Home Country Internationals

Home Country International Matches are held at all national meetings organised by the NSRA. They may be entered by one team representing any of the seven Home Countries recognised under NSRA Rules – England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The relevant Home Country Union or Association will be responsible
for entering and selecting its team.

When present at a meeting, overseas teams are allowed to shoot alongside for honours only, but are not eligible to win the match trophy or medals.

To represent one of the Home Countries, a shooter, Team Captain and Adjutant or Secretary must be qualified in accordance with NSRA Rules and Regulations, Rule 3.2. The Home Countries may require additional qualification criteria for selection to be met, such as individual membership of the Union.

Participation in these matches is open to disabled shooters in ISCD Category SH1 (see NSRA Rules and Regulations, Rule 4.6).

Medals are awarded to the members of winning teams, including the Captain and Adjutant or Secretary. For many years no winners medals were awarded, but instead the NSRA provided every team member and official with a medal or badge emblematic of their country and/or date bar as a memento of their participation in the match. Responsibility for the issue of any representative medals or badges now rests with the relevant Home Country Union. Blazer badges for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are available for purchase from NSRA Competitions Department by shooters who have represented those countries.

 

Bisley Rifle Meeting

Prone Match
Teams of 10 for the Bovril Challenge Shield.
Women’s Prone Match
Teams of 5 for the Mrs A. B. Culf Challenge Cup.
Junior Prone Match
Teams of 3 for the ESSU Trophy. Juniors must be aged under 21 on 31st December of the year of shooting.

The above three matches are shot squadded over a modified Dewar course. They are shot at the same time and a competitor selected for two or all three matches will shoot them concurrently.

Three Positions (3x40) Match
Teams of 3. Shot concurrently with the British Three Positions Championship.
Women’s Three Positions (3x20) Match
Teams of 3. Shot concurrently with the British 3x20 Championship.

  

Scottish Rifle Meeting

Prone Match
Teams of 10 for the Sir Ian Hamilton Cup.
Women’s Prone Match
Teams of 5 for the Mappin Challenge Shield.
Junior Prone Match
Teams of 3 for the Lindsay Allan Quaich. Juniors must be aged under 21 on 31st December of the year of shooting.

These matches are organised on the same basis as the equivalent matches at the Bisley Rifle Meeting.

 

British 50m Rifle Championships

Men's Three Positions (3x40) Match
Teams of 3 for the N Trophy.
Women’s Three Positions (3x20) Match
Teams of 3 for the Edith Summerskill Trophy.
Men's Prone Match
Teams of 3.
Women's Prone Match
Teams of 3.

The matches are shot concurrently with the appropriate Individual Championship competitions.

 

Bisley Pistol Meeting

International Match
Teams of 4 for the Hunter Trophy. Shot concurrently with the first stage of the British Open Short Range Pistol Championship (the Allies).
Women’s Match
Teams of 2. Score taken from the first 40 shots of the second competition of the 10 metre Air Pistol Aggregate.

 

Airgun Meeting

International Match
Teams of 3 for the Colonial Trophy (rifle) and the ESSU Trophy (pistol). 60 shots per team member.
Women’s Match
Teams of 3 for the McQueen Trophy (rifle) and the F. J. Tucknott Trophy (pistol). 40 shots per team member.
Junior Match
Teams of 3. 60 shots per team member. Juniors may be of either sex and must be aged under 21 on 31st December of the year of shooting.

The matches are shot concurrently with the British Confined Championship. Women and junior women may be selected for the International Match, in which case they, and any junior women selected for the Junior Match, will be required to fire an additional 20 shots after completion of her British Championship course of 40 shots.


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.


Shoulder-to-Shoulder Internationals

The Pershing and Roberts Matches

There are two International matches held shoulder-to-shoulder between Great Britain and
the United States of America.

The Pershing Match and the Roberts Match are each shot every eight years, the former at
Camp Perry, Ohio and the latter at Bisley Camp, during the host association’s National Championships Meeting.

Both matches are for teams of 10, over a course of 40 shots per team member. The Pershing Match is over a Dewar Course on American Decimal targets: the Roberts Match over a modified Dewar Course on current NSRA targets.

The method of selecting each Great Britain Team is decided by the Rifle Committee, in consultation with the Team Captain. A team is normally selected on the basis of trials and an element of the selection arrangements is likely to refer to the leading scorers in the Bisley Championship Aggregate in the year prior to the match. However there may well be additional methods of obtaining a place as a trialist.

The Roberts Match which took place on the 21st August 2009, had Neil Gibbons as Captain, Phil Strong as Adjutant and Jon Leech as Coach. The match was won by Great Britain with 3842 points to the Unites States' 3806.

In 2005 at Camp Perry, the USA and Great Britain tied on gunscore, but the USA had the higher count of X-bulls, 3990-295x to 3990-270x.


Overseas Internationals

There is a wide range of International Matches shot under ISSF Rules. At the top end
there are the major events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, World and
European Championships and World Cups. In addition many National Federations, as
well as regional and local organisations, run other matches that are well-established and
of a high standard.

Entries to these matches will mainly be made by British Shooting and/or the Home Country organisations, although some matches are open to anyone and may attract teams from regional squads, clubs or other British organisations.


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