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Christmas 4 day sale - 29th to 31st

Come and visit us for the famous 4 day Christmas SALE!!

Once again we're giving you something sporting to do between Christmas and New Year! Come and grab yourself a bargain, have a shoot at our Award-Winning shooting ground, and grab a cup of coffee and chat.

We'd love to see you!

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2012 is our 30th Anniversary!

2012 is our 30th Anniversary!

What Warwickshire College thought....

What Warwickshire College thought....

A letter from John Timmis, of Warwickshire College, about The Schools Challenge 2011:-


On behalf of myself, fellow coach Phil Cambray and the student clay shooters of Warwickshire College can I thank the Oxford Gun Company and its many sponsors for staging 'The Schools Challenge' competitions.

This has been my first experience of your events, having only been appointed as their team coach in September 2010 after a 30 year Police career.

Like most colleges we are limited by finance, but we make the best we can of a flat field and five traps, for two hours every Wednesday afternoon. Our team is also a young one with most being only 16 or 17 years of age and few having their own guns.

The first Schools Challenge at Jericho farm was very enjoyable. The targets were all highly visible and very hittable, encouraging the students to build some high scores. The rabbit mania was very popular with some students keen to sell their siblings into slavery or to remortgage the family home just to hit that one extra target that had repeatedly eluded them . Likewise the catering and photography were top notch and in terms of pricing did not take unfair advantage of a captive audience, as I have unfortunately witnessed at some other venues.

We were unfortunately missing a few of our big hitters at this event, due to us being an Agricultural college and this event clashing with the 'lambing practical' week, when students were out on placement at farms and unable to represent us.

The team we sent were a little disappointed with their own individual performance, especially when they each counted away the few silly lost targets that collectively separated them in eighth place from the overall winning team and the vast array of prizes. It gave us something to build upon and we have since made a few trips to other grounds to broaden their experience of targets and to build upon their mental control and score building skills.

The college budget would unfortunately not allow us to compete in two events over the same May Bank Holiday weekend so, given the choice between the National Schools event at EJ Churchill's on Saturday or the Bredon Schools Challenge on Sunday, we opted to once again support the Oxford Gun Company event.

The decision proved to be a good one. Our ten students were a little phased by the presence of a few familiar faces and the TV camera alike, but after watching the 'celebrity' shooters also missing a few targets in the strong wind they dug in and delivered a fantastic one and two in the team event. For a coach it doesn't get much better than that and I will personally be wearing their victors photograph as a hat !

Its a shame that the wind played havoc with the targets but there was nothing you could do about that on such an exposed piece of land. Unfortunately its very beauty is what made it vulnerable to the wind and I know from my own experience its a difficult call as to which takes priority when you are setting such a prestigious event. My personal view is that you made the right choice of venue but sadly the hand of fate (in the form of weather) was against you this year.

The sponsorship of this event is fantastic and it is a credit to you that you managed to attract so many generous sponsors in such a difficult economic climate.

I do wish to emphasise my thanks to those sponsors who have invested either time or money in support of this Young Shots event, whether that be the big sponsors such as Bredon School, Stratstone Cheltenham, Browning, Bowman, NFU Mutual or those many other sponsors with smaller budgets who nonetheless helped out with prizes , trophies or simply time.

Every little bit of support added to the grandeur of this event and I am confident that a lot of young shots at Bredon that day will forever be remembering the 1st May 2011 for reasons other than the death of Osama Bin Laden. Indeed should any of the sponsors ever find themselves wondering what legacy they have left behind them, can I urge them to look closely at the smiles on the faces of my two teams, for it was their generosity that helped to put them there!

We had not appreciated that a Browning 525 was the Team Prize and my young shots were absolutely elated to win this for the college. The fantastic craftsmanship of the Croots gun slips also gives them a practical and personal shooting memento that will hopefully last a lifetime and in turn remind the five students in later life of the happy day they enjoyed at Bredon on 1st May 2011.

The journey home to Moreton Morrell was entertaining, the whole minibus was buzzing with laughter and euphoria, quite unlike a normal journey back when fatigued teenagers are in the main silent and sleepy.

Meanwhile, back at Moreton Morrell the reaction from fellow staff and students has been phenomenal and our achievement at your event has delivered ripples of warmth throughout the College. I'm sure we will still be on a high at the end of the term.

We are extremely grateful to you for running this event and would ask that you express our thanks to Bredon for the use of their spectacular school grounds and to the sponsors for their immense generosity.

We look forward to returning next year to improve upon our performance at Jericho Farm and also to hopefully defend our title at Bredon.

Yours in sport.


John Timmis

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FUN DAY! - This Saturday 15th

FUN DAY! - This Saturday 15th

The Oxford Gun Co Fun day is this Saturday - make sure you book in to get a space!

It will be a great day out shooting, and we'll also have our friends here - Browning, Land Rover Cheltenham and Cotswold ATV - so come along and have a play!

To book-in, give David a call at the shop on 01844 238 308.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at the ground!

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Young Shots Game Day 2011 - BOOK NOW!

Young Shots Game Day 2011 - BOOK NOW!

The famous Schools Challenge Game Day is back - book now to secure your place for Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st December 2011.

This is a TWO DAY package, with the first at our shooting ground with professional instruction, and the second at Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire.

Read the Adobe pdf file file, or click here for more details...

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Over 550 photos....TSC Oxford & Bredon

Over 550 photos....TSC Oxford & Bredon

We've added over 550 photos from The Schools Challenge this year!

Oxford Photo Gallery

Bredon Photo Gallery

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Duck Mania at CLA - win a £1,400 shotgun

Duck Mania at CLA - win a £1,400 shotgun

Come and visit The Oxford Gun Company stand at the CLA Game Fair, and try your hand at the "Duck Mania Shooting Simulator".

For just £3 a go, you have the chance to win a £1,400 shotgun!

The highest score of the weekend wins, with prize giving held on Sunday 24th July. NB:- You have to be there to be able to win!)

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Fabarm SALE

Fabarm SALE

Up to 60% discount on
these New & Demo Guns.


We have been lucky to have been able to buy a large quantity of these guns that have been used as display guns in the showrooms at huge discounts.


Click here to view Fabarm Special offers

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Rabbit Mania August Extravaganza

Rabbit Mania August Extravaganza

The Browning Rabbit Mania AUGUST Extravaganza! at The Oxford Gun Company

Starting on the 1st August 2011, come and shoot for your chance to win 250 Winchester Cartridges every week, and a Browning 525 shotgun for the overall High Gun in August!

Entries £12 per round. Shoot as many times as you like. Must be shot using a Browning product – loan guns available. FIBRE WADS CARTRIDGES ONLY

No need to book just call 01844 238308 to check availability. Shoot-off and prize-giving will be held on Tuesday 30th August.

Competition open Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-3pm, at The Oxford Gun Company

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TSC Bredon results 2011

TSC Bredon results 2011

The full results of The Schools Challenge at Bredon are available in the May 2011 Newsletter.

Congratulations to all who took part - it was a great day, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year, and for other Schools Challenge events through the year!

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Browning Novice Days - August 2011

Browning Novice Days - August 2011

Bored in the summer holidays??

Looking for an exciting new sport to take up??

Ever thought of clay shooting??

Now is your chance!!

Under 21, and want a day out clay shooting?

Come and join us for a full day of instruction and shooting.

All for just £109 fully inclusive!

Further details on the poster

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First 100 STRAIGHT at the Oxford Gun Company

First 100 STRAIGHT at the Oxford Gun Company

Oxford Gun Company First Ever 100 Straight!

Doug & Shirley Florent have been running shooting grounds and gun shops for 29 years and this is their first ever 100 straight on their grounds!

This amazing feat has been achieved by Tom Mckenzie-Boyer aged 19, who has been shooting our weekly 100 sporting for the past few months.

He's consistently been shooting OVER 90, But on Monday 16th May 2011 he achieved the amazing 100 Straight!

Congratulations from the O.G.C team!

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Field Sports TV new episode - 04/05/11

Half an hour of great TV every week, online only, from 7pm Wednesdays.

"Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Chief Constable Matt Baggott both show their support for hunting, shooting and fishing at the Ballywalter Game & Country Living Fair in Northern Ireland. We are there to film it for Fieldsports Britain this week. We also use the fair to take a walk through the history of shooting and fishing in Northern Ireland. We shoot a punt gun with Andy Scullion, we look at a walking stick gun, we try out Victorian poaching methods, and the programme is presented by Paul Pringle, editor of Irish Countrysports & Country Life magazine."

Watch more at Field Sports TV website.

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Visit us on Facebook

Visit us on Facebook

We've just set up a company page on Facebook! Come take a look, and click the "Like" button to show your interest, and get info in your Facebook wall.

Come visit us:- Visit Facebook Page

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Join us at Bredon Festival of Shooting - Mon 2nd May

Join us at Bredon Festival of Shooting - Mon 2nd May

Wondering what to do with your May Day bank holiday this year?

Why not come and join us for a fantastic day on 2nd May 2011 at The Bredon Festival of Shooting - bring the gun, and bring your dog for a full family day out!

We've 50 Bird Sporting, Have-A-Go Stands (bring your friends/family to try shooting for the first time?), Browning Try-a-Gun stand, along with all the usual Country Fair activities.

Have read of the full poster for more info...

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Field Sports TV new episode - 06/04/11

Half an hour of great TV every week, online only, from 7pm Wednesdays.

"In the programme this week, we're picking up tips from a team of long-distant rifle shooters who are at the WMS Steel Challenge range in Wales to compete for Swarovski glass, we have an entertaining way of exercising hunters with the East Sussex & Romney Marsh Hunt in Sussex, and we are asking the question: will this be the year of the £50 pheasant?"

Watch more at Field Sports TV website.

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Field Sports TV new episode - 30/03/11

Half an hour of great TV every week, online only, from 7pm Wednesdays.

"This week we've gone topsy-turvy. We've got antis chasing deerstalkers, rabbits chasing rabbitshooters, and crow shooters sitting very, very still or the crows won't come near them.

There's a new film out called Blooded about antis chasing naked deerstalkers across Mull. Its trailer was so shocking YouTube banned it. It stars Prince William's buddy, the actress Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. We talk to director Ed Boase and writer James Walker about how they handle antis with rifles.

In the next item, George Digweed is back from a round-the-globe trip that's seen him pick up another world championship (that makes 18) and a continental prize, the Pan African. Now he is after Britain's wiliest bird: the crow. He is trying out the Idleback pigeonshooting chair in order to keep a low profile, he talks through decoying, flappers and how to shoot straight.

Finally, we're with Somerset farmer Richard Payne using N550 night vision on his .22 in order to clear a 21-acre field of rabbits that have munched their way thtrough 16 acres of rape. The advantage of the digisight is that the rabbits come running towards you."

Watch more at Field Sports TV website.

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Field Sports TV new episode - 23/03/11

Half an hour of great TV every week, online only, from 7pm Wednesdays.

This week we’ve got pigeon shooting with the ‘crow man’ Andy Crow, deerstalking with Sporting Shooter editor Dominic Holtam, The Schools Challenge competition for the best young shooters in Britain, and our own super competition for one lucky viewer to win a TransK9 dog box for your car worth £450.

Out with Andy in Kent, the conditions are against him – it’s light, bright and the sun is low - but still he’s there, defending his farm with a team of other pigeon shooters and they manage a 150-bird day. What a spring it’s been so far for pigeon shooters, with the sheer numbers of birds taking the farmers by surprise.

Also surprising is the number of entries to this year’s Schools Challenge. Organised by The Oxford Gun Company, the latest in a year of clay competitions and gameshooting days for schools and schoolchildren has introduced thousands of young people to the sport of shooting. Contenders for the title include Kineton High School, Bredon, Bradfield and Millfield. Who is going to win this year? Find out here…

Watch more at Field Sports TV website.

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Richard Faulds wins pass to London Olympics!

Richard Faulds wins pass to London Olympics!

We just wanted to share another fantastic achievement for one of Great Britain's top shots - Richard Faulds.

Richard won the Double Trap Men event at the 2011 ISSF Combined World Cup in Sydney. The 34-year old secured an Olympic Quota Place, an entrance ticket to the next 2012 London Games, on the same layout where he had won the 2000 Olympics. Faulds finished on the highest step of the podium with a total score of 188 hits. Walking into the medal match in fifth with a qualification score of 141 targets, he climbed up in the lead by hitting 47 out of 50 targets in the final round.

Read more:- Link to ISSF news article

Share the good news, and let's get some well-earned publicity for our fantastic British shooting sports achievements!

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TSC March 2011 results + newsletter

TSC March 2011 results + newsletter

The March 2011 Schools Challenge Newsletter is now published, including the full results from the Oxford Schools Challenge! It's available as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.

Download the newsletter here. (578Kb)





You can download Adobe Reader here:-

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Schools Challenge 2011 at The Oxford Gun Company - what a great day!

Schools Challenge 2011 at The Oxford Gun Company - what a great day!

The Biggest Prize fund in clay shooting history for young shots - £70,000 for 2011!

The Schools Challenge at The Oxford Gun Company. What can I say about it?

Well, it's just getting bigger and bigger, and the atmosphere is so friendly, with our competitors so polite and clearly having a great fun day out clay shooting!

It was great to once again have the fantastic support of our sponsors, and including one of our new sponsors for 2011 (Cotswold ATV) which have come in to try and give the events a little something different, with the 4x4 course open for people to try their hands driving the new Polaris Ranger - the best ATV’s on the market!

Then the next new thing for 2011 is the Seeland Welly Wanging competition - this idea was from Simon Esnouf of Seeland for people to have some fun and to show off Seeland's new welly range - and you could even win a pair for yourself! If you didn't have a go at Oxford it'll be on at Bredon too, and maybe even the C.L.A Game fair, so make sure you go and see what people are talking about!

One of the amazing achievements of the day was that we had the first ever 50 straight at The Schools Challenge, shot by Will Allan. Will has shot all the Schools Challenges since we started. Will's an all round game and clay shooter, and is also a great young ambassador for shooting, with his enthusiasm for country sports. So you all best keep an eye on him at the Bredon Schools Challenge, for the Browning Schools Challenge Champion of Champions 2011!

I personally would like to thank all of the sponsors, and the Oxford Gun Co team behind the scenes of the Schools Challenge - if it weren't for them it wouldn't be possible for the Schools Challenge to be where it is today, and we are all looking forward to seeing everyone at Bredon School on the first bank holiday weekend in May (Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May 2011) - it will surely be one of the best shooting and country sports weekends in 2011!

Many thanks, and I hope to see you all at Bredon School.

David Florent
The Oxford Gun Company, founder of The Schools Challenge

A small selection of photos from the day can be found here:- Photo Gallery

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Calendar of events published

Calendar of events published

We've now published a calendar of events on the Oxford Gun Company and The Schools Challenge websites.

This aims to capture as many useful dates for the shooting and field sports calendar. If you have details of an event you feel we should include, please do let us know....

It can be found here:- Calendar page and can be found in the menu at the top of each page.

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Seeland 'Welly Wanging' at The Schools Challenge

Seeland 'Welly Wanging' at The Schools Challenge

Seeland, a joint sponsor of ‘The Schools Challenge’, is introducing a new discipline to the annual inter school clay shooting competition held over two legs in March and May at the Oxford Gun Company and Bredon School, Gloucestershire respectively.

Seeland will be offering some light hearted shooting with a difference, as competitors are challenged to throw one of its best selling Seeland Allround 18” 4mm Neoprene wellies at and into a series of sporting targets.

A nominal entry fee of £1 will be donated entirely to the head and neck cancer charity Heads Up.

The Seeland Welly Wanging competiton will see male and female shots compete on an equal footing, with the winners receiving a pair of Seeland Estate 18” 5mm Neoprene wellies (Normal RRP £99.99).

JOIN US at Oxford (9th March) and Bredon (1st May)
further details....

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TSC at Bredon - 1st May (not 2nd)

TSC at Bredon - 1st May (not 2nd)

Whoops.....Sorry bit of a c**k up....!


Hope you've all noticed my deliberate mistake on the TSC Entry form - The Schools Challenge at Bredon is on Sunday 1st May 2011, not on the 2nd.


Pobody's Nerfect!


David

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TSC January 2011 News - £70,000 in prizes!

TSC January 2011 News - £70,000 in prizes!

The Jan 2011 Schools Challenge Newsletter is now published, available as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.


We have OVER £70,000 in prizes this year!



Download the newsletter here. (1Meg)





You can download Adobe Reader here:-

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TSC 2011 Entry Form and rules - book early!

TSC 2011 Entry Form and rules - book early!

The 2011 Schools Challenge Entry Form is now available for download
as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.

Download the Entry Form for 2011.


Please take a moment to read carefully the
Rules and Conditions for 2011.
NB:- There have been a few changes, so please do have a read



You can download Adobe Reader here:-

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