In their news post of 27 August 2020 the NRA caution shooters outside Bisley. NRA Regional Ranges Manager, Nic Couldrey, writes what appears to be an effort to cover the NRA’s backside in the event that the faulty ammunition they are selling members has issue. This includes reminding ranges to ensure that ‘adequate insurance cover is in place’ and that ‘NRA members must familiarise themselves with range safety limits including the muzzle energy, muzzle velocity limits, safe engagement distances before commencing live firing’. Why don’t the NRA just stop trying to profit from selling us faulty ammunition?
The NRA have taken over Bisley Shooting Ground, the family business run by father and son Anthony and Alexander Roupell. The announcement was made on the NRA website as follows:
There have been many mixed messages surrounding the NRA’s determination to take over Bisley Shooting Ground, including their usual bullying tactics as we have all witnessed, and it has cost the charity a significant amount given the many years of litigation. Frustration remains as to why the NRA are taking over a sporting clay shooting business given their lack of experience in this endeavour, and the NCSC is hardly a positive precedent. Instead why can’t the NRA focus on its rifle shooting objectives and those that will actually support its members. It seems that certain individuals simply wont learn that taking over tenants businesses, as they have done so many times before, usually doesn’t end well, and certainly doesn’t enthuse good businesses to join the camp.
Below is the message that was on the Bisley Shooting Ground GoFundMe page:
See link below for the NRA General Council Results 2020 – with postal ballots Declared at 10:08 on Monday 3 August 2020:
NRA CONTINUE TO SELL OFF THEIR FAULTY AMMO – JULY 2020
Back in January 2019 we exposed the Andrew Mercer selling NRA ammunition they knew was causing, in their words, and ‘unacceptable number of incidents’ (see post below). Given the cancellation of this summers’ events, the NRA are clearly try to try their scheme once again and profit from their questionable stockpile. The ammunition went on sale on 16th July 2020 and a day later members have had issues with both the cratering and blowing of primers. Buyer beware! This is not a deal, it is an ammo dump by the NRA.
Of course the NRA are doing everything they can to disprove that it is the ammo, with their favourite pocket technical assistant John Bloomfield, who played a key part in procuring the ammunition, stating it ‘cannot be anything to do with the ammo’! More on John Bloomfield here. Please be responsible and safe when considering your ammunition purchases. The NRA simply won’t change if the same characters remain behind the scenes.
The UK NRA are now in the business of selling faulty ammunition which, as per their own description “the cartridges are now known to be overly powerful. In some rifles this excess power may be sufficient to cause in particular but not exclusively malfunctioning of, or damage to, the boltface, extractor components, ejector components or firing pin in susceptible firearms”.
What would happen if a piece of broken extractor lodged in a barrel and obstructed the next round fired? This could very well blow up the rifle.
This GGG ammunition was the source of huge controversy in the last few years. An investigation even took place in January 2019 led by John Bloomfield and Andrew Mercer. This resulted in Mercer issuing a glowing report to Members concluding with his sales pitch…
The 2019 Imperial Meeting was indeed very special, however it was tainted by the continued issues with the GGG ammunition affecting many competitors and this rather overshadowed an event that is usually the highlight of the year. This is further evidence of the lack of due diligence conducted by the NRA, putting shooters at great risk.
Further to the “unacceptable number of incidents related to extractors during the Meeting” Andrew Mercer wrote the following:
After all the issues with the GGG ammunition the NRA is now trying to sell the affected ammunition as per the below.
Conveniently the disclaimer is as long as the sales pitch: “The National Shooting Centre Limited, its shareholders, directors, employees and agents, as a condition of sale of the ammunition at the discounted price, expressly disclaim direct and consequential liability arising from malfunctioning of, or damage to any of the boltface, extractor components, ejector components, firing pin or other component part of any firearm in which the ammunition or the primed cases forming part of the ammunition is fired, regardless of the actual cause of such malfunction or damage. Fired cases should not be used for reloading”.
Why sell potentially dangerous ammunition?
Because the NRA spent a fortune of our funds purchasing it and now they want us to buy the faulty ammunition back off them.
NRA CEO Andrew Mercer has already been fined by the Guildford County court for not operating a secure Section 5 Armoury… now this. He should be held to account before he ruins the reputation of the NRA irreparably.
Yes Chobham Ridge has a good view, but the NRA are charging shooters £500 (for up to 5 people) for the use of one firing point over 3.5 hours! Taking into account changeover times you would be lucky to get 40 minutes of shooting per person. Throw in the cost of the ammunition and it goes up even more. With travel time, safety briefings and stoppage for markers etc it also takes up the best part of a day.
We already pay NRA membership, have been locked down for months and are keen to get back onto the ranges, why can’t the NRA price things sensibly? Do they really need our money so much that they overprice services like this?
Key questions avoided
Martin Osment asks Chairman David Lacey the following with regard to NRA auditors. The Chairman suggests that treasurer Andrew Reynolds speaks, but then reverses and refuses to answer the questions.
1. Hayes Macintyre are only reappointed auditors if the accounts are reissued with a note explaining what the professional spend on the Bisley Shooting Ground Limited matter was to December 2019 and to April 2020, and an estimate of potential spend.
2. The trustees must include a note explaining which RICS and legal firms are advising them in this matter. They should confirm that the advice they have received meets the Charity Commission definition of commerciality. The trustees shall include in their note the estimated benefit of winning this action.
3. The trustees shall undertake to produce annual audited service charge accounts the first of these shall be also certified by a competent RICS firm.
4. The trustees shall issue an analysis by individual lease or other matter of the last 5 years professional spend.
There is growing concern that the professional spend on the matter with Bisley Shooting Ground Limited is spiralling wildly out of control. The 2019 NRA accounts state “The litigation instigated by Bisley Shooting Ground Limited in June 2019 has had a significant financial effect on the NRA“. Why are we not being told what the amount is?
@thetimes suffers further abuse as NRA asked to retire their trophy:
It is so sad that the institution we have all given so much to, seems to be going down a path that is eroding everything that the NRA stood for. As we have presented on this website the NRA has a lot to answer for, and to make up for. Unfortunately it seems that the NRA’s approach, or that of certain individuals in management positions not only affects us members, shooters, tenants, but also employees. We have found online reviews by NRA employees. These go to show how desperately the NRA needs to change.
In the 2019 NRA Annual Report and Accounts published online on 15th May 2020, new Chairman David Lacey states the below. Something doesn’t add up…
Below you will see the internal view of Mercers committed executive team committed to securing the best outcomes…
These are taken from two of the major recruitment agencies and are verified employee reviews. Unbelievably, we are informed that in the past year or so the NRA department managed by Rick Wells (Head of Range Services) has has a staff turnover of 75+ staff as the environment is so toxic.
Early March, without consultation of council or advising membership the NRA have changed their Trustees. David Evans is not a trustee. Robert Bruce, Tom Putt and Andrew Nebel have been added as trustees. These individuals are unknown to most we have spoken to.
Furthermore the National Rifle Association no longer has: a Vice Chairman, Chairman of Disciplinary Committee or Chairman of Membership Committee.
No staff or directors are mentioned at all under the National Shooting Centre (NSC).
This is all the more underhand given the NRA’s Press Release on 7th February 2020 stating:
“The improved documentation and procedures that the Trustees have put in place as a result of the action plan issued by the Commission will be of significant benefit to the charity. These include greater clarity around the separation of the NRA and its commercial subsidiary, National Shooting Centre Limited, new governance structures, a new Disciplinary Code and new procedures for the granting and renewing of leases. The Trustees appreciate the help and advice that they have received from the Charity Commission on these issues and feel strongly that the NRA is in a better position for the future having implemented the action plan. The Trustees also agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed by Helen Earner, Director of Operations. Trustees are rightly expected to uphold high standards of common decency and behaviour”.
NRA Press Release in response to Charity Commission Outcome Report 7th February 2020
More details of the NRA Press Release are available here.
Some of you may have noticed a downtime on our site for a few days from 19.02.20. The NRA have been using any tactic they can to silence our website, legally and otherwise, trying to bury evidence rather than deal with the issues. This led to our momentary downtime. Given our limited experience with websites we have now put in place fail-safes to ensure the public, and NRA members, continue to have access to this information.
We have been informed by many reliable sources, as well as anonymous emails that the NRA, whilst executing their charitable duties, have illegally buried our caravans, asbestos, household appliances, lead acid batteries, plastic wads, cartridges, trailers and more. This seems to be a systematic abuse of the land on which the NRA has authority.
NRA Environmental Disaster
A huge environmental cover-up has been uncovered at the NRA. Andrew Mercer, self appointed Chief Executive of the National Shooting Centre (NSC) and Secretary General of the NRA has been dumping 1,000’s of tonnes of commercial waste on NRA property, leased from the Ministry of Defence. This shocking pollution is from the NRA’s formal discipline layout managed by Richie Vallance and shows decades of plastic waste and broken clay piling up. This is how the NRA treats a lottery funded layout by Sport England, and how they treat the environment!