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The Long View News from the GB F-Class Association by Les Holgate


We’d no sooner got the season’s opening clash at Diggle out of the way when GB F Class League Round Two was upon us, only three weeks between them.


There seemed barely enough time to handload more ammunition, repack the suitcase and arrange for a second mortgage needed refill the tank with fuel at today’s prices before taking the High Road north for Blair Atholl in Perthshire. A 1000 mile round trip for those in the south and even 500 to 600 for those of us in the north of England.


While en-route, the results of the Scottish Assembly elections were announced with a landslide victory for the pro-independence and rabidly anti-gun Scottish National Party, so maybe we’ll have to pack a passport too for some future Blair round, assuming target shooting survives north of the border if this ancient but ‘wee’ nation throws off the Sassenach yoke - with or without Mel Gibson’s help!


Anyway, 48 hardy souls, split roughly 50-50 F Class


(hereinafter referred to as ‘Open’) and F/TR ventured to the most northern of our three National League venues. No foreign entries this time, unless you count our good friends from the Republic of Ireland, who are very fond of this scenic range and probably feel at home in its damp and constantly changing climate.


Mentioning weather, the forecast was poor, the long dry spell of March and April replaced by a strong, warm and very wet southern airstream that was expected to bring heavy rain. Mind you, Friday was forecast to suffer horrible weather too but most of us arrived in Blair Atholl village without having seen more than an occasional black cloud and to find the early arrivals sitting in the Atholl Arms beer garden enjoying warm early evening sunshine.


South Easterly One thing that was accurately forecast was the wind direction - south-easterly - or from around 5 o’clock on West Atholl Rifle Club’s Glen Tilt range. Naturally, this being Blair, a meaningless phrase like ‘5 o’clock


The Glen Tilt range first thing on Sunday. The threatened rain soon appeared! 82 Target Shooter


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