Right on target

There might be fewer opportunities to learn how to shoot on an uncle's farm now, but clay pigeon shooting still holds its fascination for all, writes Jasper Winn.

1st June, 2014

A shotgun has the sculptural beauty of a classic car. Polished hardwood stock, blued-metal barrels, side-plates etched and gilded, triggers and trigger-guards with the flowing lines of art deco-styled vines. As the product of craftsmanship, a gun might approach pure art, but above all it’s judged on function. Like a good car, it’s not how it looks, but how it works, that counts.

The Beretta double-barrelled shotgun I’m holding at Courtlough...

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