This year the Phoenix international competition was also host to the world championships.
It was amazing to see the best competitors from the UK compete with shooters from Ireland, Germany and South Africa.
Many HPRPC members enter each year and win lots of medals. This year the focus was on the ITSF (International Target Shotgun Federation) Target Shotgun World Championships.
Thursday and Friday saw individual competitors shoot semi-automatic or pump action shotguns for the title of individual World champion. Anyone could enter but in order to be within a chance had to shoot a high score in all 3 events: Time precision 1, Multi target and Embassy cup which requires shooters to shoot 8 shots with a reload and full position change – all in 20 seconds.
Loading speed is critical for this event as is precision. Bearing in mind the weight of a loaded shotgun these are hard events. Results kept on changing over the 2 days but finally the World champions were announced on Sunday evening: John Chambers (team GB) for Pump and Mark Nolan (team Ireland) for Semi- auto. Club member Lucius Hilger-Ellis secured himself a bronze medal in the adult events.
Saturday was the big international teams day
The teams competed for the TEAM World Championship titles with the top 4 scores to count on each discipline for 4 events including 50m shooting on a PL7 target.
Lucius shot both pump and semi so was on the ranges for every match and was awarded top junior for both disciplines.
The teams fought till the last target turned away on the 50 m long distance match on Saturday afternoon and scores kept on changing as they were being counted so it was a nail biter till the bitter end.
But Team GB (which includes two HPRPC members : Peter Matthews and Lucius Hilger-Ellis) took both titles with a 20-point lead and were also the proud winners of the Limax cup which is based on an aggregate score of 3 events. (Excluding 50m).
Full published results here
Phoenix International Gallery and Shotgun competition and World Championship.
Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club!
Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club, is a private shooting club based in Ham, near the River Thames and close to Ham House. We are incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee so we are not a commercial business.
According to an early Annual Report the club was officially founded on the 7th April 1906. (Although there is now evidence that the Club actually started as early as 1903.) In fact Charles Hanbury-Tracy, the 4th Lord Sudeley was the President of the Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club from its official inception in 1906.
THE CLUB TODAY!
These days the Club operates large shooting grounds, with 6 outdoor ranges from 25 yards to 100 yards in length, which are used for archery , air guns, .22, .38, .44 and .45 calibre rifles and black powder pistols. Inside the Clubhouse there is a general purpose 25 metre range and a 10 metre air pistol and air rifle range.This is particularly helpful to new and probationary members as it allows them to try a variety of firearms and disciplines (under supervision where applicable). We also sell targets and ammunition. The Club runs a number of competitions for members in all the disciplines throughout the year.
Whilst full members are able to use their own firearms (once they are in possession of a firearms certificate or shotgun certificate) and bows, the Club also has a wide selection of equipment for hire at £2 per session.
Both the duty office and bar are managed by members of the Committee who are volunteers, and who try their best to keep to official opening times. The Club is a lively and social place and new members are always welcome.