Do you need an excuse to get that old heirloom Purdey out of the cabinet and give it an airing? The Purdey Cup at Royal Berkshire Shooting School could be just the ticket.
It’s a fun 100-bird clay competition shot over four 25-target courses which simulate different live quarry – grouse, partridge, pheasant and rock pigeon. The competition is open to all with just one condition: you have to shoot it with a Purdey shotgun.
Editor James Marchington shot the course prior to the opening on 1 September. He says “I can confirm it’s great fun, with some really challenging targets.
“The rock pigeons in particular kept you on your toes – they’re fast! I don’t own a Purdey but I was allowed a go with a lovely hammer side-by-side with double triggers, which really made the experience something special. If you can beg, borrow or steal a Purdey gun, I highly recommend giving it a go!”
The competition runs until Monday 1 February and there are separate categories for side-by-sides, over-and-unders and hammer guns. Each month the highest score in each category will win a bottle of wine from Berry Brothers & Rudd.
Monthly winners will then be invited to take part in the grand final in May 2021, when they will compete for a perpetual trophy, Purdey clothing, game cartridges and wines from Berry Brothers & Rudd. All entrants will also receive a limited edition Purdey Cup cap and lapel badge.
Royal Berkshire’s Jonathan Irby explains that most shooting competitions are won by a handful of exceptionally talented names. They aim to make this competition a more equal playing field so that everyone not only has fun, but is in with a chance of winning.
The RBSS team will set a par score for the course, and anyone shooting that score or better, throughout the duration of the competition, will have their name entered into a prize draw for a day’s game shooting as Purdey’s guest.
Purdey chairman Dan Jago says: “The Purdey Cup is an exciting and original chance for owners of Purdey and Woodward shotguns to take part in what will be a hugely enjoyable and yet relaxed shooting challenge.
“We are thrilled to be able to hold this season long competition at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School and we look forward to what will, I am quite sure, be a hugely enjoyable finale in May next year.”