Constitution

The IGRF Constitution

 

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The Constitution of the International Gallery Rifle Federation


1.0 IGRF Objectives


1.1
Promote the development of Gallery Rifle shooting worldwide.

1.2Encourage contact and collaboration between shooting sport organisations of countries
responsible for Gallery Rifle.

1.3Develop international competition worldwide, supervise international matches and support
a common set of worldwide rules.


2.0 IGRF Council


2.1
The IGRF council is comprised of three representatives from each National Governing
Body (NGB), plus a President, a Chairman and a General Secretary / Treasurer. The President
and Chairman may also be a NGB representative.
2.2IGRF council issues are decided by majority vote.
2.3IGRF Council issues can be voted on during council meetings or by postal council vote if
required between council meetings.


3.0 National Governing Body Representatives


3.1
Each NGB decides on their how their council representatives are assigned and the term
served.
3.2Each NGB representative has as an equal vote on the council.
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3.3 A NGB representative may assign their proxy vote on any council affair to another council
representative from the same NGB.
3.4Proxy votes must be declared prior to a council meeting or council vote.


4.0 President


4.1
Elected by council for a term of five years.
4.2At the end of this term, the incumbent may be re-elected by council vote.
4.3The President represents the IGRF in its official functions and has the casting vote at all
council meetings or council votes. The President may serve on the council as a representative
of a NGB and therefore retains the right to vote on IGRF affairs as one of three NGB
representatives.


5.0 Chairman


5.1
Elected by council for a term of three years.
5.2At the end of this term, a replacement candidate will be sought through consultation with
each NGB and elected by council.
5.3Serves on the council as a representative of a NGB and therefore the Chairman retains the
right to vote on IGRF affairs as one of three NGB representatives.
5.4Chairs IGRF meetings, sets agendas and promotes the objectives of the IGRF through
development strategies.


6.0 General Secretary / Treasurer


6.1
Elected by council for a term of three years.
6.2At the end of this term a replacement candidate will be sought through
consultation with each NGB and is elected by the council.
6.3Does not vote on council affairs.
6.3Supports the Chairman and the council, keeps records and minutes, prepares and
responds to requests for statements, information and general enquiries.
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7.0 National Governing Body


7.1
IGRF membership is open to one NGB that is recognised by the government of its home
country as a legitimate organisation supporting the interests of national Gallery Rifle
competitors and developing target shooting sports in that country.
7.2The NGB will have a defined process for recognition of competitor nationality, national
squad selection, national squad development and national team selection.
7.3The NGB will document how international competition is supported.
7.4The NGB of any nation may apply for membership of the IGRF subject to the conditions of
the IGRF constitution.
7.5Advice will be provided by the IGRF council to any enquiring nation to assist them in
meeting the minimum requirements of a NGB as defined in the IGRF constitution.
7.6Acceptance of a NGB into the IGRF will be by unanimous agreement of member NGB’s at
the time of application.
7.7The IGRF council’s role is to collaborate with the recognised NGB’s of all member states.
7.8The IGRF council will not comment on internal issues of a NGB member state.
7.9 The IGRF acknowledges the rights of each NGB to control Gallery Rifle shooting within its
own country.
7.10It is the sole responsibility of each NGB to ensure compliance with all relevant legislative
requirements in connection with the sport.
7.11NGB affiliation fee to the IGRF will be agreed at the Annual IGRF Council Meeting.


8.0 Annual IGRF Council Meeting


8.1
The Secretary provides notice to the council members of the date and location of the
annual council meeting. This meeting will normally take place during an international Gallery
Rifle meeting.
8.2Each NGB should provide agenda items to the Chairman and Secretary in sufficient time
prior to the annual council meeting to allow preparation of documents for review by the council.
8.3The annual council meeting is open to IGRF council members and invited guests only.
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9.0 The IGRF World Championship


9.1
The IGRF World Championship takes place every two years.
9.2The location and date for the IGRF World Championship is decided at least two years prior
to the event at the annual council meeting.
9.3NGB’s are required to have successfully managed an international open event before
hosting an IGRF World Championship.


10.0 International Open Matches


10.1
IGRF approved Annual International Open Matches will be managed by the recognised
NGB of the host nation.
10.2The Annual International Open Match venue, date and competition structure will be
declared by the NGB to the IGRF council at the annual council meeting, or by communication
prior to that meeting, one year prior to the event.


11.0 IGRF Development Strategy


11.1
The Chairman will publish an update on progress of the development strategy for
consideration by the council prior to the annual council meeting.


12.0 International Gallery Rifle Rules


12.1
The IGRF requires the use of the current edition of The Gallery Rifle and Pistol
Handbook as published by the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom for all
international competition core rules.
​ ​Long Barrel Revolver / Pistol are noted in the Handbook,
however, are unique to UK legislation and as such are not included in the remit of the IGRF.
12.2To encourage greater participation in competition and further development in all member
countries, the use of nationally
​ ​recognised GRCF firearms and ammunition are further defined
in term 13.3.2 below.
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13.0 Definition of Gallery Rifle Firearms and Ammunition


13.1
Firearms fall into the categories described and will compete in separate events.
13.2To promote international participation in Gallery Rifle the following definitions will be used.


13.3 GRCF – Gallery Rifle Centrefire


Gallery Rifles in a centrefire calibre are divided into the following types:-
13.3.1 GRCF Standard: a lever action rifle with an integral tube magazine. Any sight
may be used, with the exception of lasers which project onto the target itself.
13.3.2 GRCF Open: any other rifle of different design that complies with the
relevant legislation of the hosting country. Any sight may be used, with the exception of
lasers which project onto the target itself.
13.3.3 GRCF Classic: a lever action rifle with an integral tube magazine and “In the
Spirit of the Original”


13.3.3.1 GRCF Classic at IGRF Sanctioned Matches.


National matches not sanctioned by IGRF may use local criteria as defined
by the NGB. For example, German local events allow only buckhorn rear
sights; in the UK and ROI closed sights, including Williams Peep, Ladder or
Marbles Tang sights are allowed.
This clause overrides any local criteria for IGRF sanctioned Gallery Rifle
Classic matches. The following requirements maintains the overarching
principle of Gallery Rifle Classic which is “In the Spirit of the Original”.
13.3.3.2 Front Sight
The front sight must be of traditional construction and be of post or circular
design.
There should be no element of magnification.
The sight must be black and may contain a single brass bead or a single
white bead.
The front sight must not contain any other coloured insert or light collecting
fibre.
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13.3.3.3 Rear Sight
The rear sight may be of open buckhorn or closed design, mounted on the
upper of the receiver or tang of the rifle.
There should be no element of magnification.
If of closed design, the sight must be black and should have a single peep
hole.
The rear sight must not contain any coloured insert or light collecting fibre.
13.3.3.4 Butt plate
The rifle butt should not allow for a variable adjustment for elevation at the
butt plate.
Therefore if a variable butt plate is fitted, it must be secured in the neutral
position, in line with the upper and lower contours of the stock.
There should be no butt plate hook attached to the rifle stock.
13.3.3.5 Stock
Raised stock cheek-piece. No synthetic materials such as plastic, carbon
fibre or other modern materials are allowed in either a fixed or variable
element of a raised stock cheek piece.
No element of a variable stock such as a wooden cheek-piece should be in a
raised position and it must be secured in the lower neutral position.
A wooden, non-variable cheek-piece of traditional design may be used only if
it is fixed to the rifle and must remain on the rifle for all elements of a
competition.
13.3.3.6 Fore-end
The fore-end should be of original design, with no attachments or
replacement that allows added elevation, improved grip of the rifle, or any
other modification.
13.3.3.7 Compliance
Any uncertainty regarding whether or not a rifle complies with the above
requirements shall be decided by the Match Director or delegate and their
decision is final.
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13.4 All GRCF firearms must comply with the following:-


13.4.1 Calibre
. Any centrefire calibre rifle that complies with range limitations at ranges
where the event is to be hosted (see also section 13.7 below).
13.4.2 Trigger Weight. No minimum permitted trigger weight, but the trigger must be
safe in the judgement of the Chief Range Officer (CRO).
13.4.3 Slings. The use of slings is prohibited.
13.4.4 Sights. Any sight may be used, with the exception of lasers which project onto
the target itself. GRCF Classic is excluded from this clause.


13.5 GRSB – Gallery Rifle Smallbore


13.5.1
. The standard for GRSB is a .22” LR rimfire self-loading rifle with a detachable
magazine.
13.5.2. Any other designs in .22” LR rimfire are permitted, but may not be suited to all
event types.


13.6 All GRSB must comply with the following:


13.6.1 Calibre. .22” LR rimfire only.
13.6.2 Trigger Weight. No minimum permitted trigger weight, but the trigger must be
safe in the judgement of the CRO.
13.6.3 Slings. The use of slings is prohibited.
13.6.4 Sights. Any sight may be used, with the exception of lasers which project onto
the target itself.
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13.7 Ammunition


13.7.1
All ammunition must have sufficient energy to pass through paper/card
targets and their backing boards.
13.7.2 Shots which do not pass through such targets will be scored as misses.
13.7.3All ammunition must comply to the range limitations at ranges where the event is
to be hosted and be compliant with any other relevant legislation of the hosting country.


14.0 IGRF Contact


14.1
The IGRF Council can be contacted at council@igrf.org
14.2The IGRF website is located at http://igrf.org