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Dear All
 
Summer looks like it has finally arrived, to coincide with the closing stages of some of the summer comps.
 
There have been a few results and some news items coming through, so please have a read, take part if you can and forward the details to anyone you think might be interested.
 
In the meantime, best wishes and good shooting to Jen MacIntosh, the sole British small-bore shooter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
FORTHCOMING DATES & ENTRY FORMS
NSRA Club Instructor Course – Prone Rifle, Surbiton Postal Rifle Club, Sat/Sun 30/31 July 2016
This is the last call for anyone wanting to enrol for this interesting and performance enhancing course. Eventbrite is now closed, so please email Paula Luke directly.
 
Surrey Prone Rifle and Benchrest Open 2016, Worplesdon, Sat/Sun 10/11 September 2016
The entry form is now on the website here  and you’re invited to join in. There are club pairs and club teams and the competition is shot in classes so that shooters of all abilities have a chance. There are also junior and veteran categories and we’re keen to hear from any sights and benchrest shooters. Why not get a posse together from your club and come along for some long distance fun?
 
Surrey LSR Open Competition, Carshalton, Saturday 22 October 2016
This will be at Carshalton Rifle Club and all arrangements will be as last year. The entry form is here and a poster for your club too.
 
Shooting Futures 2nd meeting, Bookham, Saturday 29 October 2016 (morning)
More info and and an agenda will be sent out nearer the time, but if you have any ideas or requests for items of interest for developing shooting and facilities in the County, please get in touch via the website. See here for a report about the first meeting
 
NSRA Club Instructor Course – Air Rifle/Air Pistol, Surbiton Postal Rifle Club, Sat/Sun 29/30 October 2016
Every thought of becoming a Club Instructor - Why not brush up on your skills and gain a qualification at the same time. The NSRA course teaches skills and also enables you to safely instruct at club level beyond the basic safety and competence level required for probationers.  See the Eventbrite website for further details and bookings:  http://tinyurl.com/zgbper4
 
Surrey Air Gun Meeting, Bisley, 26/27 November 2016
This will be at LRC, Bisley, as usual. The entry forms will be available shortly.
 
Surrey Dinner and Prize-Giving, 03 December 2016
Please put this date in your diary and come along to celebrate with your club.
 
NEWS
New LSR and Air Pistol meeting report (Thorncroft and Queen Elizabeth matches)
The inaugural Surrey LSR and Air Pistol ‘Own Start’ competitions were held at Bookham RC on 16 July. Congratulations to winners, in pistol, Bookham A (Thorncroft Shield), Alan Goodall (Thorncroft Trophy) and Daniel Bavin (Junior) and LSR, Lingfield & Dormansland (Queen Elizabeth Shield), F Hay (Queen Elizabeth Trophy) and J Gall (Junior). A full match report and results can be found here: . Special thanks go to Surrey LSR Captain David Sprigg and Pistol Captain Jeanette Leivers for initiating and running these new competitions, to the range officers and helpers and to Bookham RC for hosting it and to the Target Shooting School for its sponsorship. Trophies will be presented at the prize-giving dinner on 03 December.
 
Surrey Centenary 50m Rifle and Pistol Championship 2016 
The 2016 Centenary 50m rifle and pistol championship took place at Bisley on 3rd July, with increased numbers and a sell out for the men’s prone rifle event. There’s a full match report here: . Kenny Parr won the prone rifle event and will represent Surrey in the Champion of Champions inter-county competition at Bisley on Sunday 21 August. The competitions were run on the Match Manager system and the scores, diagrams and leaderboards can be viewed here (select from the top left “menu): . Thanks to Lina Jones for organising it and to Jon and Alison Leech, David Goodfellow, Joy Millar and Mandy Hill for all their support and hard work.
 
Kenny Parr
Kenny continues to excel on the international stage, with a much deserved silver medal in 50m mens prone rifle at the ISSF World Cup, Baku. This result makes Kenny the first male British rifle shooter to win a medal at a World Cup since Neil Stirton in 2008. The British Shooting report is here: Kenny has broken into the ISSF world top 10 at No.6  and the ISSF TV coverage of the Baku final is here
 
Shooting School opens
The Target Shooting School has opened at Bookham RC, utilising the new air gun range and offering 2 hour taster sessions and term-time structured shooting for 10-17 year olds on Friday evenings. Full details can be found on the school’s website here: David Sprigg will be presenting an update on this ground-breaking project at the Shooting Futures meeting at Bookham RC on 29 October 2016, but in the meantime, if you have friends or acquaintances looking for a structured shooting experience for juniors, please spread the word.
 
Target Sprint
Surrey Association members teamed up with British Shooting to help run the British Shooting Target Sprint National Series event at Elmbridge Borough Council's community day - Leisure Live - on 9th July, at Hersham Green (pictures here). The stand was busy all day with juniors and parents trying their hand at shooting with air rifles and also laser biathlon rifles. There were a number of Target Sprint heats, from which qualifiers were selected for the national final in Cardiff on Sunday 31 July. There are still qualification places available on Saturday 30 July. More details are available here
 
NSRA seeks volunteers for August meeting
Volunteers are needed at the NSRA meeting at Bisley 13-20 August. If you can spare a day or a few hours, please get in touch with NSRA. Details are here:
 
Rio Olympics 2016
Last but not least, it’s only a few days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Good luck to all the British Shooters, notably including Jen MacIntosh, who will be shooting in the women’s 3P and in the opening women’s air rifle event. There are various online resources that I hope might help you enjoy the action: https://www.rio2016.com/en/shootinghttps://www.rio2016.com/en/venues/olympic-shooting-centrehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympics_–_Qualificationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympicshttp://britishshooting.org.uk/news/title=Rio_2016_Shooters_Announced&d=1115
 
 
All the best and good shooting.

Guidance to Scorers

Recent events have shown that there is some misunderstanding of the Guidance on Scoring, as set out in the NSRA Handbook.  The full NSRA Rules can be viewed on their website under Home>Reference>Rules>Rules-and-Regulations but this article does not include the aforementioned Guidance notes.  I have therefore scanned in a copy which can be viewed as a .pdf file by clicking HERE.   Would scorers please note that there are changes in these 2005 amendments to procedures that were commonplace beforehand.   Take particular note of the paragraphs headed "Using Plug Gauges" and "Gauges", in particular the sentence that instructs that the position of the gauge flange must be viewed "at an angle, not directly above, as the latter can lead to distortion and inaccurate scoring".  Furthermore, for short range rifle competitions shot on proportional British Match targets, it is essential to use the correct OVERSIZE plug gauges for the appropriate distance.  If scorers are still using the 5.6mm (.22) plug gauges, please endeavour to obtain an oversize gauge so that we have uniformity of scoring throughout different divisions in the leagues.  I appreciate that this guidance might be at odds to what occurs in other competitions, but remember that we operate our leagues under the auspices of NSRA Rules, so their Handbook must be the law!.

Surrey Club Contacts

I am often receiving enquiries from individuals who wish to learn more about joining our sport and are looking for a Club to visit for more information.  May I ask that all Club Secretaries view the Clublist and check that all of the information displayed about your Club is correct.  When I re-vamped the website I lost my latest version and had to revert to a backup which, in some cases, might not show recent changes.  If you have a new club website, please send me the address and I will add a link.  Similarly, check that the email link is addressing the correct person by sending yourself a test message, (note the procedure shown in red).  If you do not receive your own message, please let me know so that I can amend the mail redirection. If the email address states 'via SCSBRA' please send me an email showing contact details of an individual in your Club who is willing to receive any such enquiries so that I can keep my records up to date and forward as appropriate.
It is in the interest of your own Clubs and our sport to assist enquirers who wish to find out more, or join us, and not be put-off by being unable to contact anyone locally.  It is also frustrating and time-consuming for me if I cannot easily direct these enquiries to the appropriate Club.
Although I have addressed this plea to Club Secretaries please pass this on to them, or the appropriate person in your club,  just in case they do not read it for themselves.

Post Office Reminder

 'Pricing in Proportion (size, thickness and weight) affects the cost of sending cards to scorers.  If you do not attach the correct postage when sending  your league cards, don't expect the scorer to make the trip to the sorting office and pay the penalty charge to retrieve them.  An 'NCR' is the likely result, which would be a waste of your, (or your team's), time effort and ammunition in shooting the cards in the first place!

Visit www.royalmail.com/pip to obtain your free guide.
Royal Mail also suggest that you put senders address on envelopes otherwise they are destroyed if for any reason they are not delivered .