PIGEON SHOOTING

Peter Theobald

Au contraire, as Del Boy would say, the benefits of using a semi-auto for pigeon shooting outweigh the disadvantages.

Number one, a decent model is relatively cheap.

Number two, recoil is greatly reduced, a significant consideration if you are firing a large number of shots in a day – and you have the extra third cartridge if you need it.

Devotees say they are easier and quicker to reload in the confines of a pigeon hide too.

The downside is they are a bit cumbersome in their handling and are prone to malfunction if not scrupulously cleaned after every session.

Also, some models refuse to cycle properly with loads lighter than 28 grams.