The River Meet (Norway) – Nordic IPSC Rifle Championships 2016

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The River Meeting 2016 took place in Trondheim, Norway, last weekend. Of course there were participants from TFB there to document the event.

Over 300 competitors traveled far for this competition, which constituted as the Nordic IPSC Rifle Championships for this year.

Competitors came from all over the world, for instance Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Czech, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.

The River Meeting is a competition with true rifle distances, from 5 to 380 meters and very challenging conditions, both in terms of weather and shooting difficulties.

For instance, the wind at the 380 meter station was bugging a lot of people.

Due to the lack of longer rifle ranges in Europe, there are a lot of “rifle” competitions with almost pistol distances.

Even the short stages were very challenging. For instance 3 paper targets at 30 meters, shooting 45 degrees down and 2 targets on the other side of the mountain 200 meters away from an unstable barricade.

And remember: You may be cool.

But not shooting down a swamp, making mountain high geysers in Trondheim-cool.

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Above: The Snillfjord area is absolutely beautiful.

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Above: Lukas traveled all the way from South Africa to take part of this excellent rifle competitions. 6 Mini IPSC Targets at 5-20 meters and 4 small steel plates at 200 meters. The steel plates are only a few pixels big on this picture, to be shot prone through the red window. He finished 11:th at 82%, a job well done!

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Very cool stage. .223 Remington “double alphas” down a swamp.

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Below: Michael from Rifle Team TopGun reversing with his Mega AR-15, Vortex optics and Magpul D60.

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Above and below: Johan Hansen from the GP Rifle Team shooting a JP Rifles .223 Rem with Zeiss V8 in a Spuhr mount. He became the Nordic Champion in the senior category.

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Below: One of the members from the Danish National Team.

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Below: Lukas from South Africa again. Far away from home, but probably feels at home!

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Below: Make Love Not War

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Below: The “Stop the EU gun ban” champer flag was very popular among the competitors.

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Below: JP Rifles CTR-02 with side mounted Aimpoint in Spuhr mount.

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Below: Norway’s National Team for IPSC Rifle Open division.

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Below: Denmark’s Open Team.

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Below: Finish standard shooter. (iron optics)

Shooting downhill makes it harder for the gas on a semi-automatic rifle to push the bolt carrier back, so if you’re running low on gas (as a few competitors do, to minimize recoil) you may have a problem. Don’t ask how I know this.

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Another Panorama picture. Believe it or not – there were no mosquitoes here.

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The website for the River Metting 2016 is here: http://www.therivermeeting.no

More pictures and stories in part II



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • iksnilol

    Also, shooting downhill will mess with your POI vs POA.

  • Patrick

    I’d be interested to see an article on the legal logistics of traveling with the firearms required for 3 gun around europe, like from the uk they cant own semi auto centerfire rifled last time I checked.

    • Calimero

      Yep, for UK residents, there’s only IPSC Mini-Rifle. They have their own competitions with straight-pull ARs albeit more “long-rangeish”.

      Traveling within the Schenhen area (which Norway is a part of) is fairly easy once you have your European Firearms Pass. You still have to follow local bans (for example in Germany, only 10 round magazines for semi-auto rifles).

      There’s some extra logistics when flying (especially regarding ammunition, max 5kg) but it’s doable. On larger matches, you might be able to locally source ammunition (which can be a challenge as ballistic comes to plain when shooting 300-400m).

      • Calimero

        Schengen not Schenhen. Typo FTW!

      • Erik B

        Not true. There are people from the UK in IPSC Shotgun and Rifle (manual action), pretty good too.

      • Steve_7

        There are separate divisions in IPSC rifle for manually-operated rifles, standard and open. Not sure if the lever release rifles are okay in those divisions, I suspect not. The EFP is nothing to do with Schengen, it comes from the European Firearms Directive. Norway isn’t an EU member, from what I recall they issue their own import permits.

    • Ezra Bristow

      But we can own lever-release centre fire rifles (gas operated but bolt locks to rear after each shot and can only rechamber after you depress the release located above the pistol grip) and we don’t have banned features so can manage sorta.

    • Steve_7

      If you fly through LHR with prohibited firearms you get a police escort. If you change terminals the police take custody of them and transport them over. I think they’ve started charging to do this.

  • QuadGMoto

    I think I’d have trouble concentrating on the match with all that gorgeous scenery. Wow!

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    No mosquitoes? I’m in.

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    This makes me seriously sad….. All these years ive heard how ultra strict European gun laws were, described as draconian….. And yet, in my country, ive gone from being able to own Rock and Rollers to not even qualifying for a BB gun…

    • Willy André Bergstrøm

      Well, our gun laws, at least here in Norway, are ultra-strict compared to some US states, but pretty relaxed compared to others. The major difference is everything is registered and all purchaes are subject to police approval.

      Major limitations: you have to apply for a purchase permit per gun, and give a good reason for needing that gun. Hunting and competition are pretty much the only valid reasons. You can still get denied despite having a just reason if the police feel you already have a firearm suited for that purpose. The more active you are, the tighter the definition of “suited” gets, so very active competive shooters can have one gun for each competition type, and extremely active shooters get a reserve for their more important categories as well.
      Once in a blue moon, a permit for personal protection may be granted, but that’s pretty much only when the cops acknowledge the threat level against you is so high they cannot possibly protect you, and things like tazers and pepperspray just won’t cut it. As you can imagine, that simply does not happen.
      We generally don’t have carry permits. That only happens if you fall into the “need protection” category, or you have a strong need through your job (a very low number of police and military personnell and a very limited amount of highly credentialled civillian security contractors). The rest can only carry arms in hunting territory during season (and then only if you’re a licensed hunter), or at ranges. At all other times the firearm is to be unloaded, discretely packaged and if out of your sight, locked down.

      Does this in any way hinder hunting or competitive shooting? Not really. They’re pretty common sense if you catch my drift 🙂
      (Oh, and all of my firearms are illegal to import into the US, despite two of them being manufactured there).

      • Benjamin Goldstein

        So you can have an AR15 and i believe you can have suppressors

        • Willy André Bergstrøm

          Yes, the AR after jumping through quite a few hoops, and the suppressor over the counter at any store.
          The suppressor thing is really backwards in the US. Here it’s considered a positive. Contributes to safety since hunters can walk around without ear protection, hearing the world around them. It also cuts down on noise pollution.