Clay Shooting February 2021

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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Happy New Year! Few of us will be sorry to see the back of 2020, which will go down in history as a downright miserable year – although as we highlighted last issue, shooting managed not just to survive but to thrive despite all the distancing, lockdowns and tiers. The major international competitions and shows were sorely missed of course, so it’s all the more exciting to launch into 2021 with the prospect of World Cups, the Game Fair, the Tokyo Olympics, World English Sporting and so much more. It’s going to be quite a year! Jasper Fellows takes a look at what we can look forward to, in our lead feature this month, starting on page 12. I’d also draw your attention to our interview with Philippa Stroud, a remarkable…

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back to business at ej churchill

Matt Hance shot a terrific 97 ex-100 to win the first CPSA registered 100 Sporting competition to be held at EJ Churchill following England’s second lockdown. The shoot was held on 4 December, just a couple of days after the lockdown was lifted, England went back to the tier system of Covid-19 controls, and shooting grounds were allowed to reopen. Weather on the day was far from ideal, with wind, rain and cold temperatures – but no one seemed to mind as shooters were grateful to be back out doing what they love. It was a great turnout, with more than 100 competitors booked in across the Sporting and Sportrap competitions. EJ Churchill report that there was great feedback from the Sporting course, with stands 10 and 11 provoking most comment –…

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thimbleby bucks the trend

Thimbleby Shooting Ground in North Yorkshire is bucking the trend of businesses closing and staff redundancies with the appointment of a new member of the team, Grace Nattrass, as shooting ground administrator, taking care of customers, bookings, lessons and more. Grace is described as a country girl at heart who first tried her hand at game shooting at the age of 16. Since leaving university she has worked at Savills as well as in politics, and in her spare time enjoys baking cakes and walking her dogs. Ground manager Philip Thompson says “Visitors to Thimbleby just prior to the second lockdown will have had the pleasure of meeting Grace and will know what an asset she has already become to our team. Whether people are regular customers or are coming for their…

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iwa 2021 cancelled

The big European annual hunting and outdoors show, IWA OutdoorClassics, has been cancelled for another year. The event, held in Nuremberg, Germany, each March, was cancelled in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic spread. At the time it was hoped the 2021 show would go ahead, but now that too has been cancelled. The organisers say this is “to allow all participants to plan with certainty.” They add “Rising infection rates, various quarantine rules and travel restrictions makw it impossible for exhibitors and visitors to make plans.” They say that the next IWA OutdoorClassics will take place in Nuremberg from 3 to 6 March 2022. Petra Wolf, from the show’s management board, says “Over recent weeks we have received a lot of support and understanding from within the sector. The discussions we have…

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news in brief

Former BS chairman wins award Former British Shooting chairman, John Harris, received a ‘Spirit of High Performance’ award at the annual PLx awards ceremony hosted by UK Sport Chair Dame Katherine Grainger and broadcaster Hazel Irvine. John served as chair of British Shooting from 2011 to 2020 during which time the sport won six medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "This has been a team effort. Nobody can do the things that we did at British Shooting without everybody putting their shoulder to the wheel and helping each other. It was a team effort and I can’t take all the credit for this.” GB shooting teams announced British Shooting has announced the GBR Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun team selections for major competitions taking place from January to April 2021. For Shotgun they…

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eye dominance kit

Do you struggle with a ‘wrong’ dominant eye? Evolution Eyewear may have the answer. The Evolution Strike EDK is designed to overcome eye dominance. It does this by having a dark lens in front of the dominant eye, and a clear or yellow lens in front of the eye that looks down the rib. “The shooter can keep both eyes open and there will still be vision through the dark lens – but the non-dominant eye, looking through the clear or yellow lens, should take over,” the company say. The dark lens has a 4.4% visible light transmittance, and only lets through 4.4% of visible light, blocking the remaining 95%. The Strike EDK has a lightweight matt black TR90 frame that is super strong. Lenses are impact resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate that give…