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Bicester Targets HRS Winter League R2

Round 2 took place in what is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst many of us on the HFT circuit, Black Cat HFT Air Rifle Club in Swindon.

Although the grounds at ‘Black Cat’ isn’t very large and restrictive compared to some other clubs, what the team at ‘Black Cat’ manage to do is make great use of the terrain and wind that is available to them, and they never fail to deliver!

Testament to this was the amount of high praise coming from all the shooters after finishing and commentating on just how challenging a shoot it had been.

With the Strong Northerly winds that were affecting other shoots across the country and knowing from first-hand experience of shooting at Black Cat’s ground in those conditions, it was going to make it a very challenge day. Fortunately, we were to find that that the wind wasn’t quite as devastating as first thought, but what wind there was helped to concentrate the mind on what was an expertly thought out course, using the rules to maximum effect.

The leaders have now starting to emerge, in Div 1, Vince Blackman from MVAC shot a solid 56 taking his total to 115 after just two rounds, and Mick White another MVAC shooter holding his top spot in Div 2 with a 53 leaving him clear by 2 points.

Top shots for the day and the new Yellow arm band recipients are, John Copper from Wendover in Div 1 with a great 57, and Keith Sutton in division 2, who out classed everyone with a fantastic 58.

High praise must go to Mike Cripps from Meon, who pulled of a PB of 57 in Div 2 showing the rest of MVAC elite how it’s done! (some lucky wobbles I recon 😊)

In the team event’s ‘Meons’ lucky wobbles are starting to make 1st place in division 1 their own with a 7-point lead over 2nd place Millers Marauders.

Division two’s top slot is in the hands of Bicester Targets A team and are 5 points ahead of ‘Meons Mischiefs’ who took the top team score for the day.

Talking of teams, we would like to welcome a new addition to the line-up, the 'Wendover Clangers', for those of you not old enough to remember the ‘Clangers’…. well let’s just say they were a very strange bunch of characters (no change there then!)

The team at ‘Black Cat’ have raised the bar and thrown down the gauntlet to the other clubs involved, and I for one, can’t wait for the next round in what is now becoming a very enjoyable HFT winter league format.

We would also like to thank Chris from ‘Bicester Targets’ for bringing along those two very, very lovely looking Nick Murphy (Zenith) tuned Anschutz 9015 Air Rifles in their custom stocks, for everyone to try at the end of the shoot.

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Daniel Hudson

The indoor competition season got off to an excellent start yesterday, with Kev Catt 1st 45y bench rest, Paul Somerville 1st 10y springer rifle, Steve Lucas 1st 10y Pistol. We hope you can all make it in the next few weeks as its an 8 week event so still time, but you've got to be in it to win it 😊

We have 8 Entries already in the 45 Yard Bench Rest Target Comp using Spring Rifles with Scopes. And two people have already shot their November Targets this evening, so we are off to a flying start.

You have until the end of November to get your 5 Targets of me so you can shoot your November Target. Its a brilliant comp and one you can do at your leisure, just pick a nice day (with no wind) and get a member to meet you at the club and go up and shoot your card. But I must warn you its not as easy as it looks! 😩

So get in contact and arrange to get your 5 targets off me, and lets see who can crack this one over the winter.

45 Yard Bench Rest Target Comp using Spring Rifles with Scopes : Rules

There are 5 NSRA Targets to shoot with 5 shots at each Target. Each competitor will be issued with 5 NSRA / MVAC targets marked as Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb & Mar.

The rules are you can only shoot the corresponding months target in that corresponding month. Once you have shot that months target it must be posted in the post box in the club house for scoring.

The 5 Targets will cost £5 with the winner takes all the pot at the end of March 2018 when all scores are in (Its already at £40 😊). There will be a trophy awarded at the Christmas Dinner the following year.

You can shoot a target on any day of the week of your choosing during normal club hours, just as long as you have a full member to witness you shoot the card and that same full member must sign the card afterwards.

All cards to be shot at the MVAC outdoor range with a springer/recoiling rifle and a maximum x 12 mag scope. And yes when you shoot your comp cards that is the ONLY time you are permitted to shoot paper targets on the outdoor range.

Contact me to arrange to get your 5 targets.

Steve Haworth

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So sorry I couldn't make was really looking forward to it but for personal reasons I couldn't, see you all next week, well done guys

It was such a laugh. I really enjoyed it. Can't wait till next week. Big G..

4 out of 5 I think I may retire for the rat of the season

Well done everyone xx

Absolutely cracking

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BicesterTargets HRS Winter League

Welcome to the first round of the ‘Bicester Targets HRSWL’ held in what can only be described as a very mild sunny, almost windless beautiful day at Meon Valley Airgun Club's Hen woods site. Not what you would hardly call “Winter” or have come to expect from the start of any Winter league, but what a great way for the inaugural start of this new format.

The emphasis of this new format is to allow all shooters of all abilities and ages, to be able to enjoy a competition where everyone can compete on a level playing field, with a mixture of reasonable easier targets to more challenging ones, with the shooter having to decide whether to move off the peg or take the shot from either, supported/unspotted Standing or kneeling.

Judging by the response of the Eighty shooter that attended and the high scoring of most of the competitor’s/teams it looks like this format works very well. The course at Meon was very deceptive with some clever range traps, a certain “Crowziller”comes to mind, and a 14 yarder that several “do-nutted” (by not checking where their 8y aim point fell) with a few of the easier targets catching shooters out by being over confident.

There is definitely a lot to play for, with the introduction of perpetual trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd teams in each division, with awards being made to the 5 members of each of the 1st place teams (It doesn’t end there) In the Individual competition, trophies will also be awarded to 1st,2nd, & 3rd places in both division 1 & 2.

Enough Silverware to play for? Not quite…. each division’s highest scoring individual shooter will win a “Top Shot” trophy at each of the 6 rounds plus the honour of wearing the coveted “Tour de HRS” Yellow armbands, and this privilege fell to Vince Blackman & Mick White who both shoot a 59. (can you imagine the micky taking that they will receive at the next round 😊 all competitors (subject to the rules) will also be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold HRS Winter League badge at the end of the season.

All in all,a very enjoyable, well organised and run competition, another plus for the day was that all those that turned up went home by early afternoon, with the scores up on the “BT HRS Winter League” web page before they even started their cars.

The HRS Winter League team, would also like to thank all the clubs that are involved, and our sponsor “Bicester Targets” for all their enthusiasm & support in getting behind this new competition.

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Was told it was a good day, couple of bisley boys went and enjoyed it. Hopefully have a team for next season.

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