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Competitions & Results

The Association provides a wide-ranging selection of competitions for its affiliates.  All take place in the winter indoor season (October to March).

Competitions overview
County Teams
Shoulder-to-Shoulder Lg.
Team Postal League
Individual Postal League
Championships
CYOH
Air Rifle & Pistol
3-Positions
World Cup
Miscellaneous


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The Association's origins, development and purposes are set out here.

A Bit of History . . .

The Association was formed in 1906, during the period at the beginning of the 20th century which saw the founding of many shooting clubs and associations all over the United Kingdom. Shooting of all kinds was encouraged by the Government at that time, at the instigation of Earl Roberts who had despaired at the lack of marksmanship of British soldiers in the Boer War. Its aims and purposes then were much the same as they are now, namely to provide a local mechanism to encourage the development of shooting skills. However, the difference nowadays is that these skills are no longer of a military nature but relate only to the sport of smallbore target rifle shooting and the Association provides such competitions for the local smallbore rifle clubs.

Its original name was the Edinburgh and Midlothian Association of Civilian Rifle Clubs, which evolved into the Edinburgh & Midlothian Association of Miniature Rifle Clubs and then to the Edinburgh and Midlothian Smallbore Rifle Association. Unfortunately it is not known in what years these changes took place, but the last one was probably in the 1950s.  It changed to the current name in 1977 at the time of a reorganisation of local government that year in order to widen its scope to include the whole of the newly-created Lothian Region which combined the old West, Mid and East Lothian counties. The opportunity was also taken to include air weapons in the shooting disciplines covered in line with a growing demand (which has since dissipated alarmingly).

Unfortunately not much is known about the early years of the Association up to the 1960s as records have been lost, but we have a history of regularly producing fine marksmen and women in prone, air rifle and 3P, and clubs whose stars have risen and waned on both the UK and Scottish shooting scenes. Edinburgh Citizens RC was a most formidable club for many years from the 1930s to the 1960s, as was EU Alumni some years later in the 1990s.  Several of our trophies date from the early 1900s and are most impressive.

The Association has no shooting facilities of its own, although up to the early 1960s it had (or at least had the use of) an outdoor range in Blackford Glen in Edinburgh and many shooters in those days travelled there in the summer evenings by tram and foot (openly carrying their rifles and ammunition - nobody worried about that sort of thing then). This range was eventually abandoned after years of trouble and damage caused by vandalism. The Association's last outdoor league was run in 1963. In later years the Association's outdoor shooting activities were held on Balerno & Currie R.C.'s outdoor range at Glenbrook near Balerno and then at Musselburgh R.C.'s range, but, since these ranges became defunct, there has been no outdoor range in Lothian Region and that situation still persists to this day despite efforts by the Executive Committee to find a new site.

A potentially very promising site was identified in 1991 near Cousland in Midlothian, but after objections from one particular local resident who forced a sound test to be carried out, this regrettably had to be abandoned. Other sites have been briefly considered and rejected for one reason or another. We live in hope. If anyone reading this knows of a piece of flat or flattish land approximately 125m long by at least 30m wide, with or without a natural backstop such as a hill or a quarry face, within 20 minutes or so of Edinburgh which might be made available for a smallbore range, then please get in touch with the webmaster using the email link below.

See the Association's administrative setup and procedures (including the Constitution and Byelaws).

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