Boys on Tour
The Benefit Boys are at Richings Park AC, raising funds for Help for Heroes
The start of the summer and warmer weather heralds various shooting-based weekends being held around the country, and one of the biggest is the annual Benefit Boys weekend. The Benefit Boys is a community of like-minded shooters based across the United Kingdom, and the meet is held at Richings Park Airgun Club, to the west of London. Each year, a charity is chosen for whom to raise funds, and this year the charity of choice was Help for Heroes.
At this year’s meet there were well-known faces from the HFT scene, bushcraft experts, tuners, hunters, plinkers and even those who just went to enjoy the weekend. The weekend involves two nights’ camping, barbecues, a full HFT course, cooked brekkies, various side-shooting comps, two free-to-use plinking ranges, and a fair amount of banter around the campfire, all for the princely sum of £20.
MEET AND GREET
The Friday night was a meet and greet, a barbecue, and sharing drinks and stories around the campfire. Saturday was the day of the main HFT comp, where some clever range traps and a circulating breeze made for an interesting event that caught many a shooter out on the day. Some of the more trickier lanes were sponsored by businesses and groups, the sponsor money going toward the charity fund.
Saturday night saw more tales, boasts and excuses around the barbecue and campfire. Sunday was the day of the less serious side comps; the 100-yard competition is basically what it says – shots at three clays on a target set at a distance of 100 yards. Tom Croft won that, hitting all three clays with his three shots.
A mini HFT course with a difference was next in line. Twenty targets, but this time the only thing to hit was a micro-silhouette between 10 and 30mm. Imagine trying to see a 25mm-high metal rabbit at 40 yards, never mind shoot it. Somehow Mick Boswell and Jonathon Franklin both managed to hit 18 out of 20 to win that one.
The weekend closed with the charity raffle and an amazing first prize of a brand new Air Arms S510 from the Benefit Boys themselves was won by a grateful Adam Domm.
Further prizes donated by Air Arms, Advanced Targets, Richings Park Clay Club, among others, helped to bring the total money raised for charity to a staggering £1900.
Over 100 like-minded airgunners attended and all were in agreement that the organisers Garry Brooks, Dan Smith, and Mark Ramsey had laid on a very special weekend that was a credit to the shooting community. I
It’s a fantastic weekend - guaranteed!
Adam Domm with his fantastic raffle prize
Banter is fierce at a Benefit Boys fundraiser!