History is made

At Kippen Gun Club on Saturday, history was made!!! Four, yes four lady shooters took part in the 100 OS competition – and even more remarkable, one of them was the South Area Champion and equalled the High Gun score. Nickie Keene had a great day out, shooting 86 – a personal best by 13 – targets over the hundred and a new PB over 75 with 65 scored. Fantastic. Sian Bruce the 14 year old superstar shot 85 and thus equalled 2nd place – another great result.
Furthermore, to add to all of the amazing events, 22 guns shot the competition. Eventual winner – at around 7pm in the evening was Trevor Jeffrey after a shoot off with Toddy – also on 86.
What a great day for Olympic Skeet – long may it continue.
There was an ABT shoot on at the same time at Kippen, with what looked to be a good turnout. I don’t know all the stories, but Cameron Hay has decided he will shoot ABT this year – he’s busy building a new house – and stuck in a pretty good score of 98! I thought that this may be the highest in Scotland this year but Hugh Pinkerton had shot this at the ABT at Loch Ness earlier in the year. Well done to them both.

Off to East Yorkshire later this week for the 2nd GB OS Selection.

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Suhl Shoot.

If you go to the European Shooting Confederation page – what do you mean you’ve never heard of it – you’ll see results from a dedicated junior competition in Suhl for all three Olympic disciplines. Luke Garner won the Double Trap with 137 and 42 in the final. Excellent! Britain also got a bronze in the team in DT so again, a great effort. Claire Weston shot 60 in the trap – 66 made the final so a high standard, Sally Bond shot 56 in the skeet, narrowly missing out on the final which required 58 to get in. All good experience though. Brett Winstanley made the final of the trap with 118 and 19 in the final – on looking it seems that the scores are wrong – so don’t know what happened there!!!!!! Jozef Skura shot 115 and William Marshall 104 thus making them 7th in the team competition.
Guy Franklin was the highest of the skeet shooters with 112 – 114 made the final – Rory Warlow shot 110 and Leslie Johnstone 107 – thus making 6th in the teams. Standards at these shoots are high of course with 141 winning the skeet.
Lets all hope this proves a productive trip for all involved.


Land Rover help required

I have a 1968 series 2a landrover with no MOT. I think it needs quite a bit of work which I am very happy to have done. Any suggestions who might do this in the Central belt of Scotland? Drop me an e mail or phone me.

Ups and downs

It’s an age since I’ve written – one of the main excuses being that I’ve had that most ghastly thing – MAN FLU!!!! Men will know it’s much worse for us!!!

How and ever I’ve still been about.
Southern Counties hosted the first GB OS Selection shoot last weekend. John McCarthy shot brilliantly in none too fine conditions to come out the clear winner on 122+22. There was a big gap between him and the next shooter – Richard Brickell.

Good news for Scotland is that Alison Nicol shot very well in the qualification and the final and is now number 2 GB lady. Further is that Sian Bruce, 14 years old, at her first big shoot, made the final!!!! Sian said she was “tickled pink” and particularly enjoyed the pretty colours when she hit the flash targets. A big future for this young lady lies ahead.

Roger Searle won class C with and equal PB which bodes well for the rest of the season and Charles Davidmann came in a good third in the same class. Just shows you!!! One competitor in his 60’s and one only 15. It’s a great game.

Drew Christie and Sian shot at Kippen last week – both posting personal bests. Drew came in with a good 94 – not that he was happy – and Sian shot a 79. Cameron Murray who at the moment shoots a PB every time he competes came in with a 77. All good for Scottish shooting.

I’m off down the road to the Brittannia GP to day so more next week.


A grand Grand Prix!!

Off to sunny Cyprus on 9th of March for the Victory Grand Prix. This is a big event with over 400 guns in the three Olympic disciplines. Scotland had shooters in Double Trap, Olympic Trap (men and women) and Olympic Skeet (juniors, men and women)so a good turn out. The reasoning behind this attendance was to get shooters introduced to large multi discipline events having to pace themselves over long days of competition.
The good news stories are that Shona Marshall from Alford won the ladies trap competition with a magnificent performance in the final leaving her three targets ahead of her nearest rival. Well done to Shona. In the men’s trap, Andrew Addison came in a very creditable 15th at his first big shoot with a score of 116. Bearing in mind 119 made the final this was another great performance.
In the junior men’s skeet Ben Wilson from Islay came in as the third placed British junior, which for a young lad of just 17 was a fine display.
All of those who attended regarded it as a great learning experience and a very worthwhile event.
Photos will follow when Peter Scott Aiton, a very new OS shooter who shot a personal best at this event, gets his camers disc into my sweaty hands. My little camera seemes to have packed in although it may be my useless skills in handling it!!!
Did I mention, I love this job????

Of banks and backgrounds!

Well, the banking at Lonato sure is big!!!! You can see the size of it in this photo quite reasonably. The interesting thing is that I am told – whether it be true or not – that the banking for the Olympics in London will have to be bigger!!! Help!!! Where is all the stuff going to come from – and then go to when the event is over? Maybe that’s the legacy – a huge pile of slurry spreading over Greenwich. Oh won’t they love the shooters after that?

Again it was sunny, but the old Scots coach took no chances and kept a minimum of 4 layers on at all times – even when having a shot and complaining constantly about how sore his shoulder was!!! That may be the excuse for the high (ish) gun position! Still you cannot hide class. Talking of which Joe Neville turned up with Caroline and had a couple off station 8 with a borrowed right handed gun. Hit them both needless to say – even with the sun in his eyes!!!
Lonato is a big ground but nothing that we couldn’t do in this country given the will.

Here’s a couple of photos to amuse yourselves whilst you are programming for future competitions.

Taking stock – Italian style

After Conselice, we scooted off up the road to Desenzano as one of the party was a man with a mission – namely to get a new stock for his gun at Essevierre’s factory in Val Trompia, near Brescia. It is a revelation to see the stockmakers at work. They can look a bit brutal but you have to bear in mind that generations of experience is all in there and the finished product is a joy to behold. Very impressive and not expensive.

I took this photo at Conselice of another stock. It’s still a bit unusual to see the thumbhole style on a shotgun but maybe the trend will acquire some backing in the future.
Whether it’s an Essevierre model or not I couldn’t discern as our Italian was molto bad. Apparently there is another stock maker on the ground at Montecatini so that’s something to check out on the next trip. I would say that it’s a pity that you cannot have a shot at Essevierre’s factory – but hey life’s rarely perfect

The Italian Job

Yes, yes, it’s a long time since I’ve written, but, being a world traveller, I’ve been away – again. This time to sunny Italy. And it was sunny all week. Perfect for some serious training.
We flew from Edinburgh to Milan Malpensa, collected the hire car – paid for in Swiss Francs (don’t ask) and then drove to Conselice, Marcello Dradi’s ground. There’s a little hotel and restaurant right on the ground – almost – which makes for the perfect shooting holiday. Good food, good shooting. Altogether good. We did a ton of training on the skeet ranges. Rounds were 6 euros and cartridges – RC2 – sold at 42 euros for 250, which isn’t bad. Peter, top left, had no bother getting through his morning’s quota!!!!!

Conselice is pretty and has a supermarket for buying bits and bobs but the food in the restaurant is good and the ground has catering on a Saturday and Sunday. This photo is of the clocktower in the town.


A couple of photos of the mad psycho at work!!! Actually Katie Sinnott, sports psychologist extraordinaire. Katie has worked with the STSF Skeet squad in the past but this was more of an “open day” at Kippen to get others in on the act. She concentrated, as openers, on pre shot routine and thought stopping. We are hoping to build up training groups who realise the value of having Katie working with them. You’ll see, if you look closely, some of the group putting a lot into this. Well done to everybody who attended on a Sunday morning.
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I love this job!!!

I’ve had fun this week. Kate – right – was out for her first lesson, although she had shot before. Her lovely little Belgian Browning made the tower targets look easy.
This is the gun. A little beauty. 20 bore, over and under A1 Browning. Double trigger which is always interesting. Coupled with a 24 gram cartridge, comfortable yet very effective.

Nickie, smiling, makes any coach’s day. This lady was red hot at the OS training day at Kippen on Saturday. Well might she smile. Even a grumpy old shooting coach could be seen to have the merest movement at the corners of his usually downturned mouth.
Well done Nix!!!!