I’ll be honest, my previous experiences of this ground were always negative (to the point I vowed never to go there again – but that’s a different kettle of fish). I must stress that was with the old owners!
So, with some trepidation, a few of us popped along to the new AGL shooting ground on Friday. Literally, from driving in the gate – there is a whole new atmosphere about the place. Lot’s of groundwork has been done, with more in progress (including some great looking grouse butts). Everything is cleaner and much more professional looking. I think they have dropped the air rifle range along with the PSG range (thankfully).
One of the greatest things to hear – the fields are back in play! No being restricted to shooting into the woods (wahooo)! There were only 8 stands up and running last week, but you have to remember they are only 2 weeks into the renovation. Many more stands are planned in the coming months, along with opening the kitchen for some grub (i’m hoping there will be a bar too)! The birds are varied and testing – a great layout. We shot 500 and only had 5 ‘no birds’ from the new promatic traps. A vast improvement from the predecessors! They are using the ClayMate card system so great for solo shooters and groups alike. It’s worth pointing out they are a fiber only ground. The only slight negative for me, was the new stands. They seem to bounce-back lots of noise/sonic wave to both the shooter and to anybody standing behind (even with ear defs). My ears were literally ringing, so my advice is don’t stand directly behind the shooter (or maybe my ears are just over sensitive).
The shop is a bit bare at the moment, but again, it’s a work in progress. Although saying that, between us, we walked away with a slab of cartridges (very competitively priced – £158 per thousand), 150 rounds of .22 ammo (also cheap), some stock varnish and a new opinel knife!
Prices are per clay;
Midweek is 28p for members and 33p for non-members. Weekend prices are 28p for members and a hefty 40p for non-members.
However, the membership package is very appealing and i’ll definitely be signing up next time I visit. You can see full prices and details here; http://www.agl-uk.com/