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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.

 

 

Sunday 31st Aug 2019.  I must admit that today I was not in the mood to face the light rain that was reported we may have at my home from home.

My good friend and big wimp Paul S called off today with some excuse about his toilet was not flushing and then dropped himself in it by stating

"Do you know it's raining?".  The Wimp.

However, the hardcore of Team Waulkmill would be there so I couldn't let them down, could I? - in the absence of Paul they needed someone they can beat.

Arriving at the club hut, a hot cup of coffee was needed before I could do anything else and even then I was still not in the mood to partake of the wet. The rain wasn't really bad, just light drizzle and we've all shot in much worse this year.  However, Team W talked me into going around and once the coffee had taken its effect, I was raring to go.  A selection of high end guns was the choice of the day bar one - due to an oversight, I had picked up the wrong bag and had brought my Diana Mauser K98 springer fun gun. How could I take on the might of a HW100, AR 20, Steyr and Gaystate?  Easy - I would claim Recoiling and not Open Class.

Starting on the Top Course, Chris M and Teri had a first class round.  This was a first outing for Chris M and his AR20, and some impressive shots were achieved with his Terminator's Leg (lifted from Paul The Engine's Forum post).  Alex and Stuart were in a class of their own with Alex moaning about Stuart beating/whopping him since Stuart had changed his scope back to a Connect.  My K98 performed well between 8-30 yds and then not so good above that.  All pellets bar two did hit their targets though.  Problem was the 4.52 JSB seemed to be a bit loose in the breach causing a few pellets to drop out when closing the under lever. Following Chris M's advice, I've ordered some 4.53s for this Sunday coming but otherwise I'm delighted with this K98.  I didn't think it would be this good, after all, it ain't an HW 77/97 and never will be.  You will have to shoot a K98 to see what I mean and, with some more trial & error, I think I'll have a good one here.  I even got the long range duck (T24 Valley of Doom) and the standing unsupported (T29) - the first time I've killed them (yahoo!)  It proved to be an Elephant and Squirrel Nut killer too, something the Terminator's Leg & HW100 couldn't do today which is just a little dig directed towards Chris M and Teri.

After Dinner, it was time for another round with Steve L joining us for a afternoon out with his loveable black lab at his side  This time the AR20 wasn't doing so well, dropping some shots and the reasons for this are not clear at the moment - further investigation to be carried out by Chris M.  Apart from that - and I always say this - a very enjoyable day was had by all despite the drizzle in the morning.   Good company, banter and shooting.

 

Paul The Engine is back this Sunday and has a new gun to boot, another AR20/Terminator's Leg (common as muck these days...) so hopefully we will see some of you indoor types out at Waulkmill this coming Sunday.  If the 4.53's arrive I will take the K98 out again and the S200.  A red faced or flushed Paul S will be shamed into attending. 

 

See you then!

I kid you not, today was hot, I mean Hot Hot Hot with no wind to cause us concerns with shooting off centre of the targets.  Best of all, no drizzle (thank goodness), the sun was bright with rays of light glinting off the pyramids of Mintlaw, the sheep had been replaced by camels and the earth had turned to sand.  It was a hot & dry day indeed - T shirt weather for the sun soaked sands of the Waulkmill Desert - and easily the best weather so far at this oasis in Grampian.

Only a very few of us legionnaires managed to report for duty - just Bow & Jest.  However, this gave us a chance to train rather than be in competition with other Fort Waulkmill Troopers, and we used the time testing our ranging skills by calling the range of a target first then checking it with a range finder to see if we were correct to within 2 yds of the target with points being awarded to the final scores.   Then, of course, taking a shot at the target with .22 rifles.

Yes, yes, yes - knowing the range makes things a lot easier and that's why we used .22, which is a lot harder to score with if you are normally a .177 shooter (try it before you comment).  Legionnaire Bow, who is a newcomer to .22 air-gunning, quickly noticed the differences between  the use of mil dots for .22 shooting as compared to .177 with none of this top or bottom of the kill zone stuff as with a .177.  This was a real cannon shooting party (try a .25 at 45 yds!)

 I am pleased to say that, by half way, we'd started coming to grips with the .22's.  As a former World Champion once told me, .22 is all about range finding and then it's easy (sure it is?) but there are good grounds to his words.

After dinner, we checked Bow's zero and confirmed it was set to 28yds.  We then tried a pellet change for the longer ranges and his grouping tightened up and now the man is ready to take on .22 Supremo Chris M next Sunday (but only if he can use the range finder first!)

This was one of the best .22 practice days I've had in years and I must do more ranging practice.  Scoring points for range finding which were then added to the overall score provided a little more fun to this hot day.  A very useful exercise in range finding and the use of mil dots and a good day was had.  I did lose a few pounds out on the course, but only in sweat.  Yes, I know that I am a teletubbie, and that it did me some good to lose these pounds.

 

I did lose a few pounds out on the course, but only in sweat.  Yes, I know that I am a teletubby, and that it did me some good to lose these pounds.

Well, that's it for this week and don't forget the Bring & Buy sale at Denwood this first Wednesday of September!

                                    Waulkmill 11 Aug 2019, HFT Shoot.

Drizzle, drizzle and more drizzle but only when the shooting was being conducted!  A little wind was thrown in as well, just to make the Valley of Doom live up to its name.

Before this event had taken place the work party had goodish weather to enable a course to be set up and a big thank you to all that built the course, which, having looked at facebook, all the other clubs enjoyed.

 

The day for me started at 09:30 when I arrived at the site to find Black Tony setting up the kitchen and getting the morning bacon rolls going.  Several other club(s) shooters had arrived and were themselves ready for some food and a hot drink after their journey up to the N.E of Scotland in this not so nice weather.  It wasn't especially heavy rain or even a strong wind but it was drizzly, blowy and wet.   People started to drift in and soon the hut was full up - it was a good turn out by the other Scottish clubs.  Dale H, booked all shooters in and allocated starting pegs for the shoot.  GARC was a bit thin on the ground but there was a nice surprise when Colin T walked in to shoot his first HFT comp - good to see you, Colin!!

 

Sorry to report that we did have one target pulled as a problem appeared when an over enthusiastic shooter pulled the reset string a bit too hard and twisted the target in the wrong direction.  Normally, this would be a quick fix but, of course, it had to be the only target we had up a tree.

A small number of calls for Marshals was made to inspect the target after a shot was taken but I am pleased to say that all calls proved to be caused by split pellets and not a failure of the targets to fall when hit in the kill zone.  Our Marshals did earn their money this day, and I'm afraid to say that I was one of the callers, my first ever in HFT!  And yes, it was a split pellet.

 

Field Marshal Paul (The Engine) Bates gave the safety brief, including a warning on slips, trips and falls due to weather conditions and, by God, you had to pay attention.  Rightfully so too!  We (the shooters) then went to our start pegs and met our shooting partners.  I must say that all GARC shooters commented on how lucky they were with the people they had been teamed up with - all jolly nice chaps,  I had David and Scott from Edinburgh and two finer gentleman I could not have wished to meet.  The shooting started and at last we could move under the trees and out of the drizzle, unless you started at the top of the Valley of Doom, where little cover is available.  Guess where I started? The hardest working people on the course were the Marshals, always on the move and watching to ensure safety at the event - good on you, boys. The Valley of Doom was great and it claimed many a doughnut.  The changes wrought by the course setters even caught out the best of Scotland's shooters (just as planned!)
 

Despite Paul's safety briefing, there was  A Mishap.  Colin T slipped and fell while moving from one peg to the next in the Valley of Doom. The Marshals were quick on the scene but, luckily, the course was not badly damaged and a work party will be formed with the help of the RAF Chinook force to repair the crater.  Colin is probably fine and will confirm that he had a really good day although that might be the concussion speaking.

 

Finishing the round, it was then back to the hut to dry off and get some sustenance.  Thanks go to Tony for the catering - he had hot water on the go at all times so there was no waiting for a hot and welcoming drink.  The burgers were wonderful and it was explosion free too!

It was a good if not a touch wet day and our thanks have to go out to certain people -


The Marshals:          Dale H, Paul "The Engine" Bates and Steve L
The Chef:                 Black Tony
Course setters:        Team Waulkmill
GARC Shooters:      Teri, Colin, Paul S, Shaun S, Chris W 

All the Scottish Clubs that attended and James Hesson who managed to complete the course and did not storm off in the drizzle. 

Somewhere, there is a list of scores and results but the only ones that really matter are -

 

 

Junior Class 3rd place went to Shaun Sheppard, grandson of our very own Paul S - well done Shaun!

 

.22 Class 2nd place went to myself, Chris W  (Good Work Fella - Webmaster.)

 

1st place was awarded to our very own Godmother of Waulkmill, our Teri, for winning the Ladies Class.

A very well done indeed Teri - told you that you would do it!


 

 

4/8/19  Sadly, Paul Bates was unable to attend this Sunday, due to a family member passing away in Bristol and our hearts go out to him and his family for their loss.

The turnout was a bit poor this Saturday with only six members attending.  The day was started with ideas for the up and coming HFT comp on Sunday 11/8/19 and a work plan to be carried out to bring the site up to standard - boy, that grass can grow fast this time of year!

So how did we do on Sunday?  Well, to some a disaster and others a good shoot.  Starting with Springers, Paul S and I shot with my AA Pro Sport and Paul's HW97, a first visit to Waulkmill by Paul's rifle that is normally only seen at Denwood and is zeroed to and shot at 25yds only.  Sadly, Paul had forgot to adjust to 30yds as per his other guns.  After a good start with the first four targets, Paul was feeling good, and with my poor start, delighted himself in taking the micky out of me and the others in our group.  Then justice came and naughty words spilled from Pauls mouth when taking shots in excess of 30 yds. We all heard the bang but never a ting!!  Sorry to say, Paul gave up on Target 26.  Now one should not take the micky out of Paul for this oversight (or should I say undersight?) and it was agreed that I would not post his score but, if you take into consideration the legal age limit for consensual sex and the naughty words he was using, you can work out his score and yes, he was well and truly (naughty word).  Sorry Paul S.

 

As for the PCP shooters, Chris M shot a very good round with his .22 Daystate Harrier gaining a 45 and our Teri a good 44 with her HW100.  It should be noted that Teri had an all time best a few weeks ago with a 54.   Yes, 54 in the wind......well done girl!!!!  Top shot of the day too beating all us boys.

A second round was shot on the top course and Paul did much, much, much better with the seldom seen Mk 1, which put a smile back on his face.  No cards were used on this round but all had high scores by our standards

 

Highlight of the week was a sighting of Bob the Hare alive and well after not being seen for nearly a month, this hare being the real Bob the Hare and not that thing on the forum.

Well that's it for this week's front line report - remember your Club needs you this Sunday!


 

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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