Grampian Air Rifle Club
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                                     Waulkmill

   Waulkmill now has it's own page - watch this space for news, gossip, pictures and reports.

 

 

 

 

Bespoke Waulkmill introductions/guides are now available.

 

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 (left), our Waulkmill Liason Officer, 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.  Just don't get him started about lawnmowers.

 

And, with a bit of prior notice, you can all shoot a round with Waulkmill's answer to Morecambe & Wise, Chris W and Paul S which is not to be missed.  You may even catch a glimpse of the Seldom Seen Rifle mk1!

 

So what are you waiting for -

call Paul on 01771 644019

and get shooting.

                                        Reports from The Front.

 

Captain Chris W with the latest, muddiest despatches from the trenches of Waulkmill.

7/7/19 O(pen) Day Landings
 

Well, I can't say a lot about the day as a whole as there was a lot of shooters who turned up, and us Waulkmill Superheroes were split up with the indoor shooters types.  So my comments can only be from the crowd I was with.

It seems I had drawn the short straw as I was accompanied by Ken, Scott and Stefan, all armed with superguns (Daystates) so it could be tricky with my Steyr.  Black Tony decided to stay on the zero range but had great fun and said he enjoyed playing with/by himself.  The wind was strong when going into the Valley of Doom and a good start on the bottom course turned into a disaster for the snipers I was with.  Score cards were kept and I have to say all three superguns did well for a first shoot at Waulkmill with scores ranging from 34 to 45.  Which was very good with the wind in that damn valley - it hasn't been that bad for a long time. 

 

Can't name who won this first round , as we agreed between us that no names would be put to scores on this first round but let me tell you that the Daystates came 4th, 3rd & 2nd and the Steyr 1st.  Sorry boys but you all were ganging up on me for the first 20 targets.  It should be pointed out that on a second, third or fourth shot at a target, my band of brothers did knock them down when compensating for the wind with mil dots which was the order of the day in the breezy conditions.

While having dinner, the wind had dropped to a lighter breeze in open areas, so a second round on the top course was called for; Ken & Stefan would shoot their Daystate superguns, while Scott got out his HW97 springer in .177. Good on you Scott going against Daystates that had already been warmed up and shot with by Ken and Stefan.  I followed Scott's example and had a change of rifle, and would use a Air Arms S200 with open sights, so clearly an almost safe prediction would be Daystates 1st & 2nd, springer 3rd and S200 open sights last.  But hey, both Scott and I agreed it was a fun day so what the hell!

 

Well, to cut a long story short, and this is the facts, the Daystates came 4th & 3rd, while joint first with a score of 40 each was, yes you guessed it the springer and open sight S200.  So the two supergun snipers were slagged off something rotten by all that had seen this.

A great day was had by the four of us in this shooting party - much banter and good shooting.  I'm sure the others had as much fun as us and would welcome comments from their shooting groups being added for others to read - would be nice to hear the tails of other members on this open day.  

A raw recruit writes...

 

Well, I'd put it off for too long and what better time to break my Waulkmill Innocence than the Open Day. 

 

Driving out from Aberdeen, it soon became obvious that Waulkmill is The Land That SatNav Forgot and I was soon up the wrong road with no idea of which direction to go.  My City Boy Logic came to the rescue though when I had the brainwave of winding down the windows and listening for the sound of Duelling Banjos and squealing piggies.  Times must've changed because I couldn't hear any of that but I did pick up Tony's voice on the wind so I homed in on that and arrived just after the Safety Briefing. 

 

With the Old Hands acting as guides for the Newbies, Chris M drew the short straw and got lumbered with little old me.  After the short stroll to the Bottom Course during which Chris gave a safety talk, we found that the main body of shooters were all getting a bit log jammed so, rather than starting off at Target 1, we jumped the queue and kicked off at No.5.   Getting down in the mud, it immediately became apparent that I wasn't well prepared for the day's events.  With gloves, wallet, mobile, glasses case, bunch of keys, tin of pellets and whatnot, my pockets were bulging and making it difficult for me to get comfortable on the many prone shots.  Oh well, won't make that mistake again!  Moving along, Chris was a good, patient teacher and gave many pointers and tips along the way, stuff like pulling the reset string to find out where some of the targets were hiding and suchlike - old and common knowledge among the Waulkmill Warriors but very welcome to The Uninitiated.

 

Under Mr M's guidance, I managed to knock over a few of the first targets and this was a confidence boost.  Plated quite a few too but things took a bit of a turn as the course progressed and I got an insight into the devious minds of the Course Setters.  Awkward, deceiving and out and out nasty about sums that up - a career in Politics surely awaits Paul B and his Band Of Elves.

 

Teri joined us at this point and then showed us why she's The GodMother.  Many targets fell to her HW100 including a good few in the aptly named Valley Of Doom but my pellets didn't want to bother them.  Well, it would be rude to disturb those peacefully slumbering targets.  After target 30, it was time to start at the beginning with No. 1.  I found these much easier than the Valley ones so finished my round with a couple of kills. 

 

As for scores, mine wouldn't have impressed anyone but that's not the point here as a fun challenge, good company and banter was the aim and that's what I got - we didn't keep scores as they'd just detract from the relaxed vibe.  And that made me a happy man.

 

Time was against me and other obligations meant I couldn't stay for a round on the Top Course in the afternoon but, as Captain Ward writes, it sounded like fun.

 

All in all, a cracking time and it's easy to see the appeal of Waulkmill.  As a Denwood only shooter, the challenges of shooting prone, in wind at elevated/low and partially hidden targets take you completely (but in a good way) out of your cosy little comfort zone.  If you haven't shot there before then I'd urge you to try. 

 

Sunday 30/6/19.

Well you couldn't have asked for a better day to venture out into the woods as this Sunday.  It was warm, really warm.  The day started off at about 10am with Paul Bates cutting the grass around the new plinking/zeroing area, a move that has come about due to the sheep moving into the area that had been previously used. Alex C and an old friend from our club turned up (name withheld for security reasons) and a round of coffee and cakes was had with a catch up on old times.  Meantime, Teri, who had gone out to look for the otter (without her rifle) had returned with reports that frogs/toads had taken over an area of the footpath leading into the bottom course.

Alex and "name withheld for security reasons" then went out to shoot the course, followed by myself and Teri a few minutes later with Paul still in paradise with his mower despite having been told that he had 20 mins to finish up and join us.  But, as I said, he was in grass cutting nirvana and we didn't see him until much, much later.  The footpath was indeed infested with frogs/toads between the lake and pond - thousands of the little black blighters.  Alex and "name withheld for security reasons" had cleared a bloody and blackened path through to the bottom course, and the rest of us did our best to walk in their footsteps without adding to the casualty list.  Never seen a path/undergrowth so black and alive and moving in such a small (25yd long) area.

The course itself was good fun, some tricky shots due to the undergrowth and flowering trees partially covering some of the targets, but a damn good test of one's abilities with a wing and a prayer thrown in for luck.  The Valley of Doom lived up to its name as, even on this lovely, almost windless day, the Valley can always surprise the unsuspecting shooter and many a top notch HFT hero has fallen.

 

Is there wind?  What direction?  Is it swirling and is the tree the target is fixed to moving with the gentle wind that you think isn't or is there?  So many if's and but's to consider for the perfect shot.  To many of us it is the best part of the course whichever guise it has been in over the years and truly lives up to its name.  The last victim having been taken in the July HFT comp, when a noted HFT'er (not GARC) stormed off the course because he had not killed a target four times in a row, having just plated them. Thankfully 99% of us shooters don't act in this manner and even if you are having a bad day, will enjoy the sport and keep our frustrations to ourselves, whatever pain we may be feeling in our guts.

Top shot of this round was "name withheld for security reasons" with a outstanding 55 out of 60, followed by Alex with a 52 - well done boys!  As for the rest of us, no score cards were kept, but did not stop good results and some amazing shots being pulled off as you don't have to keep a score card when you're having fun, do you?

 

A dark horse has emerged in the form of the Godmother of Waulkmill, Teri, Armed with her HW 100, our Teri can (and has) beat some of our finest outdoor shooting club members and is a force to be reckoned with.  Despite her moaning about her HW 100 being too heavy and anything else that may take her fancy, be warned that you are shooting with a ringer.  Don't be fooled by her, I and other male members of the outdoor shooting community are convinced that this is a ploy to put us into a false sense of security - you have been warned!

After dinner and much talk of putting the world to rights, I found myself alone with Paul Bates.  I was scared and terrified when he suggested going into the woods alone with him to use our spring guns on the top course.  Paul has a new rifle which needed to be tried out, a nice top of the line Walther LGV break barrel, (.177) roughly zeroed to 25 yards. Since I would be using a HW97 in .20, I figured that I would outgun him in calibre and had a fair chance of survival.  If not I could always walk away from him without fear of him catching up - just you guys wait until you go around a course with him, you'll see want I mean.  After a few scope adjustments to Paul's new springer, something strange happened.  Targets started to fall to the LGV and now a battle was on as to the best springer shot. The pressure was on for both of us and I did my best to gain the upper hand and the lead I had gained while Paul had been settling in with the LGV.  You could tell that Paul was liking his new rifle, as there was no mention of mowers or Bristol aero space.  The last quarter of the course all fell to this new sniper with the exception of the very last target which was  plated - very well done, Paul.  In the end we don't know who would have won as score cards weren't used, but I can say that it was a close run thing for both of us and, had Paul started like he finished, I would have been soundly beaten and disgraced.  So look out, Chris M, there's a new gunslinger in town. 

 

As always, a good day was had by all and was added to by "name withheld for security reasons."  The highlight for me was the springer shootout with Paul saying he did better with the LGV than he ever did with his PCP - good shooting, Sir!

 

That's it for this report.  Looking forward to seeing all you Denwood indoor shooters out here next week - all are welcome, even Black Tony although we want to see you with a rifle in your hand not a burger!

 

22/6/19

Another good day today at the outdoor field craft shooting centre known as Waulkmill.  The weather was dry and hot which was just perfect.  A good turn out by normal standards which added to the fun and enjoyment.

 

Further field craft training was given today, when lambs managed to cross into our side of the killing zone. Despite having to hold back Paul Bates from shooting them - he thought that because they have numbers painted on their backs this would add to his scores. Paul can shoot at stationary targets with a high degree of success, but luckily (for them) the lambs were moving so no points were awarded.

 

The lambs did break into a stampede when they became aware that Paul S and some other "members" were "Behind Them!!!" but a roundup was conducted with the farmer, who was grateful for our help into getting the sheep back across the right side of the fence line and away from the lustful eyes of both the Pauls (one man and his dog, eh?)

 

Yep, a good day indeed - good company, good banter and shooting thrown in as well.

 

Just perfect.

17/6/19

 

A very good day at Waulkmill this Sunday was had by all that attended.  The day started off with a discussion about the GARC Forum with the Godmother, Chris M, myself and Paul Bates trying to discover the I.D of one of the forum user,….name withheld until further investigation is completed or did we get it wrong?  Next was a display of marksmanship by Chris M with his newly acquired Relum Tornado in .22 against the pilking targets.  No knock downs were scored, but no misses either!!  After 30 minutes a rest was required to restore power to his cocking arm (now, now keep it clean!) - for those of you who have not cocked this 1962 classic air rifle, it takes some effort and builds up the arm muscles.

Paul Sheppard was noted as missing and a late text message confirmed that he had slept in...shame on you Paul.  Next was a round on the bottom course without scorecards.  Both the Chris's had to get used to shooting .177 again after our triumphant joint first and second placings
at the HFT comp with .22.  We didn't do so well until a few targets had been shot at and slowly got back into the aiming points of the .177.  The Godmother did very well again - no wonder some of you Denwood crew stay away, beaten by a woman, hey! 

Dare you take her on then?

Dinner was had and drinks served before a second round on the top course. The top course had turned into a mini jungle and, due to the sheep moving into the field, some targets had been pulled in so not to overshoot onto the live stock.  But, as always, a good round was had and lots of ohh's and ahh's on some targets that didn't fall to our band of snipers.  Weather was lovely with some wind - just enough to make you think about certain shots before pulling the trigger.  The top course will in the next few weeks get a long overdue make over.  Shooting started at 10am and the last person went home at 7pm and all for £5 per person - it don't get any better than that!

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