It is midway through the Devon County Smallbore Rifle Association’s 10 Meter Individual Air Pistol and Air Rifle Winter League with Okehampton Smallbore Club’s shooters returning some excellent results this season.
There are 10 Divisions in this League, with 8 shooters in each Division; entries come from far and wide, from Cornwall to Essex, Jersey and Gibraltar. It is a postal league, where each round of 60 shots is shot on the competitor’s home range which are scored by a club official and then reported to the League Organiser to compile the results.
The competition follows Olympic shooting rules and competitors use match quality equipment. Shooters are allocated to divisions depending on their normal average scores so all levels of ability are catered for.
Okehampton Smallbore Club’s Sharon Bartlett shooting Air Rifle is in 1st place of Division 4, with a total score after 5 Rounds of 2716, a comfortable 82 points ahead of the shooter in 2nd place.
The Club also has 2 members shooting Air Pistol in Division 8; Richard Elliott who is also in 1st place, with a total score of 2387 so far, 4 points ahead of 2nd, with Rachel Martyn in 3rd place, with 2366 scored.
The RWS 10 meter Air Rifle League is a Nationwide winter competition for teams of three Air Rifle shooters and is run by the NSRA (National Smallbore Rifle Association). This comprises 10 rounds, each of 20 shots. This season, Okehampton Smallbore Club has entered the team of Steve Lloyd, Sharon Bartlett and Neil Abernethy. In this competition, there are 6 teams in each Division and our Okehampton team is in Division 2, along with teams from Leicester and District, Maidenhead, City of Oxford, Down Hatherly and MPSC. After shooting 6 Rounds, our team is currently in 1st place, having won all 6 rounds! But Leicester is catching up fast so it may be neck and neck to the finish.
The Club’s Air Pistol Team is also entered in the similar RWS 10 Meter National Air Pistol League. The team of Bernard Rendle, Sharon Bartlett and Jason Ponsford are currently lying 4th in Division 6.
At the recent British Open Championships held at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley, Surrey, Georgina Geike won 1st place in the Ladies Air Pistol, beating stiff competition in the final ‘shoulder to shoulder’ Olympic style shoot. And Sharon Bartlett shooting Air Rifle, was 9th in the British Ladies Open Championship. A really excellent result for both.
The Club’s 10M Air Match Secretary Neil Abernethy is really thrilled with the results all his shooters have achieved so far this season – well done to all!