In its 100 years at Bisley Camp, the principal range for the SMRC/NSRA National Meetings has been in only three locations. The current range is on the Century Range 300-yard firing point and this has been our home since 1973. This took over from the range further back, on the 600-yard firing point, which was used for only the four years from 1969 to 1972. The move forward was necessitated by new edicts from the military authorities requiring much larger danger areas in respect of ricochets.
So the only other range used was our first, located on Running Deer and Running Man and our home from 1922 to 1968. This range was located just to the left of Stickledown, on ground still used by the British Sporting Rifle Club and, to its right, the Melville 50-metre complex.
It is now over 50 years since we were last on Running Deer, but there will still be a few of our members who can remember shooting there. We could name several, but let’s limit it to just our President, Geoff Doe and Chairman of the Rifle Committee, Mike Chapman.