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HBSA Christmas Wappenschaw and Lunch – SUN 09 DEC 2018

posted 11 Dec 2018, 15:46 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Dec 2018, 15:47 ]
A field of 19 competitors assembled at 200 yards on a blustery and rather grey, drizzly day for the traditional Christmas 'fun' shoot and lunch.

The competition was a grouping exercise, with ten shots prone (rests and slings allowed in all classes) using standard NRA 200 yard round bull faces.  The results may be viewed here >>>>

Post shoot feed back indicated that a separate class for non - military iron sighted rifles would be popular. Also, as the marking for this style of competition is much less onerous than a normal '2ss and 10 to count' shoot, in future, .22 rimfire rifles could be included as well. To my amazement, several competitors asked for targets with smaller black aiming marks – so next year's Wappenschaw competition will be on Standard NRA RB or NRA /HBSA Historic faces with Tin Hats too - shooter's choice !

Our usual 'Steak and Kidney Pie' lunch was held in the pleasant surroundings of the LMRA members' dining room as the ATSC was unavailable.

My thanks go to David Carroll who RCO'd the competition and to all those who assisted on the firing point and also to those who helped me in the butts.

Particular mention must be made of Tony Cattermole, who ran the stats and had made up an excellent score board . He gave us a most interesting short talk after lunch on the process of cordite manufacture at the Kynoch works using sheep's wool and how soap became one of the by-products. He also explained the mystery of how and why cordite strands were loaded into bottle shaped cartridge cases before they were necked.

Mike Townsend