WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Given the fact that you are likely to shoot a lot of shells on a simulated game day, it’s probably best to use 21g or 24g cartridges, which are much softer on the shoulder.
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Other mandatory equipment on a sim day is a good pair of shooting glasses and a hat. Although it was clear that BSC had (as do all sim game providers) spent some time minimising the chances of clays landing on the line, it is almost inevitable that fragments might land on or near the shooters and, as such, glasses to protect the eyes and hats to minimise any impact to the head are very necessary.
A walk back up to the vehicles for elevenses makes for a pleasant natural break in proceedings and the nibbles are certainly welcome after what had been a busy couple of drives. With cartridge bags nearly empty, it was time to restock for the remaining couple of drives and spare slabs of shells and our guns are sent down to the Gun line in the BSC vehicle to save carrying them all the way.
The third drive is a lot of fun and there are plenty of smiles among the Guns as we pick up our empties and head for the final drive. They have definitely saved the best for last and the steep bank in front of us sees some real screamers heading over the line at height while the sun on our backs makes for hot work. Everyone is in the shooting and there is plenty of poaching going on accompanied by more than a little friendly banter.
The drive goes on for some time and as the team swaps over it’s apparent that it’s going to be a close-run thing when it comes to having enough cartridges to finish out the drive. With so much to shoot at, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to get stuck in, and as the final whistle blows there are just five shells rattling about in the bottom of my bag meaning that the total for the day has been 745 shots!
Of course, the point of the day is that you can shoot as much or as little as you wish, so some who are newer to the sport or who didn’t want to feel rushed have only fired 250-300 cartridges. However, that still represents excellent value for money when you consider how much you would spend to fire that much on a live quarry day.
With the shooting over, it’s time to head back to the pub for a late lunch and the chance to swap stories as to the heroics or otherwise that took place on the Gun line. One thing is certain: everyone has had a great time.
As far as fun days out with the gun is concerned, there’s little to match a really good simulated day.
Plenty of friendly banter accompanies the well-run day