Our second shoot of the year was certainly a huge success for all 60 that attended and enjoyed the extensive layouts at Purbeck Shooting School. Once again entrants travelled from as far afield as Shropshire & Cornwall to compete and enjoy the day put on by the Graham and his team. With several 100 meters of tarmac tracks & roads now constructed, all the layouts are easily accessed by either foot or golf buggy. Plenty of thought and preparation had obviously been employed prior to our shoot, with the FITASC layouts all geared to “new system”. This not only increased the array of targets, but ensured that all squads were kept flowing and on time and of course easily enabled government and CPSA guidelines to be adhered to.
With the calibre of guns that now enjoy our shoots together with the new entrants to the discipline, comments were that the shoot and targets were spot on. Nothing to beat you up or too extreme and certainly no gimmies – but plenty to think about with clever combinations.
Some superb shooting from 6 guns who all achieved scores in excess of 90 topped by Martin Reynolds with an impressive 95 to take high gun. Robert Taylor 93 shot another tremendous score to win ‘A’ class by a single target over last month’s high gun Martin Elworthy 92. Another excellent score was achieved by ‘B’ class winner Paddy Croft 91, pipping Patrick Langdon 90 in the same class again by a single target. ‘C’ class winners shared were Ken Haydock and John Mascall 79. Yet another impressive achievement was the score of Henry Miller 72 who not only won ‘D’ class but improved his ffc by + 24. However the most improved score of the day was that of James Donnelly scoring 66 and improving by + 25. Ensuring that the lower end achievements were equally as impressive as the top shooters.
High gun – 95 Martin Reynolds.
Class A – 93 Robert Taylor, 92 Martin Elworthy, Martin Hill 90.
Class B – 91 Paddy Croft, 90 Patrick Langdon, 84 Chris Boult & Richard Pike.
Class C – 79 Ken Haydock & John Mascall, 79 Britta Beach.
Class D – 72 Henry Miller, 68 Tab Bywater, 66 Peter Gibbons.
Most improved 66 + 25 James Donnelly.
Greenfields draw prize winner Dave Coward
Both James and Dave win £50 vouchers kindly donated by Greenfields
Next month we visit the Nicholls family at Barrow Farm, Witham Friary, BH11 5HD on Thursday 17th June. This is always a popular venue and if you are planning to join us please be sure to book your preferred start and or squad arrangements as soon as you can.
Finally thank you to Graham & Sam Brown and all the staff at Purbeck Shooting School for a superb day. Thanks as always to Greenfields Guns for their generous support and sponsorship. Not forgetting of course Rob Allen for his work regarding the scores and leader board.
Our first shoot of 2021 was most certainly enjoyed by a full entry. The shooting ground at Pilton is fast becoming a place that everyone wants to shoot, proved easily as the entry was filled within 12 hours of the announcement and those who were lucky enough to have shot were certainly not disappointed. The effort and thought that was put in by Robin Heal was plain to see, those who had shot the registered FITASC just 6 days previously were again treated to a vast array of targets that were totally changed from the previous event. As always with events at the shooting ground, the day ran with out a hitch seeing the smooth flow of squads and layout changes as 49 competitors enjoyed the excellent event at Somerset Shooting Ground.
The testing four layouts proved difficult for many however a new name to our shoot – Martin Elworthy, made the trip from Cornwall to win the shoot by 6 targets with an impressive 95. Equally impressive was two ‘B’ class shooters, John Hatchard winning the class on 89 and Alan Bullock on 88, John also improving his classification by 18. Class ‘C’ was handsomely won on 76 by David Moss. Class ‘D’ created a battle between three with the honours shared on 59 between Kari Dobbs & Paul Nesbit-Bell.
High Gun – 95 Martin Elworthy.
Class A – 88 Martin Reynolds, 87 John Pool, 86 Sam Sawyer.
Class B – 89 John Hatchard, 88 Alan Bullock, 86 Dan Brain.
Class C – 76 David Moss, 70 Rob Aldous, 67 Chris Turvey.
Class D – 59 Kari Dobbs & Paul Nesbit-Bell, 57 Ryan White.
Most improved gun + 18 John Hatchard.
Draw prize winner James Cuff
Both John & James win £50 vouchers kindly donated by Greenfields.
Next month we move to Purbeck Shooting School for our next round of FITASC, where Graham and Sam Brown have certainly made the most of lockdown. Following some major investment the ground has been revamped with areas expanded and new layouts constructed. Please note that the day has changed for this shoot only, being that it will be held on Wednesday 19th May. If you would like to join please book with me in the usual way – entry is now open.
Finally a huge thank you to Robin and Liana at Somerset Shooting Ground for a fantastic start to our season. Thanks also to all who took part in our first shoot of 2021 and not forgetting of course our sponsors Greenfields Guns at Salisbury for there very generous support and not forgetting Rob Allen for his work on the scores and leaderboard.
In their wisdom Wiltshire Council have decided to pedestrianise Salisbury despite protests from many local businesses. While we continue to make our voices heard please see below directions in order to get to us from the ring round. Pay and display parking is still available outside the shop on Milford street. Thank you for your continued custom.
FITASC at Ham Cross is always something to look forward to and all who shot this month’s
shoot were certainly spoilt with four fantastic layouts and hospitality. With the emphasis on
government & CPSA guidance our shoot was divided into 2 groups. The morning shooters
met for breakfast at the lodge and then went to the shooting ground to enjoy their 100
FITASC targets. The afternoon shooters arrived at the lodge for lunch followed by their
shooting in the afternoon.
As the scores show this was not a shoot for the faint hearted with many of the ‘A’ class
shooters scoring below their classification. In fact this was premier league shooting with
distance, speed and height the order of the day. I spoke with Will during the shoot and asked
him what drives him to produce such an exceptional array of targets. His answer was simple –
“Use the ground and areas available, then set the layouts and targets as something that I
would enjoy shooting at myself”.
Once again Josh Brown achieved high gun with a superb 87. Equally impressive was joint
winners of ‘A’ class Colin Hanson & Dave Clifford on 86. Steve Hewlett pipped ‘B’ class on
80, meanwhile Britta Beach scored an excellent 70 to win ‘C class. Ed Hiscock after a long
absence from our shoot scored an impressive 60 to not only win ‘D class but achieved most
improved shot with +19.
High Gun – Josh Brown 87.
Class A – Colin Hanson & Dave Clifford 86. Jeff Waters & Mike Hillyer 84.
Class B – Steve Hewlett 80. Chris Dare & Richard Pike 79.
Class C – Britta Beach 70. Mark Bradshaw 69, David Moss 65.
Class D – Ed Hiscock 60, Max Hiscock 58, Josh Hiscock 55.
Most improved Ed Hiscock 60 + 19. Greenfields draw prize winner for all who entered is
Mark Bradshaw. Both Ed & Mark win vouchers and cartridges respectively which can be
redeemed at the shop with proof of identity please.
Next month we travel to Roundwood Shooting Ground which will be on Wednesday 21st
October. Please note that this will be a very limited shoot with only 18 shooting in the
morning and 18 shooting in the afternoon. This shoot will be therefore booked on a first come
first serve basis, please bring your own refreshments for this event.
Finally many thanks to Will & Fran with their team at Ham Cross for an unforgettable day.
Thankyou to Greenfield Guns for their generous support and sponsorship and to Rob Alan for
his work and assistance with the results & leader board.