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Browning Ultra XS Pro WHY This gun’s a technical triumph




Why Alfie Tibbles has the world at his feet  British Schools & Young Shots report  How to get newcomers into clay shooting 


Sporting, Olympic Skeet, Helice, All Round & more

JULY 2018


Can you go Olympic? How to mix the domestic and international disciplines




bank holiday coinciding with three consecutive days of good weather is surely a once-in-a-lifetime occasion in good old Britain – but that’s what we got in the early May break. What did that mean? Three glorious days of uninterrupted shooting, of course. Does it get any

better than that? Not that we in the Clay Shooting team were allowed out for long – as soon as the working week resumed it was back into the office to get putting this issue together. We’ve themed this edition around newcomers – be they youngsters or full-grown adults giving clay shooting a first try. From interviewing Alfie Tibbles – the overall winner of the British Schools & Young Shots Championship – to searching high and low for the best cartridges that won’t break the bank, to profiling the various schemes to get more people involved, it’s all about increasing the size of the clay shooting community. Everyone got into the spirit – even the messages we got from readers via post, email and social media were on the subject. So it’s time to ask yourself: What are you doing to get people involved? Are you actively promoting your sport, or hiding it away in fear of reprisal from antishooters? Don’t be deceived – there aren’t actually a lot of anti-shooters out there. But there are plenty of non-shooters – average people, often from urban areas, who haven’t given shooting any serious thought. You probably know a lot of them. They’re in your family or you sit opposite them at work. It’s time to get them involved. Next time you’re going shooting, take one of them with you – they may just be bitten by the bug. And even if they’re not, or it’s not practical to take someone with you, just having those conversations with as many people as possible will increase the profile of shooting in the public consciousness. Seeing the rise of youngsters like Alfie Tibbles is inspiring, but not every promising new shooter has to be a 14-year-old. Clay shooting is a sport for everyone, no matter what their age or background.

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July 2018


contents Features 20 British Schools and Young Shots

The UK’s premier competition for young shooters returns in style

25 Open to a challenge

Don Brunt reports on the dramatic English Open Sporting at AGL

30 Olympic Skeet Championships

Lee Bowditch was on the ground as shooters smoked clays at South Wales 2000

36 Credit all round

Tucson, Arizona, was the venue for the drama of the World All Round and US Open

39 Trials and Tibble-ations Clay Shooting interviews shooting prodigy Alfie Tibbles about his BSYS triumph

46 Getting things straight

Ben Husthwaite gives a shot-by-shot account of his Essex Masters 100-straight

53 Fresh from Italy

Richard Atkins sends two types of NSI cartridge off to the proof house

58 First Steps

Clay Shooting’s guide for absolute beginners and those who want to help them

62 Spit and Polish

Well polish, anyway! Kristian Reilly shares the secrets of how a pro finishes a stock

64 Birth of the sport

Vic Harker relates the early history of clay pigeon shooting across the globe

68 Proven Pro

The Browning B525 Ultra XS Pro is subjected to Vic Harker’s rigorous critique

72 Loads of value

We bring you the definitive round-up of shotgun cartridges, from budget up

74 NORTHERN SHOOTING SHOW Did this show have the best clay line ever?

Regulars 9............................ SNAPSHOTS 13.................................Letters 14......................................WIN! 34........................Ulster News 50........................... Club Call 76................FIXTURES/RESULTS 90..........................LAST STAND 6

Alfie Tibbles by Joe Branston

NEWS News in brief Shoot with the stars at Royal Berkshire British shooting have announced a starstudded line up of GB athletes, including Amber Hill, Steve Scott and Allan Richie who will be at their fundraising event, ‘Shoot with the Stars’, on Monday 25 June

The blasting Heath

2018, at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School. Attendees will hear athletes’ stories from the Commonwealth games in

Shooters representing Anglesey, Dyfed, Clwyd,

Competition was fierce, with straights posted

Powys, West Glamorgan and Gwent gathered

by Clwyd’s Heath Gizzi, Powys’s Rob Harding,

at Mid Wales Shooting Centre on 22 April for

John Thomas and Steve Pullin from Gwent, and

to bid for a host of auction prizes.

the 2018 County Skeet final. Powys had the

West Glamorgan’s Paul Mead and Dave Clarke.

If you would like to enter a team of four

home advantage, but Dyfed were looking to

It was a tough match between the ladies of

their own words, and be given the chance

or wish to discuss sponsoring the event,

retain their title. The day started and ended in

Clwyd and Dyfed, with Louisa Mayer, Debbie

please contact Gorgs Geikie on

bright sunshine, but rain became a factor in

Davies, Deena Irving, and Carol Francis posting or

between, and everyone had to don their wet

24, 22, 22 and 25 respectively.

07900 654627 or Georgie Roberts on

The juniors of Dyfed were also holding

weather gear for a round or two.

Inter County Skeet Final WINNING TEAM 735







West Glamorgan



184 181

Anglesey’s Ferdi Norlander who was on 21. In the Super Vets, Anglesey’s Dave Tavernor and Steve Green posted 24s, one behind Dyfed’s Meredith Owen on 25. Gwent’s Alan Parkin and Rob Hodson shot 22 apiece. West Glamorgan’s Meric Rees scored 23, while his The county team positions were close-run. All teams were posting consistently high scores. Gareth Irving and Meredith Owen

Super Vets Gwent


West Glamorgan




from the Dyfed team were joined on 97 by Anglesey’s Dave Tavernor and Powys’s Rob Harding. Clwyd’s Heath Gizzi needed a straight to break the deadlock, but instead a final round of 24 saw him join the others in a shoot-off.

Ladies 192 186

Juniors Dyfed

07517 490252.

teammate Dai Rees was on 20.

Anglesey A


Evans was on 17. Young Colt Brady Richards or

posted 18 in his first County Skeet final, trailing



their own. Ben Stephens shot 25 and Rhys


After the shoot-off it was Heath who became

Paul Lovick wins Sporting Targets Fitasc Series Sporting Targets of Riseley, Bedfordshire, once again held a Fitasc series from January to April this year with support from Promatic, CCI & Hull Cartridge. It was a close-run competition, ending with

the 2018 Senior High Gun, while Dave Tavernor

Paul Lovick repeating his 2016 victory and

was Veteran High Gun. Thanks to Heath’s

winning a Promatic Automatic Clay Trap.

efforts, the Clwyd team won by one target and became the 2018 Inter County Champions.

Each of the four shoots comprised 100 Fitasc targets, with competitors needing to shoot at least two to be in the running for

high gun County HG

Heath Gizzi – Clwyd


Captains Cup

Dave Tavernor – Anglesey


Ladies HG

Carol Francis – Dyfed


Veteran HG

Dave Tavernor – Anglesey


Super Vet HG

Alan Parkin – Gwent


Junior HG

Ben Stevens -– Dyfed


Colt HG

Ferdy Norlander – Anglesey


the overall High Gun and class prizes at the end of the series. Prize money and Hull Pro One cartridges were awarded in each class, pushing the total prize fund over £6,800. Sporting Targets also hosted the British Schools & Young Shots Championship in April – read all about on page 20.

July 2018


NEWS Photo credit: ISSF/Nicolo Zangirolami

Amber medal Amber Hill continues her success in the ISSF World Cup Women’s Skeet, this time taking the silver in the second stage of the year-long series, which took place in Changwon, South Korea, on 27-28 April. In the new 60-target final format, Hill broke 55 targets, one fewer than the previous world record. Meanwhile the holder of that record, US shooter and six-times Olympic medal winner Kimberley Rhode, moved the goalposts for everyone, shooting 58 to set a new record and take her second gold of the series. Bronze went to another US gun, Amber English. The next ISSF World Cup shotgun event, the third of four, is scheduled for 5-15 June in Siggiewi, Malta.

Tom Oldham on top at Northern Sporting weekend

After weeks of refinement, an exciting

Chris Daniels coming out on top. This left

13 stands of the main course had mainly

us with a Super shoot-off final between

technical, medium-range targets, including

Tom Oldham and Chris Daniels for the

battues, midis, rabbits and standards –

Browning Pro Sport.

some in luminous colours. After a full The Northern Sporting Weekend graced Bywell Shooting Ground on a beautiful

stand was enough to sort them out, with

100 Sporting course had been set. The

The cage was moved into position with

afternoon of shooting, the top score of the

tensions high. The two shooters were

day was 96 from Tom Oldham.

confronted by a long distance springer

Sunday’s weather was more challenging,

followed by a high crossing target off a

weekend on 21-22 April. Browning

with cloud cover giving a more difficult

90ft high tower. Chris dropped several

generously supplied the main prize, a

light than on the Saturday. The coloured

targets, while Tom came out on top,

Browning Pro Sport shotgun worth £3,699,

clays were challenging to pick out and the

shooting a superb 8-straight and winning

as well as two Winchester SX4s that were

wind had also picked up, making some

the Browning Pro Sport in style.

given away at a special SX4 challenge

targets unpredictable. Despite this, three

shoot, where any person able to shoot six

shooters – Colin Will, Chris Daniels and

straight clays received a raffle ticket and

Joe Emmott – managed an unbelievable

a chance to take home one of the guns.

97. A shoot-off would select who would go

And Hull Cartridge provided almost 10,000

through to the super final. The would-be

cartridges to be given away in prizes and

finalists were faced by a fast quartering

We regret that in our ‘Shoot and Learn’

goodie bags.

target followed by a high looper. This first

feature (March 2018 issue), the details

Correction of the Cambridge University Clay Pigeon Shooting Club were erroneously replicated onto the entry for the Oxford University Clay Pigeon Shooting Club. (We think we were sabotaged by someone of the light blue persuasion...) We would like apologise to Oxford for the error and wish them the best of luck in their shooting this season. If you would like to get in touch with the Oxford University Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, please contact, visit or join the Facebook group: www.



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