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For the encouragement and development of scientific rifle shooting at long ranges

The Club is the body responsible for representing Scotland in Long Range Rifle Shooting, and in particular in
the International Match for the Elcho Shield

Bisley autumn match report

The last match of the season at Bisley, with a record attendance of 60, saw a lovely sunny Saturday and a very autumnal Sunday. Wind for much of the match was gentle and deceptively benign until the final 1200 yard shoot when a fishtailing 6 minute bracket with added mirage thrown in caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The North London Rifle Club Championship was run concurrently with the English 8 and Irish Rifle Club Meeting.

Tim Kidner was the overnight leader, with two points clear, and all looked good for a Scottish sweep of the silverware until the last 1200 yard shoot, when a combination of some curious marking and outstanding shooting in the conditions (75.11) by Rob Lygoe, saw a reversal of fortunes. Rob instead swept the board although Tim won the Dram trophy for the highest score on Saturday. Fergus Flanagan, flushed with success after Cambridge where he lost to Cambridge Cup to Nick Tremlett on a tie shoot, was second overall and won the under 25s Cup and the Donegall Badge. Special mention to Ron Scaglione who fought his way up from 9th over night to finish fourth overall. Zoe Woodroffe and Keith Baxby can both be pleased with their form.

The prizegiving saw the Maitland Cup, shot for at the last Blair meeting, being finally awarded to the correct winner, Silke Lohmann.

yrs, Mark

Stickledown Bisley in the Autumn
Maitland Cup being finally awarded to the correct winner, Silke Lohmann
This is the trophy for the highest scorer who has never shot in an Elcho squad and can be of any nationality
Nick Tremlett receiving the Mike Davis Visitors Tankard from MCM, awarded the highest scoring visitor at the Blair Spring Meeting. Neither of the two previous winners being present it went to Nick who would have won it in 2016
Fergus Flanagan receiving the Mini MR Trophy for the best young shot in the NLRC Championship from Ashley Abrahams, the NLRC MR Captain
Tim Kidner receiving the Dram Trophy from Nick Tremlett for winning the Saturday Aggregate
Fergus receiving the Under 25s Cup from Nick Tremlett

Our shooting colleague Mike Ballie-Hamilton Buchanan becomes first Buchanan Chief since 1681

Mike’s nine years of service to the Club as Captain and President has been recognised for various major NRCofS team shoot successes (including four Elcho Team wins in a row!) plus an impressive five Hopton wins for himself.

Although officially The Buchanan the Clan Chief he will always be Mike to his fellow club members.

'Mike' The Buchanan with Paula his wife, another fellow Match Rifle shooter

Full story

NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting

Blair Atholl 1st/2nd September 2018


A very pleased Mark with his 100v20

Bisley Meeting including Elcho Match


Elcho Team Scotland


Colin with the Chook Trophy

Colin McEachran

Awarded MBE for services to Target Shooting and Commonwealth Games Scotland

NRC of S Spring Open Meeting

Jubilee Range Blair Atholl 26th & 27th May 2018

Full Results

1114yds detail underway in glorious sunshine

Meeting Report

Temperatures in the mid 20s centigrade, blue skies, majestic scenery and not a midge in sight combined with shooting conditions at the longer ranges that bamboozled the great and the good, must be the abiding memories for the 20 MR and 2 F Class shooters who attended the Club’s spring meeting at Blair.

Saturday’s 987x was benign enough but 1114x began hint at difficulties to come with a wide wind bracket, but at least all from the same direction. Saturday at 1233x saw senior Elcho shooters languishing in the mid 80s. The resident djinns of Glen Tilt clearly become peevish in warm weather! Your captain, however, managed a score of 94.5 which was 5 points clear of the next highest.

After a convivial dinner at the Atholl Arms on Saturday night, Sunday morning saw competitors gather in hotter conditions yet for 2+15 at 1114x and 1233x. The spirits of the glen were particularly active at the longer range with a wind bracket from ¼ to 5 minutes at any one time. Your captain cross shot at 1233x, thus throwing away most of the advantage gained from Saturday. Sic transit gloria mundi!

Sunday afternoon saw the inaugural team shoot for the Tilt Trophy. Six teams of three, shot in rotation, coached and plotted. The top six shooters on Saturday were the team captains and team members were allocated by working from the top and bottom of the list. No sighters and 15 shots to count at the two longer distances, saw a close finish in which Derek Lowe, Keith Baxby and Sophie Wentges, beat Nick Tremlett, Michael Wentges and Jack Roberts by 405.29 to 405.21. Third were Ron Scaglione, Tim Kidner and Claire Halleran with 400.19.

Tim Kidner took away the Crawford Cup with an outstanding result of 419.29, four points ahead of Mike Buchanan (aka Mike Baillie-Hamilton). Derek Lowe won the Visitors Trophy and your captain won the Craigfillan Tyro Trophy.

Our thanks to Tim Kidner for running an exceptional meeting, and to our hosts, the West Atholl Rifle Club for the use of certainly the most beautiful and arguably the most difficult range in the world. The electronic targets worked perfectly, a tribute to the hard work WARC have put in to improving the butts.


21st Commonwealth Games

Bronze for Scots Pair

NRCofS congratulates our full-bore target rifle compatriots, Ian Shaw and Sandy Walker, on winning bronze in the Queen's Final Pairs event. There is a good write up from the Scotsman and daily updates on the STS website

The Scottish team as a whole is doing well with their medal count now standing at 5 for shooting out of 30 for all sports.

Match Rifle shooting dates for 2018:-
Blair Atholl dates:
NRC of S Practice day (Joint with WARC LR  Club Shoot) April 15th
NRC of S Practice day (Friday Afternoon) May 25th
NRC of S Spring Meeting May 26th / 27th
NRC of S Practice day (Saturday) June 16th
NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting September 1st / 2nd
Bisley dates:
Practice Target (Saturday) April 21st
Practice Target (Friday) May 11th
Combined Clubs Spring Meeting (English VIII) May 12th / 13th
Practice Target (Saturday) June 2nd
Practice Target (Saturday) June 23rd
Match v Ireland July 12th
Any Rifle July 13th
Hopton Agg. July 14th to 17th
Elcho Match July 18th
Welsh Open MR Championships (Monday) August 27th
English VIII Autumn Match Rifle Meeting September 29th/30th
Other dates available at West Atholl web site

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