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 Post subject: Hidden Shooting Clubs
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:47 pm 
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Location: West Sussex, UK
Home club or Range: Chichester Rifle and Pistol Club
I have just discovered, to my utter amazement, that there is a rifle club local to me that I never knew about. Not just in the same county or even a few towns away.... IN THE VILLIAGE I LIVE IN! It looks like a reasonable club too, 100m range, HOA, fullbore, muzzle loaders, pistols etc.
I have lived here for nearly 6 years and had no idea of its existence. I appreciate clubs generally like to keep a low profile but how is it so bad that I can be completely unaware of a club so near by.
Needless to say I have immediately enquired about membership.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:06 pm 
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Perhaps a reflection on how well, or other wise, you have integrated with the local community?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:39 pm 
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dromia wrote:
Perhaps a reflection on how well, or other wise, you have integrated with the local community?


Or a reflection on how well the club has integrated with the local community... Given my surprise of not having knowledge of the clubs existence, and the fact that no one I have spoken to had knowledge of it either (including some that have lived here their entire lives), this would seem more likely.


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Wouldn’t the sound of gunfire be noticeable in a small village?......

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dromia wrote:
Perhaps a reflection on how well, or other wise, you have integrated with the local community?


Or a reflection on how well the club has integrated with the local community... Given my surprise of not having knowledge of the clubs existence, and the fact that no one I have spoken to had knowledge of it either (including some that have lived here their entire lives), this would seem more likely.


So the individual members aren't locals then?

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snayperskaya wrote:
Wouldn’t the sound of gunfire be noticeable in a small village?......


Not necessarily.

Could be an enforced use of moderators, or be in a location that reflect the noise away from the houses. Or it could even possibly be heard, but be a normal sound in the area that people ignore automatically.


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What is the name of the club?

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What is the name of the club?



Maybe it is the "Secret, Silent, Secluded, Solitary, Stealthy, Surreptitious, Surrey Shooting Society"!

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It'll be like these lost tribes in the Amazon rainforest. - Lived quite happily, doing their own thing, for ten thousand, discovered and "helped" by civilisation and all gone down the pan in the next twenty years.

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It'll be like these lost tribes in the Amazon rainforest. - Lived quite happily, doing their own thing, for ten thousand, discovered and "helped" by civilisation and all gone down the pan in the next twenty years.


Now there's a cheerful thought! 5mith lol


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