The Sporting Lodge would like to give a warm welcome to our new blog contributor Brett Davies.
Brett is a highly experienced game and clay pigeon shooting instructor at North Wales Shooting School, with an impressive history in competitive shooting.
As a junior, Brett re-wrote history by winning the Home International Championship with a score of 196/200 making him the Inter Countries all round Champion. He was the only junior to win this title. He also was the Home International Champion at Automatic Ball Trap as a Junior shooting for England.
Brett then went on to represent The England Shooting Team three times, winning the English Open Sporting AA class and the English Open ABT.
In 2016, America also opened up a wealth of opportunities for Brett, as this is where he achieved 12th place in the Seminole Cup.
Staying true to his roots, Brett represents Cheshire in national inter counties competitions where he has become Cheshire’s English sporting, English Skeet and Olympic trap county champion numerous times at senior level. Within Cheshire, Brett is also the Sporting and Skeet Doubles Champion.
At present, Brett is ranked 8th in the official CPSA top ten ranked English sporting shooters in the country. Brett is also the current West Midlands Inter Counties all round Champion.
We are really looking forward to getting a glimpse into Brett’s life, seeing where his shooting careers takes him next and getting some of those valuable shooting tips!
When clay shooting, it is always advisory to wear glasses to protect your eyes from fragments of broken clay. They are also extremely useful for improving visibility in different outdoor conditions. A variety of coloured lenses are used to help different coloured clays show up better in specific conditions, lighting or backgrounds. I use Beretta or Pilla shooting glasses and generally use a 22N lens now the weather is nice and light.
The Beretta Race Glasses are a particular favourite of mine.
They offer an all-round lens, which shows up orange clays very well against a background and vision for black clays is not compromised. They are have a rather wide lens, which stops light from flooding in.
During the winter when the lighting is poor and rather dull, I mostly use a clear lens with a slight tint of green, allowing most light to enter your eyes.
There are many different brands and models of shooting glasses, some much better than others, mainly based on the clarity of the lenses. You can tell the difference between cheap and expensive shooting glasses rather easily. Cheap shooting glasses can perform a basic job and are often a popular choice for people who are not keen to invest a lot of time or money in shooting. However, those who are regular shooters and particularly those who compete find that high quality shooting glasses are a great investment of money as the difference in protection and performance is vast.
3 Things to Consider When Clay Pigeon Shooting
It is important to stand comfortably when shooting, but positioning and angle is essential too. The front foot generally should be pointing to where you are going to shoot, and the other placed in a way that provides balance when shooting. Being unstable can disturb your alignment and therefore reduce the accuracy of your shot.
Cartridge choice is really down to opinion and preference. The most important thing is being confident with what you’re shooting as this is more likely to ensure consistent scores. The best thing to determine which cartridge is most suitable is to test them and how they go through the gun you are shooting. One method of doing this is to pattern them at around 30 yards and then see how many gaps are in the pattern. It is best to have little or no gaps to reduce the chance of not breaking the clay.
Time to Shoot
Although shooting in warmer, less windy conditions is always preferable, it is important to practice in all weather conditions if you are planning on taking part in registered competitions as this prepares you for whatever conditions you may be faced with. Knowing how to respond to rain, sun, wind and different lighting will provide you with an advantage.
Thanks Fred – really great top tips! For all your shooting accessories & clothing at The Sporting Lodge browse here.
I mentioned in my intro blog that I was going to be taking part in the English Open Sporting Championship, so I thought I would update you on how it went. The event took place on Wednesday 10th May at Highwaymans Shooting Ground in Suffolk. Fortunately, we had extremely nice weather and the conditions were perfect for shooting – Nice and warm with no wind meaning the consistency of the targets was very good.
The shoot itself was set up very well and ran very smoothly, which helps to reduce any nerves. There was a range of targets to suit shooters of all abilities. I shot 105/120 putting me in joint 3rd in the juniors category, however as I decided the 4 hour drive to the final would be inconvenient I did not get placed.
Highwaymans Shooting Ground is a fantastic CPSA Registered ground, which I would definitely recommend it to other keen shooters.
Thanks Fred, and well done – keep us posted!
Fred Whitehurst talks gun cleaning –
Cleaning a Gun in Six Simple Steps:
- Dismantle the gun and wipe down with a cloth to remove any grease from handling the gun.
- Spray barrel cleaning solution down the barrels and leave for a few minutes.
- Run through both barrels with a phosphor bronze brush to remove the debris.
- Use a mop to remove any further debris left within the barrels.
- Wipe down the action and grease all of the moving parts to reduce wear on the gun.
- It is also a good idea to remove the chokes from the gun, clean them and grease when putting them back in. Using grease instead of oil for the chokes means that they are less likely to come loose when shooting.
I would advise that you clean your gun after every time it has been shot, as there may be moisture left in the barrels of the cartridges. This kind of damp can cause rust in the barrels.
Thanks Fred, top tips! There are many different cleaning accessories available from Beretta. GMK, Perazzi, Purdey and more. Fancy a browse? Head over to The Sporting Lodge.
Meet Fred Whitehurst, our newest Blog Contributor for The Sporting Lodge.
Hi, I’m Fred Whitehurst, a 17 year old shooting enthusiast. My Dad introduced me to game shooting at a young age, and over the past three years I have also got into clay pigeon shooting as it allows me to get my practice in all year round.
I was ranked No 1 in colts in UK until I recently moved up to the juniors where I am now ranked 8th in the UK.
I shoot most weekends, whether that be practising, taking part in local shooting competitions or representing Cheshire CPSN at county shows around the country. My next big competition is the English open this week where I will be hoping to improve on my no 8 ranking. Wish me luck!
My current weapon of choice is a Perazzi MX8, 12 bore 30½” barrel (my pride and joy).
At home, we have 4 dogs; 2 working cockers, a German wirehaired pointer and a lab x Collie. This is my dog which I have trained myself to be a retriever at our local bird shoot throughout the winter when I am not clay shooting.
I have a real passion for everything outdoors and I am currently studying agricultural engineering, so I am pretty handy on the tools which has put me in good stead whilst working on my Defender.
If you would like to keep up to date with my progress, my passion the sport of shooting and maybe a few hints and tips then you can find my latest posts here on The Sporting Lodge Blog.
by Mark Smith,
Founded in 1905, Wigwam was the creation three men – Herbert Chesebro, Robert Ehany, and Lawerance Bentz. This trio had previously worked for the Sheboygan Knitting Company but when it burnt down, they quickly combined to fill its place.
In a town benefiting from diverse immigration, Wigwam rose to prominence quickly, supplying the various lumbermen of the area. Sheboygan had originally been officially founded 49 years earlier but prior to that it was inhabited by various Native American tribes.
By 1936, Chesebro had taken full control of the company, but like many businesses, the war effort led to a shift in production, with 75% of their capacity being used to make socks for troops overseas.
In the post-war years, Wigwam used its strong reputation to branch out into all kinds of hosiery, with a forward-thinking outlook which has kept the company at the forefront for more than a century.
Today, Wigwam make some of the finest, most hard wearing and hard working socks on the market.
We are pleased to now be stocking Wigwam at The Sporting Lodge, browse the range!
by Neil Summers.
James Purdey, the best gunmakers in the world for over 200 years.
In 1814 James Purdey established his gun and rifle making business at premises in Prince’s street just off Leicester Square and within ten years was regarded as the finest gunmaker in London. By 1858 his son took over the running of the company from his father. Being at forefront of change and advances in the design and building of his guns and rifles James the Younger improved on his father’s legacy by taking out several patents for technical innovations, many of which went on to be adopted by other gunmakers such as the Purdey bolt. In 1868 Purdey received its first Royal Warrant by appointment to the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII with Queen Victoria also granting an additional warrant ten years later such was her love of their prestigious guns. Shortly after this time Purdey moved to new premises at 57 South Audley Street where they offered gun-making workshops and cartridge load facilities and is where the company is still situated to this day.
At the turn of the century Athol Purdey took over from his father, James Purdey the Younger with his two sons James & Thomas joining the firm after recovering from serious injuries sustained fighting in France during WW1. The two brothers later took over the business though due to the economic downturn caused by WW2 sold the majority of their shares to Hugh & Victor Seeley though continued to establish Purdey as the as the best gun makers on a global scale with the help of expert gunsmith Harry Lawrence.
After Richard Beaumount took over the business in the fifties his wife the Hon Mrs Richard Beaumont went on to set up the Purdey accessories shop in adjoining premises on Mount Street in the early Seventies. The shop sold a range of exclusive high quality shooting clothing and was the first London gunmaker to ever do so. Since then Purdey have celebrated their bi-centenary in 2014 and are firmly established as an iconic name synonymous with unrivalled gun making craftsmanship as well as having forged a reputation as suppliers of excellent outdoor attire and accessories.
We are so proud to work with Purdey, long may that continue, browse our extensive range at The Sporting Lodge.
by Neil Summers,
No longer the preserve of straight-spined Swedes on the school run, Fjällräven’s Kånken backpack is now a beloved piece of carrying kit the world over. Which, given it’s popularity is perhaps why the environmentally-conscious brand has decided to re-invent this firm favourite in the form of the Re-Kånken.
This relatively new addition to the Fjäll family has been produced using recycled plastic bottles and an energy efficient SpinDye colouring process both of which help to radically reduce each bag’s environmental footprint. What’s also great is that the whole backpack (save for its buttons and zips) have been created using the same material, with the main fabric, lining and straps all made from the same yarn, thus ensuring that a Re-Kånken bag will be a lot easier to recycle in the future.
Though given how long it takes to wear out an incredibly durable Kånken bag it’s handy that the Re-Kånken has retained all the timeless design features of its former guise with the only subtle difference being the Fjällräven badge has been embroidered rather than sewn on. This is a bag that will look after your possessions, your posture and the environment.
The Re-Kanken is available in many colours and also available in a smaller ‘Mini’ version. Take a closer look at the all new Re-Kanken at The Sporting Lodge or our Kanken dedicated sister site My Kanken Bag.
by Neil Summers
Whether you’re planning on a short city break or a week away from it all in the wilderness, the latest clothing range from Fjallraven to arrive at the Sporting Lodge has something to suit every environment. Similarly their impressive array of bags are equally ideal for your holiday or business trips whether you’re heading down-town or up the highest of peaks.
Take for example the two handle carrying system on Fjallraven’s lightweight Travel Pack which is perfect for hopping in and out of planes, trains and automobiles whilst the stowable padded shoulder straps can be released when it’s time to ditch the transport and start exploring on foot.
There’s also plenty of separate compartments and pockets in which to stash your maps, laptop, phrasebooks, souvenirs, drinks, camera, clothing and other essentials. A handy zippered section at the front of the bag also allows you access to the bag’s inner without having to open the bag fully and annoyingly rifle through all your other belongings before finally finding that pesky passport!
Equally suited to adventurous short breaks is the versatile Fjallraven Splitpack which is a unique duffel bag with two spacious main compartments separated by a zip closed mesh as well as having three additional internal mesh pockets and two on the outer. Made from Fjallravens classic G-1000 heavy duty eco material it’s a substantial yet extremely comfortable bag thanks to its padded back panel and shoulder straps.
Whilst for those who like looking for adventure far away from the madding crowds then the Fjallraven Kajka is the ideal trekking backpack. Voted product of the year 2009 by Swedish outdoor magazine Utemagasinet this expert pack sits on an incredibly strong and environmentally friendly wooden frame as opposed to the usual aluminium and has various safety features such as an easy access whistle and a reflective rain cover for increased visibility in the dark. As with the other two packs it’s an incredibly well thought out design with a wealth of separate compartments and access points for increased ease of use and balanced weight distribution.
So for the solution to all of your Spring and Summer storage scenarios then you need look no further than the Travel Pack, Splitpack and Kajka from Fjallraven.