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York Jubilee Air Rifle & Pistol Club

10m Benchrest Air Rifle


This is a relatively new shooting discipline and the club has been trialling competition over the past year. Yorkshire Small Bore Rifle and Pistol Association (YSPRA) will be offering it in the winter of 2019/2020. It has the following features :

Rifle : Any sub 12 ft-lb air rifle in .177, .20 or .22 calibre may be used. Rifles powered by CO2 may be used. Rifles over 12 ft-lbs energy requiring a Firearms Certficate are not allowed.

Sights : Telescopic, aperture sights or open sights may be used.

Distance : 10 metres, measured from the rifle breech to the target.

Shooting Position : Seated, with both elbows on the shooting bench. The pistol grip of the rifle must not rest on a gloved hand as with other forms of bench rest shooting. Alternatively, the rifle may be shot without a rest using the elbows as support. The butt of the rifle must be in contact with the shoulder. Bags to support the butt of the rifle are not allowed.

Rest : Any form of rest, fixed or adjustable, may be used, but the surface in contact with the rifle must be flat and no side support is allowed. A maximum length of 20.5cm is allowed. If a rest is fitted to the rifle, this must not exceed 75mm in width.

Ammunition : Only lead pellets may be used and can be of any configuration (flat, dome, etc.)

Targets : Yorkshire Small Bore Rifle and Pistol Association (YSPRA) 10 Metre Air Rifle Bench rest targets only. No photocopied targets are allowed in the competition.

Scoring : Correct scoring is essential as scores are very close in this form of target shooting. The scoring guide issued by YSRPA must be adhered to. Of particular importance is the scoring of a centre ten which confers an additional point. When a .22 probe is entered into the pellet hole, white must be visible around the full circumference of the probe for the extra point to be gained. When scoring a ten, it is not sufficient for the probe to just touch the ten ring, it must break into the line.

This discipline allows shooters who may be getting long in the tooth to carry on shooting in what is a demanding sport. The usual target shooting attributes of calmness, attention to detail and good technique still apply, but it is attractive to the “happy go lucky” and to the anally retentive. Those of a technical persuasion will find ample scope for endless tinkering, modifying and “trying stuff out”.

Bench rest rifle shooting on one of the club ranges.

Why not give it a shot?