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South Yorkshire Shooting Club

Kate took advantage of some coaching on her new Steyr LP10E during a taster session at the exceptional South Yorkshire Shooting Club earlier today. Located in an industrial area not far from Meadowhall Shopping Centre the facilities at SYSC begin to impress as soon as you step through the door.

Each of us has visited a number of grounds and ranges recently; but it’s fair to say we were still a little awe struck when we entered SYSC. Immediately we found ourselves in the refreshments area, with everything you’d expect; cold drinks, tea, coffee and sandwich facilities, all provided by the very friendly and helpful staff.

Looking ahead, you get the first glimpse of range through viewing windows; which is an excellent touch. Unlike some ranges which seem much more closed off, SYSC is very open, bright and very much inviting. A cursory glance around the wall at the rear of the refreshments area and you’ll see the main range in all of its impressive glory. With a number of positions, complete with C02 charging facilities, rests, chairs and everything else you’ll need to enjoy your time here.

On the range itself you’ll find dedicated booths; suitable for right and left handed shooters, remote controlled overhead carriages, Bell Tower among others; and the range is disabled accessible.

Turning the opposite way you’ll find the reception area, and no doubt will be greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff of SYSC. Opposite the reception desk there are disabled friendly toilets, which are certainly the best I’ve ever experienced at any range or shooting facility! Ahead, past reception is the gun room with a sensible selection of rifles, a diverse selection of targets and accessories and a very impressive selection of pellets for you to choose from – including test packs in both .177 and .22, which would be ideal for your to pellet test your air pistol or air rifle.

Off the gun room, is a shotgun simulator; although closed during our visit and I’m told archery is also soon to be accommodated.

The pistol range was the main reason for our visit today, and it didn’t disappoint. Clean and bright, it is an impressive and inviting facility; complete with video camera and monitor, making checking your targets an effortless exercise. The targets are moved manually and can bet set at 6m, 10m and 13m at the back wall. A key facility and one which was appreciated by Javkhlan, a Mongolian 10m air pistol shooter and recent visitor to the club is a large viewing window beside the pistol range. The viewing window allows visitors and others to view the action on the pistol range without getting in the way of the shooters; which was considered an important anxiety-rising addition for those who are serious at training for national and international competitions, offering a chance to steadily get used to being watched whilst performing.

Under the tutelage of Mike, Kate got to grips with the Steyr LP10E, fine-tuned the sights, shot a number of groups, and had an opportunity to try out a diverse selection of pellets to see which her pistol preferred. Mike was friendly, helpful, fostered a relaxing, pressure free atmosphere and was clearly experienced and despite Kate’s significant experience with air pistols, the coaching session today was no doubt beneficial to her.

Overall I can’t recommend SYSC highly enough, the facilities and overall impression of the site is simply outstanding, coupled with the very friendly, welcoming and supportive staff; finding a better facility for serious, and casual air pistol shooting alike would be a significant challenge.

Molly; range dog :-)

Molly; range dog :-)

Thanks for having us.

Budget O/U Shotguns

The post is intended to highlight some budget; typically sub £1000, O/U shotguns which are available within the UK. If you have any requests for additions to be added please mention them in the comments, drop us an e-mail or suggest them via our Facebook page

Redolfi Arms (RA) Sport sporting shotgun with 3” chambers, 28” barrels and fully adjustable stock is available from Malmo Guns for £895 in 12G with case and 5 chokes.

Close up of RA EOS Sport shotgun action

Photo courtesy: Malmo Guns

“The Franchi Alcione One is available in 12GA (both with 28″ & 30″) M/C with 3″ chambers and superior steel shot proof. The nickel plated steel receiver is tastefully decorated and the selected walnut has a matt oil finish. A single selective gold-washed trigger and auto-safety complete the package.” Available from Keen’s Tackle & Guns for £799.

Franchi Alcione One O/U shotgun

Photo courtesy: Keen’s Tackle & Guns

ATA Steel Action; shown here in Black 12G shotgun. Black Chrome protection, reportedly better than conventional buing. Available with 28” or 30” barrels with a lightweight profile. Available from Wild Hunter for £959+ and some gun rooms in the UK.

ATA Arms Sporter Black Action

Photo Courtesy: Wild Hunter

Last update: 7th March 2016

The NRA Civilian Service Rifle Winter League

The NRA Civilian Service Rifle Winter League is a series of matches held on the first weekend of every month from October through to April and we regularly see in excess of 100 competitors taking part. Month by month they alternate between either a Saturday or Sunday and the match days usually consist to two separate events. At the end of the season trophies and medals are awarded for the first to third place in four classes. This season has been the best attended yet and there have been some very good performances put in by competitors new to CSR.

The facilities at Bisley for CSR are improving all the time and the NRA, supported by a group of very experienced and willing volunteers, run a very efficient and slick operation on the ranges and in the back office both of which have helped CSR grow for strength to strength. The classes are Historic Enfield, Iron Sights, Practical Optic and by far the most popular Service Optic. The straight-pull UK legal AR15 in .223 dominates the competition although there are quite a few other types of rifle used to equally good effect. CSR is a challenging discipline but the atmosphere is always friendly and helpful, there is a physical element to this type of shooting but nothing the moderately fit cannot cope with. The NRA run CSR Introductory Courses throughout the year and these continue to be popular and are a great way of finding out what CSR is all about. Suitable rifles can be hired from the NRA if course members do not have their own and expert tuition and coaching is available in the classroom and on the firing point for what is a mostly practical course. In all the NRA have run 9 CSR Introductory Courses since setting them up in 2013 with 160 people attending. Feedback has been highly positive with progression through to competing in League Matches at about 44%:

‘Just to say thanks to the team for a great day and time spend (sic) helping and tutoring – knackered and sore the next day !!! But I will be back for more! All the very best Robin’

‘Just thought I should say big thank you to the guys for running an excellent course on Saturday. It was a nice combination of useful information, practical tuition and great fun. Excellent value for money too. Well done! Regards, Gary’

NRA CSR Imperial

The national competitions for the Civilian Service Rifle discipline are held at Bisley, as part of the Imperial Meeting, this year between Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 3rd July 2016. The four classes will compete in the respective individual championships over 4 days with the final individual matches taking place on Saturday 2nd July. Later on the Saturday evening the hugely popular Falling Plates competition will take place to be shot in two classes – ‘Historic’ and ‘Modern’. The Falling Plates sees a large number of four shooter teams competing in a knockout match to see who can knock down a bank of ten steel plates in the quickest time from 200 yards after a 100 yards sprint to the firing point.

The concluding Imperial CSR event is the Civilian Methuen Team Match will take place on Sunday 3rd July. Sixteen teams will compete for two trophies in Modern and Historic Classes, each six competitor team will complete the fifty two round Short Range Rural Contact Match Course of Fire with the scores for each team posted on team score boards behind the firing point. The Methuen match is always well supported and when the sun shines is a great end to the CSR Imperial week.

NRA CSR & PR Discipline Sub-Committee

There is a CSR Discipline Representative who sits on the NRA Shooting Committee and is responsible for promoting the sport and administering the rules and match conditions. He is assisted by a Sub-Committee who are the subject matter experts for Range Management and McQueens, Practical Optic Rifle Class, Service Optic Class and Historic and Iron Sights Classes. They can all be contacted through: csr@nra.org.uk

The NRA has set up a Facebook page for CSR that contains lots of useful resources and information for anyone wishing to take part.

Photo courtesy: NRA CSR Winter League

Photo courtesy: NRA CSR Winter League

If you want any more information please just ask. This type of shooting is looked on by some with a bit of suspicion but is well supported by the NRA. We still get comments from people who thing that its illegal for civilians to shoot at ‘Figure’ targets and many that are amazed we are able to own magazine fed ‘military’ looking rifles; unfortunately there is little that can be done to educate the true anti’s but the more the shooting community know about what we do and how much fun it is the better.

Content kindly supplied by:

John Morgan-Hosey
NRA CSR & PR Rep

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Thank you all for your continued interest and support in what we do.

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Updated: 14th May 2016 (5% discount)

Who Am I? Sheree Cox

The next firearms enthusiast to feature in “Who am I?” is Sheree Cox, we would like to thank Sheree for taking the time to participate in our Who Am I? initiative. If you would like to feature in this series please send an e-mail to dave@firearmsuk.org

Sheree

Tell us about yourself?

Sheree cox age 23 I’m originally from London and now moved to Cardiff in with my fiancé, getting married in August after the Commonwealth games.

I work as a chiropractic assistant in London and when I moved to Cardiff found the same job in optimal chiropractic Cardiff.

Take Aim

How did you get into shooting?

I got into shooting through my Dad, Grandfather and great Grandfather who all shot for Great Britain domestically. I asked my dad where he went every Friday night with a big silver box, when I was 12. I went along and tried rifle and pistol and liked the more expensive one…..rifle. I had to wait until I was 13 as these were the club rules. I quickly joined Middlesex county team, shooting for Heston and Hounslow rifle club. I went on to shoot for Great Britain junior squad then Great Britain senior squad even though I was still a junior.

What type of shooting do you currently participate in/List of achievements?

Major achievements I won silver in Sydney youth Olympic festival, gold and bronze in youth commonwealth games in India, came 7th in Delhi commonwealth games 2010

I use a Feinwerkbau 800 and a Walther Anatomic kk00 .22 rifle for 50m ladies 3×20 and prone rifle.

Cool, Calm and Collected

Cool, Calm and Collected

Do you see yourselves taking up any other form of shooting in the future?

I would love to try clay pigeon but cannot afford to injure my shoulders as so heavily involved in my Small-bore shooting.

How important is shooting to you/how has it helped you as a person?

Shooting is very important to me, it is a sport that has developed me as a person and taught me great discipline, determination and has allowed me to see many parts of the world and meet some lovely friends as far away as New Zealand. Friends whom I still keep in contact with now on social media sites. I use it in my day to day activities, like in a stressed situation my breathing suddenly goes to the breathing patterns I use in shooting of calm and very deep, to help calm and gather my thoughts. It has also taught me time management, organisation and taught me if you don’t ask you won’t know.

Taking Aim

Taking Aim

Would you recommend shooting as a sport for young people? If so why?

I would recommend shooting for young people as it teaches them to respect firearms and how to use them safely, it also gets young people achieving things and meeting/ making new friends. It is a sport for everyone, from the blind and disabled to the able bodied and elderly.

What has been the best shooting experience for you so far?

My best experience was walking out at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi as part of team England for the opening ceremony. Seeing myself on T.V recordings when I got home and hearing the roar of the crowd was amazing! I really enjoyed it and learned so many things from that trip let alone the Games.

What other hobbies/interests do you have?

Other hobbies include wedding planning, fashion sketching, gym, I like to think I can play tennis (but I can’t :-(

Sheree will be competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games for team England under Ladies Air Rifle and Ladies 3×20 event. Sheree is seeking sponsorship to help fund her sporting career. You can visit Sheree’s website at www.shereecox.co.uk where you can find more information

The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club Conference 2014

Representing Firearms UK, I and Charles had the great pleasure of attending yesterday’s annual Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club conference, held at the gorgeous Hilton hotel in Warwick.

Both through my role within Firearms UK, and perhaps even more so personally I have followed the growth of ‘bun club’ with keen interest and have found it inspiring and uplifting; even through Twitter alone; which I believe was my first exposure to the club I could not help but be touched by the friendliness and positivity, which to me is a core component of the experience and is something all shooting clubs and organisations should seek to emulate.

Leaving the car park our eyes were drawn to the fabulous new club car provided by one of the latest sponsors; Firs Garage, which was situated in front of grand entrance, my excitement was overtaking my nerves and I couldn’t wait to get inside and be a part of what was to come.

SG&CB Club vehicle outside 2014 conference

As I had expected everyone looked amazing, with loads of gorgeous tweed and shooting inspired outfits on display by delegates, giving a great preview to what was on offer at some of the trade stands throughout the event… and in true bun club fashion there was even a prize for ‘best dressed’, bun club after all is more than just shooting, but a friendly and joyful mix of the social, of friendships, of fashion… beautiful and delicious cakes, and shooting. This for me is a huge positive, helping those who may otherwise be put off by what they may perceive to be a male dominated, too competitive or otherwise unappealing venture.

Not long into the foyer of the conference area we were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by Victoria herself, the friendly and very approachable founder of Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club. I echo her sentiments it was great to finally get to meet her in person. I was incredibly nervous throughout the day; having been struggling with a recent bout of anxiety, but gradually with Victoria’s heart-warming words of encouragement and introductions to delegates I had previously only encountered through social media, I began to feel more at home and thoroughly enjoyed everything the day had to offer.

The day kicked off with an introduction by Victoria who covered how she had to learn how to run a business and all of what that entails, learning how to manage and utilize social media and the challenge of trying to keep everyone happy, sentiments which those behind Firearms UK can certainly appreciate having struggled with some of the same challenges ourselves. She then said something which really struck a chord; talking about the growth of bun club and how the club can grow simply by each one of the delegates introducing 2-3 girlfriends, who in turn introduce another 2-3 girlfriends. We agree wholeheartedly and have expressed similar ideas to strengthening the shooting community has a whole, we are consistently ignored as a minority, one of the most basic ways for us to challenge this is to simply increase the size of our community, to introduce more people into shooting.

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First of the days speakers was Lucy King and Abigail Aldis from Shooting Times. Lucy began by emphasising the importance of shooting related news, comparing it to her disinterest in regular news and politics, highlighting that it is important to be kept up to date on changing events which can have an impact on shooting; “making sure that we don’t lose out on any political changes that are coming”. She went on to mention BASC’s important work over the European elections the Natural England consultation on General and Class licences and the importance of having shooting being accepted as normal by the general public, it is after all an incredibly inclusive and varied sport, truly open to all.

Abigail then gave an interview, with both her and Lucy sharing their introduction to shooting and explaining how they, as women relatively new to shooting, have helped make Shooting Times more accessible and of benefit to a broader readership.

Excitedly IPC Media, who operate numerous magazines; including three other shooting related titles are now in negotiations with Victoria to offer a great magazine subscription deal to bun club members, providing all four shooting titles under one subscription at a discounted rate.

Next to speak was Ed Solomons, a GB Team member and well respected shooting coach. He spoke of his introduction to shooting becoming a full time occupation; living the dream you could say, and on what to look out for when considering hiring a coach. A few interesting points I took note of about Ed is that he has coached 2/3’s of the English ladies shooting team this season, he also views follow up work as important, checking up on clients to see how they doing… having spent good money on coaching myself in another area, I personally consider follow up work as invaluable, helping to build a strong relationship with your coach which will help yield positive results in any coaching session.

Ed goes on to say that with a competent coach, excluding the possibility for eye or other medical conditions compromising your improvement you should see improvement reasonably quickly, so if you are not, it is worth considering you may not be with the right coach. In answering questions from the floor he expanded upon some of his key tips with regard to frequency of sessions, in his view it is crucial to practice between coaching sessions to derive the most benefit, so it is a waste to have a coaching session every month if you are only shooting once per month, instead focus on getting out and practicing what you have covered in your last coaching session for five to six times before you schedule your next coaching session.

Liam Bell followed with a talk on the year of a game keeper. Having hatched and raised chickens, some of the concepts were familiar to me; however the motivation for chicks to hatch out was new to me and very interesting. An overview of pest control and the various methods followed, highlighting the amount of work that is required to raise game and how there is always something that needs doing; whether that be collecting or buying in eggs, feeding, building or modifying pens or pest control, the life of a game keeper certainly seems to be a busy one.

The first break had arrived, and like those that followed it offered an opportunity to enjoy the refreshments take in the gorgeous display of cakes entered into the various competitions by bun club members and of course visit the trade stands for a bit of shopping. Still quite nervous I enjoyed a cup of coffee and took an overview of the stands, I shyly entered into conversations, happy to soak up the atmosphere; it was great to recognize people I had so far only spoken to via e-mail or social media connections.

After the break and in true show and tell fashion David and Allistair from Browning talked about the beginnings of the company, the rising popularity of the semi-auto in clay shooting and hilariously shared some of the gun cleaning disaster stories they have encountered. Several examples from the Browning range were handed around. The guys remained in attendance throughout the day offering advice and answering questions.

Peter Glesner a firearms Barrister and BASC council member returned to speak on firearms law, beginning with a great introductory quiz featuring pictures of firearms and other items which all fall under firearms law within the UK. It was up to us the audience to determine whether each was prohibited or available under an FAC or SGC. The first one immediately put a smile on my face; I said to myself “it looks like a LanTac”, then I spotted the partially cut out words “Sub Raven” and my hand shot up. The supressed .22 semi-automatic, despite its tactical black appearance is perfectly legal in the UK, unfortunately only a couple of the audience guessed correctly. More familiar firearms made an appearance, as did several handguns and even Tasers and CS canisters which are prohibited items within the UK, although confusingly as pointed out by Peter many similar items were perfectly legal; comparing Tasers which are prohibited to legally available cattle prods. As many of our followers will already be aware, we agree with Peter with respect to the tactical looking firearms; “it’s just a black bit of kit”.

Quite amazingly a delicious 3-course meal was included in the conference ticket price, the chicken was my selection of choice, and I couldn’t say no to the cheese cake afterwards… always a favourite of mine. More coffee and another stroll around the trade stands followed… and then I was signed up, the newest member of bun club, a generous gift from my colleague. I’ve been thinking, expecting to join at some point, something always seemed to get in the way, but no more, I was over the moon and very excited about attending future events as a fully-fledged member.

After lunch it was fashion show time with Rosie Prest from Malmo Guns giving a fun filled talk on shooting appropriate and inspired fashion. A collection of gorgeous outfits were assembled and proudly modeled. Both Tweed and modern technical fabrics were featured and it was explained how we can add a touch of colour in a stylish way to our shooting clothes which are largely browns and greens.

Next up was Chris Brookes from BASC covering conservation and deer stalking. He began by introducing the founding of BASC and how it has evolved into what it is today. The structure of the organisation was featured, with a particular emphasis on the work of the media team, Chris reminding everyone to give them a ring if we encounter any negative press whether on TV, the radio or in print, as the team is obviously not able to see every piece of news, and making them aware of any negative press will allow for a suitable response to be prepared to ensure that media coverage is balanced and not biased against shooting.

Characteristics of the different UK deer species were then discussed with photos highlighting the differences, a useful reminder for those who hadn’t yet entered the Deer Derriere competition over on the BASC stand.

With the judging now complete the final break gave the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful looking cakes and other delights that have been brought and entered into the various baking competitions. I was introduced to the lovely Liz and both of us made sure we entered the competitions on the BASC stand, leaving just enough time for another quick tour of the trade stands.

The final speaker of the day was Laura Saunsbury, a firearms Solicitor who made it all the way from the South of France! She reinforced points made earlier by Peter Glesner, emphasizing how important it is for us as certificate holders to be careful in how we interact with other people and how seemingly minor and unrelated incidents can have an impact on whether we get to remain certificate holders.

I’ve missed some bits out, I am sure of it, I got so swept up into the event that my notes became thinner and thinner as the day went on, the talks were all thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and fun filled I loved them all, I hope the above can help paint a picture for those yet to make it to a bun club event and the conference in particular just how much there is to offer… even with all of the above said, there is still more to cover.

The Disabled Shooters Group, the National Governing Body for disabled clay shooting within the UK are currently fundraising to send six of their own shooters to demonstrations this year, beginning with Suhl in Germany this July, aiming to introduce the Olympic Trap discipline into the Paralympic Games. We at Firearms UK are fully supportive of this initiative and have been raising awareness of the initiative via our website and social media, as such I was delighted to find out that an auction was to take place to help raise money for this incredibly important cause, offering an amazing prize to the winner, or in this case winners.

The prize was announced as a full gun service provided by Purdey trained Mike Moody and a slab of shotgun cartridges provided by Robert Everitt of Hull Cartridge company; greater still Mike was to pattern your gun with a selection of cartridges and then you will receive a box of the best for your particular gun. Has the bidding heated up, the prize was eventually doubled giving two lucky donors an equal prize, raising £230!

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Emotional speeches of thanks were soon to come, before everyone was free to find the bar, but before all of that it was prize giving time. Prizes were on offer for each category in the baking competition, I recall best tray bake and best overall, although they were others and as mentioned previously there were even a prize for best dressed… perhaps after listening to Rosie’s talk on field fashion I could be in a shot for that title next year, who knows, this year I was very surprised to win the members competition, being rewarded with a large bottle of Bruadar malt whiskey liqueur, I was bowled over, having just become a member that very day it was totally unexpected to win anything and a very nice surprise on top of what truly was an incredible day.

The conference was bursting with fun, friendly people, lots of discussions, competitions, so much so I couldn’t possibly comment on it all, but such a great event deserved my best efforts in introducing the day to those who were not in attendance. My apologies for not speaking to more people, I expect with a few events under my belt I will be much more confident and talkative in time for next year’s conference, I already can’t wait for it.

Thank you to the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club, Victoria herself and everyone who helped make the day so utterly amazing, I had a great time.

National Shooting Week 2014

Rifle on mat looking down outdoor range for National Shooting Week 2014

Competition for National Shooting Week 2014


National Shooting Week 2014
24th-31st May

Shooting is an all-inclusive sport and is practised by millions of people in the UK safely and responsibly. Athletes representing the United Kingdom regularly bring glory to the nation in both domestic and international events.

Introducing more people into shooting is vital to ensure the future of shooting in the UK. Between these dates Firearms UK would like to encourage all our supporters to introduce a friend to shooting. We will feature opportunities on our Facebook page for you to tell us your stories and how your friends rated the experience.

Competition

Firearms UK are very excited to announce another competition in partnership with Pens Of Mass Description who have kindly donated another work of art in support of the Unity Campaign.

PoMD Unity Competition Pen

In order to enter the competition to win this fabulous prize please visit our Facebook page and on the competition post please provide us with a quote covering one of the following:

  1. Why you support the Unity campaign.
  2. The benefits of getting clay-shooting into Paralympic Games
  3. How many new shooters you plan to introduce to shooting this year.

All submissions authorize Firearms UK to utilize the quote in connection with campaign promotion and related activities to support and defend shooting. If you have any questions about this please e-mail us at contact@firearmsuk.org

All entries will be considered by the Firearms UK team, and whichever quote is judged has the best by the team will earn the prize, in the even of a tie vote, our Publicity Manager, Dave will make the final decision has to who has won. The winner entry will be announced via our Facebook page.

Unity & Positive Action

The Firearms UK led Unity campaign was launched on 20th March 2014. Although the focus of the campaign is on .22 pistol shooting it presents a further opportunity for the entire shooting community to unite and support each other, to support the sport as a whole, hence the name Unity.

Being one of the most diverse sports available offering a huge variety of disciplines to the many demographics who enjoy shooting, it is obvious that not all will be interested in the discipline of .22 pistol shooting, or any specific discipline for that matter, it is the variety that helps make the sport so inclusive, there is something for everyone.

We do all love the sport though, we want it to survive, to thrive, to be around for our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren… don’t we?

Assuming the answer to the above question is “Yes”, why then as a community do we still experience in-action and division… whether it be political lobbying, contributing to the PACEC study or signing petitions, why do the many continually leave the work of defending the sport to the few, when it is the responsibility of everyone?

Yes there are differences in law regarding the right to hold SGC and FAC, but when those who would see the sport dissolved and forgotten start to target the next aspect of shooting, when it becomes the turn of another discipline to have their particular interest targeted, if this division and inaction to support ALL shooting persists, who will become the last man standing, or don’t we care anymore?

Unsupported effort breeds unsupported effort, the resignation that failure breeds failure and that is the cycle to be broken, and unless someone takes the initiative, puts behind them the constant barrage of negativity, rises above the difficulties and drives forward little will ever change for the positive.

So, we have decided we love shooting, but we recognize the lack of action, the lack of unity in ourselves or in others, we have probably all heard an excuse given to requests for positive action , lets debunk a few of them.

That’s what I pay XYZ Organisation for

No organisation, however large or well-funded can do everything. Threats to shooting come in many forms, and the established shooting organisations work tirelessly to defend the sport from them to the best of their ability, but as with any organisation there are limits on what they alone can do. One of the biggest strengths any membership organisation has is its membership, an active body of supporters willing to stand up for what they love, yet within shooting may are quick to get the benefits, but do little to support the organisations who actually defend what they love, day in and day out. Being a member of a shooting sports organisation funds vital work, much of which will not be published, and in return many benefits; such as insurance are awarded but simply being a member is not an excuse for failing to act as an individual. Many initiatives can be created and or are supported by organisations; petitions and consultations are a clear example, it is individual’s en-masse that will make the difference.

I’m only interested in my discipline

The shooting sports is not one discipline, not one discipline is superior or even takes center stage, even if you are only interested in rifle shooting or shotgun shooting within those categories are many different disciplines. It is this richness and diversity offered by all of the disciplines within the sport that helps promote and defend it.

Threats to shooting generally attack the entire sport, if we continue to counter them by division and protecting our own interests rather than the entire sport as a whole, we weaken our defence not strengthen it. Shooting contributes greatly to many aspects of UK society, providing many opportunities for recreation and sport and contributing to conservation efforts and the economy, but it is the sport as a whole which does this, if we were to cherry pick and tally our efforts for each discipline we would be far less effective.

As a clay pigeon shooter, you may not be interested in game shooting, but the conservation efforts employed by those game shoots help defend the sport as a whole, where you can benefit as a clay shooter.

As a target rifle shooter you may not be interested in practical shotgun, but developing disciplines like PSG and Mini Rifle appeal to a whole new generation and their involvement and financial contributions support the sport as a whole, increasing the economic contributions from the shooting community to the UK economy, which in turns helps protect the sport from those who would see it further marginalized.

XYZ doesn’t give the sport a good name

With a growing influx of new and younger shooters coming into the sport, thankfully this is less of a problem than it might have been some years ago. All of the disciplines within the UK shooting sports are unanimously positive to the sport individually and combined promote a diverse and interesting sport which is incredibly inclusive and open to anyone, of virtually any taste. The wide variety within the shootings sports is obviously an attraction to newcomers into the sport, anyone who is not interested in bench rest rifle shooting can try gallery rifle, anyone not interested in rifles at all can shoot shotguns, muskets and in Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands even pistols.

Some however would happily dismiss all of the above, ignore the economic and other benefits of all the disciplines and instead would rather the sport reflected their own view, perhaps offering limited opportunities or a reduced number of disciplines to appease those who have no interest, knowledge or actually wish to harm the shooting sports. Is this really the approach we should be taking, ignoring the many benefits and actually harming our own sport to appease those who would rather the sport not exist at all?

Lets no longer be inactive or dismiss the proactive efforts of others or leave everything up to the organisations doing all they can to defend our sport, the sport we apparently love so much… instead lets show some Unity, lets work together, lets support each other to the benefit of the shooting sports and help ensure they are around to the benefit of generations to come.

We at Firearms UK are committed to creating more Unity and positive action.

Full details of our Unity campaign can be found on our website http://firearmsuk.org/unity

Clay Shooting in Paralympic Games

As part of a long running campaign to get clay target shooting accepted as a discipline in the Paralympic Games the Disabled Shooters Group are currently on a fundraising drive to help send 6 of their own shooters to two events in 2014, commencing with a demonstration this July in Suhl, Germany during the IPC Shooting World Championships.

Disabled Shooters Group Logo

This is a crucial step in the campaign to get para-clay shooting recognized as a Paralympic discipline and is something we are very proud to support. We have published a dedicated page in support of this effort and will be updating it as we launch initiatives in support and become aware of more information.

Please seriously consider making a contribution to this fundraising effort, not only will you directly be helping fellow shooters help promote the discipline of para-clay shooting you will also be helping to make history, by getting clay shooting accepted into the Paralympic Games which will yield wide reaching benefits for all shooters.

Either has a Firearms UK supporter or having become aware of this fundraising effort via our webpage or other promotion we also ask that you consider letting us know any contributions you make, this will allow us to compile a summary of the total contributions to this fundraising effort by Firearms UK and our supporters and followers.

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