Vintage Articles by Derek Partridge

Not so long ago, we have published a series of vintage shotgun related articles written and contributed by Derek Partridge. Mr. Partridge hails from Great Britain, is a veteran International shooter, and has been widely published in various magazines from 1962 to 1995. Here are all the articles from our Vintage Weekly series in one place.   Think Safe » International Style Clay Target Shooting, 1976 The Challenge Of Olympic Trap » The American Shotgunner, January 1986 Confessions Of An International Trapshooter Part 1 » Popular Guns, November 1971 Confessions Of An International Trapshooter Part 2 » Popular Guns, November 1972 Championship Clay Busting » International Style Clay Target Shooting, 1976 The Trapshooter And How He Stands » Gun Digest, Annual 1973 A Rifleman’s Conversion Kit To Shotgunning » International Style Clay Target Shooting, 1976 Claybirder’s Survival Kit » Gun World, November 1970 The Eyes Have It » Shotgun Sports, March 1987 Up-Tight Overchoking » Gun World, August 1970 Release Triggers […]

Championship Clay Busting

An International competitor gives a guided tour through the complex simplicity of breaking one clay – the only way to break 100’s. Competitive clay busting is one of the loneliest games in the world. “What?” you say, “with all my buddies around me?” Yes, they’re there to talk to of your hopes, their fulfillment – or, your excuses! They’re even with you when you’re shooting. But are they really? If they’re serious competitive shooters and not just out for fun with the boys, they, like you, should be in such complete isolation that even if one dropped dead on the line, the only thought of those remaining should still be the next target. Such is the degree of oblivious concentration required on the firing line during your “moments of truth”. An extreme example, I admit, but that detachment is what it takes to be a top clay buster. I have often shot through a day with out knowing that a […]

Confessions of an Int. Trapshooter – Part 2

Author shows correct stance and hold for International-style clay-birding. A shotgunning champ describes the toughest, most frustrating of all smoothbore shooting matches – and discloses clay-busting guns and methods! I hear many reasons why more American trapshooters don’t attempt to shoot International trap. They range from the claim that it’s too expensive and requires special equipment, to an admission of a general ignorance of its existence – what it really is – to a lack of facilities for it. And so on. I have no doubt as to the real reason for most trapshooters. I lived with the reason for many years in England, which is one of the very few other countries that shoot a form of American trap – the others being some of England’s former colonies and those countries where American troops are currently based. The rest of the world shoots International. The reason is simple and based firmly on the delicate nature of human ego. Sadly, […]

The Trapshooter And How He Stands

Some champion claybirders spite of their bad form mounting. Our European shows the way to better the fundamentals of good bust ’em well in and worse gun smoothbore editor shooting via stance and style. As in other aspects of life there are many shooters, including some top-flight competitors, who shoot well in spite of having basically bad stances and gun mounting techniques, rather than because of good ones. As the success of each shot is largely determined by these two factors – before you even call for the target – they are of vital importance. Under “normal” conditions such faults can be got away with, but in bad weather, bad visibility, or when heavy competitive pressure is on, these faults can begin to tell – with disastrous results. If, however, you have a firm base in these fundamentals such additional strains will have far less adverse effect. Most new shooters develop their stances and mounting forms in two ways: untrained […]

A Rifleman’s Conversion Kit To Shotgunning

Rifleman (left) holds thumb alongside stock, squeezes trigger with first joint of finger. Shotgunner (right) wraps thumb around grip, finger “pulls” trigger. “Where the hell do you think you’re going?” An angry, but almost more amused voice brought me to my senses and I stopped rapidly: on the 26 yard line at a state trap championship. Now you might reasonably conclude that there’s nothing particularly unusual in that, in fact, there was only one slight irregularity – I was still in my car! I had been completely mesmerized by the confirmation of what my first glance had transmitted to the unbelieving recognition center of my think box: a man was shooting 16 yard clays with a telescopic sight mounted on his pump gun! With true British aplomb, sangfroid and all that sort of thing, in an embarrassing situation, I proceeded to back cooly off the firing line – and almost mowed down the astounded squad of trapshooters – I’d been […]

The Eyes Have It

Without your eyes in good working order, you’ll not be breaking good scores. Shooters blame guns, shells, gun fit, chokes, pullers, and weather conditions. Maybe it’s your vision that needs training. Without the eyes, you have nothing. Stating the obvious? Of course, but sometimes that’s necessary, especially when it concerns matters like good health and good eyesight. Many of us tend to take it for granted. Over the years I’ve coached shooters who had lost an arm, a hand, fingers or the use of their legs. All were able to overcome their handicaps, with varying degrees of success. Even shooters who had lost their master eye have been able to either switch shoulders or shoot a cross-eyed stock. But a person with severe visual problems is going to find it very difficult to shoot. Our eyes control how, when and where we see the target, where it’s going and how we compute that movement to get the gun moving in […]