3 days…3 halls full…of everything you could wish for when it comes to shooting at the NEC in Birmingham last weekend. For over 10 years the British Shooting Show (BSS) has been the flagship shooting event here in the UK and I went along for my maiden visit.
So just to clarify before we go any further… I am by no means an expert shot, down with the all the jargon or fully understand what an FX Hybrid slug is (?!!)
I went along as someone who has dabbled in a bit of clay shooting and only recently shot my first pheasant on a driven day. I’m at the beginning of my shooting journey so I was excited to see what the show had to offer…
Shooting Style – you’ll find everything you’ll need from one of the 350+ exhibitors at the show. Clothing, accessories, cartridges, footwear, tweed, artwork, leather goods, gundog equipment, field technology, and more! (Oh and plenty of guns too!)
I’m always looking to expand my Winter wardrobe and I found some exciting offerings, here’s 2 of my favourites…
Maude & Fox – their beautiful clothing is practical and features tweed with a twist. Designed and made in Dorset too. I saw the new Terry Ladies Shooting Gilet created from fleece lined Yorkshire tweed perfect for plummeting temperatures.
Bespoke leather and hide goodies at Hicks & Hide. Handcrafted in the Cotswold and they can even personalise items for you. Ideal for in (or out of!) the field.
That’s refreshing – No trip to a show can be complete nowadays without a little tipple or a tot of something to warm the cockles or a sip of something bubbly. And this show was no exception! You could choose from gin to whiskey to wine and champagne. Liquid refreshment always welcome so this was a big tick!
Meet the Manufacturers – All the big guns (how’s that for a pun?!) were there with some pretty impressive stands. I got the chance to see the Browning B525 Liberty Light that caters for the smaller, lighter shooter offering an aluminium action frame and reduced stock size.
There were many new product launches including the over and under Hercules from E.J. Churchill plus Caesar Guerini with the Syren ladies gun and new Revenant.
Action in the Arena – there wasn’t just shopping on offer there was chance to pull up a pew and catch the action with Chris Green (West Country Films) and Andy Cullen MBE (Laochin Gundogs Professional Trainer). I caught The Art of Wildfowling display on the Saturday (with a Rose Cottage Pantry Pork and Apple pie as my snack of choice. Very handy their stand was right by the arena!).
And more… – alongside the shopping and arena displays there were cookery demos, Q&A sessions, airgun ranges and a chance to see gunmaking professionals in action.
I have to say it was certainly worth battling for 2 hours through Storm Dennis to get there, bring on #BSS2021! 19th – 21st February 2021 at the NEC Birmingham all the info is here.
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