Sporting Shooter - - Sim Game // With Don Brunt -

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.

‘The lads have struck gold with their venue, with stun­ning vis­tas and the per­fect ter­rain for pre­sent­ing driven clays’

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

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