Small bore rifle
The Inter-Plymouth Match
The very first Inter-Plymouth match was held in September 1951, as part of the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition and fair with events throughout the United Kingdom. A team in Plymouth, England competed against three U.S. Plymouths (Michigan,Pennsylvania, and Indiana). The U.S. teams shot at their home ranges, and sent the scores to the UK. The Brits won decisively. Fifty years later, in September 2001, John Alexander of the UK revived the match, and it has been held annually ever since.
Pemi Fish and Game, representing Plymouth New Hampshire (well, that’s our mailing address) has shot the match every year since 2002.
The course of fire is 60 shots for record, fired on metric-style targets at a distance of 50 meters. The rifles are .22 rimfire with iron sights (no scopes), and all shooting is in the prone position. The target is a tough one; the 10 ring is 3/8” in diameter, and the X ring is only 3/16” in diameter. The top six scorers for each club make up a “team of six”, and the highest scoring team of six is declared the match winner.
When Tom Bubolz – a serious small-bore competitor – became Pemi small-bore director a few years ago, he had the idea to invite shooters from other NH clubs for the Plymouth match. That stretched the definition of “Plymouth” a little, but since the population of Plymouth UK is about three times that of all of Grafton County, it seemed justified. So for the last few years, some of the best junior small-bore shooters in NH have competed on our team. NH won in 2014, but usually the Brits come out on top. Most of us spread out our shooting activity among multiple shooting sports – but the UK guys do only small-bore, and they become very good at it.
But the last two or three years we’ve had shooters from all over New Hampshire, including from the junior programs in Hudson (coached by Bill Dutton) and Keene (coached by Larry Parker). And we’ve won two years in a row now!
Plymouth International Small-bore Rifle Match Results