From travel experiences spanning the globe, the vision of the Fine Gun Classic (FGC) was born. The FGC, positioned as a competition and a chance to mix and mingle with the top shots of the day, combines the passion for the sporting life with all of its surrounding amenities.
This is a sporting competition unlike any other. While there are shooting-clay competitions and simulated shoots all over the U.S. and the U.K., none truly test and recognizes the abilities of a gun in the field. The FGC combines four challenging field events in an annual competition between sportsmen and women from the U.S. and the U.K. Think of this as the “Ryder Cup” of the shooting world. Harking back to the amazing shots of the Edwardian Era – men like Lord Ripley and Sir Joseph Nickerson (1.73 shots/bird, who kept detailed records of shot to hit ratio) – still live in fabled lore. They were extraordinary shots with their bespoke shotguns from London’s best gunmakers. Boss, James Purdey, Holland & Holland, and other bespoke makers still take pride in producing only the “best” guns.
The FGC is a quest to find the best individual game shot(s) in the world; to find out which country produces the finest game shot(s), and to write someone’s name and country into the history books as one of the greatest bird shots of our day.
If you are a contestant, hosting location, sponsor, current Fine Gun Society member, or simply looking to enjoy the competition, we invite you to join us in our inaugural event to witness these fine master guns in action.