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Malta Allied Airgunners Club (MAAC

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P.O. Box 38
Naxxar, Malta.
E-mail: maacmalta@gmail.com
Web Site: www.malta-maac.blogspot.com
MAAC is affiliate in the Malta Shooting Sports Federation (MSSF), Association of Arms Collectors and Shooters (AACTS) and the European
Rimfire and Airrifle Benchrest Shooting Federation (ERABSF) – Malta Region and The United Kingdom Association for Hunter Field Target.

News Letter 2: December 2008

Dear MAAC members, IN THIS ISSUE
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Welcome to the 2 and last edition of the MAAC newsletter for 2008. An intensive • Letter from MAAC Chairman.
years work comes to an end. I hope that you have enjoyed the all the activities we • MAAC Activity Program 2009
have prepared for you this year. We are confident that in 2009 you will enjoy quality • MAAC News & activity
activities by MAAC. Thanks to the Air Gun Sports Commission members in this issue highlights November &
you will find a full dairy of events planned for 2009. The program is set up to provide December.
MAAC members a vast array of air rifle and air pistol activities throughout the year, in • Membership for 2009.
open match format. • Editors Notes.

In the month of November MAAC has officially become an affiliated club in the
United Kingdom Association for Hunter Field Target (UKAHFT). To celebrate
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this 2 international affiliation for MAAC, an HFT competition for recoil Air Rifles will be taking place at the VSR on Sunday
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14 December 2009. All details can be found in the web site. Before this affiliation took place the Activity Program for 2009
was already decided, however I am more then certain that the MAAC Airgun Sports Commission will slot in at least 3 HFT
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events in 2009. The HFT rules that will be used on the 14 December 2009 will be temporary rules that were set up by MAAC,
however due to the UKAHFT affiliation, in 2009 we will start to use the UKAHFT rules specially customized for Malta with the
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approval of UKAHFT. The 2008 activity program will end on Sunday 22 December 2008 with the last open match for Air
Rifle Bench Rest. We will have the honor to host with us ERABSF President Mr. Carlo Caricato for this match. The MAAC
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committee decided also that all the funds generated from the Bench Rest competition on the 22 December 2008 and other
donations collected on that day will be donated to L-ISTRINA. It is good that as a club we also help those in need in this
occasion, thus we urge all members to be present to support this initiative with their donation.

The Sports commission commissioned projects that will enhance the quality of our shooting range with infrastructure that
gives you the opportunity to practice your favorite sport. These projects include, 4 new Bench Rest shooting tables, a set of 8
permanent FT training targets set at ranges between 15 and 50 meters, new action pistol timers to be used in Steel Plate
Challenge and Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting and a set of 8 BR Target stations. Some of these investments are already
completed while others we predict to finish by end of 2008. This is investment done from your contributions and with special
dedication from our members. It is very important that we take care of our equipment and maintain it to high standards. Each
and every MAAC member must be proud of this and cannot tolerate any irresponsible damage done to equipment by misuse
or carelessness. MAAC will not tolerate waste of resources and the precious time our members dedicate to fabricate this
equipment.

The new year is on the door step, although we did a lot in a relatively short time, we still have much more to do. This is an
ongoing process to elevate our sport. We will start 2009 with a new set up committee that will ensure smooth running of
MAAC and the VSR Airgun Range. Details will be made available in the January edition of this news letter. I would like to
thank you all for your support and wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and best wishes in health and prosperity in
the New Year.

Best regards.
Stanley Shaw
MAAC Chairman

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MAAC Activity Program 2009.

MAAC Program of Events 2009 (MAAC reserves the right to change event dates if required)
Month Air Rifle Field Target Air Rifle Bench Rest Air Pistol Steel Plate Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting
Challenge
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Jan 11 Jan 2009
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Feb 1 Feb 2009
Mar 15th March
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Apr 12 April 2009
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May 3 May 2009
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Jun 21 June 2009
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Jul 12 July 2009
Aug
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Sep 13 September 2009
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Oct 4 October 2009
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Nov 1 November 2009 22 November 2009
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Dec 13 December 2009 6 December 2009

MAAC Activity Program for 2009 Details.
A total of 13 competitions are planned for 2009. These include:
a. 4 X Air Rifle Field Target.
b. 4 X Air Rifle Bench Rest.
c. 3 X Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge.
d. 3 X Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting.

The Air gun section sports commission will slot in 3 additional Hunter Field Target competitions as an addendum to the activity program for
2009. These are not included because MAAC affiliation with UKAHFT happened after the release of the activity program. We expect to
inform you about the HFT competition dates planned for 2009 in the January 2009 edition of the news paper.

NOTE: All competitions are open to MAAC members and Target Shooter B (air gun License Holders.
MAAC paid up members will have their points accumulated throughout the year in FT and BR.
This is done for club selection purposes.

Competition Fees. (+ 18 years old)
MAAC members Non MAAC members
Air Rifle Field Target €8 per competition Air Rifle Field Target € 10 per competition
Air Rifle Bench Rest €8 per competition Air Rifle Bench Rest € 10 per competition
Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge €6 per competition Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge € 8 per competition
Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting €6 per competition Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting € 8 per competition
Extra gun entry € 2 per competition Extra gun entry not applicable to non members.

Competition Fees. (under 18 years old)
MAAC members Non MAAC members
Air Rifle Field Target €3 per competition Air Rifle Field Target € 6 per competition
Air Rifle Bench Rest €3 per competition Air Rifle Bench Rest € 6 per competition
Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge €3 per competition Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge € 6 per competition
Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting €3 per competition Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting € 6 per competition
Extra gun entry € 2 per competition Extra gun entry not applicable to non members.

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BULK Competition Thicket (+ 18 years old)
MAAC members – ALL competition Entry Non MAAC members – Not Applicable.
Bulk Ticket – ALL Competitions € 90 (Normal Price €100)
* € 120 with extra gun entry.
Bulk Ticket - Air Rifle FT/BR € 60 (Normal Price €64)
Only * € 70 with extra gun entry.
Bulk Ticket - Air Rifle FT/BR € 30 (Normal Price €36)
Only * € 40 with extra gun entry

Additional MAAC Activity information for 2009 and prizes.

ALL the competitions are OPEN Matches i.e. open for MAAC members and no members.

Members ONLY.
1. Members are allowed to enter the competitions with a maximum of 2 guns. For the extra gun the competitor must pay
and extra entry fee of € 2 for each competition.
2. The guns must be registered on the Target Shooter B License.
3. Guns can be different for each competition.
4. Members points for each event of FT and BR will be added and classified for MAAC club selections.

Non Members.
1. Non Members are allowed only one gun entry for each competition.
2. The guns must be registered on the Target Shooter B License.
3. Guns can be different for each competition.
4. Non member points are not classified.

Event Types and Prices additional information.

Air Rifle Field Target (ARFT) Competitions.
1. There will be two classes in ARFT.
a. Class A: Springers ONLY up to 15 ftlbs.
b. Class B: PCPs all powers.
2. Members entering with 2 guns, can enter in both classes or one class with two different guns. The guns can be
different for each competition.
3. Non members are limited to 1 gun and 1 class (any).
4. Both classes will compete in the same day.
5. The ARFT competition consist of 30 shots session divided in 3 rounds of 10 targets. 2 rounds have assigned shooting
positions and 1 round the shooting position is free style (up to the shooter using one of the 4 shooting positions –
standing , sitting, kneeling or prone.)
6. There will not be breaks between rounds.
7. Member shooters who opt to compete with two guns will be given a break between sessions.
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8. There will be prices for the 1 , 2 and 3 positions of each class.

Air Rifle Bench Rest (ARBR) Competitions.
1. There will be two classes in ARBR.
a. Class A: PCP & Springers up to 15 ftlbs. - 25 meter
b. Class B: PCP & Springers above 15 ftlbs. - 25 meter
2. Members entering with 2 guns can enter in both classes or one class with two different guns. The guns can be
different for each competition.
3. Non members are limited to 1 gun and 1 class (any).
4. Both classes will compete in the same day.

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5. The ARBR competition consist of 1 session with an official ERABSF 25 shot scoring target with a time limit of 30
minutes.
6. Member shooters who opt to compete with two guns will be given a break between sessions.
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7. There will be prices for the 1 , 2 and 3 positions of each class.

Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge (APSPC) Competitions.
1. There will be two classes in APSPC.
a. Class A: Single Shot pistols (spring, pcp or Co2 Cal 0.177 or 0.22)
b. Class B: Multi Shot pistols ( Co2, GBB or NBB Cal. 0.177 or 6mm air soft)
2. Members entering with 2 guns can enter in both classes or one class with two different guns. The guns can be
different for each competition.
3. Non members are limited to 1 gun and 1 class (any).
4. Both classes will compete in the same day.
5. The APSPC competition consist of 1session of 3 stages. Each stage is shot 3 times.
6. Member shooters who opt to compete with two guns will be given a break between sessions.
7. The APSPC rules level the scoring system for both classes.
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8. There will be prices for 1 , 2 and 3 positions over all.
9. There will be an extra price for highest stage hit factor for each class.

Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting (APDS) Competitions.
1. There are no classes in APDS. Pistols allowed are multi shot Co2 (cal 0.177) or GBB/NNB ( cal 0.177 or 6mm airsoft).
2. Members can enter with 2 guns which can be of any type. The guns can be different for each competition.
3. Non members are limited to 1 gun and 1 class (any).
4. All competitors will compete in the same day.
5. The APDS competition consist of 1session of 2 stages. Each stage is shot 1 time.
6. Member shooters who opt to compete with two guns will be given a break between sessions.
7. The APDS rules level the scoring system for all pistol types.
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8. There will be prices for 1 , 2 and 3 .
9. There will be an extra price for highest stage hit factor.

Classification of MAAC members.
All MAAC paid up members will be classified for ARFT and ARBR matches. The points gained from each ARFT and ARBR
match will be accumulated in a classifying table. The classification will be required in the event that the club has to perform
team selections for Field Target or Bench Rest.

There will be 2 classifier tables for Field Target and 2 classifier tables for Bench Rest.
Field Target: Classifier Spring & Classifier PCP.
Bench Rest: Classifier under 15ftlb & Classifier over 15ftlbs.

Members shooting in one or both classes will be listed according the class they compete.
If a members selects to shoot with 2 entries in the same class, the highest score obtained will be listed in that class.

MAAC – Other news and activity highlights for November and December 2009.

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MAAC – Air Pistol Steel Plate Challenge – Sunday 23 November 2008.
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Top 3 shooters – David Giardina (1 ), Steve Farrugia (2 ) & Kris Debattista (3 ).
This was a very interesting and challenging steel plate competition were winds soared at force 6 to 8.
One can also watch a video trailer of the event on You Tube.
The URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttS1o05njbY
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MAAC – Air Pistol Dynamic Shooting Introduction Course – Sunday 30 November 2008.
A considerable amount of MAAC members and non members were present for this presentation course for Air Pistol Dynamic
Shooting. This is a new event that MAAC will add to its portfolio in 2009. APDS is a set beyond Steel Plate Challenge. Here
the shooter will simulate the fire arm version of International Practical Pistol Confederation (IPSC) and International Defensive
Pistol Association (IDPA) in a specially adapted version dedicated for CO2 air pistols and Airsoft GBB pistols. The APDS rules
are not a copy paste version of IPSC or IDPA but it is based on the fundamentals of these two great shooting dynamic

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disciplines. The aim is to provide an additional event for CO2 Air pistol and air soft pistol enthusiasts and to provide a strong
base and preparation to those members and non members who whish to practice for arm proper IPSC and IDPA, focusing on
the main 4 basic safety rules of gun handling.
a. Consider a gun as always loaded.
b. Never Point a gun to anything that you do not intend to shoot.
c. Always be aware of the target surroundings and what’s beyond the target.
d. Keep finger off the trigger until you are on aim on the target and ready to shoot.
The course explained the basic rules whilst Mr. Steve Farrugia gave an excellent demonstration of the APDS Qualifiers.
The APDS Qualifier is mandatory for all those intending to take part in MAAC-APDS competitions in 2009. Two qualifier
stages will be set up at Handaq so that members and non members can practice the qualifier drills required. Later in
January/February 2009, MAAC will start registering the qualifiers for the shooters. APDS Qualified shooter will then organize
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training sessions so as to get more familiar with rules. The 1 APDS competition is scheduled for the 21 June 2009.
This looks promising and interesting and as one shooter members said “I owned a CO2 pistol for years, but had no use for it,
so I decided to sell, until I discovered that there is an opportunity to use it and have fun in organized competitions.”
APDS rules and Qualifier Drill documents can be downloaded from our web site.
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MAAC – Air Rifle Hunter Field Target – Sunday 14 December 2008.
This is a surprise event for all MAAC members and non members. MAAC decided to have a go at HFT
which is a different version derived from FT. MAAC was also dealing affiliation with UKAHFT in the
same time. Only for this occasion this surprise event is dedicated for recoil type spring air rifles only.
The rules that will be employed for this event were quickly set up by MAAC, after this event these
rules will be scrapped. Now that MAAC is an affiliated club in UKAHFT and UKAHFT accepted our
amendments to the original UKAHFT re customization due to power differences between UK and
Malta.
The intention of the MAAC Air Gun Sports Committee is to apply these approved UKAHFT rules as
from 2009.
MAAC-HFT in 2009 will have an Open Class for PCP and semi recoiling air rifles any caliber and a
Recoiling Class for any calibers. There is a possibility also for a Junior Class for ages 14 till 18 years if
enough junior shooters are interested.
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The rules concerning the event taking place on the 14 December 2009 and for HFT rules for 2009 can be
downloaded from our web site.

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MAAC – Air Rifle Bench Rest – Sunday 21 December 2008.
This event will conclude our competitive events for 2008. There will be two classes of air rifles competing for this event.
Class A – Air rifles ( PCP / Recoiling or Semi Recoiling) under 15ftlbs power – Distance 25m ERABSF 25 Target Card.
Class B – Air Rifles over 15ftlbs power – Distance 50m ERABSF 50 Target Card.
During this competition we will have the honor to welcome Mr. Carlo Caricato (ERABSF President) from Pisa Italy. Mr. Carlo
Caricato will be in Malta to compete with MAAC, and to discuss with MSSF and MAAC officials and ERABSF Malta delegates
on the future of ERABSF.

AIR GUN SAFETY AND INTRODUCTION COURSE.
In December MAAC is quite loaded with two major activities on 14th and 21st December.
This leaves us with the 28th December free. The next ASIC course might be taking place either Saturday 27th December or
Sunday 28th December 2009, but since this is the period between new xmas and the new year maybe it is difficult to get the
people together. Worst case the ASIC will take place 11th Jan 2009. In any case we will let you know – new members
requiring the ASIC course please contact Mr. James Bugeja MAAC Secretary (99478309) to book your for the next available
course.

MAAC MEMBERSHIP.
We urge all those interested to join MAAC to settle their membership a.s.a.p. MAAC will consider those who do not pay their
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2009 membership by 31 January 2009 as non members. Dr. Mario Spiteri (Victoria Shooters Range Operator) has appointed
the MAAC Central Administrative Committee as the VSR Airgun Range Management group. Hence MAAC is now responsible
for Air Gun Range Layout, maintenance and operations. MAAC has the policy that ALL training session and competitive
session are open not just to MAAC members but also to non members. It is natural that MAAC has priority and commitment
towards MAAC full members hence non members will be subjected to non member conditions as posted in our web site. For
more information please enter our web site and club on the Victoria Shooter Range logo or go directly to the URL:
http://vsragrinfo.blogspot.com There you will find all relative information related to regulations and attendance fees subject to
non MAAC members.

TARGET SHOOTER INSURANCE FOR 2009
ALL MEMBER AND NON MEMBERS NEED TO HAVE AN INSURANCE POLICY TO SHOOT AT VSR OR OTHER
LICENCED RANGES.

MAAC can offer you this insurance. The insurance MAAC offers is the MSSF insurance and covers all shooting sports.
This costs Euro 10.25 which must be added to the membership fee please contact Mr. James Bugeja MAAC Club Secretary
(99478309) for more information. If you are member of a Target Shooter A club and want to purchase the insurance from that
club you are free to do so. MAAC will register all Member and Non Member insurance coverage for 2009 prior to shooting at
VSR.

We urge all members to settle 2009 Target Shooter B licence renewals, insurance policy renewals and club membership by
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31 January 2009. After that date MAAC has the right to refuse anyone from entering the range if these revised documents
are not available.

Check our web site http:// www.malta-maac.blogspot.com . for more information.

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MAAC Membership 2009

MAAC is accepting membership for 2008/2009.
For more information please contact MAAC Secretary at the Victoria Shooters Range Tal-Handaq Limits of Qormi from
7.00am till 11.00am or by e-mail at maacmalta@gmail.com. You can contact also the MAAC secretary Mr. James Bugeja on
mobile number 99478309.

MAAC has 3 different types of membership conditions.
A. For those who already are in possession of a valid Target Shooter – B (air gun) licence in 2008.
B. For those who have a valid shooting license in 2008 (example TS-A) but no TS-B licence.
C. For those who have no shooting licenses.

REQUIRMENTS

Type A.
Fill the membership form and attach 2 passport size photos.
A copy of the 2008 TS-B (air gun) licence.
A copy of the 2008 insurance policy (If you intend to shoot with MAAC).
A copy of the Maltese ID card (2-sides)
A copy of any club you are member.

These members upon submitting the above requirements and paying the enrolment and membership for 2009 which totals €
20 can start participating in MAAC. A Club ID card will be issued soon after. This card is required to renew TS-B (air gun)
licence in 2009.

Type B
Fill the membership form and attach 2 passport size photos.
A copy of the 2008 shooting licence (example TS-A)
A copy of the 2008 insurance policy
A copy of the Maltese ID card (2-sides)
A copy of any Club you are member.

These members upon submitting the above requirements and paying the enrolment and membership for 2009 which totals €
20 will Club ID card will be issued soon after. These members will be called by MAAC for an Air gun Safety and Introduction
Course (ASIC). MAAC will then issue a Letter Of Recommendation (LOR) to the member. With this LOR the member can
apply for a TS-B (air gun) licence at his/her local police station. Until the TS-B (air gun) licence is issued the member can
shoot with club or other licensed member equipment under supervision. Once the TS-B licence is issued he/she must present
it to MAAC in order to start shooting with his/her equipment without supervision.

Type C
Fill the membership form and attach 2 passport size photos.
A copy of the Maltese ID card (2-sides)
A copy of your conduct issued by the Police GHQ.
Also Apply for the Fedina Penali from the Police GHQ.

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These members upon submitting the above requirements and paying the enrolment and membership for 2009 which totals €
20 will Club ID card will be issued soon after. These members will be called by MAAC for an Air gun Safety and Introduction
Course (ASIC). MAAC will then issue a Letter Of Recommendation (LOR) to the member. With this LOR the member can
apply for a TS-B (air gun) licence at his/her local police station. Until the TS-B (air gun) licence is issued the member can
shoot with club or other licensed member equipment under supervision. Once the TS-B licence and the Fedina Penali is
issued he/she must present them to MAAC. The member will be able to start shooting with his/her equipment without
supervision when the Police issue the TS-B licence.

INSURANCE.

MAAC can offer a valid Target Shooter insurance that covers ALL types of shooting sport. This insurance do not cover
Hunting activities. MAAC being an affiliated member of the Malta Shooting Sport Federation (MSSF) benefits from the group
rate insurance policy offered by MSSF. The insurance cost € 10.25 per annum.
For insurance coverage please contact the MAAC Secretary Mr James Bugeja (99478309)

PLEASE NOTE : ALL MAAC MEMBERS MUST BE COVERED BY AN INSURANCE POLICY TO TAKE PART IN MAAC
SHOOTING ACTIVITIES AT THE VICTORIA SHOOTERS RANGE SET UP BY MAAC .

MAAC MEMBERS WITH A TARGET SHOOTER – A LICENCE
May we remind all MAAC member and those members who wish to join MAAC that our club is licensed and caters only for
Target Shooter B ( air gun ). Hence MAAC members who are already in the possession of TS-A licence must be members of
any club, association or federation that endorse Target Shooters A licenses.

MAAC does not force or refuse it members from being members of any particular club, association or federation.
However MAAC have a preference. MAAC suggest to any members who is thinking to migrate from his current TS-A
endorsing club to join AACTS or MSSF.

Enrollment in AACTS and/or MSSF must be settled with AACTS and/or MSSF officials but you can ask us for details.
Please inform AACTS or MSSF that you are MAAC members.

AACTS application form can be downloaded from:
http://www.aactsmalta.org/(S(lmr1wwnmijgngd45q5k4pa45))/Documents/MembershipApp08.pdf

The MSSF application form can be downloaded from:
http://www.mssf.org.mt/(S(rz55mqmldm004o55qkbo5ney))/documents/Air_Weapons_Application.pdf

With these applications submit 2 passport size photos.
Copy of TS-A license 2008
Copy of Insurance Policy 2008 (if you intend to shooting in 2008)
Copy of ID Card Malta ( 2 sides )
Copy of MAAC ID card or receipt if not yet issued.
Plus
Any other requirements as stated on their membership forms.

MAAC – Editors Notes.

Dear member,

Should you wish to submit any article related to air guns , shooting sport disciplines, tuning, customizing or a
person shooting experience please do not hesitate to show your experience or knowledge. Please submit your work
in a standard MS Word Document and any pictures in JPEG format to our PRO Mr. Kris Debattista on
maacmalta@gmail.com. We will ensure that your work will be published in one of our future MAAC Newsletter
editions.

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MAAC will issue a minimum of 4 news letters per year. These will be issued in January , April, July and November to
keep you updated with the club activities and plans. Naturally the news letter covers the most important expects and
not all MAAC news. For more up to date information and last minute news and memos always check out our web
site; http:// www.malta-maac.blogspot.com .

The MAAC new letter can also utilized by Licenced Arms Dealers to advertize their products with our members.
A one time half page banner advert cost €15, one can opt to advert for 4 X 1/2 page banners on 4 different editions of
the MAAC Newsletter for the price of €50. A full page commercial product review is also possible and costs €25 per
page. MAAC members wishing to sell second hand equipment can also advertise for €2 in our newsletter. Anyone
interested in advertizing please contact our PRO. Adverts are printed only if payment is effected.

Regards
MAAC NEWSLETTER EDITOR.

Malta Allied Airgunners Club (MAAC)
P.O. Box 38
Naxxar, Malta.
E-mail: maacmalta@gmail.com
Web Site: www.malta-maac.blogspot.com
MAAC is affiliate in the Malta Shooting Sports Federation (MSSF), Association of Arms Collectors and Shooters (AACTS) and the European
Rimfire and Airrifle Benchrest Shooting Federation (ERABSF) – Malta Region and The United Kingdom Association for Hunter Field Target.

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