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The Big 5 Target Rifle Matches Palma Match is shot over 2 days, each team consisting of 16 firers and 4 coaches with a main coach. The course of fire is 2 sighters and 15 shots to count at 800, 900 and 1000 yards on each of the 2 days. 2011 saw the adoption of new a new scoring system with each bulls-eye scoring 5 points, not 10 as in previous years. The highest possible score is 7200 with 1440 v-bulls per team (450 with 90 v-bulls per person). A new record score of 7027 with 651 v-bulls was achieved by Great Britain in 2011. The highest individual score is 446 with 53 v-bulls (adjusted to the new scoring system) set by Gillian Webb-Enslin of Australia in 2007. The Australia Match is shot for by a team of 10 firers. Each shooter fires 2 sighters and 10 shots to count at 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards. The Match can be held in any country when the NRA of Australia decrees. The National match is shot for by a team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales each with 20 firers on 5 targets. Each shooter fires 1 sighter and 7 shots to count at 300, 500 and 600 yards. As mentioned above, the match is now held at Bisley but a winning team captain is entitled to hold the match in their own country as Ireland did in 2003. The Mackinnon Match In 1902 the match conditions were changed to teams of 12, shooting 10 shots each at 900 and 1000 yards. These are the same conditions used today. The highest possible score is 1200 with 240 v-bulls. The record score is 1176 with 139 v-bulls, achieved by John Warburton's England team in 2012. The highest individual score is 100 with 17 v-bulls, shot by Ed Jeens (Wales) in 2010 and Peter Jory (Guernsey) in 2001. The Kolpaore Match Up to 1908 the match conditions were 7 shots at 200, 500 and 600 yards. From 1908 to 1914, it changed to 7 shots at 300, 500 and 600 yards. In 1919 the number of shots increased to 1 sighter and 10 shots at 300, 500 and 600 yards and this has remained in place to this day. The match is shot at Bisley during the annual Imperial meeting. The Mother Country was renamed Great Britain in 1982.

Minute of Angle : 1 moa = 1/60 of a degree : 1 moa is 1.047 inches at 100 yards. A minute of arc, arcminute, or minute arc (MOA), is a unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth (1⁄60) of one degree. In turn, a second of arc or arcsecond is one sixtieth (1⁄60) of one arcminute. Because one degree is defined as one three hundred and sixtieth (1⁄360) of a rotation, one minute of arc is 1⁄21,600 of a rotation, which also equals π⁄10,800 radians. It is used in those fields that require a unit for the expression of small angles, such as astronomy, optometry, ophthalmology, optics, navigation and marksmanship