World Shotgun Championship 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary was a fantastic event which gathered more than 400 shooters from around the world. I was happy to be part of this event. This was the 1st World Shotgun Championship and I was there.

My 1000 kilometers trip was easy for me compared to other competitors which came from Thailand, South Africa, USA, Brasil, Argentina etc.

Vitaly in Carpathian Mountains

Vitaly in Carpathian Mountains

30 stages were interesting and challenging. There were a lot of shooting positions, long, medium and short courses of fire. During 5 shooting days you need not only good shooting skills but also good physical condition and mental stability. Every shooter has a stage which wasn’t good enough and it is the moment when mental stability comes in play. If you are strong enough to get up and shoot next stage perfectly – then you can show good result. I’ve seen many skilled shooters which were so upset after a bad stage that they have done a lot of mistakes on the next stage, and then their shooting day was ruined.

Here are photos of the stages of the World Shotgun Championship:

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Windmill

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Windmill

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Tower

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Tower

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Raft

Hungary World Shoot, Stage with Raft

Hungary World Shoot 2012 Stage

Hungary World Shoot 2012 Stage

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Buckshot Stage with Boat

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Buckshot Stage with Boat

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Stage 17

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Stage 17

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Stage 16

Hungary World Shoot 2012, Stage 16

Hungary World Shoot 2012 Stage

Hungary World Shoot 2012 Stage

Competitors came to the World Shotgun Championship 2012 not only to compete but also communicate, make new friends, see different shooting techniques and equipment.

The atmosphere on this match was friendly, I felt like part of the big IPSC family. Participants of this match had a chance to meet legendary Jerry Miculek which has came to this match with his wife Kay and beautiful daughter Lena (which won 2 gold medals: in Lady category and in duel shooting):

Vitaly with Jerry and Lena Miculek

Vitaly with Jerry and Lena Miculek

World Shotgun Championship 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary was very successfull and I am happy that I was there. My shooting was good but result wasn’t the one I expected. I was disqualified just 3 stages till the end – there was slug stage with reduced vertical safety angle (top of the backstop) which I have broken. That was a hard earned experience.

But I was able to compete during all 27 stages and I must say that I am now a completely different shooter. Such competitions help grow your shooting skills dramatically. Especially when you can see how other good competitors shoot, move, load etc.

I plan to participate in more international competitions next year and hope to see people which I met on World Shotgun Championship 2012.

Changing T-shirts is one of the traditions of the Practical Shooting competitions:

Practical Shooting Tradition - Swapping T-shirts

Practical Shooting Tradition - Swapping T-shirts

Vitaly with Thailand Team

Vitaly with Thailand Team

Videos from the World Shotgun Championship 2012 are coming soon!

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