Need a club
Firstly, I shall get to the mandatory ‘I love the magazines’ bit - particularly the more technical side of things and tips to improve. I love airgun shooting. I do a touch of pest control, but really, my passion lies in knocking down targets, producing tight groups and shooting the head off pins at 50 yards etc. I live in the Scottish Borders, which has two main problems; the airgun licensing nonsense, and no airgun clubs within 50 miles, which makes going to shoot an HFT course quite an expensive and a very long day. There are only so many times I can knock the two targets on my Nockdown rabbit with the two-shot Webley Raider, without feeling a bit lonely.
This has lead me to look into the idea of starting a club. Given that I don’t know a huge number of shooters, and have very limited funds, I imagine it is going to be a bit tricky, but I do have a bit of land I could use and have got the business skills from starting up a couple of businesses myself. I have a basic plan of creating a plinking range, advertising it, getting a few members, and then I’m hoping that it will lead to some people expressing interest in HFT and we can start a few events. I am not expecting it to make any money, but I would hope that it would be self-funding after the initial expenditure.
Given the stupid SNP thoughtpolicing, I think Scotland needs more clubs to allow people to be able to get a licence and use airguns. Some sort of feature in the magazine, either on how to set up a club, or possibly me writing how I have set one up, would be great advertising! If you have any hints, tips or suggestions, it would be great to hear what you have to say.