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 Post subject: First Bisley Trip
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:54 am 
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Hi all,

My son and I are signed up for our first trip to Bisley in a couple of weeks. We're both new shooters having done a few weeks on .22lr at the regular club meeting but no centefire yet. We're shooting at 600 and 100 yards I think. The club guys have been great and I will pick their brains this week but I wondered if anyone here had any advice. I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for.

Is there anything we need to read before going? What clothes do we need? I'm presuming something fairly warm and waterproof is a good idea plus sturdy boots. Will it be really cold/windy? Do we need full waterproofs? Do we need to take food and drinks? We've got ear defenders and safety glasses, so I'll take them. I've been looking at gloves. Are fingerless or the removable finger gloves a good idea?

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 Post subject: Re: First Bisley Trip
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:22 am 
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On the NRA UK web site there was a first Bisley trip intro leaflet. It may be 'First Imperial', but still shooting!
Wear normal shoot clothes and take extra warm layers plus waterproofs. Both ranges can be very exposed in winter winds and rain! There may well be standing water on Century.
Take FAC and shooter competency card - and money. Food MAY be available if clubs are open. Most are happy to receive non members if you are buying food. NO alcohol until shooting all done.
Listen to range officers. YOU need to know what he wants and HE needs to know you are going to do what he wants.
Take in the beauty that is Bisley. Camera will be useful to record memories and your achievements!
If in doubt, ask.
Use the toilet when you see one. There are no 'facilities' in the middle of Century or Stickledown and p**sing on the firing point is frowned upon! At 600 you'll be ok. there are loos. If 100 on Century, use the hedge! if Short Siberia, there are loos there.
Above all enjoy your day. Check out as much of The Common you can safely do. It is an experience.
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 Post subject: Re: First Bisley Trip
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:23 am 
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Pretty much Yes to everything!

I was shooting at 800 on Saturday and it was bleedin cold from wind chill.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bisley Trip
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:44 am 
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When it rains, you'll see people getting creative to keep themselves dry - those portable marquees are popular as are the pop-up tents . . . you can lie down in the tnet with the flap open just enough to stick your rifle barrel out and shoot from the comparative comfort of a tent. Unfortunately I was misled by the sunshine and weather forecast on friday morning and wound up like a drowned rat by 3.30.

And while you're there, don't forget to pop into Fultons so they can ignore you, patronise you and over-charge you.

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 Post subject: Re: First Bisley Trip
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:47 am 
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I am not a fan of fingerless gloves as my fingers still get cold however shooting with gloves is not a good idea either. I do own a set of waterproof and padded Le Chameau gloves with index fingers that can be folded back and held in place with velcro however the velcro pad is lethal if you rub your face with it so I have gone back to lightweight US nomex/leather flight gloves which although not waterproof do offer good feel.

Your legs will get cold if it is a typical November windy day at Bisley.

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Something I should add regarding the flight gloves, there are a lot of cheap copies on the market and I have both original and copies. The colour comes out of the leather on the copies and they are less hard wearing. The originals are great however the stitching fails with time...

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Lots of layers as you'll be standing about a fair bit. I never owned thermal underwear until I started at Bisley. Don't forget the hat. You can always take stuff off but getting warm again in the middle Century is a pain. Take a big flask of tea/coffee.

Plan for the worst - if you can see the target you'll be shooting. You'll love it.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bisley Trip
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I've shot at Thorpe many time and at Bisley only once. My main observation at Bisley is to watch the wind flags. At Thorpe the wind changes direction so many times during the trip the bullet makes from 500 yards that I tend to ignore it (i was shooting .22 to be fair). I tried the same approach at Bisley and struggled to hit the target.
Depending on where you are shooting you may need to think about carrying your gear some distance from your car.


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HAND WARMERS - And enjoy the trip. Don't just get stuck on Century, that's the long run of 600 yard targets, take a chance to walk up the hill towards the clock tower to see Stickledown, the 1,000 yard range (1,200 on a good day)

Down to the left of Stickledown there are other short distance ranges, Melville, the covered gallery rifle/pistol range and the Running boar range etc.

I remember my first trip there in 1963 - A competition of some sort, no idea what now. In the NRA pavilion there was a row of tables with score cards all laid out with the correct amount of .303 ammunition in a small brown cardboard box next to each one. 48 rounds for four different ranges, two sighters and 10 to count.

We made our way up to Stickledown, first detail 900 yds but when we got there we couldn't see the targets due to fog. After about an hour we got started. - A memorable day. :)

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I wear Helly Hanson base layer and sealskinz socks.
Make sure your feet and socks are warm when you put them on.
I also use sealskinz gloves.
I also carry a back up bag of extra clothes including a dryzabone ranchers long coat which keeps all rain and wind off.
As said you can take it off but cant put it on if its not with you.
And hand warmers too.


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