Diary of a lady trap shooter, Beretta 682

Diary of a lady trap shooter, Beretta 682

Chapter Eighteen: April 23rd 2014 “Progress!”
Location Auchterhouse Country Sports
Shooting Coach Iain MacGregor
60 Cartridges
2 sessions..

We started our coaching session part one on the DTL layout nearest to the clubhouse on station 5. Like last week (Ooops! I didn’t do an update due to my workload and deadlines) I was wearing my heeled boots and not my wellies. It’s a nice feeling shooting in heels so I think I’ll continue to do so.

Very quickly Iain identified an improvement in my posture and posture control. I had somehow altered my posture and retained control of my posture when I shot wearing heels. The heels made a difference and it was positive.

There were a few shots where I was not in the right place in regard to sight picture but they were not bad shots said Iain. We moved to station 3 where I shoot properly, with proper gun movement: pause and acceleration. Iain was also heard saying “all good shots!”

We finished on station 1. I don’t ‘rotate properly’. I am inclined to move my arms and not lock-in so my posture suffers although I did pull off a shot Iain didn’t think was possible with my second barrel on a left hander. I swear I heard him say “Ooh” a couple of octaves higher than normal!

Session deux commenced after a cup of tea back at the clubhouse. We went to the other DTL layout, Sian Bruce was with us and she shot skeet very well! Afterwards it was my turn on the DTL layout. We started this session with focus on a firm core. I need to perfect my mental check-list before I shoot. There are certain things I do 95% of the time before I shoot thanks to Phil Coley, my session with him last month has stuck and it is now, mostly(!) automatic. Iain also slightly altered my posture to lean forward a little more. To me it felt like a big alteration but actually it wasn’t.

In summary, Iain MacGregor said, “Every week there is visible improvement and bad habits have not been allowed to develop because you are clever (yes, he did say that!). You always strive to make each shot count.”

I felt today’s couple of sessions were very interesting. I felt the progress. I really ‘felt’ the shift. At one point I stopped for a few moments, smiled and enjoyed the feeling. It’s one of those little snap shots in time when you know it’s all good and it is extremely pleasurable. Life is good. Shooting is euphoric.


Iain MacGregor website http://www.claycoach.co.uk/

Auchterhouse CountrySports www.auchterhousecountrysports.co.uk

Angelia Yorke The Pear Tree tearoom and Larder https://www.facebook.com/peartreetearoom

Phil Coley http://www.clayshootingsuccess.co.uk/

Roe deer doe in long grass

Roe deer doe in long grass

Taking place at Auchterhouse Country Sports

Costs will be £160 per gun (teams of 4 £640) BUT £10 per gun can be deducted if paid by 31st August. For the first time there will be a Black Grouse Trophy awarded to the top gun. This will be a bronze sculpture of a Black Grouse by the well-known sculptor Simon Gudgeon and will become an annual trophy.

The costs per gun include for Cartridges (12 and 20 bore only), Clays, Supper ,Bacon Butties on arrival ,Wine and Beer.

Auction and prize giving

 All proceeds will be divided equally between the two organisations for research into black grouse conservation and work in education about the Scottish countryside.

 Participants in the shoot may enter teams of four or take part as individual guns.

 There will be prizes for the top team (men and ladies) and top shot (men and ladies).

The overall top shot will be awarded the Scottish Black Grouse Trophy

There will also be prizes for the top team on the flush (top team excluded!!), top gun with a side by side and top veteran shot (over 75), Maybe others on the day



Stephen grant side by side shotgun

Stephen grant side by side shotgun

Horse and rider portrait

Horse and rider portrait

Scottish Olympic Skeet Grand Prix, Auchterhouse Country Sports

Scottish Olympic Skeet Grand Prix, Auchterhouse Country Sports

You can see a selection of photographs on my Photography Facebook Page, click HERE

Salmon fishing on the tweed

Salmon fishing on the tweed


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