It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Bob Aitken.
From his son Colin, I quote:
"Sadly Dad passed away over the weekend.
It was all very sudden and thankfully without suffering - though we will still take time to absorb this.
I would be obliged if you could communicate this development to his many friends in the shooting community.
David and I will look to be in touch shortly."
I will pass on any further information that the family ask me to communicate.
Club Shoot 900/1000yds
25th September Results
Major Alexander John Munro MBE TD
10th September 1916 - 1st September 2016
We are sad and sorry to tell members that Alastair died just short of his 100th birthday. Alastair was on the committee for 63 years, was chairman for 33 years, was at other times Secretary and Treasurer of the Club, and acted as range warden of Jubilee Range from its opening in 1977 until he had to give up full bore shooting at the age of 93.
There is an obituary in the 'Scotsman' newspaper, unfortunately it makes scant mention of Alastair's shooting career and his huge contribution to Scottish smallbore and fullbore shooting, including the establishment of Jubilee range, now the home of Scottish fullbore shooting. Members may like to read it for an appreciation of the rest of his extraordinary life
For the record: His amputation was at Bridge of Earn Perth.
Members who missed Keith Baxby's excellent summary of Alastair's shooting career at the funeral service will have to wait for the NRA Journal which is expected to carry a shooting related obituary.
Link to a special 90th birthday celebration for Alastair in 2006.
Lochboisdale Team Shoot
East of Scotland Open
Tullibardine (Tayside) Open
Inverness Open Results
Approved Clubs - New Home Office Guidance
The Home Office has published new guidance for Approved Rifle and Pistol Clubs with key changes including: Guest Members
The following is courtesy of the NRA:-
We are pleased that the NRA's amendments have been accepted; the definition of "guest member" has been extended to include any member of another Approved Club; and visitors with a FAC or Visitor's permit.
This is helpful and will allow Approved Clubs greater opportunities to broaden the use of guest membership. For example guests who are members of another Approved Club or possess a FAC or Visitor's permit will not require one-to-one supervision, and may be invited to shoot in club competitions and events.
Clubs are required to notify the police of guest days only where the guest(s) are neither / nor members of another Approved Club or visitors with a FAC or Visitor's permit.
The NRA Club Insurance policy covers guest membership; we will review this cover at the end of this year in the light of these new regulations.
The long standing requirement for Clubs shooting at Bisley to notify the range office of guest days continue; this allows range staff to monitor the activities / supervision of shooters without NRA Shooter Certification Cards (NRA SCC).
For the avoidance of doubt all Club members (including all categories of guests) who shoot at Bisley and MoD ranges who do not have an relevant NRA SCC must be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a club member with a relevant NRA SCC or NRA qualified instructor.
Membership Application, Cessation of Membership, Attendance and Non-Attendance
Applications for new membership to be notified to the police must now include full name with date and place of birth.
An attendance register should be kept of all members; for those members with a FAC the register should include the calibre, type and serial number of the firearm(s) used and date used. The NRA's membership database has an online facility for members to record their shooting and includes a helpful print facility.
Clubs are required to notify the police if a membership ceases (within 1 month notice) or if the member has not shot (as soon as practicable and ideally within 1 month notice) with the club for a period of 12 months; the police will then check that FAC holders are still regularly using their firearms. This requirement does not extend to Guest Members.
Club officers are required to ensure they are aware of firearms laws relevant to the membership of the clubs and use their best efforts to ensure that all members remain of good character. The NRA's professional staff can provide advice; contact the membership department in the first instance.
The police have good intelligence regarding the conduct of FAC holders; this is not necessarily the case with members of Approved Clubs who do not possess their own FAC and clubs should remain alert to changes in these members' circumstances.
Ranges and Insurance
Approved clubs are expected to have access to a range deemed suitable to their approval (full bore, small bore and muzzle loading pistol); and have adequate financial arrangements (such as the NRA club insurance policy) in place to meet any injury or damage claim.
(NRA posted: 18-Jul-16)
Mike Baillie-Hamilton and other Scots have successes with Match Rifle at Bisley
Crosses Team Shoot - Cawdor vs WARC
Owning an Airgun in Scotland?
In case any of the visitors to this web site are wondering about how to go about registering an Airgun wherther or not they already hold an FAC in Scotland then this link to the BASC may help:
SRA 'The Scottish"
5th June Results
Pentagonal & Finlux Team Shoots
Scottish Multi-discipline Shooting Championships
2016 West of Scotland Open Championship Results
Home Office - Guidance to Police - April 2016
Extract: Guidance to Police - April 2016 para 13.53
"Target shooters may be expected to use their firearms fairly regularly, say three or more times a year. ..."
It is expected that the above conditions (and many more for Target Shooters) may well be made more stringent with the proposed change in the Law allowing Police to both write and enforce the 'Guidance to Police' document.
Scottish Target Shooting (STS)
The STS web site is up and running with the facility to join as a Member. Please read the accompanying STS letter on Membership application options first.
2015 AGM Minutes and Accounts
Updated Constitution and Bye Laws
(WARC Members Area)
2016 Season opening letter to Members
from John MacDonald WARC Chairman
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.