Small bore shooters go high-tech

Invited guests and members of Forfar and District Smallbore Rifle Club at the launch of their new Meyton automatic target and scoring system.
Invited guests and members of Forfar and District Smallbore Rifle Club at the launch of their new Meyton automatic target and scoring system.

Forfar & District Smallbore Rifle Club has launched the new Meyton automated target and scoring systems at its Myre Road premises.

The state-of-the-art electronic target equipment is new to Angus and is the envy of clubs across the country. It is part-funded with a helping hand from Angus Council’s community grant scheme.

Forfar councillors were the among the first to see a demonstration of the new concept, which does away with paper targets and instead has members shooting at a blank hole of the same size, with shots recorded to pinpoint accuracy and relayed instantly to screens at the other end of the range.

The hi-tech system will bring huge benefits to the club, not least in increasing the spectator element. The new elements offered by the electronic system are encouraging new members. Barry Buddon’s role as shooting venue for the Commonwealth Games has sparked further interest.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of the Angus Commonwealth Games steering group, said: “I’d also like to congratulate the club on the successful achievement of gaining the bronze level of the council’s Angus Club Excellence Awards.”

The Earl of Strathmore was given the honour of firing the first shot at the launch, after which there was a demonstration by Colin Danskin, the current Forfar Champion. That was followed by cards being shot by Sheena Sharp, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Dave Caughey, current Scots squad member, who was among shooting celebrities congratulating the club.

Further information about the club can be found at www.forfarsbrc.org.uk

Since 1937 the club’s discreet premises at the Myre have been home to a 25–yard range for generations of small bore shooters.