Wind during the Bisley meeting can make or break your week. It most definitely sorts the (Wo)men from the boys.
To cover wind in our Bisley 2019 series, we are just going to look at the predominant winds, what to expect and the best way to deal with wind at Bisley. It is presumed that you understand the basics of wind and its effect on the shot (if not, keep an eye out for our “wind and weather” training pack being release later).
Predominately, the wind generally blows in a 10-4 o’clock (shooter being at 6 o’clock, target being at 12 o’clock) direction on Century range. This is mainly due to the gap that appears by the Clock Tower which acts as a funnel for the wind on Stickledown as well as the danger area beyond. There is always the chance that the wind will change direction but the predominance is the 10-4 o’clock direction.
Towards the Clay ranges, shooters need to be careful of the wind dropping down onto the range as the clay ranges are much higher than Century range. This can cause the wind to suddenly appear for the shooters on the lower numbered firing points.
At the other end of the range, there is what is commonly known as “Magpie Alley”. As the wind travels down the range, it hits the trees on the right hand side and disperses. Although not as much of an issue these days, it can still give 3-9 o’clock winds on the higher numbered firing points.
Additionally, there is a gully around firing point 170, which can cause the wind to be a touch more turbulent in that area.
Dealing with wind during the Bisley meeting, is reliant on combining the three main ways of dealing with wind. You will no doubt need to alter your zero point, wait for the wind, aim off or combine these things. Its highly likely that you will use all three of these methods in at least half of your details so its important to ensure that you are confident in their use – If you are struggling on these, send us a message.
As the Bisley Meeting takes place in the middle of August, Mirage is going to be there! Don’t forget that in light winds mirage doubles the wind effect, but in gusts, it gets blown away. Using a polariser mitigates this issue from the get-go, so turn it on before you start. One thing I have always wanted to try, but never got around to has been using a Camera Polariser on my spotting scope to help seeing the shots during mirage. If you want to give it a go you can find camera polarisers here https://amzn.to/2LI1CyC. Make sure you grab the right size or try using a step up converter https://amzn.to/2YlK0KJ. You do this at your own risk.
Rain, again is one of those Bisley certainties. The flags become less effective when they are wet so make sure you don’t get caught out by heavy flags. With rain comes wet ground, wet grounds means mirage!
Finally here’s our top tips for beating the wind at Bisley.
Feel the wind on you
Watch for the threads on the bottom of flags, they give the best indicators
Shoot with confidence
Feel for the temperature changes, these affect the shot impact just as much as wind does
In changing conditions, get ready to fire a burst of shots in the shootable gaps
You can always go back on the sighters if needs be
Don’t bother watching the flags in-between details, it’s always a waste of time
Use your polariser
Look down range (either side) to see where exactly the flags are pointing
Closer flags have the greatest effect, ignore the far flags at 50’s
Check your flags as soon as you put your kit down, if the detail starts and your flag is over your target, good luck sweet talking the Range Officers!
Don’t let a bad shot get you down, its likely others have a similar shot in the same place
If your struggling to see a flag, roll your trouser leg up
Do you have any more tips, put them in the comments below!