Monday, August 5, 2013

Its been a long time coming ...........

Over the past six months I have been busy with all sorts of projects and have much to tell you about.
Where to start.......well early on in the year I was busy shooting rats on one of the farm I have permission for, there were hundreds of the things in the chicken coup that needed removing. The chickens were in a 8 metre x 7 metre room that had recently had a new slate roof fitted. The inside was covered in the waterproof membrane you find on all roofs but the rats had taken I liking to this and over the space of a month they had all but destroyed the first 2 foot, eating huge holes out of it to get into the chicken feed.

This gave us some interesting shots to take as we could quite clearly see the rats running about, just above our heads, on the floor and up the stone walls. There were 28 chickens in this room a running around keeping away from the rats as they were eating all the chicken feed on the floor and in the pots. Some fun times were had in that room, trying to work out where the chickens were and trying not to shoot any of them while trying our very best to rid the place of the rats.
Over 3 months we seem to have all but wiped out the rat population.....from the chicken room and adjoining buildings but I am sure they will return at some point soon.

Another venture I have taken on is Pass It On Young Sports. This is a free event I host enabling people of all ages to come and have a look at and shoot different air rifles. I set up a range with backstops, clay pigeons, spinning targets and reactive targets ( go BANG when you shoot them). This has gone down very well with the local kids and I have had lots of  people come and have a go. The aim is to get older kids off the games consoles and out in to a field to shoot some targets and get some fresh air, while learning a new pass time.

  As I now have a mobile air rifle range I am in a position to the range up at different places, so if you have a club or group, scouts, cadets etc. I am available to hire.

A few weeks ago I was asked to provide a range in Oxfordshire for Woodland Ways  the largest provider of Bushcraft & Survival Courses in the United Kingdom. They had 155  13 year old school kids for a bush craft and survival weekend and they asked me to provide the range. Over two nights every child came to the range, in groups of 25, and got to shoot the rifles on the 20 metre range I had set up. Most of the kids had never seen an air rifle before and had no idea what they could do.

If you would like a quote for the range to visit you please drop me a email @

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