Club Shoot 28th September Results
The last club shoot of the season was shot on a virtually windless day-but also one of virtually zero visibilty at times, especially at 1000yds when the number boards were unreadable and the aiming mark was described as "A dark grey blur against a mid-grey background" which prompted the Pythonesque response " You could see a blur? You were lucky"
Many thanks to John Potter for again turning out to do another day as Duty Member despite not being able to shoot all season.
Please remember the range close-down day on 19 October, starting with a 500yd shoot.
The Lochboisdale Match took place 21st September 2014 at Atholl, weather was bright and sunny with a light fishtailing wind. Numbers were disappointing with only 12 competitors.
West Atholl won the Match ten points clear of the West of Scotland Team.
Highest scorers were Tim Kidner in the winning team with 75v8v and Walter Buchanan in the West of Scotland team with 75v11v.
West Atholl Rifle Club 436v44
West of Scotland Rifle Club 426v38
Next years Match will be 2+15 at 500 & 600 yards, hopefully this will encourage more members to attend the shoot.
East of Scotland Open Results
Murray Cup 14thth September Results
Thirteen people turned out for the main Club event of the year. The day was dull and cold compared with the previous day at the East of Scotland Open where it was almost too hot, but stayed dry apart from a few minutes of drizzle as we finished.
Many thanks to all who helped set up, change targets and close down; and to John Potter for volunteering to be duty member despite being unable to shoot, and for running the day so smoothly. Commiserations to John MacRae whose trigger failed after a few shots on Saturday and again on Sunday: a round trip from Tain, two nights' accommodation etc and nothing to show for it.
Kenny MacDonald was the clear and deserving winner with not a point off (and 38 ex 45 Vs), having lost only two points ex 330 the previous day. Pat MacLaughlin took the F/TR trophy by one point.
Club Shoot 31st August Results
Eighteen of us enjoyed a day of sunshine and light winds, marred only by repeated problems with the target system, so the last shot was fired at 5pm. I am grateful to those who helped with the several tasks of the day, and especially to those who stayed on after this late finish to help close down. I hope most of us got home by nightfall. Thanks to some sterling work by James Bell it looks as if the problems with the target system have been solved. Inside one monitor a metal shield had come adrift and was hopping around with the shock of muzzle blast, causing intermittent electronic mayhem: yet another example of "the perversity of inanimate objects". Well done James!
Because of concerns expressed by several members we reverted to shooting in fixed deatils. This had a mixed reception. Views on this will be welcomed.
We could discuss it at the AGM.
East of Scotland Rifle Club Open Championship
Jubilee Range - Blair Atholl on Saturday 13th September 2014
Perth Scotland v Perth Australia
Perth Australia still to submit scores
Scottish Long Range
Scotland v Ireland v Wales F/TR and F-Open team matches
On Saturday our day was brightened by a trio of enthusiastic, cheerful and well-mannered pupils from Sedbergh School with shooting master David Nuthall. After a four and a half hour drive they had pitched camp at 10-30 on Friday night and by 08-30 on Saturday with tents down, breakfast cooked and eaten they were ready for the Montrose at 900yds. I may be corrected, but I believe this is the first time we have had formal representation from a school south of the border since the range opened 37 years ago. They will be welcome to return at any time: as well as their enthusiasm and competence they (helped by Peter Glen) lowered the average age of TR shooters present from about 65 to nearer 40. Well done folks!
Keith Baxby, WARC Chairman
Crosses Shoot - Cawdor v West Atholl
Pentagonal / Finlux Inter-Club Team Matches
Scottish Multi-discipline Shooting Championship
West of Scotland Open Results
Perthshire Target Shooting Supplies
Members may be interested that Peter Hunt has taken over the business of Perthshire Target Shooting Supplies and is now able to supply reloading components etc to shooters. Further details are on the PTS website at http://www.ptssuppliesltd.com/. We wish Peter Burbridge a happy second (or is it third) retirement and thank-him for his efforts in supplying Scottish shooters over the last decade or so.
Range up and running 13th March
Sixteen members turned up on a very nice day (once the snow shower had passed) to return the targets from their winter storage to the frames. Once the problem of a mix up between target numbers 3 and 6 was corrected we had five operational targets working to keep us amused with testing sights. Further work is needed to sort target 6.
Thanks to those involved: John Potter, Hugh Inglis, James Bell, Bill Kilmartin, Peter & Dan Burbridge, Simon & Peter Glen, Wendy & Sean Thomas, Jim McCall, Adam MacPherson, John Macdonald, Mark Guest, and Kevin Nangle.
Private Member's Bill - Repeal Handgun Ban
Though the closing date has passed according to the front page of the Telegraph, the petition is still live and the votes will count.
SRA request for 2014 Team Availability
2014 Member's Subscription & Update Form now available here
Amendments to the Firearms Rules bring new application forms into effect from 1st December 2013
One change being: The requirement for one referee to be a club member and the other a non-shooter has been removed.
NRA Range Conducting Officer - Status
NRA RCO qualification lasts for 6 years after last renewal/successful course completion.
If you have a NRA RCO card then please check it to ensure it is still valid. There is only a certain amount of grace period for renewal. Otherwise the full course will have to be completed again.