The Imperial Meeting
150th Queen's Prize Winner
Gallery Rifle & Pistol
Schools - Ashburton
Historic Service Rifle
The 151st Imperial Meeting
Proposed 2020 Imperial Dates:
Service Rifle Individual: Friday 12th June
Adaptive Championships: Thursday 18th June
Service Rifle Team: Monday 22nd – Tuesday 23rd June
Cottesloe Heath Challenge: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June
Civilian Service Rifle: Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th July
ISCRM: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July
Match Rifle: Friday 10th – Thursday 16th July
Historic Arms: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th July
Sporting: Saturday 11th – Tuesday 21st July
Schools: Sunday 12th – Thursday 16th July
McQueen: Monday 13th – Thursday 23rd July
Gallery Rifle & Pistol: Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th July
F Class: Friday 17th – Tuesday 21st July
Target Rifle: Friday 17th – Saturday 25th July
The first Imperial Meeting was contested on Wimbledon Common, in south-west London, in 1860 when Queen Victoria fired the first shot and gave a prize of £250 to the best individual marksman. Originally the Meeting was only available to Volunteers (regular and reserve military personnel) using the issued service rifle of the day.
Today the National Rifle Association hold the Imperial Meeting as an open competition with the aim to promote and encourage marksmanship throughout the Queen’s (or King’s) dominions, and has grown to include many different disciplines. The largest entry is for Target Rifle, which dominates the final week of the Meeting and culminates with the final of the Queen’s Prize.
The Queen’s Prize remains the premier award for the Meeting’s top shot, with the £250 prize still given to the winner.
Host to the competition is The National Shooting Centre – Bisley, the world renowned ranges complex covering virtually all forms of shooting from air rifle to 1200 yards full-bore shooting. Set in 3000 acres of heathland; Bisley is as unique in character as it is in the variety of ranges it offers.
The atmosphere at Bisley is second to none, with friendships made and renewed on the firing points every year, but the event does not end with the shooting: the famous Bisley clubs take over and, between shoots and at the end of each day, competitors enjoy the Bisley hospitality at its best.