History

The Oxford University Rifle Volunteers was officially enrolled on 8 August 1859. The newly mustered corps was reviewed on Cowley Marsh by the Prince of Wales, who gave the right to bear his feathers, which OUPC still wear. These feathers serve as a reminder that the OUPC (and the OURC) are the successors to OURV, along with the Oxford University Officers Training Corps; which was evolved out of the OURV under the Haldane reforms of 1908, when all the Rifle Volunteers were formed into the Territorial Army.

The first revolver (full-bore) varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge took place in 1908 at the NRA Imperial meet and was officially incorporated into the programme in 1909 with the first win going to Cambridge. The competition has had a number of names over the years, first the "Universities Revolver Match", then in 1929, the "Heslop Cup", to the "Oxford and Cambridge Revolver Match" in 1949, and once again in 1962 to the "Oxford and Cambridge Pistol Match". This match was not shot during either set of world war years, 1915-1919 and 1940-1945. It was also not shot in 1997 due to the law changing.

In 1960, a second Varsity match began: The Smallbore Pistol Match, initially this was shot with .22 rimfire ammunition.

In 1997, Handguns were banned by British law. From this point, the main competition between the Universities has been the Smallbore match, now shot on air pistols, following the Standard Pistol course of fire (4x 5 shots in 150 seconds, 4x 5 shots in 20 seconds, 4x 5 shots in 10 seconds). However, the full-bore varsity is still contested at the Imperial match every summer, now called the "Oxford and Cambridge Match", using Gallery Rifle Centre Fire (GRCF) or Muzzle Loading Pistols (MLP). This match is shot in teams of 4 usually following either the ‘centre-fire pistol’ course of fire (30 rounds precision, 30 rounds duelling) or the ‘Scott Medal’ course (10 or 20 rounds of precision with 5 sighters). Occasionally, unofficial Full-bore Varsity matches are shot on pistols in Switzerland, where it is legal to do so, at meetings of the British Alpine Rifles.

Thanks to Steve Black and the Rifle Club for the information about OURV, and Cambridge University Revolver & Pistol Club for permission to reproduce the history of our competition, and the NRA for the scores from the past Imperial Meetings.

Below are the known results of the Varsity Matches. Please email the IT Officer if you know of any corrections.

Fullbore Results Smallbore Results
Total results: Oxford: 45 Cambridge: 54 Drawn: 0 Unknown: 0. *In 1982 Oxford win after a tie. Total results: Oxford: 25 Cambridge: 15 Drawn: 1 Unknown: 18
2019 Oxford 1322 Cambridge 1488
2018 Oxford 1509 Cambridge 1500
2017 Oxford 1523 Cambridge 1499
2016 Oxford 1536 Cambridge 1529
2015 Oxford 1485 Cambridge 1520
2014 Oxford 1462 Cambridge 1492
2013 Oxford 1389 Cambridge 1488
2012 Oxford 701 Cambridge 742
2011 Oxford 701 Cambridge 739
2010 Oxford 658 Cambridge 722
2009 Oxford 335 Cambridge 334
2008 Oxford 682 Cambridge 639
2007 Oxford 1099 Cambridge 894
2006 Oxford 577 Cambridge 736
2005 Oxford 666 Cambridge 710
2004 Oxford   Cambridge 709
2003 Oxford   Cambridge  
2002 Oxford   Cambridge  
2001 Oxford   Cambridge  
2000 Oxford   Cambridge  
1999 Oxford   Cambridge  
1998 Oxford   Cambridge  
1997 No competition
1996 Oxford 1442 Cambridge 1358
1995 Oxford 1370 Cambridge 1300
1994 Oxford 2064 Cambridge 1828
1993 Oxford   Cambridge 1909
1992 Oxford 2095 Cambridge  
1991 Oxford 1962 Cambridge 1978
1990 Oxford 2045 Cambridge 2012
1989 Oxford 2081 Cambridge 1556
1988 Oxford 2081 Cambridge  
1987 Oxford 2073 Cambridge  
1986 Oxford 2162 Cambridge 2013
1985 Oxford 2154 Cambridge 1817
1984 Oxford 1374 Cambridge 1368
1983 Oxford 1341 Cambridge 1414
1982* Oxford 1426 Cambridge 1426
1981 Oxford   Cambridge 1435
1980 Oxford 1395 Cambridge 1385
1979 Oxford 1319 Cambridge 1355
1978 Oxford 1297 Cambridge 1397
1977 Oxford 1452 Cambridge 1344
1976 Oxford   Cambridge 1364
1975 Oxford 1338 Cambridge  
1974 Oxford 1333 Cambridge  
1973 Oxford 1356 Cambridge  
1972 Oxford 1349 Cambridge 1416
1971 Oxford 1138 Cambridge 1321
1970 Oxford 1138 Cambridge 1386
1969 Oxford   Cambridge 1297
1968 Oxford 1415 Cambridge  
1967 Oxford   Cambridge 1361
1966 Oxford   Cambridge 1274
1965 Oxford 1396 Cambridge  
1964 Oxford 1394 Cambridge  
1963 Oxford 1356 Cambridge  
1962 Oxford 1393 Cambridge  
1961 Oxford 1418 Cambridge  
1960 Oxford 331 Cambridge  
1959 Oxford 280 Cambridge  
1958 Oxford   Cambridge 284
1957 Oxford 295 Cambridge  
1956 Oxford 295 Cambridge  
1955 Oxford 278 Cambridge  
1954 Oxford 248 Cambridge  
1953 Oxford 222 Cambridge  
1952 Oxford   Cambridge 238
1951 Oxford   Cambridge 220
1950 Oxford   Cambridge 249
1949 Oxford 191 Cambridge
1948 Oxford   Cambridge 221
1947 Oxford   Cambridge 232
1946 Oxford   Cambridge 207
1945 No competition
1944 No competition
1943 No competition
1942 No competition
1941 No competition
1940 No competition
1939 Oxford   Cambridge 251
1938 Oxford 220 Cambridge  
1937 Oxford   Cambridge 219
1936 Oxford   Cambridge 206
1935 Oxford   Cambridge 247
1934 Oxford   Cambridge 257
1933 Oxford   Cambridge 235
1932 Oxford   Cambridge 242
1931 Oxford   Cambridge 250
1930 Oxford   Cambridge 233
1929 Oxford   Cambridge 233
1928 Oxford   Cambridge 239
1927 Oxford   Cambridge 287
1926 Oxford   Cambridge 255
1925 Oxford   Cambridge 275
1924 Oxford   Cambridge 327
1923 Oxford   Cambridge 360
1922 Oxford 302 Cambridge  
1921 Oxford   Cambridge 264
1920 Oxford   Cambridge 102
1919 No competition
1918 No competition
1917 No competition
1916 No competition
1915 No competition
1914 Oxford   Cambridge 410
1913 Oxford   Cambridge 436
1912 Oxford   Cambridge 481
1911 Oxford   Cambridge 495
1910 Oxford   Cambridge 485
1909 Oxford   Cambridge 433
1908 Unofficial match
2019 Oxford 2158 Cambridge 2024
2018 Oxford 2179 Cambridge 2143
2017 Oxford 2129 Cambridge 2160
2016 Oxford 2166 Cambridge 2157
2015 Oxford 2146 Cambridge 2097
2014 Oxford 2160 Cambridge 2144
2013 Oxford 2066 Cambridge 2116
2012 Oxford 2155 Cambridge 2114
2011 Oxford 2098 Cambridge 2109
2010 Oxford 2139 Cambridge 2041
2009 Oxford 2077 Cambridge 2088
2008 Oxford 2166 Cambridge 2084
2007 Oxford 2144 Cambridge 2156
2006 Oxford 2150 Cambridge 1951
2005 Oxford 2098 Cambridge 2104
2004 Oxford 2101 Cambridge 2046
2003 Oxford Cambridge
2002 Oxford 1962 Cambridge 1992
2001 Oxford 1984 Cambridge 1900
2000 Oxford 1947 Cambridge 2071
1999 Oxford Cambridge
1998 Oxford Cambridge
1997 Oxford Cambridge
1996 Oxford 2011 Cambridge 2097
1995 Oxford 1958 Cambridge 2069
1994 Oxford Cambridge
1993 Oxford 2025 Cambridge 2000
1992 Oxford 2146 Cambridge 2051
1991 Oxford 2009 Cambridge 1911
1990 Oxford 2081 Cambridge 1885
1989 Oxford 1799 Cambridge 1626
1988 Oxford Cambridge
1987 Oxford Cambridge
1986 Oxford 746 Cambridge 692
1985 Oxford 725 Cambridge 699
1984 Oxford 694 Cambridge 694
1983 Oxford Cambridge
1982 Oxford Cambridge
1981 Oxford 714 Cambridge 721
1980 Oxford Cambridge
1979 Oxford 559 Cambridge 574
1978 Oxford 704 Cambridge 649
1977 Oxford Cambridge
1976 Oxford Cambridge
1975 Oxford Cambridge
1974 Oxford Cambridge
1973 Oxford 627 Cambridge 616
1972 Oxford Cambridge
1971 Oxford Cambridge
1970 Oxford Cambridge
1969 Oxford Cambridge
1968 Oxford Cambridge
1967 Oxford Cambridge
1966 Oxford Cambridge
1965 Oxford Cambridge
1964 Oxford Cambridge
1963 Oxford Cambridge
1962 Oxford Cambridge
1961 Oxford Cambridge
1960 Oxford Cambridge