Well it's been just over a year since my baptism into stalking and I thought it was about time I branched out and gave some other shooting a go. So for no particular reason I booked a clay pigeon shooting lesson for me and the wife (her having just tried it on a hen do and liked it). By coincidence the same evening as I made the booking I happened upon an advert for a gun at a price I really couldn't say no to. The rifle needed some company in the cabinet anyway!
So, I'm now the proud owner of my first ever shotgun. A Baikal O/U that's had one previous owner and looks to have been very well looked after. It'll win no beauty contests but it seems the right dimensions for me and really didn't cost much at all.
The seller also had a very very nearly new Mossberg .22 which almost found its way home with me as well, but sadly the fear of "her indoors" kept my hand out of my wallet on this occasion.
Now to have a few more lessons and see what I can do! Maybe some of the great clouds of pigeons I keep noticing on the local fields will still be there when I can start knocking doors.