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All the scores from the 2020 Standing Air Rifle Competition

Note that these are not in any particular order within the divisions.

Competitor’s Average Modest
45.62Andy Pemberton495047494548404340504941.541.5
39.75Phil Higgins494532.532.5
44.00Mary Eveleigh47504448484840384049483636
43.55Mike Rimmer    4646474847493837304744
42.85Geoff Curtis484748474847404234474830.530.5
41.46Rufus Binks47474947454822384148453131
45.00Chris Perry45484747494947384449483737
39.92Mike Gerrish464045464643372922474735.535.5
44.69Aries Janssens 47484744464742404247474242
38.60Graham Gibbs424544434737463921.521.5
34.89Andy Woolley4347242238494423.523.5
37.54Mike Eveleigh47394241474830232746442727
“We’ll get ‘em”
30.85Richmond Dutton373935454240191926134520.520.5
33.08Brian Starkie45404145384117142543431919
33.45Hwfa Jones31324042323314394430.530.5
36.38Roger Williams36434241 – –23273247
30.62Ken Lewis43384338484523121536251616
29.31John Cowley383737374232201216314616.516.5
33.23Debra Bailey434547353847212211473918.518.5
30.23David Booth42454345373918611353319.519.5
30.30Ian Henley38454037281737351313
33.36Paul Clarke44414440132730433624.524.5
33.08Alex Williams44434442404124233613421919
35.62Gareth Parry434443414547192022414327.527.5
31.00Martyn Jones454835241125464316.516.5
28.20Nigel Watts414344212726413900
0.00Rob Dunlea-Jones00000
35.23Jan Bailey38414340434232281940422525
28.43Dan Owen2939354848 00
  
Junior  
35.15Trinity Bailey234747373743372528444223.523.5
26.54Sam Bailey21393535342120111639421616
25.89Josh Shortland – –30312122434392626

‘-‘ means that the competitor had not entered initially,. or had notified us that they would NOT be returning their target for whatever reason. If no card was returned and no reason given, a score of 0 was recorded.

The NRA have provided us with a risk assessment and declaration which the MoD have now accepted for use by clubs wishing to shoot on their ranges.
The NSRA have done a similar one for the indoor ranges such as the Sheepshed and both are required by the government under the current COVID-19 regulations if we want to shoot on these two ranges.
Together these documents amount to fourteen A4 pages, but much of the wording tells us what we already know (but which legally has to be stated) or is duplicated.

The general requirements for BOTH ranges are:

  1. NO member is to attend who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a part of a household where someone has those symptoms. In the case of a member with symptoms, they must self-isolate for SEVEN days. In the case of a member who is not displaying symptoms, yet is a member of a household where some IS, then they must self-isolate for FOURTEEN days.
  2. Members MUST book a place at least 24 hours before the shoot.
  3. Any member who falls into the above situations after they have attended a shoot in the previous TEN days must inform the club, who must keep a record for the “track & trace system.
  4. Face masks must be worn in some circumstances.
  5. No food or drink is to be consumed at either premises.
  6. There will be NO club ammunition available until the restrictions are changed. (Soon, we hope.)
  7. There will be NO range fees.
  8. Strict social distancing must be enforced.
  9. Members must provide their own guns, ammunition, protective and other equipment.
  10. Bookings MUST be made in advance – NO turning up unannounced.
  11. NO sharing of equipment.

    For Sealand there are specific requirements:
  12. Social distancing of TWO metres (NOT as above!)
  13. NO probationary members.
  14. Shooters must carry their competency card.
  15. Only one shooter per firing point
  16. Only one marker per target in the butts.
  17. All targets, pointers and target frames to be sanitised after each marking detail.
  18. Each butt marker must sanitise their hands before and after each marking detail.
  19. No spectators or guests are allowed.
  20. All waste to be placed in sealed bags and removed by the club.
  21. Shooters must provide their own disinfectant spray/gel/wipes etc.
  22. The shed should have no more than five people in it at any one time. Members must shoot in timed squads – which means that everyone on a shooting detail must start and finish at the same time.
  23. Club radios must be sanitised and kept in a ziploc bag (also sanitised.)
  24. Masks to be worn in the butts.
  25. A maximum of THIRTY people attending at one time – including ROs etc.
  26. There are a number of other rules and regulations which will affect the ROs and the club officials, but they should not affect members in general.
    Targets-
  27. The matter of preserving targets is a difficult one: sanitising them is obviously not practical, so for the duration of the crisis we will have to rely on accurate and prompt marking. Butts parties to note!
    If two or more members have an arrangement that one will photograph the others’ target in the butts then send it to the shooter – that’s fine: sharing mobiles however is not fine, as viewing a target on someone else’s mobile will require a distance of less than two metres.

    As for the Sheepshed:
  28. Our first Sheepshed shoot is on Wednesday 29th July – an evening shoot starting at 19:00. You must let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you want to come along, with places allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. If we find that we get fully booked, we’ll post that as a notice on the website.
  29. Only a 15 shooters can attend due to the limited area of the clubroom and range –
  30. Members must sanitise their hands on arrival at the clubroom.
  31. Due to the narrow corridor outside, no-one must leave the clubroom without permission from Mary.
  32. Anyone wishing to enter the clubroom must first get permission from Mary – through the window at the range end of the room.
  33. No-one must enter or leave the range itself without permission of the RO.
  34. When a detail leaves the range, they must NOT enter the narrow corridor outside the clubroom but wait – suitably distanced – near the entrance until Mary gives permission for them to enter. This will not be done until the next detail has entered the range.
  35. Social distancing of 1+ metres will apply at all times, except for members of the same household.
  36. There will be a set of targets available in the range and once you have taken one, you must not replace it or hand it to anyone else. You must take your targets away with you at the end of the shoot.
  37. The toilet cannot be used.
  38. Members must take their own waste paper etc away with them.
  39. Air rifles are of course permitted.

    In order to get us started shooting again we have had to sign up to an agreement that we will do ALL of the above – plus several other requirements relating to Risk Assessments, record keeping etc.

    We know these conditions seem strict, but as they get us shooting again, then that’s a beginning. It’s certain that the COID-19 regulations will change as the law requires them to be reviewed every twenty-one days, but remember that a review does not necessarily mean a change, although so far – it has!

Clay Shooting System

Please read through the below before booking

Book a place at least 24 hours before the shoot day by e-mail or ‘phone (much earlier is preferable!) Due to the changes in regulations, there are NO time slots – we start at 10:00 and end at around 13:00.

Of course If you are suffering from any symptoms of  COVID-19, you will be isolating and therefore will not be attending the shoot.

Please bring your own ammunition but if you haven‘t got any, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. We have been able to get some more 12 Bore and 20 Bore cartridges, but please note that we can’t accept cash on the day. There are NO range fees to pay.

At all times on the farm you must maintain social distancing rules – at least 3 feet or more apart. (This does not apply to members of a household living together.)

There must be no borrowing of guns or other equipment. We are unable to guarantee the safety of any members against infection so it is the responsibility of all members to take steps to ensure their own safety by acting responsibly and in accordance with the rules and procedures. Please bring your own sanitisation equipments – IE: hand gel or wipes etc.

This is a great improvement. We can have a maximum of 30 people at the shoot at any one time. but we must minimise the risk of infection and the risks to the reputation of the sport and our club. However, with the lessons learnt from the previous two shoots, this one should be much improved!
PS: We believe the Plough will be open and again, if you want to come to a de-brief, you must let us know well in advance, as we have to book places – regardless of whether you are eating or not.

Please Note !

The Cotton Farm Clay Shoot on 4th July

First, please read thishttp://www.phoenixshooters.co.uk/clay-shooting-system/

Please select a time from the list below, then ring or e-mail us to book your place in one of the available time slots.
NB: If no vacant slots appear below – please contact us ASAP so that we can help.
Only six people may shoot in any of the time slots, and you MUST book beforehand.

Please remember that new social distancing rules (3 feet + ) must be complied with, and we would ask that members bring their own form of sanitising hand gel or disinfectant, own hearing and eye protection. There must be no  borrowing or lending of guns or equipment.

Anyone who needs club ammunition must let us know what is required beforehand. Please bear in mind that we have not been able to buy any ammunition recently, so stocks are low. Payment for club ammunition can be done by BACS or cheque. There are NO range fees.

There will be TWO time slots with six places in each but this may change subject to demand – we may need to have three session of 3/4 hrs each.

10:00 to 11:00

  1. GJ
  2. TD
  3. DB
  4. RB
  5. IW
  6. AP

11:00 to 12:00

  1. SF
  2. AN
  3. CS
  4. MR
  5. RR
  6. CW

Deactivated firearms for sale

These ex-guns were the property of a recently-deceased collector, and one of our members is trying to get some money for his widow.

1941 Mk1 .303 Bren great condition £850

1913  SMLE in fair condition £200

Enfield Indian percussion cap muzzle loading .50 cal circa 1850 £300

Portuguese Mauser 1904 pattern bolt action. Very good condition £450

Lee Enfield Mk4 .303. Very good condition. £400

Please speak to Mike or Mary if you are interested.

Deactivated Firearms Guidance

The latest (last!?) EU legislation on deactivated firearms is complex and confusing, but the Deactivated Weapons Association (DWA) has put together a guide to what should be notified and when – see the tables at the bottom of this page.)

We may be officially “out” of the EU, but we’re still in the transition period sat the moment (18/2/20) and this particular law was enacted before we left.

You’ll note that the “who” to notify hasn’t been included, but now that’s been made (nearly) clear at – Deactivatedfirearmsnotifications@homeoffice.gov.uk

You should use the forms provided at – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019

What possible way this can enhance public safety is – to say the least – questionable, but it prevents the UK having to pay a massive fine to the EU if they haven’t “done something” to comply.
This is the very least they could do to comply with the legislation and still avoid that fine.

Possession
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 Yes BUT Not before March 14th 2021
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes March 14th 2021 if taken into your possession by 13/09/18 or from now if taken into your possession on or after 14/09/18
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes Now
Transfer (for more than 14 days)
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 No N/A
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer

“Lever Release” and “Bump Stock” rifles

On our behalf, the British Shooting Sports Council [BSSC] has been looking into the status of the hand-in and compensation scheme for these rifles which were prohibited under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.

The BSSC were originally told that this scheme would be announced towards the end of 2019 and would become active in February/March 2020.

The Home Office have told the BSSC that further legislation is required before the scheme can come into effect. Consequently, they cannot be more precise at the moment.

However they hope to be able to launch the scheme ‘in the Spring’ [no mention of which year !] and will provide more detail in due course.

When we hear anything we’ll post it here.

Salute to Ron Stoll

On Saturday 18th January we stopped all activity at Sealand in order to fire a five-volley salute to our (sadly missed) friend Ron Stoll.

Quite a number of members turned up specifically to pay their respects to Ron, but as we were limited to firing numbers by MoD rules, we had a squad of five – selected by lottery.

Ron, our friend

You can view the video below –

Please Note !

Have you got any de-activated firearms?

If so, you’ll need to look at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019

Because of the EU law ( Directive (EU) 2017/853 ) which we have already accepted, we are now subjected to the ridiculous system of recording items which were not controlled or registered – until now.

Below are some edited extracts from the circular, but note that they are NOT the law – you will need to look at the whole thing.

(Firearms which were deactivated prior to 8 April 2016 are not covered by these provisions. )

The notification of the transfer of a deactivated firearm only applies to those acquired since 14 September 2018.

A person commits an offence if they are in possession of a deactivated firearm unless they have given notice to the appropriate authority or the transfer has already been notified by the person who previously possessed it.

In practice this means that details of deactivated firearms acquired between 8 April 2016 (the date the EU technical specifications came into effect) and 14 September 2018, and which have remained unaltered ever since do not need to be notified to the appropriate national authority until 14 March 2021. If at any time before that date they transfer the deactivated firearm then they will need to notify the Home Office of the transfer.

It is an offence if a person transfers a deactivated firearm to another and does not give notice to the appropriate national authority (Home Office). A person guilty of an offence is liable to a fine of up to £200.