We've changed our Introduction and Induction procedures to simplify and speed up the joining process. Now all you have to do is give Bill a shout on the number to the left and we'll get you down to Denwood asap for a friendly tour and we'll take things from there. You'll get a warm welcome but we ask that you don't turn up unannounced and without prior arrangement - we just need time to get organised, is all.
Alternatively, if you're nearer to Waulkmill than Denwood, you can get the tour and join there by contacting Paul Bates (details on the Waulkmill page) and he'll get you sorted out.
We look forward to welcoming you to our club.
If you've just joined and are thinking of buying a new airgun, the best thing to do is try before you buy.
Our members have a vast range of airguns, from 19th century GEMs to state of the art FX and Daystate PCPs, through springers, gas rams, CO2, collectables and everything in between and are usually willing to let you have a shot or 20 with them.
So don't just rush online or to the nearest gun shop because that approach frequently ends up with people buying expensive guns that may not be right for them
Members airguns at Waulkmill.
Besides, there's usually someone selling an airgun or scope to raise funds for that new, must have, piece of kit so you may find an unexpected bargain at GARC - the first Wednesday of every month is Sales Day and keep an eye on the For Sale page!
And, if in doubt, remember this useful formula -
While the minimum number of guns one should own is three, the correct number is n+1 where n is the amount of guns currently possessed.
This formula can also be expressed as s-1 where
s is the number of guns that would result in separation from your partner.
Recent in-club sale, a 1959 BSA Airsporter mk2 - best of the best!
And a Webley Hurricane.
Guided tours at Waulkmill
Denwood Inductions with Bill and Chris N have been the first point of contact for many a GARC'er so there's a certain familiarity when you turn up for your first shoot there.
However, Waulkmill is a different beast and can be a bit daunting first time out.
In recognition of this, Paul Bates has generously volunteered to meet and guide new (and old) members round Waulkmill, showing them the ins and outs of our HFT courses.
Paul, our Waulkmill Liason Officer (or Field Marshal) will happily give advice on how to find the site, sign in, shoot the course and, most importantly, have fun and good company while shooting.
And, with a bit of prior notice, you can all shoot a round with Waulkmill's top banter merchants, Chris W and Paul S which is not to be missed!
So what are you waiting for -
call Paul on 01771 644019
and get shooting.
Airgun Jargon for Beginners
Artillery Hold Technique for shooting a Springer successfully. Learn it.
BB Ball Bearing. Either steel or lead/copper in 4.5mm cal or plastic in 6mm. Not for indoor use at Denwood.
Boinger Another name for Springer.
Brick Lobber An airgun in .22 cal or above.
Chrono or Chrony Chronograph. Electronic instrument used for measuring the velocity of a pellet. Useful for testing and tuning your airgun and ensuring it's output is legal. We can provide access to chronographs.
Diesel/Dieselling Combustion of excess lube oil/grease in the cylinder of a Springer. Not good.
Dry firing Pulling the trigger without a pellet being loaded while practicing your aim. Some airguns can do this safely, some can't - never fire a cocked but unloaded Springer!
Exacts JSB Exacts. Most popular make/type of high quality airgun pellets.
FAC Firearms Certificate. Required if your airgun puts out more than the legal limit of 12ft/lbs energy.
FT Field Target. Type of outdoor competition involving knock down targets.
FPS Feet Per Second. How fast your pellet is travelling. Measured on a Chrono.
Ft/lb Unit an airgun's power output is measured in - 12ft/lbs max for a rifle, 6ft/lbs for a pistol.
Group or Grouping A cluster of pellet holes in a target after a string of shots at a single aiming point - the tighter the grouping, the better.
Hamster A holding/support aid mounted on the underside of a rifle's stock. No one knows why it is called this.
HFT Hunter Field Target. Variant of FT but less technical and considered more manly. Competition under simulated hunting conditions.
Hold Off, Hold Over and Hold Under Aiming techniques to compensate for the effects of different target ranges and wind on your Zero without adjusting your sights.
Iron Sights Basic, non magnifying sights. Also called Open Sights.
Knock Downs Metal targets commonly in the shape of hunting quarry animals - hit the kill zone and a part (or all) of the target will fall down. Also called Tin Chickens.
Long Gun A rifle.
Mil-Dots Type of telescopic sight Reticle. Allows calculation of ranges and Hold Over/Under aim points.
Open Sights As Iron Sights.
Paper Punching Shooting neat little holes in paper targets on the 10m indoor range.
Parallax/Parallax Error Optical sighting error that can arise with inconsistent hold and aim techniques. Can be dialled out with Parallax Adjustable telescopic sights.
PCP Pre Charged Pneumatic. Type of rifle/pistol that gets it's shooting power from an internal high pressure air reservoir that gets filled from a diver's bottle or stirrup pump.
Plinker One who plinks. Also, a low powered, imprecisely accurate airgun.
Plinking Casual, informal target practice - shooting at tin cans!
Pumper A pistol or rifle with a built in pump. Differs from an SSP because they allow multiple compression strokes and variable power levels.
Reticle/Reticule Crosshairs in telescopic sight.
Sidelever As an Underlever but side mounted.
Spinners Targets that spin when you hit them.
Springer Any airgun powered by a coiled spring or, in some cases, a gas ram.
SSP Single Stroke Pneumatic - pistol or rifle with a built in pump to compress air within a reservoir.
Sub 12 A non FAC air rifle.
Sweeping Allowing your gun's muzzle to trace a path across someone's person. Very bad, don't do it. Ever.
Tap Loader Type of airgun with a rotating "tap" for loading pellets eg, BSA Airsporter/Webley Mk3.
Tin Chickens See Knock Downs,
Underlever Type of airgun (usually a springer) that has a fixed barrel and a separate, underslung lever for cocking.
Wadcutters Flat headed pellets normally used for Paper Punching.
Wine Rack Popular pronunciation of Weihrauch.
Zero The point at which your aim and the pellet's point of impact converge.
Grampian Air Rifle Club
Denwood Shooting Range
Call:Bill on 07938 215843.
Opening hours Every second Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 at Waulkmill Fishery & three or four Wednesdays per month at Denwood Shooting Range 18.00-21.00. Plus there will be additional dates added throughout the year. All shoot dates can be found here - http://www.grampian-air-rifle-club.co.uk/club-shoot-information/