Petition your M.P.

There have been a number of petitions circulating in recent months to do with shooting and the shooting sports, and really it’s up to you whether you join in the fray or  not. But this one, organised by the Countryside Alliance is a must Petition Here.

This new set of guidelines to search and check security of all licence holders is open to abuse, with the result that law abiding members of society are once again “guilty until proved innocent”. there will be certain forces, already opposed to civilian possession of any firearms, that will use this to their advantage. Heated argument in your road, good cause, fight at the local pub, good cause, or any other reason that may turn up, could be used as a reason for an unannounced search. So in an effort to stop this infringement and abuse of power it is beholden upon you to sign up today!

He’s done it again!

Two years later, and just shy of his 90th birthday, the Mounteney Jephson Memorial Rifle Club’s oldest member has done it again. During the summer, in the Sussex county lightweight sporting rifle competition, John Gilbertson again emerged triumphant in his division of this growing, highly disciplined and competitive sport. All the members of the club offer their heartfelt congratulations to him on this phenomenal achievement. Click here for previous story. However, this time he was not alone, other members of the club also won their divisions, and those that did not win were, on the whole, placed in the top three in their respective divisions.

With the start of the winter season now just around the corner, the club has not only got John and the rest of the summer shooters competing, but also new members who have joined the club, but too late to be trained to a sufficient level in order to compete in the summer competition. With the shooters ages spanning 77 years from the youngest to the oldest, and divisions within the competition to accommodate all levels of ability, we are looking forward to more awards at the end of the season.

As for the prone rifle shooting, we are still able to participate at a club level, and this year we have two junior members shooting in the National Small-bore Rifle association, national counties league, for Sussex. We know they will do their best and do the club and county proud.

With over 112 years of history as a club, and never having been the largest by any means, during those years, we have consistently trained members who have gone on to represent the club, the county and the nation; not bad for small, rural club.

UPDATE: The marvelous story of Johns’ achievement has been picked up by our good friends at “The Outdoor Wire” just click on their name to be taken to the relevant edition. Johns’ story was run on Monday, 6th, hopefully the link will take you to straight to that page. It’s in the features section at the bottom of the page.

Fittleworth returns to Bisley.

For those of you not in the catchment area of the “Chichester Observer” you will not have seen the latest article about our shooters at Bisley. The report was submitted by the new press secretary for Sussex county, and a fine piece it is too. To read the article Click here, you should go to the Chichester Observer site. May I congratulate all those shooters who took part, and especially those who have decided to shoot for our club, taking the name of Fittleworth once again to the home shooting.

Licence fee’s fair game.

I know it may be hard for some of you to believe, but I can remember, and still have, my first gun licence. It was a piece of virtually indestructible paper, about 3” x 4”. The local officer was based in Arundel, and he had an assistant, between them they administered all the licences in the area. Now I do admit that there are more people with licences now than there were then, but, it certainly is not an 8 fold increase, unlike the increase in frontline administration. Then, there are all the back room staff that they now have, you certainly are fortunate to speak to the same person twice if you contact them by phone.

Which is why, with elections coming up in May next year, the Labour party appear to be setting out their stall early. Not renowned for their support of country sports and rural issues, although there are some supporters in their ranks, as there are anti’s in the other parties. This article in the Western Moring News is, I am sure, only the first of many that will appear in the coming months. I find it hard to believe that with modern technology, it takes more people to administer the licencing process now, than it did 20-30 years ago.

The cynic within keeps saying to me that the police, in conjunction with some politicians, are looking to price shooting and shooters out of existence. By making a system overly burdensome and excessively over managed, the costs have shot up [no pun intended]. Now enter the politicians, “we need to make cuts, or move officers, or we put up prices so that they cover costs.” The main lobbying groups for shooting as a whole, B.A.S.C. & Countryside Alliance, and others, have, and will continue to fight against theses excessive price increase’s being put forward.

Working party.

There will be a working party at the indoor range on Sunday 7th September, all indoor range shooters are invited to take part. Cleaning and dusting, followed by painting and decorating, materials will be supplied but we have limited brushes, rollers available, so any tools you can bring would be appreciated; just remember to mark yours so you can identify them.

As usual, tea & coffee will be on hand, and maybe a cake, you may need to badger the boss for that one though. Start time will be around 9:30-10:00a.m and finish time will be when it’s all done.

I look forward to seeing you there, any questions or queries, drop me a line or ask when next we meet.

How times have changed.

Back in 1987 Claude “Grits” Gresham collaborated with his son Tom on a book called Grits on Guns, a really good and interesting read, and still available to buy if you search the web. In the following link, Tom narrates an excerpt from this book, where his father talks about the three guns he would have, assuming choice is limited, like here in the UK. I hope the link works, and if it does listen to see juat how much has changed in the last 27 years. Grits_Battery.mp3

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Better late than never.

Well right towards the end of the shooting disciplines the BBC did offer coverage over their terrestrial TV network, I was informed that a lot of the shooting had been available on BBC Sport, but living in a rural community with not the best internet connection, watching this was, to say the least, difficult. But we should be grateful for the coverage that did eventually arrive onto our T.V screens, I was able to see this as I popped out from work and visited the local electrical store and they kindly allowed me to watch the unfolding, nail biting finals. I did try to find the finals repeated later when I got home, but either I missed them or they were not repeated.

So I would like to say; BBC 4/10; Could do considerably better. And to all the shooters of the home countries, VERY well done! you have shown that shooting is a serious sport, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of men, women and children around the nation and without your dedication and continued support, the gold medal tally would be considerably diminished, not to mention the silver and bronze tally. Once again well done to all our shooters that took part, you’ve done us proud!