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Day 13 – DCRA National Championships (Third day)

The weather was bright, warm, and muggy today. Whilst for at least one of us this meant he could finally get his laundry dry, it also made heat management a major factor in today’s shooting. The day started with the Letson, which features in both the DCRA Grand Aggregate, and as a qualifying score for …

Day 12 – DCRA National Championships (Second day)

Today was day two of the DCRA National Championship, and our fifth consecutive day of shooting. Having now been in country for nearly a fortnight, the challenges of shooting away from the home comforts of Bisley are beginning to show. With long days on the range and evenings a rush of ammo distribution, sandwich making, …

Day 11 – DCRA National Championships (First day)

Today was the first day of the DCRA 🇨🇦. A careful eye needed to be kept on the mirage and flags, and the conditions yielded some very good scores. We started with the Tilton at 500 yards, which was which was two sighters and ten to count. James Postle was third with a 50.8v, followed …

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Dave Rose
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David is honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of team Adjutant, a path well trodden in the last decade. This will be David’s eighth trip to Canada and he is looking forward to visiting new ranges he has not previously shot at. He is particularly looking forward to renewing friendships with our Canadian friends and making new ones at the same time. David started shooting with Epsom College (many years ago) and continued with the OERC and at both County and National teams.

Apart from shooting David spends much of his time flying around the country for work and more importantly to Edinburgh to spend time with his better half

Christopher Heales
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Christopher shoots with the West Suffolk Rifle Club in Norfolk, currently their captain, he is also a regular member of the Norfolk County team. He has previously toured to Canada and Guyana with England and been a member of three European Long Range teams, appearing also in the National and Lawrence. This will be his first GB tour.

When not shooting or at work, he may occasionally be found cycling along local leafy lanes, although vigorously denies having gone full “MAMIL”. He also enjoys cooking and dabbles in the world of home brewing, sometimes with explosive results. Happily married with 2 grown up children and a dog.

James Postle
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James started shooting at prep school aged 11 and continued with small-bore at Brighton College, but it wasn’t until he went to Reading University that he started visiting Bisley. In 1995 James was appointed Shooting Master at Epsom College and enjoyed 13 years coaching teams to 7 Ashburton wins and 5 second places.

He is delighted to be travelling on this team not only with two of his former cadets but also the Captain, who 21 years ago he persuaded might like to come and help coach Epsom – a role he still (willingly apparently!) does today.

In recent years James has had more time to focus on his own rifle shooting and is now County Captain of Gloucestershire. Although this is his first GB tour, it will be his fourth trip to Canada, having been Adjutant of the Athelings in 2001, Commandant in 2010 and toured with the England Team in 2019; he is very much looking forward to returning in hope he can add to his three Governor General badges. James now works at Millfield School where he is a Deputy Head and lives in Cheltenham with his wife Eve.

Michael Bumford
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Mike first began shooting at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham upon joining the CCF in 2009. He shot his first Imperial Meeting in 2012, going on to represent Wales in South Africa and the UKCRT in Jersey in 2013, then GBU19 in South Africa in 2015. After a hiatus during his university years, Mike picked up shooting again in 2020, placing within the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate in 2021 and 2022, as well as shooting his first Queen’s and George’s finals, before being selected to tour the Channel Islands with the NRA team in 2022.

Mike has recently taken on the Vice-Captaincy of Wales, with 4 National and 5 Mackinnon caps to date. Aside from being part of the winning National team in 2021, Mike’s proudest shooting moments include wins over both Jersey and Guernsey on their home ranges with the 2022 NRA team, a feat not easily achieved! Having caught the touring bug again, Mike is looking forward to his first trip to Canada and the experiences that come with shooting on new ranges with new faces.

Away from the range, Mike lives in London with his wife, Katie and black labrador, Ralph. He is a retail property agency surveyor, having recently moved to Knight Frank.

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