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Bench Rest Competition.


Range: - 25yards.


Targets: - NSRA BR15. Prior to the start of a competition one card may be used as a sighting card onto which a maximum of 10 shots maybe fired.


Cards/Competition/Round: - 2


Shots/Card: - 10.


Periods: The Summer Competition will consist of 5 match periods; one each for the months of June, July, August, September and October, but these may be shot at any time provided that all are completed for the 31st October. For each period two rounds will be shot and each round will consist of two cards.

The Winter Competition will consist of eight rounds to be shot within the period defined for each year's season.


No of Competitors: - Individual


Time Limit: - None but once started the competition target must be completed in that session.


Rifles: -The competition is open to any type of .22 rifle with any sights but the details of the rifle and sights must be registered on entry. Initially all entries will be divided into heavy and light barrel rifle combinations where heavy barrel rifles will be those with match barrels and light barrel rifles will be those that may also be used for free standing disciplines. Should there be sufficient numbers with a particular combination of rifle and sight the entry details will be used to formulate a division to increase the number of possible winners.


The Bench. A bench is to be a solidly constructed table with chair or stool. The bench may be shaped to provide a rest for the shooter's elbow but that shape must not dictate where the elbow should be placed.


The Rest. The rest may be of any material and incorporate adjustments for elevation and windage in either or both directions but may only support the fore-end of the rifle on a non-pliable material such as metal or wood. It may not be attached to the bench nor to the fore end of the rifle and must be free to be moved in any direction.

The rest may have a thin soft covering, such as cloth, carpet or leather, between the rifle and the rest but the covering must be sufficiently thin that no support is given to either side of the fore-end.


The rest may have vertical extensions to prevent the rifle falling off between shots and when reloading but the fore-end must be visibly clear of these extensions by a minimum of 15 mm on each side of the stock when the shooter is in the firing position. Some commercial rests are fitted with a fore-end stop. Any such fore-end stop must be removed from the rest or turned so that it can play no part in shooting.


Position. When in the firing position the rifle but must be located in the shooter's shoulder and the stock supported by the shooter's hand(s). The non-firing hand may be placed on the bench and support the rear end of the rifle.





No extensions for the purpose of supporting the rifle are permitted outside the profile of the stock. No pad nor support may be placed between the hand and the bench.

The rear end of the rifle may not rest on or touch the bench or any pad or other artificial support on the bench when in the firing position but may do so between shots or when reloading.


A sandbag may be used to provide the height but must have a piece of solid material that lies in the horizontal plane interposed between it and the fore-end. The sandbag may not provide any sideways support to the fore-end.


Scoring. These are outward scoring targets with a centre aiming point which does not feature in the scoring process. Penalties of one minus point will be applied for each cross shooting or additional shots and when the cross shot ownership cannot be determined the shooter receiving the cross shot will take the higher score and the cross shooter the lower score plus penalty.

Subject: Ayrshire Summer Entries






                  Fox Plate (Sporting Rifle)

a) Range: - 20 yards or 25 metres
Target: - 20 yards PL14
25 metres PL19
25 metres SPA1
No. of Rounds: - 10 of which best 8 will count
No of Competitors: - Individual
Cards/competitor/round: - 2 off 20 yards PL14
2 off 25 metres PL19
2 off 25 metres SPA1
Shots/card: - 10 shots on each card
Position: - Free Standing
b) Time limit: - None – but each round must be shot in 1 shooting session and the
competition completed by the set date.
c) The competition shall be limited to competitors having an average of less than
d) There will be 10 match periods, the dates for the match periods will be decided by
the Council, but will normally be no more than one round each week with breaks
for holiday periods as appropriate.
e) At the conclusion of the competition the competitor's counting score will be the
aggregate of his/her best 8 scores.
f) In the event of a tie for first place the winner shall be the competitor with the
highest aggregate over all 10 cards.