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The Diary of a Metronome
Sandy Walker
Sandy Walker (R2000-2005), the OF Rifle Club’s most successful ever member, travelled to New Zealand as the youngest ever member of the Great Britain Rifle Team. At a mere 22 years of age he is now an international sportsman.
 
He is only the third OF to shoot at international level, following John Horton in 1972 and David Argent in 1994.
 
The wunderkind, known to his OFRC clubmates as the Gangling Metronome, gives us an exclusive view of what it is like to shoot at the highest possible level – click here to read his story.


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Authored by: David N Lowe on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 09:34 am GMT

I've just read the article about Sandy Walker and his selection for the GB Rifle Team - many congratulations to him as that's a very high honour indeed in the shooting world - competition for selection is very tough.  A comment in the article caught my eye: "He is only the third OF to shoot at international level, following John Horton in 1972 and David Argent in 1994".  Whilst that's true for the Target Rifle fraternity, it's not strictly correct when considering all shooting disciplines.  Having started my target shooting "career" at Fram, taught by Jack Meynell, I joined the Royal Navy and worked my way up through the sport in all disciplines - service weapons, target rifle and target pistol.  I "ran" RN pistol shooting from 1974 until I retired in 1992 and was chairman of the Naval Air Command Rifle Association for several years.  In 1982 I was selected for the GB National Pistol Squad and subsequently represented GB and England, as well as the RN and Combined Services, in 4 international pistol disciplines (air, free, standard and centre-fire) over the following 9 years.  I had some success - individual medals for GB in China (bronze), Germany (gold) - and a bronze for air pistol at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, having tied for 2nd and been counted out.  Still, a medal's a medal, whatever the colour - I was very happy!  I elected then to end my international shooting career, as I needed to concentrate on my young family and my service career. 

I look forward to reading of Sandy's future successes - and those of the OFRC - best of luck to all.