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Grand Prix Round 5 Iceni 2017

Iceni offers wonderful grounds for Field target shooting in various of different combinations, long or short.

The Club is based a couple of miles outside of Colchester Essex and are open every Sunday morning from 09:00.

I’d shot at Iceni before earlier in the year in one of their Winter league shoots of which I did fairly well so I looked forward to this GP round. As per normal I was booked into the PM session also known as the Mans round 🙂 , on arrival the car park looked a little tight but easily sorted with the expert organisation from the club members…Well done.
After a quick peanut butter sandwich and a chat we signed in and took a walk around the course. The wind was at times quiet strong, but his soon almost disappeared to just a light breeze once inside the wood.
The course to me looked long, longer than I was expecting and my nerves started to set in as I carried on walking around the course. Target 24 looked a good one up a tower close and quite an angle also nice to see a standing lane next to a kneeling lane getting them out the way. All in all the course looked very good quite a good mix although mostly longish if that makes sense.? I was paired up with Andy Finnigan nice chap for the day, we had a good battle together all the way round some top shooting. I didn’t start off very well the nerves just didn’t settle quickly enough but I still managed to finish on a very good score for me and the team 42/50.

Look forward to the next round 6 at Castle a place I’ve not shot before so no heads up there for me.

AA A B C Piston Open Team League 1 Team League 2
Redvers Gallagher 48
Graham Jopson 44
Andrew Barnes 40
Philip Green 36
John Farbrother 37
Ian Challis 45
Rowan 291.7
Lady & The Tramps 260.4

Grand Prix Round 4 Bisley

BFTA round 4 Bisley in Surry.

This ground last year punished me in the Grand prix, this year I was really hoping for more.
I’d put a lot of practice in lately with my Steyr especially my standing position so this year for the first time I thought I’d give the silhouettes ago.
Firstly the Chickens which I cleared to my surprise, then the Pigs which again I cleared 10/10 so far a very very good start from me. Next the dreaded turkeys I have good days and bad days with this rack and toady was a bad day after I missed not one, not two or three but the whole rack, the wheels came off. I finished on 14 after knocking down four of the rams, shame I didn’t get one or two of the turkeys…oh well I’m happy.

After a bite to eat I take a walk around the course expecting to see lots of long shots as per last year and I wasn’t disappointed. The wind was quiet lightly strong at times especially in the open areas making judgement tricky. In the woods the winds were switching from left to right and you really had to keep an eye on your wind indicator and choose your side, I got caught out a few times.
Again for the second time this year in the GP’s I’ve managed to nail all my standing shots, so a combination of shooting jacket and practice is really paying off for me…one happy bunny. I finished the course with a personal best 43/50 that put me into a shoot off for third place with David Robinson which somehow I managed to scrape through winning on standing, sorry David.
So all in all I had a very good day and what I would say to anyone with my little bit of knowledge is practice your standing as often as you can, you never know when a shoot off is around the corner.

Oh and I forgot to mention our team won the day in League 2 also Lady & The Tramps scoring me 43, David Clark, 41 PB also and Helen Carragher 40 making a % score of 258.3. Well done guys.!

Well done to Neil Hague also again for taking the day with a 48/50, it must be getting boring now not missing targets?
List of Grade winners below…

AA A B C Piston Open Team League 1 Team League 2
Neil Hague 48
Jonathon Crocker 40
Philip Green 37
John Amos 38
Tony Fouracres 42
Rowan 291.7
Lady & The Tramps 258.3

The next Grand Prix Round 5 is at Iceni which is
still open for booking.

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