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About Us

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Clay & Hunt (formerly Sonora Sports) is an Australian owned and operated business, which was established by Socrates Pilipasidis (Sox) in 2008.

Sox and his partner Renae Birgan, operate the business together today.

Sox has been in the shooting industry for over 25 years.

A passion for the industry and fine competition brands led Sox into establishing a small business that specialises in premium shooting products.

Both Sox and Renae are accomplished clay target shooters with enviable records in both the Australian and International clay target scenes. A highlight of their shooting achievements is below:

 

Socrates Pilipasidis

Sox-Pilipasidis

Sporting Clays

  • 15 Australian Open Teams (Achieving 1 Team Gold, 5 Team Silver, 1 Team Bronze)
  • 2 x 4th Overall World FITASC – 2001, 2003
  • 1 x Sporting Clays Australia National Champion
  • 2 x Field & Game Australia Sporting National Champion
  • 3 x Australian Grand Prix Champion
  • 2 x FITASC Oceania Champion
  • English Sporting National Champion
  • 3 x Compak National Champion
  • 4 x ACTA Sporting National Champion (5 x runner up)
  • SSAA Sporting National Champion
  • New Zealand Sporting National Champion
  • Equal first USA Sporting National main event - 2003
  • USA FITASC Nationals Champion – 2003

Trap (DTL)

  • World DTL Team Champion (Wales) - 2012
  • 3 x ACTA “Trap Shooter” of the Year (Doug Smith Medal)
  • 2 x Trap National Titles
  • 5 x Runner up Trap Nationals
  • 33 x DTL State Titles (11 x Overall High Guns)
  • Nationals Record Holder for Handicap Event of 25 metres (110/110)
  • Only trap shooter to have won every State and a National Overall High Gun.

 

Renae Birgan

Renae-Dubai

Sporting

  • 17 x Consecutive Australian FITASC National Teams (achieving 2 Team Gold, 5 Team Silver, 2 x Team Bronze)
  • 2 x World English Sporting Ladies Champion
  • 2 x FITASC World Cup Ladies Champion
  • Runner up World FITASC Ladies Champion
  • 2 x World FITASC Sporting Team Champion
  • 4 x FITASC Oceania Ladies Champion
  • 7 x FITASC Australian Grand Prix Ladies Champion (consecutive years)
  • 3 x FITASC New Zealand Grand Prix Ladies Champion
  • 12 x Sporting Clays Australia National Ladies Champion
  • 8 x Field & Game Australia National Ladies Champion
  • 9 x ACTA Sporting National Ladies Champion
  • 5 x English Sporting National Ladies Champion
  • 4 x Compak Ladies National Champion
  • SSAA Overall National Champion
  • South Australian Overall FITASC State Champion
  • 8 x Victorian Sporting Ladies Champion
  • Queensland Sporting Ladies Champion

Trap (DTL)

  • 3 x National DTL Ladies Champion
  • Overall Western Australia DTL High Gun
  • AA High Gun Victorian DTL Championships
  • 28 x DTL Ladies State Titles
  • 4 x Consecutive VIC Ladies DTL High Guns