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pring and summer is competition time, both in France and abroad. Our technicians and sales engineers are in the field to help with the organisation and success of events. Whether for small or large competitions, we are there for our customers.

With the California State Skeet Shoot in the USA, ISSF Championships in Suhl (Germany), Championnat de France de Sporting at la Cerisaille (France), Shenyang National Games (China) and the Saint Lambert English Sporting Grand Prix (France) to name just a few, the calendar

is packed. We have also chosen this summer period to unveil our new brochure, a brand new edition which reconnects our company with the values of our sport and which gives us more room to chat to our customers. With new

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communication tools we can place the emphasis on access to information in all possible formats, from paper to electronic versions (website, videos, etc.).

and the redevelopment of the Sermaize factory which will be a new logistic platform for clays. Our objective is to be as close as possible to our customers.

We have launched several projects at our factors: creation of a stock of targets in Biot

This summer was marked by one major event, the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree,

where our mobile target shooting disciplines for archery and paintball were a huge success, with 40 000 people taking part. You can read more in the next few pages.

Jean-Michel Laporte Chief Executive Officer


Julien Buffa

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n our first newsletter we told you all about the job of machine designer with our colleague Sébastien Aubry. Designing a machine with modern 3D technologies is not an end in itself. It’s a crucial step, of course, but it cannot provide us with all the guarantees we need in terms of performance and reliability, both for the machine’s general operation and also for its parts, tiny as they are, which are put to the test when the machine is running. We are well aware of this; we are demanding and we must produce flawless machines that meet the requirements of

Endurance and consistancy clubs and shooters of every level. Our prototype test stage is without doubt a key phase in the production process. Julien Buffa is in charge of testing our prototypes on behalf of the research and development department.

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L.N. : « Do you also test our suppliers’ parts? » Julien : « Of course! We need to be sure that a part or accessory that we add to one of our machines can stand up to the demands that our equipment proviLaporte News : ders were unable « Julien, could “ A prototype can be to test. We test you just tell us tested continuously them here, in our in a few words workshops and 24 hours a day, 7 days what protoa little later on a week, for over 6 type testing under real condimonths  involves? » tions at a parJulien : « The tner club. This is first thing you need to know the best way to ensure that our is that we test not just the mamachines are reliable. For inschines themselves, but also their tance, a prototype can be tested parts and accessories, a battery continuously 24 hours a day, 7 charger, bearings, a motor and days a week, for over 


 6 months... with a firing cycle every 4 seconds. I’ll let you work that out for yourself... L.N. : « Do you have a standard procedure? » Julien : « Of course, we have a set of test specifications, with, for example, a minimum of 1 million cycles. But we need to adapt our procedures to suit each specific case. It can be very useful to create a test. Our team’s experience and the feedback we get from our customers are vital factors. » L.N. : « You’re an old hand at Laporte?» Julien : « A young old hand... but I grew up with Laporte machines since my father (Jean-Claude Buffa) has been sales manager for 30 years and is still in the job today. I am also an FFBT-licensed shooter and I share the same demands as our customers. » L.N. : « I’m told that you’re merciless with your machines... » Julien : « I’ll let you watch the test video for the Phoenix® 65T! » Laporte News : Thanks Julien, hope to speak to you soon. »

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o celebrate the release of the 65T25, we have subjected it to the worst conditions that the machine might meet in the field!



laporte partner with boys scouts of america



n July 2013, we went to the Summit Betchel Reserve, West Virginia USA, for the Boy Scouts of America’s® Jamboree. 40 000 scouts and 10 000 people accompanying them met for 10 days of adventure and discovery of new discipline, in addition to their traditional activities: tree-top walks, zip wires (death slides), quad biking and, last but not least, the Sporting Arrow and the Flashing Ball, the latest creations by Laporte! The Boy Scouts of America have acquired our Phoenix machines to teach kids how to shoot at mobile targets. As sponsors until 2021, a great new adventure is starting here. Once again the American


machine is demonstrating its wonderful efficiency, with a 34,000 hectare park dedicated of them even queued up again to adventure, a full wi-fi network, and again for a new session). and an impressive security The video we produced to operation run together by the mark the occasion shows their BSA and the US Army, providing enthusiasm, their enjoyment all the conditions to ensure that and their desire to do better and this event remains long in the better. What stands out from their memory. comments is Every day, the challenge “ 40 000 scouts the four these machines and 10 000 people firing ranges give them. You accompanying have created for can see their discovered the laporte the occasion concentration, universe  hosted 2500 their desire scouts (kids to better and the people accompanying themselves and hit more them) to test their skill and targets on all their faces. discover just how addictive these The organisers and shooting new disciplines can be (some instructors liked how easy 


 it was to set the traps up, their reliability and their ability to create a real event. One of them said to us: “ These machines are really plug and play... you plug it in and off you go! ”. There is a clear advantage for organisations such as the scouts, holiday camps, resorts and shooting clubs to be offer their customers these types of activity. This is evidence of that. We would like to thank the volunteer instructors who were so professional in organising these activities. The instruction and safety workshops they provided at each range ensured the kids could shoot under the best possible conditions and make incredible progress. We’ll see you at the next Jamboree!

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he kids, instructors and volunteers all told us how impressed they were with our machines. The film we shot at the Jamboree shows you how easy and safe the machines are to use and just how enthusiastic the young people were at the event.



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World championship COMPAK 2013 Saint-pEtersburg - russiA


rom August 8 till 11 of 2013 world’s championship on compact sporting took place in sports shooting club “Olimpiets”. Sportsmen out of 23 countries of the world participated in the competitions.

individual classification and four in the team classification. Ajal Makarov became the winner in the open classification Inna just 2 points ahead Marco Battisti (Italy) and Christophe Auvret (France) ex aequo.

We had a “ Sportsmen out of 23 Aleksandrova pretty good weather except countries of the world won silver the Sunday… medal in woparticipated in the we had rain. man’s category. competitions Laporte proValerii Konshin vided traps during that comwon the silver medal among petition we should say that super-veterans, Oleg Noskov we was a great success. was the third among veterans.

According to the results of the Championship Russian team won 8 awards: four in the

In team classification Inna Aleksandrova, Maria Bogoslavskaya and Yulia Cheblakova

won the first medal in team classification among women. In category of superveterans Valerii Konshin, Vladimir Germanov and Anatolii Motriev won bronze medal. Team of Oleg Noskov, Grigorii Shlapakov and Sergey Novgorodtsev won the third place. Russian sportsmen Maksim Kolyshev, Ilya Vishemirskiy and Dmitriy Afanasiev became also bronze medalists among juniors.


Compak Sporting World Championship Saint-Petersburg, Russia Olimpiets shooting range 8 - 11 August 2013


european championship issf 2013 - SUHL



n the clay-pigeon shooting world, the unique forest setting of Suhl (Germany) is synonymous with high scores. The quality of the competitions that are held there attract high numbers of shooters.

The town of Suhl is a long-established customer of ours and has been placing its faith in Laporte Ball-Trap for its systems for 20 years. Huge thanks to them! The city now has a full set of top-level equipment.

“ 2013’s event The LAPORTE european records were attracted 483 traps ran set during the event competitors throughout from 42 nathe six days tions. 15 world and European of the event without requiring records were set during the a single intervention by techevent (see the RESULTS BOOK nicians. And the new LONDON page 22 and 23: http://www. 2012 type Flash® clays once proved their worth by dar_result/2013/08/ech_ guaranteeing a great show suhl_2013_results_book.pdf). and records in the semi-fi 15 world and

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nals and Medal Matches. Clubs and shooters alike were able to fully enjoy this unrivalled competition.


“ Clubs and shooters alike

were able to fully enjoy this unrivalled competition. ”


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he return of the Beretta World Sporting Championship’s saw the start of a long awaited glorious British summer and a new venue for the competition. So the team from Laporte/CPC including Andrew Herrett, Trap Technician, and Robert Grainger, former CPC Sales Manager, were dispatched to the home of the Earl and Countess of Clarendon – Holywell Estate, Hampshire- to join forces with Pete Corney and Bob Clark of Travelling Clays r Us. Pete has been setting the course for the Beretta World Sporting Championships for the past 9 years, eight of those using solely Laporte traps and CPC targets. The

2013 competition was a special event with the change of venue and high expectations. Over 1250 people were due to shoot during the championship. Naturally Peter and others involved with the competition were a little nervous. However Pete’s nerves were substantially reduced as he had “....every confidence in the fully serviced Laporte traps and the staff that were provided by Laporte/CPC”. Forty Laporte traps were used, each one checked every evening by CPC technicians, and over 210 000 CPC targets used without a single breakdown. Peter added that ”I can say without reservation that it all went smoothly” and “I have nothing but praise for both

the equipment and the staff.” Andrew Herrett, Laporte/ CPC Trap Technician, stated “I was pleased that once again that the Laporte traps and CPC clays performed to the very highest standard. Shoots and competitions like these are a great opportunity to for shooters to see the undeniable quality of Laporte sporting traps. Laporte/CPC would like to congratulate Richard Bunning on winning the 2013 Beretta World Sporting Championships. We would also like to say well done and thank you to Pete Corney and his team at Travelling Clays r Us for making this year’s event, according to Andrew Herrett, “one of the best Beretta’s ever” .

sporting clays french championship la cerisaille, 16th-18th august 2013


o mark this stage of the French Hunting Championships at la Cerisaille, the organisers provided shooters with a fantastic course and were able to count on the extreme trajectories of our PC PRO range. Once again, the competition was tough between Charles

Bardou and Mathieu Delmas, who would have to settle for second place this time behind the Parisian champion. We would like to thank the Dulary family and their team who worked alongside us to provide a fantastic competition at their club.

COMPAK french championship la rapée, 26th-28th september 2013


he heavens opened for the French Compak Championships at la Rapée between the 26 th and 28 th July. We take our hats off to Mr. Auvret and his team who managed to keep the event going, despite the lightning which sent everyone running for cover at one point. There was top-level competition that weekend between

team Laporte’s shooters. The weekend ended with the promising victory by Mathieu Delmas ahead of such great champions as Charles Bardou, Christophe Auvret or Jean-Paul Mordefroid to name just three. We were delighted to offer the participants fine targets to aim at thanks to our traps and give them a challenge that matched their talent.

DTL european championship, lazenay, 10th11st august 2013


his year, the European Trench DTL Championships which were held at BTC Lazenay were fully equipped with Laporte machines. The ranges were 13 re-equipped throughout the year with our traps and ran with our clays, guaranteeing a very low no-bird rate. Working alongside our teams who were able to take full advantage of our machines’ extreme settings, the organisers were guaranteed a successful competition. We would like to thank the Vincent family for their welcome, their help and their trust throughout this competition. Congratulations also to the 315 competitors and well done to the French competitors Pascal Froment and Quentin Luzurier for their first and third place in the Scratch.





he July heat wave with members of the Laporte/ continued at Ragley CPC team and still enables Hall, Alcester, Warwickshirethe customers to view our the venue for the 2013 excellent product range Country Land and Business From the sales side it was a Association (CLA) fair. case of old meets new. Robert As we have Grainger,  A new standardised, “ done for stalwart and many years more compact stand and former Sales the team from new internal layout was Manager, Laporte/ decided upon this year  was working CPC was in closely with attendance. An innovation for Tom Blades, attending his the 2013 game fair season first CLA for Laporte/CPC, as was the stand itself. A new our new Sales Manager. standardised, more compact For any mechanical queries stand and new internal layout Andrew Herrett, CPC Technician, was decided upon this year. and Jean-Francois Allard, This design allows for good Laporte’s Technical Director, customer access and contact were on hand to answer and

advise on all technical issues. The wealth of both knowledge and expertise gave those visiting the Laporte/CPC stand a great insight into the quality, durability of Laporte traps and targets. This combined with a fantastic back up service gave the customers the assurance that Laporte products remain at the top of their league. The CLA game fair continues as a marvellous opportunity to showcase our products and to meet customers both old and new. We would therefore like to thank everybody who came to see us on Gumaker’s Row and we look forward to seeing you in the future.


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he Château de Chambord hosted its 32 nd Game Fair in June. The largest Hunting fair (450 stands and 74 000 visitors) once again gave us the opportunity to come and meet our customers. Helped by Alain Tournoux (Tir Groupé) and his team, we set up two clay-pigeon shooting ranges. The public range enabled thousands of visitors to train on our Parcours machines, while our VIP area provided the opportunity to test new products from major armoury companies on our traps. Over 120 000 clays were fired over the weekend.

We also set up several moving targets, on a proper hunting track, where visitors were able to try out Beretta , Browning and Merkel rifles. At the same time, we set up our Arc-Trap partner’s inflatable structure at the Archery area, where our Phœnix ® range once again was very popular with shooters. We welcomed the Club Interchasse, featuring among others David Douillet, Abdelatif Benazzi and Vincent Jay. It was a very busy weekend for our team: Julien, Jean-Claude, Antoine and Frédéric.

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he origins of our sport - training for hunting... Laporte is part of the history of clay-pigeon shooting and from its very beginnings has worked to innovate and create new products.

Once again, with the GS3, this original creation gives shooters and hunters an unrivalled advantage by recreating shooting conditions that are close to actual hunting. It is the ideal training tool, with a capacity of up to 1050 clays


GS3 game trailer

(3x350) and amazing performances: the GS3 can fire 100 clays in 60 seconds! When it comes to machines, the choice is up to you! Our sales department can help you pick the configuration that best suits your needs.

The trailer has a clay-holder frame that can be retracted to facilitate maintenance operations or to use the trailer for other purposes. Whether on or off road, you can take your GS3 practically anywhere you want to.

With report and trailing targets, the GS3 can be controlled manually or by sequencer. The battery recharge system included protects you from any nasty surprises. Whether you are with friends, in a

club or with a shooting or hunting group, the GS3 will ensure you have a fantastic day’s shooting.



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GS3 GAME TRAILER • Up to 1 050 clays (3x350) • 100 clays in 60 seconds (adjustable timer) • Fully programmable MT4300 release system • Perfect for simulated game • Manual or programmable release • All traps oscillate left to right • Removable trap mounting unit • Heavy duty trailer • Choice of machine • Off road or road legal trailer • Battery charging system included

Traps available :

All multi column sporting traps & ABT


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E (, our partner and exclusive distributor for the Laporte brand in Spain, manufactures skeet traps under the same name. We would like to thank them for everything they do for Laporte in the Spanish market. The major skeet competitions also provide a wonderful shop-window to present our respective brands. Adelante Elicio! Report... The English shooter Nathal Hales and the Spanish brand with its range of automatic skeet traps were the major winners at the 2 nd Fitsac World Championships. The competition was held over the first weekend of July at the Clube de Caçadores do Porto in Portugal. A large

contingent of shooters from around the world took part in this fantastic championship. The future is safe! The young British shooter who won the competition completed a fantastic round despite the tough weather conditions, finishing just ahead of Thomas Bayer in second place, another young talent from the USA squad. It is clear to see that the younger generations are the future of this discipline and as this competition has shown, the competition is going to be tough as the shooters are of a very similar level to each other. In the end, Hales won by just a short head. This was a tough championship for competitors and machines alike. The baking heat over the competition

days shows that shooter’s physical fitness or youth are now massively important. The ELIMATIC range proved its effectiveness and its reliability. The four firing ranges which were equipped for the occasion shot over 22 000 skeets and encountered no technical problems, guaranteeing a free-flowing competition, to the great delight of competitors, referees and organisers alike.

Laporte Ball-Trap Newsletter #2 September 2013 Have co-authored this issue: Neil Dumpleton, Gaylia Fallon, Thomas Kampshoff, Elicio Fernandez Gonzales. Photos Credits ©, D.R. and Laporte Marketing. Writing and layout: Laporte Marketing All Rights Reserved © 2013


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