For all who are interested, I will be setting up a shoot in Somerset West under the banner "Point Blank". T.O.A.C. will be collaberating with John from Point Blank Sport Airrifles to get to get him going.
This will be the first of continuing events at this new venue which in my opinion is "epic". The venue consists of a jeep track running for about a kilometer through dense bush with tree,s all over the place.
I,m going out there ahead of time with some labourers and bush wackers and a ladder to clear some of the really thick scrub to create real hunting conditions. I,m even going to try and place some targets high up in tree,s.
There will be four basic classes: LIMITED GUN: which refers to entry level equipment like B-1,s, B-2,s etc. iether open sight or and limited to a scope no greater that a 4x20 and a muzzle velocity not exceeding 780fps. This class is intended for youngsters and any person exceeding three consecutive wins will automatically be elevated to the next class in the interest of fairness.
STANDARD GUN: which refers to any "off the shelf" spring powered unit which does not feature any modification be it gas ram or stock modifications or indeed any performance enhancement mods which arent factory fitted. Telescopic sights may be fitted but are to range from 4x30 to a maximum of 3-12x50 and may include parallax adjustment.
"O.S."(OPEN/ OUT SIZE) which refers to all precharged rifles and gas ram units howsoever modified but limited to 177 cal.
DISABLED PERSONS: Any disabled person may participate in any class as long as in the case of folks in wheelchairs that the wheelchair or any part thereof is not used as a deadrest or a steady platform for their rifle. The rifle must also be held with the elbows clear of the armrests of the chair. If necessary the competitor may enjoy outside help from others as long as that help does not involve the rifle being supported by other persons other than in the case of safety. Hell, if necessary I,ll drive them around the course and they can shoot off my bakkie, I would just like to see everyone accommodated and there are a few disabled people on our contact list.
I,m sure that this list will need some basic revision but I think that the basic concept is workable. In addition everyone may shoot 2 rounds if they so choose and obviously if H.F.T is your thing then shoot H.F.T. and the same for F.T. Only the first round will be scored and the second will serve as fun or practice.
All of you who are interested may contact John during office hours on 021 8520499 and he will be much better equiped to give you directions than me given my extensive lack of knowledge of the northern suburbs.
Lastly, please join us and I,ll do my best to make the course interesting!