The Northern Shooting Show has established itself as a key highlight in shooters’ calendars – and the clay line just keeps getting more impressive.
The Northern Shooting Show is back for its fourth year on 11-12 May and will once again be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre, just off the A1 to the east of the beautiful town of Harrogate. The centrepiece for clay shooters will be the enormous, 600m long clay line, which over the weekend will become the biggest in Europe.
Set in a stunning valley against the idyllic backdrop of the Crimple viaduct, the line aims to set a whole new level for show clay lines. This year the manufacturers’ area on the clay line will allow visitors to try out shotguns from Beretta, Benelli, Bettinsoli, Blaser, Breda, Browning, Fausti, Longthorne, Marocchi, Perazzi, Remington, Winchester, Zoli and many more.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to compare all these brands in one place, allowing shooters to take the risk out of their purchases. Many of the brands now use the show as their platform to launch new products into the UK; last year saw more than 50 new products launched over the weekend, so keep a look out for some exciting new shotguns.
Also on the clay line there will be a 50- bird sporting competition with some great prizes. This year’s High Gun will go home with a fantastic Browning 525 donated by Northallerton Shooting and Countrywear. The clay line will be run under the expert eye of Mark Lawson and his team from the award-winning Hazel Bank Shooting Ground, with Laporte CPC supplying all the traps and clays for the weekend.
There will also be the opportunity to try black powder shotguns courtesy of the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain or to try a practical style shoot, the Breda Steel Plate Challenge, which will add a little fun to clay shooters’ days. The CPSA and BASC will be on hand on the clay line with expert coaches to introduce newcomers to the sport or provide helpful tips if anyone needs that extra bit of help.
Inside the huge exhibition halls, manufacturers and distributors will be showing off not only shotguns, but also specialist clothing, hearing and eye protection, cartridges, accessories and clay traps. Visitors should make a point of talking to major organisations such as the CPSA and ICSI about the benefits of membership.
The NSS team are always keen to break down the barriers between certificate holders and police forces, and this year will see nearly a dozen police forces in attendance, many doing on-the-day variations among their services. There’ll be a whole host of other things to do too, including gundog scurries, airgun and archery ranges, talks and demonstrations, and great food and drink, so it’s a super day for families.
The outside areas have a real ‘game fair’ feel about them so maybe this is the opportunity to encourage friends to attend and get them started in the sport.
The Northern Shooting Show takes place on 11-12 May and discounted Adult Early Bird tickets are £12 booked in advance, including free booking, free parking, and fast early entry Kids Go Free courtesy of BASC.
To reserve your advance tickets go to www.northernshootingshow.co.uk/tickets