The Shooting Ground at Southern Counties - Open as Usual
Southern Counties is a CPSA Premier Plus shooting ground which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for practice, lessons, competitions and corporate days. Although closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, the gun shop here, Sportsman Gun Centre is closed only on Mondays. Please contact them direct on 01935-83099 for further information.
Southern Counties is situated in the heart of the County of Dorset on the main A37 midway between Yeovil and the historic market town of Dorchester. The coastal resort of Weymouth, the home of the Olympic Sailing Event 2012, is approximately 18 miles away.
Southern Counties Shooting was founded in 1959 and is now the largest shooting ground in the country with over 450 fully automatic traps offering DTL, ABT, Universal Trench, Olympic Trap, Double Trap, both Olympic and English Skeet, English Sporting, Sportrap and FITASC. Our sporting layout includes several covered stands if the weather is bad, a grouse butt and our renowned 140 foot high tower. The trap, skeet and double trap layouts are all equipped with Laporte machines and Italian Electronica Progetti Computers enabling live results of these competitions to be found on www.gestgare.com .
The ground has hosted numerous National and International Competitions including in 2009, the Fitasc Universal Trench World Championships, the Dougall DTL weekend and both Olympic Trap and Fitasc Home Internationals. In 2010 in conjunction with British Shooting and West Dorset District Council, Southern Counties hosted the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. Competitors from all over the World took part in the three Olympic Shotgun Disciplines of Skeet, Trap and Double Trap.
In 2012 we were awarded as the Official Training Ground for the London Olympics and thrilled that Dorset's Peter Wilson won the Olympic Double Trap Gold Medal - just brilliant.