RAFTRC Matches California 2016

RAFTRC Matches California 2016


The RAFTRC is sending a Team to California in 2016.  It is open to both serving and retired members and partners will be welcome to accompany.

Sat Feb 27                                                           Depart UK Flying Heathrow to San Francisco

Sun 28 Feb – Wed Mar 02                              Acclimatisation and R&R in San Francisco or elsewhere.

Thurs Mar 3 – Sun Mar 06                             California State Palma Championship on Coalinga Range

Mon Mar 7 – Wed Mar 09                               R&R in Yosemite or skiing or both

Thurs Mar 10 – Sun Mar 13                            America/Canada/RAF Matches at Sloughhouse Range (Nr Sacramento)

Mon Mar 14                                                         Depart San Francisco arrive Heathrow Mar  15

This is just a general outline but there is great flexibility and I would like to hear your ideas.  I have gone for  two sets of 4 days of shooting on 2 different ranges.  We may well drop one day and thereby save money and instead shoot some fun guns, which are of course prevalent and legal in the States.  For those who wish to shoot more, the Californian State Championships are on the 27/28 Feb and that would require flying out a few days earlier.

USA Tour

Coalinga Range is south of San Francisco near the ‘y’ of King City.   http://www.coalingarifleclub.org/   There are no paid markers at Coalinga so it is all self-marking.

Sloughhouse Range is just to the east of Sacramento. www.sacvalley.org. Self marking on Thursday and Friday and paid markers on Sat & Sun.

Money.   The RAFTRC will subsidise all those who shoot the with a minimum of £500.  CJ says that is guaranteed as we have had a good Hospitality Days in 2014 and an equally good forecast for 2015.   The RAF Sports Board Lottery is closing for 8 months or so whilst they get their act together with new software and procedures.  Hopefully this will not affect grants for servicemen which we expect to be £500.



£600      Flights with Virgin

£500      Accommodation

£150      Shooting entry fees

£430      Ammunition

£200      Car hire and fuel

£120      Extras

So with my fag packet costings that comes to £2000 a head minus of course the grants.  This does not take in any costs for food or drink or R&R costs other than for cheap hotels.

So if you are interested in joining this tour, have any questions or suggestions, let me know on fitzp999@aol.com.  Any inputs will be most welcome.

If you are interesting in Managing the Tour let Jim Lindsay know on jimlindsay@hotmail.com

The Tour Bank Account is with Virgin Money.  Name  RAFTRC California   08-60-64  Account No 61348698    Please put your name as reference.  I suggest £200 a month.

Everything is fully refundable until the flights are booked.

If you are serving and need an upfront loan contact Chris Hockley on seejay.hockley@virgin.net


Have a very Merry Christmas



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