Meet The Team - Ed Barrington

Thursday 29th September 2022

At what age did you first start shooting and did you come from a shooting family? 

I started beating on our family shoot in Gloucestershire as soon as I could walk and used to help the gamekeepers during the school holidays to earn some extra pocket money so it has been in my blood forever. 

When did you know that you wanted a career in the shooting industry?

I didn’t really until the opportunity was presented and I realised I could pursue a career in my favourite hobby. I’m very fortunate to do something I love for a living. 

How did you come to work for Holland & Holland?

I was lucky enough to meet head of instruction at the Shooting Grounds, Chris Bird in the field and a couple of months later he suggested that I should apply for the job of junior instructor in training at the Shooting Grounds. The rest is history!

What have been the greatest challenges you have faced in your training?

I was part way through my training when Covid struck so it was very difficult during this time and obviously hindered my progress. I got there in the end though and it was well worth it. 

Do you find it hard being the youngest member of the instruction team at 25 years old?

It can be at times. Obviously no amount of training can match the experience that some of the older instructors have but I have always had an old head on young shoulders and I am lucky to work with a great team who are very supportive. 

Who has been your greatest shooting influence or mentor?

Obviously my father was a huge influence growing up and provided me with my earliest memories in the field. Since then, Nathan Dudley, a Senior Instructor at Holland & Holland has taken me under his wing and been an incredible mentor to me for which I will always be grateful. 

Do you do a lot of shooting outside work and what would be your favourite discipline? 

Yes, I’m fortunate to do a lot of shooting outside work. My real passion is driven pheasant or walked up grouse because I love watching the dogs work. I spent much of my childhood helping out local gamekeepers on shoots and I love nothing more than being out in the field. 

If you could choose to shoot anywhere in the world - where would it be and why? 

I would love to shoot a moose in Alaska. You fly into the middle of Alaska, are left with no vehicle and then spend the week stalking and fishing far away from civilisation. One day! 

How do you expect the field sports industry to change as your career progresses?

Obviously the industry is seeing significant change at the moment with the use of steel shot.  With an increasing lack of meat and game in many people’s diets it’s harder to justify the shooting of game if it’s not eaten so we need to educate people about the many benefits of eating game. 

What other hobbies do you have outside work? 

I spend a lot of my free time shooting, stalking and fishing as well as playing golf. I used to work in the maritime industry so I love being on the water - I’ve done my speedboat and day skipper courses as well as holding a ski boat licence. I love cars too - basically anything with an engine that goes fast! 

If you could only choose one Holland & Holland gun, what would it be and why?

I think it would have to be a 20 bore Royal side by side. My grandfather used to own a pair of Holland & Holland 28” barrel shotguns.