As it’s the January issue, we cast an eye over the year just past and look forward to what 2014 will bring. Clay Shooting announces the Clay Shooters of the Year 2013 and we list the top CPSA averages in English Sporting, Sporttrap, FITASC Sporting, Down the Line and English Skeet. Vic Harker considers how the over-and-under began to find favour in the UK, while Jim Sheffield looks at the shooting accessories that made him the Skeet legend he is today.
Looking to the year ahead, we bring you a selection of the best and brightest young clay shooters who we expect to go from strength to strength in 2014, ranging from international competitors to impressive new shots. The Clay Shooting team visited AAA-class shooter Steve Lovatt at Westfield Shooting Ground, and took him a range of products that claim to resolve eye dominance problems. Find out whether or not the items helped Steve overcome his left master eye. You may be surprised by some of the results – we were! Gunsmith Tim Greenwood gives us an in-depth lesson in barrel cleaning as the first part of his series on gun care, and Clay Shooting brings you four pages of vital kit to keep you and your shotgun on top form throughout the competition season. And speaking of competitions, Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Robert Cross considers how different coloured clays can be a help or a hindrance on a Sporting course.
If shotgun and cartridge tests are your favourite part of Clay Shooting, the Beretta 692 Trap shotgun, Fabarm Axis RS 12 AS Sporter and Remington Premier Sporting and Premier International reviews will keep you hooked over the Christmas holidays. There’s also much more in the January issue, including advice on coaching, club calls, and our regular updates from around the isles.