tom1 wrote:Finally someone has addressed rifle shootings elephant in the room . Most shooters don't go to DRA or Queens shoots. This group has been ignored and taken for granted for decades. They don't go because:
1 They don't like the competitive nature of prize meetings.
2 They rarely shoot well enough to win a division so fail to see why they should be subsidizing someone else's hobby
3 Are sick of shooters whingeing about piss poor prizes.
4 Have been subjected to being chastised in front of others by some cranky old prick who themselves was treated this way 40 years ago.
5 Simply cannot afford to go to "prize meetings" ( I despise this term )
6 All classes of target shooting have to stop catering for the top end of the movement. These aren't the shooters we are losing. Its the shooters like me who are just average , eventually just walk
away out of frustration.
7 I am sure there will be others that could add to this unfortunately.
Look after the grass roots and we may survive. This post will make me unpopular with some but the frustration has been growing for sometime.
Brad, I'm one of those that do travel with expensive rifles to compete at Queens events. I'm a little sick of just handing over a lot of money to enter plus travel plus accommodation.
Take the NRAA Queens, other than first place one gets nothing, except a badge made in Pakistan for $5. A lot spent ($340 entry) to shoot well and place high up on the board.
Now, I'm not complaining i knew what the prize list was going to be.
A good TR friend told me when I said I was going into F-Open, It's just a fun class, you will get screwed over, only TR get the main prizes. Let's change that.
I now take enjoyment from helping my club members improve skills and equipment with the knowledge I've gained through the years but I don't encourage anyone to go and compete at PM's or Queens. Maybe a lot of members realise that same things as SARA has suffered attendance issues for the last couple of years. A well known SARA board member asked me why the S.A. attendance was so low for F-class at the Queens, TR was down a lot as well, I suggested he should to ask his members.
We have a number of SSAA guys coming out to our range weekly to shoot long range, they bring what they have to shoot and now one of our club members has started offering his F-Open rifle, gear and ammo for them to come and try. They get up after shooting a really good score with a huge smile.
Barry, The TR National teams is currently underway in WA at the same time so bad timing this year for Horsham. I'm currently out injured so couldn't go to Horsham, but now will be offering my rifles to potential new members at club level to help build the club at SSAA's loss. So we may not be offering PRS but we are trying to pinch their members to F-Class not TR.