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  1. 9 points
    Wahoo. Update.. got shared HG with Sam Usher. Some good names went through too. Glad to get my act back together. I’m settled with new glasses now!
  2. 8 points
    74 won it - I’m quite chuffed. Picked up a gun for the first time 8/9 months ago, and my form (predictably) jumps around a bit so I feel this’ll be a good platform to kick on with some consistency and confidence!
  3. 5 points
    Obviously shoots midweek for the retired/semi retired or people rich enough not to need to work. For your average working person Sundays are really the only option and the occasional Saturdays. Would be lovely to shoot every day of the week just need to win the lottery!
  4. 5 points
    I just finished at court Farm. 74. The sun and wind were both coming and going but it was ultimately a nice shoot (I’ve really missed it with the weather). 74 was C class HG at the time I finished so fingers crossed it’ll be my first ever.
  5. 4 points
    Even Saturday shoots are not well attended here in East Anglia. We have to work 6 days to pay for a Sunday shoot.
  6. 3 points
    And long may it continue. I used to do all my local Sunday shoots, Horne, Keston, Caterham (which is no more) and the odd venture to Southdown. The one thing that is still engraved on my mind was the endless waiting on stands! Get a break down or stuck behind a big group and and half an hour wait was standard. Pick the wrong time of day to start and 3 to 4 hrs was not unusual to shoot a 100 birds. On top of this was the diplomatic efforts to slip off on a Sunday, between visiting friends and family or my good lady wife having the audacity to want socialise on a Sunday with her darling husband! Then came came mid week shoots, what a transformation. Before I wax lyrical about mid weeks I will admit to now being semi retired. The joy of squads at Owls Lodge, get there for 12 noon and you know you will be finished by 1.15 at latest. Churchill’s may not be squaded but you can still turn up, shoot, have a coffee and a fine bit of home made cake and be a way in 2 hours. Have been to a few of AGL’s Friday shoots and they do take a little longer (think last one they got over 230 entries) which means you risk the Friday traffic but do love the ground and targets. The fact that all 3 grounds are now venturing into sportrap and FITASC makes things even better. Have not been to College Farm but have heard great reports and look forward to a visit. I suppose the fact that flexible working is now becoming more common has helped. My only regret was that Southdown, who briefly ventured in mid weeks, did not give them time to catch on. Again, long may they continue and good luck to Mr Lovett and his new venture, we need another good ground doing competitions down this end.
  7. 3 points
    I think it’s about time the paying customers started to complain about obviously shoddy course setting, it’s not common but it is frustrating when it happens and most definitely not fair to all who take part.
  8. 3 points
    Well bit the bullet and went with what felt best for me, guerini won, didn’t like the feeling of the pro sport, local gun shop had a s/h one so didn’t hit the wallet as hard as it could have 😃
  9. 2 points
    Why have you never been to Gunsite Will? Its certainly one of the more popular shoots - look at the numbers who attend.
  10. 2 points
    Four Counties today. Might be my last visit there.. I did start very badly on my first stand, (stand 8 maybe)?, hitting 4/10. They don’t vary targets much at 4C and this stand almost always has some close floppy clays, but today they were much further out which fooled me. Mashed last pair well with lots more lead. Very silly on my part. Anyway, went moderately ok round the rest of the tricky course, the wind was bad in places, missing another 10. Was on for a not disastrous 84 if I straighted the last stand. I went back to my last stand 3 times hoping for a cloud because the sun was ridiculous. (Stand 9)? Well, of course the sun itself wasn’t ridiculous, but a course setter throwing both targets directly into it was! A big cloud passed over by the time I was almost due to shoot it at third attempt, but it was in direct full sun again while I queued. Fed up by this point, me and my mate decided to quit the shoot, leaving just this stand unshot. I handed our cards in and it got a bit heated in the office because they didn’t understand the CPSA rule that says if a competitor retires, their score is marked against targets shot. I.e 68 out of 84 or whatever, NOT out of 100. So that was uncomfortable, plus I did call it idiocy to set targets right into the sun, which went down rather badly..
  11. 2 points
    Court Farm this morning. First Reg shoot for a few weeks as I've been avoiding the gales and rain. Started on Stand 2 and had an absolute shocker. Dropped 7 clays of the 8. Hanging on to them. Also think I was in front on a quartering looper. Then missed the first pair on the next stand. So that's 9 of the first 10 clays away. Steadied myself and only dropped one more on that stand. Next a sim pair that I would normally fluff, did OK, only 2 away and started to feel a bit better about things. Managed to straight 5 of the remaining 9 stands and finished on 79. After the first stand I was expecting to struggle to get back to my average, so happy with managing 6 over it.
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  14. 1 point
    I'll be honest, I voted with my feet a while back when I had to fight to get my prize money. Apparently if it's not collected within 3 months it finds a different home. My suggestion to have this rule mentioned on their scores spreadsheet that goes on to Facebook didn't seem to appeal.
  15. 1 point
    This sounds extremely poor. But Will, on the plus side does this now make you the new bad boy of shooting? 😎
  16. 1 point
    Went in to check my sportrap slot and there was nothing on the counter and the bloke just looked lost seemed like he was on his own! When we were there last month the bloke from the outside company told us they weren't doing any cooked food after 3 under instruction as it was still winter. Shame really as there had been an improvement under the outside caterers although they hadn't been there that long and it wasn't to bad before that.
  17. 1 point
    Phil had quite a few no-birds too. As you say Sian, a good course, I felt the sim pairs were hard enough but with the wind affecting them so much I ended up rushing them. The wind was bitter and I got really 🥶 towards the end. Didn’t help when we finished and got to the club house looking forward to a hot drink the food counter had CLOSED! People were still going out onto the course at that time so I felt sorry for them. Not shot much since Christmas to be honest and was disappointed with my 67 but looking at other scores it wasn’t that bad and was equal 4th in C. Lots of people there so it was good to catch up with people we’d not seen for a while and Pip got lots of strokes and treats so she was a happy bunny 🐶
  18. 1 point
    Thank you to you all for the support yesterday . im planning the next shoot to be Saturday 40th March hopefully this will be a registered shoot by then i still need some scorers so if you’re interested in shooting and helping out on a stand for half of the day please let me know ASAP 07971475916 many thanks
  19. 1 point
    Well shot Will & Sam, thought 93-94 but even better 92 👌👌
  20. 1 point
    Congrats W H. the trophy is just that rather than thanks..
  21. 1 point
    Went along today. Doubtless a superb bit of ground to shoot sporting clays on. Think Bisley with a hill and valley. From West Berkshire general travel is a bit fiddly /indirect getting through, or massively avoiding Guildford and the roads near the ground are narrow and tricky. Once inside the ground, it’s rather 4x4 territory in the winter. I suspect a couple of 2wd cars might have fun leaving today (I could be wrong). The car park will surely be tight with a big entry, which today didn’t have this morning. Targets were very good. I missed lots of obvious looking stuff early on, really 5 I should not have, then improved when it got harder luckily. Finished on 84. Stuart Rudling did 92. More shooters to come.. Lets watch and see what happens here. I repeat, it’s great for the actual shooting.
  22. 1 point
    The course setter didn’t tare his card up I only had a few minutes free to shoot a few stands. There was very little wind in the morning when the competition started with it building as the day went on, I always take the weather conditions into account when setting the targets but there’s little I can do once the competition has started. Would you be happy if I changed the targets halfway through a shoot ? I’ll guess not
  23. 1 point
    If you hit the target with your FIRST barrel, it is 3 points, regardless as to your using the second barrel or not. IF you should miss with the first barrel, but break the target with your second shot, then it is 2 points. If you are using an auto and give it a third, regardless of hitting it or not, it would probably be time to go home ! 😲
  24. 1 point
    This topic brings back memories of around 20+ years ago, when i was involved in the running of a shooting ground. We had a club gun, a Miroku 3800 Trap, with Monte Carlo stock and 3/4 and Full cokes. That gun fitted me (and an awful lot of other people) very well. To settle an argument regarding Trap guns, cartridges and chokes, I shot our 'Compak' layout and straighted it. The following week I shot the skeet layout, scoring a 23. Cartridges, well a real mixture of 21 through to 28 gram in assorted shot sizes 9's to 6's (we had a cartridge bucket that people threw their junk cartridges in !). Nothing magic, just a gun that fitted well and the confidence in it, to shoot at anything. The same gun, in the hands of a good DTL man (who shall remain nameless !) did 100 straight one Sunday morning whilst his 'K' gun was back with Mr. Rhone, for the 3rd. time. We gave £350 for the Miroku and it was as loose as a bag of spanners when we bought it. No new springs, firing pins or anything else during it's 17 years or so with us. Thousands of cartridges (too many to count) and the only modification was my removing the varnish from the wood and oil finishing it. If you have faith in the gun, the rest is between yer ears !
  25. 1 point
    Lloyd, when reviewing one gun against another it's fairly imperative that you have the other one to hand as well, otherwise you're assuming your audience knows what a SuperSport is. I agree with you that the Parcour is the prettier of the two but in my mind seeing that you were quick to see the flaws in the Beretta you reviewed earlier, on this particular gun I am rather surprised that you didn't mention the plainness of the wood against the price tag ! The Parcour costs 5 times as much as most run of the mill guns some of which have more impressive timber, I really believe things like that deserve mention. You may recall me saying before that you need to weight up the strong and weak points of one gun against another within the same segment, that's what gives impetus to a review, it's what motor writers do. Also worthy of debate is the rationale of replacing all the insides every two years, why would they do that and is it necessary since other comparable makes don't and indeed Krieghoffs which don't get serviced that regularly seem able to function well enough. What would have been really interesting to the layman would have been seeing the guns shot side by side on certain types of common clay presentations, perhaps with one or two really good shots and hear the conclusions. Hopefully you'll take these as constructive criticism.
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