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  • Birthday 28/07/1951

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    I'm left handed and have been clay shooting since 1977. I've been a member of the England OT, UT and ABT trap teams since 1991. I'm a current England ABT and Great Britain UT team member.

    I took early retirement in 2004 and have started crow and pigeon shooting to while away a few hours during the week and I'm hooked.
    I'm a member of the CPSA.

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  1. Matt, bearing in mind my trip in the article was in 2014, prices now are likely to be higher and my memory is failing. The flights for two of us were roughly £200 return including carriage of the gun. The hotel was 50 euros a night B&B. The stock, grade 1 wood was 550 euros and that included manufacture, fitting and oil finishing. As our flight was early morning from Gatwick we stayed in a local B&B that had storage for our car and they also dropped us at the airport and picked us up on return. I think that cost us £90.
  2. I've just read this post about Manuel Ricardo. Below is a link to an article I wrote a few years ago about my trip to have a stock made. I've been several times since and thoroughly recommend his work. I wouldn't be inclined to have a stock made using the 'distance' method. The reason for a custom made stock is so it fits you, there's a multitude of little alterations that can be made whilst you're standing in front of the stocker, or shooting the gun, that can't be identified purely by dimensions on a piece of paper. If you're going to take the trip, allow a week over there so that you get maximum time with Manuel. http://shootclay.co.uk/2015/02/09/guest-post-stockmaking-portugal/
  3. Simon Willmore at Premier Guns made my DT10 trap stock adjustable. Can't fault his workmanship, price or time taken.
  4. PhilR

    Slip Leads

    Thanks Andy, My lead arrived this morning by first class post. Looks very well made and will be put to use shortly. Cheers, Phil
  5. I've just taken delivery of an Invictus 1 Allsport, tried the Ascent but couldn't get on with the raised rib. I've retained my DT10 just in case....
  6. PhilR

    Slip Leads

    PM sent for a yellow one.
  7. I've just started a course of colchicine, hopefully that will reduce the pain. I don't get regular gout attacks, the last was several years ago so my GP is reluctant to start me on a course of daily medication for it.
  8. My local medical centre is offering the shingles vaccination to the over 70's. I had chickenpox as a kid and shingles in my 30's. It was very, very painful about on par with the gout I'm now suffering with. It seems once the herpes virus is in you it can occur again with serious consequences as you get older. I had my jab a fortnight ago without any side effects. I'd recommend having it if its offered to you.
  9. Doveridge in Derbyshire. The family who own it were well known skeet shooters.
  10. Further to the above second paragraph my replacement SGC turned up in the post today, it was signed off on 1st February, so seven weeks for a straight replacement. Included with the certificate was an impersonal note explaining the new certificate is now issued as an A5 booklet format to use less paper and being smaller is more convenient to carry around. Unfortunately they've used 2 sheets of A4 printed landscape with one side of each sheet blank, had they printed it double sided they'd have made a saving of one sheet and more convenient. If they'd increased the Table 2 size from six rows to fill the empty space below it they'd save themselves extra time and work on issuing replacement certificates during their five year life span.
  11. RIP Harnser, and condolences to his family and friends. The bunker was an epic thread.
  12. Maybe they're the same as Northants firearms dept who aren't accepting phone enquiries for January and February to allow the staff to catch up with their backlog.
  13. I live in Northants too. My wife's SGC expires in February, she completed her forms on line at the end of November, after paying the GP £31.50 and the surgery confirmed they'd emailed her medical report. She received an email from the Firearms Dept a day later to say all paperwork was received and would be dealt with by the expiry date of the existing certificate. On 14th December I hand delivered my SGC to the offices of the Firearms Dept as table 2 was completely full and I'm still waiting for a replacement certificate. An email via the police website asking when I'm likely to receive the replacement has gone unanswered. Telephone calls to the Firearms Dept during the months of January and February are not being answered by staff according to an automated message to enable them to deal with the back log of renewals and new applications.
  14. Sad news. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Hawkeye.
  15. My guns are insured on my household policy with NFU as specified items and have been for over 30 years. The policy isn't cheap but the support I've had from my local office and head office when I've had to make claims has been first class.
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