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Clay Shooting

Clay Shooting

May 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
your experts

Richard Atkins Clay Shooting’s resident technical expert, Richard has decades of experience reviewing guns, cartridges and accessories. He’s well equipped to solve problems on everything from shot sizes to stock dimensions. Ed Lyons Director of Flint & Partners, Ed’s optometry work has helped top-level athletes reach their goals on domestic and international level. Countless shooters rely on him to keep their vision in top shape. Stuart Farr A lawyer specialising in the shooting sports, Stuart has extensive experience in all things legal – from solving civil disputes relating to firearms ownership, to helping a governing body draft its code of ethics. Becky McKenzie One of our top lady Sporting shots and a former English Open Compak Ladies Champion, Becky is a clay shooting coach. She writes about guns, kit and technique for Sporting clays.…

11 min
line and lead

Last month, in lesson two, we looked at mapping out the shot: planning where to hold the gun, where you plan to break the target, plus a lot more. In this month’s article we are going to look at the three most common techniques used to get from hold point to break point. In addition to this, we are going to learn about the importance of finding the ‘line’ of a target, through a drill I call ‘Boxing Targets’. Before we dive in, it is important to recognise that there are several factors which dictate how and when you might choose a particular method. Perhaps most influential is personal preference. I will shoot the pull-away method on around 80% of targets, yet there are other champions out there who prefer either…

4 min
brilliant bywell

Forty years ago, Bywell Shooting Ground was little more than a few traps in the corner of one of Allan Henry’s fields. Today it stands as one of the UK’s greatest competition grounds and offers a vast array of targets and disciplines alongside a truly remarkable, fully modernised gun room and country store. With so much on offer, the best place for any experienced shooter to start is with a practice session. “We want all of our customers to have the best possible experience, even if they are just coming in for a casual session,” says Allan. “To ensure that they do, we have staff caddying each discipline. The staff member can score and button for each shooter, so they can relax and enjoy their shooting. Of course, the staff also ensure…

3 min
getting back to training

After many long weeks of staying at home and doing my school work and connecting with my teachers completely behind a screen, I was finally given the green light by British Shooting to go and do some training. As I mentioned before I consider myself to be a creature of habit. Before the world had heard of Covid-19 I would happily train through a weekly routine and take comfort in that structure as I knew that it was a key part of what brought out the results in competitions. I was extremely excited to finally be able to get back to my favourite outdoor activity. For the first time since I can recall, my grandparents did not join my mother and I as we set off for the NCSC Bisley. They felt…

2 min
get set, go!

By the time you read this shooting grounds should be open again, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that outdoor sporting venues could open on 29 March. I have many competitions planned, including the DTL and ABT England selection shoots and the GB UT selection shoots. I am even planning on shooting the UT World Championships in Malaga in August, among many others. We’re still in lockdown as I write this, however, and it is difficult to write an article when there has been no shooting, but I will try my best to make this a good read. Lockdown has affected everyone in a multitude of ways, and shooters will be delighted to be back out shooting. I am sure many of us will be out just as soon as possible –…

9 min
unravelling the mind’s eye

If seeing is believing why do we sometimes miss a clay that we’re sure was in the bag? Why does the gun appear to breed two sets of barrels when we’re staring at the target? Why is it that some of us can shoot perfectly well with both eyes open yet others complain about having to close an eye? These are the sort of questions that troubled CPSA Coach and Bisley Shooting Ground General Manager Richie Vallance for decades. Years spent teaching on Army shooting ranges, and then grounds such as Bisley, introduced him to shots who, despite their best efforts, were clearly struggling but didn’t fully understand why. It also gave him the opportunity to meet athletes who possessed a natural ability so strong that few targets troubled them. So began…