Slow and Steady...

Slow and Steady...

Too many people want things immediately….

I blame fast food chains, Technology, workload, the changes in society…

I’m not going to turn all political, but as Bob Dylan said...”times...they are a changing”

Trying to keep up with it all is sometimes quite exhausting! 

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this....

As you all know I’ve been in C class since I started shooting just gone 2 years now.

I’m in line to move up to B class when the classifications come out around November time, which I’m obviously extremely pleased about. But I do wonder whether I would be judged on how long it’s taken me to get there?! there a predicted time scale, should I have improved quicker, etc?!...

To be honest, I first began shooting wanting to be up there with the best, I wanted it immediately like I would a take away meal, a specific job to be done, or for something to be we all wish for...

But knowing what I know now, I’m glad I’m going my own speed, learning little chunks each and every time I shoot.


My goal is to get to A class and be up there on the list of top 20 ladies.

A lot of you may think I’m being ridiculous and if I thought I was that good then why aren’t I there yet?.... good question!

For one, I am who I am and my ability is only going from strength to strength. Two, I’m no miracle worker nor do I have super powers!

Some people have luckier circumstances where they can attend a lot more shoots, be able to be coached by the top coaches, some have outstanding natural ability so will climb the ladder quickly, which is fantastic!

Me?...I shoot as much as I can locally thanks to @Avalonguns kind backing. I put myself into big national shoots knowing I won’t be the best but knowing I’m going to learn so much more if I shoot them! And I shoot with people better than me so I can better myself mentally and physically.


I don’t want to be a one hit wonder who climbs to the top in a blink of an eye and is then forgotten about....

I want to be the one that can prove in this sport, you can rise to the top by learning at a slow and steady pace, by not feeling pressured to be the best ASAP and by my own fruition!

Everyone backs the hard worker, everyone can relate to their struggles and pushing through them...isn’t that part of life?!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...shooting is THE BEST hobby that I have ever taken up and it’s a privilege to hold a gun and break those clays of a weekend, regardless of who you are or where you are in the game. 

I’d rather be the tortoise than the hare! (metaphorically speaking!)


I’ve been increasing my average throughout the year in CPSA comps and I’ve been winning plenty of trophies/money in the smaller comps and local club comps, so I am always seeing an improvement which I believe is really important as there can be so many highs and lows in shooting. Had a great time at Ian Coley’s Ladies day, and was really pleased to come 3rd in Class! Our team were amazing with four of us all taking placements in class, and massive congratulations to Hannah Gibson for taking High Gun! Great bunch of ladies! Will be back next year!


This month is the start of the Pheasant Season, so going to try and get some time on the peg with my Dad in his syndicate up in Herefordshire, I don’t do many pheasant shoots but the one with dad is always a special one!

But before that I thought I might mention... I have just shot for Somerset in the South West Inter County Sporting Competition at Owls Lodge with Emma Stacey & Chloe Applin. Well... Somerset Ladies won! Competing against, Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire. Amazing!

Category: Karen's Journey