SLG Bisley Sweep the Board at the Embassy Cup January 2011

SLG Bisley fielded a team of 8 at this year's Embassy Cup after Dave "snotty" Harris produced a sick note.

The first wave of travellers from the UK arrived by road on Friday and together with our German members put the teams in a leading position, completing all their competitions on Saturday. The second wave of travellers arrived by plane on Saturday and shot their competitions on Sunday.

The Embassy Cup is three competitions with team and individual prizes for each competition and all three as an aggregate, shot with slug shotgun, M1 carbine and pistol. There is also a ladies cup competition shot with pistol and carbine. The competition is held at Leitmar near Marsberg in Germany where all SLG Bisley members are given a very warm welcome. This year was no different, with the fantastic bar staff bending over forwards to please the shooters.

Friday night the early arrivals found a new Italian restaurant and then the next day had forgotten where it was, so they clearly had far too good a time for the night before a competition.

On Saturday evening we once again were entertained at Anna's house with a wonderful spread of food and large quantities of local beer, and Dietmar's home made cider and various fruit wines. As the first wave of shooters has finished their competitions and shot well Skippy allowed them to partake of these strong liquors and a good time was had by all.

Team spirit was high and mutual support was evidenced again as Mark "tea leaf" Hendy provided much needed milk for skippy's morning coffee from his stash lifted from the Ferry.

Whilst John and Skippy were shooting on Sunday, Andy, Mark, Norman and Sharon went gun shopping and then sightseeing to a local castle.

The slug shotgun competition is shot in three stages. 1st stage is shot at 25m and consists of 4 rounds standing and 4 rounds prone in 20 seconds to include a reload of 4 rounds. Not a lot of time! The second stage is at 20m with 4 shots standing and 4 sitting in 20 seconds and the third at 15m with 4 shots standing and 4 shots kneeling in 20 seconds. This competition is also shot in the UK at the GRAW meetings and so some of our team were familiar with it and were able to use their own guns. This is not the case for the M1 carbine and pistol competitions where these firearms are no longer legal in the UK.

The M1 carbine is a semi-automatic (on those occasions when it doesn't jam) 30 calibre rifle with iron sights. It is used at other meetings to shoot a number of pistol competitions such as the 1500 and PP1 and Service B. At this meeting its a 30 round competition shot at 50m prone and kneeling is two stages: 5 sighters in 3 min and then 15 rounds in 45 seconds first prone and then kneeling. As magazines are loaded with 5 rounds that includes at least 2 mag changes (more if the rifle jams).

The pistol competition is the Service B which was what the UK multi target competition was based on but has shorter timing of 6 seconds at the final stage instead of 8. It is shot with either revolver or semi-auto pistol.

Prize giving had SLG Bisley members getting up and down to collect the trophies and medals almost without a break.

SLG Bisley 1 - (Dietmar Hoenersch, John Robinson, Norman Brown, Steve Lamb) came
first in all three competitions and the aggregate.
SLG Bisley 2 - (Sharon Bowden, Andy Pain, Mark Hendy) came 2nd in the Embassy Cup

Dietmar Hoenersch won the individual Embassy Cup, the individual M1 carbine and the individual aggregate
John Robinson was second in the individual NPA B third in the individual aggregate
Norman Brown was third in the M1 carbine
Anna Milke won the Ladies Cup
Sharon Bowden was second in the Ladies Cup

After prize giving the team gathered for the traditional last night meal at the local Greek restaurant where the team shared their scoring on the range and John's scoring in the restaurant with snotty Dave tucked up in bed at home via the magic of camera phones with Internet connections.

Next trip Frebruary - can't wait!