Clay Shooting


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There are many rea­sons to love clay shoot­ing, and one of them is the op­por­tu­nity to travel. You can shoot all your life in the field be­hind your lo­cal pub, but if you pre­fer you can hop in the car and head off to the other end of the coun­try to take part in a com­pe­ti­tion. If you’re feel­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous, you can travel half-way round the globe, whether to shoot a big event or just for a change of tar­gets and scenery – the world is your oys­ter.

This month’s mag­a­zine re­flects that, as we re­port from the World English Sport­ing in Chicago and the World Cup in Fin­land, while Mitchell Brook­er­smith muses on what he learned at the Ju­nior World Cup in Ger­many, and Ben Cartwright jets off to the States for the trip of a life­time to cel­e­brate his son’s mile­stone birth­day. Of course as a ded­i­cated clay shooter, he has tracked down pos­si­bly the finest Sport­ing ground in the world, fre­quented by Hol­ly­wood stars and CEOS of huge cor­po­ra­tions – he gets all the tough as­sign­ments, that one!

Closer to home, Mur­ray Thom­son re­ports from the Scot­tish Open Sport­ing, which draws com­peti­tors from all over Scot­land as well as tempt­ing a few big names across the bor­der from Eng­land. Jasper Fel­lows has been to check out Mickley Hall in Cheshire to learn how fa­ther and son John and Scott Bar­nett and their team have trans­formed a for­mer pig farm into a stun­ning ground and shoot­ing school with its own shop. DTL and Skeet shoot­ers aren’t for­got­ten. We’ve a re­port from the Perazzi DTL week­end, as well as the lat­est up­date from our reg­u­lar colum­nist and out­stand­ing young lady DTL shooter Leah Southall, who’s been adding to her tro­phy col­lec­tion once again! This month’s car­tridge test looks at two highly re­garded Skeet shells from Fiocchi, the TT Two and the Of­fi­cial Com­pe­ti­tion – plus Char­lie Bull of Just Car­tridges gives us his pick of the Skeet ammo on of­fer, both for the English game and for NSSA, with ad­vice on smaller cal­i­bres too.

There’s plenty of kit to feast your eyes on in this is­sue as well. Top of my list has to be the sim­ply stun­ning new Purdey Sport­ing Clays over-and-un­der fea­tured on page 32 – it’s an ab­so­lute beauty! Whether it’s a Purdey or some­thing more mod­est, we’ve got ad­vice on keep­ing your gun se­cure and le­gal while you’re trav­el­ling. I’ve been test­ing the re­mark­able new elec­tronic plugs from Mer­cury, and in re­sponse to pop­u­lar de­mand I’ve also re­vealed my per­sonal favourite clay guns in this month’s Buy­ers’ Guide.

All in all, there’s plenty to keep you in­formed and en­ter­tained this is­sue. As al­ways, do let us know what you’d like to see in fu­ture is­sues of this mag­a­zine.

James March­ing­ton, Ed­i­tor

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