A 3 man team attended representing the Constructors comprising Past Master John Trussler, Court Assistants Henry Lamb and Iain Meek; along with Constructor Simon Odam who joined with the United Guilds force for the day. All profit from the event went to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The team arrived early on the Thursday evening to undermine the opposition and enjoy a fine meal and good fellowship. Accommodation varied from spartan with the Army to archaic with the Canadians with a polar bear, bison, and moose. Disciplines on the day included target at 900 yards; sniper at 300 yards; gallery .22 and blackpowder pistol (cowboy Colts); and pump-action and automatic shotgun!
The weather was excellent- hot, and humid with variable winds to make 900 yards a challenge for our tutors. The team wisely stayed on for dinner and further fellowship at the RAF Clubhouse on the Friday night.
As usual, one of the Gunmakers’ teams won. Our Mr Odam won a prize with the cowboy guns. No animals were injured in the making of this day (only our pride).
The Bisley site is worth a visit to inspect Edwardian kit-building techniques and the NRA museum is definitely worth a visit if only to marvel at the largest solid silver trophies imaginable (courtesy of various maharajas).
As ever, thanks to Colin Sach, Past Master of the Bakers for organising us all. Do please contact Iain Meek if you are tempted by a great day out next year.