Rotorua N.Z.D.A. Range Report November 2016.
Saturday 5th Was a C.N.I.G.C. Service rifle club day.
Sunday 6th A 300M target shoot was held, three of our members were joined by two black powder club members for an informal target shoot. One of the black powder members was shooting a muzzle loader, the other a smokeless cartridge, and as I spent the day in the butts, I only saw the outcome on the targets, some of which was quite impressive.
Sunday 20th was to be a .22 silhouette shoot but the wind looked like we would be lucky to get the silhouettes to stay in place long enough to get to shoot them so some reactive targets were set up. Six people, all had fun for the morning.
When I visited the range today, 1/12/2016, I saw evidence that someone had been shooting on the 300M mound in a fashion that is totally incorrect and risky, they had obviously set up a target on the 200M mound, just 100M in front of the 300M mound. If you are shooting at lesser distances on the 300M range your target needs to be in front of the backstop at the end of the range and you will shoot off the grass mound at 100/200M as required.
Saturday 3rd C.N.I.G.C.Service rifle club day.
Sunday 4th Junior shoot, Swazi Shoot for financial juniors, prizes and fun for all juniors. Christmas B.B.Q.etc. Mostly .22 shooting.
Thursday 15th there is a private booking of the 100/200M range from 3PM till about 6PM.
I hope to get the provisional annual calendar out and on line before Christmas, it is provisional in that I do not have bookings for outside organizations at this point
I trust you will all have a Happy and Safe Christmas New Year holiday.
Time to reload,
Rotorua Range Report October 2016.
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd service rifle rapid championships.
Sunday 9th D.A. 100M target shoot and 50M shoot. I was not able to stay but half a dozen or so people turned up and once I was sure all was well left the folks in Dennis’ care, thank you again Dennis.
This was the extent of our shooting this month as weekend of 15th /16th was a major work effort starting just after lunch Friday, a very full day Saturday & Sunday. We were fortunate to have a digger parked at the range, thank you Jarod, and a mate of Colins, Joe, flew down from Kaitia and put in some good hours and turned our rather low berm into a reasonably high berm which is now safe to use both ranges independently as long as people are sensible. We intend to top it up again once it has had a chance to settle. To see that berm almost completed in less than 12 months is unbelievable as we did not know when we decided to build it that that amount of fill would be available in that short a time.
Because of the change to the range the range standing orders next year will need to be revised, also the range can be booked in two separate identities i.e. 300M or 1/200M. Eventually we will have a new 50/25M range also approximately where the green shed and toilets are. We are making progress. This Saturday just gone 29th, we had a working bee which went very well, mostly due to people with joint C.N.I.G.C./D.A. membership having a good representation, there were only 4 D.A. members there, but thank you all guys you did a great job and ticked off all the jobs I expected to get done. Once some material supply has been sorted you can expect more working bees to be called, I hope we do not continue to see just the same few keen members every time, they may soon get tired of carrying the rest of you.
Saturday 5th C.N.I.G.C. service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 6th Da 300M target shoot.
Sunday 20th .22 metalic silhouette shoot.
Saturday 3rd C.N.I.G.C. service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 4th our annual Christmas shoot and BBQ,
Also the Swazi sponsored junior shoot, any juniors can take part but only juniors who are financial members can be awarded one of the three Swazi prizes, that is the rule laid down by Swazi and fair enough. There is also a junior trophy that is a D.A. branch trophy those of you with joint membership please do come and bring your young ones 18yrs is top age but usually younger ones attend and if abilities vary some grading will be sorted.
Time to reload,
Rotorua Range report September 2016.
Saturday 3rd C.N.I.G.C. service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 4th D.A. target shoot 100M, six or seven people turned up for this day which was good to see.
Sunday 18th was a .22 silhouette shoot, however instead of the normal silhouettes reactive targets were used. Nine people turned up which is great, as seems to be the case lately I was not involved and headed away once it was all set up, and Dennis was R/O and generally in charge. Den devised a scoring system, 5 points a hit if shot standing and 1 point a hit if shot prone/ benchrest.
Name: 1st round 2nd round total.
Pieter 20 5 25
Arend 15 15 30
Aaron 20 10 30
Sara 5 8 13
Amy - 7 7
Paul 10 15 25
Malcolm M 10 5 15
Dennis 30 6 36
Colin (Pres) 25 9 34
Congratulations to Dennis for top score of the day.
When Sara arrived bearing gifts, a chocolate caramel cake, I managed to score a piece before I left, it was delicious and I trust everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did. You are welcome to attend every shoot we have Sara.
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd C.N.I.G.C. Will be holding their service rifle Rapid Championships.
15th & 16th was to have been Central Regional shoot but that has been transferred to Tokoroa, so for Sunday 16th will be a rimfire target shoot, I may not be available but Malcolm M has kindly offered.
Recently I put a portable red warning flag in the 200M covered mound, originally to be placed at the 100M backstop if anyone was at the 200M backstop. However since then it has been more effective if placed immediately in front of the covered mound when the range is closed, for target changes or whatever.
As I write this 24/09/16, the development work is at a standstill which gives me concern if casual users are not thorough in observing where others are on the range. The middle berm is high enough to conceal a standing person on the other side to where you might be , but with two openings in that berm that person could enter your firing zone. SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE OTHERS ON THE RANGE ARE, JUST TAKE CARE.
Digger work on the range is likely to start again when the committee has resolved a couple of issues and when it does range closures will be needed, usually mid- week.
I have had some feed- back from people who are impressed with what is happening and the direction in which the range is developing, good to hear, thank you.
Time to reload,
Rotorua Range report August 2016.
Saturday 6th Service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 7th Should have been a 300M target shoot, but due to lack of numbers and a need to get ready to pour some concrete a mini working bee took place, Thank you Dennis for getting that rolling.
Sunday 21st should have been a deer silhouette shoot, did not happen.
Saturday 3rd C.N.I.G.C. service rifle club day.
Sunday 4th Da 100M target shoot.
Monday/Tuesday 5th & 6th Tauranga A.O.S. have booked the range.
Sunday 18th Rimfire metallic silhouette shoot, 40,60 77 & 100M.
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd C.N.I.G.C. Championship shoot.
Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th was to have been Central Regional Champs, but this event has been cancelled on this range this year.
As anyone who has not been to the range for a while will see, the centre berm is taking shape much faster than we anticipated, with 335 loads of fill delivered in August. As a consequence extra care will need to be taken when you enter the range, if there is a vehicle parked you need to make very sure where the occupant is before you start shooting, also if you are on the range make sure your vehicle is parked in an obvious location. The centre berm is not at it’s required height yet but people down range can be obscured by it, So take care.
It appears people are starting to catch on, as there has been some money left in the mailing slot on the container. I WOULD REMIND PEOPLE WHO ATTEND THE RANGE BY THE GRACE OF A KEY HOLDING MEMBER THEY ARE ASKED TO PAY THE REQUIRED RANGE FEE, $5-00 FOR MEMBERS WHO DO NOT HOLD A KEY OR $10-00 FOR A NOMMEMBER, THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE IMPROVEMENTS TAKING PLACE ARE COSTING A VERY SUBSTANTIAL AMOUT OF MONEY EVEN THOUGH WE ARE GETTING A LOT OF THE MATERIAL AND WORK AT DISCOUNTED RATES.
Thank you to those who are meeting their obligations.
These are likely to happen again when we can arrange a digger to complete the berm, they will be notified as early as possible and kept as short as we can.
Time to reload,
N.Z.D.A. Rotorua range report July 2016.
Saturday 2nd C.N.I.G.C. Service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 3rd, D.A. 300M target shoot. Four members turned up for this, including one’s wife. Everyone enjoyed the shoot and we were wrapped up by lunchtime.
Sunday 17th. >22 silhouette shoot, five members turned up for this one, scores as follows;
Name. Chickens. Pigs. Turkeys. Rams. Total.
Aaron 8 6 3 2 19 (borrowed my rifle)
Phil 5 6 2 2 15
Dennis 6 1 3 3 13
Malcolm M. 3 4 3 2 12
Logan 3 3 0 1 7.
Friday 22nd some members booked the range for the day.
Saturday 30th A group of young Mariners booked a session on the range under my watchfull eye.
Five girls attended and shot two ten shot targets, the total score for each girl:
Moana (who did very well) 186; Amy 145; Julia 143; Ella 129; Eden 114.
Leaders and parents who shot one ten shot match,
Darryn 88; Pete 86; Sheryn 81; Matt & Neville 80; Jo & Len 77; Rex 54.
After that was finished some went home and some stayed to play with slightly more serious rifles that a couple of the fathers had brought along.
Development; Saturday & Sunday 30th, 31st, a working bee was held at fairly short notice, there was a reasonable turn out and when I visited the range Monday morning to meet a truck driver could see that some progress had been made.
The delivery of fill has been halted by the wet weather as contractors have likely been unable to excavate the sites the material is coming from. However as mentioned above some is coming as from Monday 1st August.
Saturday 6th C.N.I.G.C. Service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 7th D.A. 300M target shoot.
Sunday 21st Deer silhouette shoot, 300, 200, 100, & 50M distances, eight rounds ammo per run through.
Saturday 3rd C.N.I.G.C. Service rifle club shoot.
Sunday 4th something different, a 100 & 200M target shoot, prone or bench or bipod, what ever you choose. No rules, no arguments.
Sunday 18th .22 rifle silhouette shoot
Time to reload, Malcolm P.