John Halahan provides the following update at the start of a new season "There are currently 6 International shooters in the OFRC with a further 3 National Standard shooters. All the home nations are represented: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. That said, the OFRC prides itself on operating on a number of different levels from International to the recreational shooter. All are welcome and those that wish to just come along and enjoy a shoot make up 50% of our membership. On the other hand coaching and advice is always available to those that wish to compete at a representational level.
There is a special membership rate of £15 per annum for those in education and thereafter their shooting is free and they do not pay any range or ammunition charges. The OFRC is currently devising a scheme to assist with travelling expenses for these students to come and shoot with us. All equipment is provided and most sizes and shapes are catered for. Apart from the Guest day, any OF wishing to come and have a shoot should contact the Secretary of the OFRC who will advise the procedure. It is highly recommended that you join the OFRC (£15) on top of your range and ammo fees as you would then be covered by the club insurance for third party liability etc.
Our youngest member is 18 years old and our oldest (still active) member is 85. Shooting is an inclusive sport with no distinction between the sexes, age, physical prowess and in fact perfect vision is not required!
We have had recent successes with the OFRC being selected to represent Suffolk in the Astor County Championship. This is a national intercounty competition with places like Jersey being considered as a County. Not only did the OFRC beat everyone but by a margin of 2 clear points and the highest V-Bull (central Bull) count in the Championship. With Greshams representing Norfolk, the victory was sweet.
I have been able to secure funding from my London Masonic Lodge for the OFRC to host a contingent from the Boys Brigade to come to Bisley and be given the opportunity to fire rifles that ordinarily they would not have access to.
Those that have attended Framlingham are usually (but not always) from families that are comfortable, it is pleasing to be able to assist and encourage those from a less fortunate background to participate in the sport of Target Shooting."
A list of all rifle fixtures can be seen on the Events page of the website.