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MINIATURE METHUEN MATCH


HERTS & ESSEX SHOOTING ASSOCIATION

Usually will be held on a Saturday in early October

LAST DATE FOR ENTRIES - Usually one week prior

Check the HESA NEWS PAGE for this and other events.

View or download the Match Details, flyer and Entry Form or just the Entry Form as PDF files

RESULTS as PDF Files for events from 2009 to 2014


This Open Individual competition affords another opportunity for collectors and shooters of classic miniature-calibre rifles to air their proud possessions in an unusual and enjoyable way. The event provides a loose representation of the well-known Methuen competition held at Bisley Ranges, instigated by, and named after, Lord Methuen of Boer War fame. The full-bore Bisley event is a mainly Inter-Service military competition , which has oft though included invited entries from civilian teams. Shot in the open at 300,200 and 100 yards, the full-bore match has always been undertaken with the Service rifle of the day (currently the 5.56mm calibre SA80 rifle). That match is timed, including 100 yard "run-downs" between the ranges, and requires a significant fitness on the part of the competitors. Our Miniature Methuen Match is not so demanding, being shot indoors at 25 yards, with the only positional changes being from prone to kneeling and to standing.

The four practices are all timed, with those times set to present a reasonable challenge in sympathetic consideration of the many rifle types and ages (yes, of the shooters as well as the rifles) that are eligible.

An image of the target used is shown on this page, with the details of the Courses of Fire and an information sheet.


Another image of the Target with scoring details is to be found at the bottom of this page


Info Pack

Herts & Essex Shooting Association
in association with the
Lee Enfield Rifle Association and The Historical Breech-loading Small-arms Association

The Historic Miniature Methuen

Joint Miniature Rifle meeting

A Saturday TBA in November
Little Leighs Range, Essex
 


 

Herts & Essex Shooting Association

in co-operation present the
Mini Methuen
Open Competition for small-bore rifle

A Saturday in November to be announced above.
Great Leighs Range, Chelmsford, Essex

Dear Competitor,
...............................this is the latest competition of its kind to be run, the Methuen course of fire, but on specially scaled target, shot from one position at 25 yards.

Research into classic and historic targets by members of the HBSA and LERA have given us the opportunity to shoot this traditionally full-bore course of fire indoors. The course of fire developed is for indoor shooting: prone, kneeling and standing, using any HBSA defined smallbore calibre (.22 Rimfire, .297/230(Morris), .310 Cadet) rifle. Shot on turning targets, it is a timed shoot.

Self-loading rifles may be used, but will be subject to a handicap. All other manual rifles must be single loaded and magazines may not be used. Rifles of any period can be used but will be classed to ensure shooting is as fair and comparative as possible. Rifles for loan will be available by prior arrangement.

Although you shoot as an individual, random teams are being made-up; if you want to form a particular 3 man team, please do let us know names and rifles beforehand.

The competition is squadded and you will be sent details of the squadding along with a map of how to get to Herts & Essex�s Great Leighs range. There is also a display of classic rifles and pistols planned; if you want to exhibit in this, please do get in touch.

Entry forms are being sent to past Field Firing Match competitors, entrants in the Historic rifle Summer League as well as HBSA and LERA members; your copy is enclosed. Since space for the Mini-Methuen is limited, you are advised to get you entry forms returned as soon as you can and not wait until the closing date of 30th October.

If you have any questions, get in touch via E-Mail:  Miniature-Methuen Enquiries

View or download the Entry Form and Match Details as a PDF file


H & ESA, HBSA and LERA
JOINT MINIATURE RIFLE OPEN MEETING
A Saturday in November to be announced above.

INTRODUCTION: A new item in the Rifle Competition Programmes, building on the successful joint events 2003-09. Rifles must use 0.22� rf or other Miniature Rifle cartridge as approved by the HBSA (e.g. .297/230(Morris), .310 Cadet). This match is based on the Methuen Cup (Inter Services Meeting) and is a test of rapid shooting.
COMPETITORS: Members and Non-Members of the H & ESA, HBSA and LERA. There is also a team match for which teams of 3 can be arranged by the match director or, if you wish to be entered in a team with a named shooter, please say so on your entry forms (assuming that they are in the same class). Medals are for individuals, the teams for fun.
MATCH
CONDITIONS:
As HBSA Rules 1995, (and this entry form). However, orthoptic accessories, a padded glove and a sling (two point or as-issued) may be used. A wrist rest may be used in Sniping, or "Any Rifle" classes. Replica firearms in the "spirit of the original" (Rule G.3.1) are permitted. Multiple entries into each Match are permitted, provided that a different firearm is used for each entry. All arms shall be appropriately licensed and �in proof�. Targets will be as shown (see near top of page).
DISTANCES: 25 yards for all Classes.
COURSE
OF FIRE:
Two non convertible sighters,
       
Ten shots prone @ 2 Tin Hat target (600 yards) (2 minutes)
       
Ten shots prone/kneeling and standing @ 4 Tin Hat target (500-200 yards) (2 per, 15 second exposure)
       
       
Ten shots prone @ 2 Figure 11 target (1 � minutes)
       
Ten shots prone @ 5 Figure 4A target (2 per, 10 second exposure)
   
MATCH I: Vintage and Early Classic (pre-1888) Any Rifles (any contemporaneous iron open sights) (BP and smokeless permitted) - Classic (pre-1919) Converted Service and Service Training Rifles (issue sights) i.e. Long Lees, SMLEs
MATCH II:  Classic (pre-1919) Any Rifles (any contemporaneous iron aperture sights) ;  e.g., BSA Model 12 with No.8 folding rear-sight 
MATCH III: Veteran (PRE - 1946) Converted Service and Service Training Rifles (issue sights) Incl. No.7s & No.9s , Any pre-1946 design with open or aperture rear-sights.
MATCH IV: Post Veteran: Any pre-1960 design, single shot rifle, with open or aperture target sights
MATCH V: Open: Any self-loading/semi-auto rifle with telescopic sights; e.g. Ruger 10/22
MATCH VI: Opt!c: Any single shot rifle, fitted with optic sights and/or bi-pod; e.g. CZ 452 'scoped
MATCH VII: Self-loading/Semi-Auto: Any semi-auto with iron sights
MATCH VIII: Sporting: Any non-semi-auto magazine rifle with iron sights
   
PRIZES: Medals for winners (depending on entries) of each Match. A Prize-giving will be held for competitors at the end of the event.
GENERAL: The Matches are squadded: competitors should report at the assembly point 15 minutes before their shooting time. Classes may be adjusted on the day depending on the number of entries.
ENTRY FEES: �5.00 per Match. ( to be confirmed for 2009)
PRACTICE: In your own time on your own range.
   
INFORMATION: Miniature-Methuen Enquiries

 


Targets to be used

Zero   Practice 1  
 

2 zeroing shots only

  6 feet x 6 feet Tin Hat of 1950
2 aiming points (scaled to 600 yards)
prone 5 rounds on each (total time 2 minutes)

 Practice 2

3 aiming points
6 feet x 6 feet Tin Hat of 1950
Scaled to 500 yards
prone 2 rounds (15 seconds)

4 feet x 4 feet Tin Hat of 1950
Scaled to 300 yards
kneeling 2 rounds (15 seconds)
(Twice)

Scaled to 200 yards
standing 2 rounds (15 secs)
(Twice)

Kneeling this can be kneeling, seated or squatting (but watch your time � 15 second away time)

Practice 3   Practice 4

   

 

Figure 11 of 1950 2 aiming points
Scaled to 300 yards
prone 5 rounds on each (total time 90 seconds)
 

 

Figure 4A target of 1938 5 aiming points
Scaled to 200 yards
prone 2 rounds on each
(five, 10 second exposures � 10 seconds away)

NOT TO SCALE

Scoring is military in nature; i.e., 5 points for a bull, 4 for an inner, 3 for a magpie and 2 for an outer.

Each of the four practices therefore attracts a maximum of 50 points, with a Match total possible of 200 points.

Practices 1 and 2 are gauged outwards.

Practice 3 scores 5 for a black (inward gauging) and three for a a grey body touch.

Practice 4 is also inward gauging - Red = 5; Black = 4; Sand = 3: Grey = 2

 

View or download the Entry Form and Match Details as a PDF file

RESULTS as PDF Files for the 2009, 2010, 2011and 2012 events

2009
Match I - Vintage Rifle any pre-1888 design
Match II - Classic Service Rifle pre-1919 design
Match III- Classic Any Rifle pre-1919 design
Match IV - Veteran Service Rifle pre-1946 design
Match V - Veteran Any Rifle pre-1946 design
Match VI - Post Veteran Any Rifle pre- 1960 design (no entries)
Match VII - Modern Rifle post 1960 (iron sights)
Match VIII - Sniper- Any Optic sighted Rifle
2010
Match I - Vintage Rifle any pr-1888 design
Match II - Classic Service Rifle pre-1919 design
Match III- Classic Any Rifle pre-1919 design
Match IV - Veteran Service Rifle pre-1946 design
Match V - Veteran Any Rifle pre-1946 design
Match VI - Post Veteran Any Rifle pre- 1960 design (no entries)
Match VII - Modern Rifle post 1960 (iron sights)
Match VIII - Sniper- Any Optic sighted Rifle
2011
Match I - Vintage Rifle any pr-1888 design
Match II - Classic Service Rifle pre-1919 design
Match III- Classic Any Rifle pre-1919 design
Match IV - Veteran Service Rifle pre-1946 design
Match V - Veteran Any Rifle pre-1946 design
Match VI - Post Veteran Any Rifle pre- 1960 design
Match VII - Modern Rifle post 1960 (iron sights)
Match VIII - Sniper- Any Optic sighted Rifle
2012
Match I - Vintage Rifle any pr-1888 design
Match II - Classic Service Rifle pre-1919 design
Match III- Classic Any Rifle pre-1919 design
Match IV - Not run
Match V - Veteran Any Rifle pre-1946 design
Match VI - Post Veteran Any Rifle pre- 1960 design
Match VII - Not run
Match VIII - Sniper- Any Optic sighted Rifle

 


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