It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Bob Aitken.
From his son Colin, I quote:
"Sadly Dad passed away over the weekend.
It was all very sudden and thankfully without suffering - though we will still take time to absorb this.
I would be obliged if you could communicate this development to his many friends in the shooting community.
David and I will look to be in touch shortly."
I will pass on any further information that the family ask me to communicate.
English Eight Autumn Shoot
The weekend of 24/25 September saw the last of the major MR matches of the season in the English Eight Club and the Irish Rifle Club combined autumn meeting at Bisley. The course of fire was 15 and two sighters at 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards on each day. Shot as one detail at 1000 and 1100 yards meant back to back shooting with no breaks which kept everyone on their toes.
A perfectly organised competition with excellent ROs in Peter and Mike Turner and Jim Stevens’ Sussex markers giving very few message 4’s or challenges, meaning that competitors were able to get into a rhythm, leading to fast shooting and decent scores. The slickness of the operation was added to by the superlative score cards, which not only told you what you were about to do, but then told you what was happening next. This was the last hooray for John Hissey on the stats after many years’ service which Nick Tremlett eloquently summarised at the prize giving.
The 1,000 yard range seemed straightforward on both days, but 1100 seemed to leave most of the field trying to work out what was going on, with much muttering and scratching of heads, was it angle or were the flags lying as usual? 1200 yards on Saturday was easier than it looked, but on Sunday sudden and swift wind changes played havoc, especially at the start of the first detail with a good crop of magpies and outers amongst the sighters and a few that avoided the target altogether.
The results were dominated by Rob Lygoe who shot a terrific 446.60, only dropping 4 points over the 6 shoots, closely pursued by Mike Baillie-Hamilton with a 445.63, including four 75s out of the 6 shoots. Scotland was well represented at the top of the table by Ron Scaglione who came third with 440.54 and won the Donegall Badge in his first season shooting match rifle. Talk about great expectations! Jon Sweet was 5th with 439.55
Our thanks to our English and Irish hosts for their hospitality and superlative delivery of both the shooting and the reception on Saturday evening when what seemed to be most of a smoked pig was stripped to the bone as if attacked by piranhas. Noteworthy also was the NLRC dinner and carvery for which there was a capacity crowd. Armies may march on their stomachs but plainly match riflemen shoot on theirs.
Major Alexander John Munro MBE TD
10th September 1916 - 1st September 2016
It with great sadness that we report the death of Alastair Munro on 1st September nine days short of his 100th birthday. We will remember Alastair as a past member, a mentor to many of us, a dear friend and, literally single handedly, the most constructive force in Scottish full-bore shooting over the last several decades.
There is more information about Alastair on the WARC website.
Approved Clubs - New Home Office Guidance
(applys from August 2016)
The Home Office has just published new guidance for Approved Rifle and Pistol Clubs with key changes including: Guest Members
Match Rifle - Bisley 2016
Scottish MR successes:
- Mike Baillie-Hamilton wins Hopton
- (Mike's score in the Hopton was the third highest ever)
- and 1,200yd Agg.
- and Edge
- and Martin Parr
- and Match Rifle Selection Agg.
- and Ranken
- and Tribe Memorial 1,100 yards Agg.
- and Victoria Agg.
- and Weekend Agg. (MR)
- and Weekend Selection Agg. (MR)
- Angus McLeod wins Amourers
- Pete Seebohm wins Cottesloe
- Ron Scaglione (tyro) wins Whitehead M.R.
- Ron Scaglione and Fergus Flanagan cleaned up all the Tyro and U25 prizes
Elcho 2016 - Report and Results
NRC of S Open Spring Meeting
NRCofS are sorry to report that Michael Davis has passed away. Whilst quintessentially English he was also an Honorary member of NRCofS and a loyal supporter of our autumn meetings. We will miss him.
Bisley 2016 Combined Clubs Spring Match Rifle Meeting
Full Results - English Eight Web Site
Prior to the Combined Clubs Spring Match Rifle Meeting the NRCofS held a team practice. A dozen members shot on the Friday in what the captain was heard to describe as a frustrating but informative session. Further details are top secret. For those members who had experienced snow within the previous 10 days, the July like heat wave conditions were a big surprise. A convivial evening was spent in Elcho Lodge expertly catered for by Silke Lohmann and well fuelled by Mark Crichton Maitland.
Come the weekend 11 Scots and three other Hon. Members took part amongst a record entry of 75 for the Spring Meeting. Could Aled James of Wales repeat his 2015 victory or would our Scottish runners up from last year, Angus McLeod and Mike Barlow, rise to the top? The heat wave conditions continued over both Saturday and Sunday with 27C recorded officially locally and even informal reports of 28C on camp. The wind was similar both days with almost dead calm at 1,000x increasing to a fickle tail-wind worth three minutes or so either way in the afternoons.
The redoubtable Allan Campbell-Smith was the only Scot amongst the 6 possibles at 1,000x on the Saturday while steady shooting from Angus saw him win the day by a single point from Dave Dashwood. Mike Barlow pulled off the only possible at 1,100x and ended only two behind. Come Sunday, Angus nailed a possible with 13 Vs at 1,000x whilst Tim Kidner and Fergus Flannagan pulled off the only possibles at 1,100x – Fergus had a staggering 14 Vs in his. Rob Lygoe won the Sunday but not by enough to overtake Angus who won the weekend by two points capturing the open Welsh trophy and our magnificent closed Scottish VIII Cup. Mike Barlow and Mike Baillie-Hamilton picked up the 2nd and 3rd Scots places in 5th and 7th overall. Mike B-H had obviously found his wind zero in our practice and scored 11 bulls with his 12 sighters over the weekend which, added to some strong final shots, won him the cash sweepstake. The ever consistent Nick Tremlett won the 1,200x aggregate and hence our Ranken Cup.
For those of you who missed the meeting – bad luck – it was a great one!
GB Match Rifle Team to Australia
For those of you who have not been following the Woomera team results we are delighted to report that the Scots contingent within the British squad won the most important matches at the recent Australian Match Rifle champonships - The McEachran and Phil Cole Matches. By beating all the other Australian State and British squad teams Scotland have asserted their rightful dominance in the world of Match Rifle shooting. The following photo shows our contingent after shooting the 1200x stage of the Rowland Aggregate which formed part of the McEachran Match. Oh yes and Britain won some minor match called the Woomera as well.
McEachran Trophy Results
Phil Cole Match Results
Scottish Target Shooting (STS)
The STS web site is up and running with the facility to join as a Member.
GB Match Rifle Team to Australia
Match Rifle shooting dates for 2016:-
|Blair Atholl dates:|
|NRC of S Practice day (Joint with WARC LR Club Shoot)||April||17th|
|NRC of S Spring Meeting||May||21st / 22nd|
|NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting||September||3rd / 4th|
|Practice - AM 1,000yds||April||23rd|
|Practice - 3 targets (AM 1,000+1,100)(PM 1,000+1,100)||May||6th|
|Combined Clubs Spring Meeting (English VIII)||May||7th / 8th|
|tbc Practice - 1 target (AM 1,000) (PM 1,200)||June||4th|
|Lex Lyons Match||July||7th|
|Hopton Agg.||July||9th to 12th|
|English VIII Autumn Match Rifle Meeting||September||24th/25th|
|For other shooting events and dates go to SRA web site or West Atholl web site|