Asked to resurrect a prestigious memorial shoot, would the Northern Monkeys be able to handle the assignment?
Northern Monkeys HFT organise a fun day out in aid of Lochaber Mountain Rescue
The Andrew Luckley memorial shoot was previously a contest between the now defunct Thorndell and Woodview targetshooting clubs. Former shooters of both groups asked if Northern Monkeys HFT could stage an event worthy of their former colleague, and the members of NMHFT were only too happy to help.
The shoot followed standard HFT rules, with all the usual classes, and each class had its own trophy for the winner and runner-up. To make it a little more of a level playing field, certain classes received a head start by way of bonus points. Recoiling +2, .22 Recoilless +3, Juniors +2, Small Juniors +3, and those brave enough to shoot .22 Recoiling received 4 points.
Those readers who have shot Northern Monkey events before will know they have the unenviable task of setting the course out on the morning of the shoot. Since the organisers didn’t want any of the local shooters gaining an advantage, course setters, Pete Muir and Rich McManners, somehow managed to achieve this between the two of them.
NMHFT is a self-funding project so the group decided to hold a raffle to help bring in funds for much-needed new targets. Due to the generosity of companies such as; SureShot, Advanced Targets, JSB, Optics Warehouse, Rowan Engineering, Sportsmatch, Custom Mats, and the members themselves, the group was able to include a donation to charity and this was backed up by each peg having its own sponsor. Lochaber Mountain Rescue is a charity that has had links with the group in the past, so this very worthy cause benefitted from a nice, unexpected donation.
Although always intended to be a fun day, the shoot attracted a lot of the top HFT shooters from around the country, and the morning of the shoot brought lovely autumnal weather, with a nice stiff breeze to keep everyone on their toes. The competition was taken very seriously, such was the standard of shooters who turned up, but at the same time, plenty of laughter could be heard all around the woods – just the way a good HFT shoot should be. Range traps aplenty, and even shooting underneath sponsors’ logos, added to what was already a tricky morning for the competitors. Over 60 shooters competed, and each and every one of them agreed that it had been an excellent and very challenging course, and the overall winner of the memorial shield was Air Arms shooter, Mark Wilson, with a remarkable score of 57.
The huge raffle afterwards helped to send the vast majority of competitors away with a little something extra, as well as the satisfaction of an enjoyable day shooting hunter field target.
Did the Monkeys manage to pull it off? That’s a resounding ‘yes’! I
Some well-known faces came to support the event. .
Serious fun was the spirit of the day - as it always should be.
Mark Wilson took top honours with a truly impressive 57 ex 60.