Entry forms for the NSRA’s Scottish meeting are now available to download from the NSRA website. Entries close on Wednesday 23rd May so there is plenty of time to get organised. The two downloads on that page give full information on all the competitions being run.
The meeting will be held in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle in Lauder from Saturday 30th June to Friday 6th July.
The future of the Scottish Meeting remains in serious doubt due to falling attendances in recent years. Numbers are still historically very low and if this meeting is not better-attended by some margin over recent years, the NSRA will pull the plug on it (as declared by the NSRA’s CEO in a recent On Target magazine) and this will be the last-ever meeting. This meeting has been in existence since 1909 and I for one would be extremely disappointed to see its demise on my watch and shy of its 110th birthday.
Therefore, please, please, please support this meeting so that it has a chance of continuing into the future. If even half of the regular attenders brought a club colleague then the entry would be significantly boosted. You do not have to be an individual member of the NSRA to take part.
Being held so close by, there is really no excuse for shooters in Edinburgh and Lothian not to attend. Depending on how much you want to shoot, you can go for just one or both days of the weekend, or from the Saturday to the Friday or just days in between so local accommodation need not be a requirement: Lauder is not a long trip from Edinburgh.
The meeting is run in five classes with Junior and Veteran competitions as well as club teams so shooters of all skill levels and ages can join in. Discounting Watsonians/George Watson’s, who have provided about 10% of the total entry in recent years, there are usually more competitors from Sussex than from the other Lothian clubs – why should that be? It’s on your doorstep – get out there and join in! Everyone who thinks they have an excuse for not going should really take a hard look at it. ‘Can’t be bothered’ just doesn’t cut it. ‘Never shot outdoors before’ doesn’t really either – there are plenty of people around to give advice (start with me if you need to) and everyone has to start somewhere so go on, take the plunge.
Being one of the local Counties it behoves Lothian to enter a strong County Sextette team. If this is to be the last ‘Scottish’ let’s try to go out in a blaze of glory as the best County there. So, all you local top shots (you know who you are), get your entries in: shooting an unsquadded Dewar on a weekend afternoon 20-odd miles down the road is not going to interfere with your life to any significant extent.
Once again, for those interested, the meeting offers unsquadded and unclassified competitions in both Benchrest and prone Lightweight Sporting Rifle (LSR) as well as all the traditional prone competitions. One extra LSR shooter with a .22 bunny-gun just going for the day who might not even have thought about going before is one more entrant to tick up the numbers: they all count.
The phrase use it or lose it could not be more appropriate. Please pass the word to all your club colleagues.
(Sorry, maybe a bit OTT, but the message has to be put out there in unmistakeable terms. The NSRA sure ain’t doing it so someone has to.)