Out Shooting depicts Nobby Gray, one of Munnings's best known early models. He posed regularly for the artist with his wife and their son, Fred. Munnings described the family as 'Van-dwellers and travellers they wintered in a meadow by the Red Lion, Mendham and disappeared each summer with their swinging-boats, coconut and shooting galleries. Old Gray was really a Suffolker, a natty nice looking old bird, bald pated, clean shaven. The Grays loved posing and still better loved seeing an old sovereign or a pint of beer. Nobby was a philosopher, life was full of interest for him and he knew a lot about Suffolk, High Suffolk as he used to call it'.
Munnings recalled Gray posing for him with a gun for this painting in his autobiography, An Artist's Life.
(A.J. Munnings, An Artist's Life, Bungay, 1950, p.113).
Sir Alfred Munnings, P.R.A. (1878-1959), Nobby Gray with a year old Welsh mare (private collection).