Competitions and Events
Competition Wednesday 27/3/19
I can exclusively reveal that the next competition is going to be pistol themed to tie in with the launch of the Pistol League. Details beyond that are sketchy but Chris W is behind it so expect the unexpected.
Competition Wednesday 27/2/19
This month's competition was a two parter - five shots at a 10m paper target and another five at the sodding ducks.
They may not look it from this picture but these ducks have evolved a camouflage system that makes them all but invisible when looked at through open sights. Very unsporting of them.
Still, they deserve to be shot so off we went a-hunting.
Low powered springers were our tools and open sights the norm.
Paul had a crack with his plinking Gamo. The more observant among us may note that the gun is sporting a scope but, whaddahell, it's not as if we're a bunch of Rule Freaks.
To compensate, Paul manned up and shot standing - kudos! That said, the scope didn't help much on paper but got a joint lead of three on the ducks.
It wasn't all plain sailing though. Russ, being used to the latest and most modern of kit, used the BSA L. His disdain of using a gun that wasn't from this millennium was only exceeded when he saw the pellets Chris provided - grey, oxidised efforts with bits of grass and weeds mixed in.
Not happy with this, Russ asked for a Certificate of Conformity and a Letter of Provenance for the pellets along with some scales to weigh them. Chris replied that he'd also need a Risk Assessment if he don't stop complaining. It got a bit heated after that with punches thrown, crutches smashed over heads, pellets shoved where the sun don't shine and a bar room brawl the likes of which had not seen since the Golden Age of Westerns. Things quietened down after the Police left. Or so I'm unreliably informed - I went for a cuppa and missed it all.
Other mentions include Colin who also had a go with the Cadet, Bri, on seeing Nick flounder with the diopter sights on the ducks, switched to the IZH-46M "Izzy" pistol with only marginally better results and, to his shame, Tony, who took one look at the ducks down the sights and ran away.
Intimidated by four little ducks. Pitiful.
Shooter Gun Target Ducks Total (ex 55)
Alec Cadet 46 3 49
Nick H BSA L 33 2 35
Nick R HW30S 37 1 38
Bri HW30S/Izzy 42 2 44
Paul Gamo 35 3 38
Les Cadet 40 2 42
Colin Cadet 37 1 38
Chris BSA L 29 3 32
Russ BSA L 37 1 38
Tom BSA L 34 1 35
Tony N/A MIA/Deserted 0
All that remains is to thank Chris for his efforts, everyone who took part and leave with a fitting salute to those 8!%%£y ducks!
Competition Wednesday 30/1/19
Chris W looks normal* (from a distance) but new GARC'ers Aaron, Les and Per soon discovered what all long standing members know - that looks can be deceiving - when Chris devised a targetless shoot for our monthly competition.
Yep, 10 shot NSRA sheets turned the wrong way round and you had to estimate where the targets were.
Aaron also having a crack with Paul's gun.
The S200 got a fair bit of use and this gave Chris an excellent excuse for when he shot last - "You b*ggers used all the air in the tank and the pressure was too low, the zero was off, the etc..."
Yeah, yeah, yeah.. Still made a change from Russ's usual trigger moans and Tony telling us that we were all cheating because we didn't use his gun.
NAME GUN HIT TOTAL
Alec HW100 10/10 74
Bri HW100 10/10 92
Tony HW99S 6/10 37
Nick 6/10 48
Shaun S200 5/10 36
Paul HW97 9/10 73
Terri Scorpion 9/10 63
Chris M S/Sport 4/10 32
Per 8/10 72
Les 5/10 33
Aaron Scott S200 7/10 57
Colin S200 7/10 55
Chris W S200 7/10 51
Yet another excellent (but crazy) competition from Chris who took his loss like a man and wasn't grumpy about it as the pic above shows. He'd like to thank everyone for taking part with good humour and sportsmanship and is, no doubt, thinking of something even more deranged for next time.
Nice one, Chris - cheers!.
*As normal as anyone who owns a flintlock BSA Meteor can be.
Competition Wednesday 28/11/18
The winner, Nick, seen here with prize money in his pocket and whatever it was he got - sweets or cake or something, I wasn't paying attention because I was still fuming at those scumbag ducks.
That said, all of us (Nick, Russ, Chris, Bri, Craig, Alec, Paul, Laura, Colin, Tony, Lynn and Jennifer) were winners because we had a fun time - roll on next month!
Home Guard Shoot
Oh dear. Well, we threatened a competition and that's what we got. And good fun it was too.
Capt. Mainwairing (who bore a remarkable resemblance to Chris Ward) made his promised appearance and roused the troops to go over the top with a Home Guard Memorial shoot. The trenches were soon full of willing volunteers more than ready to have a crack at Jerry in the form of duck shaped knockdowns.
Our weapon of choice was a BSA 1926 Standard Model No. 2 Tap Loading Underlever in .22 cal. No bipod, scope, red dot, laser, hamster or any of that namby pamby modern stuff, the only shooting aids allowed were a tin helmet, gasmask haversack and a Home Guard armband - enough to strike fear into the heart of any duck!
The ducks, however, proved no easy target having camouflaged themselves a dark grey against a black background (that's my excuse) but that didn't stop Lee Wilson taking an early lead by downing three of the little sods. That wasn't going to stand though as Russ Douglas soon equalled that.
The pistol competition was a close run thing too. Using the Weihrauch HW40 with mini Red Dot sight, Billy Matheson set the bar high straight off the mark with 41 (out of 50.) Nobody could get near that with the bulk of following scores being in the low to mid 30s until that Douglas bloke, after complaining to all and sundry about how light the trigger was, shot a 42. His lead didn't last long though because Ewan Manson pipped him at the post with 43, winning the other half of the purse and a Red Cross parcel.
Combining the Rifle and Pistol competition scores for an Overall prize, we had, in third place Craig Watt with 41, second place Billy Matheson on 42 and, sharing the top spot with 45, Russ Douglas and Ewan Manson.
However, by awards time, Russ had sodded off home for his ovaltine muttering something about journalistic deadlines on the way so we just gave the £50 cheque (from Swallows Bank, Walmington-on-Sea branch, signed by Capt. Mainwairing) to Ewan and called it a
A great fun evening made possible by Chris's enthusiasm, it proved that there's a desire for some lighthearted competition and many agreed that we should do it again. When Spring comes round and using the outdoor ranges becomes feasible, we may just do that.
And check out Russ Douglas's Airgun World report in the "We're Famous!" page.
On Saturday 26th March, the hardy souls and soul-ettes of Grampian ARC headed down to the annual World Hunter Field Target Association championship.
The "Worlds" is held over two days in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, Northhamptonshire, and, with 360 shooters taking part from all over, it has become the "must attend" event for HFT shooters whether you're part of a National team or just after a cracking two days of shooting, good company and the adventure of tracking down a good Indian or Chinese restaurant (I can definitely recommend Han Chinese and The Cinnamon Lounge Indian - 10/10.)
We got to the grounds at 7:30am to sign in. The weather was dry but very windy - just like home really apart from the dry part.
180 shooters signed in for the morning sessions with the other 180 signing in after 9:30 for the afternoon sessions. The all important safety briefing was read out and it then was onwards to the pegs to wait for the off.
The two courses, Alpha and Bravo, were both set out in separate woodlands at the top of a small hill with targets cunningly placed to cause the maximum amount of head scratching and confused faces. There were targets up trees, under wind fall, on fence lines and further out into open ground. The strong wind was playing a huge part in the scoring, especially the targets in the open getting the full effect of the 20-40mph gusts and swirls.
30 targets later and people were leaving the courses accompanied by the usual mixture of head shaking, confusion, invisible gun aiming and conversations about how and why you missed targets x, y and z. All good stuff.
A short break for repainting targets and it was time for the afternoon sessions to get underway. The gusting conditions had kept up and, at the end of Day One, everybody seemed to agree on one thing - the wind was a nightmare.
Day Two started off with the news that Countryman Fairs, the organisers of the Kelmarsh Show, were possibly going to cancel the event on safety grounds as Storm "Katie" had destroyed parts of the show through the night.
An hour or so later and it was all over. Pulling the plug on the show meant that there was no event insurance for the shooting so it was announced that the winners would be decided on the scores from Day One.
Grampian's Grant Thomson came 2nd in the Open with a cracking score of 56.
Scotland's Greg Morss got 4th on a countback with a 55.
Grampian's James Hesson came 10th on a countback with 53.
Other Grampian ARC shooters scores in the Open class were:
Brennan Somers 50
Stuart Webb 49
Lee McNab 46
Davie Scott 43
The Recoiling class was another success for Grampian with Dale Harris and the magic TX200 winning that class with a score of 51.
Scott "just call me Stu" Robertson put in a score of 41 but won 250 other good reasons for making the trip south.
Congratulations are also in order for young Jack Hoggan,who even managed a smile,with his 2nd place in the Juniors class with a very healthy score of 45.
The Hoggan family trip was made even better by the absolutely astounding feat of dad Willie Hoggan scooping the prize of a CZ air rifle in the raffle.
All in all, it was a good day for Scotland and Grampian ARC in particular as we left the competiton with a World Champion and a Silver Medallist in our ranks - well done Dale and Grant!
Sorry if anybody has been missed out.
All scores and winners can be found here https://sites.google.com/site/whfta1/results/2016-results
Hopefully we'll see you all again next year.
As a footnote, if the Grampian ARC team had been there as a National team, we'd have come 2nd with 210 points.