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The 89th Inverness-shire Rifle Association Open was held at Cawdor in August 2019. 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.
On the Saturday, weather was bright and sunny with just a wee puff of wind. One shorts-wearing shooter had a pair of bright red legs at the end of the day! Sun started off with a bit more cloud, but the rain started as we moved to 300 and some smart thinking with the gazebos prevented most folk from getting soaked. Was quite a miserable detail with heavy rain making visibility less than clear. However, this didn’t dampen the spirits and the shooters returned some excellent scores.
Angus and Claire divided the Class A silverware between them. In Class B David topped the scores and collected the silver here. It’ll be Class A for him next year! Andy won the Astor tankard. In F/TR, the silverware was split with each trophy going to a different shooter. In the Earl of Cawdor Quaich, Peter just edged Heather on countback, both equalling Jamie’s record of 200.16 from last year. In the Grand Aggregate we also had a tie. After looking at the last distance shot, Vincent pipped Paul for the cup.