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Sporting Gun Jun-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
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

You might not be in the market for a new gun, but this month we might just tempt you with our pick of top 20 guns or under £1k. Mike George has used all his expertise and knowledge to select some of the very best affordable guns, both new and used. This month the Browning Liberty Light gets its first test on our pages. This lightweight sporter is designed for women, youngsters and shooters of a smaller stature who are tired of lugging heavy guns around. At around the £2k mark, it is well priced, too. The other gun we look at is the new Remington V3 semi-auto. If you are a wildfowler or pigeon shooter, this gun is definitely worth consideration. But it’s not just about guns this month, we also focus…

7 min.
snapshots

Government is accused of a ‘betrayal’ over firearms fees Proposals to make every gun owner pay a fee to their GP when applying for a shotgun or firearms certificate have been declared as a betrayal. Following a meeting with Nick Hurd, the minister responsible for firearms licensing, BASC understands the Government plans to abandon the system agreed in 2016. This decision follows a campaign of non-cooperation by the British Medical Association to the agreement on improving medical involvement in the licensing system, reached following extensive negotiations by the medical evidence working group. This included representatives of the Home Office, police, the shooting community and doctors. Christopher Graffius, BASC’s director of communications, said: “This will be regarded by the shooting community as a betrayal by Government. It will discriminate against those who require a firearm…

1 min.
number crunching

22% A new paper by the British Trust for Ornithology says that there has been a 22 per cent rise in the UK’s breeding peregrine falcon population since the last survey in 2002. 3rd Scotland’s Seonaid McIntosh became the third member of her family to win a Commonwealth Games shooting medal as she took bronze in the women’s 50m rifle prone event. 1,000 More than 1,000 farmers took part in this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count (see full results on page 18). 200% The CLA says its members reported a 200 per cent increase in fly-tipping on private land in just three years.…

1 min.
letter of the month

A prescription to save GP fees I am writing in the hope that this letter may save some of your readers’ hard-earned cash. I refer to certificate holders being asked for payment by GPs before they will respond to any request from the licensing department. I agree with the comments made by the CA and BASC that there is currently no requirement for the certificate holder to pay any fee as the current Home Office guidelines state that in the absence of a response from a GP a certificate should be issued after 21 days if the licensing authorities have no other concerns. There are, however, instances where the licensing authorities do have concerns and will request additional information from the holder’s GP and under the circumstances any fee for this is…

5 min.
your shout

Body count I was very interested in Patrick Hook’s article on fox shooting. I thought that targeting yearly numbers is a great way to keep motivated with the task of vermin control. The only thing I wondered is how to dispose of so many fox carcases. As a keen fox shooter I am aware that DEFRA have schemes to collect fox carcases for examination. The problem is that most of the farmers I know squirm at the thought of inviting Defra onto their farms. Dan Harrison, via email Dr Patrick Hook replies: I agree that disposal of fox carcases can be an issue. Our guiding principle is very simple, we do what the landowner asks us to do. In some cases that means they get collected for incineration, in others they get buried.…

5 min.
once in a lifetime

They say you only get one great gundog in a lifetime. Maybe so, but that of course depends on how we measure a dog’s greatness. By what yardstick. If it’s done on all-round capabilities then, yes, I’d have to say only one dog ticked most of the boxes – a fizzing springer spaniel bitch called, among other things, Skye. She was brilliant on the marsh, more than handy in a pigeon hide and, let’s just say, a character on game shoots. Not that she was a peg dog. Oh no. Sitting still wasn’t her barrow. Purist handlers and field trial judges would’ve definitely written her off as an unsteady fruitcake. But when it came to picking the “unpickable”, Skye could be counted on to find runners where all others had failed. On…