Last weekend saw a group of 25 DURC members travel down to the National Shooting Centre in Bisley, Surrey to take part in a weekend of shooting against other uni teams from across the country. The weekend was organised by the British Young Shooters Association and around 130 students and exec members attended. Despite a long coach journey down, which luckily avoided traffic, everyone was up for a camp familiarisation scavenger hunt put on by our Exeter counterparts to get everyone familiar with the various clubhouses and other buildings on camp. The evening progressed to socialising with the other unis until the small hours of the morning, chatting all things shooting and student life-related!
An early start on Saturday was necessary to get everyone out on the 300-yard range for the morning set of activities which included rifle familiarisation and most members’ first experiences shooting fullbore rifles. All members coped with this learning curve incredibly well and there was plenty of promising scores coming off the range. Lunch was followed by an afternoon at 1000 yards which proved to be quite the challenge given the wind conditions and quality of the ammo provided! Luckily a very kind member of Caterham Rifle Club let members use his scoped sniper rifle whilst they were waiting, an experience which is completely different to target rifle and one which everyone enjoyed greatly.
After a long days’ shooting, the rifles went away, BYSA bonfire lit and bbq fired up to fuel the evenings’ events. I am delighted to report Durham was victorious in both the BUCS team of 6 and international Boat Races, which began an evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new, the majority of the team burning the midnight oil whilst socialising with their peers from the various other universities.
Sunday again saw an early start with the order of business being at 600 yards until lunch combined with a top team of 10 match against Exeter, results to follow! Despite a certain member losing their car keys which subsequently left us short on kit, members were able to get multiple shoots in before lunch, being able to put into practise some of the advice gained on Saturday. Packing kit followed lunch and final goodbyes before boarding the coach for the long journey back up to Durham.
Overall despite the challenges at 1000 yards, the weekend was a great success, provided a much-needed respite for members from studies and gave everyone a great chance to meet others involved in the shooting community, both new and old!
I’d like to thank the British Young Shooters Association for organising the whole event, Christina for planning DURC’s involvement and Walter for driving kit down in his microwave on wheels!
Until next time, Message 10 with Compliments!
-Miles, Club Captain