410-winner-and-runner-upThe winner of this year’s BASC .410 World Championships is father of a previous winner.

Andrew Thompson took the world champion title at the 2016 championships, which were held at the Mid Wales Shooting Centre in Caersws and were sponsored by Gamebore Cartridges.

His son Jack was crowned winner in 2012.

Mr Thompson senior scored 48/50. Petri Kokkonen from Finland came a close second with 47.

With more than 100 entries, competitors faced the challenge of 50 sporting targets.

The .410 is the smallest of the popular shotgun gauges, firing a light charge of pellets, and would normally be used as an entry-level gun for young people and for close-quarter pest control.

Andrew Thompson said: “I had to win it to prove I’m as good as Jack, although I’m in my sixties and he’s in his twenties. Forty eight is one of the higher scores it’s been won with and in the end, I managed to get the same score on both tries, which I’m pretty happy with.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to Swillington Shooting Supplies, who sponsored my entry to the competition.”

Meurig Rees from BASC Wales said: “The event seems to get better year on year. Competitors were greeted with a typical layout including rabbits, loopers, overhead targets and more.

“The standard was set very high with a lot of scores in the mid to high thirties. Andrew’s performance in particular was absolutely fantastic.”

Duncan Greaves, a member of BASC Council and a BASC-accredited shotgun coach, said: “It is events like the championship that epitomize skillful shooting. As the UK’s largest shooting organisation, BASC gives its members the opportunity to showcase their discipline. Andrew and Petri exhibited the standard of ability that all shooting sportsmen strive for.”



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