Royal Air Force Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships 2015

The RAF Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Championships are an annual competition, which helps to decide the squad that compete at Interservices level.

They also allow for the development of novice shooters that will hopefully make the squad in future seasons. The Championships were hosted by Nottingham and District Gun Club over the 14th to 17th May 2015. The competition is made up of four 100 clay disciplines being shot over the four days. Each discipline is split into 3 classes which denotes the level at which the individual competes. The classes are derived from previous Championship scores. If it is your first time at the Championships your classification is calculated on the day depending onhow well you shoot.

RAF Marham put in a very strong team this year. Seven members of RAF Marham Clay Shooting Team entered, with three of them being previous RAF CPSA Squad Members.

This day was English Sporting. This involved shooting 100 clays over 12 Stands. Each stand being completely different to the last. Sgt Desborough shot an 86/100 coming 2nd in A Class.

The team consisting of Sgt Desborough (86/100), SAC(T) Hughes (84/100) and SAC Dyos (82/100) put in a fantastic score of 252, winning the team event and beating the next best team RAF Waddington by 19 clays!

Friday was the first of the Trap disciplines. Four layouts of 25 Down The Line (DTL) targets were shot consecutively to make up the 100 clays. The pressure was on to keep upĀ  the good scores. SAC(T) James Hughes pulled out all the stops and shot a 98/100, closely followed by Sgt Desborough on a 97/100. Flt Lt Morrison- Smith shot a brilliant 92/100 at his 1st ever DTL competition, earning his 25 Straight badge.

Saturday was a busy day with 100 English Skeet targets. Skeet is a great discipline, shooting 25 targets from a Low and High Tower. True to form SAC(T) James Hughes shot an amazing 98/100, finishing as RAF High Gun. The team consisting of SAC(T) James Hughes (98/100), Sgt Desborough (90/100) and SAC Dyos (89/100) did enough on the day to take the team event on 277 beating RAF Coningsby by 10 clays.

Sunday was the Automatic Bore Trap (ABT). This is the hardest of the four days for most people. This discipline always catches out even the experienced shooters. With the title race still on everybody dreads the ABT. Put in a bad score and your weekend and chances of a squad position could be over. SAC(T) James Hughes shot well with his new gun setup and managed to score an impressive 78/100, bagging him 2nd in B Class. SAC Dyos shot 73/100 and Sgt Desborough 72/100 earning them both valuable Championship points.

Overall this year we had a great team effort, winning two of the four team events and bringing home plenty of Glass and Silverware. We have now got four shooters in the top 20 of the RAF, and with plenty of practice over the forthcoming season we hope to double that next year!

I would also like to congratulate SAC Daniel Johnson, SAC(T) Daniel Simson and Flt Lt Nick Morrison Smith for participating in their first Championships and Cpl Gaz Evans for shooting after returning from OOA only days before. Hopefully they will continue to shoot with RAF Marham and return to the Championships next year.

The RAF Championships are a great time to meet people with like minds. Everybody who attended had a fantastic time and hopefully all the novice and first time competitors will come back fighting next year.

If you are interested in Clay Pigeon Shooting please get in touch. We are always looking for new team members. Contact: Sgt Richard Desborough Ext: 7477 or SAC(T) James Hughes: Ext: 6316

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