Century Range, Bisley, 24 October 2015
A gloomy Century Range, Bisley, on Saturday 24 October saw the final shoot of the year for the Long Range Rifles Branch of the MLAGB. There were two competitions, the Rigby Cup for any muzzle loading rifle, and the Whitworth Cup for hexagonally bored Whitworth rifles. Each competition comprised 3 sights and 15 shots to count at 600 yards.
The whole day was dull, but particularly for the first and last details when there were some fine misty rain showers that further reduced visibility. Despite this there was some outstanding shooting.
It was good to see match winners in the Rigby Cup and the Whitworth Cup neck and neck, with Bernard Collot (Rigby Cup) scoring 63.5 and Martin Tebbs (Whitworth Cup) scoring 63.3. Interestingly, the rifle used by Bernard was fitted with a barrel that had been rifled by Martin.
Gary Evans had a good day shooting. He tied with Chris Goed for second place in the Rigby Cup, with Chris taking the silver medal having 4 v-bulls against Gary’s 2, giving Gary third place and the bronze medal. In the Whitworth Cup Gary was again vying for a medal, this time tying with Dennis Chambers and Jacky Mallarme on 51. Gary’s single v-bull was enough to secure him second place and the silver medal, while Dennis beat Jacky on count-back for the third place bronze medal.
Marc Newton and David Miles of John Rigby & Co (Gunmakers) Ltd
During the course of the day, Marc Newton (Managing Director) and David Miles (Gunroom Manager) of John Rigby & Co (Gunmakers) Ltd
, London, visited the Branch to see the competition for the Rigby Cup. Whilst on the range they had opportunity to examine several original rifles belonging to members; a Whitworth military match, an Alexander Henry sporting/target rifle, a Gibbs-Metford match rifle and of course a John Rigby match rifle. Marc and David are pictured above holding the Rigby match rifle (c1870).
The day concluded with the Branch’s Annual Dinner and Prize Giving which was held at the Canadian Pavilion. Jerry Womble, the MLAGB Mid and Long Range Rifle Secretary also took opportunity to present trophies and medals for the Associations 900 and 1000 yard rifle Championships that had been held during the summer.
Results: Rigby Cup & Whitworth Cup