Atholl Work Day
27th October 2019
Seven people attended the work day, including one support member. Weather was fair, cold but bright and sunny with Some light showers in the late afternoon.
All impact areas in the backstop have now been filled in and a lot of scrub cut down between firing point and targets. Thanks are due to Raymond Shaw, John Rankin, Ron Scaglione, Mike Barlow, Mike Buchanan and John Macdonald.
The bulk of the essential range work is now complete, only fitting new centres to the heat shields is still to be done.
End of Season Shoot 2019
13th October 2019
We had our last shoot of the year yesterday and it was dry all day.
Turn out was healthy and everyone, including three guests, stayed on to help dismantle the targets and prepare the range for winter. We had two hours of shooting at 500 yards prior to closing down. Conditions were fair with very light winds and no rain, so scoring was of a high standard. More work requires to be done, most importantly, filling in the impact areas of the back stop to repair the damage caused by the shooting combined with this years heavy rain fall.
A photo of most of those present is attached for the web site. Some of our members were a bit shy, so not shown in the photo.
22nd September 2019
The Match was between two teams again this year, West Atholl and West of Scotland Rifle Clubs. Team size was best six from all of those shooting. The day started off at 500 yards in the dry with very light winds, resulting in some very high scores from both teams. West Atholl best six made a score of 426.42v against a West of Scotland score of 433.45v Scores of 75.8 and 75.11 being made by M.Barton (WA) and J.Potter (WOS). West Atholl score included one unfortunate cross shot, in the bull of course, as is traditional.
As we moved back to 600 yards a few spots of rain began to fall, giving an indication of what was to came. Gazebos were erected and the first few completed their shoot in the dry. Later the heavens opened and there were several very heavy showers. Luckily the Gazebos were in place so no harm done.
At 600, West Atholl kept all their shots on the correct target and made a score of 430.35v High scorer at 600 was Euan Munro with 74.13v. Some of the West of Scotland team slipped a bit at 600 but the team managed to recover to make a score of 429.46v. High scorer at 600 was Claire Halleran with 75.11v.
The final result was a narrow win for West of Scotland with a total of 862.91v against a West Atholl total of 856.77v.
The West Atholl Captain kindly donated two bottles of whisky to be won by the competitors with the highest Vee count. These were won by Euan Munro and Ronald Scaglione both with 20v.
Thanks are due to all who turned up and especially to those who assisted with range rigging, range officer duties and close down.
In Memory of Jim Brown
It is with great sadness we report the passing of fellow club member Jim Brown. Jim was an active member of West Atholl but also many other clubs in Scotland such as Fife and Kinross and the National Rifle Club of Scotland for many years. Jim did an admirable job as Website Administrator keeping the Club’s public facing profile fresh and up to date and over the last few years while in failing health and until he was physically no longer able to do so. That itself is a great tribute to Jim’s love of shooting and support for the Club.
Jim's funeral will take place at 12 noon, Tuesday 24 September at the Inverness Crematorium, Kilvean Road, Inverness, IV3 8JN
Refreshments will be served afterwards (probably at the Loch Ness Country House).
Please do not send flowers but a collection will be held for MacMillan.
The thoughts of everyone at West Atholl Rifle Club go out to the members of Jim's family and all who knew him.
Message ten, with compliments.
Club Shoot - 15th September
Murray Cup - 8th September
Home Office Launch Consultation on Proposed Statutory Guidance to the Police on their Firearms Licensing Functions
List of Items for Sale
Scottish Long Range 2019
Pentagonal / Finlux Inter-Club Team Matchs 2019
Crosses Team Shoot
The 'Scottish' 2019
West of Scotland 2019 Championships
Range improvements - 23rd March
Work on the range continued yesterday 23 March. The 2 Pauls and Des concreted in the base for the new Flag pole at 800 yds while your Chairman dug out and filled in the depression in the upper firing point at 400 yds and relaid the turf. John and Richard carried out some target work and confirmed that shots through the Vee are registering nicely on the monitors. What else do we need to know!
First club shoot is next Sunday. Road widening work has started just north of Perth with a contraflow operating for 5 miles on a 40 mph speed limit. Give yourself an extra 15 minutes if coming that way.
Range improvements - 10th March
Targets installed in frames however no practice shoot happened for weather related reasons. Instead a new gate designed and constructed with mortice and tenon joints by Alan Manson was fitted aided by Des Parr, John Potter and Jak. Many thanks Alan.
Separately, work was carried out at the 200 yard firing point to form an additional lie for use by BDS and SGA.
West of Scotland Open
4th/5th May 2019 Glen Tilt Blair Atholl
It is that time of year again when we have to start thinking about coming out of hibernation.
Entry form for this years Open Meeting is attached, cost is unchanged from the last few years. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone else who may be interested.
The only change this year is a restriction to 80grain maximum bullet weight for .223" calibre ammunition.
List of Items for sale
2019 Range Programme
1st Work Day 2019 - 10th February
The first work detail of the new year completed the LR heat shields with fresh aiming marks cut from surplus rubber duly marked up with bull, and magpie lines and construction of removable F-Class centres mounted on corex to fit as and when required. The target shed received an overdue clear out and tidy.
All work closely supervised by Scott and Jak.
NRA Range Conducting Officer - Status
NRA RCO qualification lasts for 6 years after last renewal/successful course completion.
If you have a NRA RCO card then please check it to ensure it is still valid. There is only a certain amount of grace period for renewal. Otherwise the full course will have to be completed again.