Valeport’s Robert Dietz Shoots For Success
Valeport machinist and accomplished shotgun shot, Robert Dietz, has enjoyed a successful August of competition. On 12 August, Robert won the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) South West Down the Line Championship by one point with a tremendous score of 100/297.
Most recently, Robert competed at the South West Single Barrel Championship on 19 August, shooting 93 out of 100, winning A class, and finishing seventh overall. Robert is sponsored by Valeport and competes at county and national level in his specialist shotgun disciplines.
Previously, in July, Robert travelled to Scotland for four days of intense competition in the Home International and British Open Championships as a member of the England team, and individually in the European Down the Line Championship. The England team secured second place in the Home International and won the Governor General’s Cup for the highest scoring team in the British Open. In the European Championship, difficult weather affected Robert’s first day of shooting, but he shot 100/296 on the second day to close with a final score of 196/576 to finish 99th out of 341 shooters.
Robert’s next event will be the South West Double Rise Championship on 2 September at North Cornwall Shooting Ground. Immediately after, Robert will captain the Devon Clay Shooting Team at Down the Line and Single Barrel events on 3 and 9 September respectively.
Clay shooting is the popular and growing sport of shooting flying clay targets with a shotgun. Down the Line is the most basic of the Trap Shooting disciplines with three variations: Single Barrel, Double Rise and Handicap-by-Distance. Targets are thrown to a distance of 45 to 50 metres at a fixed height of approximately 2.75m and with a horizontal 'spread' of up to 22 degrees either side of the centre line. Squads of up to five shooters compete on structured trap layouts, shooting at a single target in turn (or pair in the case of Double Rise) until they have each shot five targets/pairs. Then they all move one place to the right, and continue to do so until all shooters have completed a standard round of 25 (or 50) birds. Scoring of each target is 3 points for a first barrel kill, 2 points for a second barrel kill and 0 for a miss. Double Rise and Single Barrel are scored as either a 1 or a 0.
A full competition day is 4 rounds of 25 making 100 targets total and a maximum obtainable score of 300 points (written as 100/300). Large events usually consist of multiple days with the final score given as a cumulative total such as 199/588 for a 200 target competition. In Double Rise, two rounds make up the 100 as 2 targets are thrown at once rather than a single.