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OL Shooting club make a deal with London Middlesex Shooting club

We are on our way to having our own OL shooting club!
13 Sep 2021
Written by David Newcomb
Club News
John Clegg coaching the new team
John Clegg coaching the new team


After discussions with David Newcomb it was suggested that our ten regular shooters, based in the South, would best be advised to join the London & Middlesex Rifle Club at Bisley to foster their shooting careers as a team and individually.

The procedure would appear to be as follows;

  1. Email the Club Membership Secretary ..David He is very switched on, most helpful and a current GB Team member.
  2. All shooters at Bisley must be certified as a qualified shot by attending a Safe Shooter Certification course, ( an NRA requirement) and the best of these courses are run by L&M. L&M can lay on a course for our OLs if that helps keep the team together. Half a day training in the classroom and on the range and each half day costs £30 including ammo and use of club rifle. 3-4 days are considered normal before taking a brief /simple written exam which qualifies for a Safe Shooter Certificate and full membership.
  3. Full membership costs £180 p.a. for those living within 200 miles of Bisley and £135 for those outside that area. Subs are fixed for life at the current rate and until they pass the SSC test.
  4. Those with an FAC are full members after they pass the SSC tests and those without are Probationary members for the first 3 months and until they pass the SCC test.
  5. Safe Shooter Certificate is required as an individual at Bisley .It is time limited (1 or 3 years) and is renewable if a shooter can demonstrate he/she has shot in certain situations. You have to have a SSC to shoot in the Imperial meeting. Having shot for many years isn't relevant unless at Bisley and having an FAC isn't relevant in terms of needing a SSC. Those who are NRA members almost certainly do have a SSC but you don't have to have a SSC to be a member of the NRA.

London Middlesex have always had the best accommodation , social and dining facilities at Bisley Camp. They are a very friendly bunch of all ages and across all careers. For those not local, overnight accommodation is available at the club house and they also have more roomy accommodation at St.George's Lodge at £65 per night or less if you are sharing a room (remember at Bisley you are only short drive from the M4/3 going straight in to the West End...try finding a room for £65 a night in London!). London Middlesex have for many years been a strong source of county and international shots so, if an OL considers that they would like to take their competitive shooting in Target rifle or F Class further, you could not be in a better place. 

The college has a strong shooting history…thanks mainly to the efforts of Walter Clarke and we have among the OLs 3 Internationals. Two of them, Phil Basil and Mike Abbot, are doing great things in the USA but I am sure would welcome the opportunity to re-visit Bisley Common.

So, you next move is to talk with David Newcomb and other shooting OLs …and then email David Lloyd.

Good Luck,

Graham Pybus


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