Preparation for opening tomorrow 15th June 2020

Just a reminder that the plan continues for us to open tomorrow Monday 15th June 2020, albeit with some new rules in place. I say plan as this is entirely down to our Government and their final decision, however it is looking good right now.

We have a counter in place now, those of you that have visited in the past will know we are quite informal and we are one of the few places where you could walk in through the workshop doors and about the only hindrance was the workshop Labradors and a large container of jelly beans. This has had to change.

With the counter now segregating visitors from the workshop and bench areas I really did think we now had a reasonable barrier for the pups, however the yellow one cleared the counter in a single leap upon first introduction.

We have had words about this…

We have hand Gel and wipes available along with anti bacterial surface sprays, we will maintain a strictly one customer only at any one time and a 2m social distancing rule applies.  Hard surfaces are wiped down after every visit.

We have our own risk assessment for those of you that are interested.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Our plan is to open to customers, subject to Government confirmation, albeit in a limited form on the 15th of June 2020. For this to happen some things need to change.

All visitors will be strictly by appointment only, so as much as we like to see you, please do not turn up without a prior booking.

We will not have toilet or washing facilities available to visitors however, we will have antiseptic wipes, hand sanitiser gels and tissues to hand.

A new counter with wipe clean top has been installed, this will make the booking in of firearms a lot safer for our staff and you, the customer. This also means that other than the front part of the workshop, everything is now out of bounds and it will have to stop this way for the foreseeable future.

Sorry, no more of our superb coffees however we do have lots of bottled water should you need a tasty beverage.

Any firearms brought in for work will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being inspected.

Internet sales have not stopped and will continue as normal.

A full risk assessment is available to all interested parties.

Until we open, stay safe and we and the Tunnock’s Tea cake Deer hope to see you very soon.

Now wash your hands.

CE Marking and the China Export mark

Do you know the difference between the CE mark and the China Export mark?
(Firstly I have to admit this image was grabbed from the internet and seems to be used in multiple locations so I cannot attribute the artwork to an individual…)
OK, to business. On the left of this image is the European CE mark, it means the item bearing this mark has been built in the EU and meets or exceeds specific standards.
It might be a child’s toy, a mobile ‘phone or a piece of medical equipment. It can be anything however it has met specific safety standards.
The mark on the right of the image which is worryingly similar to the CE mark we all know so well, means absolutely nothing, other than the article was exported from China. It is a guarantee of nothing other than possible the source or origin of the item
Next time you buy something please consider the origin of the item, not only might it not be built to the standard you expect. It might also kill you or someone you know and love.
For me, this second image says it all. Buy British, or Buy American or buy French or wherever you are from. Support your National industries and stop skimping and saving a few coins. Your life may well depend on your decision one day.
…and why am I telling you this? Because you need to know.

China and Chinese products.

I doubt there is a single person reading this that has not been impacted in some way by Covid-19 over the past few months. Recorded deaths here in the UK hover at just under 1,000 people a day (10/04/2020) People that we know, or know of has died. This pandemic has brought out the very best and sadly, the very worst in people these last weeks. Daily I see images and read articles about our NHS, emergency and armed services that make me both incredibly proud and horrified in unequal doses. They are having to endure horrific conditions and crushing working hours as they try and save lives and are struggling for the very basics of personal protective equipment due to a faltering supply chain.

Let’s take a closer look at the PPE being supplied, a significant proportion is being sourced from outside of our little island. Some from the European countries and some from as far afield as China, allegedly the source of this Corona virus variant.

Equally, I am sure we have all seen or read of PPE failures and shoddy quality. Maybe not on the BBC however look further for news sources and the evidence is irrefutable and I am appalled that China allows and even condones such actions from their suppliers.

Well, we have had enough of this and have decided to make a stand in a tiny and insignificant way by no longer purchasing or using Chinese products as far as possible. Yes, I know this is virtually unworkable, however we are going to do it.

I am not being xenophobic, nor racist, nor do I dislike foreigners (I am married to one after all!) Or anything else, I am simply going to make a small stand against the giant that is China. Starting now, here at the Shooting Shed we intend to be a Chinese product free company. We will not knowingly purchase any product produced wholly or partly in China. Furthermore, we will ask our suppliers to confirm the country of origin of the part we are purchasing. This includes machinery, raw materials, cutting inserts, tool holders, nuts and bolts and even the disposable gloves we use for polishing and inspection. Everything in fact that we use in the workshop will be closely scrutinised in future.

It also applies to clothing and domestic products we use. Also to all shooting products without exception. Our products will not only proudly be designed and made in the UK, they will also be made as far as practicable, without Chinese products.

You may think I am over reacting, or this approach is a nonsense and unworkable, however I believe China is culpable for the levels of this pandemic and I am going to boycott them.

So you have some choices now, either agree and support our approach, or shake your head in disbelief and source your products elsewhere, if you do go for option two, well I really do not care. Adopt our ethos and we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

Next time you are shopping, just pause to read the label of the product you pick up, maybe put it back on the shelf if it says Made in China, or PRC or similar. Make a stand in a tiny way and support our UK manufacturers and products instead of saving a few pence and sending your hard earned money outside of our country.

…and why am I telling you this? Because you need to know.

Now wash your hands.

We are still accepting on-line orders.

Here at the Shed we are in as close to a complete lock down as possible due the onslaught of C-19 against our country (UK)

However we are still accepting on-line orders and shipping them without any major issues. Unfortunately, we cannot take on any additional gun work unless it can be proven to be absolutely critical as we must keep face to face meetings as close to zero as possible.

I am sure these restrictions will pass with time and we will all be able to get out again and do all the things we are currently missing. Right now, I am missing our Salt Marsh walks with the dogs and fish and chips from the chippy at Saltfleet!

Please take care, whatever you are doing and wherever you are. Keep social interaction to an absolute minimum, keep a safe distance if you have to go out and stay safe.