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Undercover Shooting Comes to BRNC

Robin Young

Published: 30/06/2014 12:06

Last Updated: 30/06/2014 09:06

A dedicated covered shooting enclosure is among the modifications made to the clay pigeon shooting range at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

The new covered enclosure comprises a concrete floor, wooden roof and walls on three sides with shooting bays at the front. This replaces the original gravel base and the make-shift shooting cages. It has been paid for with a grant from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sports Lottery.

A donation from the establishment’s Welfare Fund has been used to buy a new trap for the facility, which rotates from left to right and up and down and can release random targets on demand. This will be used in addition to the five static traps already in place to add variety to the layout. Money from the Britannia Association has also been used to fund the development.

The new facility was formally opened by Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer of BRNC who along with the other invited guests were challenged to test their marksmanship on helium filled balloons and exploding clays.

Lieutenant (Lt) Sam Stephens, BRNC Head of Navigation and Clay Pigeon Officer said: “These modifications are fantastic improvements to the range making it a challenging all weather shooting ground. As well as the regular club users we introduce around 40 people each term to the sport of clay shooting, both staff and the Officer Cadets, through grassroots sports sessions funded through the PT department. In the past year seven people from BRNC have gone on to shoot for the Royal Navy, some of whom were completely new to the sport when they arrived at the College. Clay target shooting is a great way of improving military skills and also helps to build individual confidence with weapons. The ability to pull a trigger and see the affect is a great way to learn.”

A team of qualified coaches are available at BRNC to help introduce new members to the sport. Club Manager Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Bill Amery said: “This project was originally conceived three years ago by myself and Lt Iain Andrews and with the support of Warrant Officer 1 Natasha Pulley and the direction of Lt Sam Stephens, it has now become fully realised. In addition to Officer Cadets, we offer shooting to Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary groups from ships and establishments in the South West for team building and adventure training.”

Anyone interesting interested in clay pigeon shooting can contact CPO Amery on ext 7252 or email BRNC-ISC.