Rich(ings) Pick­ings

The edi­tor dis­cov­ers a great new air­gun club right next door to a fishing lake - how very con­ve­nient!

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It’s of­ten odd how dis­cov­er­ies are made within our sport, and this cer­tainly ap­plied to how I ‘dis­cov­ered’ the Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club. My dad is friends with a chap whose best mate, Garry Brooks, helps to run it, and it has been es­tab­lished for al­most a year, now. Dad and I bumped into dad’s mate in a garage, I was told about the club and shortly af­ter­ward, I had a phone call from Garry, who he told me all about Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club. As a fur­ther ‘odd­ity’, it turned out that it is si­t­u­ated right next to a lake I used to fish, so I knew im­me­di­ately how to find it. I’m plan­ning a visit, soon, but un­til then, I’d like the read­ers to see what’s on of­fer, there.

LO­CA­TION

Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club is in Iver, Buck­ing­hamshire, a few miles from junc­tion 5 of the M4 mo­tor­way, and it’s ac­cessed via Old Slade Lane. Just in­put ‘SLO 9DX’ and your sat-nav should do the rest. Rich­ings Park AC shares its lo­ca­tion with a shot­gun club that has been on the site for over 25 years.

The air­gun club is open ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day, from 9.30am un­til dusk, plus Thurs­day evenings in the sum­mer. In­trigu­ingly, in ad­di­tion to host­ing camp­ing week­ends, the club also holds HFT ses­sions that are shot us­ing night-vision and lamp­ing set-ups. Th­ese ses­sions, and the week­ends can be booked on the num­bers given at the end of this fea­ture, and don’t they sound like good fun!

FA­CIL­I­TIES

At Rich­ings Park club you’ll be able to en­joy a 60-yard prac­tice/ plink­ing range, with fully-cov­ered shoot­ing po­si­tions, many with bench rests, for around 25 shoot­ers at a time. Those who wish to shoot from the prone or stand­ing po­si­tions are also catered for. In ad­di­tion, there’s a 30-yard range, so you’ll al­ways find some­where safe, chal­leng­ing and com­fort­able to shoot, there.

Then, there’s a 30-tar­get HFT range set out to ‘of­fer’ up to five dif­fer­ent wind di­rec­tions to chal­lenge the shoot­ers and keep them think­ing about ev­ery shot. The best recorded score so far is a 57 ex 60 by lady shooter, Jenny Stone, dur­ing the club’s first South­ern Hun­ters com­pe­ti­tion. It’s also worth not­ing that this course is wheel­chair-friendly dur­ing the sum­mer months when ground con­di­tions al­low.

MORE FA­CIL­I­TIES!

Rich­ing’s Park even ac­com­mo­dates HFT pis­tol shoot­ers, with a 10-tar­get course and tar­gets set out from 8 to 25 yards, plus there’s a vin­tage bell tar­get range where the club’s an­cient BSA ri­fle can be used. Now add toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and the avail­abil­ity of hot food and drinks, plenty of park­ing, range fees of just £6 per day, and the happy fact that the un­der-14s shoot free, and and it’s easy to see why Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club is a great place to be.

Con­tacts: Mark Ramsey 07850 658860. Garry Brooks 07965 116653 dur­ing of­fice hours please. Face­book page: Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club

Un­der­cover shoot­ing po­si­tions make life even more en­joy­able.

Above: It’s a club for all ages, abil­i­ties and in­ter­ests.

Be­low: Plenty to shoot at and loads to do at the Rich­ings Park Air­gun Club.

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