Old Glenalmond Rifle Club News 2016

OLD GLENALMOND RIFLE CLUB

 

After 19 years of sterling service as President of the OGRC, John Gilmour has stepped down and been succeeded by Jon Sweet.   John was a founder member of the OGRC.  Although it is now some years since John last squeezed a trigger competitively, he has been a very active and supportive president and advocate for raising the profile of target shooting at Coll.  It is under his leadership that the OGRC has provided rifles and a SCATT electronic training system for use by Coll pupils and has contributed to the re-opening of the small bore range – appropriately renamed the ‘Gilmour’ range.  The members of the OGRC wishes to thank John for all the work he has done as President and look forward to seeing him at Bisley for many years to come.

Regrettably, due to uncertainties over the transfer of the Glenalmond Firearms Certificate there has been no shooting at Coll this year and the annual Glen Five Generations Match did not take place.   It is very much hoped that it will be restored to Coll’s calendar for the forthcoming school year.  The OGs very much look forward to competing against Coll pupils.

Colin McEachran, Peter Glen and Jon Sweet shot in the Scottish Rifle Association Open Meeting in June but since Colin was shooting F Class (telescopic sight) we did not have the required quorum (of 3) shooting Target Rifle for the Club’s championship to be held in Scotland.  The Secretary’s Cup for the highest score at 400x, 500x and 600x was won by Peter Glen.  Last year the prestigious Caledonian Shield was won by Simon Glen.  This year it was won by Jon Sweet, thus ensuring it was retained by an OG.  Peter Glen is determined to make it three in a row next year!  

Peter Glen and Jon Sweet shot for Scotland in the Lawrence Trophy against England.  Jon scored a ‘possible’ 150 ex 150 with 16 v bulls. 

Peter Glen was reasonably successful in the Scottish Open Long Range Meeting, winning at 900x and coming third at 1000x and ninth in the Grand Aggregate.  Colin McEachran shot F Class.

In the Imperial Meeting at Bisley, Colin McEachran and Jon Sweet competed in the match rifle events.  Jon Sweet finished 6th in the Hopton Aggregate and shot for Scotland in the Elcho Shield.

We had 10 OGs shooting in the Veteran’s Trophy match, enabling us to field 2 teams:

A Team

B Team

J N ff Campbell

50.5

K D Thomson

46.2

P W Glen

50.4

J K Glen

43.2

A J W Sturrock

49.8

C N McEachran

42.2

S D Glen

49.5

J D Glen

42.1

J P L Sweet

49.3

J A Roll-Pickering

41.3

 

249.25

 

214.10

 

8th

 

21st

Despite only dropping 3 points the A team was placed 8th thus demonstrating the high standards now required.  Jamie Campbell won the Peirse-Duncombe Medal as our highest scorer and Simon Glen the Thomson Cup as the highest scorer of a certain age.

We were saddened not to see any Coll pupils at Schools meeting (and therefore not competing in the Ashburton) and none shooting the Imperial.  8 OGs shot all or some of the individual events with 5 competing in the whole Grand Aggregate.  It was not, however, a vintage year for the OGs with none making the second stage of HM Queen’s Prize (Simon Glen made the qualifying score of 101.10 but lost out on count back) and only one (Andy Sturrock) getting through to the second stage of St George’s.  Andy failed to progress to George’s III despite a 75.10 to add to his first stage 74.7 to give him 149.17 against a cut off of 149.18.  Peter Glen was advised, after two days, that his barrel needed replacing – which a gunsmith would be able to deal with overnight.  Having taken the plunge (on the strength of Simon’s credit card) the gunsmith announced the following morning that he had been unable to remove the old barrel but in his attempts had cut off all but four inches of the old barrel – leaving Peter at something of a disadvantage!  He therefore had to borrow various rifles thereafter.

Simon and Jack Glen shot for East of Scotland in the Counties Short Range match and Simon also shot for East of Scotland in the Counties Long Range match.

Jack Glen, Peter Glen and Jon Sweet shot for Scotland in the match against the Combined Services.

In the National Match, Scotland finished 2 points behind England and three behind Wales, despite averaging over 104 (ex 105) per firer.   Andy Sturrock was a coach and Jon Sweet a reserve.  In the Mackinnon, Andy Sturrock was a coach.   Scotland was placed second to England despite outscoring England at 1000x in difficult wind conditions – a credit to the coaches. 

Jon Sweet has been appointed Adjutant to the Great Britain Veteran’s Team to the World Long Range Championships in New Zealand in 2019.