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Barnard Rifles for Sale
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Mike Baillie-Hamilton wins the 2015 Match Rifle Hopton Grand Agg. by 5 points
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URGENT SAFETY NOTICE

An accident on 4th July 2015 at Bisley, fortunately resulting in only minor injury, has highlighted a safety issue.

NRA Safety Notice

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Range Work day 4th July

Seven members turned out on a very wet work day. We re-sited the Gilbert's bridge flagpole and Rangers' notice and Hugh felled the saplings at the 500 point which were obscuring one wind flag. Jim McCall spent some time fixing the unstable flagstones which have been wobbling disconcertingly during changing target faces. The main work was to fill in the deep depressions in the butt-stop aggregate behind each target. This was a very heavy job which took 95% of the effort.

Many thanks to the hard working squad of John Gaskell, Andy Hay, Hugh Inglis, Jim McCall, Alan Manson and Sean Thomas.

The remaining tasks of creosoting the toilet and painting the green metal target frames were cancelled due to the weather. Everything needed for those straightforward tasks remains in Baithna and if the rest of the membership wish to do those jobs at times to suit themselves would they please contact me to be told how to gain access.

Keith Baxby

WARC chairman

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It took five men three hours of almost non-stop shovelling to fill in the butt-stop "holes".
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Fixing a new aggregate-retaining board.
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Jim McCall fixing wobbly flagstones.
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East of Scotland Open 12th September

Jubilee Range Blair Atholl

Entry Form

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Club Shoot 300m @ 400yds 5th July

Results

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Winner of 300m @ 400yds - Kenny MacDonald

Eleven members turned up for the annual humiliation of shooting from 400yds with a 300m ISSF target display. Apart from a very short downpour as we started, the weather was fine and warm for the whole shoot.

The F CLass and TRF trophies have gone walkabout so only the TR trophy- which has a permanent safe home in Dulnain Bridge- could be presented.

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Club Shoot 28th June

Results

Twenty-six members and one Visitor turned out on the nearest available date to the 70th Anniversary of the first shoot of West Atholl Home Guard Rifle Club. We shot the usual 2+15 at 4, 5 and 600yds for the Club shoot and added five rounds at 600 for the anniversary trophies, concurrent with the postal match against our sister club in Perth, Australia. Despite heavy rain early in the morning as most of us were leaving home, we shot in dry sunny weather apart from a delay as we started 600 due to a short torrential downpour which obscured the targets. Most of us stayed on for an excellent tea at the Atholl Arms. Here's to the next 70 years !

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70th Anniversary Shoot
Results
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70th Anniversary commemorative cloth badge
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Tullibardine Open Meeting
15th/16th August
Entry Form
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SRA Long Range Open Results
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Crosses Team Shoot - West Atholl v Cawdor
Results (updated with photos)
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Jim McCall getting everyone started at 900Yds
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ATHOLL ESTATES WILL BE DOING FORESTRY WORK IN BLAIRUACHDAR WOOD OVER THE NEXT MONTH. HEAVY TIMBER LORRIES WILL BE USING THE ROAD TO THE RANGE. PLEASE TAKE EXTRA CARE ON THIS ROAD AND KEEP WITHIN THE AGREED 15MPH LIMIT, ESPECIALLY WHEN PASSING BLAIRUACHDAR STEADING AND THE HOME FARM.

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85th Inverness Open - Cawdor Range
1st & 2nd August
Entry Form
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SRA Scottish Open Results
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Pentagonal & Finlux Team Shoots 24th May

Results

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Club Shoot 10th May

Results

Thirteen members and one visitor attended the second short range shoot and inconsiderately, the weather obeyed the forecast of light to heavy rain for most of the day.

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West of Scotland Open

Results

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Club Shoot 19th April

Results

Twenty six members, a guest and a visitor turned out for the first long range shoot of the year and were joined at 1000yds by 3 further NRCS members plus grandson. Glen Tilt was beginning to shed its winter garb after several days of superb weather. The sun shone all day but, as the red flag shows, the wind was far fresher than the forecast 4mph. Several rapid rises and falls caused trouble, especially at 1000yds, to the extent that only 18 score cards were considered fit to hand in.

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A fine Spring day for a long range shoot
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Changes to MOD Handbook of Defence Land Ranges Safety - March 2015

Brief to Clubs

Joint Service Publication 403 (JSP403) is a four-volume MoD publication, available online. Vol 1 deals with the regulations and procedures for military ranges, Vol 2 with the design and construction of ranges. These contain most of the material relevant to civilian rifle clubs. Vol 1 has been reviewed over the past year or so, and MoD were kind enough to invite the NRA to participate in the review, as a result of which some significant changes have been made in the way that civilian shooters gain access to and operate on military ranges.

Although as a club we do not use MOD ranges we do have members who do so as members of other clubs, and some of the material - especially as referred to on p8- of the Brief is relevant to WARC.

Keith Baxby

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Targets Installed for new 2015 Season

Targets installed and tested Saturday 28th March

In spite of a rather dire weather forecast, the day was largely dry; by the time the targets arrived the rain had moved on and the scheduled severe wind had decided that the Dundee area was a more suitable recipient of its efforts.

On behalf of the members of the Club, and other range users, I would like to thank those who volunteered to assist in loading the targets at Crieff, transporting and installing them at Glen Tilt:

Des Parr, James Bell, Bobby Robertson, Jim McCall, John Potter, Robert Thompson, Mike Ozmond, John Macdonald, Bill Kilmartin, Sean Thomas, Doug Keiller and brother in law Ian McFaddyen, Angus Keiller.

My thanks also to the five other members who also volunteered, but were stood down as we had sufficient effort already committed.

Mike Barton

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New Firearms Licencing Fees from 6th April 2015

The Government has announced its agreement for the firearms licensing fees administered by the police to be increased in-line with the proposals set out in the public consultation document of November/December 2014.

The new fees come into effect from 6th April 2015.

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Target Rifle for Sale

Original Paramount Target Rifle made by Eric McGibbon in 1990

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Target repairs

Having stripped the targets of most of their rubber and transported them to warm, dry premises near Crieff, we recently began the task of re-rubbering them. The first job was to remove the staples -about 220 per target- and the remaining rubber fragments.

Many thanks to the squad who did this: Jeremy Gaywood, Bill Kilmartin, Jim McCall, Des Parr, Bobby Robertson and Paul Sandie (and WARC chairman, who made the tea)

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Starting the job: 5 staples out, 1,315 to go
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Lunchtime: while some of us made do with a sandwich from the Crieff filling station, Jeremy Gaywood raised the tone with his Glyndebourne pic-nic basket - but nearly lost the foie gras to a passing labrador.
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Re-starting after lunch: three down, three to go.
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The results of a day's work by seven men.
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Minutes 2014 AGM (members area)

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2015 Member's Subscription & Update Form now available (members area)

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Chairman's Letter 2014 AGM (members area)

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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.

The relevant NRA web page is here for course details. The RCO renewal form (2013) is here.

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WARC web site front page as at end 2014