In 1962 The British Sporting Rifle Club was formed under the drive and enthusiasm of Archie J. Butterworth with the main aim of saving the Running Deer. In January that year he had received a letter from the Secretary of the NRA telling him that “they were dickering with the NSRA about leasing them the Running Deer Range on a long term lease as a permanent small-bore rifle range”. On 15th February he wrote to several people stating that he proposed to form a Bisley Sporting Rifle Club in order, among other things, to save the Running Deer which was at that time only used during the Imperial Meeting.
The inaugural meeting was held on 18th March that year by which time he had decided that British, rather than Bisley, Sporting Rifle Club sounded grander; Archie did “grand” rather well! Six present at the meeting with another three on the range but not at the meeting and a further eleven prospective members were named who had promised support for the Club.
After no-one elected to shoot the Running Deer from the then optional sitting position during the first three Club meetings this option was withdrawn in favour of UIT standing position only. Telescopic sights were also banned to conform to UIT rules. The Running Deer was operated by a team of four men, two on each side to push and stop the carriage on which the wooden target was mounted. This took place on right hand of the two existing 17 yard runs. The Bandit (sitting snap) and Martin Smith (prone precision) static competitions were shot on targets mounted on a trolley on rails in the left hand run. This could be drawn into the shelter and patched while the Deer was still operating.
major breakdown of Deer electrics and controls. S.R. Championships
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