National Rifle Association Imperial Meeting

Charterhouse Head of Shooting, Captain VJ Burrell-Taylor MBE, reports from the NRA's 152nd Imperial Meeting, held this summer 

I have the pleasure to report that six pupils from Charterhouse (James Ingham, Max Gerhardt, George Lake Coghlan, Nick Shutt, Max Sheridan-Oliver and Lucas Hinkly) entered and competed in the NRA Imperial Meeting this year. They all did extremely well, considering training had been restricted by COVID. They put in some very credible scores over the first six days, in very hot and humid weather, with some very tricky wind changes. Many of their names appeared several times on prize lists, meaning they will be awarded NRA bronze bars and badges. 

Our Top Shot was Max Gerhardt (pictured above), who earned a place in the UK Cadets Short Range Team. Max's team was shooting against the Services Teams and came second to the Army and beat the RAF. Max won his way through to ‘Her Majesty The Queen’s Final', coming 57th out of 100 of the Top Shots in the Country. Max is the first current Carthusian do so for very many years and it was also very pleasing to see our Old Captain of Shooting, Henry Waldern's (V20) name appear in the Top 50 of the Grand Aggregate, as he is continuing his shooting at University and is obviously still doing well.

We said goodbye to James Ingham and wish him luck in the future. We expect to see his name on prize lists and hopefully the Grand Aggregate too next year, and the five remaining pupils have expressed a wish to compete again, as they all loved it.

We would not have been able to do any of this without the support of the ‘Old Carthusian Society’ who gave us grants, first to upgrade the old private rifles we have and also purchase the new rifle that Max Sheridan-Oliver ‘run in’ this meeting. We are grateful for the donation from Mrs Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (mother of Alex G20) as this enabled us to buy the rifle that Max Gerhardt put to such good use. We are also very thankful to Mrs Patel (mother of Caius B19) who kindly donated the rather fine security cabinet that they are all stored in.

The Teams thanks go to everyone who supports us and enables us to succeed, Catering, Operations, Security, the Bursar, the Contingent Commander and SSI, our assistant coach Fg Off. Alison Carnell, and the parents who paid the NRA entry fees and allowed the boys to be away from home for the duration of the meeting.

We are looking forward to full bore matches against Oxford University and Exeter University next term, and the Cadet Council for Rifle Shooting ‘Bisley Final’ (to replace the cancelled 2021 Schools meeting) in the October half term.

Report written by VJ Burrell-Taylor MBE (Master of Shooting)

Photographs taken by the National Rifle Association