A regular lament on Airrifle dot co dot za is: “I live in Skuldbult Ext109. Is there a club or practice area near me?” The usual answer is NO, followed by “Why don't you start one.” This normally leads to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. The best ever was: “I am in IT, you MUST find and build a range in my area.” After receiving the equivalent of ..!. as an answer said person left the forum and sold his rifles. Ag tsjame.
For starters you need you and one other person to call yourselves a club. Next is finding a venue. Many consider this to be the most difficult part. Believe me, it isn't. Ask at the local gunshop if there are any shooting ranges in the area. You can also get this information from your local police station. Ask at your local municipality if there is an open area zoned for outdoor pursuits. Be on the lookout for wooded areas, undeveloped hillsides and kloofs. Most farmers have their name at the farm entrance and many also have their phone numbers up for the various other businesses they run from there. Phone and make an appointment. The worst they can say is no. A fellow by the name of Sanders heard 12 439 noes before one person said yes. The rest, as they say, is history.
Now that you have your venue, acquire a handful of targets, go and set them up and give the venue a trial run. If all goes well set a date at least a month away. Make an appointment with the sports reporter at you community newspaper. Invite them to your opening event. Have some blurb about the club, some photos of the venue and rifles on a flash drive. Also have a paragraph for the “events diary”. Ask for it to be included each week up to the publication date just prior to your event. Submit the results of the day with a few pictures. This can normally be done by email. Draw up a calendar for the year and they will publish it for you as well. Remember to send your paragraph for the diary before the deadline for each event as well as the results and photos of each event. We have grown Nomads from 15 to 38 members in just over a year by doing this.
Now comes the really difficult part. There will be two or three people willing to help you through thick and thin. What happens when none of you can make a scheduled event. Who is going to pick up the ball and run with it? When you get that one right, you will have created a club.
A few guide lines to selecting a venue. First prize is a wooded kloof. As long as you keep all targets about 10 degrees below the skyline you will be OK. Next best is a hillside. With some imaginative planning you can develop both uphill, level and downhill shots. A flat wooded area will give you some uphill shots. An open field will take some creative thinking but challenging courses can be built. If there is not a natural backstop the allow at least 250m of safe space from each shooting point.
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Get out there, make it happen and have fun.