Author: Nick Truter

View from behind the Trigger – The bigger picture

The 2014 World English Sporting Championships will undoubtedly be heralded as a flagship event by the majority who attended. Targets were presented well, on-site facilities were excellent and the topography of the West Wycombe Estate sumptuous to behold. Whilst competitors needs were realised and met, did the event make the most of the opportunity to showcase our sport to a much wider audience?The “Worlds” as they are affectionately known by shooters and industry personnel alike descended on their combined hosts of E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground and the  West Wycombe Estate for the week beginning on Monday 28th April and culminated in the 25...

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View from behind the Trigger – Great Expectations…

The 2014 World English Sporting Championships is currently running at EJ Churchill, encompassing FITASC, Sportrap and English Sporting events throughout the week long calendar of events, culminating in the top 6 shooters competing in a 25 flash-target Super Final to decide who is the World English Sporting Champion on Sunday afternoon. Team USA are in attendance, and have already been acclimatising and practising at local grounds such as Southdown Gun Club this past weekend. British shooters have the home turf advantage along with familiarity of the style of targets. Will the cream rise to the top, or will someone make a name...

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View from behind the Trigger – Essex Masters 2014

The Essex Masters is one of the highlights of the British shooting calendar. Masterminded by the Essex Gun Company in conjunction with John Dyson, it is a non-registered event allowing everyone to shoot regardless of affiliations to sanctioned shooting bodies. 200 targets, £75 entry and a staggering £28,000 prize fund; what’s not to like?Having decided to drive down South the night prior to shooting, I picked up shooting friend Ian en-route and we had a good run down to our Travelodge approximately half an hour away from Hepworth Hall Shooting Ground. An early arrival permitted enough time to socialise in the bar...

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View from behind the Trigger : Prescott Summer 6 Series – Round 1

As the mid-week shooting events gather pace, it’s great to see new grounds joining the party and providing somewhere for clay shooters to test themselves during the week.  Nick Truter took a trip down to Prescott Shooting School near Cheltenham to take part in the first of their summer series. Weekends are hectic; full of family commitments and a list of chores that make the Magna Carta look like a thank you note, so squeezing in time to shoot a registered English Sporting event is not a common occurrence. Prescott Shooting Company, just outside of Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, have...

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View from behind the Trigger – The 2014 Churchill Challenge

After finishing the morning at Royal Berkshire Shooting School, it would have seemed a wasted opportunity to not take advantage of being so close to E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground and having a go at their 2014 Churchill Challenge. Needless to say we didn’t waste that chance and after a brief lunch, packed our kit and made the short commute to E.J. Churchill. E.J. Churchill is situated just outside of High Wycombe, and with a location very accessible from the main motorway network ensures that it is relatively painless to get to. That said, the Sat Nav decided to play a...

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View from behind the Trigger – The 2014 RBSS Handicap Classic

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS) seem to have a knack of setting an alluring course, so when the chance presented itself to head down South for the day and shoot their 2014 Handicap Classic event I jumped at it. The hundred target course features a stand designed  by MBE George Digweed and a 20 target grouse presentation to force even the most methodical of shots to rely on their instincts more than normal. The Handicap Classic runs for a period of 10 weeks and allows shooters of all classes to compete against each other utilising the grounds unique Handicap system. For a CPSA...

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View from behind the Trigger – Preparing for the Future

My recent trip to the USA highlighted the difference in approach there, compared to the UK, when it comes to nurturing the younger participants in our sport, ensuring that they receive the support, advice and infrastructure required to develop their potential. Two examples of how Maria and Fred Fanizzi at Quail Creek Plantation, the host club for the Seminole Cup 2014, facilitate this support are as follows: At the main event, notices were put up on the counter in their shop welcoming any donations of unused shells towards their “Young Guns” program. Last weekend a “Young Gun Fundraiser” event was...

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