Clay Shooting November 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

2 min

What do you do when the competition season comes to a close, the nights draw in, and being outside requires something more than a T-shirt and shorts? Many of our readers, myself included, swap skeet vests for tweed or camo and head off into the field after game. Some take a break from shooting altogether and immerse themselves in another activity, to return refreshed in the spring. Our regular columnist Mike Bartlett, for instance, always heads off on a carp fishing break at this time of year, while others play rugby or go travelling. Many readers are die-hard claybusters, tracking down the grounds and competitions that keep going throughout the year – in which case you’ll appreciate our feature this month on recommended jackets and mid-layers to keep you warm and dry…

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british shooting grand final

The cream of Britain’s international Skeet and Trap shooters battled it out over a wet and windy two days at Fauxdegla shooting ground in Wales for the honours at the British Shooting Grand Final 2019. The competitors had fought their way through a series of qualifying events to reach the final, with a slew of medals to be won. After two days and 125 targets, the top shooters in each category went into a shoot-off to decide the medal positions. In seniors, Olympic Trap gold went to Matt Coward-Holley in mens, and Kirsty Hegarty in ladies. In the Olympic Skeet, the top honour in men was won by Dominic Cooper, and Amber Hill took the ladies gold. Clay Shooting columnist Mitchell Brooker-Smith finished first in Olympic Skeet junior men, commenting “We fought…

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world sporting disqualification

Speculation and rumour were rife on social media after Ben Husthwaite’s name was removed from the official results for the World English Sporting Championship, held at Northbrook Sports Club near Chicago. Ben’s score was recorded on the day as 199, one behind Richard Faulds who took third place. Cory Kruse won the championship with 202, with Joseph Fanizzi in second place on 201. Then, in mid-September, Northbrook announced it had disqualified “one of the shooters” from the championship and rerun the results – which duly appeared with Husthwaite’s name missing, placing Martin Myers top of M Class with 197. The NSCA, the US governing body that was responsible for the championship, announced that they had investigated, and that they had reached a decision whether “any additional disciplinary action should be taken,” but they…

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heading wins olympic quota place

Aaron Heading secured a Tokyo 2020 Quota Place for Team GB by winning Olympic Trap silver at the European Championships in Lonato on Saturday 7 September. It was one of just two chances the 32-year-old shooter from Lincolnshire had left to secure a place, and he held his nerve magnificently against some of Europe’s best shooters. His final score of 44 was enough to see off Italy’s Mauro De Filippis, who had to settle for bronze in the end. It was Croatia’s Jiri Liptak who eventually came out on top of the pack with a score of 46 and secured the gold. Aaron was absolutely delighted with the result. He said “I’m absolutely over the moon to win a quota place for my country. I’ve been so close, but to finally do it…

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sportarm’s new gun shop at west london

Sportarm have taken over the gun shop at the West London Shooting School. The former West London Gun Room closed on 7 September, and Sportarm began refurbishment, aiming to open the shop with a fresh new look in early October and provide the best possible service to customers of both companies. WLSS director Roddy Richmond Watson said “We would like to thank our valued customers that have used the shop over the years and are delighted that Sportarm will take over.” Established over 30 years ago, Sportarm was named ‘Best UK Gun Room’ on six occasions at the Shooting Industry Awards, and pride themselves on their knowledge and experience, with excellent sales and service. “Sportarm will always go the extra mile to ensure all customers are completely satisfied, and this explains…

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new shooting school in essex

Victoria and Brian King have opened a new shooting school, Essex and Herts Shooting School, located in Takley, ten minutes from junction 8 on the M11. The school caters for all shooters, game and clay. All coaches are fully qualified with APSI or CPSA under head coach Roger Hill, a fellow of the APSI and a CPSA senior coach, staff tutor and assessor. The school offers one-to-one lessons, day classes for groups of four to six, half-day clay-to-game courses, corporate events, have-a-go sessions, stag and hen parties and children’s events. Find out more at, email or call Victoria or Brian on 07889 597588.…