The NRA’s latest Historic Service Rifle match has prizes for all classes – except, bizarrely, foreign rifles.
The match is due to be held on the 3rd October at Bisley, as the entry form on the NRA website makes clear.
UK Shooting News understands that moans from owners of SR(a) compliant rifles which aren’t Enfields finally forced a “foreign rifles/all comers” class to be added, rather than the existing three classes for SMLE, No.4 and No.4(T) rifles.
However, someone clearly doesn’t want the “all comers” to be able to win anything:
“If they are willing to give prizes for the few individuals with No.4(T)s why the hell can they not add prizes to the foreign rifle section?” a bemused source grumbled to UKSN.
We don’t get it either. Your correspondent will be there on the day with a No.4, though as a mark of solidarity I’m very tempted to break out a Schmidt-Rubin instead.
It is worth noting that owners of service-configuration P14 rifles – the “other” British .303″ service rifle – can only shoot the match in the “foreign rifles” class.