What is it?

Gallery Rifle and Pistol (GR&P) or just Gallery Rifle (GR) disciplines cover events shot at short and medium distances by various rifles and pistols using pistol caliber cartridges.

There are four main categories:

Gallery Rifle Small Bore (GRSB). Most competitors use a semi-automatic (self-loading) .22 rifle.

Gallery Rifle Centre Fire (GRCF). Most shooters use a lever action rifle in a traditional pistol caliber.

Examples of the most popular calibers are .38/.357, .44 or .45.

Long Barreled Pistols
(LBPs) and Long Barreled Revolvers (LBRs). With an overall length of 60cm and a barrel length of 30cm these types of firearm are designed to comply with UK firearms regulations. The LBPs are available in .22 rim fire caliber only and can be used for all events. Generally available as semi automatic types although single shot designs are available and are sometimes used for precision events.

The revolvers are available in a variety of calibers. Most popular are .38/.357 and .44 although some competitors do use the .45 ACP.


Equipment

Gallery Rifle Small Bore (GRSB). Most competitors use a semi-automatic (self-loading) .22 rifle.

Gallery Rifle Centre Fire (GRCF). Most shooters use a lever action rifle in a traditional pistol caliber.

Long Barreled Pistols (LBPs). With an overall length of 60cm and a barrel length of 30cm these types of firearm are designed to comply with UK firearms regulations. The LBPs are available in .22 rim fire caliber only and can be used for all events. Generally available as semi automatic types although single shot designs are available and are sometimes used for precision events.

Long Barreled Revolvers (LBRs). With an overall length of 60cm and a barrel length of 30cm these types of firearm are designed to comply with UK firearms regulations. Revolvers are available in a variety of calibers. Most popular are .38/.357 and .44 although some competitors do use the .45 ACP.


Competitions

Most events are shot at distances between 10m and 50m although a few do go out to as far as 300 yards.

There is a large selection of GR events which only require range space out to 25 meters so the discipline is easily accessible. The most common shooting position is standing unsupported but some events do test the shooter’s skills from other positions such as kneeling, sitting or from the weak shoulder or hand. Some competitions are deliberate precision events whilst others require the competitor to shot and reload quite quickly. The targets can be stationary or turning at set intervals. Some targets are even moving and reactive (eg steel plates).

The ranges at Bisley play host to open GR&P competitions every season. However many events are also held by numerous clubs across the country throughout the season. A standard set of Gallery Rifle and Pistol events exists which have courses of fire and conditions defined in the GR&P Handbook.

Many events are shot in classes or divisions which allow people to compete equally amongst their peers. The classification system is administered by the NRA and always available on-line.


How to get involved

Locate a local club and arrange a visit. Alternatively contact the NRA who can assist.


Courses

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