The solution: Admin have been working very hard behind the scenes to go back through a number of years to log: a) The number of clubs that use Bisleyb) The Ranges and distances that have been requested by those clubsc) The number of targets requested and confirmed against those actually usedd) The historic incidence of any of the clubs major competitionsA great deal of valuable information was gleaned from this exercise and those clubs with a history of 'block booking' who subsequently have a history of cancelling will only be allowed to book the number of targets that they have actually used historically. This should have happened years ago!Payments for bookings will have to be made in advance so those who fail to turn up without due noticewill not leave the NRA out of pocket.Where a club has historically booked a competition (Such as our McQueen; 300/500Yd etc) around the same time each year, then the NRA will attempt to write the date in stone so that it will automatically be allocated each year.As I finish these sentences I am pleased to say that some confirmations are now coming through so keep an eye on the calendar.Next Shoot: Sunday 30th October 200Yds S.Siberia (McQueens AM... 100Yds PM)
I trust you have all recovered from the indulgencies of the festive season and are anxiously awaiting to lose some weight....... from your ammo box of course!
As I mentioned at the AGM, 2016 could be a difficult year for many clubs because of the situation with Butt Zero now coming into the Range Danger Area from Melville, which means that any major comps for practical shotgun etc on Butt Zero may take priority and Melville could be cancelled so it is even more important to keep an eye on the website and if you can, ensure that you have got the 'FeedReady' App installed on your iphone or Android phone if you have one and certainly make sure that I have a current mobile number for you so that I can send a text or message possibly at very short notice!
Subsequent to the above paragraph:
Having attended a recent instructors seminar at Bisley (Sunday 18th) it also transpires that Range Booking requests are substantially up on last year because of problems that regional clubs are having trying to access military ranges and this has put unprecedented pressure on Bisley to accommodate everyone which is why the confirmation process has been so slow and dates declined. Many clubs are having to reduce bookings in order to find space and Bisley are working very hard to try and resolve the situation with Melville where rounds have been exiting the stop butt and encroaching into 'Butt Zero' on Stickledown which meant closing the range and making the difficult range booking situation even worse.
As I write this, Melville is undergoing urgent alteration to rectify this and to try to stop the necessity of having to close the range when Butt Zero is in use. It seems that 25yard/metre shoots will now be done by moving forward to the original 25yd target point which will now become firing points. This will reduce angulation* and therefore trajectory of the bullet. (*Subject of course to the shooter KEEPING his/her firearm pointing at the centre of the target throughout the shooting process unless instructed otherwise - and even then, this would only be to lower the firearm at 45% to the ground such as a starting position in a competition!)
There are plans to put shelters over the points but we don't know much more than this at the moment.
Of course, if they don't put shelters up, then shooting is not going to be much fun in bad weather or the alternative is that we only shoot 50yds. I am still not sure of the facts and are awaiting updates from Bisley as to exactly how we will be affected.
I know we like to Blame the NRA for problems but this is something they will have great difficulty sorting. They could not predict the problems that have recently come about with Landmarc and the running of Military Ranges and there is a great deal of negotiation going on with the various parties to try and resolve the issues.
To further emphasise another message that was given to everyone who attended the AGM re Range Safety Firearms 'Clearance', it is vitally important that we all adhere to the instructions as laid out in the 'Bisley Bible' in that all shooters MUST have their firearms checked as clear and safe before withdrawing from the Firing Point. This can be done by an adjacent shooter or by drawing the attention of the RCO. This was emphasised on a previous newsletter and at the last rifle shoot but seems to have been forgotten on Melville.
PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHECKED CLEAR BEFORE PACKING UP AND LEAVING THE FIRING POINT! YOU CANNOT CLEAR YOURSELF AT A CLUB SHOOT! I cannot emphasis the importance of this enough.
In the case of Underlever rifles, the action must be 'actioned' at least three times and the tube magazine follower must be clearly seen before 'Clear' is given.
It is also important to ensure that no one is touching firearms (or doing anything at the Firing Point Bench) whilst anyone is forward of the firing point.
The FeedReady App
If you were lucky enough to get a new mobile phone for Christmas then go to:
Download the App to your phone and when installed the App will ask if you want to create a link, so in the box for filling, type our web address (www.lagsc.com) and you should then have a LAGSC link at the top of the App page. Tap on this and.... Voila! You hopefully will have opened a page with the LAGSC logo filling the background. Simply scroll down to see any messages. You should thereafter get a signal whenever I update the web or notify you about dates. (Some phones though will need to be manually updated by opening the app)
If you encounter any problems, give me a call or email.
SHOOTERS RECORD & ATTENDANCE
It is vitally important that your shooting record is kept up to date as checks are being made and there is going to be a tightening of the regulations. My hands are tied, if you do not turn up for at least three shoots in any twelve month period, I have to notify the police. Unless you have a very good reason for not attending, you will probably lose your FAC. Take note!
See you at our first shoot of 2016 - Saturday 20th February
Regards to all.