Bench Rest shooting is a National and International competition.
In this sport, the rifle is supported on a stand sitting on a bench. The shooter is responsible for aiming onto the target via a telescopic sight. This discipline requires shots to be perfectly precise as scores in Bench shooting are typically higher than any of the other disciplines. Bench is also more accessible to a wider range of shooters as the rifle is supported via the stand and bench so there is no stress on the shooter, this makes it a lot more enjoyable to a wider range of people.
Each competition shot fired can score a maximum of 10 points. Each target has a inner ten (or in old terminology a "Bulls Eye", to score a 10 the bullet has to touch or clip this inner ten. But if a shooter has a perfect shot and eliminates the inner ten then they score extra, the total number of points and inner tens will decide the final score for the shooter.
In Bench the 20 metre card has 23 targets on it, the very left three been used for sighting in the rifle, then one competition shot is fired into each of the other 20 targets. The 50 metre card has 22 targets on it, again the very left two are used for sighting in the rifle, then 1 competition shot is fired into each of the 20 targets. The 90 metre card has 3 targets, usually the top target is used to sight in the rifle, then 10 competition shots are fired into each of the other 2 targets.
9th to 14th of July - TRA National Championships
21st of July - Warren Potent & Graham Lawler Round 3
28th to 29th of July - Portland Annual Prize Shoot and Merv Friend 600
50m Prone Pennant: 5th February - 15th April
20m Bench Pennant: 26th February - 6th May
10m Air Pennant: 16th April - 24th June
10m Air Supported Pennant: 16th April - 24th June
20m Prone Pennant: 25th June - 30th September
50m Bench Pennant: 1st October - 9th December