Author: Nick Truter

View from behind the Trigger – Jetlag

Nick Truter is well known on the Clay Shooting circuit, as the owner of and a member of the CPSA North committee as well as being an active member on ShootClay Forum.  Nick is working hard to improve his shooting and find his way to the top of the game.  I’ve asked him to share his journey as he strives to achieve his goals, here is his first ‘View from behind the trigger’. Welcome to ShootClay Nick! Jetlag The past week has seen the clay shooting world hold its collective breath as events at the Nad Al Sheba...

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The Seminole Cup – Shoot Report Part 2

Nick Truter continues his shoot report from The Seminole Cup in Florida – including an awesome surprise along the way, some good shooting and a great gallery from the event.  If you missed part one – click here.  Saturday saw the start of the main event; 200 targets spread over two days of shooting, requiring all shooters to complete 100 targets per day. My Saturday slot was at 11.30, so a slightly elongated night’s sleep was much appreciated and meant that I was able to shrug a little bit more jetlag off prior to shooting again. I was scheduled...

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The Seminole Cup – Shoot Report Part 1

The newest member of the ShootClay team, Nick Truter took a trip to shoot The Seminole Cup in Florida, over the weekend of 21st to 23rd February. This shoot has been popular with UK shooters in the past, and Nick was kind enough to write up his report and share his views on shooting the event.

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View from behind the Trigger – A day with Ed Solomons at Sporting Targets

Towards the latter stages of 2013 I decided to plan way ahead and book some time in with Ed Solomons for a few days coaching; the first of which being a full days coaching in January with another full day planned prior to the Seminole trip in early February. Booking that far in advance meant a good pick of available dates but that was in the knowledge that we would be playing weather roulette and risking whatever the elements had in store for us! I had eagerly packed as much as I could the night before and assembled it...

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View from behind the Trigger – Dovey Valley extreme target training!

A welcome respite from the festivities at Christmas came in the form of a trip to Dovey Valley Shooting Ground near Machnylleth in Central Wales. A decent three and a half hour trek from Manchester meant that five of us (Brett Davies, Ian Grant, Mark Haley, Dave Walker and myself) had booked ourselves in for the day to make the most of the trip across there. Unfortunately the weather that morning was persistently wet and we drove through hours of drizzle to arrive at an equally drenched Dovey Valley. The clubhouse had the log burner all fired up so...

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View from behind the Trigger – The Hodnet Challenge 2013!

On Saturday 28th December the West Midlands Shooting Ground, aka Hodnet, hosted their annual “Hodnet Challenge”. As always the event was well attended with 250 shooters anticipated to make their way to the mecca of Sporting grounds for what is for me at least, an annual pilgrimage. Ever popular, entrants are encouraged to book in ahead of time to avoid disappointment and despite doing exactly that I am yet to see any last minute entrants being turned away who wished to pay on arrival. The weather in the week preceding the event was nothing short of dire, with wind...

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View from behind the Trigger – Seeing things differently…

I’ve long been a fan of Gil and Vicki Ash and their collective teaching, finding their outlook on shooting sports refreshing and having successfully adopted a handful of their suggestions I was instantly keen to hear of their planned trip to the UK to teach some clinics and host a seminar. The trip was masterminded by Ed Lyons and Adam Gutteridge, both of whom had been to visit the Ashes in Texas the previous year and returned enthused as to what they could offer UK shooters of varying abilities and experience levels. Add in Adam Curtis of Grange Farm...

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View from behind the Trigger – It’s mental innit! (Part 1)

In recent months there have been a fair few threads on the forum ( regarding the subject of mental training, visualisation and varying snippets of information from the likes of Phil Coley and Henry Hopking about their respective work, research and consequently development in their chosen directions within their chosen field of expertise. The subject of mental training and it being of benefit to me as a shooter is one that I subscribe to as such have already invested time and money into. Some believe that mental training is of more benefit to shooters of higher technical ability and...

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