BFTA Grand Prix Round 6 Castle MFTA

Castle Field Target Club based in Watnall, north of Nottingham.


It was my first ever visit to Castle so I didn’t know what to expect apart from the google maps aerial view I’d looked at earlier. On arrival my first impressions was with its big front doors this really is a Castle for sure and I was going in. The grounds are based in heavy woods quite compact on width but long, this reminded me in away of Cromer’s ground, I guess its cos they both use the track through the ground to shot both sides being quite tight at times. The course which the lads of Castle set out looked a good mix of ranges, not all long for a change but it still had its fair share of tough targets high up in trees and long ones etc.
The weather was looking good for AM and PM rounds with winds being about even for both sets of shooters, the worst of the wind was up the front of the course lanes 1 to 6 and the last lanes 23 to 25. The silhouettes were up front which also caught the wind but didn’t stop me knocking down the first set of Chickens and Pigs until i got to the Turkeys were the wheels fell off in the end scoring 16/20 not too bad I thought and not a bad bit of camera footage if only I’d removed the lens cap.! Wally.!!

I started on lane 22 were I missed the first target 43 due to not giving enough wind and going by my second decision, I should had gone with my first. I managed to get the next target 44 and it was then I’d realised I’d left the lens cap on one of my camera’s. There was a few whistles being blown in the afternoon session and we finished quite late but this was ok cos I’d smashed my personal best for a new one 45/50 I was well pleased and also our team Lady & the Tramps won the day League 2 event. 🙂

Full GP Results…

My personal best round can be seen below along with some of the AM session lads in action.

Next round 7 will be held at Sywell with the what’s know as the bank of doom 6 August 2017. Good Luck all and Happy Save Shooting.!

Direction to Sywell Air Rifle Club

Grand Prix Round 5 Iceni 2017

Iceni offers wonderful grounds for Field target shooting in various of different combinations, long or short.

The Club is based a couple of miles outside of Colchester Essex and are open every Sunday morning from 09:00.

I’d shot at Iceni before earlier in the year in one of their Winter league shoots of which I did fairly well so I looked forward to this GP round. As per normal I was booked into the PM session also known as the Mans round 🙂 , on arrival the car park looked a little tight but easily sorted with the expert organisation from the club members…Well done.
After a quick peanut butter sandwich and a chat we signed in and took a walk around the course. The wind was at times quiet strong, but his soon almost disappeared to just a light breeze once inside the wood.
The course to me looked long, longer than I was expecting and my nerves started to set in as I carried on walking around the course. Target 24 looked a good one up a tower close and quite an angle also nice to see a standing lane next to a kneeling lane getting them out the way. All in all the course looked very good quite a good mix although mostly longish if that makes sense.? I was paired up with Andy Finnigan nice chap for the day, we had a good battle together all the way round some top shooting. I didn’t start off very well the nerves just didn’t settle quickly enough but I still managed to finish on a very good score for me and the team 42/50.

Look forward to the next round 6 at Castle a place I’ve not shot before so no heads up there for me.

AA A B C Piston Open Team League 1 Team League 2
Redvers Gallagher 48
Graham Jopson 44
Andrew Barnes 40
Philip Green 36
John Farbrother 37
Ian Challis 45
Rowan 291.7
Lady & The Tramps 260.4