Martin Morgan from Bideford Rifle Club re-inforced his reputation as one of the country’s best shooters at the National Smallbore Rifle Association’s championship meeting at Bisley last week, finishing sixth overall and gaining a place in the England team for the Home Countries match.
Martin was promoted to Class X at last year’s National Meeting and would have been satisfied to remain in the class, which holds the top 100 in the country, but he surpassed that expectation in style. In all the competitions which make up the Grand Aggregate of shooting over the whole week, he was never below the top 30% and frequently well above that mark.
In the Home Countries matches, shot in front of a gallery of spectators, Martin’s score of 376 contributed to England’s handsome win over the other home countries by 26 points.
Martin also shot for Devon in the inter-county competitions. In the County 50-metres competition he put up top score of 586 to help Devon to fourth place and in the County Sextette he helped the Devon team win for the first time.
He also qualified to represent Devon in the Champion of Champions shoot on the final Sunday, over an English Match course of 60 shots at 50-metres. After starting well with 195 ex 200 on his first 20 shots, Martin faded a bit in the middle with 190 before finishing strongly on 196 to take 17th place out of 33 contestants.
Bideford’s Ann Travis also shot in the County 50-metres team and in the Women’s 50-metres team, which finished in seventh place.
Club members Adie Pile and Ann Travis were also in the county team for the Queen Alexandra Cup competition, shot over 25-metres, in which Devon finished in sixth place.
The Bideford club had also qualified to represent Devon in the Astor Competition. Shot in blustery conditions, the team did well to finish sixth out of the 15 finalists.