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HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition 2020

posted 5 Oct 2020, 13:20 by Tony Cattermole
Stourport on Severn, Saturday 3rd October 2020

Dear Competitors

Thank you all for competing in this our 15th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition.

Review the match results here >>>

This year we were not only privileged but lucky to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn.

When you sit back and consider the problems associated with Covid-19 it was a near run thing if the event could even go ahead. But go ahead it did, up until the very last minute the range was booked to the Covid secure maximum of 10 shooters on the range at any one time.

Unfortunately, 3 individuals had to cancel at the last moment due to Covid lockdown, illness and accidents.

As always, I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range.

This was the 12th match to take place at Stourport On Severn (not including the American and Christmas shoots), I still do not know where the years have gone.

The Friday night weather forecast indicated heavy rain and wind with an amber warning. Fortunately, the rain was only heavy at times and the wind never really appeared, the light in the morning was reduced making the early details a little difficult at 50m but again this improved as the day progressed, but overall, we remained dry.

This year we originally attracted 17 (13 in 2019) entrants who would have shot 57 (39 in 2019) matches.
Which means this year was a massive improvement over 2019 which is truly amazing given the current situation.

The changes to the shooting program to limit contact between individuals worked extremely well.
Which included two separate bubbles of 5, pre-prepared targets and having 2 routes to the target frames.
Unfortunately, the usual supply of superb cake, biscuits and tea was unavailable and the club house had restricted access.

I think we all missed the opportunity to have a chat and ogle each other’s treasures so we will have to catch up next time.

I must congratulate and commend all those who attended, everyone followed the rules, wore a mask, never moaned and kept socially distanced from each other at all times.

This year the shooting program dispensed with the sighting series of shots on a separate target and instead each detail consisted of 13 shots at both 25m & 50m with the best 10 shots being counted at each distance. Initially this was to reduce the amount of movement in and out of the range.  However, since Saturday the vast majority of competitors have contacted me and the general consensus is that this was big improvement therefore it will now become the norm.

And to prove the new arrangement is an improvement, we had 2 maximum scores of 140 from two individuals this year which I don’t think we have seen before. More surprising or maybe not, one was shot with a modern scoped rifle whilst the other was shot with a BSA Martini Action No.6 (not 100% sure if it is fitted with an aperture sight) both in .22LR. Those old gun makers did know how to make a good gun but we must not forget the man or woman on the butt.

Many thanks to all those who attended and helped out during the day. I hope everyone had a good day and that we see you all again.

! Dates for the diary.

  • Christmas Charity Rook & Reindeer Saturday 5th December 2020, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
    I have no idea what this will involve so watch out for more information.
  • Next year’s Rook & Rabbit @ Stourport on Severn Saturday 2nd October 2021
Last year we discussed having some sort of shoot in the Spring of 2020 obviously that never happened so perhaps we will be lucky in 2021.

Best Regards
Paul Smith