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Sporting Gun December 2015

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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Langue:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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3 min.
new season, new faces

Not only have we got a really nice ATA SP shotgun to give away this month (pg65), we’ve got two Bushwear vouchers worth £500 each (pg62), which will certainly sort out your Christmas shopping. As if that wasn’t enough, all seven pages of our Christmas gift guide (pg67) are up for grabs! Every single gift will go into a lucky dip, so don’t forget to enter. Of course the best present of all would be a subscription to Sporting Gun – and we’ve got a really good deal this year, with a saving of nearly 30% – and we’ll even throw in a Gerber Multitool worth £49.99. New faces… You may have noticed that a few new contributors have joined the Sporting Gun family: Dr Patrick Hook, who has been sharing his…

6 min.
the rewards of patience

Laden with gear, but filled with that old familiar tingle of anticipation, I stumbled along the wood edge behind my shooting mate, Ed, and eventually out on to the open marsh. When shooting near home, I seldom attempt to decoy geese, preferring to take my chances on watched flightlines. But this particular inland marsh was huge, almost featureless, the movement of fowl was unpredictable, and far too remote to learn their regular habits. After some frustrating attempts to ambush skeins moving up the river valley at first light, we hoped to increase our chances by giving the decoys a try. Going by past experience, the greylags normal routine was to flight out somewhere to feed at first light, before moving back to the marsh mid morning to preen and graze away…

5 min.
five fallacies of pigeon shooting

Like most quarry species, the woodpigeon has established itself in the folklore of the sportsmen who pursue it. Gems of opinion as to how you outwit this wily adversary have been passed down through the generations and repeated so many times, that few people even bother to question their validity. So, for what it is worth, here are some of the old wives’ tales that I have found, through 45 years of experience, to be bunkum. 1 Decoy patterns The first to be blasted out of the sky is: you need to set your decoys in a “pattern” to draw birds within range. Anyone who has studied pigeons feeding should realise after about five minutes that they do not feed in any sort of pattern at all, walking this way and that,…

4 min.
a good, reliable gun

A TA was founded about 60 years ago and has flourished into a thriving gunmaking business. Its guns are made in Turkey and a range of O/U guns are already available here in the UK. ATA also make a large range of semi-auto shotguns, and its latest series is the Venza. It is something new, but there are a good deal of tried-and-tested design principles in this gun. The test gun has a khaki-green finish to the action frame. There are also options to have black, bronze or grey. The black finish is anodised and the other colours are Cerokote, which is a very durable baked-on finish developed in America, and used extensively in the defence industry. Clever design The gun is effectively a gas-operated semi-auto, with gas from the fired cartridge being…

1 min.
meet the team

VETERINARY: NEIL MCINTOSH A practising vet in Scotland. TUITION: JOHN BIDWELL 6 times World FITASC champ and pro shooting coach. LEGAL: DAVID FROST Author of Sporting Shooting and the Law. TECHNICAL: MIKE GEORGE Engineering author with a deep love of gunmaking. GUNDOGS: LEZ GRAHAM Gundog trainer and author of the Pet Gundogbooks. PIGEONS: PETER THEOBALD Author of Woodpigeon: The Ultimate Quarry. STALKING: GEORGE WALLACE National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’s firearms consultant. FERRETS: ED COOK Professional rabbit catcher working over 30,000 acres. GOT A QUESTION? CONTACT: sportinggun@timeinc.comor Sporting Gun, Time Inc. (UK), Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark St, London SE1 0SU Photography: PAUL QUAGLIANA, DAVID KJAER, ANDY HOOK, KEITH SYKES, BRIAN PHIPPS, DAVID FROST, NICK RIDLEY…

25 min.
shooting answers

VET Fighting fit, not fat Q My neighbour constantly gripes that my fighting fit working springer spaniel is a cruelty case because she is lean. It hurts me to watch his obese, puffing, panting Labrador waddle a meagre hundred yards every morning. I have now had a most unpleasant visit from the authorities, although they were satisfied with my dog’s condition. NEIL SAYS: I sympathise entirely. I have recently had to provide a health certificate to a greyhound owning client because he was stopped in the street by a policeman who was concerned he could see the dog’s ribs! Such ignorance is becoming commonplace, as fat dogs become the norm. I do not think that welfare organisations help by only ever seeming to prosecute owners of emaciated dogs when long term obesity is far…