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Domestic Competition Programme

 

 

If you are used to postal competitions staged in Scotland, welcome to a different and exciting level of competition - both indoors and, for a new challenge, outdoors. To enter these competitions online, click here.

The SSRA runs a number of competitions throughout the year, primarily postal events for Prone and Three Positions in the winter months, with shoulder to shoulder finals for some of these in the spring. These are all shot on standard NSRA indoor cards.

Grand Prix events for Air Rifle also take place in the winter, with the Scottish Open Championships in the spring. Grand Prix events for Prone and Three Positions are held during the summer, with the Scottish 50m Championships held between the NSRA's Scottish and National (Bisley) Meetings. 

For more information, and details of entry requirements and how to obtain entry forms by either post or email, mail executive@ssra.co.uk. The SSRA is constantly looking for ways to add to the prize funds for these competitions and suggestions from potential sponsors are welcome.

The full programme consists of:

 The Silver Medal & Salvers  The CanDicap
 The Speedway  Individual Leagues
 Inter-Region Matches  The Freuchie
 The Grand Prix Series  Short Range Three Positions Championship
 Open Championships

In addition there are a number of Scottish competitions run by the NSRA - some concurrent with British events, and some distinct. These include:

 The Scottish Short Range Championship  The Scottish Cup
 The Scottish Meeting  The Scottish League
 The Women's League  The County Cup
 The BSA Cup  The Inter-County League
 The Inter-County Knockout  The Cities & Boroughs

SSRA Events

Silver Medal & Salvers

The Medal and Salvers is a two stage postal competition shot indoors in the prone position. Entry is restricted to SSRA members, and is split into four classes (A, B, C & D), ranked on submitted averages of recent scores. 30 shots are fired in each round, with the top ten from each class going through to the final stage. A Salver is awarded to the winner of each final, with the Silver Association Medal being awarded to the person with the highest score in the second stage. Salvers are also awarded in age group categories for juniors (under 18) and veterans (over 60).

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The CanDicap

The CanDicap is an indoor postal competition for competitors in classes C & D. It also consists of two 30 shot stages, but the difference is that the competitor is allowed to nominate a "handicap" score before commencing the first stage. This score is added onto the actual score recorded, with totals over 100 being deducted from the score also. For example, with a handicap of 5 a score of 93 would count for 98, but a score of 96 would end up counting for 99!

See the history.

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The Speedway

The Speedway is in fact the Scottish Short Range Prone Matchplay Championship, and is shot in two stages. The first stage is postal, and consists of 50 shots, with the entry split in half (A&B classes together, C&D together). Sixteen people exactly qualify for the A&B final, and eight exactly for the C&D version. These are both shot shoulder to shoulder, usually on the range of the Perth City & County club.

The format of the final follows that of a traditional motor-bike speedway competition, where the competitors compete against each other in groups of four at a time, rotating after each 20 shots so that each combination only meets once. Points are allocated from each group, and it is the points total that determines the winner.

See the history.

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Short Range 3P Championship

This is a postal competition shot on indoor (15, 20 or 25 yard) ranges during the winter. It consists of two 3x20 "half-courses", each of which requires 20 shots to be fired in each of the Prone, Standing & Kneeling positions. Male and Female competitors are not segregated, but there may be junior awards. Entry is restricted to those eligible to become SSRA members.

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Individual Leagues

Individual leagues are run in each discipline over the winter months. For 3P & Air Rifle there is one round per month (60 air or 3x20 3P), while for prone there are usually around eight match periods of 20 shots each. Divisions consist of between four and ten competitors, ranked on the basis of recent average scores.

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Inter-Region Matches

A relatively recent addition to the competition programme, these two events are currently the only regional team events run by the SSRA. There is a short range (indoor) match in the spring and a long range match in the summer (at 50m), both for teams of six (top five scores to count).

In an attempt to counter the wide differences in size and strength of the Scottish Counties, SSRA elected to base this event around the (then) regional government structure, although that has since changed a little. Teams are invited from Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Fife, Central, Lothian, Strathclyde & The South, along with the Exiles.

The regional structure has increased the standard of competition, although some regions (Strathclyde, the Exiles and the outlying islands) have yet to field a team. If you have any thoughts on how we can improve this, please let us know by e-mail.

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The Freuchie

The Freuchie is the Scottish Long Range Matchplay Championship, and is held during the lunch breaks at the NSRA Scottish Meeting. The entry has a fixed ceiling of 81. Competitors are drawn in groups of three, and shoot one NSRA twenty shot card (most at 100yds, some at 50m in the first round), with the top score going through to the next round. The remaining rounds are all shot at 100yds, with the number of competitors whittled down to 27, then 9 and finally 3. A final for C&D class competitors is also held.

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Grand Prix Series

Grand Prix Series are held in all three rifle disciplines, along with 10m Air Pistol, and are run under ISSF rules as far as is practical.

Each Prone Rifle GP consists of a sixty shot competition on ISSF 50m targets (usually three NSRA style 20-shot cards) in four classes (A, B, C & D). The top scores (twenty at Aberdeen, sixteen at Wick & Dundee) qualify for the Grand Prix which is a further sixty shot competition. A ten-shot “Olympic” final is added for the top eight in the main Grand Prix. An additional forty shot Grand Prix is held for the top ten in classes C&D, for a separate series. The events are all “open”, with no segregation of Male and Female competitors.

Each Air Rifle & Pistol GP consists of a sixty shot competition on ISSF approved 10m targets, with a further ten-shot “Olympic” final afterwards for the top eight. The first forty shots are counted towards the Women’s event, with a junior (under 21) medal also available. An additional sixty shot competition can be accommodated for those who feel the need!

Each 3P Rifle GP consists of forty shots for men, and twenty short for women in each of the three positions (prone, standing & kneeling), all on standard ISSF 50m targets, with a further ten-shot “Olympic” final afterwards for those who qualify. A separate class is run for "novices", roughly those below 1100/550 standard.

In each series, Grand Prix points are awarded to the first six SSRA members that comply with ISSF rules.

Some of the smallbore events in Aberdeen have been included in the NSRA's National Squad selection circuit.

See the history.

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Open Championships

The SSRA runs two Open Championship Meetings, both run under ISSF rules as far as is practical. They are both open to competitors from anywhere in the British Isles, and if entry demands, International team events will be held concurrently.

Both of these events have been included in the NSRA's National Squad selection circuit.

Air Rifle

The first event is the 10m Air Rifle Championships, which consists of an open double sixty shot competition in four classes, with concurrent club pairs. From that open section the sixteen qualifiers for the Scottish Open Championship are selected and they go on to shoot a further sixty shot match, with an "Olympic" final for the top eight. Women's and Junior (under 21) events are run concurrently (first forty shots to count for the Women) and a separate championship is held for disabled competitors.

Prizes are awarded in Open (i.e. all comers) and Confined (Scottish only) categories.

See the history.

Smallbore Rifle

The second event is the 50m smallbore championships. Four events are held - Men's Prone (sixty shots), Women's Prone (sixty shots), Men's 3-Positions (forty shots in each position) and Women's 3-Positions (twenty shots in each position). "Olympic" finals are held in all but Women's Prone, which does not include one under ISSF rules due to it's exclusion from the Olympic Games!

ISSF approved targets are used on electric target changers. Elimination rounds will be held as entries demand.

Prizes are awarded in Open (i.e. all comers) and Confined (Scottish only) categories.

See the history.

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NSRA Events

The Scottish Short Range Prone Championship

Known as the "Daily Record" after the Scottish newspaper which donated the trophy, this championship is an indoor prone event in three stages. The first two stages are postal, consisting of 30 shots each. 50% of the entry proceeds through the first stage, with the top 20 and equal going through to the final. Since 1997 the final has been shot shoulder to shoulder.  The "Sir Harry Lauder" trophy is awarded in the under eighteen category, based on scores in the second stage.

See the history.

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The Scottish Cup

The Scottish Cup is an indoor prone event for Scottish club teams of six, each firing 20 shots. A knock-out format is used, and the semi-finals and final are shot shoulder to shoulder on the same day as the Daily Record final.

See the history.

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The Scottish League

The Scottish League is an outdoor postal league for teams of five from Scottish clubs. Each team member shoots a modified Dewar course (20 shots at each of 50m and 100yds) per round. Each division consists of six teams, ten rounds between May and September results in each combination meeting twice. Clubs may enter as many teams as they wish.

See the history.

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The Scottish Meeting

The Scottish Meeting is the biggest annual smallbore rifle event in Scotland, and attracts around 300 competitors from across the UK each year. There are Unsquadded and Squadded events for individuals throughout the first six days, including the main Aggregate which is shot in five classes between the Monday and Friday. There are two team competitions confined to Scottish clubs, the Pullar Targe being awarded to the 50m team champions, and the ICI Challenge Cup awarded to the 100yds team champions (see the history). The final event of the week is the final of the Scottish Long Range Prone Championship, which consists of a Scottish match (60 shots at 100yds) for the top twenty qualifiers from an earlier elimination round. The winner of this championship is chaired off the range by their fellow finalists, and receives the famous Earl Haig Memorial Trophy for a year (see the history).

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The Women's League

The Women's League is a postal indoor prone competition for club teams of four women throughout the UK. Each division consists of six teams. The Wyllie Barr & Ross Ladies' Trophy is awarded to the Scottish club with the highest average score from the ten rounds.

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The Inter-County League

The Inter-county League is a postal indoor prone competition for county teams of twenty throughout the UK. Each division consists of six teams. The Millfield Trophy No. 2 is awarded to the Scottish county with the highest average score across the ten rounds.

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The Inter-County Knockout

The Inter-County Knockout is an indoor postal competition for county teams throughout the UK, each of which consists of twenty members. The Millfield Trophy No. 1 is awarded to the Scottish county which proceeds the furthest, with the average of all scores recorded used to split ties.

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The County Cup

The County Cup is an outdoor postal prone competition for county teams throughout the UK. Each team consists of twenty members, each firing a modified Dewar (20 shots at 50m and 20 at 100yds). The ICI Challenge Shield is awarded to the highest placed Scottish county.

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The Cities & Boroughs

The Cities & Boroughs is an indoor prone competition for teams of eight from cities and local authority areas across the UK. The Wyllie Barr & Ross Trophy is awarded to the highest placed Scottish team.

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The BSA Cup

The BSA Cup is an indoor postal prone competition for county teams throughout the UK, along with provincial and state teams from within the Commonwealth. Each team consists of twenty members, each firing 20 shots. The Alexander Challenge Trophy is awarded to the highest placed Scottish county.

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