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Waulkmill is open!
Waulkmill is again open to all GARC members.
Opt-in forms are in place for those who haven't already returned one to GARC Sec. If you've never visited the Waulkmill range before call, email or make contact with me on the GARC Forum and we'll arrange a time and date for an induction to this wonderful shooting ground of ours.
Thank you to all the Club's Aberdeen residents and city workers who stayed away while Aberdeen was in lockdown - welcome back to the 'shire!
Waulkmill is running smoothly and I am pleased to report that there is a fair amount of our members using this facility, mostly during the weekdays and some evenings. We've just introduced a new rule about wearing facemasks in the hut so please read the guide below for details. George the Landlord is delighted with the way our members have conducted themselves and I'm personally very pleased as to how the Waulkmill Regulars have pulled together as a team.
Just stay at least two metres away from the S/O though… as he bites!
Most of all folks, look after yourselves and take care out there.
Thanks & regards,
GARC Safety Officer.
Waulkmill is now open
As of 30/5/20, we can officially shoot at Waulkmill again. There's some new rules and regulations in place so take the time to read Captain Chris's guide below and familiarise yourself with them.
Remember that the relaxation of some restrictions does not mean that this virus has gone away. We still need to take care of ourselves and each other and any Hygene or Social Distancing infringements will not be well received and may result in disciplinary action - let's be safe out there.
News just in... You'll also need to sign the COVID Opt In Declaration Form to be able to shoot at Waulkmill - this follows the STS guidelines and is to help protect all members from the spread of this horrible virus.
Before your next visit to Waulkmill, you must be aware of the additional Covid 19 rules put in place by George “The Landlord of Waulkmill” as discussed and agreed with the GARC Safety Officer.it has become apparent that new rules are required to meet and combat Covid 19 virus and allow safe shooting beyond the normal rules already in place for our chosen sport.
Now that Waulkmill is open again, users will have to abide by these rules or run the risk of being banned from the site by the Landlord or by GARC. Should this be a ban by the Landlord then the Club cannot over rule his decision!!
All instructions as issued by the UK/ Scottish Government concerning Covid 19 will be adhered to. As will any local site rules as issued by the Landlord when persons are using his shooting grounds and any further GARC instructions as required on Club meetings/shooting days.
The instructions laid out here are a minimum requirement to enable the restarting of outdoor shooting at Waulkmill and users can, of course, take further actions of their own to protect against Covid 19 as they see fit. For example; should you wish to wear an environmental suit, I won't laugh at you - all I ask is that whatever you do does not affect the safety of others or stop you from being able to shoot or conduct yourself in a safe manner while at Waulkmill.
Meet Wronged Charlie. He is a mythical GARC Air Gunner, and like most of us, has not been out to shoot since lock down. You can see that he is confused about how he is going to handle shooting at Waulkmill. He is waving his arms around, shouting at all to stay away from him, screaming at people not to touch the firing points or pull the reset strings. Wronged Charlie is worried that he is going to catch a dangerous bug from someone or something (and who isn’t?) Charlie knows that he can look after himself but is worried about other people not playing by the rules; indeed do the others know the rules?
Fear not, Wronged Charlie - help is at hand. The Government is trying to get us to return to a near as normal life as possible under the current circumstances and we all have a large part to play in it. You could, of course, play it very safe and elect to stay at home and remain in lock down but, if you decide to go shooting at Waulkmill when it is reopened, you must conform to the site rules. To do this, you'll have to start at home by putting together your own PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) kit for use at Waulkmill.
You'll need wipes or cloths, bleach/cleaning spray and handwash/hand sanitisers. These are the minimum requirements! To that you could add gloves, face mask or even a gas mask and rubber suit should that take your fancy – anything you feel you need to increase the level of protection you are comfortable with.
There is nothing hard about any of this as all of us are already using these items on a day to day basis, and washing your face and hands regularly.
Well, I hope you are!
If you don’t bring your PPE with you, then any club member can ask you to leave. Remember it is for your protection that we all have to play by the agreed rules.
Wronged Charlie, we can see that you are already wearing your gasmask (does he ever take it off?)
On arriving at Waulkmill, please don’t take all your gear into the club hut and take up all the tables, remember space is now limited with the 2 metre rule which is in force, so try to limit your kit to one table. Better still if you can keep all your kit in the car, use it from there..If you arrive by yourself you use one table, if you are a party of two or more and have travelled together in the same transport, then you use one table or join two together, depending on your party size. Better still move your table and chair to the outside of the club hut in good weather. Have a picnic and get a suntan!
01 October 2020 Face Masks: As of the 1st of October, when moving around the club hut, (signing in, etc.) face masks will now be required to be worn. When sat at a table, eating or drinking, your face mask may be removed.
The 2 metre rule is still in force as the Club hut is not classed as a pub or restaurant. The wearing of face masks is not required at the moment on the open ranges while obeying the 2 metre rule but shooters may wear them if they want. Due to safety concerns, it is not recommended to wear them when in the act of shooting or pointing your gun at a target as the loops can get caught up or entangled with the sight/scope/bolts/etc. and lead to an accidental discharge of your gun or you losing your grip on the weapon, causing it to fall to the ground when in the aimed position.
This also brings Waulkmill into line with the Denwood rules. We don't want any stray pellets hitting our membership.
Thumbs up Wronged Charlie, good idea! Wipe down your table and chair with your cleaning kit (PPE). Now you know that you have a safe clean table to sit at to have your dinner/tea or coffee. Don’t forget that if you use the gas cooker you’re going to have to clean it and the kettle. So best to bring a hot flask of water with you - don’t forget to bring a spoon!
Yes, Wronged Charlie, you've done such a good job that you can see your face in it. - well done Sir! Cleaning your personal space is a rule when in the club hut.
Remember to keep your 2 metre distance!!!! If you swop tables, best to clean again!! Keep your space germ free and, after you've packed up, wipe down the items you used in the hut.
Of course you may not wish to use the club hut and operate from your car - dealer’s choice.
The plinking range is wide enough for three shooters at any one time to maintain that all important 2 metre separation. Don’t forget to wipe down the table and chair before and after use. You may ask why I am wiping down the tables and chairs after I have finished using them? Well, the answer is simple; it’s to help protect Landlord George with the decontamination of all hard surface items used by us from or in the club hut.
Don’t be afraid to ask someone to back off if you think they're breaking the 2 metre rule but do it in a nice manner please. Sorry Wronged Charlie, did you think I was getting too near, old boy; I was only zooming in with my camera.
Out on the Ranges
Wronged Charlie has concerns about the strings and posts being contaminated. His solution is to pour heavy duty bleach over them before taking the shot. Sorry Wronged Charlie we can’t do that, the bleach will rot the wood and string, destroy the undergrowth and kill any wildlife that may have ingest it. Plus you could also chemical burn yourself.
That's it, Wronged Charlie - use your hand sanitiser, wear gloves and you can always use baby wipes to decontaminate your rifle.
Note: Some of the eagle eyed of you, will have noticed that WC is touching his face, no it’s a trick of the camera, WC had just used his sanitizer on his hands and face for this shot, his hand is away from and in front of his face.
Well Wronged Charlie, looks like you got your act together and managed a round safely at Waulkmill; I guess we can’t call you Wronged Charlie anymore, so I think that you have now been upgraded to a Right Charlie, a Proper Charlie, and a Safe Charlie.
In Summary: If you’re going to attend Waulkmill then please follow the few extra rules which are concentrated mainly around the use of the Club Hut and Plinking range, the areas where you are most likely to meet people. All the rules are common sense and nothing that we are not already doing, when shopping or out on our exercise periods. Waulkmill is still open seven days a week, and by going during Monday to Friday, there is a lesser chance of meeting other members of the club should you wish to be alone or in limited company. Remember to keep that all important 2 metre separation, best to make it more if you can, and the size of the two courses can easily accommodate that.
If you haven't been to Waulkmill before you will require an induction to the site. If you just turn up and George the Landlord does not know you, he will ask you to leave his property. I'd suggest contacting one of the Waulkmill Hardcore via email or the Forum and ask if you can attend with them.
My thanks to Paul and Colin who assisted with the photographs.
Any questions you can contact via the forum or the club e-mail/ phone.
Welcome to Waulkmill.
Reports from The Front.
Well what a year it's been, so here is a catch up on the early days of this year before Covid 19. Black Tony, with his usual optimism, started off at Denwood by saying we're doomed and some of us didn't believe him.
Black Tony being upbeat
How wrong were we?
The year at Waulkmill got under way in January with an old spring gun open sight shooting comp. The weather was perfect due to the very mild winter we were blessed with, there was a great turn out and fun was had by all. Unless you were in the competition, that is. Yes, as much as we like the relaxed competitions, human instincts kick in and drive you to do you best or, in other words, win and grind your opponents into the dirt. The scores on the doors have passed into time now, with the exception of who came first, who used one up-manship and any highlights of the day.
Steve L turned up with his pistol and duly entered into the swing of things, hitting many of the targets (a bit too many for my liking) with a pistol. including knock downs (bah, humbug!)
He managed all shots using the kneeling or standing positions only (this man is no roll over) and missed only a few - far less than what was expected, much to his and my surprise.
Steve was my shooting partner this day, so no pressure then with a pistol against a rifle on a HFT course??!! Not quite the equivalent of taking a knife to a gunfight but it was a closer run thing than you'd think. Steve can claim to be the winner of the open sights....pistol on this fine day (well done Sir.) We both had a laugh and a good day out, which is what it's all about.
Colin Thompson (sorry Colin, I nearly forgot your instruction that I have to take the P out of your name, and I will try) Colin Thomson used his .22 Webley Mk. 3.
As some of you know, it's a rule that, should any open sight weapon shooter score a knock down, then a loud cheer should be put up by the witness to this event and then be joined in by all others on the course as a hearty well done Don't ask - it's an open sight shooter thing.
Colin with the P taken out of him
Colin is always at his best when roaring like a lion to show support (don't stand next to him when he roars it's like being next to a foghorn) but some say that he's just a big noisy pussy... cat. However a better person to go around a course with is hard to find and he'll keep you on your toes. Throughout this Covid 19 outbreak, it has mainly been Colin and his gang of cubs who have worked on keeping the courses up to standard for shooting so here's a big Thank You for your efforts. Oh, and on this occasion, Colin didn't fall over as reported in many other events at Waulkmill. Which means no holes to fill in so far.
Chris Malcolm, pictured here putting a .22 cork into his Cometa 300, proved to be the best shot of the day in this old spring gun Comp. It's to his credit that whenever he brings out this wee beastie in open sights .22 spring rifles, he's normally the top shooter in this class. Or are the rest of us just that bad?
Well done Chris and well done to all that took part - a great day out.
Sunday 27th October. Orange and Lemons Open sights competition.
Jackpot!!! At last a pure open sights only comp with a good turn out by Team Waulkmill. However, and it was a however day for some, the weather was not at its best with the amount of rain and the coldness of the morning nipping the hands and face.
For this event, the normally coloured lemon/yellow targets had been painted orange to aid the visibility for aiming with open sights in the darker areas that make up the top course. And it worked better than hoped for - all targets could be seen clearly without the aid of a scope. Also, four new targets had been put out, giving a total of 34 oranges to take a shot at on this fruitful day while none of us would look like lemons at the close of play. Well, that was the plan...
After many cups of tea and coffee, it was time to get the ball rolling but the removal of the lemons from the top course had made its mark with some members of this shooting party. It would seem that most of the lemons had moved into the club hut and these lemons who, shamefully, are part of Team Waulkmill, wimped out of facing the rain. King Billy would turn in his grave as, out of eight shooters only three stepped forward to take on the orange wildlife of Waulkmill. Steve L, Chris M and Chris W are all now Waulkmill Superheroes and, If Paulthengine had not been at a prearranged engagement, I am sure the Three would have been Four.
As for the rest of you... Shame, Shame and thrice Shame and you know who you are! So us brave Three suited up to face the elements and said our farewells in true Capt. Oates style " We are going outside and may be some time." Battling our way to the top course, the rain fell and all were getting wet. But wait, the rain stopped and the clouds cleared, the good Lord must have smiled on us Three, and a window of good weather started right at Target one and would last until Target 34. It should be pointed out at this stage that my two comrades in arms had talked me out of using my beloved S200 with open sights. Instead I was to use a Webley Vulcan that had just the day before been fitted with a new seal and spring and only tested for power at 11.2lbs but not zeroed. After the event I have to ask myself "Why did I agree to it?" But fair's fair this was now an old gun open sight comp with the other two rifles being Steve's 1925 BSA model S (The Choice of Champions) and Chris M's 1970's Relum. Well, we Three had a ball, and I can say that it was one of the worst shoots I've had in many a year but also one of the most enjoyable as all our performances on this day were not that far apart and the banter and sportsmanship was first class. Targets did fall, many stayed up and some were considerately left in perfect condition for the next shoot. Did you known that an orange is the same shape as a zero? Three of us can confirm that fact now. Top Banana was Chris M and the best shot of the day won, while his other two comrades came second and third. So "Shut it lemons" - you didn't shoot and therefore didn't getting a placing (Wimps).
After dinner, a second round was called for and Colin T (Lemon, second class) keenly joined the superheroes and again a fine round was had. Thanks again to our good Lord above as he performed the same weather trick as he had for the comp round. Colin T (Bless him) you'll remember from the HFT shoot as the man who put a dent into the bottom course. Well, he tried to do the same thing again but with the top course (Hippo alert - stay up hill!) But remember, when shooting outdoors - slips trips and falls don't just happen in the workplace so be careful my fellow shooters.
It was truly a fine day for those who dared to face the elements and a poor one for wimpy lemons. Well done, Chris M!
Sunday 20th October 2019.
Oh, that we now had here, but one ten thousand of those men in Denwood that do no work to-day!
From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered - We few, we happy Waulkmill few, we band of Air gun brothers; For he to-day that sheds his pellets with me, shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in Aberdeenshire now a-bed, Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, and hold their Daystates cheap whiles any speaks, that shot with us upon a Waulkmill day. Almost a quote from Henry V
Nippy? I should say so! The first coolish day of Autumn hit Waulkmill and we happy few who turned up for a shoot spent much of the morning on the zeroing range or in the Club Igloo. There wasn't any snow or rain, it was just damn nippy on the exposed hands or other parts that our shooters wished to display to the elements. I mention this because one of our club members has come out of the closet and declared that he, who or what ever he formerly called himself is a fine weather shooter and the thought of a walk in the woods, hand in hand with Cher may not be the most romantic moment he has had with this well known HW110.
However, by midday all of us penguins had warmed up, removed our wrappers and a trip to the top course was on. Chris M bravely took his Relum open sight beastie (hoo-ray,) Teri was armed with her Hw 100 (silence,) myself, Steve and the FM shooting PCP with scopes. No score cards were kept but, with just a little wind to throw us off some of the shots, fun was had as always with this band of hardy outdoor types.
This week coming (Sunday) will sort the men from the boys as an open sight competition is on for those who wish to try this ever increasing air rifle shooting sport. The course is also open for normal shooting as well so hopefully we'll see you there.
Way Hey what a fantastic day!!!
The Waulkmill Open Challenge - Sunday 29th September .
Well, hot shots of Grampian, this turned out to be far better than we thought possible what with all the club members who entered this contest of David (open sights) and Goliath (Scoped) showing a true spirit of adventure and sportsmanship.
The weather was good if not a tad overcast, not as bright as we had wished for when it came to just a few targets that were surrounded by foliage, but no problem for
a scoped beastie. At least there was no rain and it was dry and warm. Due to a misunderstanding between Team Waulkmill about work party days, both courses had been prepared for this event
instead of the usual Bottom course - what a bonus, two courses fit to shoot and with freshly painted targets ready to be chipped away with our best efforts to get a knock down.
Are you an open sights (hit and hoper) or scoped dragon? To my and others total surprise, we had only one person who entered with a scoped rifle, the rest of us opting for open sights.... unbelievable. This was going to be a comp and a half! Now let's not forget the rules, scopes could only shoot standing and kneeling (that's hard on any given day,) open sights could shoot in any position they wanted. Targets were standard HFT kills zones set for the standard ranges out to 45 yards.
The day started at the club house with a safety briefing by Paulthengine (God bless him) who reminded us, and I quote "that he was only there to show the rest of us how good we are. " We had a new shooter and his wife turn up to the grounds for a look around and was duly entered into the score cards and escorted around the course by Chris M and his good lady (and almost tame dragon) Teri.
Big surprise of the day was Alex C who entered the comp with a HW77 with open sights. I've only seen this well known hot shot with a scoped PCP and would have thought until today that, if Alex was going to shoot, he would be in it to win it and use his Steyr with a scope. That's the spirit, it's is a fun day after all. Paulthengine managed a small mistake - after zeroing his hot shooting LGV to 25 yards at home, he allowed Alex to shoot it on the plinking range and it was re-zero'd to 12 yards. This gave Paul some ranging problems until we realised by speaking with Alex what had happened and by target 15 the sights were reset to roughly 25 yards and Paul started hitting the plates. Second quote of the day by Paul was "I cant see them bloody targets, I am just pointing this rifle at them yellow things out there." Well done Sir, you didn't get the wooden spoon!
Colin T had a problem with the rear sight on his HW 35. It was loose and couldn't be fixed on site so Colin stuck with it and did, against all the odds, hit plates and scored one knock down. Well done Sir! Chris M used his Cometa 300 and had, by the grace of God, three knock downs and many plates. Last time out Chris did much better than this but I have a feeling that, as it was a comp, Teri would have being trying to put him off (bless her, Teri shouts at me when I am doing well.) Chris is now talking about turning his AR20 Terminator's Leg into an open sighter - now that would be a beast to watch.
Steve L, what a superhero to take a 1925 BSA Standard around with him. He couldn't be bothered with all that Prone malarkey so shot standing and kneeling instead, managing 3 three knock downs and many plates and ended the day in 4th position! Fantastic effort Sir. Had Steve used Cher, (HW110) with a scope I wonder if the 1st and 2nd places would have been a contest in itself. Alex C claimed five knock downs, many plates and a few zeros. Yes readers, that's right - zeros! He ended the day in 3rd position and again, well done Sir!
As for myself (Chris W,) I went round with my open sight S200 and managed eight knock downs and three zeros the rest being plates, which I am pleased to say put me in 2nd position. (Well done Sir! Webmaster)
'And, the Winner of the 2019 Waulkmill Open Challenge is dunn, dunn, dunnn... Teri.
Yes, we have a Lady winner, beating all the men and not for the first time to boot. Teri managed a top score of 40, with only two zeros, 12 Knock downs and the rest plated. A hearty well done My Lady, from all of us who took part. As I am a poor shooter when it comes to standing and kneeling shots, I take my hat off to you. I should add that Teri had just zeroed her BSA on the plinking range that very morning and, after it had been out of service for two years, this was it's first outing at Waulkmill since then. It's a shame for the rest of us you didn't let Alex have a go with it first on the plinking range!
Such a good time was had by all that we all went out again, following our leader Alex C who just couldn't wait to get stuck in again with his HW 77, this time using the top course. Most of us shot with the same guns which had provided all of us with such marksmanship on our frolic on the bottom course. That's just how much fun we had. Steve had challenged me to a Granny shoot out, so I whipped out my 1908 BSA Model D and took him on. Five knock downs I managed to claim, beating Steve and Alex C! I'm going to make a point here of this achievement because when am I ever likely to beat Alex C in a comp again in my lifetime?
And I did it twice in one day! You're a very kind man indeed Alex.
If points could have been awarded for the best cheering they would have been given to both Chris M and Steve L. I had to turn my hearing aids off when these two joined in to celebrate a knock down. In fact, if I had thought about the comp a little better, I would have given all participants a medal for showing a true spirit of adventure and sportsmanship.
I salute you all. Or as Paul would say "I ake my at off to you all."
A Field Marshal writes...
Well,I started out with a disadvantage and it got worse! On Friday I took the scope off my Walther LGV and attempted to zero the Tru Glow open sights and discovered that I could see the red bit, the green bit and the target but not at the same time! This produced a stunning five inch group at 16 yards (apart from a few fliers.) So, what to do? Take the PCP with scope? Nah - someone's got to come last, so in the spirit of things, I took the open sighted springer.
Alex turned up with a Venom Feinwerkbau Sport (Chris thinks this was an HW77 cos he can't spell Feinwerkbau) and showed an interest in the Tru glow sights cos he had a set on order. So I says to im, 'ave a go an' see if you can zero it while yer at it. Now, don't ever bother getting somebody else to zero yer rifle, it don't work cos their eyes are in a different place to yours (visions of a Picasso.) Anyway, off we went and I couldn't hit the barn never mind the door. About half way round, Chris says "Even you can`t be that bad, give us a look at yer gun." The sights were wound down by about 43 mildinglies and suddenly I could plate. Well, the close ones anyway! I then discovered a REVELATION that everybody else knows and takes for granted. IT MATTERS WHERE YOU PUT YER HEAD! It shouldn't matter cos yer eye is looking through two fixed points at the target (blob of yellow to me.) Anyway, I completed the course without having a hissy fit only to find that poor Colin had a worse score than me (he effectively didn`t have a rear sight!)
I took my Ripley Elite for the second shoot - never been so pleased to look through a scope!
Couple of points,I was really impressed with everybody for entering into the spirit of the competition,Teri for the unsupported kneeling and standing and Steve with a BSA that is older than God`s Donkey. Thanks Everybody
In other top stories today, Godmother of Waulkmill verbally attacks & abuses spring gun shooter in the woods.
2nd outing for Terminator's Leg - performing well after reported set back last week.
Club members toilet now flushing! Paul S relieved to be back at Waulkmill.
Paul the engine has a new gun!! All this and more to be posted later on. Stay tuned.
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.
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.
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 -
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
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.
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!
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.
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!