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THE  ENGLISH  EIGHT  CLUB,
and  THE  IRISH  EIGHT  CLUB

 Entries are invited for the Annual Autumn Long Range Meeting for Match, TR and F Class Rifles
to be held at BISLEY on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020.

COMPETITIONS

Match & Target Rifles

  1. THE  STAMFORD  YOUNG  TROPHY  (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest aggregate score.
  2. THE  DONEGALL  BADGE  (presented to the English VIII Club annually by the NRA) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest aggregate score who has never previously won the Badge at an English VIII Club meeting.
  3. THE  DRAM  TROPHY  (an Irish VIII Club trophy open to all competitors) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest score on Saturday.
  4. THE  IRISH  CUP  (an Irish VIII Club trophy open to all competitors) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest score on Sunday.
  5. THE  BUCHANAN 1200  CLUB  SALVER  (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest aggregate score at 1200 yards.
  6. THE UNDER 25 TROPHY (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the competitor who makes the highest aggregate score and is aged under 25 on the first day of the meeting. 
  7. THE AUDITOR’S CUP (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the person eligible to shoot for England in the Elcho with the highest scores in the Hopton & Autumn meetings combined.
  8. THE LADIES AUTUMN TROPHY (an English VIII Club trophy) will be awarded to the Lady who makes the highest aggregate score.

Target Rifle and F Class Rifles

PRIZES will be awarded to the competitors using TR and F class rifles who make the highest aggregate scores subject to a minimum entry of three in each class.

All Competitors

A CASH SWEEP will be based on the aggregate of sighters and last shots. First prize will go to the highest scorer, second to 10th place and third to the lowest score without a miss.

Changes Due to Covid-19/Current Circumstances

Due to the lack of a Spring meeting this year, the following trophies, which are ordinarily aggregates of the Autumn and Spring meeting, will not be awarded this year:

  1. THE PILCHER PLATTER
  2. THE UNDER 25 AGGREGATE

Further, the Auditors Cup will this only be based on the aggregate of the Hopton and Autumn meetings for this year, rather than the Spring, Hopton and Autumn meetings.

The shoot on the Friday will not count towards the Autumn meeting, but will be a standalone Spoon Shoot.

Due to the need for social distancing, there will be no reception or dinner organised for the Saturday night for this year.  Prize giving will also be affected - details of the arrangements will be announced on the day.

Entry into the clubhouse is conditional on wearing a face covering.

Conditions of entry

  1. Full or Honorary Members of the English VIII Club are required to pay their membership subscription of £35 prior to the Meeting.
  2. Competitors are required to be members of the NRA and hold a valid shooting certificate for the rifle being used. Both NRA membership card and shooting certificate must be shown to the Safety Officer before score cards can be drawn.
  3. Entries, including remittance, should be received by Thursday 17th September. Thereafter they can only be accepted if space is available subject to the late entry fee to reflect the charge for changes in target booking. Entries are confirmed by receipt of online payment. Space is limited so early entry is advised.
  4. All trophies (except the Donegall Badge) are held for one year. Previous winners are required to return them, appropriately engraved and polished, in time for the prizegiving on Sunday.

REGULATIONS 

NRA Regulations for Rifles, ammunition, targets, scoring, the Conduct of Shooting and Range Safety will apply. Competitors should pay particular attention to the NRA rules around safe shooting and assembly relating to Covid-19. Competitors will be squadded two to a target, and will not be required to swap score cards with their fellow competitors.

Competitors are to supply their own ammunition.

RANGES

1000 on Friday, 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards on Saturday, 1100 and 1200 on Sunday.

NUMBER OF SHOTS

FIFTEEN and TWO convertible sighting shots at 1000 on Friday, 1100 on Saturday and 1100 on Sunday.

TWENTY and TWO convertible sighting shots at 1000 and 1200 on Saturday and 1200 on Sunday.

PRACTICE

On Saturday there will be a 20 minute practice period before each 1000 yard detail.

BLOW-OFF SHOTS

At 1000 yards on the Saturday and 1100 yards on the Sunday, there will be a period of one minute during which blow-off shots may be fired.

TIES

Ties will be decided by one convertible sighting shot and five to count at 1200 yards, and then by single shots as necessary until the outcome is decided.

SHOOTING PROGRAMME

  FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1000 yards 13:30 onwards
detail times subject to
number of entries
08:30 Detail 1 - Practice
08:50 Detail 1
10:30 Detail 2 - Practice
10:50 Detail 2
N/A
     
1100 yards N/A 13:30 Detail 1
14:20 Detail 2
08:30 Detail 1
09:20 Detail 2
     
1200 yards N/A 15:10 Detail 1
16:20 Detail 2
10:10 Detail 1
11:20 Detail 2
     
      12:30 Prize giving

Notes

  1. Score Cards are to be collected from the clubhouse from 12:30 on Friday and 08:00 on Saturday on production of an NRA membership card, Shooting Certificate and Range Office receipts of zero cards for those using ammunition over 4500J (HME).
  2. Squadding for Saturday will be in the previous year’s score order and on Sunday will be in Saturday’s, the higher scorers shooting in the second details.
  3. Competitors will shoot in pairs at all distances.
  4. The club reserves the right to alter the programme should external problems make it necessary. This could be at particularly short notice due to changing requirements in response to Covid-19.
  5. Subject to changing Government guidance, it may be necessary to cancel the meeting at short notice. Should this occur, we will endeavour to give full refunds to all competitors. Due to incurred costs, we cannot guarantee that any refunds will be possible in the event of cancellation of the event.
  6. The results of all meetings are shown on this website on the Meeting Results tab in the menu above.

Cancellation

Cancellations before 17th September will be fully refunded. 50% of the shooting entry fee will be refunded if 7 days' prior notice is given by email.

 

SAFETY BRIEFING

SEE BIBLE RULES 252–265 & 277-8

  1. You may not venture or place any kit whatsoever on the firing point, dry fire, load or fire a rifle without the CRO’s specific order.
  2. When loading (that is, closing the bolt on a round), the rifle must be horizontal and must engage the target allocated to the firer.
  3. If the rifle is loaded on the ground and then raised to the shoulder, the rifle must not deviate beyond the limits of the assigned butt (rule 258)
  4. In the event of a rifle going “click!” rather than “bang!” (misfire or hangfire), remain in the aim and summon the RCO.  You must stay in the aim for at least 30 seconds and ensure that the RCO – and no-one else – deals with the matter.  Do not deal with it yourself. In the event of a round not firing and remaining in the chamber, the situation must be treated as above and, if the round will not extract, then Bible Rule 265 will apply.
  5. At the end of a shoot it is the firer’s responsibility to ensure that her/his rifle chamber is empty and audibly confirmed to be clear by the scorekeeper, the CRO or, in her/his absence,  his/her deputy.
  6. When having a rifle cleared, the bolt of a bolt-action rifle MUST be removed (Rule 263).  There can be no exceptions to this rule without the PRIOR agreement of the RCO.
  7. Hearing protection must always be worn on or near the firing point.
  8. Competitors are reminded that it is unwise to mix alcohol and shooting.

May we thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe and enjoyable shoot.

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