The Handicap Classic is here again, with proceedings kicking off on the 14 January. Now in its 12th year, the event held at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School spans 14 weeks and gives all shooters the chance to compete together regardless of class. The final will be held on 7 May, where the top 40 CPSA handicapped scores, and the top 20 RBSS handicapped scores will be invited back to go head to head over 100 targets.
What makes this shoot special?
The handicap system gives your Average Joe club shot the chance to battle it out with shooting stars such as George Digweed, and have a shot at winning. Each shooter is given a handicap based on their CPSA average, or, if they don’t have a CPSA average, on the accrued score over 40 of the 100 birds shot on the day. This handicap is then added to their actual score, levelling out the playing field and opening it up to anyone.
A-class shooter Nick Channer was the winner last year, and said of the event “It was an honour to win the Handicap Classic, it was a great shoot to be a part of and run brilliantly by RBSS. I would urge anyone to take part as this is what clay shooting’s all about!”
Never been to Royal Berkshire Shooting School?
Located less than an hour outside of London, Royal Berkshire boasts a range of stands offering numerous target presentations for the Handicap Classic. Perhaps the most challenging, yet fun, stand is the grouse butt, designed to really test the shooter on speeds and angles. Set over 100-acres, the school is famed for excellent tuition and excellent targets – those at the Handicap Classic certainly wont disappoint.
The prize fund
All in all the prize fund stands at over £12,000, with a Browning Heritage worth £5,400 going to the overall winner, and a Miroku MK60 worth £1,700 going to the highest scoring Browning/Miroku user. At the end of each of the 14 weeks of competition, there will be a prize of £200 for the highest score, £75 for the runner up and 250 Eley cartridges for third place. As well as this, £1 of every entry will go into the Accumulator, which will pay out three times to the highest score at the end of weeks five, 10 and 14.
And remember, anyone can win these amazing prizes thanks to the handicap system.
How much does it cost?
Entry for 2013 will remain at £45, and all Browning/Miroku users will receive a 10 per cent discounted entry fee of £39.60. Event sponsor David Stapley of Browning said: “I am looking forward to the 2013 Handicap Classic at the RBSS, and I am delighted to be supporting the event once again. I would like to encourage all Browning and Miroku users to bring their gun to Royal Berkshire.”
Places must be pre-booked. For more information, directions or to book your place visit www.rbss.co.uk or call 01491 672900.