A SHOW OF IM­POR­TANCE

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I’ve been go­ing to shoot­ing shows of one kind or an­other for 40 years, but I can’t re­call a more im­por­tant one than this year’s Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show, held re­cently at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. It was im­por­tant to all shoot­ers be­cause it was an un­der­lined state­ment which con­firmed the shoot­ing sports as a valid and le­git­i­mate part of our coun­try’s iden­tity.

There, at the NEC, where our na­tion’s love of cars, dogs, photography, fash­ion, crafts, sci-fi, hol­i­days, and just about every­thing else that sus­tains our so­ci­ety, can now be added the shoot­ing sports. Yes, we now of­fi­cially mat­ter enough to war­rant a ma­jor show at this coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious ex­hi­bi­tion venue, and that my friends, is a huge state­ment on our be­half. If we can main­tain this ex­hi­bi­tion, this pub­lic demon­stra­tion of our im­por­tance and le­git­i­macy, it will sig­nif­i­cantly strengthen and pro­mote our won­der­ful pas­time.

Only time, and an un­be­liev­able amount of hard work from the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show’s or­gan­isors, teamed with the full sup­port of the shoot­ing in­dus­try and you, its cus­tomers, will de­cide where the show goes from here, but a fan­tas­tic start has been made and I sin­cerely hope it goes from strength to strength. Well done to ev­ery­one who made this event such a pos­i­tive dec­la­ra­tion of our im­por­tance.

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