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Cpsa Competitions

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by MiniSe7en, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. MiniSe7en

    MiniSe7en Active Member

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    Hi All,

    I have been shooting clays for just a few months but getting regular practice in and had a few lessons. Im at the stage where Im hitting more than im missing and improving each time I shoot. I would like to get into the competitive side of ESP and Skeet and recognise that I will need to be a CPSA member, ( already BASC member), can I just register and compete or is their a generally accepted minimum standard.

    What sort of scores are put in at the BOTTOM end of the scale... it might be a few years before Im bothering AAA grade ;-) Personally I find that competition gets you to advance faster than if you just do it for fun so I would like to start asap.

    Ill be shooting grounds in the north east and northumberland but dont mind traveling around the country once travel issues are relaxed and I can stay over.

    TIA

    DaveR
     
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    Join the CPSA then enter competitions. You will then be classified on your scores. Then afterwards you just try to
    improve your grades. AAA in sporting is outstanding if you can attain that level. In other,s its AA A B C and D
    ATB with your competitions. PS It does not matter how low or high your score is.
     
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    It’s many years since I was a CPSA member,but as I recall,as a new member entering competitions in Sporting for example you will be put into a class at the end of the shoot,depending on your scores on about 4 stands,which will be chosen in advance but not mentioned until end of shoot.After your first year of competitions you will be given a class for the following year based on your performance.Each subsequent year will be assessed,and your class may then change accordingly.
     
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    Join the CPSA and your first 3 scores at registered shoots will give you your classification

    My advice would be to shoot ‘Birds only’ which means your scores will still be registered with the CPSA and go towards your ongoing average but often cheaper than shooting ‘comp’.....the main difference being that if you win your Class shooing ‘Birds only’ you won’t win any cash.

    Unless you’re a totally gifted, wealthy or sponsored shooter (all of which I hope you are) this will be a looooooong road. Try not to ‘tot up’ your scores on the way around, put the misses behind you and focus on the next stand.

    Shoot a variety of grounds if you can...targets ‘can‘ become ‘samey’ at the same ground and your averages can improve falsely.

    Enjoy :thumb:
     
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  5. MiniSe7en

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    Hey thanks for all the advice. Small steps but have now joined CPSA and looking forward to the journey

    Thanks all for the advice

    Cheers DaveR
     
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    No problem at all, it’s daunting at first....you think everyone is watching you but they’re not.....they’re all too worried about what they’re doing!

    You'll meet some nice people, but do take your time and enjoy it....don’t get too wrapped up in the scores to start with...you’ll be great one day and lousy the next.

    Stick to one cartridge if you can that suits you and the gun and you can buy locally....don’t need to spend lots...a decent budget 7.5 or 8 will sort 99% ESP targets through 1/4 and 1/2 choke.

    Don’t take your eyes off the clay and (generally) don’t stop the gun.

    Jump in, you’ve nothing to lose...any pointers just ask :thumb:
     
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    It is many years ago that I shot CPSA competitions at sporting all over the UK but I totally agree that you will learn a great deal shooting with good shots that have years of experience, some of which may be passed on to you and the friendship I found was spot on. One point I will make, don't change your chokes for every stand as it just is not needed, when I was on the circuit, I used a selection of cartridges, 9 & 7 in plastic wad and 9 in fibre wad but cartridges have improved no end but I use still use 9s for as many stands as possible to improve pattern and 7.5s everywhere else in plastic or fibre if the ground states they must be used.

    ENJOY

    Phil
     
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