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Long Range Target Shooting & Associated History

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  • Long range target shooting with the muzzle loading rifle offers the discerning rifleman opportunity to participate in a challenging and ultimately very rewarding discipline. The sport is rich in heritage and the origins of some of todays national shooting associations stem from the muzzle loading era.

    Long Range Muzzle Loading (LRML): Historical Background & Shooting Today
    riflesandmarksmanship.blogspot.comLong Range Muzzle Loading (LRML): Historical Background & Shooting Today

    2016-08-24T20:32:45+0000
  • There were two days of shooting long range muzzle loading (LRML) rifle at Bisley, 20/21 August 2016. Very windy conditions made for tricky shooting at 900, 1000, 1100 & 1200 yards... the rain on the first detail at 900 yards didn't help very much either! Competitions comprised the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain (MLAGB) National 900 and 1000 yard Rifle Championships, and the Long Range Rifles Branch of the MLAGB 'Metford Trophy'. The latter is an aggregate match comprising 15 shots at each distance, 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards. The 1000 yard stage was held concurrently with the MLAGB Championship. Rifles used were broadly from the 1860-1880 period; charges typically used were 90-100 grains FFg, with 530-560 grain paper patched bullet. Original Gibbs-Metford and Rigby match rifles were in use, plus modern reproductions.

    2016-08-21T22:30:28+0000
  • With one exception, the Whitworth rifle was issued to Queen's Prize finalists until 1871, when for the first time the match was shot throughout with breech-loaders. The Snider replaced the Enfield in the first stage, and the War Office made a special issue of Martini-Henry's for the second stage. The notable exception was in 1865, when the Rigby rifle was issued to Queen's Prize finalists.

    Rigby and Whitworth rifles vie for selection for the Queen's Prize match in 1865
    gunmakerhistory.blogspot.comRigby and Whitworth rifles vie for selection for the Queen's Prize match in 1865

    2016-08-18T07:54:09+0000
  • Homer Fisher of New York was a dealer who sold his own brand 'Muzzle-Loading Long Range Match Rifle' and other American breech loading match rifles. Fisher was a member of both the Amateur and Empire Rifle Clubs of New York and the US Team to Ireland in 1880.

    Homer Fisher: New York dealer who sold his own brand muzzle-loading long range match rifle and other American breech loading match rifles.
    gunmakerhistory.blogspot.comHomer Fisher: New York dealer who sold his own brand muzzle-loading long range match rifle and other American breech loading match rifles.

    2016-08-14T06:54:47+0000
  • Mention Wimbledon today and tennis will be the sport that springs to mind; in the latter part of the 19th Century however, the foremost sport would have been rifle shooting. From 1860 until 1889 the National Rifle Association (NRA) held their annual rifle meeting on Wimbledon Common, with attendance in the thousands… and that was just the riflemen! So who were these riflemen and what were they doing at Wimbledon?

    Volunteer infantry shooting at Wimbledon during the 19th century
    queensprize.blogspot.comVolunteer infantry shooting at Wimbledon during the 19th century

    2016-08-13T20:03:47+0000

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