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2016 Events Diary
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Spring National April 2016
Is it a 'Bird' is it a Plane - NO it's Clare - the 'North of England Muzzle Loading Champion'. Please note no shoot off was required - outright Gold for our Clare!
Martin showing off the 'Pennine Double Barrel Percussion' trophy (gold medal in his pocket) - He could have left the trophy at home as he also won it last year - little less weight in the car - perhaps a thought for next year.
Dave E. proudly showing off his Gold medal and Trophy from the 'Berni Inns' Single Barrel Flintlock - a much coveted trophy amongst 'the knowing'! He also won Silver in the 'Pennine Double Barrel Percussion' after a shoot-off with Bushy.
Kevin - kicks off his 'procession' of Gold medals with the 'Pape Hammer Gun' Doubles Gold and Trophy.
Kevin - This time with the 'Airdale Hammer Gun' Singles Gold and Trophy.
Ladies and Gentlemen - presenting - The North of England Open Black Powder Breech Loading Doubles Champion. YIP you've guessed if a competition involved a hammer gun - it belonged to Kevin."These beers aint for sharing'!
Pleased or what - not everyday you beat Mr Keeble in a shoot off...... Tosh with his Bronze in the Presidents Cup.
Chuffed? Oh YES........ Mikes problems with the 8 bore all behind him - Silver medal in the 'Big Bore Bowl' single barrel percussion.
Bushy modestly showing off his Bronze from the 'Pennine Double Barrel Percussion Pairs' - after a shoot-off for Silver with Dave E.
Gladiators are you ready! - Bev - you shall go on my first whistle! Bev and Tosh as they step up for the shoot-off for Bronze in the 'Presidents cup' single barrel percussion.
"Anyone but him Dave.... he's never going to stop going on about it!"
"Nothing you can do mate - bloody Jock... comes down here.......!"
After the excitement of the shoot-offs - the queue for the toilet was rather long.
You can take the boy out of Suffolk - BUT....
'Mike the Medalist' and 'The Hairy One' having an audience with he who is 'The Marland'.
Mike on his way to his first medal (Silver) in a National with his 8 bore.
Dick wondering if he should have missed out on the 'mushy peas' with his lunchtime pie!
The ensembled throng waiting for the shoot-offs. Inset (L) Bushy and Jane preparing for shoot-off for Gold/Silver. Inset (R) Bev and Tosh getting 'in the Zone' for shoot-off for Bronze.
Both Carols were so relieved that Tosh won something this year - he never stopped moaning since coming 3rd last year in the open and not getting a prize. Steve was not so pleased - he had £5 on 'the other runner'.
Tosh showing Bushy how to hold a medal and look humble.
"Best be checking the tyre pressures - just hope the 'old jalopy' holds up with all the weight of our winings!"
Dave had planned to get a couple of holes in if he'd finished early - but he had to stay for the prize giving.
Yet more 'running repairs' on Mikes 8 bore - his perseverance paid off in the end.
The best way to miss that one is to start behind it and stay there! - Even Carol agrees!
"I've been a fan since I was at school - can I have your autograph please Mr Bev?"
Top prizewinner of the day - Mr Kevin Goate - The North of England Open Black Powder Breech Loading Doubles Champion.
We are very pleased to write that we had THIRTEEN Anglian Muzzle Loaders all travel to Otley, North Yorkshire to take part in the first National sporting competition for this year, kindly hosted by the Yorkshire Powder Burners.
Most of us travelled up on the Friday during the day and this was followed by a get together in the evening for a lovely meal in a very relaxing country pub, the Roebuck Inn. This was a fitting start to what was to be a very social and enjoyable weekend.
The forecast for the weekend of the shoot, based near Otley, North Yorkshire was snow & sleet showers, -5 degrees overnight, increasing to -1 during Saturday, the day of the shoot. Dave E reported driving through blizzard conditions in Bedfordshire on his way up early Saturday morning, thankfully this did not deter him or his wife Joy from coming.
Having left the 20 degrees of Suffolk two days before, when we arrived at the ground it was bitterly cold but dry and more promising than the forecast. We parked in a sloping field, facing the gate ready to make an easy exit should the weather deteriorate. Once in the wooded area where the shoot was held, we were out of the cold wind, and as the shoot got under way the sun shone warming us all up (well, a little anyway!).
Shooters were welcomed with the basic on site facilities of tea, coffee and lots of bacon butties! This was followed by a light lunch of hot pies, and mushy peas covered in mint sauce - a Yorkshire favourite!
The shoot competition consisted of 5 stands, with the added luxury of resident scorers (volunteers from the Yorkshire Powder Burners). Single guns shot 4 targets, two of each target, and double guns shot 3 pairs of birds on each stand.
The targets were as follows:
(A) Overhead from behind (B) Fast, dropping R-L crosser.
Single guns - 4 going away targets. Double guns, SIM pair of low incomers, L-R.
Stand 3 - (A) Long orange, R-L looper over trees (B) Long black R-L looper, closer in.
Stand 4 - (A) Low, quartering away orange (B) L-R fast, high teal.
Stand 5 - (A) Slow black incomer, high (B) fast L-R orange crosser, difficult to pick up through the trees.
Notable performances by AML members:
Kevin the Carpet won all THREE hammer gun competitions, including a prize of half a dozen bottles of beer plus a very nicely engraved cut glass tankard!
Mike shot joint highest score in the Big Bore Bowl with a 16/20, and picked up the SILVER medal after shoot off with Stewart from Warwickshire branch. Mike's silver medal is particularly significant as his Cogswell and Harrison (Bertha) misbehaved ALL the WAY through the round!!
Tosh shooting a 15 in the Presidents Cup competition with Bev, and then went on to beat Bev in the shoot off to take the BRONZE medal. Some say that winning a shoot off is as good as winning the gold medal - I think that Tosh might even agree with this.
Clare shooting 17/20 in the Open Single Barrel event to collect the coveted prize of an engraved Whiskey glass & bottle of Whiskey and the title of North of England Muzzle Loading Champion.
Clare's score was one of the equal highest scores of the day for single barrel guns, along with our very own Bushy, and Jane from Warwickshire branch who both shot 17 in the presidents Cup. Sadly Bushy bowed out gracefully and took the SILVER after being beaten by a girl in the shoot off...... However this was Bushy's first National Champs and I am sure he is busy planning his visit to Yorkshire next year to win the trophy outright!
After the shoot offs and prize giving, 37 competitors made their way to the local hostiliary, the Asquith Arms, for an excellent meal. Targets were revisited over and over again, tales of woe (Mike??) were retold, and everyone had a cracking good time.
If you are ever in any doubt as to whether or not to come to one of these national shoots, then ask one of the guys about their day - I think you will find that every single one of them may well be venturing north again next year!
Clare - 'North of England Muzzle Loading Champion'
Scottish National May 2016
The 'gathering of the clans' - a selection of shooters and members of the team that helped make yet another wonderful day at the Scottish Shooting School in Leuchars, Fife.
Clare proudly showing her gold from The Leuchars (including the fantastic trophy that accompanies it). Alongside her other gold from The Rhynd - no sign of her Bronze from The Tayside tho' - but hey!
Martin clutching one of his medals - not sure the flavour - but keeping it out of Clares clutches - she had enough of her own!
Just in case 'management' decided to take away his medal again (they did last year) Tosh bagged two Bronzes - so at least he'd be left with one if they did.
Ron getting slightly embarrassed by all these 'medal kisses' he's been dishing out to Clare - people are starting to talk.
Tom firing his way into a shoot-off with Martin and Tosh in the Leuchars with Tim's Samuel Nock double 16 bore - under the watchful eye of Ron Maxwell. The gun might be a tad short for him - but didn't stop him getting an excellent 20/30
Another year gone and once more time for the 'Gathering' that is the Scottish National Muzzleloading Championships.
Perhaps not the quite the number of competitors one would have wished for this year BUT we did draw combatants from near and far. Nearish being Tom (an associate member of AML studying at St Andrews so he was able to make a space for Tim to lay his head for a couple of days). The rest of us had travelled north - all bar one that is.
History was indeed made when the Scottish National had a Scotsman who's official residence was actually in Scotland. So Tosh's position at ‘token jock’ as in previous years was now redundant. The gentleman in question (Simon) had travelled down from Aberdeen and joined us to shoot ’for pleasure’ and also came along to the after shoot meal.
So how did the day go?
For those of you who have never taken part in the Scottish - Ron Maxwell and his team of Derek and Derek’s son Ross (who’s just qualified for the Scottish Olympic skeet team this year!) put on some excellent targets. Using a fitasc type system - where there are set targets on each layout, around which the shooting position changes between competitions - this ensures you never get the same presentation of targets twice throughout the day. This takes a lot of planning and worked a treat (well it did in the morning while we were all together as one large squad shooting hammer guns). There was a hint that it could have rained in the morning / clearing later so a corporate decision was taken to hold back the muzzle loading until the afternoon and this proved to be a perfect plan - the shoot offs were done in beautiful sunshine.
Now when I said all went to plan - it did until we split into two squads for the muzzleloading. Some of us were with Ron whilst the rest went under the guidance of a certain M. Crix. They had decided to start at the nearest stand so Ron’s squad walked to the next available stand. After we had shot two stands the ‘other’ squad appeared - and whilst Martin and Ron were discussing ‘where we were’ it was discovered that the Martins squad had all shot a stand that was not part of that competition (or any competition for that matter). Suffice to say their scores on the ‘non’ stand didn't count. Luckily t'was only single barrel and only four targets. I must point out that at no time did any of the other squad laugh at this faux pas.
They speak for themselves really - from 4 competitions with a possible 12 medals AML shooters managed to bring home 9. Martin bagged 1 Gold and 3 silvers (one of the silvers in a shoot off with Tosh and Tom). Clare with 2 Golds and a Bronze AND pipping Martin, Tosh and Tom by one shot for the wonderful Leuchars Trophy(double barrel percussion). Finally we had Tosh propping up Martin and Clare with 2 Bronze medals both from shoot-offs.
Special mention must go to Tim and Tom - who both shot their socks off - Tom beating Tim by one shot overall and getting into a shoot off with Martin and Tosh for the Silver in the Leuchars. Alas 'twas not to be his first medal - but watch this space.
Following below are the results that relate to AML members - full results can be found at the MLAGB where you will see how close some of these comps were.
Thanks again to Ron and his team - not forgetting Bev who did sterling work on the teas and coffees (no, not our Bev, he's not that domesticated) - and HUGE thanks to John Foster & his son Ed Foster for once more allowing us to use this fantastic ground for the event.
Summer National Muzzle Loading
Clay Pigeon Championship July 2016
A surprised Dave E - collecting his silver medal for the Double Barrel. He had already been up twice, and had not expected to win a medal in this comp - did not think he had shot well enough! Mmmmmm!
Obviously the news has reached Derek that he's won two Bronze Medals - deffo got a 'skip' in his step. OR did he win the 'handbag fund' comp against Clare?
Ted being 'educated' by Mike and Dave HS in relation to it being mandatory for all 'newbies' to take scoring duties.
Dave and Bev (not for the first time) sharing a rather dry looking hot tub! There is a bit of steam coming up though!
Must get a door on the urinals! And gents in future please use the bucket not the ground!
Mike and Dave HS - with their very own take on 'getting on the shorts later'. Derek would appear to be preparing to use his stock as a mud 'depth finder'.
Dave HS Just having a cuddle for the sake of it methinks! OR it could be he's just received Silver after the Warwickshire Shoot-Off?
New 'boy' Ted getting into the ways of the Anglian Muzzle Loaders when on a club 'away day'.
Martin in the shoot off - with fellow shoot-offiteers (is that a word) Dave HS and Mike.
A chuffed Dave E with the Baker Flintlock Trophy - retaining it from last year!!!
Mike with his with the Warwickshire Shield - 'mighty pleased' with himself and rightly so after beating Dave HS and Martin in a nail biting shoot off!
Derek with his Bronze from the Thames Valley Trophy - or was it from the Richards Hammer Gun Trophy - Bothered was he not!
Summer National Muzzle Loading Clay Competition - Yeaveley, Derbyshire
Yeaveley Shooting School is a small and very pretty ground about 5 miles south of Ashbourne. On the Saturday morning, Martin & I arrived early at the ground to be greeted with a very heavy downpour which was to continue into the middle of the morning. Everyone else started to arrive from 9am onwards and after making a mad dash from their cars, they made themselves very comfortable in the shooting lodge drinking coffee and chatting whilst eating hot sausage and bacon rolls.
Just after 10.30,the sky lightened and the heavy driven rain became a fine drizzle as some of the more hardened muzzle loaders ventured out to sample the targets. I am pleased to report that after about 10 minutes of shooting, the rain stopped altogether and the rest of the day thankfully remained dry.
There were 8 Anglian Muzzle Loaders at this shoot, and between us we managed to scoop 11 of the 21 possible medals, 4 of which were Gold!! So well done to everyone, in particular Mike W who won the Warwickshire Shield after beating Dave C and Martin in an exciting shoot off. This is Mike's first ever trophy, a memory he will treasure forever! A special mention as well should be made of Dave E, who shot magnificently to win the Thames Valley, the Baker Flintlock and a silver medal as the runner up to Martin in the Double Barrel. Good shooting Dave.
The targets were varied with the ever popular driven stand, springing teals, fast loopers and some slow incoming dropping targets that were aptly described by many as "easy to hit..... easy to miss...." the latter being confirmed by Mike W in his "memoir of the day" report (click the link to download). Access to the driven stand caused some dismay as the heavy rain had left the ground rather boggy in places - particularly in the stand itself. Derek, ever prepared, was wearing his "dog walking wellies" that he found in his car, only to discover rather too late, that one of them had a rather large hole in the foot!
For Ted, our latest newcomer to the Anglian Muzzle Loaders, this was his first national competition and so that he wouldn't have a long drive to Derbyshire on the morning of the competition, Ted booked into a B&B nearby, which just happened to be a pub, and reportedly was very comfortable. When asked for his comments about his day, Ted said the following:
"I would like to thank all the Anglian Muzzle Loaders who were there for making me feel so welcome. I enjoyed the National at Yeaveley, it was good to have a chat with many of the competitors (whilst it rained), all in all an enjoyable experience. Thanks, Ted."
Thank you to Guy & Lesley at Yeaveley Shooting School for allowing us to hold the competition at their ground, and although the entries were down on last year due to the poor weather conditions, everyone enjoyed their day.
The Hornsey Wood Pigeon Match (Helice) July 2016
And this Ladies and Gents is what it was all about! What a beautiful trophy!
Dick got off to an incredible start in the competition - held his nerve - and ended up with Silver after a nail-biting shoot off.
How often do you get this many muzzle loaders in a gun rack, and with such a varying assortment of loading sticks!
The flames from Tims 'weapon of choice' - directly in line with the intended victim - but hit or miss we may never know! To be honest most of us felt throughout the day we 'were on them' but if that disc didn't drop out........
Clare showing us the way to do it!
Anyone would have thought she'd won the competition - Carol after 'eventually' hitting her first target. Whatever you do - DO NOT ask her about the ones she hit that landed OUTSIDE the range!
'To you...to me...to you...to me...' The 'Chuckle Brothers' discuss their tussle - each finishing just out of contention for a medal on 11 each. now if we had access to the scorecards we could find out who won on 'countback'!
These are the young helice - just out of the rearing pen not quite ready to go into the fray!
Kev, Bushy and Dave (HS) slightly apprehensive awaiting the results of the 'drugs tests' - Mike doesn't seem to have a care in the world - best be checking out his puff puff!
It would appear that Asda have started doing a nice range of Powder/Shot flasks. Martin trying to negotiate a '2 for 1' here by the looks of it! Judging by the amount of missfires later in the day - it sounded like ASDA were also doing 'click' and collect!
The Hornsey Wood Pigeon Match - Rugby & District Trap Club, Warwickshire
The UK was the original home of Live Pigeon Shooting from around 1825 and it was the first nation to lose the sport some 100 years later. It was not until the 1950's that a Belgian engineer designed the first Helice or "ZZ" target as it was called then, that closely simulated the flight of the Live Bird (ZZ - for zinc, the metal of the wings, and Zurito, the Spanish name for the most famous Blue Rock Live Pigeon). The Hornsey Wood Pigeon Match took its name from the Live Pigeon shooting competitions that took place at the Hornsey Wood Shooting Club based in West London. The competition at Rugby is closely fought, and the winner of this event takes home a very fine bronze Pigeon trophy to keep for one year.
From the organisers point of view, the 4th Hornsey Wood Pigeon Match could not have gone better. The sun was shining, we had a good number of entries which at 28, was an increase on last year, and food and drinks were available in the club house for most of the day. The Anglian Muzzle Loaders were represented by a fantastic SIXTEEN members, a record turnout for any club at a national competition in recent times. Twenty targets in total are shot using three traps (2, 3 and 4), shot from 20 meters rise. Everyone was split into squads of five or six and each squad were to shoot 5 single targets at a time. To add to the suspense and excitement of the competition of such a closely scored match, the last five birds were divided again into three single targets and finally two to finish.
The AML all seemed to enjoy their day immensely with varying results - Dick shot exceptionally well with 12/20 to earn him the Silver medal after a shoot off with muzzle loading stalwart John Richardson from Warwickshire Branch. Really well done Dick, great shooting! Mike & Bev were almost in the medals with each shooting 11/20, so joint 4th for them! Archie shot a good score of 9/20 although he did have a few issues with remembering to cock his gun! I think the extra job of pressing the button to start the target motors running took a bit of getting used to. First timer Kevin just kept shaking his head as the targets flew on regardless as he fired his shot, and Bushy, who finished with 7, was unlucky as he had a few hits but with no separation of the target to earn him a 'kill'. Also competing in this for the first time was Carol, who after a very slow start, had a little bit of tuition from Jane Capewell (last year's winner) and proceeded to hit the next two targets in great style. Although Carol finished on three, she did have a couple of her shots separate a target and the white ring floated on only to land on the ground OUTSIDE the picket fence which counts as a lost bird. How unlucky is that! Some of the more luckier ones (Mike...!!) had their separated target bounce on the ground first before sailing over the picket fence. In fact Mike enjoyed his day so much he has written another "memoir" of his experience for you to enjoy (click here to view). The day was made complete with 22 of us heading for The Wheatsheaf in Crick to enjoy a good meal and chat with new and old friends.
Special thanks must go to John Nightingale at the Rugby District Trap Club for allowing us to hold this special event at his ground, in addition thanks for the unreserved help and support from John and his groundsman Keith in making this all happen and a final thank you to Steve for cooking those big FE breakfasts that kept us going all day and the Cajun chicken specials that I have heard so much about!!
Clare (who also earned another tenner for the fund - thanks Derek!!)
Autumn National Muzzle Loading
Clay Pigeon Championship Sept 2016
The four highest combined scores in the Tankard Trophy 70/80 gave AML the CLUB Shield yet again. Tosh made sure that he was deffo in the picture this year - saying that, 'Photoshop' had to be used as per last year - anyone guess how/why?
Dave E proudly displaying the Trophy and Gold medal after his excellent 19/20 in the Nock Flintlock Trophy. So close and yet so far from that perfect score!
Mike accepting the Trophy and Gold on behalf of 'Bertha' who was resting back in the car after a fantastic outright win with 18/20 in the Ted Burton Big Bore Trophy.
Kevin with his Bronze from the Hammer Gun Cup (open). He deffo appears to be a 'doubles man' - two barrels good - one barrel bad! Works for him!
The winning '3 Man Team' - Clare's Mob - Martin, Clare and Dave E. V Nice 49/60 with a 4 point buffer to the runners up.
The Hairy Shooter with his silver in the Blue Rock DTL - he was on for a straight but missed the last 2 targets - resulting in tying with Martin on 18 and being 'pipped' in a shoot off for the Gold.
Word was it that the next raffle prize was to be a weekend away in Grimsby with Tosh.....
Tosh with his Bronze after the 'Gold' shoot off with Dave E and Bushy in the Tankard.
Bushy with the Gold from The Tankard - he was also presented with a 'Cup' cake as Martin had forgot to return the Tankard - obviously there is no such thing as a 'Tankard cake'. Then again perhaps next year..... any bakers out there?
Bushy scoffing his cup/tankard/whatever cake!
Carol with her first bronze of the year. She thoroughly enjoyed the day and only forgot to move from front to back trigger in the hammergun 'three' times in her first time shooting doubles so.... watch this space
Clare with the rather magnificent 'Cotswold Shield' and Gold Medal - well won after a 22/30 followed by a shoot off with 'Our Kev'!
As you can tell by his score in the hammergun - Tosh rather unsure regards 'which way up' the gun should be held.
"Well - I was walking past this building site when I saw this old scaffold pole sitting there so I thought........."
Yet another case of 'Drugs test please for Mike!"
You can practically hear the 'cogs' turning as the gladiators wait at stand four! Penny for them! I know one of them is thinking 'TAXI'!
Now if only you could win a competition for looking like you can hit something... looking at this if Carol missed this - it was the clays fault!
Autumn National Muzzle Loading Championships - Cheltenham & District Gun Club, Saturday 3 September
The Anglian Muzzle Loaders were well represented at the last sporting national of this year, with 12 members attending the shoot. There were nine competitions to choose from and I am delighted to say that the AML had entries in eight of them with considerable success.
The day started at 10am, cloudy but dry with heavy rain due from midday onwards. Needless to say that most of us opted to save the Blue Rock DTL competition (under cover!) until the afternoon. Thankfully the day was not spoiled by the weather as the promised rain was much less than forecast.
The sporting targets were shot over the five stands as usual - the single barrel competitions can only be described as "easy to hit, easy to miss" with a variety of targets, low fast crossers, fast crossing rabbits, an edge on chondel and on stand 5, oscillating going away targets. The same targets were used for the double guns using simultaneous pairs with a built in delay for the second target. In some cases the timed delay was a bit short which made some of the pairs particularly challenging. The Blue Rock competition was shot from an oscillating DTL layout.
The AML won six out of the eight competitions that they entered - with 16 out of a possible 27 medals being presented to our shooters. a truly great performance by all. Special mentions need to be made of Dave Elvin who shot a magnificent 19/20 to win the Nock Flintlock trophy and was the high gun of the day for single barrel. The 'Three Anglian Musketeers' of Bushy, Tosh & Dave Elvin all shot fine scores of 18/20 in the Tankard to find themselves all in the shoot off for the top 3 places, with Bushy clinching the Gold after shoot offs. Dave (HS) was just pipped in the shoot off for the Blue Rock trophy by Martin, after they had both shot 18/20 DTL. In the competition Dave (HS) had been on for a 'Straight' but somehow managed to miss the last two targets - but still some achievement. The Blue Rock was Martin's last competition of the day and it was a nail biting finish between him and Dave E who finished on 17 after dropping his last bird so missing out on the shoot off. Clare was delighted to beat Kevin G in the shoot off to take home the Cotswold Double Barrel trophy and finally Big Bore Bertha and her shooting partner Mike finished with an excellent 18/20 to win the Big Bore trophy.
A fine array of cakes were freely available for everyone to enjoy throughout the day - thank you Marion Marland of Gloucester Branch for organising all of this, as well as the splendid raffle. Thanks also go to the Cheltenham & District Gun Club for the use of their ground and for making us all so welcome. We all appreciated the trappers and scorers on each stand - thank you! The day was finished off at a nearby pub for good food and great company. It was so nice to see muzzle loaders from all round the country all chatting together after a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Report - Clare
National Skeet Championship
A 'panorama' of the days activities...