Southdown Gun Club News

The Clay Shooting Classic Returns to Southdown!

Written on May 23, 2017 at 12:37, by Jade Sketchley

After winning one of Clay Shooting magazine’s highest honour – the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground – it seems only right that the Classic Sporting and Classic Sportrap will take place at Southdown Gun Club and Shooting School this year on 1-4 June.

Since the competition started in 1995 it has grown to be one of the most loved events in the calendar, and the team at Southdown is fully aware of its importance to British and international shooters. Southdown last hosted the event in 2008, but with new owners since 2010 the competition is set for a revamp this year.

The Sporting event will take place in lane, but will also make use of a rarely used gem “The Valley”. This greenfield site will host the second course, and provide a real treat for Sporting shooters.

The main event remains just £85 – fantastic value while so many other competitions are increasing their entry fees, and the Sportrap is £39. To book your place call Helen on 01903 877555!

The Grand Masters Returns to Southdown!

Written on April 21, 2017 at 13:55, by Jade Sketchley

The Grand Masters is Back at Southdown Gun Club!

After 4 years, the famous Grand Masters is back at Southdown Gun Club on Sunday 20th – Monday 1st May! There will be 200 birds on the day across ‘the lane’ course and ‘the valley’. You can either shoot them across one day or over the two days. This event will also be squadded.

The price for this event is £80 and you will need to pre-book. To book, call Helen on 01903 877555





Written on February 9, 2017 at 09:50, by Jade Sketchley

The inventive Benelli SP’AUTO Championships are very much a highlight of the shooting calendar, with many competitors returning year on year.  GMK are pleased to announce that this year’s venue will be Southdown Shooting Ground which is situated in the glorious Wessex countryside.  The ground has benefitted from considerable investment in recent years and deservedly won the accolade of the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground for 2017!

The event will be held on Sunday 21st May and is exclusively for semi-automatics, this ground breaking event offers shooters a fresh challenge which will test their powers of concentration!  Once again the course will be comprised of 120 targets over 14 stands.  The SP’AUTO allows full use of the auto’s three shot facility and stands will be presented as either (a) three targets on the call of “pull” or (b) two targets with full use of the gun.  Some targets may be presented as pairs while others will be on report.  Please note that the main SP’Auto Championships can only be shot with a Beretta, Benelli or Franchi semi-automatic shotgun.

At the same time as the Sp’auto we will also feature the inaugural Benelli Sportrap.  The increasingly popular discipline will be shot over 4, 25 target, layouts from five fixed positions.  This competition will not be subject to the same restrictions as the SP’Auto, and will allow the use of any type or make of gun.  A host of excellent prizes will be available.

The Benelli SP’AUTO and Sportrap are innovative and thrilling clay shooting competition that quite simply, you don’t want to miss!  See you at Southdown on the 21st!

Shooters can enter the competition online, via




Written on December 29, 2016 at 12:55, by Jade Sketchley

After two years as runner-up we’re delighted to win the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground 2017 award as voted for by Clay Shooting Magazines readers.

And the awards didn’t end there ……

We retained the title of South East’s Favourite Shooting Ground for the third year running, putting us firmly on the Region’s map as the ground to shoot at.

In addition, we won “Best Sporting Ground” which is a great accolade to our famous Sporting practice and competition targets. Not to be left out our brand new DTL layout won “Best Trap Ground” this really was an award that we did not expect to win.

The Café also got in on the act with “Best Breakfast”!!

So to say we are delighted with these results is an understatement, we are really pleased with the recognition of our commitment to the sport, which makes Southdown one of the best clay shooting facilities in the country.

We’d like to extend a BIG thank you to everyone who voted for us in Clay Shooting Magazine’s Favourite Shooting Ground Competition.



Portsmouth University Team in Top 5

Written on December 13, 2016 at 11:29, by Jade Sketchley

Southdown Gun Club is delighted to be sponsoring Portsmouth University’s Shooting Team this season. On Sunday 11th December, the shooting team came a fantastic 5th of out of the 22 teams that entered the “BUCS Clay Pigeon Shooting Cham.”  Portsmouth came in front of many highly regarded shooting universities, which included Oxford and Reading. By no means a small feat for a team on their 1st shooting outing!

Captain, Ben Kohr, came 10th out of 316 shots on the day in the U 22s category and will certainly be one to watch in the future.

From everyone at Southdown, well done!

group of shooters



Annual recycling certificate

Written on August 5, 2016 at 12:53, by Jade Sketchley

Over 2 Millions Cartridges Re-Cycled 2015 – 16

We are pleased to announce that Southdown shooters managed to discharge over 2 MILLION shots since last August, all of those spent shells have been sent to Agri-cycle who are busy recycling them and making all sorts of useful stuff, shall we see if we can top 2 million before August 2017??e4ce4e63708743c6fe041cf28e22c931

Young Shots Day

Written on July 22, 2016 at 09:13, by Jade Sketchley

Southdown, in conjunction with the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association), holds Young Shots Days during the school break, usually at Easter and again during the summer holidays. These are popular days out for your youngsters.

A great introduction to Clay Pigeon Shooting or a refresher for those more experienced youngsters, the day includes tuition with our CPSA qualified instructors, clays, cartridges, use of a shotgun, lunch and refreshments.

Age range from 10-16 years and no previous experience is necessary

10 a.m. to approx. 3.30pm

Events are advertised on Facebook and our website

Call the office on 01903-877555 to book places

Young Shots Photo


AllSporting Competition at Southdown This Sunday!

Written on July 11, 2016 at 10:08, by Jade Sketchley

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to shoot the Southdown Allsport Open competition this Sunday 17th July, the event is squaded, so if you want to shoot at a specific time you will need to book otherwise it is first come first served. The event is made up of 100 targets all for the same price as a normal sporting competition, there will be 50 Super sporting, 25 Compak and 25 FITASC new system (gun up or down).

This is a new shooting concept and as such we are going to subsidise by guaranteeing a £150 high gun, £125 in Class, £100 Ladies & Vets, £50 Juniors and £30 Colts. It is advised that those who are interested, pre-book and pay on the day. Entry is priced at £39 SENIOR; £20 JUNIOR; COLT FOC WITH A PAYING ADULT.

We expect the competition to take less than one hour thirty, so don’t miss out…


The bonus prize fund is as follows…

H/Gun: £150.00

1st in Class A: £125.00

1st in Class B: £125.00

1st in Class C: £125.00

Vets: £100.00

Ladies: £100.00

Juniors: £50.00

Colts: £30.00

CPSA Premier League at Southdown Results

Written on April 25, 2016 at 10:40, by Helen

Congratulations to Richard Faulds who is the 2nd person in recorded history to straight the sporting layout at Southdown, the total entry was 282 and with the 18 stands the competition flowed easily all day with no hold ups, with the layout being shot on average in just over and hour. The extra stands might have made it slightly harder for some, as you had to read the targets well to get a good score. The weather was kind and it did not rain but it was cold out of the sun, thanks to everyone that attended what will probably be regarded as the best shoot in the PL Series…



Winter news letter

Written on February 9, 2016 at 13:24, by Helen


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