Boys on Tour

The Ben­e­fit Boys are at Rich­ings Park AC, rais­ing funds for Help for He­roes

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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.

MIXED BAG

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.

CHAR­ITY RAF­FLE

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!

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