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updated Benchrest Rules



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





All of the winter season ATSA competitions are complete and the trophies are now with the engraver for the winners to recognised.  This year we were two competitions down due to an inability to field prone rifle teams of three across two clubs so only nine items of our silverware will be handed out at our AGM on the 22nd May.
In terms of disciplines the club successes were: -
Benchrest Heavy Barrel:     Ardeer (Dundonald gained a third place)
Sporting Rifle Benchrest:     Dundonald
Deliberate Sporting Rifle:    Stewarton (Clean Sweep)
Prone Rifle under 93.5 Av:    Stewarton
Individual Prone Rifle:      Dundonald
Standard Rifle Individual:    Glengarnock
Standard Rifle Team:         Glengarnock
Magazine Rifle Precision:    Ardeer
Underlever Rifle:            Ardeer
So Ardeer manage to take away three items of silverware with Dundonald, Glengarnock and Stewarton taking away two items each.  The exact items of silverware are detailed on the ATSA website.

The ATSA Summer competitions start on the 1st June irrespective of the availability of stickers and entry forms will soon be out.  Should you wish to shoot in this set of competitions and for personal reasons cannot wait for the stickers to be distributed please let your scorer know and your cards will then be accepted for this less formal set of competitions.  All Summer competitions must be completed by the 31st October and entries will be accepted at any time provided the end date can be met.

Should wish to shoot a discipline that is not currently in the ATSA Summer range why not attend the ATSA AGM on the 22nd May and make your wishes known.  Silverware not shot for this year will not be on display due to the risk of transporting the high value silverware.

The County needs a new treasurer from this AGM and whilst the treasurer’s job is not arduous it is still an essential one for the continuation of the County’s activities.  So if you could spare a couple of hours per month and attend a bi-monthly council meeting why not give it some consideration to ensure that the competitions remain available to all affiliated club members.

Enjoy your shooting.