Harlow Practical Club ventured into
Practical Shotgun (PSG) almost by accident.
2012 Harlow Practical rebuilt and reinstated a 15mtr range at Basildon
Rifle Pistol Club and started to organise structured practical shooting
It was a huge success and growing in popularity and
members, when for no reason Basildon Committee pulled the plug by
rejecting the majority of its practical section.
There was quite a stir at Basildon Rifle Club with many long standing
committee members resigning over the disgusting way that the Executive
We had all been treated with contempt and
believe shooters should be extremely cautious at Basildon Rifle Club
as we would not like to see others treated and turned over as so many
of us can attest to. - the rot is still very much there!
The Old Range
Basildon Rifle Pistol Club Practical Shotgun
Harlow Practical Club and its members with its core
group of forward thinking shooters who wanted to continue with Practical
Shotgun very quickly pulled together to establish a first rate range at
Practical Club Shotgun Ranges at Dunton Essex
Our Land Lord and the Essex Firearm Dept helped
establish 'Dunton' as a Firearm range suitable for our purpose. Both were
extremely helpful and keen to help us.
So without hindrance from self
important jumped up self-serving committee members, such as those we
encountered at Basildon Rifle & Pistol Club, Harlow Practical Club held its debut Practical Shotgun meeting at the Dunton ranges on Sunday 18
Set in the beautiful
Essex countryside less than 2 minutes from the M25 / A127 junction it gives
easy access to our members.
consists of tens of acres of farmland. The jewel in the crown is the
area that surrounds a massive Dutch Barn which we have made our base
and primary ranges. This whole area is surrounded by huge earth mounds
which we use as our perfect 'backstops' and on windy days affords us
much shelter, as does the barn.
The approach to our primary ranges is by a concrete
road. This whole area is of hard standing and we position the targets on
the backstops; this means that if we choose not to step on a single piece
of mud then we don't have to - and that's pretty much what we choose!
This huge area allows for many angles of fire.
The long concrete approach road terminates at the
parking area. The base and primary ranges are literally a few paces
We also have the use of many acres of fields to
shoot over but we mainly stick to the barn area.
We meet twice monthly on average, please see our
diary for forthcoming dates.
We set up multiple stages to run throughout
our Sunday shoots.
We use Section 1 Shotguns. They are mainly semi
automatic with magazine tubes that hold 8 or more cartridges.
Some use pump action with similar magazine
capacity and some have semi automatic with 'box load,' /
Andy (X pistol champ) Haines performing a reload
into his magazine
fed 12 gauge semi automatic shotgun
We mostly shoot 'steel' knock down plates, which is
very rewarding and so much fun as there is no doubt that you have hit
your target as you hear and see the steel plate fly off down the range!
We design our shoots for Fun with a capital F, we
shoot many stages, mainly starting with a fully loaded gun and whilst we
negotiate many obstacles and sometimes a fair run, we never include
kneeling or crawling if its wet, yes we are soft as some of our
die hard friends call us.
If you would like to know how you can join us,
please see our 'join us' section.