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Sporting Gun March 2016

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
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
gaining ground

“The loss of red squirrels is tragic and there will be readers who have never seen one” We’ve got a new series starting this month all about pest control. Andrew Walker, based up in County Durham, is a pest controller, but also loves his gameshooting. He’s written about how to dispose of the grey tree rats by trapping and shooting, and I hope his tips will come in useful. Coincidentally, Jon Snowdon also mentions squirrels in his Northern Notes this month, and how red squirrels are slowly gaining ground in his neck of the woods. It’s one of the things that we, as shooters, can really help with, and show how useful we can be in conservation. The loss of red squirrels is tragic and there will be readers of this magazine…

6 min.
peter theobald’s shoot

“It’s something to look forward to in the winter when we’re not shooting many pigeons” You’ll all know Peter Theobald as our resident pigeon shooter and also as a world-class Skeet shooter in his day, but not too many of you will know that he also runs his own driven pheasant shoot, squeezed into his 90-acre farm in Essex. This is not a commercial venture: “You can’t just book a day with us. We choose who we want to shoot and ask them to pay,” said Peter. Well that’s for the first of the four days that the farm is shot over. The following three days are even harder to get invited to. The second shoot day is a “thank you” and is saved for local farmers who give Peter permission to…

4 min.
made to a good standard

“To manufacture a gun like this at this price is very impressive” This new Franchi Alcione One O/U has thrown itself into the market place for the under £900, with a price of £865. And on initial viewing, they have not done a bad job either. As a gunmaker, I would struggle to supply a block of wood for that price, though admittedly I would choose a very attractive piece of wood! The test gun I have to play with is a 30in 12-bore supplied by GMK. Good manufacturing This new Franchi comes in either 28in or 30in barrels. These guns are fitted with multichokes as standard. I have one gripe: the muzzles are flared like a Browning to fit the multichoke system in, which can put some people off. It also spoils…

7 min.
delights of winter shooting

For once, I was not particularly looking forward to a day out shooting. Even at the best of times rape-field pigeons are seldom the most co-operative of birds. And going by past experience, decoying this particular field would provide an added challenge. The 400 yard strip of rape lies right along the farm perimeter, with the only ambush points along its downwind boundary edge. A shade too close to the roosting woods, the hedge is backed by a low-lying thicket of tall alders, ash, scrub willow and impenetrable brambles, an area strictly out of bounds. With no option of a hide elsewhere in the depths of winter, this usually means shooting directly into a cold and predominantly southwest wind – not a great help towards getting a decent bag. Today was…

6 min.
geese galore

“Above the sound of the howling wind, another spine-tingling noise could be heard – greylags!” Like a greylag coming in to feed, our small aircraft was buffeted from side to side by the strong wind as it descended towards the tiny airport of Kirkwall, on the Isle of Orkney. With a bump and a huge sigh of relief we were safely down to begin our three days’ of goose shooting with Rob Frampton of Orkney Shooting Holidays. We had looked forward to the trip for months, having rebooked early in February 2015, after enjoying a fantastic time with Rob last season. Whereas last time, we had used borrowed guns, this time, my son Chris volunteered to drive the 800 miles from Essex with all of our guns on board, hoping to make…

6 min.
boys on tour

Chris Green is a well-recognised face in the shooting community with his position at many country shows, his collection of DVDs and decoys. I’ve known Chris for more than 10 years now from game fairs and I’ve spent many an evening swapping fowling stories with him, his son James and our good pal Shane Robinson. Some of you may have also seen our “banter” when I interrupting Chris’s wildfowling demonstrations in the arena by calling back to him to help tell the story of the foreshore fowler. Well every time we meet, we always discuss a “boys on tour” road trip over the border to shoot geese and get some footage for Chris’s DVDs. Due to the logistics and work commitments we’ve never managed to pull it off, but at the…