Paddy Egan reports from the 16th UBC meet at the Greyhound Airgun Club, Coventry
This year, our meet was our 16th and our 10-year anniversary, and this one was more of a ‘gathering’, where people put faces to the names from our forum. The venue was the Greyhound Gun Club, in Coventry, who have always been so accommodating – constructing the dedicated 6-yard pulley system, for example, and letting us use our own target set-ups.
We invited Solware, the local RFD, who brought along a variety of airguns and airgunrelated merchandise. Armex gave us a Walther Century Varmint rifle, and sponsored us with unique walnut-gripped, nickel 92FS pistols, ‘Umarex Boys Club Celebrating 10 Years’ etched on the frames, as raffle prizes and club guns. We are so grateful for the generosity from our sponsors, and our UBC members who donate raffle prizes, it really is appreciated.
Danny, from Gr8fun Targets, made new metal targets in the shape of five 330ml steel drinks cans, and Nikki, from Custom Targets made our own UBC-designed vinyl stickers to go on them. Danny also made a set of metal spoons for the gun and spoon race: A TV screen connected to a box shows the crosshairs from a scoped rifle; one person directs the shooter toward six hanging metal spoons: left, right, up, down, stop, and fire. Simple.
In the three-gun challenge, the shooter starts off with a Umarex CP99 pistol, shooting James Bond targets, then a Umarex Winchester rifle shooting Western-style targets, and finishes by using an ASG airsoft shotgun on Terminator targets, timed individually on each stage, or do all three stages in one go.
Adrian Cooper made his own bell target from a metal outdoor lantern by drilling a metal plate on a wooden stand – it worked a treat – and everyone received a target pack for
people to shoot at their leisure, one of which was the anniversary ‘It’s A Bullseye’ target to win a Walther Century Varmint.
Like last year, my daughter arranged for us to use a Mercedes-Benz Vito from Midlands Truck & Van. It’s perfect for carrying all the equipment, and provided a smooth drive down to the Greyhound.
I got to the venue about 4pm, the day before, and met up with Adrian, Jim, Luke, Nev, and Pete, which was great because there was a lot of equipment to put out, and we had time to test the PCP rifle used for the gun and spoon race. Adrian and I got carried away and it was getting a bit late, so we called it a night and made the journey home.
At 7.30am, I did my final checks and by 8.30am, the Boss (my wife) and kids arrived at the same time as Solware. When registering, people picked a special UBCdesigned raffle spoon, numbered to give members the chance to win one of the Umarex Berettas, and were then free to use all the set-ups and targets available. Jim kindly manned the gun and spoon race as the ‘spotter’ and this was a big hit. Everyone liked being directed to the target, and hearing the ‘ding’ as the pellet struck the metal spoon. Later in the day, my wife did the spotting for my son, “Right then, go left … No, not right, left!” It was quite funny to watch. I had a go at the speed challenge paper target, and completely fluffed it – tried again, fluffed it, and the banter started. I composed myself, slowed down my technique and then managed the fastest time of the day. On to the three gun challenge; the CP99 broke earlier on in the day, so I had to use my RWS225 instead and managed to save the hostage, ‘Solitaire’, in Live and Let Die.
In the rifle section, we used the Winchester lever-action and the targets were set out on a frame, with the ‘spittoon’ as the stop plate on the floor. Two sets of picture cards were placed on the table, the sequence determined the order in which I shot them, and I had to shoot both sets as fast as I could.
Finally, the shotgun section: I already had metal Terminator face plates, but also printed out body shapes to stick onto corrugated plastic – a ‘ding’ for a plate hit, and a ‘whack’ for a body.
I then did the three-gun challenge all in one go. Boy, was that fun!
There was only one score card on the day, for the Anniversary target to win the Walther rifle. I used my HW45, the first gun out of my gun bag, picked my target segments and hoped for the best.
I didn’t get the chance to have a go on the can-shooting set-up, but people did ask me where I got them from.
Once the Anniversary scorecards were in, everyone received a slice – or two – of the traditional UBC cake, and With the help of my four-year-old granddaughter, Holly, we called out the prize numbers. John Bedford won the Beretta 92 from the raffle spoon, and Luke de Alderi won another Beretta 92 in a separate raffle of members’ donated prizes.
Kevin Cudmore won the Walther rifle and will be doing a review soon. I thanked everyone for coming, and then Pat Banister presented me with my own wooden spoon for the hard work that I do for the UBC. It brought me to tears – although I claimed there was dust in my eyes.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and liked the set-ups, especially the gun and spoon race, which of course makes it all worthwhile!
Watch out! Kid-size Terminators are coming!
This was our UBC meet pack header. Our unique Umarex pistol.
Gr8fun and Custom Targets – cantastic!
Gun and spoon race set-up.