Atholl Estates Open Day 2008

13th May

On May 13th West Atholl Rifle Club held an Open Day for Atholl Estates. The Club has always been grateful for the co-operation of the Estate Trustees and staff. Our activities, particularly when shooting at long range, can inconvenience those who live and work on the estate. This was a chance for us to explain what we do and to say thank you, while providing a short break from the hard work of running a highland estate.

13 people associated with the Estate attended the range in perfect weather- hot and sunny, with a gentle breeze. After a short talk on full-bore rifle shooting, a demonstration of the prone position by our resident male model and Hon. Sec., and some superb refreshments provided by Alice, they each shot 2+10 at 500 yards, coached by members. Peter Hunt kindly allowed each guest to take a few shots with his F Class rifle, and James Bell did likewise with his Match rifle. All guests enjoyed themselves and some good shots were made.

Thanks to those who helped on the day : Alice Conder-Lang, Alastair Munro, Richard Scott, Peter Hunt, James Bell, Iain Conacher, Adam Macpherson and David Wildridge

 

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Alice coaches Trustee Sarah Troughton with the Club's Sportco- quite a change from Sarah's usual stalking rifle.
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Alice explains the effects of wind deflection as Maree Morrison, Seasonal Ranger, prepares to shoot.
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Ronnie Hepburn, keeper at Clunes, shooting Peter Hunt's F Class rifle. Ronnie has put one on his wish-list - provided one of the younger keepers carries it.
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Keeper Richard Fraser bravely tries Richard Scott's rifle with sling only-and puts up a good score, helped by the chairman's old jacket, which shrank severely some years ago.
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Peter Hunt explains F Class procedure to Trustee Jamie Troughton.
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The hot weather did not suit everybody
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Dalnamein keeper Kevin Grant learns that this type of shooting involves holding your breath for 30 minutes.
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Shooters-eye view of the targets from 500yds.

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