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Young Shots Game Day - photos available shortly

Young Shots Game Day - photos available shortly

This year's Schools Challenge Young Shots' Game Day was again a huge success, with over 20 boys and girls taking part, and having a great day.

Photos from the day will be available shortly on Don Brunt's www.doublebarrelledpicturecompany.co.uk website.

The Double Barrelled Picture Company specialises in shoot related photography and is recognised as a leader in the field. Whether you are booking a corporate clay day or a day's driven pheasant shooting, Double Barrelled will ensure you take away the memories of your day's sport. With various packages available to suit all pockets, clients can choose whether they want CD's of the day's images, prints or even personalised hard-bound coffee table style books.

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Young Shots' Game Day 15/16th Dec - LAST CHANCE to book...

Young Shots' Game Day 15/16th Dec - LAST CHANCE to book...

The Young Shots' Game Day on 15th/16th December is almost fully booked, so do give David a ring NOW to book your place and avoid dissappointment.

More details can be found here

Ring David on 01844 238 308 for
further details, or to book your place.

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Schools Challenge dates announced for 2009!

Schools Challenge dates announced for 2009!

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2009 Schools Challenge!

Event Date
The Schools Challenge at OxfordWed 11th Mar 2009
The Schools Challenge at Bredon SchoolSun 3rd May 2009
Bredon Fete and Country FairMon 4th May 2009


We do hope you'll be able to join us in 2009 - do get in touch to book your place, or further information. Do book early to avoid disappointment...

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Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers 2008

Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers 2008

Electronic Ear Phones

Browning Electronic Ear Phones
RRP £120.00 Special price £75.00

Peltor Tactical Sport Electronic Ear Phones
RRP £145.00 Special price £99.00







Glen Troll Boots

Ideal whatever the weather!

BUY 1 GET ONE FREE
You pay £14.95 for one boot and get the other boot FREE!

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Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers 2008

Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers 2008

Pigeon Carousel




2 Arm with speed control. A popular carousel with speed-control.
Foldable arms for easy transportation. Includes battery and wire, does not include pigeons.

RRP £179.99 Special price £99.99

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Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers

Oxford Gun Special Autumn/ Winter Offers

Deluxe Pigeon Hide

Collapsible camo hide with four sides and tough construction. Simple and quick to erect and move. Recommended by international wildfowel and pigeon shooters.

RRP £99.99 Special Price £69.99

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Young Shots Game Day 15th/16th Dec '08

Young Shots Game Day 15th/16th Dec '08

We have lots of youngsters that have been shooting at our grounds for the past few years. Recently many have expressed an interest in game shooting - so we've decided to put a game shooting day together! But, not just 1 day, but a 2 day package!

The first day will be at our shooting grounds with our professional shooting instructors. They'll teach you the etiquette of game shooting and how to shoot game with the correct shooting style, as well as how a day’s game shooting works. This day will start at 9:30am and finish at approx. 4:30pm with a talk about game shooting at the end.

The second day will be at Waddesdon Manor Estate, Buckinghamshire. This is a charming shoot, set in undulating countryside with beautiful scenery and woodland which, we feel, is a good example of a professionally run game shoot. You will have the opportunity to shoot 3 drives, beat 3 drives and pick up 3 drives giving you the chance to see exactly how a shoot works. We will have 3 drives then a break for sausages and soup, followed by 3 more drives. Then lunch on the shoot and shoot some more drives. We'll finish at approximately 5:00pm.

This package is a special price of £229 (all inclusive.) It's open to boys and girls aged between 12 and 21 - but places are limited, so book your place early by ringing David on 01844 238 308

Visit The Schools Challenge homepage for more details of other events

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Ladies Day 2008

Ladies Day 2008

Wednesday 10th September 2008 9:30am – 4:30pm Itinery 9:30am Arrive for tea, coffee and breakfast. 10:00am Choose teams of 5 ladies at random for the shoot. Shoot 50 sporting practice. 12:30pm Buffet lunch in “The Old Barn” and a chance to peruse clothing from major suppliers for 2007/2008 shooting fashions. 2:00pm Shooting competition in the same teams as the morning’s practice. 4:00pm Afternoon tea & prize giving in “The Old Barn”. Scores from the competition are recorded and there are prizes to 5th place. Cost £60 per person. Fibre Wads ONLY please. The competition is open to individuals & groups. Please call for an entry form or book in over the phone... it couldn't be simpler!
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Young Guns Summer Holiday Fun Days 2008

Young Guns Summer Holiday Fun Days 2008

Full size poster here...

For The Young Shot - Mon 14th July & Tues 12th Aug.

This day will be aimed at young shots that are at a competent level but want to improve.
This day will start at about 9:30am with a brief introduction in the shop you will then shoot through the morning with a break for refreshments, lunch will be at approximately 1pm with an educational video which will be followed by an afternoon of more challenging Targets. Throughout the course we will work on improving your gun mounting, basic technique and different ways to hit those targets that get away!!! The day will then end at 4:30pm
All welcome open to ages 12 to 21. The day will cost you £110 per person all inclusive.

Country Sports Experience Day - Tues 19th Aug 2008

Why Not Try A Country Sport?
This day is a taster of clay shooting, Archery, air rifle shooting & Gun dog handling.
The day starts at 9:30am with an Introduction into shooting by one of our instructors. You will then experience half a day’s clay shooting (with a refreshment break half way through), lunch will be at approx. 1pm with an educational video which will be followed by an afternoon of archery and air rifle shooting. Finishing at approximately 5pm.
All welcome open to ages 12 to 21. The day will cost you £95 per person all inclusive.

Young Handlers Day - Tues 5th Aug.

This day is aimed at all youngsters who are interested in learning about how important a dog can be on a game shoot. Learning the basics from training to manners, picking up to beating.
Tha day starts at 9:30am with an introduction into gun dogs by your instructor followed by some hands on training, a break, more handling, then we will break for lunch. After lunch you will take part in a competition. All welcome open to ages 12 to 21. The day will cost you £70 per person all inclusive.

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Bredon 2008 Schools Challenge results and newsletter

Bredon 2008 Schools Challenge results and newsletter

The results and newsletter from the Bredon 2008 Schools Challenge are now available in the results section.

Bredon Results and Newsletter 2008

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Pigeon Shooters Bargain of the year!

Pigeon Shooters Bargain of the year!

A Classic Game 28" M/C, 3" chambers & steel proofed. 14 1/2" stock with a recoil pad for more comfort shooting on a summers evening. Matt finish barrels to reduce reflections.

This Gun is great value for money at £499.

With each gun you will get a FREE PIGEON HIDE

A pop up cave pigeon hide with a camo carrying back pack all for £499

This offer is very limited so you will have to be quick!

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Baby Booming at Oxford - an article by Don Brunt

Baby Booming at Oxford - an article by Don Brunt

The Oxford Gun Company’s Schools Challenge event continues to go from strength to strength. Now in its third year the event has become so popular that it was oversubscribed with some schools having to be turned away due to a lack of spaces, the 160 entries that did get in though were treated to an excellent competition that had that major event feel to it which can be so difficult to create.

David Florent is nothing if not determined and his tenacious approach to the event showed in the number of sponsors that turned out to both support it and donate prizes that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a shoot far bigger than this.

Nobody would deny the importance of getting youngsters involved in the Sport which guarantees its long term future, however school teams have a special contribution to make as many of those who shoot in such teams come from non shooting backgrounds. Many of the schools themselves have only recently introduced the sport to their curriculum and one can think of few better ways to raise the profile of the sport positively amongst the general public than having it supported by the education system.

The event itself is open to children from prep school age through to 6th formers and both in the individual and team events children were competing from different social and economic backgrounds, giving them a chance to meet and talk to people outside of their normal circles.

Shot over a 60 bird 8 stand course the Sporting layout had something for everyone and was not by any stretch of the imagination an easy round, Nick Hollick shot it and returned a score of 56 only five clear of the highest scoring child on the day. Shooting a double squadded morning and afternoon rotation it was always going to be a challenge to get everyone through on time but things went pretty much according to plan and the last shot on the sporting course was fired at around 5.00pm. With so many schools putting in teams it looked like Millfield, often on top at events like this were going to have to work hard for the win but as the scores were counted it looked as though this time they had been frozen out of the top 3. Bradfield College in fact took the last step of the podium just 5 clays adrift of runners up Wellington College whilst Old Swinford Hospital A team proved that state schools can beat the best of the Independent sector by a convincing margin of 12 targets.

Millfield though took their revenge in the form of their Ladies team who as usual shot very well to take the Ladies Team victory with a score of 163. They also managed to bag the Ladies individual win courtesy of Georgia Boscawen’s score of 43, five birds clear of Ruth Baver of Tudor hall who was in turn one clear of A Williams of Millfield.

In the Senior event it was Ben Bowley of Bradfield whose 49 gave him a winning margin of two from Seaford Colleges Chris Whittingham whilst Oliver wall of Kingsley College was a further clay adrift. Ben may have taken the honours in the Seniors event but Oliver Meekins 51 in the Prep School class must go down as the performance of the day. Keep an eye out for this young man; we may be seeing more of him in the pages of this magazine in the future if he continues to shoot like this.

The Florents are now looking forward to 2009 and scratching their heads as to how they can go one better than this year.

For more info visit:- www.theschoolschallenge.co.uk

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Schools graduate to Oxford - an article by Don Brunt

Schools graduate to Oxford - Don Brunt

Three years ago David Florent of the Oxford Gun Company started a small event called the schools challenge, it was designed to encourage the next generation of youngsters into the sport, to support them and to highlight the benefits of having shooting on the curriculum to schools. Today the Schools Challenge has become one of the leading lights on the school shooting calendar and this years event was in fact oversubscribed, over 160 entries from around the country took part competing as both individuals and teams, with ages ranging from prep school through to 6th form.

Of course it’s just another shoot and they do it solely for profit you might say but you get the feeling that it means more than that to David and the Florent family who put in a tremendous effort to make sure that the event gets bigger and better each year. For example the list of sponsors who donate prizes would look more appropriate for an English Open or other major than an inter schools shoot. In addition David has worked closely with Express to create a low recoil cartridge especially for use by youngsters and this Stealth load kills well enough that it has already straighted the 50 bird sporting at the ground.

The day of the competition itself dawned wet and grey but the high spirits of the arriving competitors were not dampened an iota and by 10.15 the first rotation of squads were out on the 8 stand 60 bird layout, it soon became clear that the next generation of shooters are no slouches when it comes to busting clays with some good scores emerging early on. Millfield School from Somerset have a habit of dominating such events and fielded a large contingent of shooters, however as their sunny afternoon round progressed it became apparent that this time the win would be beyond their grasp. In fact in the team event it was the A team from Old Swinford Hospital in the West midlands who took the win by a convincing 12 target margin from Wellington College while Bradfield College took third place. A consolation though was on the cards for Bradfield in the form of Ben Bowley who took victory in the Individual competition with a creditworthy 49 ex 60. Millfield managed to salvage a little pride thanks to the strong performance of Georgia Boscawen who shot her way to the top of the individual ladies leader board, obviously inspiring her team mates to greater heights as Millfield Girls also secured the ladies team trophy. However a special mention must go to Oliver Meekins whose victory in the Prep school class was courtesy of a fantastic score of 51, the best score of the entire day.

For information on next years event contact David on 01844 238308 or visit www.theschoolschallenge.co.uk

Score
10thWorth School B153
9thSeaford College Senior154
8thMillfield School Girls163
7thLord Williams School179
6thWorth School A180
5thMillfield School Boys B191
4thMillfield School Boys A192
3rdBradfield College A193
2ndWellington College A198
1stOld Swinford Hospital A210


Senior Individuals ResultsScore
3rdOliver Wall, Kingsley 6th Form College46
2ndChris Whitingham, Seaford College47
1stBen Bowley, Bradfield49


Senior Ladies ResultsScore
3rdAndy Williams, Millfield School37
2ndRuth Baver, Tudor Hall38
1stGeorgia Boscawen, Millfield School43
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Stealth Cartridges Launched

Stealth Cartridges Launched

At The Oxford Gun Company we’ve been teaching youngsters to shoot for many years.

One of our main concerns over the years is what we consider to be the over development of cartridges. The trend to develop increasingly fast cartridges has had two sides affect - more recoil and increased noise. We feel that both of these aren’t good for youngsters. With this in mind we’ve worked with Roger Hurley from Express to produce a cartridge with light recoil, which still kills well.

These cartridges are ideal to help minimise the effect of shooting on growing youngsters.


We’re proud to be using these cartridges at this year’s Schools Challenge.

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The Schools Challenge 2008 - Results and photos

The Schools Challenge 2008 - Results and photos

We'd like to thank all the schools and individuals for attending this year.

We had over 160 entries from private and state schools all over the country.

The winners and full results are published on the 2008 Results Page

The photos can be found in the Pics-4-U Photo Gallery

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The Schools Challenge at Bredon - why not join us?

The Schools Challenge at Bredon - why not join us?

The Schools Challenge at Bredon

This year we're holding "The Schools Challenge at Bredon" on 4th May 2008. This is in addition to the hugely popular "Schools Challenge at The Oxford Gun Company", which is now almost fully booked - get in quick to reserve your place if you haven't already!

Further details on our poster, or from the TSC homepage

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Model jeep, with Brigs & Stratton Engine £1995ono

Model jeep, with Brigs & Stratton Engine £1995ono

Rare opportunity from The Oxford Gun Company


Model Jeep made for Harrods. This is a scale model of a Jeep with a Brigs and Stratton engine. Ideal fun car for a youngster to own and play with, very realistic and rare. Cost new aprox £4500. Special Price £1995 ono

For more information ring David or Doug at The Oxford Gun Company
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Young Shots Game Day Dec 2007 - Photos now available!

Young Shots Game Day Dec 2007 - Photos now available!

The photos from the Young Shots Game Day, held on 17th/18th December 2007 are now available on the TSC website.

View the TSC Photo Gallery here
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Newsletter 2008 & TSC Application Form available

Newsletter 2008 & TSC Application Form available

You can have a read of our latest Newsletter - available in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format.
Click HERE to view

You can also download a copy of the ENTRY FORM - we have limited places available each year, so get your entries in early to avoid disappointment!

As always, please do contact us at the number above (top right) with any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

David
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Read "Dave`s Diary" from PULL! Magazine...

Read

David's been writing a column for the CPSA PULL! magazine.

Read the full article here



You can also view other The Schools Challenge magazine articles here
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