Postal Internationals

There are five annual postal international matches normally entered by teams representing
Great Britain.

Awards are given to the members and officials of the winning team in the form of medals
for the Dewar, Drew, Randle and Mayleigh Matches and embroidered chevrons for the
Wakefield Match. In the Randle and Mayleigh Matches, medals are also awarded to the
runners-up.

Members and officials of the Great Britain Team receive a medal and/or date bar as a memento of their participation and are entitled to the free issue of a Great Britain International tie if they have not already received one. Blazer badges are also available for purchase from NSRA Competitions Department. Selection for these matches does not confer an entitlement to purchase Great Britain tracksuits or other GB International insignia.

 

Dewar Match

Organised by the NSRA, open to teams of 20, including disabled shooters in ISCD Category SH1. Modified Dewar course on current NSRA targets.

The Great Britain Team currently shoots the match in June. The match is fired on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday, dependant on weather.

The team is selected from a shoulder-to-shoulder trial over a modified Double Dewar course, fired on the Saturday morning of the same weekend.

Although occasional adjustments may be made to the arrangements, qualifiers for the trial are normally:

  • the leading 40 shooters in Classes X and A in the Bisley Rifle Meeting Championship Aggregate of the previous year;
  • the leading 3 shooters in Classes X and A in the Scottish Meeting Championship Aggregate of the previous year, who did not enter the Bisley Championship Aggregate of that year;
  • the leading scorers in a postal trial held in the spring of the same year over a Double Dewar course.

The leading scorer in the Great Britain Team is awarded the Ron Wood Cup.

The match was inaugurated in 1909 and results to 2009 are United States of America 53 wins, Great Britain 36 wins, Australia and South Africa one win each.

 

Wakefield Match

Organised by the NSRA, open to teams of 10, including disabled shooters in ISCD Category SH1. The course of fire is an English Match on current ISSF targets.

The members of the Great Britain Team shoot the match during a period of one week in September on their own home ranges.

The normal team selection is:

  • The leading 5 shooters in rounds 1 to 5 of the NSRA 50 yards/50 metres Summer League (Competition 103) of the same year;
  • The leading 5 shooters in the 50 metre Championship at the Bisley Rifle Meeting of the same year.

Further shooters are brought into the team from the next highest scorers in the 50 yards/50 metres Summer League to replace those not available to shoot or vacancies created by one shooter qualifying under both the routes above.

The trophy had previously been used for an annual match between Great Britain and Sweden, which ran from 1933 to 1984. The current match was instituted in 1991 and results to 2009 have been Great Britain 13 wins, New Zealand 4 wins, United States of America 2 wins.

 

Drew Match

Organised by the NSRA in three sections: a team of 10 juniors of either sex, a team of 3 junior men and a team of 3 junior women. The Drew Trophy is awarded to the team winning the team of 10 section. The match is open to teams including disabled shooters in ISCD Category SH1. The course of fire is an English Match on current ISSF targets.

The match conditions require each team to shoot during their own country’s National Championships Meeting.

The Great Britain Teams normally shoot in the early evening of the Friday of the Bisley Rifle Meeting on the Malcolm Cooper Range. The team selection is from the eligible shooters taking part in the meeting.

The match was instituted in 2002 and the results to 2009 have been:

Team of 10 - South Africa 5 wins, Great Britain 2 wins, New Zealand 1 win.
Team of 3 Junior Men - South Africa 3 wins, New Zealand 3 wins, Great Britain 2 wins.
Team of 3 Junior Women - South Africa 4 wins, New Zealand and Great Britain 2 wins each.

 

Randle Match

Organised by the NRA of America, open to teams of 10 women. Dewar course of fire on American Decimal targets.

The match conditions require each team to shoot during their own country’s National Championships Meeting.

The Great Britain Team normally shoots, weather permitting, in the early morning of the Thursday of the Bisley Rifle Meeting. It is selected from the leading competitors in Classes X and A, and exceptionally Class B, in the Bisley Championship Aggregate of that year.

The match was inaugurated in 1952 and results to 2009 have been United States of America 38 wins, Great Britain 19 wins, South Africa 1 win.

 

Mayleigh Match

Organised by the NRA of America, open to teams of 10. 30 shots per team member at ISSF 50 metre pistol targets. Three series of 10 shots, each series in 10 minutes. Pistols or revolvers of .22 calibre with a trigger-pull of at least 2lb.

As the necessary pistols are prohibited on the mainland the Great Britain Team shoots the match alternating between venues in Jersey and Northern Ireland.

The match was inaugurated in 1937 and results to 1999 have been United States of America 43 wins, Great Britain 10 wins, Canada 2 wins, Australia one win.

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