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The Gazette
wing shooting • best guns • shooting school • custom gunfitting
Edition 2 - Winter

Welcome to the Gazette!

Chris Batha

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!


CLA Game Fair - The Grand Tour Page 1

Wing Shooting in Scotland,
Wales and Spain
Page 2

Hot Barrels & Cold Beer in The UK
Page 3

Dove in Argentina
Page 4

In The Gun Room
Page 5

The Mashomack Club,
A Galazan Visit &
School and Show Schedule Page 6

Dorchester Quail,
Ford Plantation, New DVD,
Traveling to the UK with Guns Page 7

The King of Game Birds
Page 8


CLA 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.

game fair

There 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 to ferrets!
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.

•July18-Arrive London Heathrow Airport: Individual transfer to 4 Star London Hotel- 3 Course Introductory Dinner with Host Chris Batha at Rules Restaurant
•July 19-Tour Day: Gentlemen Tour The London Gunmakers, Ladies take a Guided Tour of London Museums
•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 Private Coach
•July 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 place.
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.

If you would like a subscription to The Gazette,
E-mail: sdgump@hargray.com



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