Clay Shooting May 2019

Every 4-weeks you will find reviews and reports on the clay shooting scene, as well as technical information of interest to competitors and casual shooters of all levels.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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“It’s an exciting time of year, with so much to look forward to” At last, the competition season is well and truly underway – and the weather is looking up as well, although high winds gave problems for many over the weekend of the English Open Compak Championship. It’s an exciting time of year, with so much to look forward to over the coming months – not least our very own Clay Shooting Classic Sporting at Garlands at the end of May and beginning of June, with Fitasc and Sportrap competitions, as well as the main Sporting event. With more sponsors on board, the prize fund keeps on growing. Turn to page 24 for the latest updates. Places are filling fast, and you don’t need to pay up front, so do…

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new gear at iwa trade show

The UK gun trade was out in force at the 46th annual IWA Outdoor Classics exhibition in Germany from 8 to 11 March. It’s the leading European trade show for hunting, shooting and outdoor equipment. This year’s event attracted around 46,000 visitors to see the 1,622 exhibitors from 60 countries. Among them was Eley Hawk, who were showing their new biodegradable cup wad, launched at the recent British Shooting Show. The wad has exciting potential to provide plastic wad-like performance but without the environmental concerns of leaving plastic in the countryside. It is entirely made of soluble organic ingredients that dissolve in water within 24 hours - or less if the water is moving - effectively adding compost and nutrients to the soil, and leaving no trace in the environment after…

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richard faulds is english open compak champion

Bitterly cold wind, sleet and even a spot of snow greeted the shooters on the morning of 10 March at Orston Shooting Ground, reports Jasper Fellows. Conditions did little to put off the country’s top Compak shooters, though, with Steve Clark posting a fantastic 96 ex-100 during the first round of shooting. The early afternoon provided the best weather, as well as some of the top scores. James Bradley-Day found himself comfortably at the top of the Junior table with 94 while his friend and occasional rival Richard Faulds joined Steve Clark on 96. The scores by the end of the day stood testament to the quality of the competition, with draws in nearly every category. As the Orston staff started to arrange shoot-offs it soon transpired that many of the top…

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new cartridge sponsor for northern shooting show

NSI Cartridges are sponsoring the clay line at the 2019 Northern Shooting Show, on 11-12 May near Harrogate. The cartridges will be used for competitions and the manufacturers’ shotgun demonstration line. Mark Swift of Ruag Ammotec, NSI’s new UK distributor, said “With hundreds of shooters on the NSS clay line it’s the perfect opportunity to relaunch the NSI cartridges. Visitors be able to use them with the wide range of shotguns and can also experience them in a competition setting and see why they’re the choice of many champions.” See page 30 for our preview of the 2019 Northern Shooting Show, and details of how to book.…

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news in brief

Talent scouts to test shooters’ mettle at East Yorkshire British Shooting is holding a talent identification day at East Yorkshire Clay Shooting Ground on Saturday 13 April. They’re looking for people who are passionate about shooting and would like to develop their skills. The day starts with a briefing at 10am, and shooting will end about 4pm. The day will cost £30 for clays, and you should bring your own gun, cartridges and equipment. For details and an application form visit Strong showing from Armstrong yields DTL victory The Northern Ireland DTL silverware is flying out thick and fast, writes Allen Ervine. Terrible conditions, with strong winds and heavy rain, greeted the 30 shooters on Saturday 2 March at Banbridge Gun Club for the Ballyvea Cup - yet scores were impressive. Keith…

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matt hance wins watchfinder royal flush

Matt Hance won the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Watchfinder Royal Flush competition with a score of 86 ex-100, with Chris Childerhouse and Andrew Clifton runners-up on 84. Coinciding with the arrival of Storm Gareth, competitors had to contend with strong, blustery winds which made for an even more challenging competition than usual. Matt, from nearby Wantage in Oxfordshire, commented “I am absolutely thrilled to win. I have shot game since I was six and have done a lot of clay shooting over the years. I started shooting at the Royal Berkshire over 30 years ago and have enjoyed shooting a multitude of competitions at the grounds over the years. I must say that of all of these events, I feel that the Watchfinder Royal Flush is the most enjoyable, varied, all…