Prone Rifle Shooting
The Prone Rifle Section (who meet at the Club on Wednesday evenings) shoot a single discipline ‘Prone Rifle’ – that is: lying on your front, forming a tripod with body and elbows to support the rifle. This is typically shot with a .22LR single shot target rifle with Iron Sights.
If you’re right handed the left hand supports the fore-stock, and the right hand is on the pistol If grip / trigger with the butt in the right shoulder. The weight of the rifle is taken by a sling – wrapped around the left upper arm, and connected to the fore-stock. The action of pushing the right shoulder into the butt tensions the sling and holds the barrel on target.
Typical equipment (aside from rifle and sling) is a heavy-duty leather or canvas jacket with ‘top-grip’ rubber on the elbows, a glove to protect the left hand from the sling, ear protection and a spotting scope / stand. Shooting mats to lie on are available at the club – and we make use of the motorised target changers.
For interior shooting (at PGC) this is shot at 25-yards (under National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) rules), onto a ten spot target – with one shot fired into each spot.
On exterior ranges this can also be shot at 50m (under International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules), 50-yards and 100-yards (the latter two under NSRA rules).
We principally shoot postal competitions organised by the Dorset Small-bore Rifle and Pistol Association (DSRPA). There are two seasons per year, Summer and Winter.
The Winter Competitions are:
• Team of 5 – (10 rounds of one card per team member) we typically enter a single Team – and at the time of writing are at the top of Division 2.
• Team of 3 – (5 rounds of two cards per team member) we typically enter one or two teams.
• Individual – (10 rounds of one card per person).
• Short Range Championship – an individual competition of four cards in the first round, three in the second – and then a final at Piddlehinton range.
The Summer Competitions are:
• Team of 5 – as above.
• Pairs – (10 round of one card per member).
• 100 yard Individual – (10 rounds of one card per person).
• 100 yard Team – (scored from the same cards as the Individual competition).
• 50 yard Individual – (10 round of one card per person).
During the summer season we shoot at Queen’s Park range in Bournemouth once a month, shooting 100-yard Individual, 100-yard Team, and 50-yard Individual competitions.
Members of the club also shoot the DSRPA competition meets (all cards are shot shoulder-to-shoulder) at Dorchester’s Piddlehinton outdoor range. These are:
• English Match – 50 yards and 100 yards – typically takes place in May.
• Double Dewar – 50 yards and 50 meters – typically takes place July.
• Singapore Cup – 50 yards and 100 yards – typically takes place in September (though not running in 2019)
While all competitions have to be shot with single shot .22LR target rifle – it is possible to shoot prone with air-rifle, and we have air-rifles with hand-stop / sling hook, and iron sights that can be used for this purpose.
We also have a harness (to hold up the sling on the upper left arm) and elbow pads, so that anyone who wants to try Prone Rifle, but doesn’t have a shooting jacket or other equipment, can get a feel for it and decide if they like it first.
If you’d like to come and have a go at prone shooting – we welcome visitors on Wednesday evenings (but it’s always a good idea to let us know beforehand, so that we bring the right equipment). Please contact – Steve Hubbard, Prone Rifle Section Captain if you’d like more information. Check out the email submission form on the information page for a quick response.