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There were four rounds, but there could only be one winner as members of Reading Air Target Shooting club took on a 400-point challenge.

Overall winner Neil Davis (right) gets a well-deserved pat on the shoulder from range safety officer Kevin Barnwell

Neil Davis has emerged victorious after battling through four closely contested rounds at Reading Air Target Shooting (RATS) club and dropping only seven points from a possible 400.

The RATS shoot was part of a series of club competitions that are being supported by BSA Guns, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and Airgun Shooter magazine. 

The Grazeley Green-based club held its competition between March and September, inviting members to submit four cards shot over a distance of 30 metres.

Neil’s impressive 393 from 400 points narrowly pipped Airgun Shooter’s very own Richard Saunders (390) and Lee Sweetzer (389), winning him a BSA gun bag and a 12-month subscription to Airgun Shooter magazine.

Briony Pease, Lucy Viola, Edward Barnwell and Joe Elmore-Elkin were the junior winners

In addition, along with winners from other competitions up and down the country, he will be entered into a draw to win a BSA Ultra SE rifle.

The club’s juniors also took part, competing for prizes donated by BASC, BSA and local gun shop Tackle Up, which is based in Fleet, Hampshire. With a score of 370, which beat many of the club’s seniors, Joe Elmore-Elkin took top spot just ahead of runners up Briony Pease, Edward Barnwell and Lucy Viola.

“The competition has been a great success for us,” said RATS chairman Scott Lovell. “It’s been a lot of fun and everyone competed in the right spirit. Our junior members showed the seniors a thing or two and we’ll definitely be running similar events in the future.” 

Junior winner Joe Elmore-Elkin and senior winner Neil Davis pose with their trophies with Grant Walker from Tackle Up
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