Can you shoot like lord ripon?

This is your chance to pit your­self against the feats of Ed­war­dian shoot­ing leg­end Lord Ripon. With three guns, two load­ers, a cloud of clays and 1,000 guineas up for grabs, how many can you shoot in a minute?

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n his book Record Bags and Shoot­ing Records, first pub­lished in 1922, Sir Hugh Glad­stone re­lates how Lord Ripon as­sured him he had once shot 28 pheas­ants in a minute at San­dring­ham, timed by a friend. This achieve­ment – to­gether with the com­monly re­peated as­ser­tion that the Mar­quis also once had seven birds dead in the air at the same mo­ment – were cited as ev­i­dence to sup­port his lord­ship’s nom­i­na­tion as the finest game shot in Eng­land by Baily’s Mag­a­zine in Septem­ber 1903. While oth­ers, such as Lord Wals­ing­ham, Sir Harry Stonor, HRH Prince of Wales and the two Duleep Singhs all made the top 10 for marks­man­ship, it was gen­er­ally ac­cepted that for a deadly com­bi­na­tion of speed and ac­cu­racy, Lord Ripon was your man.

Jonathan Ruf­fer in The Big Shots re­peats the tales of th­ese two fa­mous feats but also demon­strates his lord­ship’s skill was not merely nat­u­ral tal­ent. He records how Edith Bal­four, when stay­ing at Pan­shanger for the shoot­ing and in search of a book to com­bat sleep­less­ness, found Lord Ripon prac­tis­ing chang­ing guns with his load­ers in the li­brary. Ap­par­ently he was miffed at be­ing spot­ted. Or per­haps at be­ing in­ter­rupted.

Can you beat him?

The ques­tion is whether there is any­one who can match the Mar­quis in the field to­day and win 1,000 guineas into the bar­gain? And to that end the West Lon­don Shoot­ing School (WLSS) has es­tab­lished The Ripon Chal­lenge. WLSS will pro­vide two skilled load­ers. ASI, the im­porter of AYA and Rizzini fine con­ti­nen­tal guns, has con­trib­uted a trio of side-by-side guns for the

“Top per­form­ers will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a grand fi­nal.”

pur­pose, and the sky above the fa­mous Ruislip shoot­ing ground will be filled with clay pheas­ants to present the op­por­tu­nity to match, or in­deed to ex­ceed Lord Ripon’s score.

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