Zoom Seminars, Game Shooters and Loaders Course, British Shooting News from Lonato, Longthorne Guns Damascus Barrels and more.

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ICSI News – 17th May 2021

This issue…. Zoom Seminars, Game Shooters and Loaders Course, British Shooting News from Lonato, Longthorne Guns Damascus Barrels and more.

Workshops and Continued Professional Development

Shocking footage reveals the cruel reality of Britain's £2 billion game  shooting industry - Mirror OnlineGame Shooters and Loaders Course


Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Doveridge Shooting Ground


Places are still available on this popular course.

Hosted by experienced professional coaches and game shooters, Andrew Kirkland and Jason Rowntree. This course is a comprehensive introduction to Game shooting and the role and work of the Loader.

A comprehensive manual, including a 25 multi-choice question/answer paper, will be sent to attendees one month prior to the course date, to allow for attendees to study the contents and complete the question/answer paper.

A Certificate of Attendance and ICSI gold Loader’s badge will be awarded.

Limited to 12 participants.

The cost is £150:00 for ICSI members and £200:00 for non-members.

This includes lunch and a course manual.

The minimum qualification for entry to the course is a CPSA, BASC or similar Safety Officers qualification.

To book a place on the Course email: icsi.membership@gmail.com or for further information, email Andrew Kirkland on andrew.kirkland2@btinternet.com

Coach and Instructor Development Day


To join the waiting list and to show interest in a further Workshop please contact

John Cullinan on icsimembership@gmail.com.

Council Member Profile – Simon Arbuckle

Simon Arbuckle is the Council member responsible for the co-ordination of Zoom seminars and has also been responsible for the sourcing of the Institute Polo Shirts. He is perhaps best well known for the CPSA “How to Hit” series of videos.

  • Former sergeant in Royal Military Police and self-employed landscaper.
  • Clay shooting for 41 years
  • Represented Army at Clay shooting as serving and retired member since 1996
  • Joined the Institute in 2007, full member since 2012, Council member since 2017
  • CPSA – Safety officer, L1 (Instructor), L2 (All disciplines), L3 (Senior Coach)
  • CPSA – ITC Tutor and Assessor
  • CPSA – Coach of the Year 2019
  • CPSA Musto Ambassador
  • CPSA – Clayline manager at Game Fairs
  • CPSA – Presenter on “How to Hit” series
  • CPSA Sporting and BICTSF FITASC referee
  • ISSF “D” licence
  • Head coach and ground manager at Southdown Gun Club in West Sussex.

Forthcoming Zoom Educational Events


24th May 6:30pm Longthorne Gun Makers

A talk and tour, by mobile phone camera, of an English gunmaker James Stewart

Bookings for the Longthorne Zoom Seminar are now being taken. Please reply to icsi.zoomreply@gmail.com

The link to the seminar will be sent out to those who have requested a link on Sunday evening of the 23rd May.

21st June 7:00pm Safeguarding and Coaching

An introduction to Safeguarding and coach’s safety John Cullinan

26th July 7:00pm Dawnay Estates Yorkshire

How large shooting estates are run and managed.

James Stephenson

TBC Zoom visit to the Birmingham Proof House

Council have been working hard to find interesting and relevant topics for Zoom Seminars but what really matters is the development and training that members feel they need.

If you have a topic which you would find interesting, please let us know but if you know who can deliver that topic then we have a fighting chance of making it happen.

Please let John Cullinan know of your suggestions on icsimembership@gmail.com.

External Visits

Paul Dancer has been negotiating a number of external, face to face visits for when government restrictions are lifted. Clearly dates cannot be published at this point but this will change once restrictions are lifted. Below are some of the visits planned.

Tony White Gunmaker A visit to his workshop to see the production process of hand- built guns. Possibility to shoot at Oakedge Shooting Ground.

Kristian Reilly Visit to Midlands Gun Services facility for a tour and discussion with Kristian, complete with lunch.

Proof House Actual visit to the Birmingham Proof House once they can safely allow visitors onto their site.

In additions we are looking at visits to:

Laporte Traps

Promatic Traps

Leeds Armouries

Cartridge manufacturers

Trade Developments

Longthorne Guns Proof Damascus Barrels

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Description automatically generated Longthorne Guns have their first set of Damascus barrels proofed for steel at the London Proof House. James Stewart, MD of Longthorne Guns (Centre) pictured here with the new London Proof Master Paul Fish (Left) and a member of the Proof House team.

James said he took the risk of having them proofed for steel and not just lead and it paid off, much to everyone’s relief

Latest News

Martin Parker joins BASC as new head of firearms

Previously chief scientist at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, Martin Parker has been appointed as BASC’s new head of firearms.  Martin is an expert in the forensic examination of firearms at every level and brings his expertise to BASC to offer an unrivalled service to members.

Congratulations Martin

Amber Hill Wins Olympic Skeet Silver

British Shooting

Hill Wins Silver In Italy It’s silver for Amber Hill at the ISSF World Cup in Lonato!

This follows a gold medal in India with a world record and a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics

Fantastic performance in a very competitive Women’s Skeet Final.

Really strong preparation as she moves ever closer to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Good Luck Amber


Gold In Mixed Trap Pairs At The ISSF Lonato World Cup

It’s GOLD for Matthew Coward-Holley and Kirsty Hegarty at the ISSF Lonato World Cup in Mixed Trap Pairs.

Gold In Mixed Trap Pairs at the ISSF Lonato World Cup A score of 39ex 50 was enough for GB to beat finalists San Marino (34ex 50) and secure top place on the podium.

The duo also went into the final having qualified in top place in the earlier qualification rounds with a score of 145ex 150, with Matt, from Chelmsford, shooting a phenomenal 75 straight and Kirsty, from Belfast, shooting 70ex 75.


Defra publishes Interim Licence for Gamebird releasing on or near EU designated sites.

Common pheasant - Wikipedia Defra have published their long awaited General Licence for gamebird releasing on European Protected Sites.

Releasing pheasants and red-legged partridges in the protected sites and within a 500m buffer around them will be licensed for an interim period of four years whilst Defra and NE undertake work to assess impacts of gamebird management on individual sites. During that time, release in these areas will only be possible under licence and conditions will apply to limit release densities below the threshold at which there is any possible risk of damage.

For more information follow this link


If you have any information which you feel you need to pass on to the Coaching community, please let me know, email, icsimembership@gmail.com

Suggestions for topics and guest presenters for our monthly Zoom seminars will be most welcome.

If you know an instructor or coach that you feel would benefit from membership of the Institute, please encourage them to join.

The Polo Shirt manufacturer has all your orders and will process them once he can get them through the embroidery machine. They will be mailed directly from our supplier to your home.