The Jamaica Rifle Association is a members’ club which fosters the development of the shooting sport fraternity. This therefore means members are offered exclusive rights to training and range equipment this however is not a deterrent to the average sport shooting enthusiast. Our aim here at the JRA is to promote the sport by encouraging persons to come out and try their hand at this ever-growing sport from an early age as 10 years old.
Presently at the Jamaica Rifle Association we shoot the discipline of 50m Rifle Prone (Smallbore Rifle) for both Male and Women. With new developments in the Olympic decisions, members of the rifle team have sought it fit to adapt shooting styles such as our Three Position Counter-Parts.
The Smallbore rifle group at the JRA currently shoots the 50m Rifle Prone (Formerly called the English Match) as outlined by the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF). This event requires the shooter to fire 60 shots in 55 minutes while trying to hit an area half the size of a one dollar coin 50m away. All this is done using a .22 rifle with iron sights and the naked eye. The highest possible score is 600 if scored in integers or 654 if scored in decimals (10.9 is the highest shot value).
The 50m prone is shot at various levels of competitions ranging from the Copa del Caribe regionally to the Pan American and Commonwealth Games and at the very top the Olympic Games every four years. Athletes wishing to compete at the Olympic Games must shoot a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) of 587/600 or 614/654.
At the club level the group trains most Saturdays on Range 1 starting at 11:30am. The group is always looking to expand and welcomes new shooters and interested persons to join the group and start shooting with us.
With recent developments of a 10m Air Range the association has set sights on venturing in the discipline of 10m Air Rifle and Pistol. This too will drive the growth of sport shooting in Jamaica, earning Jamaica its name on the international board as our prone shooters have.