Small-bore Shooting team bring home the Gold at the RAF Long Range Championships 2023

Storyline: Shooting

The Royal Navy Small-bore team sent members to compete at the annual RAF Long Range Shooting Championships.

The RAF Summer Long Range Shooting Championships has been reinstated post Covid19 at Bisley and has now been opened to members of other services. This event is an opportunity for shooters at all levels to represent their service and to gain valuable competition experience.

The Royal Navy Small-bore Shooting Team sent 4 members to represent the RN. 

The RN members shot two prone matches consisting of 60 shots each at 50 meters. The competitors were placed into classes depending on their shooting experience along with other competitors from the Army, RAF and Police.

Small-bore shooting provides many challenges with competitors having to account for both wind and lighting variations requiring considerable focus and discipline to achieve accurate shots and competitive scores.

The RN team won the majority of medals available to them in the open category. Royal Navy wins were as follows:

A Class - LT Neil Umpleby RN.
B Class - PO Robynne Brown.
C Class - LH Chris Nunan (with Lt Terry Blunt RN a close second).
Pairs Match - PO Robynne Brown and LH Chris Nunan.

This meant the RN took home a total of 12 wins out of a possible 13 in the Open Prone Category.

This event provided competition experience to the newer members of the team and further cemented shooting relationships with other service members.

The shooting team now prepares for the Police Open Championships in mid-September and the Inter-Services and UK Armed Forces competitions at the end of September.