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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Aug 29, 2022
In General Discussion
Good day at the club yesterday, Sunday, 28th August. Quite a few members down enjoying the weather while it lasts. The mini kill range is certainly popular, I think the record so far is 17ex.19, a few of us are on 16ex.19. Think we need another mini target to round up the amount of targets. to 20. Well done to Richard and Andy on completing the GP series which finished at the Sywell ground on 28/08/2022. Both these members started competing in the spring class but Richard finished the last two using his pcp. Work on the covered range is progressing, just need some material for the roof and a bit of tidying up. If anybody has some, or one, sheet of polycarbonate square section roofing they don't need, we could certainly put it to use.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Aug 11, 2022
In Competition Chat
We have some dates for the forthcoming CSFTA Winter League. Please note that these may be altered or added to at some stage. October 2nd - Frobury October 23rd - Carisbrooke November 20th - Southampton Buccaneers January 15th - Newbury February 19th - Meon Valley (Wallops Wood) March 12th - North Oxon
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Jul 21, 2022
In General Discussion
We now have a new mini-kill range with targets set out at various distances, all taken from one position. The targets range in kill size from 15 to 25mm. See how well you do, one shot per target. The record, so far, is 8 targets.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Jun 30, 2022
In General Discussion
Thought for the day: On a recent visit to buy a newspaper, I saw an "Airgunner" magazine in the racks. The cover looked inviting but the price of £4.99 wasn't. Shame we do not see the "Shooting Sports" magazine any more. My dear old mate, Pat Farey, helped launch the title along with Peter Moore. There was something for everyone in it, not 50% taken up with hunting articles as the others do. Therefore, the true cost of the magazine to me is £7.35 simply because I do not read 50% of them and, none of the magazines have articles on FT shooting. Also, when testing new rifles why do they insist on telling us a gun is very accurate at 30 yards as that's the maximum hunting distance. If I had just paid nearly a £1000 for a gun, I'd want it to be bloody accurate at 55 yards!
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Jun 25, 2022
In Competition Chat
I'm impressed that for such a small club we are fielding 6 shooters at the Buccaneers Grand Prix competition this Sunday, June 26th, 2022. Nice if we could bring home some silverware.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Jun 19, 2022
In General Discussion
Well done to Andy and Richard on starting to build the new covered zero range. The skeleton of the structure is almost complete however, we will need quite a number of OSB boards so if anyone knows of a competitive retailer, then please let us know. We are experiencing a lot of interest in attracting new members and feel the covered range is a great facility for these visitors.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Jun 17, 2022
In General Discussion
Ongoing improvements to the club are going well. We now have a permanent 60 target FT course, some all weather rubber mats have been laid across muddy patches and flagstones placed over other potential muddy areas. We hope to make a start on the all-weather undercover zero range very soon once quotes for timber are forthcoming. The embroidered badges arrived with members purchasing them at two for £5 or one for £2.75. There are still a number available. The recent article in the Isle of Wight Observer, concerning the club, has generated a fair bit of interest with 4 potential members currently serving their probation period.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
May 23, 2022
In General Discussion
What an improvement we have made to the clubhouse in extending the seating area. New net curtains adorn the windows too. With the door opened, the windows open, you feel like you are in the middle of the woods, lovely. Anyway, the next improvement to the club facilities has to be the covered zero range, hopefully we can make a start a start very soon.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
May 23, 2022
In Field Target Chat
Allan and I have put in a new lane, pointing in a different direction to any others, to test shooters ability! It's up the hill, on the corner as you turn left, don't miss it (in either sense of the word).
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Apr 07, 2022
In General Discussion
I'm pleased to report the 2nd bridge has now been repaired. Also, the 3rd bridge has seen some strengthening carried out. Luckily the costs amounted to nil thanks to our chairman, Terry, supplying the necessary materials.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Apr 03, 2022
In General Discussion
Our resident swamp clearer, Richard "Swampy" Green, has been doing a remarkable job of draining the area near the zero range at Borthwood. It's always been a bit on the murky side but, when Richard set about digging a few channels and clearing the stream, we notice the ground has firmed up quite nicely. Well done Rich.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Mar 18, 2022
In Competition Chat
A very windy day at Meon Valley AGC FT Open Competition, last Sunday, 13th March, 2022. The course was quite long, consisting of 50 targets shot to BFTA rules (3 minutes per lane of 2 targets). I'm pleased to report the Carisbrooke Massif did rather well. Allan Dyke scored an amazing 39, just 3 targets behind the winner, and ex world FT champion, Dan Eley. Allan won the 'A' grade. Richard Wood, this time out with a pre-charged pneumatic he cobbled together a week before the shoot, won 'C' grade after a thrilling shoot off against another competitor who tied on the same score. Not to be outdone in the honours, our very own treasurer, Andy Winch, not only achieved 3rd in 'C' grade but also won an item in the free raffle. A great day out at a picturesque venue.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Dec 19, 2021
In General Discussion
Here is a couple of pictures of the Borthwood Farm club house. Members and guests can shelter from inclement weather here while enjoying a free cup of tea/coffee from the kitchenette. This is where the world is put to rights with educated and informed discussion, and much mickey taking on why somebody missed that easy target. As you can see, the club has an air bottle where fills can be had at 50p a go.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Dec 19, 2021
In Introduce Yourself
Good to see club member Richard Green back on the scene. Richard was one of the original members of the outdoor airgun section of Carisbrooke Rifle and Pistol Club in the 1980's. Richard now shoots a Weihrauch HW97 in a superb home-made stock and is now competing as a spring gunner in the CSFTA winter league.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Dec 07, 2021
In Competition Chat
The Borthwood Farm section will be hosting their annual Christmas competition on Sunday, the 19th December. Just a bit of fun and banter to see who is top dog on the day, I expect the competitors will have a handicap added to their score, depending on their grading. Carisbrooke members only. Don't forget to bring a wrapped present for the secret Santa, nothing over £5 please.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Nov 27, 2021
In General Discussion
Looks like tomorrow, Sunday the 28th November, 2021, is going to be a sunny day with a slight breeze. Interesting to see if Allan clears the course again.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Nov 17, 2021
In General Discussion
Allan, Holly and I started clearing the undergrowth to make way for an extension to the zero range today. Quite hard going but I estimate we achieved 40 yards of clearance. We need some pallets to place over the muddy area's so keep a look out. Also, we need some metal for the zero boards unless you can think of an alternative substance.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Nov 09, 2021
In Competition Chat
Good to see the regional winter league up and running, last year's WL had to be cancelled due to the virus situation. My thoughts are with those who have suffered with this infection. However, the club has managed to field between 5 and 6 shooters in each round, a very good turnout for such a small club. Two of our members are currently lying 2nd and 3rd after 3 rounds, let's hope this continues.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
Nov 09, 2021
In Field Target Chat
Well folks, I have now moved back to the Island and am living in Ryde. I'm looking forward to popping down the club more often and mucking in with the maintenance work. I hope to catch up with everyone in the coming weeks.
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Barry Warren
Old Hand
Old Hand
May 03, 2021
In Competition Chat
Talking to a few shooters, they are eager for a CSFTA winter league series to commence this year. It would appear Meon Valley AGC, who have just re-joined the region and are predominantly HFT based, have put together an FT team in readiness. Do you think Carisbrooke will compete.
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