Match Report 2007
This years Methuen event took place on Wednesday July
11 at Bisley. Eight civilian teams took part shooting alongside
the military teams. The weather stayed dry with the wind doing its
usual fishtailing on century ranges.
Each team consists of six shooting members and (if
they can get a willing volunteer) a team captain. The PR League
team this year was comprised of Mark Dougan (Team Captain). Bill
Ellis, Steve Oakland, David Cowley, Robin Brown & Steve James.
The day is organized by the Army Target Rifle Association and
run, as usual, by the military and. Shooting doesn’t start
until 11 am and is usually completed by about 4pm.
The competition itself consists of five service rifle practices
over 300, 200 & 100 yards, one of which is a rundown from 300
to 100 yards. Each stage consists of 10 rounds with the first stage
at 300 having two sighting shots. There’s no requirement for
butts duty so the day turns out to be (by PR standards) a relaxed
The Match consists of the following five practices:-
Practice 1. Deliberate. 300 yards. 10 rounds in
1 minute at a figure 12 target from the prone position. This stage
is preceded by 2 sighting shots.
Practice 2. Fire & Movement. 300 to 100 yard
rundown. 2 rounds at 300 prone, 2x2 rounds in 6 seconds at 200 from
sitting, 2x2 rounds in 6 seconds at 100 from standing. All at a
figure 12 target.
Practice 3. CQ Snap. Figure 12c target. 5 x 2 exposures
each of 3 second up 2 seconds down 3 seconds up. First exposure
from standing second exposure from kneeling.
Practice 4. Rapid. 200 yards. 2 x figure 11s. One
exposure of both targets for 40 seconds. From standing adopt the
sitting position and fire 5 rounds on each target.
Practice 5. 300 yard snap. 1 figure 12 target.
10 x 3 second exposures over 5 minutes from the prone position.
On completion of each stage targets are shown with each hole spotted
and the number of hits in the A & B zones shown on a board alongside
the targets. In other words you get immediate feedback on your score
which you sign for before leaving the point.
Ammunition is supplied although it’s up to the competitors
(civilian) whether they use home loads or not.
Teams are allowed to coach each other with the most adept currently
being the Highpower Rifle Association. The result of which was their
“A” team deservedly taking the Mauser Trophy for another
year. The PR team came a creditable fifth behind the London Practical
“A” team, the Saluza Scouts and the London Practical