Shotgun clinic

12 March was D-day for a couple of determined KZN hunters who wanted to improve their wing-shooting skills. There were gate-crashers, late-comers, no-shows, and guys coming from as far as Wartburg and Ixopo. Young and old (or should I say mature) were present – I’m not sure why Charlie Gibling (aged 90 this year!) turned up as he normally outshoots me at trap! With that said, we loved seeing him back at his shotgun “home” club – Riva Valley Club.


All participants thoroughly enjoyed their day.

The club is situated near Umkomaas and has four ranges – a trench, a skeet and two trap ranges. Registration was expertly handled by Hannelie and each clinic attendant received a box of free ammo and a complimentary Clay Target Shooting magazine.

Mark Lansdell, long-standing member of KZNHCA, his wife Melda (selected to shoot for South Africa in the Compak Sporting World Championship in 2014) and I were ready to share knowledge and skills. Mark covered all aspects of gun safety and general pointers and then the group was split up into three “squads”, starting on three different ranges. Practise birds were set to be “going-away” birds and incoming birds were to mimic wing shooting.


After all shooters had completed three disciplines consisting of eight shots each, some eager beavers were ready to shoot another round, while the rest enjoyed a relaxed braai.

Many thanks are extended to Kings (, Natal Gun Company for sponsoring the ammunition and the Clay Target Shooting Association of South Africa ( for sponsoring the magazines. Last but certainly not least, thanks go to Riva Valley Club for hosting the event.

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