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It was indeed good fun, and reasonably popular for a time. The BBC ran a televised series of Starshot events .... this could well be one of them. The big banana was AJ "Smoker" Smith.

Duncan Lawton and Ian Peel were both well known shots in those days; Ian won an Olympic silver and Duncan was one of the few (the only?) professionals in UK who used a semi. I've never met Ian, but Duncan hosted a couple of corporate clay days for me at Hodnet, a very nice chap.

The times I shot it, the layout didn't have alternative traps, and the scoring was different from that in the video. You had to shoot each and every number, and it was first barrel kills only.

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Wow dig back in memory took my girls who were both shooters to a recording in Berks - boring, long, got very cold, and just plain uninteresting.

Shooters were ticked off at the slowness of the TV people did not help.
 

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Roger Gascoigne said:
Wow dig back in memory took my girls who were both shooters to a recording in Berks - boring, long, got very cold, and just plain uninteresting.

Shooters were ticked off at the slowness of the TV people did not help.
'Starshot' was an attempt to promote and commercialise clay shooting using the medium of TV following in the footsteps of snooker which had proved to be hugely successful. It lacked audience appeal and was as boring as hell (at least to me) despite the participation of media celebrities and successful exponents from the shooting world.

Some 20+ years earlier I was invited to take part in a TV programme focussed on clay shooting. After umpteen rehearsals all day long and hundreds of shells (while the cameramen endeavoured to get the targets in their lenses) the programme went out. My bit lasted about a minute including an interview!
 

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I remember that, but it was stored in the foggy part of my brain. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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There is still a Starshot at Cherokee Rose near Griffin, GA. The last time I saw it in action was at a state shoot there several years ago. It was to be part of the evening entertainment program. The Starshot was erected and the grounds crew was attempting to set the targets. However, it was not to be. The hydraulics on the Starshot began to fail and the whole thing slowly sank backwards.
 
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