Char­ity Shoot

Asked to res­ur­rect a pres­ti­gious memo­rial shoot, would the North­ern Monkeys be able to han­dle the as­sign­ment?

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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.

HELP­FUL SPON­SOR­SHIP

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.

THE COM­PE­TI­TION

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.

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