The Home Office has published the new Firearms Licensing - Statutory Guidance for Chief Officers of Police, which comes into force on 1st November 2021.
In contrast to previous guidance, this version is a statutory document that must be followed by both the Firearms Departments and shooting public. It is hoped that this change will deliver more consistency in the application of firearms licensing law by police forces across the country. There is some flexibility, but any deviations from the guidance must be justifiable on a case by case basis.
To comply with broadcast restrictions surrounding coverage of the Grand Slam of Darts Championship at Aldersley Leisure Village, 13th – 21st November 2021 the Centre will operate to the revised opening times.
Saturday and Sunday 13th & 14th November - Closed
Monday to Friday 15th – 19th November (inclusive) – Will close by 16.00 each day
Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st November – Closed
Normal opening times resume week commencing 22nd November
SMRC and NSRA meetings have always included a competition for juniors, though over the period the age limit has varied. In 1922 it was for those under 17. The individual championship was not an arduous affair – a single card of 10 shots at 25 yards for an entry fee of six old pence.
The course of fire in the competition for junior teams of four was longer and with a twist – 10 shots deliberate and 10 shots in 90 seconds, again at 25 yards. It is perhaps not surprising that the medal-winning teams were based locally; the Royal Grammar School, Guildford beat Woking County School by 744 points to 690.
The leading local lads in the individual competition, K R Milford and F W Hayter of RGS Guildford, both scored 99. But they had to give way to a youngster who had travelled a lot further. That was to A R MacCallum of Falkirk Lord Roberts, who produced a full house of 100. For this win he received the Rucker Challenge Cup (first awarded in 1903 and now the Junior Championship Cup at the Scottish Meeting), a bronze medal and 10 shillings.
MacCallum had clearly caught the eyes of the Scottish selectors. Having won the Junior Championships at Barry in 1921 and Perth the previous month, he was selected for the Scottish team in the first Home Countries International at Bisley.
Not all of this could be repeated in 2022 as eligibility conditions now have to be different. In 1922 the junior championship was actually titled “THE BOYS”!!!
Bisley 1922 was a first, but in another respect it was a last. Since 1907 a Home Countries International Match for teams-of-10 had been a feature of two SMRC Meetings each year. The Bovril Shield was the first trophy used, shortly after joined by the Ian Hamilton Cup.
Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley
Week commencing Monday 22 November
The Inter-Services Small bore Rifle Championships took place over the weekend of 2/3 October on the 50m range at the Lord Roberts Centre.
Prior to the championships we had made a number of changes to the electronic targets. Also during the championships we double-checked the operation of each target between relays. While there where 3 phantom shots recorded, two bays were declared DNU, and one feed failure overall reliability was much improved with the Sunday final of 8 competitors being shot on a single bay with no incidents reported.
The working group is continuing to investigate ways to improve the reliability of the 50m ETS's and will keep interested parties updated via facebook.
The Awards Season is upon us so please see below the categories now open for your nominations.
The facilities available and the Centre's opening hours will be subject to change over the next few weeks. The shop will be open for pellet, .22 rimfire ammo and targets when the centre is open.
Please use the following as a guide to our opening hours:
One of the benefits for the 1922 shooter was that on Running Deer there was plenty of room just behind the firing point to park a car. So a very short walk with a canvas rifle bag, scope and mat, and not much else, and you were ready for business.
On the other hand we are talking of 1922 when relatively few shooters enjoyed the luxury of having a car. Instead there was that great British asset of the time – an extensive rail network. Brookwood Station is, of course, a mile away from the camp, but for the duration of the July shoots there was the added bonus of The Bisley Bullet. For just a few old pennies, a shuttle service brought you direct to the Camp Station, now the Lloyds Bank RC clubhouse.