Match Rifle shooting dates for 2019:-
|Blair Atholl dates:|
|NRC of S Practice day (Joint with WARC LR Club Shoot)||April||14th|
|NRC of S Practice day (Friday Afternoon)||May||24th|
|NRC of S Open Spring Meeting||May||25th / 26th|
|MR Individual Competition including Australians||July||6th|
|MR International Team Match - Scotland v Australia||July||7th|
|NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting||August 31st /||September 1st|
|NRCofS Training Day (alongside NLRC match v all comers)||May||10th|
|Combined Clubs Spring Meeting (English VIII)||May||11th / 12th|
|Lex Lyons Match||July||10th|
|Hopton Agg.||July||12th to 15th|
|Woomera Match GB v Australia||July||17th|
|English VIII Autumn Match Rifle Meeting||September||28th/29th|
|Other dates available at West Atholl web site|
1945 - 2018
Broon’s earliest introduction to the world of long range target shooting, was surely in the butts of Howmoor range at 1000 yards, pulling targets for his father, Alastair.
A little later, a fleeting appearance at Bisley, helping Alastair to erect his prototype long range target frame - subsequently adopted by the NRA. But in those days Martin’s competitive interest was Motor Sport. His legendary 2 litre Morris Minor with pre-selector gearbox must have been an awesome sight in action.
His shooting career only really took off when Alastair died and Martin inherited his father’s rifles - and shortly afterwards his place in the Scottish Eight too.
It wasn’t long before he was persuaded to take on responsibilities as our Honorary Secretary, providing wise counsel, keeping successive Scottish Captains on the straight and narrow, whilst always encouraging young or inexperienced newcomers to the Match Rifle discipline. As well as competing successfully on the ranges, he started production of bespoke ammunition of notable accuracy and reliability, as a service to those unable, or reluctant to assemble their own. A tedious and time-consuming activity, but one which contributed very significantly to the advance of Scotland’s Elcho prowess.
In the wider world of shooting at Bisley and beyond, the hospitality, welcome and enthusiastic debate which could always be expected at Ranfurly produced an ever- expanding circle of friends of many nationalities. Further expanded through travels with Scottish teams to North America and the Australia. Never failing to fly the flag or wear the kilt in confident expectation of upgrade to business class.
A man of many parts, with interests extending far beyond rifle shooting. Certainly not least, as the father of an Olympic gold medallist, in the ‘roaring game’ of curling. And latterly as physical difficulties made shooting too uncomfortable, there was still the boat to sail and a final, successful, return to the motor sports arena.
A great character, his passing greatly saddens many fellow rifle shooters in many places. We have lost a good friend.