British Free Rifle Club Open Meeting includes Air Rifle event for first time.

Ken Parr claimed victory in both Prone events at the BFRC Championships on Saturday. The event used integer scoring for Qualification, but ran Finals to the 20-shot ISSF Knockout format.

In the morning, Kenny shot through extremely tough wind conditions to score 199.0 in the final, pushing Mark Szymankiewicz and Peter Stanley into Silver and Bronze medal position with 194.9 and 176.2 respectively. As a testament to the weather conditions, every finalist had at least one shot scoring 8.x, with one competitor opening on a 7.3!

The afternoon was little better. Dan Rivers led qualification, tied with Mark Szymankiewicz and Kenny Parr on a relatively low score of just 583/600. The wind once again proved tough, with 6 out of 8 finalists scoring at least one 8 in their first finals string. Kenny led after the first string, jostling with Dan Rivers for Gold Medal position. By the fourth string however, Kenny had pulled out a 1 point lead, which he extended to 2.8 points by the end of the fifth, winning with a 3 point margin. Mark Szymankiewicz took Bronze.

Indoors, Air Rifle was also being shot for the first time in the history of the event. Jack Rivers led qualification with 582, but struggled in the final with a poor first string that saw him eliminated in 5th. It was tight at the top where Simon Henry went the distance, edging Jacob Hill into Silver medal position by just 0.2 points. Billy Read took Bronze, whilst Jemma Toms was eliminated in 4th, just 0.1points behind Billy.

Full results are availble on the BFRC Website.

For those unfamiliar with the event, the BFRC is an excellent introduction to ISSF 50 Metre shooting, though held at the Lord Roberts Centre it can prove somewhat of a trial by wind to the novice! With no equipment control in place, newcomers to the sport can dip their toe in to ISSF shooting in a relaxed and welcoming environment without needing to worry about equipment compliance. It is for this reason however that the Prone matches are usually heavily oversubscribed, often filling up shortly after the Entry Forms are released in January. Next year’s match is booked for 9-10th April 2016, those interested can find more details at www.bfrc.co.uk.