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  1. Clay shooting grounds

    Barbury Shooting School is just off M4 J15 so also pretty easy. And there is always Oxford Gun Co but I have my doubts about their instructors.
  2. How near, how far.

    Dinner... Sminner. It's the gravy with fish and chips that I can't handle! Strewth... I'm going to need 6 months of therapy to get that thought out of my head.
  3. Trigger pulls ???.

    Correct. (Apart from the heavy handed men part ) Some people slap the trigger and neither notice nor care about heaviness and creep etc., but others - like me - 'feel' the trigger and absolutely do notice the occasional extra heavy or light pull. Over the years I must have missed hundreds of targets before finally getting a gun with excellent triggers.
  4. Doctors and SGC Revocations

    Absolutely right. My late father in law, my late brother in law (suicide) and my middle son are/were all clinical depressives. I assume it's a rogue gene in my wife's family. My wife isn't a depressive but at times she can have an incredibly negative outlook. Apart from my father in law, all of them could/can be extremely good company, often very witty and full of laughter. Our son has a mortgage, a partner and a young son and everyone in the family is aware of his depression and able to recognise and deal with his dark periods - which was not the case with my brother in law. No one spotted his depression and his persona as the joker and fun guy probably stopped him from being able to deal with it. So yes, I have 1st hand experience of depression and it's wholly different from grief or sorrow or emotional pain.
  5. Trigger pulls ???.

    I owned a Miroku for 4 years and I've shot a dozen or so since then. I can unequivocally state that in my opinion they are, along with Brownings, just about the worst triggers of any mid range gun. I dislike the free play, the creep, the needlessly heavy pull weight and particularly the inconsistency. Newer ones seem slightly better than older but to me they still feel pretty agricultural.
  6. Trigger pulls ???.

    I may be thick but I can't think of any reason why the pull weight between the 2 barrels should be different on a single trigger gun. As for the actual pull weight I'll take a consistent 2.5-3lbs with no free play for both barrels all day long.
  7. Doctors and SGC Revocations

    I can only imagine your pain and loss but i would advise against seeing your doc about it. A surprisingly high percentage of GPs are not fully trained to differentiate between a situation such as your grieving process which will take time and support to come to terms with and real clinical depression which is usually incurable. Bereavement counselling is available without going via the doc and that will remove any risk of the "D" word which could cause you to lose your guns.
  8. This can’t be real, woman can try out for the SAS

    The older I get the more I become aware that this once great country of ours has become utterly bonkers. Positive discrimination (Affirmative Action in the US) in the military toward women doesn't just lower the overall standard it's patronising to the recipients, insulting to those who got there on merit and erodes morale and esprit de corps. It's the SAS and SBS for god's sake, not the ruddy BBC.
  9. 32” barrel

  10. Beretta eell

    The Classic is... Well... Classic. And it looks so much nicer without the TOWIE trigger.
  11. 32” barrel

    It depends on what you mean by entry level. Some lower cost guns such as 525s, SP1s, Fabarm etc are easily available in 32, but in any case you can't really use Perazzi for comparison because they build barrels to the buyer's specs because one person's ideal weight, balance, length and choking preferences can be quite different from another's. It was principally Beretta who changed the the market for long barrels back in 2000 when they released the fully vented Optima system on the DT10 and 682 Gold E. These barrels weighed much less (on the O/Us) than the Mobil barrels and many people preferred the handling of the 32s to the 30s. Since then, every other major maker has followed suit, even Browning's current Ultra XS feels good in 32 and of course the light barrelled Parcours from Krieghoff sells like hot cakes and I don't see many in 30" form.
  12. Shotgun chokes

    If I was buying a fixed choke gun - and I'm tempted by the M-Spec - I'd choose half & half and be happy forever.
  13. 32” barrel

    If you seriously think that any of the above comment bears out in practice you're way off beam. George, Richard, Ben, Ed and about half a dozen others are fully sponsored and that means they choose the model and specifications that they want. About 20-25 more have partial sponsorship from either a maker or a shop or both. Again, they have a lot of freedom when it comes to the specs. Why do you keep banging on about 32" barrels being "trendy". Read Hamster's post above.
  14. 32” barrel

    I was commenting on your point about swing through, that's all. But do bear in mind that 32s aren't 'very trendy'; they've been around for many years and most of us don't pick them because of resale value. You strike me as being quite defensive about your own decision not to go with 32s so, just for the record, I can honestly say that I've never rubbished anyone's choice of gun or barrel length. I compared 30 and 32 on several occasions before making my choice and if I'd preferred the feel of the 30s I'd have bought them. But then I try to avoid swinging the gun too much anyway. If you spent even one day reffing a registered sporting competition you'd soon realise that, in general, the best scores come from those who shoot with the least gun movement. Of course many of the 'swingers' do hit targets - they just don't hit so many. I do though recommend that you read grrclark's last post very thoroughly because he has it absolutely spot on, not just for skeet but also for many sporting clays targets.
  15. 32” barrel

    If you're daft enough to try and shoot fast, close crossers using swing through, short barrels aren't going to help; you'll still struggle to hit them. The silly old chestnut about long barrels for long shots and short barrels for close takes no account of weight distribution of either the gun or the shooter and ignores things like technique.