TAKE ME OUT
This month, Dave Barham received a request from the trade, to review and film the RP5 Carbine in deepest, darkest Norfolk
TAKE ME OUT!
Dave Barham’s out with a film crew at the Mid Norfolk Shooting Ground
First off, I’d like to say a massive ‘ thank you’ to those of you who have invited me out for a day. Keep those requests coming in folks, there’s plenty of opportunity for me to pop and see you.
There’s something a little bit different about this month’s ‘Take Me Out’ feature, because it was a request from the trade rather than a reader. John Rothery Wholesale’s, Claire Haskett, got in touch with me asking if I’d like to have a day’s shooting and filming to put together some promo videos for the new Umarex RP5 Carbine. Not being shy in front of a camera I jumped at the chance to grab a day’s filming – the only problem I had after saying, ‘yes’ was finding a suitable location.
The film crew are based in Norwich, so it made perfect sense to find somewhere over that way and a quick scout around Google soon
threw up one of my best finds to date – the Mid Norfolk Shooting Ground!
Set in over 50 acres of woodland, the Mid Norfolk Shooting Ground is one of the very best set- ups that I have ever visited. It’s highly geared towards clay shooting, with the best part of 100 remote controlled clay traps and stands, but they are also very passionate about airgunners, too.
I made a call to Steve Bennington, who manages the ground, and he very kindly invited us to have the run of the place for a day to get on with our filming. While I was there I popped into the on- site gun shop for a chat with him, and he explained that because of the laws governing clay shooting in the area, it means they can only shoot every other weekend, so on the alternate weekends they hold airgun shooting competitions instead.
The shop is well stocked with clothing, pellets and airguns as well as shotguns, as you would expect from a site geared up for clay shooting, but I wasn’t expecting to find a mint, original stock 1926 Purdey shotgun in there – and all for
Next to the shop there is a huge dining/rest area, with a bar, café, toilets and open fire – that was extremely welcoming after we’d finished our filming, the temperature was hovering at just around freezing all day!
A PROPER RANGE
The dedicated airgun range is amazing with 40- plus knock- down targets set deep into a woodland clearing, a great deal of which are knock- down/reset, as opposed to the pull-string type. The range also has zeroing boards for placing targets on, plus half a dozen purpose- built, sturdy bench rest seats.
As if that doesn’t sound good enough, there’s more. Dotted around the site, on the many clay-shooting stands, there are yet more knockdown/reset targets for airgunners. This means you can have a little wander around and indulge in ‘fake hunt’ scenarios – they don’t allow any real hunting on site. It’s a fantastic way to spend a day or morning, walking the footpaths and taking shots at strategically placed targets.
The range is geared for all levels of ability, with some close- range targets for pistol shooters, some medium- range targets (20 to 40 metres) and some that you need a pair of binoculars to spot!
I shall certainly be spending more time there this year, and I might well go along and enter one of their fun weekend competitions, too.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
After a briefing in the warmth of the clubhouse, we ventured down to the airgun range, where I was surprised to see three other chaps happily shooting away in the near zero degree temperature.
We set about filming the review of the RP5 Carbine, then proceeded to have a bit of fun knocking down targets and shattering the morning silence with some rather loud exploding targets. The day just whizzed by, and in no time at all it was starting to get dark – between the filming and shooting I’d completely lost all track of time.
The entire experience was great fun and I had a whale of a time. It was great to work with such a professional film crew again – it’s been a few years! If you haven’t already seen the finished films, have a look for them on the John Rothery Wholesale and Umarex websites or Facebook pages. I’m sure we’ll be posting them on our Air Gunner and Airgun World Facebook pages too.
Huge thanks, Steve Bennington, for being so welcoming, and also a big ‘ thank you’ to Claire for getting the ball rolling.
Well, that’s it from me for this month’s adventure, I wonder where I’ll end up next month? It could be with you!
ABOVE: Dave lost track of time on the range, which has more than enough to keep you occupied for hours
LEFT: £ 15k! I’ll have two, please!