Myself and a friends recently shot at Bisley. We shot on Century at 600yds. When we got to our lane there were a large group right next to us, about 10-12 people in total. Two on the firing point and 10 stood around talking, joking and generally having a laugh.
I radioed the Range Office and asked if we could more down a couple of lanes so as we wouldn't be so crowded and wouldn't be disturbed. The Range Office replied by saying 'that is how the lanes have been set up for the day and they wont be moving them' So basically tough if you don't like it!!
My issue isn't with the group chatting and having a good time as I would have been exactly the same, after all shooting is a social activity. I was just stunned at the ignorance and lack of helpfulness from the Range Office.
Please bare in mind that there was only myself and the other group on the whole 107 lanes. there was no one else forward of us so there was no safety issues preventing us from moving!
Nearly every time I shoot The Range office likes to bunch you up.. Not sure why?
Anyway I Emailed the Chef Exec (Andrew Mercer). I had no reply from the Andrew, so called him. After getting through I asked if he had read my email and had got to the bottom of why this happens and why we couldn't move lane? His reply and attitude I think sums up why the NRA are in such serious trouble.. He said that 'I gets hundreds of emails a day and cant be expected to answer all of them' Wow! I said what even the ones from your paying members and there complaints? 'well I will ask the Range Office to look into this and get back to you' So far it has been two weeks and not a reply!
Mr Mercer, I know your not a shooter and this is just another job to you (One that pays over £100.000+ per year), I believe you came from the leisure Industry and no doubt you will scurry back to it once you have failed in turning around the NRA.. But I am a shooter and have been for many years. I don't get paid to shoot I pay to shoot!
I suggest a big part of the NRA's problem is that if you treated the shooters with respect and value them you may have a thriving business... After all people are paying top dollar to lie in the cold for hours on end. I am staggered as to how you can fail to make money with a resource such as Bisley Camp and with a million licenced shooters?? Maybe it is because your organisation treats them with utter contempt and take there business for granted?!?!