Clay Shooting Magazine 159 is OUT NOW

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Some of the events planned for early this year have fallen victim to the uncertainty over covid restrictions. The Essex Gun Masters, for instance, has been postponed until August, the first round of the British Shooting Shotgun Series has been pushed back, and sadly the British Shooting Show and Northern Shooting Show now won’t happen until 2022. More on that in our news pages.

But there’s plenty to look forward to this season, with the British and English Open Championships, the World Sporting at EJ Churchill, our own Clay Shooting Classic, ISSF World Cups and World Championships, the Game Fair and the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Just as important for many of us, we can expect clubs and grounds around
the country to open again, giving us the chance to get outside and smash a few clays. Most of us will never reach the dizzy heights of top level sport, but this sort of grassroots shooting is fundamental to who we are and what we enjoy, and it’s been sadly missing from our lives recently.

When you do get back to your favourite shooting ground, you might be in for a surprise. Many grounds have taken advantage of the enforced break to make significant improvements, as James Simon reports on page 12.

Thimbleby have a fabulous new clubhouse for instance, while Royal Berkshire have smartened up their ground and built a brand new stand. EJ Churchill have been busy too, not just preparing for the Worlds but also moving and resetting stands and building a whole new 100-bird practice course.

We’ve got plenty of advice on gear and techniques in this issue. Matt Hance continues his excellent series on shooting technique with a detailed look at mapping out each and every target.

Becky McKenzie reviews the Zoli Sporter that she shot for seven years, winning many competitions along the way. Plus we talk to a shooting psychologist about developing your pre- shot routine – there’s more to it than just turning your cartridges the right way up!

I hope you find this issue interesting and useful, and that we’re able to get out and put all this good advice into practice sooner rather than later.

It’s been a long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing shooting grounds thronging with people enjoying themselves once again!

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