Spectacular Solutions for Wing and Clay
See the bird and watch him come but never, ever mount the gun,
Too quickly, it’s not straight he flies, he bobs and weaves before your eyes,
Move the muzzles, his path to plot…. but only mount to take the shot.
----Peter F. Blakeley, Scotland----
Who Am I
I have been involved in this industry for a long time. From a complete novice through to Masterclass and expert wing shot, I can help you improve.
Before coming to the US in 1998 Pete Blakeley was the chief instructor at Annandale Shooting Ground on the Earl of Annandales Estate in S.W. Scotland. The area boasts some of the top sporting estates in the UK.
Start and finish your day in top form. Let me help you develop your form and diagnosis why you are struggling.
I can teach a new shooter to break every target on a skeet field in 2 hours and 75% on a sporting course in about another 4-5 hours
Some coaches tell you it will take 10,000 targets and 1-3 years to punch up. If you are not improving, change coaches!
Great Books by Pete
“Reading Targets” was written to help shooters to learn to read the variables of clay targets. All the pictures in the book were taken with an “eye-camera” that was positioned on the gun in the same place as the shooters eye would be. This means that all the bird/barrel relationship pictures shown here are the exact sight pictures a shooter would need to intercept the target as the shot is triggered. No more guessing about the lead that the 30 yard crossing shot needs or the 40 yard bolting rabbit!
This isn’t a “how-to” book like my others, but everyone tells me it’s a good read. Of course, they would do wouldn’t they? I wrote it. But joking apart, when I was a kid in Manchester in the UK, times were tough and food was scarce. There were no government hand-outs in those days. The book my describes my amusing and often boisterous adventures with my friends and how at ten years old, due to my father’s crippling illness I managed to supplement my mother’s housekeeping budget and the family food supply with the help of a Webley and Scott air rifle.
This book contains advice from not only a fellow bird hunter but a full time professional shooting coach who explains why you miss and what you can do about it. In the field, successful shotgunning depends on creating accurate sight pictures as we trigger each shot. WINGSHOOTING explores the three variables that determine these sight pictures, developing the line of the bird, its speed and range, to help you decipher the correct lead for each bird. The book also describes something that no other coach will tell you………how to shoot more rhythmically and avoid “poking and hoping”.
why I do it
What Went Wrong?
With shot-gunning, most coaches will tell you to:- “keep both eyes open, focus on the leading edge of the target or beak of the bird and the magic of your subconscious will tell you where to shoot.” Really? So you do that, two years later you’re still in A class and you can’t hit doves and ducks to save your life. So, what went wrong?
Let Pete help you get past inaccurate information and get you shooting consistently with proper techniques and key tips to give you the edge at events and in the field.
Gun Fitting Tips
Correct gun fit is crucial to successful shot gunning, especially in wing shooting situations with unpredictable targets, but just what exactly is gun fit? The explanation is simple one. “Gun fitting” means exactly that, tailoring the dimensions of a gunstock so that they fit our personal physical requirements.
What they say
Thank you for the lesson recently. I must admit it was a bit of a struggle to shoot wearing a mask! I can’t believe how well I did and as I explained, I have always been told I need to keep both eyes open. What a difference you made to my shooting by suggesting I close my left eye. When I returned to Idaho I shot a 24 on the five stand at my Club…….. which is quite an improvement. For the first time in my shotgun shooting career I know where my gun is pointing.
Davis and Karen Holt
I’m pleased to report that my wife has gone from a complete novice to an excellent shot and our outings since my retirement are much improved thanks to you! As I explained, we had both been taking lessons for several months and we now feel as though it was a complete waste of money. Karen's gun obviously did not fit her and the changes you made means that it does not bruise her cheek now. She shot 100 sporting clays at our members shoot in March, won the ladies section with a score of 69 and still did not have a bruised cheek. We would both like to come and see you when this Covid nonsense had died down.