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Best start a new Sporting topic for 2022, so here it is.

Kicked off 2022 at EJC ESP reg today. Very cold, nice course but one very distant midi I never hit. 😖. Finished one above my average so not unhappy. 

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Beautiful sunny day at Grange Farm esp for us. Bit too sunny in places. 😉.  Still rather chilly though.  Glad I didn't stay couped up in the house.

Happy with how I shot.

Not happy with chip out of forend from close decoy targets.  Broken clay coming in cage. 🤫😒🤷‍♂️

Jasper. 

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Gorgeous early afternoon at the 100 bird open at local ground, Willow Farm.  My gun is off being serviced, so the semi-auto came out of the back of the cabinet for the fifth time I've ever shot it.  Had some decent stands with it, but shot some shockers as well.  Took me until three stands from finishing to realise that I'm missing underneath targets that are coming in / going away - need to raise the comb a little to make it shoot a bit more like my usual gun I think.  I'm used to seeing distant high incomers break when they are above my bead, today I had to blot them out with the barrel.

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  Barrow for us yesterday. We shot the Christmas shoot and it was so busy so we decided to go squadded this week.  Booked in for 10.30 and it still took us well over 3 hours to shoot. 200+ shooters. They had a break down at start of day and never seemed to recover, at one stand there was 4 squads waiting to shoot so other squads just jumped onto other stands then at 11 non squadded shooters came down and it was a free for all.  Some stands were quite affected by the sun and it was a tricky shoot I thought, a fair few sim pairs but stand 12 was a sim pair of a midi r-l rising (looked like a 1/4 ing teal sideways on) that was like a rocket with a blaze incoming looper which was fairly low by the time you shot shot at it and I saw quite a few people never even get their second shot off with a few “older” people moaning it wasn’t fair and that we are not all teenagers with quick reactions.  Only had 1 “bad” stand 3/8, 3 straights, a 9/10 and was happy enough to have won ladies even though I thought a few more should have been had. 

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1 hour ago, donna said:

  Barrow for us yesterday. We shot the Christmas shoot and it was so busy so we decided to go squadded this week.  Booked in for 10.30 and it still took us well over 3 hours to shoot. 200+ shooters. They had a break down at start of day and never seemed to recover, at one stand there was 4 squads waiting to shoot so other squads just jumped onto other stands then at 11 non squadded shooters came down and it was a free for all.  Some stands were quite affected by the sun and it was a tricky shoot I thought, a fair few sim pairs but stand 12 was a sim pair of a midi r-l rising (looked like a 1/4 ing teal sideways on) that was like a rocket with a blaze incoming looper which was fairly low by the time you shot shot at it and I saw quite a few people never even get their second shot off with a few “older” people moaning it wasn’t fair and that we are not all teenagers with quick reactions.  Only had 1 “bad” stand 3/8, 3 straights, a 9/10 and was happy enough to have won ladies even though I thought a few more should have been had. 

I shot Barrow also (squadded slightly earlier), it did take longer than usual and appeared busier, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge with a few stands harder than normal (its rarely easy) and I saw a couple of top shooters miss a fair few. To my surprise I straighted stand 12 (and I never saw anybody in the squad before or ours get close to that), stands 11 and 12 were the only 2 I straighted though (and I am no spring chicken) scored slightly below my average.

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1 hour ago, Charliedog said:

I shot Barrow also (squadded slightly earlier), it did take longer than usual and appeared busier, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge with a few stands harder than normal (its rarely easy) and I saw a couple of top shooters miss a fair few. To my surprise I straighted stand 12 (and I never saw anybody in the squad before or ours get close to that), stands 11 and 12 were the only 2 I straighted though (and I am no spring chicken) scored slightly below my average.

I think it was busier as Redricks got cancelled at last minute. I shot above my average so was happy with that. I shot a 6/10 on  stand 12, someone else in squad shot an 8 but everyone else had a 3 and also, I never saw anyone shoot that stand well.  It was one of those stands I’d like to go back to and shoot the midi at least 50 times until I got it in my head on how to approach it!  One guy in our squad said he gave it about 6 ft but although I hit it twice I’m not sure how I done it!

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25 minutes ago, donna said:

I think it was busier as Redricks got cancelled at last minute. I shot above my average so was happy with that. I shot a 6/10 on  stand 12, someone else in squad shot an 8 but everyone else had a 3 and also, I never saw anyone shoot that stand well.  It was one of those stands I’d like to go back to and shoot the midi at least 50 times until I got it in my head on how to approach it!  One guy in our squad said he gave it about 6 ft but although I hit it twice I’m not sure how I done it!

I shot it very quickly, gun hold very near the kill point, watched the clay and shot it instinctively chopping up in front of its path if that makes sense, it also gave me a fair amount of time to kill the second bird comfortably, felt like maybe the best pair I had ever straighted and one of the 5 pair stands aswell, made my round thats for sure

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2 hours ago, Charliedog said:

I shot Barrow also (squadded slightly earlier), it did take longer than usual and appeared busier, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge with a few stands harder than normal (its rarely easy) and I saw a couple of top shooters miss a fair few. To my surprise I straighted stand 12 (and I never saw anybody in the squad before or ours get close to that), stands 11 and 12 were the only 2 I straighted though (and I am no spring chicken) scored slightly below my 

34 minutes ago, Charliedog said:

I shot it very quickly, gun hold very near the kill point, watched the clay and shot it instinctively chopping up in front of its path if that makes sense, it also gave me a fair amount of time to kill the second bird comfortably, felt like maybe the best pair I had ever straighted and one of the 5 pair stands aswell, made my round thats for sure

We were discussing it this morning and I was thinking could you have shot it the other way round? The incoming looper fairly quickly then at least you would guarantee yourself 🤞 a 5  but we never saw anyone do that.

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1 hour ago, donna said:

 

I did think about it at the time, felt you were at least guaranteed a 5, I did see somebody try it a couple of times but the other bird was right over the trees by the time you could shoot it, you may have got a lucky one but difficult

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Gunsite for us yesterday, bright to start but cold and when the cloud came it got colder.  Already psychologically geared myself up for a long day as it was very well attended.  As always Shaun provided a good mix of targets,  Overall I did okay for the way I am Shooting at the moment with a few bad stands.  It makes me laugh the ones I got wrong.  There was a teal set quite far out which I knew I would struggle with and missed all four, the battue paired with it I did without hesitation.  Stand one a going away from the right I got once but the sim pair of midis near the bottom I did well on.   

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Hornet (College Farm) yesterday in the mist. Was a good mixed shoot with one of the trickiest stands to start with. Having cocked that up I was a bit flustered and did similar on stand 2, so had to dig in a bit, now 6 away. Another nasty stand later caught me out too, but managed an 87 by being OK elsewhere. Realised I was going in front a lot lately and noted this for next time.

Next time was Barbury today. A lovely sunny day with no wind that felt much warmer than it could have. They definitely aren’t trying to put people off with a tough course these days, but the variety was good and there were two or three stands to sort the winners out for sure, including a horrible long teal that headed to the right. Managed to hit that twice which I was happy enough with. A long battue also featured and caught a few out, including me twice. Finished on 94 which was 1 behind HG when I left at 2pm. This ended a very off form period, so nice to get a good score up after some time..

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Barbury for us too, it’s a ground I never shoot well for some reason but went in determined to have a real go and shot a huge PB of 88 beating my previous by 9.  I was pleased to hit 3 of the teal and all of the long battues and straightened the grouse butt stand 4.  Missed a few I shouldn’t have but that’s life and I can live with that.  1st in ladies and C class so a happy bunny! Like Will said, it wasn’t the hardest shoot ever shot but there were a fair few stands that needed a bit of lead and concentration on. 

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5 minutes ago, donna said:

Barbury for us too, it’s a ground I never shoot well for some reason but went in determined to have a real go and shot a huge PB of 88 beating my previous by 6.  I was pleased to hit 3 of the teal and all of the long battues and straightened the grouse butt stand 4.  Missed a few I shouldn’t have but that’s life and I can live with that.  1st in ladies and C class so a happy bunny! Like Will said, it wasn’t the hardest shoot ever shot but there were a fair few stands that needed a bit of lead and concentration on. 

Amazing Donna. Great job on the tougher stuff and congratulations. 

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Another at Barbury, had a day to forget, did find the aforementioned teal and the long battue only to find lots to struggle with. Followed Nick Portlock whose 97 too HG, two in our squad shot it with 20bores, very well too, how inadequate they made me feel

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On 1/12/2022 at 5:22 PM, GlawsterCodger said:

Another at Barbury, had a day to forget, did find the aforementioned teal and the long battue only to find lots to struggle with. Followed Nick Portlock whose 97 too HG, two in our squad shot it with 20bores, very well too, how inadequate they made me feel

Shoot with me, I’ll make you feel better😂

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Westfield reg shoot this morning

Just joined cpsa this week so my first proper reg shoot. 

Great ground,great targets and the weather was decent for this time of year. 

Few stands caused me problems and killed my score. Overall really enjoyed the shoot 

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Westfield also. It was OK.

I wasn't. Didn't get going and didn't enjoy myself . Poor effort. Ah well. On to the next. 

Jasper. 

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1 hour ago, Chrisessig said:

Westfield reg shoot this morning

Just joined cpsa this week so my first proper reg shoot. 

Great ground,great targets and the weather was decent for this time of year. 

Few stands caused me problems and killed my score. Overall really enjoyed the shoot 

OMG what a ground to do your first registered shoot!  Brave of you but well done.  
We shot there too this morning, only our third trip there, really enjoy it, great targets.  Didn’t perform as I did last Sunday and mid week but still enjoyed it and had a few great stands and some not so great! 

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8 minutes ago, donna said:

OMG what a ground to do your first registered shoot!  Brave of you but well done.  

I have heard Steve puts on a harder shoot.

I didn't shoot as good as I normally do at my normal club (wedgenock /Warwick) . But I expected it to be a step up . 

My thinking is the more shoots like this I go to the better I'll get 

 

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Well done , I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and yes it is the only way to improve by shooting good clays 

just don’t fall into the big trap of chasing averages hahaha they mean absolutely bugger all 

 

 

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2 hours ago, donna said:

OMG what a ground to do your first registered shoot!  Brave of you but well done.  
We shot there too this morning, only our third trip there, really enjoy it, great targets.  Didn’t perform as I did last Sunday and mid week but still enjoyed it and had a few great stands and some not so great! 

Nice to meet you. I gave you a hand out of the bomb hole (stand 11)

Jasper. 

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Westfield for us today.  As said the weather wasn’t at all bad for this time of year and I didn’t do badly at all although I’d only missed 6 by the time I got to the driven stand and then missed all 4 and 1 of the other clays so missed 5 there!  😤 As Steve was in the vicinity I treated him to many hand gestures.  Only missed one of his sim pair of teal though 😁.  I did well and I hope each little high will build back my confidence.  Got a few straights as well including the 5 sim pairs on stand one which probably gave me a boost.  

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1 hour ago, jasper said:

Nice to meet you. I gave you a hand out of the bomb hole (stand 11)

Jasper. 

Bless you and thank you! Not one of my better stands I’m afraid!

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