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HBSA Annual Rook rifle event, 8th April 2018

posted 12 Apr 2018, 15:20 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 15:20 ]
For once the weather Gods had deserted us, and our outing to the farthest corner of Bisley Camp was a damp, becoming very rainy, day out for two dozen stalwarts. The comfort of the Time Limit range was very welcome, even if the corrugated roof did drip down the necks of the seated shooters at 50 yards. A key group of volunteers kept the ROing and scoring running smoothly in the background whilst competitors compared rifles between details.

Quite a good selection of interesting rifles were in use on the day, varying from .22 Short Winchesters, to a Vickers, to a Bland .44 rolling block and a delicious Holland & Holland double hammer rifle. However the best scores were usually going to those with .310 Cadets, .22 War Office Pattern bolt actions and various Martini .22s.

A longish lunch was taken at the Army Target Rifle Club where competitors dried out before the afternoon session. However the rain intensified, and so a mint Westley Richards Falling Block in .255 Jeffery went back to Kent unfired. Scores were somewhat lower that previous years, probably due to the rain, but ageing backs and creaking limbs also paid a part. Despite the weather a great time was had by all.


Allan Kirk