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The 88th Inverness-shire Rifle Association Open was held at Cawdor in August 2018. In former times, it was a very large event held at Fort George and the competitions were competed for by individuals as well as teams from various Army Battalions and RAF bases. Due to budget constraints, military involvement fell away and it is now a two-day series of competitions for civilian shooters. The range of trophies is impressive, although not as ornate or valuable as the ones which are no longer shot for which can be seen in the Highlander’s Museum at Fort George.
Over the two days, there are seven trophies for both TR (this discipline has two classes) and F/TR, plus the Astor Tankard for the top TR shooter who is born or resident in the Grampian/Highland area. The complete course of fire involves 98 rounds, from 300 meters to 600 yards. It attracts shooters of all levels, including those who have shot at International Level to experienced club shots. This competition generates points which count in the Scottish Grand Master competition which held over four competitions, with the Inverness competition being the only one away from Blair Atholl.
Over the weekend, the standard of shooting was excellent, the weather was kind, but with some interesting wind conditions! In TR B, both Andy Bochel and David Smith posted good scores beating several TR A shooters. In TR A, after 88 rounds fired, Claire Halleran was narrowly pipped for the Grand Agg by Angus McLeod by only 4 V-bulls. I’d also like to make special mention of Jamie Donaldson-Webster’s very impressive score of 200.16 in the Earl of Cawdor Quaich, beating the existing highest of 200.14 posted by Paul Crosbie in 2015. I have to ask…. what happened to the other 4 Jamie??????