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Sporting Gun March 2018

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.

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

A lot of readers have contacted me about GPs charging for the new medical procedures, which were introduced in April 2016 as part of the licensing process. Concerns range from the security of information and the amount charged by different practices. And all this was before BBC’s Countryfile did a report on the subject. So we thought it was time for David Frost to do a follow-up on his original article from July last year. Another issue that is causing concern is that shooting sports look like they are not going to be featured at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games due to a “lack of appropriate facilities”. See our news story for more details and sign our petition on Facebook and on our website, www.shooting.co.uk. I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine…

5 min.
snapshots

Shooting dropped from Birmingham 2022 Games Shooting sports look set to be excluded from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, reportedly due to the lack of a suitable venue. This will be the first time since 1970 that shooting has not featured at the Games. The BBC reported that the exclusion was due to a “lack of appropriate facilities” near to the host city. Bisley Shooting Ground in Surrey, which hosted the shooting at the Manchester 2002 Games, was apparently dismissed as too far away, despite plans for track cycling to be held in London. Steve Scott, who won two gold medals for England at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014, as well as Olympic bronze in Rio 2016, said it would be a “big blow to shooting” and a “sad start to 2018”…

1 min.
number crunching

£3,853 Cover crop specialist Bright Seeds has presented the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation with a cheque for £3,853 to help fund the continued promotion of gamekeeping. 1,000 More than 200 driven grouse days in North Yorkshire this season generated an estimated 1,000 extra workdays for rural people. 600 Angus and Grampian gamekeepers teamed up to give more than 600 homeless and vulnerable people a freshly cooked meal of local game over the festive period. 70% The Countryside Alliance’s survey of registered hunts found that 70 per cent have more women hunting and 54 per cent have more young people than they did a decade ago.…

1 min.
letter of the month

Shooting therapy I work as a paramedic on a rapid response car. Last May I was introduced to clay pigeon shooting by a few work colleagues. I enjoyed it so much I applied for my shotgun licence the very next day. Unfortunately a couple of months later I was attacked by a member of the public while carrying out my duties as a paramedic. This resulted in me having several months off sick from work. Although trauma counseling enabled me to make a full recovery, it was my numerous days out shooting with friends that kept me feeling positive. Clay pigeon shooting is now a huge part of my life and I can’t thank my colleagues enough for introducing me to this amazing sport. Christopher Parker, via email Ed – I’ve heard many instances…

5 min.
your shout

Wedding memories Your photograph of the wedding party in December’s issue made me smile. It reminded me of a similar event many years ago. Some readers may remember Tideline Books, the specialist sporting book dealer. The proprietor was Geoff Worrall, and when he arranged his wedding he asked fellow members of The North Worcestershire Rough Shooting Club to provide a “triumphal arch” of guests with 12-bore shotguns. I spent the night before loading black powder blank cartridges for the honour party and at the appointed time Geoff escorted his new bride to the archway of Guns. At a signal from the photographer we let rip with six rounds of 12-bore blanks loaded with three drams of black powder. The noise was unbelievable! People ran out of their houses to see what the noise…

3 min.
book reviews

Hot Barrels! Shooting Superstitions, Facts and Fallacies By JC Jeremy Hobson Cartoons by Bryn Parry Hot Barrels! is as fun as it is informative, writes Matt Clark . Bryn Parry’s superb cartoons bring this book alive, giving it real character. As the subtitle suggests, you are taken into the dark and mysterious world of shooting superstitions, which many of us can relate to. For example, are you one of those Guns who believe that if you don’t connect with the first two shots, the rest of the day’s shooting will be a washout? This fascinating book also gives plenty of practical advice on all sorts of topics drawn from Jeremy Hobson’s sporting experience and wide reading. The real strength of this book is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but gives intelligent and…