European Open 2014 and SARPA 30 year anniversary shoots.:shot: The Scottish Air Rifle and Pistol Association are very proud this year to host the European Open HFT championships in conjunction with the SARPA 30th anniversary celebrations and would like to invite our fellow enthusiasts to join us for these occasions on the 9th and 10th August 2014. The venue is Waukmill shooting grounds near New Deer in Aberdeenshire. This is Grampian ARC’s home grounds and arguably the best HFT site in Scotland if not the UK. The grounds offer a great mix of scenery and variance of shots. There will be two fully compliant UKAHFT courses laid out, each shot on a different day by each competitor. One course circumvents a hillside of deciduous woods and will be in full foliage. The targets will be perhaps an afterthought while surrounded by such beauty however they are there to be shot and competition will be tough on the day and the courses will be set out to testing and tricky. The second course will be no easy feat either. Variety is the name of the game for this one. Under the deeper darker canopies of the coniferous forest our metal quarry awaits us, while other targets while be offering there kills for some and plates for many others in a tricky gully and quarried area, where the wind will catch the unwary and perhaps even fool the experienced. A few will even be out of the gloom and perched amongst greener woodland. Truly both courses will be a feast for the connoisseur of HFT shooting and provide days that will live long in the memory. Other side shoots and entertainment will be on offer on the day to keep you busy also. Of course the weekend is not just all about the shoots, there will be plenty time to after the Saturday shoot to meet up and give us all the opportunity to meet new friends and share our tales of woe or victory. There is on site camping and motorhome space available and bound to be a bit of a party on Saturday for those that don’t mind shooting with a headache on the Sunday morning. Mind the saying when in Rome, do as the romans do, we operate a similar system in Scotland so the expectation is you take a wee tipple J If you prefer to stay in more civilized accommodation, there is plenty of B&B’s around New Deer and the picturesque ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh are not too far off. Aberdeen is 25 miles from the ground and an ideal place to let the good lady go out shopping while you enjoy the shooting if the ball and chain insists in coming along without her rifle. And what’s it cost, well not a lot. £20 per adult and £10 per junior covers both courses. So Head along to the SARPA site and fill an application for your chance to shoot in this very special of European Opens. Spaces are limited and this will be an occasion that will be well remembered. Event details on the SARPA web site http://sarpa.org.uk/index.php/events/2014-events/event/1-sarpa-30th-european-open-celebration Thanks to John McB for the above article!