Tuesday, 28 December 2010

as the dust settles on the boxing day shoot

We can reflect on what has been a difficult season for travelling to shoots so far. The weather, car problems, family dramas and finances all conspired against our season. I feel that yesterday may have been the last one we travel to.
The pups came along, it certainly does them no harm to get some travelling under their belts along with meeting people;
Being boxing day the whole family came along, I even persuaded teenage sons to be out of bed;
Ben was picking up with his Mum not that much was shot and Alex was with me;

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Still soon be New Years Day on our little shoot and its WAGS day!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Network rail a bunch of crooks?

Well who would have thought
Whats really surprising is the most innefectual union of them all the TSSA has grown some and decided to act. This would be the same bunch of useless clowns whose answer when asked for help to deal with bullying managers was; "Well you dont have a years service so we cant represent you!"
No wonder the unions suffer from membership numbers falling if thats how they treat members!
Never be a member again or work for that shower of cnuts again!

Christmas present ideas?



Thanks to the Kiwi!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Say what you see


He gets my feckin vote!

The shoot day that wasnt

Alex, 5 dogs and I made it as far as Angmering this morning when it became a white out, below is a little footage Alex took when we were closer to home, I hope Boxing day is fairer, dont get me wrong I like the snow but I need the roads to be half decent and West Sussex sucked compared to East for gritting;







Home to feed the chickens, walk the dogs and see the Pups, Nutmeg is out of shot scumming up to me;


So as I sit here eating my porrige, planning to use today fruitfully now, boil out a skull that I found in the freezer and make the Christmas flapjacks, chocolate chip and peanut!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Another trip to metropolis

So Lambeths finest have gone all Nuclear No Thanks on us?


The table display was slightly enticing;

Some interesting publications on display;


Some interesting material provided by the lecturer;

Who gave a very interesting lecture of production engineering for war and how to ramp up production;
There were of course the usual distractions lying around, 9mm Glisenti;

And a very nice instructional item from the first world war;

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Bear defense

It seems that all you need when faced with this;


a firm word.
I'm selling all my magnums and slug guns and investing in a talk firmly in Canuck style course!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

The last shoot day, before christmas

I forgot the syndicates christmas cards!



Breakfast went well, more bacon next time;

Possibly less sausages;


The bag at tea break, 4 Pheasants and 3 Woodcock


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The bag was added to at close of play by 3 more Pheasants and a fox foolish enough to try and run the gun line;


Charlie with a headache;


The tally;



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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Brave, Looney or failed Darwin award nominee

The choice is yours;




Ok to put a few minds at rest;

Monday, 6 December 2010

feelings of inadequacy setting in?

Thanks to the Kiwi for pointing this out;
There are in Alberta stout gentlemen who obviously put in more effort than I ever do! I'm off to feed the pheasants this morning, with a gun just in case!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A day in Hampshire

So the view along the cover strip, not what we are used to seeing but very nice none the less;


The walking gun and beaters make their way into the field;

After the cover strip we beat the river bank onto the sedge beds, the village church looks very atmospheric in the mist and snow;

A beat along the river bank towards the sedge beds;

The beat through the second half of the sedge;





Not a bad haul for the game cart;



The dogs seem pleased enough with their handiwork;
Till 2 weeks time then for here.



I have decided that in future anonymous posts will be deleted, much of what is commented on has no bearing to the circumstances under which we labour. If you dont like what you see then post using a name I can reply to!
The beating was difficult in the sedge and flags if used are merely for tapping against sticks, this time the sedge (which is almost untappable at the best of times was rougher than usual thanks to the snow) Any sticks were used to keep the handful of dedicated beaters upright and barring calling forrard for birds in that mist which was a good thhing to do, the only guns addressed were the pair backgunning who deserve a decent chance.
The birds were all held either by the claws or necks until put into a game carrier by the neck. All birds shot are consumed by the shoot.
If you dont like it then go ahead and buy your 500 bird day and we will enjoy our shoot!











Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snow just about everywhere

Its snowed pretty much non stop since saturday morning, I measured the depth built up on my garden table and its already at 10 inches;

This was Monday morning on the Downs, the local hills at the back of the house;


Tuesday morning in Abbotts wood;



More in Abbotts Wood;


Last night at work during Tea Break;


This morning walking the dogs, and yes work is still on so I'm about to leave;


Oddly enough the roads are clear and provided the council continue to grit then I am off to Hampshire for saturdays shoot!
I really hope it doesnty get cancelled!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Shoot day today

The day dawned colder than ever this week, well coldest so far since last winter. The car was frozen over.



Not a bad start to the first drive, had Dave been on pegs 1 or 2 then the tally would have been trippled in my opinion, so many birds it was like the OK Corrall!

Ben helped us out as we were down 3 guns, thats his first bird ever!



Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sunday Puppy Mayhem



They are certainly getting around now!

More as promised


This has been in the past one of the good tidy little drives but this year is almost devoid of cover inside and therefore also devoid of birds.
Some pigeons took off and Macey managed a nice retrieve;

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Finally dragged my fat bum down to Hampshire

The girls and boys appreciated a ride around rather than walking between drives;




No great masses of pictures but by lunch we had 15 birds in the bag;



Tris is really soppy about his girls;












By close of play it was 22 birds, a few good drives there;


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More to follow later

Something for the evening

So in here for a swift half;
Note the time lapse and then around the corner to have a shufti;
The usual stuff on display but tonights lecture was different;
Dutch Indonesian Service revolvers, a few on the table;
Looked dated but when the lecture went on it was plain to see why;
The usual high quality lecture ensued which very neatly alinged with an earlier one about the Vickers Lugers;
Timeline explained along with examples of what was in service at those times;
Various plates (much later) used to explain contract orders and arrangements;
The very anaemic Blck Powder loads which survived in service possibly until the mid 1960's were explained.
There was obviously a lot more but I really shouldnt steal someones lecture notes!

Outsourcing is it any good?

As seen by recent security outsourcing in ZA Game Parks;


Sent by HRH Princess Chani of Wimbledon

Friday, 19 November 2010

Where's Wally been this week?

Whilst arriving in good time for an interview is to be recommended, an hour is a bit ott so a wander around the district to see whats about;

I suspect if the sun shone the view might be worth seeing;
Kind of given the game away here;

Some interesting buildings near the office;





A short ride on the DLR delivered me here;



After that it was lunch with a friend and onto something for the evening.




Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday

Very nice to see observance of this and the actual 11 am 11th day 11th month being increased. Ben and I went to the usual parade in town, it actually hammered down before and after but held of to a drizzle during. That bit of our duty conscience salved we went to the clay layout.
It had rained solid all morning but they still had observed the silence. It stayed its hand whilst Ben and I shot a couple of rounds of 20 bird supersport;



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The shooting on display was quite good considering the weather, Supersport is a really compact discipline and great fun for a fiver!

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So not a bad day, remembering lost friends and relatives and enjoying a few minutes of 20 bore saluting, Oh I managed 13 out of 20 which is 4 better than Ben!

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Another week has flown by

A week of seeing this when I sit down;
So it was off to the wood for a shoot, first 3 drives were moderately busy, we were 1 gun down so a few birds slipped through. Still managed to bag 3 nice Cock birds even if our cartridge ratio was all to pot;
After lunch the "hump" drive sounded like a gangster film finale, yes at least 5 woodcock were flushed so that may explain it, nothing hit though. The tally was lifted by a pair of cocks and a squirell (thanks big Richard) on the last 2 drives. As usual the birds seem to find the hole in the line;
On getting home it seems that everyone had a good day, Steve a former trainee of mine managed a nice buck with his .243. The head comes tomorrow for boiling out;


Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sunday evening humour

I feel some is required, its been a hard 2 weeks, I could do with a proper job, more money and a real pension. On the plus side I did zero a rifle and also managed to get out amongst the feeders topping up and replacing damaged ones.

I have a commission sale of a nice Parker Hale M81 in 7 x 57 Mauser which shoots so well with both factory and handloads that I may buy it myself now the Rigby has gone to pastures new, this was the firsst group 5 rounds of 140 grain Speer over 40.8 grains of IMR 4895;

Adjusted slightly;

10 rounds of 175 grain Federal;



Final check group, 45 rounds 140 grain Speer;




Found this 1943 US Armour Piercing .50 Cal M2 round sat in a chestnut coppice today;


Handbrake?






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Do you have a back up plan?


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