5/6 May 2018 – Northern Ireland Shotgun Championship

Pre-match Thursday 3th & Friday 4th May 2018

Main-match Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018

NEW- training event Monday 7th May 2018

This addition to the event will be ideal for competitors who want to prepare for the WorldShoot in France in August 2018.

18 stages / approx 250 rounds of birdshot (fibre wad only)

Location – Scarva, County Down, Northern Ireland – less than 1 hour from both Belfast airports and the ferry port, 90 mins from Dublin airport.

The match entry fee is £85


The payment deadline to guarantee an entry for the first 150 to register is 30th September 2017 – please use the PAY link

Before the payment deadline – the first 150 entrants into the main match are guaranteed a place, they will be identified with a “P” for Pending in the entry list until they pay and become “A” for approved. If the match is full to capacity all new entries will go to the waiting list and be marked “W”.

After the payment deadline – people on the waiting list will all be changed to “P” and all remaining places will be allocated on a first to pay basis.

In summary – if you entered before the match reached capacity and paid before the 30th of September you will definitely have an entry, if you are on the waiting list please pay as soon as possible after the 30th September to get a palace.


If you liked the 2017 stages then we have a real treat in store for you at the 2018 event with some unique developments in design and target technology already under way. Competitors commented very favourably about the stages last time and we are absolutely determined to take this important aspect of the match to new heights for the next event. Some target previews will follow on our Facebook feed.

Watch a movie of the 2017 event here – NI L3 2017

The event has a Facebook page here which includes a thread to help organise sharing rental cars and hotels – www.facebook.com/NISGL3/

Fancy a bit of tourism? – Discover Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a great place for a holiday with something for everyone – great countryside, interesting history, lots of activities and a welcome for visitors which is famous all over the world. If you are travelling to the match its a great opportunity to stay a little longer and sample what’s on offer, if you want some ideas we are happy to help and will be posting some suggestions on the Facebook feed.

Accomodation & Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place in the Bannville House Hotel, 174 Lurgan Road, Banbridge BT32 4NR – tickets cost £21.50

The Bannville Hotel has offered rooms at £65 double and £50 single, please reference the Northern Ireland Shotgun Championships when you book to access this rate – www.bannvillehouse.co.uk

The gala dinner will be a new and improved format following your feedback from the last event.

Other hotels in the area are – www.downshirearmshotel.com and www.belmontbanbridge.co.uk

There are also lots of other places to stay in close proximity to the event with something to suit all budgets. Please centre your search on Scarva to stay as close as possible.

We may also be able to facilitate camping at the range if there is sufficient interest in this option, please use the contact form (at the top of this page) to express your interest if you would like to camp.

Volunteers / Pre-Match

Entry into the pre-match is restricted to crew and sponsors, if you would like to volunteer please register in the pre-match and send your details on this contact form  – qualified IPSC ROs who work at the match do not pay an entry fee.

    Opportunities for Sponsors and Exhibitors

    If you have a company with products or services which are relevant to IPSC Shotgun competitors you can get exposure to international shooters at our event. If you want to discuss the opportunities please get in touch using this form:

      Northern Ireland Visitor’s Permit for shotguns

      GB visitors:

      You do not need a visitors permit, this changed in 2017, your GB licence is all you need to come here.

      Visitors with a permit issued by any other country outside the UK:

      1. Please download both pages of the visitor’s permit form on this link – VISITORS PERMIT N.I.

      2. Complete the form and scan it

      3. Scan ALL the pages of your Firearm Permit (European Permit or the Licence issued in your own country if not in EU), PLEASE NOTE ALL PAGES, EVEN BLANK PAGES from your permit are required, if you miss a page the application will be returned by our police licencing dept

      4. Email all the scans to Fred – rfjhanna@hotmail.com

      NOTE – We will make a group application for everyone who sends paperwork before Christmas and the match will pay for these permits, individual costs will apply after that point and applications made much after January are at risk of being too late.

      Firearm Laws to consider in Northern Ireland include:

      Barrels under 24″ in length are prohibited.

      There are no magazine capacity restrictions.

      Travel advice

      In our experience the best value flights into Belfast are often with Easyjet and adding a shotgun is a simple part of their online booking process. The best price is usually found when you book about 6 months in advance but bargains can also be available on short notice bookings. Easyjet fly into Belfast International Airport, there are two airports in Belfast and the other one is called Belfast City Airport, please be aware of this when booking a hire car. Here are the airports which have direct flights to Belfast International with Easyjet:

      • Alicante ALC, Spain
      • Amsterdam AMS, Netherlands
      • Barcelona BCN, Spain
      • Birmingham BHX, United Kingdom
      • Bordeaux BOD, France
      • Bristol BRS, United Kingdom
      • Dubrovnik DBV, Croatia
      • Edinburgh EDI, United Kingdom
      • Faro FAO, Portugal
      • Geneva GVA, Switzerland
      • Glasgow GLA, United Kingdom
      • Ibiza IBZ, Spain
      • Jersey JER, United Kingdom
      • Krakow KRK, Poland
      • Lanzarote (Arrecife) ACE, Spain
      • Liverpool LPL, United Kingdom
      • London Gatwick LGW, United Kingdom
      • London Luton LTN, United Kingdom
      • London Stansted STN, United Kingdom
      • Lyon LYS, France
      • Majorca (Palma) PMI, Spain
      • Malaga AGP, Spain
      • Manchester MAN, United Kingdom
      • Newcastle NCL, United Kingdom
      • Nice NCE, France
      • Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG, France
      • Reykjavik (Keflavik) KEF, Iceland
      • Split SPU, Croatia

      Flying via Dublin Airport

      Anyone flying into Dublin (or travelling via any Republic of Ireland airport or ferry port) will need a Transit Permission from the Department of Justice in Dublin in order to pass through Ireland.

      This covers firearms but NOT ammunition and this a major part of our reason for limiting the ammo to birdshot for this match. We have contacted the Dept so they are aware of the competition and they said group applications would be helpful, with all shooters from each country submitting together. This is not mandatory but it would help them which makes it easier for them to help us!

      The process is explained here and it is free of charge – IRL DOJ Forms

      There is a link on that page to download the form you require to apply. Please make sure to do this in plenty of time and from personal experience we know that applying in Nov/Dec/Jan is a good time of the year as it is relatively quiet period on the competition scene.


      All ammunition must be fibre wad due to environmental considerations at the venue.

      Entry payments are non-refundable after the payment deadline but can be transferred to another competitor at any time up to the day before the pre-match begins.

      The match calibration ammunition will be Cheddite Universal Trap 28g fibre wad No.7 ½.