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Sporting Gun April 2017

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

It was great to see so many of you at the British Shooting Show. It’s an event I’ve been to since it started and each year it seems to get better and better. One of the factors that make it such a success is that the show is run by enthusiasts who share our love of shooting. At the show I was lucky enough to get to talk to Olympic bronze medalist, Ed Ling. It was a pleasure to meet Ed, he really is as decent and down to earth as he appears on TV. Check out the interview on www.shootinguk.co.uk or see Sporting Gun’s Facebook page. Finally, check out how I did at my first attempt at our competition run in conjunction with the Royal Berkshire Shooting School. All I’m saying…

1 min.
among this issue’s contributors

Neil McIntosh Neil is a partner in the Abbey Veterinary Group (www.abbeyvetgroup.co.uk) and is a keen shooter. This month he helps a reader know what to look for inside a dog’s mouth and he also tells two tales of pants and the damage they can do... Richard Faulks Although many of you will have seen Richard’s name in our photography credits, he also writes for Sporting Gun. This month he introduces you to our new gamekeeper Adam Cope who, over the next year, will be sharing his extensive gamekeepering knowledge with us.…

9 min.
snapshots

LACS: Keepers to blame for bird flu Countryside groups have blasted the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) for spreading “nonsense” after it claimed that the shooting industry is to blame for the current bird flu outbreak. Eduardo Goncalves, LACS chief executive, said the outbreaks were “inevitable” because “the amount of birds used by the shooting industry each year is a disaster waiting to happen”. He claimed: “This has come because of the greed of the shooting industry, which raises 35million pheasants and partridges to be shot for sport every year.” Responding to these claims, rural organisation accused LACS of being “sensationalist” and having “no understanding of the countryside”. A National Gamekeepers’ Organisation spokesman said: “For LACS to attempt to hijack bird flu to launch an attack on gameshooting is an exercise in jaw-dropping opportunism in…

1 min.
letter of the month

Grumpy old git? This may just be a grumpy old git having a whinge, or a constructive suggestion, I’ll let you decide. Every month I enter the competitions in the hope of winning something useful. I won the treggings but have not plucked up the courage to wear them. My gripe is twofold. Firstly, could the two competition pages be printed back to back, meaning I would only have to cut out one page and not lose part of an interesting article – like this month where I am losing the cooking method for Recipe of the Month and the first page of the for sale section printed on the reverse sides. My second point is based on the assumption that most readers enter all four competitions, so could we please only have to…

3 min.
your shout

Taking stock There used to be a saying amongst us older shooters that, “refinishing oiled stocks should be once a day for a week, once a week for a month and once a month for a year.” The oil should be hand rubbed into the stock to create a gentle heat. That would certainly give a beautiful and long lasting protective finish to any nicely figured piece of walnut – and like you said, a little at a time is best! Great magazine, Jim Stewart, via email Ed – I did something like this on an old gun of mine. The only problem is that when I achieved a beautiful finish I was scared to take my gun into the field. Gundog grub I recently got around to reading the December issue of Sporting Gun…

5 min.
keep warm and stylish

Ridgeline Alpine fleece by Mary Bremner Being warm when out shooting is vital, but if you’re not careful you can end up with too much gear on, making you unable to swing a gun properly. This is why this fleece from Ridgeline is so useful. It’s lightweight but warm, and it certainly isn’t bulky. It’s shaped with a feminine cut, so looks stylish when you wear it. The thumb cuffs are a good idea as they add extra warmth and the sleeves don’t rise up when you raise your arms – a pet hate of mine. I found I wore the fleece a lot during the season, whack a long sleeved thermal vest underneath it and you’re plenty warm enough with a shooting jacket on. Now the weather’s warming up it’s perfect…