Adren­a­line rush

Shooting Gazette - - Letters -

Shoot­ing Gazette is also a proud spon­sor of this ex­cit­ing chal­lenge and a donation from each en­try will be made to the Gun­mak­ers’ Com­pany Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which spon­sors ap­pren­tice­ships within the Bri­tish gun­mak­ing trade.

Due to the com­plex­ity of the whole un­der­tak­ing, com­peti­tors need to ar­rive in teams of three, each of whom will have the chance of two drives, and the cost of en­try for the whole team is £270. Top per­form­ers will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a grand fi­nal some time next year.

This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of the ac­tion from the hey­day of Ed­war­dian game shoot­ing and to pit your­self against one of the ti­tans of our sport with three guns, two load­ers and clouds of pheas­ants.

It is not an op­por­tu­nity that should be missed. Shoot­ing Gazette ed­i­tor Will Hether­ing­ton said: “I shot the Ripon Chal­lenge on a sunny day in early au­tumn, along with ed­i­tor-at­large Robin Scott, and with West Lon­don’s Chris Douneen help­ing with the load­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing. We chose to do the load­ing our­selves to get the full ex­pe­ri­ence, but you don’t have to. I’m glad we did be­cause it re­ally makes you feel part of the chal­lenge, and gives you an idea of the con­cen­tra­tion and dis­ci­pline which must have been re­quired of Lord Ripon’s sup­port team. It’s hard to imag­ine he was sym­pa­thetic to any de­lays or er­rors in han­dling. I think Robin and I man­aged to get the hang of it pretty quickly and we were still talk­ing to each other when we drove home so we must have done OK!

“When it came to the ac­tual shoot­ing, the heart rate rises

Can you em­u­late Lord Ripon in this unique chal­lenge at West Lon­don Shoot­ing School?

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