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Sporting Gun May-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.

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

It’s been a busy month visiting two of Europe’s biggest shooting shows. The British Shooting Show at the NEC and IWA in Nuremberg, Germany, showcased the latest shooting kit that will hit the UK over the next year. We thought we’d give you a sneak preview of things to come. However, we couldn’t get it all in, so more will appear next month. Two new shotguns that really caught our attention was the Browning Liberty Light and Fausti’s new Sporter, the XF4. The Liberty is designed for shooters who want a lightweight gun and it looks stunning. We put a video clip of the Fausti FX4 on the Sporting Gun Facebook page and it got a lot of interest, so we will keep you updated. This month we tested a rather nice…

5 min.
snapshots

New fee rules in licence row There was some positive news for shooters in Lincolnshire as the local medical committee (LMC) has advised GPs to send patients’ shotgun and firearm certificate applications to the police regardless of whether a fee is paid. Last year, the LMC came under fire after instructing practices to begin charging for initial medical checks for certificate applicants, contrary to Home Office guidance. Soon after, the LMC released a statement that said Lincolnshire Police intended to implement a policy where no certificates would be granted nor renewed without a medical report being made available. At the time, BASC dubbed the medical fees “illegal” and has now flagged up an update on the LMC’s website. It confusingly states that GPs can ask for a fee, but should still send applications…

1 min.
number crunching

£600,000 A further £600,000 has been added to the Government’s Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund to help finance conservation work. 101,000 The Country Food Trust has produced more than 101,000 ready-to-eat game meals for those who might otherwise go hungry. 25 The Government is to review its 25-year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, with suggestions that it will expand its badger culls, before moving away from the practice in later phases of the plan. No. 1 A four-year-old flat-coated retriever named Rossi was named as the overall winner of the BASC gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2018 last month…

1 min.
letter of the month

More medical madness I read your article “Medical Madness” in the March 2018 issue of Sporting Gun with great interest as only last week I was referred by my GP to the accident and emergency department of my local hospital. My GP gave me a letter to take with me, which obviously contained my name and full address, and I was concerned to see that at the bottom of the page where it gave a summary of “active health matters”, it said “holds firearms licence”. This information could have had no bearing whatsoever on my health problem, so there was no need for my GP to have passed this information on to the hospital. Not only that, I handed the letter over to the consultant at the hospital and I have…

4 min.
your shout

Credit where it’s due I often read about poor service from the police when it comes to renewing/varying shotgun and firearm certificates. For this reason I would like to highlight the excellent service I recently received from North Yorkshire Police Firearms Department when I applied for a couple of variations. I dropped my application off at the police on a Saturday afternoon, the following Tuesday morning I had a letter from the firearms department requesting a few details, which were duly delivered by hand on Wednesday. The following Tuesday morning my new certificate, complete with requested amendments, was delivered. Well done North Yorkshire Firearms Department! John Shields Via email Beating retreat This is my wonderful daughter, Millie, when she was nine out with her father beating. She’s now 14 and is still loving it. When…

6 min.
finding the one

“Even weeks after buying a gun, niggling self doubts bubble up” Buying and selling guns is part and parcel of the enjoyment of shooting. It’s all about finding “the one”. All I can say is count yourself lucky if the first gun you clap eyes on fits the bill perfectly and that, shunning all others, you stay faithful to it ever more. The majority of us are not so fortunate; years, months, even weeks after buying a gun, niggling self doubts often start bubbling up. Would I shoot better if it had longer barrels? Is this one too heavy? Would it feel more comfortable with a slimmer grip? Endless other reasons for why we’re not shooting as well as we ought – or thought – drift into mind. Maybe you simply want to…