to the Gazette!
I hope you enjoyed
the inaugural edition, Fall 2003, of the Chris Batha
Gazette. I thank those of you who have taken the time
to contact me and share your thoughts and comments.
By now, the hunting season is well under way and I hope
that you are all shooting straight and often.
In this edition, together with the usual mix of worldwide
wing shooting opportunities, double guns and, of course,
my shooting school and gunfitting schedule, you will
find a review of shows, shooting schools and hunts,
mixed with articles on gunsmiths and gunmakers to a
simple explanation on bringing your gun when shooting
in the UK.
Hope you enjoy this Winter edition and Best Wishes to
you for a great Holiday and a Happy New Year!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CLA Game Fair - The Grand
Tour Page 1
Wing Shooting in Scotland,
Wales and Spain
Hot Barrels & Cold Beer in The UK
Dove in Argentina
In The Gun Room
The Mashomack Club,
A Galazan Visit &
School and Show Schedule Page
Ford Plantation, New DVD,
Traveling to the UK with Guns Page
The King of Game Birds
Game Fair - The Grand Tour!
The World’s Greatest Outdoor Sporting Event takes place
in England annually at the end of July. The CLA Game Fair
attracts hundreds of thousands of sporting enthusiasts over
its three days of displays and events.
Its sheer size and energy is overwhelming and the immense
variety of shows, demonstrations and exhibitors creates an
infectious buzz that is not to be missed.
is something for everyone to see and do! For the shotgun enthusiast,
Gunmakers Row is regarded as the greatest gathering of English
and Continental Gunmakers in Europe. This fantastic line-up
makes for an incredible selection of Best Guns…regardless
of your budget or preference. Non-shooting activities are
in abundance! The show is laid out around a main arena, with
the exhibitors’ tents creating streets that make up
a colorful Tented City spread over a hundred acres or more.
Each street has its own theme and flavor, covering every conceivable
and diverse country pursuit, from dogs to donkeys and falcons
For 2004, I have put together a visit to the UK organized
around, and culminating in, the Game Fair.
This CLA Trip includes a variety of tours, shows, exhibitions
and sights. I will be your guide throughout the week, ensuring
everyone enjoys all that this fantastic trip has to offer.
London Heathrow Airport: Individual transfer to 4 Star London
Hotel- 3 Course Introductory Dinner with Host Chris Batha at
•July 19-Tour Day: Gentlemen
Tour The London Gunmakers, Ladies take a Guided Tour of London
•July 20-Shooting and Tours:
Gentlemen Shoot at West Wycombe Shooting Grounds, Ladies tour
Windsor Castle, Evening visit for all to the “London Eye”
•July 21-Shooting, Shopping
& Stratford: Gentlemen Shoot the Royal Berkshire Shooting
Grounds, Ladies tour Biscester Shopping Village, All travel
to Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon
•July 22-Stratford, Proof
House and Shakespeare: Half-Day Tour of Stratford Upon Avon
or Tour of The Birmingham Proof House, followed by a 3 Course
Dinner and visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Presentation
of Macbeth (subject to availability)
•July 23-CLA Game Fair: Via
24-CLA Game Fair and Castle: Private Coach To CLA Game
Fair and Tour of Blenhim Palace; 3 Course Farewell Dinner
•July 25-Return to London:
Via Private Coach Transfer to Heathrow Airport
Price does not include:
Lunches,Dinners July 19, 20, 21, 23, or 25. Drinks, Visits or
Entrances with the exception of those specified, Porterage,
Flights to UK, Insurance, Personal Items, or Gratuities.
The Price per Person is $2,375.00.
A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required to secure your
Due to the high demand for accommodations during the CLA Game
Fair Week, our reservations need to be made before March 31st,
2004. Call 1-866-254-2406.
There is also a minimum number requirement of 20 persons to
make the trip viable. If this number is not reached by the cut-off
date all, deposits will be returned in full.
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