I am very respectful of the talent and experience of the shooters in the league, I have no wish to go annoying anyone.
I do not like the approach of "we are OK jack" and think that as several of the shooters are making equipment or selling equipment for F class shooters that this approach is somewhat short sighted.
If the Diggle shoots get filled, then that suggests to me that there is need for more shoots.
I am not aware of how many competitors each range can handle, but I feel that by only having the number of comps that are currently held the number of shooters who can attend (the minimum of) 6 shoots must be restricted and thus in my mind the league is restricting it's own growth. DM
At the inaugral GBFCA League shoot in November 2005 at Bisley, Mik - the organiser (just back from the World Championships in South Africa) announced that it was his intention - through the League - to develop a team of shooters who were capable of beating the world's best F Class shooters with the aim of winning the next World Championships. In 2009, GB won the World Championships - both tean and individual - job done!
This was achieved by the best and the rest shooting against each other at each competition. It ups the standard of everyone's game.
If we had say five shoots at each venue, you could get the Scots shooting against each other at Blair, the Southerners sticking to Bisley and Diggle doing what they do now. When would we meet up? When would we shoot against each other? How would we improve? Even now, shooters will 'cherry pick' their comps.
The League has not only advanced the standard of shooting, it has also lifted the level of our equipment, so that it is the equal - if not better - than the rest of the world and for me, the fact that we are now capable of building winning guns for ourselves, is all to the good.
Yes, to shoot in the League requires dedication, and money. But, the League is as hot as any in the World - that's why almost 50% of the European entry was from overseas - you just can't get competition as good as the GBFCA League provides - except maybe in America - even there, you won't shoot against the World Champions at every shoot!
But, like most, I don't shoot in the League to win medals - though it's nice when you do!. I shoot because the League runs top class events at top class ranges and the social side, making friends etc. is just as enjoyable. My first love is benchrest and I only wish there was a GB Benchrest League run on exactly the same format - but there isn't.
The League is never going to suit everyone but whatever your ability, you will not be turned away - in fact, just the opposite - we were all beginners back in 2005.
Mik has done a great job and produced a world class team of F Class shooters of which we can be proud. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.