2013 Irish National Champion

Retaining the National Titles

Matthew Canning retained both National Titles at BRC Shooting Club, Dublin on Oct 12th & 13th.

National Champion 2013
National Champion 2013

Yes I was talking in the third person there.  My name reads much better than the word I :).

Blessed By The Weather

October in Ireland is a month you could not gamble on getting two days back to back for satisfactory shooting conditions.  We are lucky if we get that in August let alone October.

Finnish National Championships

Shooting Smallbore & Bigbore Rifle At Sippo, Finland

Flying in with SAS & Blue Airlines I landed in Helsinki Airport at 22:30 on a mild Friday night and was greeted and collected by Hanna Lempola one of our Metallic Shooting friends.  Hanna had kindly arranged to collect me and drop me off at the Scandic Hotel in Jarvenpa and give me a lift out to the Sippo Shooting Range where I was scheduled to compete as a guest in the Finnish National Smallbore and Bigbore Rifle Championships that weekend.

Sippo Range A New Adventure

Questioning Your Inner Honesty

Reality Check – All In The Name Of Progress

Q. Do you mentally prepare for a competitive shoot?

Q. Do you achieve your desired shooting goals and results?

If you answered Yes to any of the above then ask those questions to yourself once again, giving it a little more thought; be honest with your answers.

Q. Do you believe that a change in your preparation and approach will bring added value and higher results to your shooting?

Q. Are you willing to make those changes even if it means sacrificing your current performance in the short term to reach those long term shooting goals?

Focusing On The Negative Shots, Why?

An Irish Thing Or A Viral Thing!

Is it an Irish thing to focus on the negative shots and results with very little time given to celebrating and focusing on the positive shots.  ‘You missed a Chicken, a Pig, a Turkey, a Ram; what happened? are just some of the sound bites breaking the air at the silhouette range.  Granted I have made similar comments in the past, it’s true, I’m not a saint.


1st Shoot @ East Coast

A Warm Welcome To The Garden County

Located 1.1 miles outside Roundwood Village in County Wicklow we snaked down a laneway to East Coast Shooting Club to be met with a warm and welcoming smile and handshake from  Sean McElwain, President of ECSC who has been shooting silhouettes for over 3 decades.

East Coast Shooting Club has hosted National Shoots in years gone by, but due to changes, the range was redeveloped and this took time and euros to get right.

Now with two fine banks of Silhouettes in place, East Coast were back on our National calendar ‘and long may it continue’.

Blaye Citadel Shooting Range

Historical Shooting Range

While holidaying in Bordeaux I traveled to Blaye an old town approximately a 1hr drive north of Bordeaux.  Blaye overlooks the Gironde River the gateway to Bordeaux.  Blaye is now famous for its Citadel that was once a Monastic site but expanded by ‘Vauban’ a military strategist who designed many fortresses for the French.

As a tourist I enjoy discovering the history and finer details of the sites I visit.  The Citadel is free to walk around but to experience that extra wow factor there was an English speaking tour scheduled at 3PM at a small cost of 5 euro, so I booked myself in for that.

What’s Your Approach To Competitive Shooting?

The #Aggressive Or #Subdued Approach?

From my days as a Rookie in 2001, I believe I have grown in experience at the Silhouette Range.  With this experience I have tended to approach matches on a more relaxed but alert state, compared to the overexcited newbie in days gone by.  

Although in making that sweeping declaration, I have noticed that on my off-days my attention was subdued, due to tiredness or diet, it is hard to tell because of an irregular sleep pattern?  On those days I would knowingly let a sight picture drift off and hoped that the bullet would find its own path too knocking the target from its feet, ‘wishful thinking on my part’.