Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle August 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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3 min.
pledges and promises

In the race to become leader of the Conservative Party, and the UK’s next prime minister, the two remaining leadership candidates at the time of going to press – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – have been trying to court the rural vote by responding to a series of questions posed to them by the Countryside Alliance. Both had plenty to say about what they would deliver for rural communities, with fast broadband clearly something both know is important to countryside dwellers. Personally speaking, I know of more than one scribe, photographer and video editor that has been thwarted by slow upload and download speeds in the making of Sporting Rifle and The Shooting Show, and who end up on the receiving end of a phone call from a panicked sub-editor…

2 min.
general licences are back – mostly

Organisations have broadly welcomed new general licences, which appear to cover most of the pest bird shooting undertaken in the English countryside for damage prevention, crop protection and to preserve public health. However, there still appear to be gaps in the new legislation, mainly relating to SSSIs. Shooters were left frustrated as the lack of licences wreaked havoc on the trade with no clear legislation between 25 April and 14 June – some 50 days. Thousands of shooters submitted their responses to Defra and BASC’s calls for evidence about the damage caused – and it appears their evidence had an effect, as Defra subsequently issued licences GL34, GL35 and GL36. These cover the taking of woodpigeon, feral pigeon, carrion crow, jackdaw, jay, magpie, rook and Canada goose – though not collared dove. As…

1 min.
fac numbers rise again

As of 31 March 2019, there were 159,745 firearms certificates on issue in the UK – the highest number on record since 1987. This continues a general trend of growth in firearms ownership – FACs have now risen for three years in a row and eight of the last ten years. The average FAC holder also owns more rifles. Though the number of FACs rose by around 2,000, the number of firearms covered by these certificates increased by 19,000 and now stands at 596,661. This equates to an average of 3.7 firearms per certificate. The number of shotgun certificates also rose slightly, according to the latest government figures. Of the total 591,302 certificate holders (firearm or shotgun) in the UK, 94 per cent were male, though the number of women with certificates did increase…

1 min.
ca award winners revealed

The winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars, were announced in a ceremony at the House of Lords on 19 June. The national champions included the Sussex Peasant farm shop in Brighton, Hampstead Norreys Community Shop in Berkshire, Two Farmers Crisps from Ross-on-Wye, Brackley Butchers, and the Iorwerth Arms in Holyhead. The Clarissa Dickson Wright award went to Suffolk Market Events, while Stour Valley Game was crowned the country’s Game Champion. CA chief executive Tim Bonner said: “Despite the difficulties of our current political situation the Countryside Alliance Awards brought together rural people from Anglesey to Norfolk and from Northumberland to Devon. Publicans, shopkeepers, farmers and rural entrepreneurs of all types gathered to celebrate all that is best about the British countryside. “And every winner has a great story: the…

1 min.
pm candidates speak out on shooting

Both the candidates to become the new Conservative Party leader – and therefore the next prime minister – have said they don’t intend to place further restrictions on firearms ownership, should they get into power. Jeremy Hunt said he would “base all [his] policy decisions on evidence” when it came to gun laws. He added: “I wouldn’t introduce any undue restrictions on legitimate gun ownership and use.” Boris Johnson said: “We rightly have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I believe that legitimate ownership and use should come with robust levels of responsibility too. Changing these laws is not a priority.” A final decision on the new PM was expected on 23 July – before Sporting Rifle goes on sale.…

2 min.
rural dwellers have no faith in politics

Conservative leadership candidates have promised to put rural issues at the centre of government – but those living in the countryside are skeptical about their claims and about the trustworthiness of politicians in general. As the race to become leader of the Conservative party – and therefore prime minister – was narrowed down to two, the Countryside Alliance revealed the results of a new survey that concluded that nearly every rural dweller feels neglected by politicians. Only 8.5 per cent of people think life in the countryside has improved in the last five years, the survey found. However delivering a new agricultural policy emerged as the top priority for the next Prime Minister in the survey, followed by tackling crime and antisocial behaviour, and addressing the housing crisis in rural areas. Describing…