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Fife & Kinross Full-bore Rifle Club

2010

Bullet weight

A member asked me whether F&K applied a bullet weight limit to Tr/F class.  F&K never operated a bullet weight limit for TR, so by extension, F&K does not operate a bullet weight limit for Tr/F. And of course F-open is "open".

[My personal view is ... that one should stick to the prevaling rules; i.e. Tr should shoot a less than 156 grain projectile in 308W, and less than 81 grain projectile in 223R. This is because ones barrel twist is unlikely to stabilise anything heavier, any gains are marginal at best and deceiving at worst. I have used 168grn, and although a fine projectile, the hassle of a different load was one complication too many for me. The Tr/F case is more difficult. Tr/F changed the rules - yet again - and whether the club follows Bisley rules, as it currently does, or Athol rules which are more sensible in my opinion is something to be decided at the AGM.]

Safety

We recently had non observance of the protocol we use in the conduct of shooting; Range rule 14.  This was not a safety incident per see for (as I verified) the only rifles [2] on the firing point had their bolts removed.  However!

However the range rules, for your safety, say that no one may exit the butts unless the butt's red-triangle is showing, and the red triangle will only show red when (a) the firing point is clear of all rifles and (b) that fact is communicated to the butts.  So, remember, members of the butt party may ony exit the butts (including to collect flags) when the RO has told the butt party the range is clear and to show the red triangle. This is for your safety and clubs' peace of mind.

We also had 2 incidences of walkers walking along the skyline.  Shooting was suspended whilst these persons intruded into the danger area. It is some years since we had suffered that.  This is the correct protocol.

Weather

Try either of these links to range-local weather stations; Portmoak Gliding or Lochgelly weather (especially the webcam, realtime display, etc).  You might like to look at the forecast; e.g. Metcheck

Cars on the range

At the BSA AGM, the issue of cars on the range was raised once again, and there is now some clarity of what the rules are.  

But first some back ground:- The lease that the BSA holds for use of the field, which the BSA inherited from TAVRA, covers use of the firing points and a small strip at the left hand edge of the field.  The TAVRA right of vehicular access for was presumed to be one Bedford truck that could deliver and removes stores [e.g. amunition] and act as an ambulance. For the first 20 years of my membership of F&K, F&K managed without any vechicles on the range. And that was not because the membership was younger; we had then retirees - sadly now passed on, such as Tim MacMillan, Bert Schnazel etc. It is only in recent years that members have taken vehicles on to the range, and in increasing numbers.

At the meeting, it was mentioned that the owner of the field [Mr Meikland] had sought out a member of the BSA committee and that he was 'really agitated' and had said 'sort it out or else I shall padlock the gate'. Perhaps because in the past few years the field was used for animals this has not been an issue, but this year it is an issue for it is a commercial crop.  It is most important that clubs & members using the BSA facility do not abuse the terms of BSA's lease nor damage relationships with the owners, especially because the BSA hopes to negotiate an extension to the lease.

Hence the following extra range orders: -

  1. Shooters must be aware of possibilty of crop damage on the range, and shall conduct themselves accordingly.
  2. The Range Duty Officer for the day may designate at most one vehicle which may drive up & down the range.
  3. The RDO may decide that it is inappropriate to take any vehicle what so ever into the field, for reasons of crop or field damage.
  4. The designated vehicle will make at most one return trip up & down the range.
  5. So as to minimise crop damage, the designated vehicle shall be driven as close as sensible to the left hand boundary of the field.

Whether that means that the one vechicle shall be a 4x4, I leave to other drivers to decide; I, for one, do not drive my [saloon] car up the range. The BSA AGM further discussed the issue of car parking -- in the field. It is felt that parking cars at the bottom of the field (i.e. the triangular area bounded the gate, the acoustic wall and the fence, approximately) was OK, if treated as a priviledge for it is not a right. However again that has to be interpreted sensibly, for damaging any crops would be mega-unhelpful to the interests of shooters using the range.
Brian Woodroffe sec/treas. 21/May/2009

Additionally, the owner of the Binn wood has raised the issue of the [commercial] damage to timber and to chain saws due to bullets embedded in trees. I know most [all?] of these bullets have been found to be 9mm [i.e. military origin]. However you are reminded that the only place to fire bullets at is into the target face, or if zeroing or blowing off, into the sand. The range safety certificate is granted on the premise that, and the regulations are formulated around the premise that all shots are fired into the stop butt, and the purpose of the danger area is merely to capture ricochets.
Brian Woodroffe sec/treas. 2/Jan/2010

Rifle usage cards

The rifle usage cards in the binder are now obsolete, but they will be stored for the record. Usage of members' target shooting firearms, as required by law [another creeping imposition of the big brother state at its citizens' expense] will be done by using the box on the score card and the secretary transcribing the number into the results spreadsheet back home, off range.

Members who do not fill in the serial number, will have no-return entered as the rifle's serial number.  Whether the member considers this adequate relative to the law's requirement that detailed usage of each target rifle is recorded is for the member to decide.

Shooter Certification Cards

These have been distributed.

2009 AGM

Programme

Some notes:

11/2/2010 Fife & Kinross -
Date Blairadam Other events
Sun 3 Jan 10 - -
Sun 10 Jan 10 - -
Sun 17 Jan 10 - -
Sun 24 Jan 10 - -
Sun 31 Jan 10 - -
Sun 7 Feb 10 AGM -
Sun 14 Feb 10 - -
Sun 21 Feb 10 - -
Sun 28 Feb 10 - -
Sun 7 Mar 10 - SRA AGM
Sun 14 Mar 10 - -
Sun 21 Mar 10 - -
Sun 28 Mar 10 - start BST- Atholl short
Sun 4 Apr 10 Extra Atholl-short
Sun 11 Apr 10 - WA 300M
Sun 18 Apr 10 - NCRS/Atholl-long
Sun 25 Apr 10 GAI -
Sat 1 May 10 - West of Scotland
Sun 2 May 10 - West of Scotland
Sun 9 May 10 -
F-class league
Sat 15 May 10 - SRA/RAF/Wales
Sun 16 May 10 GAII / guest SRA/RAF/Wales
Wed 19 May 10 - BSA AGM, 17:30pm
Sun 23 May 10 GAIII NCRS
Sun 30 May 10 - Atholl-short
Sat 5 Jun 10 - SRA - long
Sun 6 Jun 10 - SRA - long
Sun 13 Jun 10 GAIV / guest NCRS/Atholl long
Fri 18 Jun 10 - Scottish
Sat 19 Jun 10 - Scottish
Sun 20 Jun 10 - Scottish
Sun 27 Jun 10 GAV Atholl short
Sun 4 Jul 10 Finlux/Pentagonal Finlux/Pentagonal
Sun 11 Jul 10 GAVI - guest -
Sun 18 Jul 10 - Atholl
Sat 17 Jul 10 - Imperial-Q3
Sun 25 Jul 10 GAVII -
Sun 1 Aug 10 GAVIII / guest -
Sat 7 Aug 10 Inverness
Sun 8 Aug 10 - Inverness
Sat 14 Aug 10 - Tayside
Sun 15 Aug 10
Tayside
Sun 22 Aug 10 - -
Sun 29 Aug 10 GAIX / Championship -
Sun 5 Sep 10 - Atholl short
Sun 12 Sep 10 GAX / guest NCRS
Sat 18 Sep 10 - East of Scotland
Sun 19 Sep 10 - Atholl Murray cup
Sun 26 Sep 10 GAXI Lochboisdale
Sun 3 Oct 10 - -
Sun 10 Oct 10 GAXII / guest SRA vs LMRA
Sun 17 Oct 10 - European LR
Sun 24 Oct 10 GAV - replacement -
Sun 31 Oct 10 Extra - slot end BST
Sun 7 Nov 10 - -
Sun 14 Nov 10 - Armistice Sunday
Sun 21 Nov 10 - -
Sun 28 Nov 10 - -
Sun 5 Dec 10 - -
Sun 12 Dec 10 - -
Sun 19 Dec 10 - -
Sun 26 Dec 10 - -
Sun 2 Jan 10 - -
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Sun 6 Feb 2011 Season 2010's AGM -
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