 40 shots at 100 yards. There is also a disc competition, with teams of three competing at 100 yards to break those pesky discs - more difficult than it sounds - and a version of the popular competition at the NSRA's Scottish Meeting. The team of three competition is handicapped as follows; A class - 0, B class -16, C class - 44.
In the main events there are also Ladies and Juniors comps and sweepstakes, in three classes:A - 97.5 plus, B - 95-97.4, C - 94.9 and under. Entrants should note averages are taken from the best five of six indoor league scores.
Details run from 10.30am - 4.30pm approx. Trophies confined to Southern Counties members and there are 32 firing points, some of which are covered. Held on the site that has hosted the Scottish Meeting in the past, it is inside the entrance to Thirlestane Castle, just on the outskirts of Lauder off the A68 and then 2nd left off the B6362. 
For more information, contact Robin Macmillan, Herds Cottage, Muirhouse, Stow, TD1 2QL on 01578 730530
 


Better late than never for date at Denwood

 22 July 2012

The 3P GP III was be held at Denwood on Saturday 14 July and was staged using Megalink electronic targets. While the scores come in instantly on electronics, publishing them on this site has proved to be tardy for which the webmaster has been sent to the salt mines. Bobby Spence came away with a win after his 1113 points in the reduced field Men's 3x40 event did the trick and Sheena Sharp won the Womens' 3x20 event with 565. The full results are now available on the Domestic Results page, along with points table for the competition.


THE SCOTTISH 2012 Emma Cole-Hamilton leads clean sweep for Scots in Dumfries

 29 June 2012

Aberdeen's Emma Cole-Hamilton took possession of the coveted Earl Haig chair today at a wet and wet and blustery Dumfries in the NSRA Scottish Meeting when she won the Scottish Championship. Her victory was just one on a day when Scots won every Grand Aggregate from X to D. Sinclair Bruce took the honours in X Class,  Seoc Malone A Class,  Emma Cole-Hamilton B Class, Kathryn Williamson C Class and Ashley Taylor picked up the silverware for D Class.  Scotland also had a 1-2-3 of the podium places in A Class with Seoc followed by  RR Simpson and Ian Malone. And there will be plenty other trophies staying north of the Border as there were also wins for Bobby Spence, victory for Fiona Spence in the Ladies Trophy and the Junior Trophy went to Darren Brown.

Bill Copland took custody of the impressive Wilkinson sword when he won the Freuchie competition.

Meanwhile, England overcame Scotland in both the main international and the Ladies match - with 171 points dropped to the Scots' 174 in the main match and by 113 points dropped to Scotland's 119. The Scotland teams were: Scotland main team (pictured right): AS Bruce, ST Malone, TF Hodgson, RR Simpson, Miss EJ Cole-Hamilton, Ms S Sharp, I Malone, JG Shedden, WJM Cole-Hamilton, W Copland. Reserves: R Spence, Miss F Spence. Ladies team (pictured left): Miss EJ Cole-Hamilton, Ms S Sharp,  Miss F Spence, Mrs FE  Shedden, Ms M Bexley. Reserves: Miss K Williamson, Mrs MJ Melvin.

A full set of results will be made available on the NSRA website.

 

 

 

 

 

 


URGENT: Weekend competitions at NSRA Scottish Meeting postponed

 22 June 2012

Because of adverse local weather conditions, the start of shooting this weekend has been postponed, the NSRA has announced.  Current plans for the weekend squadded events are that the Early Birds (Comp. 7) and the Dewar Competiton (Comp. 8) will be fired as unsquadded events during the remainder of the meeting. The Scottish Championship for the Haig Trophy (Comp. 1) will be shot on Friday 29 June, Stage 1 in the morning and the final in the afternoon.

Despite the turn of events the SSRA AGM will still be held at the Aberdour Hotel in Dumfries on Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm. The agenda can be found here. 


Triple Dewar results

 20 June 2012

The scores from Alloa's Triple Dewar competition at Tullygarth are now available here and the the latest results from the SSRA 50m Prone League can be found here and on the Domestic Results Page.


Scots bound for Bologna

 12 June 2012

Kathryn Williamson, Jonty Barron and Seoc Malone have been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Under-21 championships in Bologna from 10-15 July with Sinclair Bruce acting as Rifle Coach. The full squad is: Junior Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 25m Standard Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 25m Pistol: Kristian Callaghan; Junior Men's 50m Rifle Prone: Jonty Barron, Seoc Malone, Ben Monksommers; Junior Women's 50m Rifle Prone: Kathryn Williamson.


 

 11 June 2012

There was a scramble for the record books and personal bests were the order of the day at Denwood as the rescheduled Scottish 50m championships became the first to be entirely staged using Megalink electronic targets.
The first day saw England's Kenny Parr produce a Men's 3P score of 1170, which is a new British record and surpasses the mark set by Scotland's Alister "Jock" Allan in 1990 by a single point. He took the prize (and some celebratory whisky) ahead of Neil Stirton and James Paterson.

Praise for the events flooded in from competitors. Northern Ireland's Gary Duff, who won the Men's Prone by less than one point in the final from Scotland's David Caughey and James Paterson, described it as a "great weekend". Duff is pictured below right with SSRA chairman Ian Thomson.
"It was great to see such a good competition with many competitors on our first competition fully run on electronics," was one comment posted on the SSRA's Facebook page.
"Special thanks to Donald McIntosh and Sinclair Bruce for making the targets available (and working), Bruce McIntosh and Willie Allan for gaffering and Jim McIntosh, Colin Watson and Gavin Walker for running the range."

"Apart from one technical hiccup on Saturday, the system worked well, and the drama- filled finals rounded things off nicely. The craic was excellent, as usual," commented Bruce McIntosh, who became known as Battery Boy as he made sure all the targets functioned despite the dull, damp and at times perishing conditions - well it was June in Aberdeen after all...
There were other pivotal moments as well, such as Olympic team member Jen McIntosh being pipped in the Women's Prone by both her younger sister Seonaid, competing in her very first event and her mother Shirley, a multiple medallist from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
Jen had the last laugh as she ran out the winner in the Women's 3P ahead of Jenny Corish and Sian Corish from Wales.

Donald McIntosh, himself the head rifle coach for TeamGB, tweeted: "Well done to SSRA on a Championships run so well (by a novice crew) on the electronic targets for the 1st time. What a difference it makes!" Also attending the event was Heinrich Bleiker of Bleiker gun makers (pictured left with Kenny Parr) who was on hand to provide help and servicing for Bleiker rifle owners and he too was impressed by the set-up which was the result of many days (and sleepless nights) of organising, heavy lifting, programming and testing with updates and information fed in from as far afield as the Czech Republic as the competition unfolded.


Full results are available here and on the Domestic Results page.

Photos courtesy Donald McIntosh and Lee Roussel