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International Postal Rook Rifle Competition September 2014

posted 11 Oct 2014, 12:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Oct 2014, 12:13 ]
Here are the results of the 2014 International Postal Rook rifle competition. Inaugurated in 2012 by shooters in Indiana, USA and HBSA members in Britain, this event attempts to recreate field conditions using life-like targets at realistic distances for these Victorian and Edwardian rifles.

Unfortunately this year an American team could not be assembled, so the Midlands-based shooters challenged those based at Bisley. At the same time the rules were widened to include rook rifles chambering the .22 rimfire round, plus a new class for the popular .310 Cadet rifles. The low number of black powder shooters this year did not allow a Team event to be scored, but Adrian Dagger posted a very high score with his H&H.

The team event for Match 2, nitro loaded Rook rifles, was particularly close with the Midlands scoring 420 to 417 for the Bisley contingent. Match 3 for rimfire rook rifles saw an impressive win by the Midlands with 471 to 354, whilst the Midlands' Cadet rifle shooters put up a great total of 459, showing why these rifles are so popular.

So in 2014 the experienced Midlands shooters clearly eclipsed a depleted Bisley contingent, who will no doubt be out for revenge in 2015!