The Imperial Meeting

  • 150th Queen's Prize Winner

  • Target Rifle

  • F Class

  • Gallery Rifle & Pistol

  • Schools - Ashburton

  • Gallery Rifle

  • Target Shotgun

  • Historic Service Rifle

  • Match Rifle

The 151st Imperial Meeting

Following Government advice we have decided to cancel all NRA competitions and training courses up to 31st August; this includes the Imperial and Phoenix meetings. This decision has not been taken lightly; however the health and well-being of competitors, officials and staff must be our priority. We will keep the position under review in the hope we can offer a suite of “post corona” competitions in the autumn.

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

History:

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.


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