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Running Time: 90 mins
On this programme Michael Pinker and Barry Wilcox, who have many years of shooting experience between them, explain everything that the shooter needs to know before venturing into the shooting field, either as a novice or as an experienced shot.
Topics covered include the choice of gun, whether side by side or over and under, calibre of gun and the importance of the correct fitting of the gun. The choice of cartridges is also mentioned.
Safety is covered in some detail with advice on opening and closing a loaded gun and the dangers of mixing cartridges of differing sizes.
Etiquette on a shoot day is all important and Michael Pinker and Barry Wilcox explain in some detail how to behave upon arrival on a shoot, including the shoot rules and regulations, the draw for peg numbers, good manners in relation to travelling in shoot vehicles, the subject of dogs behaviour and thanking the beaters and the keeper at the end of the day. Sensible advice is also given on clothing.
The ‘on the peg’ information about angles of fire, being ready and safe, and ‘neighbours birds’ is particularly helpful, especially for a novice shot.
Michael Pinker is the proprietor of Lady’s Wood shooting school in Gloucestershire, known for it’s natural surroundings, hospitality and excellent shooting tuition.
Barry Wilcox is Operations Director of Dickson McNaughton in Edinburgh, manufacturers and vendors of quality shotguns.