21 June 2018

Prize winners of 2017 NRA Handgun League announced

Every competitor who entered the 2017 NRA handgun league was automatically entered into a prize draw to win a GSG tactical 1911 .22 rimfire long-barrelled pistol worth £658, thanks to sponsorship by Edgar Brothers. Last year’s winners Steve Smoothy and David Salter were drawn at random and presented with the handguns at Bisley in Surrey.

The league was initially established to encourage grass roots participation in the sport and to take the NRA to new regions in the UK. The NRA’s handgun league is the largest of its type in the UK and open to all, not solely NRA members.

Each competition comprises of a number of stages where competitors are faced with numerous types of shooting challenges in a timed competition. The winner is always the person who could shoot all the targets in the shortest time.

Seen as a way to reward participation, those who entered the 2017 competitions where automatically entered into a ballot to win the GSG handgun. This year Steve Smoothy, a company director from Gloucestershire was the first lucky recipient to be presented with the handgun.

Sadly Mike Jake, the winner of the 2016 handgun league passed away before receiving his prize, so his family kindly agreed for his prize to be re-awarded. This allowed for a second winner to be drawn at random, who was David Salter, a project manager from Hampshire, also winning a GSG 1911.

Commenting on his win Steve Smoothy said: “I was utterly delighted to win, it’s my first win in 40 years of shooting and believe me I shoot a lot. I enjoy everything from gallery rifle, to pistol shooting and steel challenge. The GSG 1911 will be a nice addition to my battery of firearms.”

Astonished to have won, David Salter commented: “I was so grateful to be awarded the GSG pistol, I’ve been shooting for approximately five years now and was in the market for a new long-barrelled pistol. I will definitely be using it to compete in the 2018 handgun league. I must thank both Michael Jake’s family and Edgar Brothers for their generous donation.”