Veterans Rifles Club Report

A mixed period for the WVRC right now, our Fullbore season has just commenced whilst the Smallbore side of things has had to be put on hold whilst the school range undergoes a refit and update to current MOD standards. Hopefully the work will be completed in time for the start of our Summer Leagues.

Whilst on the subject of Smallbore, congratulations are due to our B Team who came top of their division in the Winter League. This success means that they will be entered in the Forsyth trophy competition, a shoot for the winners of each division. Watch this space… it would be good to see our name on the trophy again.

Congratulations to Mark Collins (OW 1979-86) and Henry Parritt (Upper Sixth) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, in their Individual League division. Well done all!

The Vets’ Fullbore season commenced with a practice shoot on 19th March attended by a stoic group of shooters. The day went well, marred only by a gusty and chilly wind – not ideal when hands and feet start complaining! But a successful practice none the less, with Jack Furtado (OW 1951-56) leading the scoring with 93.6 ex 100 at 600x.

Our first competition shoot of the season, the L&M league 2016 – Round 1, was shot on 17 April over 300x and 500x. We finished 3rd in our division, with three of our team scoring in the top half of those competing. Nick Harman (OW 1970-78) our best on the day with 92.04 ex 100 over the two distances.

Our next Bisley outing is the LMRA Schools Veterans Match on 30 April – over 300x and 600x – for the Whitgift Veterans Challenge Cup.

It is good to report that the School Shooting Club continues to flourish with a nucleus of dedicated shots who consistently attend and continue to improve and who in time may feed into new members for the Vets. Worth bearing in mind in this respect is that the school team were the winners in 2015 of Division 4 of the BSSRA (British Schools Smallbore Rifle Assoc.) No mean feat in their first competitive season! PJ continues to run the show but now has staff colleague Tom Stead on board to share the load.

Further information regarding the WVRC and our activities can be found within the WA website….new members always welcome.

Alan Hunter OW (1952-59)