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Firearms, Long Range Target Shooting & Associated History

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British military firearms. Gunmaker histories and rifles. Long range target rifles. Ammunition, including contemporary loading comment and experiments. Rifle and shooting accessories.


Contemporary information and historical articles. Long range rifle fire. Rifle Associations and Clubs. Wimbledon, Dollymount, Creedmoor and the international matches. Military marksmanship.


Biographies, personal papers collections, correspondence, manuscripts and other published material relating to individuals associated with firearms history and marksmanship.

Rifle Volunteers

Volunteer Infantry (1859-1908) history. County precedence and the 1881 British Army reorganisation into territorial regiments with regular, militia and volunteer battalions.

Target Shooting

Target shooting with the black powder rifle today. Long range muzzle loading and breech loading, sporting and military. Accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing, rifles, techniques and tips.

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Research Projects

Research Press is pleased to support those studying aspects of firearms or associated history. Web space to seek assistance, publish news and progress updates can be provided if you have a research project with a view to publishing the results. See: Research Projects

ResearchPressUK #HBSA #LongRange #Rifle Championship Open #Bisley 16 Aug (Practice 15 Aug) 900 & 1000yds. Service & Target Rifles
ResearchPressUK Deadline's gone, but #Hythe School of #Musketry sought permanent instructors "men of active habits and intelligent"
ResearchPressUK Pleased with 2nd place in Notts RA match for #muzzleloading #rifle 400, 300 & 200yds at #ThorpeCloud range in #Derbyshire #lrml #matchrifle
ResearchPressUK RT @Basiliscoe: Tomb of George Carew, James I's Master of the Ordnance in Holy Trinity Church Stratford: http://t.c…
ResearchPressUK Page layouts for @mlagb #BlackPowder magazine all worked up & ready for printers. Now looking forward to shooting next weekend in Derbyshire
ResearchPressUK RT @BritishCarbines: GUN OF THE WEEK Lock from an Ordnance Baker cavalry rifle #flintlock #Baker
ResearchPressUK RT @Haileigh_R: Editing away at the last chapter about the gunpowder experiments of the early Royal Society. Fascinating stuff.
  • The HBSA Open Long-Range Championship Meeting will be held at Bisley on Sunday 16th August, with a practice day on Saturday 15th. 900 & 1000 yards - classes for Vintage, Classic, Veteran and Post Veteran First generation 7.62mm, Service and Target Rifles.

    Open Long Range Championships course of fire Long Range Championships course of fire

  • Deadline's slipped by, but Hythe School of Musketry were seeking permanent instructors of musketry; "They must be men of active habits, intelligent, perfectly capable of receiving and imparting instruction, and must be medically certified fit for active service."

    "Additional candidates being required for the corps of permanent instructors of musketry now in the course of organisation" 1855"Additional candidates being required for the corps of permanent instructors of musketry now in the course of organisation" 1855

  • Research Press added 3 new photos.Good weekend shooting muzzle loading rifle at the picturesque Thorpe Cloud rifle range in Derbyshire. Match rifle aggregate 10 shoots at each distance, 400, 300 & 200 yards. Enfield rifle aggregate fired on Victorian pattern square targets; 1 sighter and 5 match shots at each distance, 200, 300 & 400 yards. Pleased with 2nd place in the match rifle aggregate. Steady shoot with the Enfield, but no prizes...

  • Page layouts complete for the Summer edition of the MLAGBs 'Black Powder' magazine and ready to send to the printers for their proofs. Looking forward to next weekend now shooting muzzle loading match rifle and Enfield rifle at 200, 300 and 400 yards in the picturesque Derbyshire countryside.

  • Good day shooting today. Long Range Rifles Branch of the MLAGB, 30 shot 1,000 yard match. Muzzle loading target rifles - nice to see several original Gibbs-Metford and Rigby match rifles in use.