Updated 18th November 2018. Competition Scores
Club Competition Scores: Practical Scores are up-todate. All other scores to 28th September 2018.
MoD Range Bookings 2019: Last Friday saw the last of the scheduled MoD range bookings for 2018. Thetford CGR&ETR ranges are currently closed for maintenance work to at least March 2019. An unsuccessful attempt was made today to arrange an Archer Range booking to coincide with the February school holidays - we could be looking at March now for the next MoD booking.. anyone interested? (Posted 5th November)
Bisley Bible 2018: The NRA Publish the 'Bisley Bible' annually which includes important Range and Shooting Safety Information and Regulations - Link here: https://nra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Bible-Main.pdf
Recently Published The Offensive Weapons Bill: As far as we are concerned affecting .50 Cal and Rapid Firing Firearms see this Link to NRA for further details:
29/12/17 Potentially Dangerous 5,56mm Ammunition?: The NRA have posted a 'cautionary' potential safety hazard warning regarding batches of RG ammunition manufactured in 2012. See the NRA Website - News section for further information.
Club Insurance: The Club Insurance is provided as part of the NRA re-affiliation which commences from January 1st. Note: Previous limited Personal Accident 'cover' is no longer an additional option by the NRA's Insurance providers. Please see the Members Only page for further information. Re-affiliation to the UKPSA now includes non-optional, additional Insurance cover.
UK Shooting News: Interesting reading...! to include: - 1.Details of the latest Policing and Crime Bill amendments, which includes further revised information of the 'use' of expanding ammunition. 2. Rumoured Home Office approval for increasing Club Home Office Approval fees from £84 to £1,000. 3. Minutes of previous FELWG meetings..? (Firearms & Explosives Licensing Working Group) You will need to search around for the above. Read here: https://ukshootingnews.wordpress.com/
Revised Guide - Firearms Licensing Law April 2016
Ballistics Calculator. This useful calculator can be found at http://ballistics.nerdulator.net/index.php. Enter the ballistic co-efficient of your bullet, bullet weight, muzzle velocity and the distance you have zeroed at and then press the 'Solve' button. You can then print off range cards, plot the bullets path or the bullets energy loss over distance. A good resource for bullet ballistic co-efficients can be found at http://www.frfrogspad.com/bcdata.htm
New Explosives Regulations have come into force. Please be aware that the storage of both Black Powder and Propellant Powder used for reloading cartridges now appear to come under these Regulations, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l150.pdf in particular Appendix 7 'Storage of Small Quantities of Shooter Powders'. We are still awaiting a response and update from the NRA.
30/12/12 Gun Digest 2013 Safety Issue 5,56mm -v- .223" What's The Difference..?
As Secretary one of my responsibilities is keeping Club Members abreast of all safety issues. I make no apologies for raising this issue yet again, at least one fellow member who has always shared my concern regarding the 'use and compatibility!' of 5,56/.223 ammunition has drawn my attention to an article published in the latest 'Gun Digest 2013' most of the relevant pages can be viewed below. Most shooters using a combination of these calibres experience stuck cases, difficult case extraction, blown primers or a combination of all three should read this article. In most cases, after their firearms have been inspected, where necessary, often the problem has been resolved by a fairly simple reaming/re-chambering of the rifle....
Read the 2013 Gun Digest article here: ftp://ftp.fwpubs.com/Outbound/Direct%20Brands/GD2013_AR15.pdf Hard Copy available on the Club Notice Board or on request.
Previously published information and advice endorsing this subject can be read in the Bisley Bible, published annually by the NRA, see below and SAAMI.