FSUK Clay Target Shooting
Clay Target Shooting
The Clay Target Shooting Section of the FSUK is a highly active and competitive section. The Section annually competes in six Inter-Service events and the Services ‘Classic’, in addition Fire Service members are welcome to attend shoots organised by the Police as part of the ‘999’ Series. These events provide an ideal opportunity to experience some of the country’s best ‘premier’ shooting grounds at very competitive prices.
The Inter Services Series is a team event between the Police, Fire, Army, Navy, RAF and HM Prison Service. Teams are made up of twenty guns with the top ten scores counting for each team. Each service hosts one event in the series competing in a discipline and at a venue of their choice. Although teams are restricted to 20 members we can normally enter additional members to shoot the individual competition, team membership will then depend on track record and average scores to date. If you wish to attend one of these shoots you must let the Section Secretary know at least a week in advance as we are required to declare our team beforehand.
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AGM Minutes April 2012 (PDF)
Clay Target Shooting Results
Last year it was decided to run the Championship as a handicap shoot using CPSA classifications to give opportunities to all levels of ability, allowing all to enjoy a competitive shoot and hopefully go home with a trophy.
The date was set for 4th April and Kibworth Shooting Ground in Leicestershire booked for the event. There were three classes A – C for members, plus awards for Lady High Gun, Veteran (>60) High Gun and Guest High Gun. The chosen discipline was English Sporting and there were 100 targets from 13 stands. Competitor handicaps were decided by their CPSA classification or calculated on their score at a number of undisclosed stands randomly selected by computer.
The day arrived and so did the bad weather! We turned up at Kibworth with 45o driving sleet which duly changed to snowflakes the size of golf balls before settling down to continuous rain and temperatures of 3oC. This was enough is discourage some from leaving the warmth of the clubhouse (me).
Luckily, the members are a lot hardier, with a good turnout. Essex, Warwickshire, Northumberland, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services were all represented.
Last year’s winner Mike Pilgrim (Essex) finished third in A class with the result that the Championship Shield was handed back to Dave Whitfield (Warks) overall winner, while Derek Bolton (W Mids) took second place in A Class. It’s always good to see new faces and both Derek Bolton and Tony Labrum (Northamptonshire) finished well in A Class.
Don Cooper (Essex) excelled in B Class with a score of 80 winning his class and putting him in 4th overall, followed by Nathan Oldham (Northumb) and Glyn Cooper (Northumb). It was good to see Dave Finch (Essex) back on the stands and shooting well in B Class after a recent break.
C Class was won by local Rob Hirons (Leics), Neil Stuart (Warks) in second and Mike Jeffries (Essex) in third place, a very closely run class.
Karen Bright (Guest) won the Ladies High Gun for the second year running, and very well deserved it was, while big brother Lol Smith (Warks) won the Veterans trophy. Andy Finch (Guest) won Guest High Gun with an impressive score of 84 and giving him second place overall.
Well done and thank you to all the members and their guests who attended the AGM and Championship. Special thank you to Kibworth Shooting Ground for their hospitality, to Dave Whitfield for all his assistance in arranging the event, Seamus Slaney for arranging the trophies and to Paul and Jan Hodges for helping collate and check the scores. Sarah Jones Secretary