With just a few weeks to go until the Classic Sporting and Classic Sportrap competitions return on 1-4 June, Clay Shooting magazine is proud to announce a fantastic array of support from new sponsors that bolster the prize fund up to nearly £30,000.
On top of the sponsorship from Fiocchi, Promatic and Mercury Hearing, which have been involved since we first announced the details of the 2017 event, shotgun importers, clothing companies and accessories have queued up to join the 1,000 shooters that are expected to shoot the 150 Sporting clays at Southdown Gun Club.
Browning has donated a B725 Sporter II worth £2,300 as a High Gun prize, as well as a number of Masters II clothing items worth nearly £300, including a polo shirt, shooting vest and gilet. The top shot will also take home 1,000 Fiocchi cartridges. The Runner Up will win a brand new Bettinsoli X-Trail courtesy of RUAG Ammotec and a £300 personalised leather gunslip from Ogden’s Shooting Supplies, as well as 750 Fiocchi loads.
Across the categories and classes, cash and article prizes will be dispensed with gusto. The winners of classes AAA-C will receive Seeland clothing and accessories pack – a Winster Jacket, a Winster Softshell Waistcoat, a Kensington Shirt, Woodcock AT+ Boots, a Winster Cap and a Fleece-Lined Gun Slip – worth around £450 for a combined retail value of approximately £2,250. They will also receive 500 cartridges from Fiocchi, £200 in Mercury Hearing vouchers, and a set of RE Ranger Falcon Sport shooting glasses worth £290. This collection of prizes is worth in excess of £1,000 to each class winner.
The top shooters in the categories also benefit from a great package of items, including a set of RE Ranger Falcon Sport glasses, 250 Fiocchi cartridges, and £120 worth of Mercury Hearing Sonic Ear Defenders that includes custom fitting, hearing tests and a sponsorship package that will monitor your progress throughout your shooting career over the next year to mount up to over £480 worth of prizes.
The two 75-bird Sporting layouts will be complemented by a 100-clay Sportrap competition that will feature a guaranteed £1,000 payout, and the top shot will win a Mercury Hearing sponsorship package plus a brand new set of Vario ear defenders. Fiocchi is also supporting the Sportrap to the tune of 5,000 cartridges.
This event doesn’t appear every year but it is always well supported, as the Clay Shooting Classic Sportrap trophy is a beautiful one to keep in your cabinet. The reigning champion is Martin Myers and he will undoubtedly be hoping to put in a strong performance to retain the crown, especially as he is the defending winner of the Classic Sporting as well.
Shooters can enter for £39 and take on the Sportrap on the same day as the Sporting, so be sure to pack plenty of cartridges, or you can buy plenty of Fiocchi loads on the day. That way you can shoot all 250 clays and any pool shoots you want to use to warm up.
As is tradition at the Clay Shooting Classic, the opening day will offer members of the Services and Armed Forces the chance to shoot the Sporting course at the reduced rate of. The entry price for the Services Classic is £49, and while that price precludes you from competing in the main event, it does give you the chance to compete for bragging rights over the other Services squads.
Don’t delay – enter today
Entry costs £85, but there will be additional pool shoots available on the day. Services members can shoot for just £49, but they will not be eligible for the main prize fund.
For a list of rules and regulations, click here.
The world-renowned shotgun manufacturer has thrown its weight behind the best Sporting event in Europe, because it understands the importance of the Clay Shooting Classic. The top prize of a Browning B725 Sporter II introduces the over-and-under to the competitive audience and announces the company’s intentions behind the gun. This will be a fantastic prize, and the company is also pledging a host of clothing and accessories to the winners of the classes and categories.
Coming from the UK importer responsible for Perazzi, RUAG Ammotec has been a big supporter of Clay Shooting magazine and its events – turn to 26 for more on the Classic DTL – but the company was also keen to show off its products to the Sporting audience. Bettinsoli is an Italian manufacturer of fantastic value and the X-Trail has proven to be a great competition shotgun. Last summer, Richard Atkins reviewed the shotgun and was impressed by its versatility across disciplines.
The top eyewear company Randolph Engineering was founding in 1972 by Polish immigrants to the USA, but in 2016 the company launched the Ranger Falcon Sport frames, which boast a larger field of view with a soft silicon brow bar for ventilation, a minimalist nose piece and a flexi-tip frame that is compatible with all Ranger lenses. At £230, plus a lens worth £60, each of the top shots in the classes and categories will get nearly £300 of world-beating eyewear.
For nearly 30 years, Ogden’s Shooting Supplies has been making high quality luggage and bags from leather and other superior materials right here in England. The company focuses on shooting, fishing and hunting products and aims to offer a completely bespoke service. The company has donated a fleece-lined leather gunslip worth £300 that will be personalised to the Runner Up of the Clay Shooting Classic.
Fiocchi is a global leader when it comes to shotgun ammunition, and since the company was started in 1876 by Giulio Fiocchi, it has been synonymous with excellence. Primarily, the manufacturer supplies cartridges to leading Olympic-discipline shooters and events, as the very best components and construction are required to create the perfect patterns for the Trap and Skeet elite.
Mercury Hearing is a market leader for custom ear plugs, used for a wide range of uses and applications.
With over 40 years’ of experience the family-run business has mastered its craft over time, and delivers personal ear protection suitable for use within a wide range of settings and scenarios.
For over 25 years Promatic have been designing and building the finest automatic traps you can buy. Today the company has a range of over 65 traps covering every discipline. Promatic traps are used on the world’s most prestigious shooting grounds and its reputation for quality is proven by the fact that many of Promatic’s early machines are still in over 60 countries.