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Sporting Gun March 2017

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

Thank you for all your emails and letters about the new look of the magazine. I’m glad that you liked it, but if you think we can improve it in any way, just let us know. Sporting Gun will continue to evolve and I’m happy to say we have another new regular feature, “Keeper Profile”. Each month we will interview an exceptional keeper to see what we can learn from them. This issue it’s the turn of Liam Bell, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’s new chairman. Another one of our new sections, the reader gun test, has had a good response. We will be contacting all those who showed an interest and try to arrange a date when you can test some guns. Also, make sure you take part in our Handicap Challange clay-shooting…

1 min.
perfect shot

A Gun taking a high pheasant on a wild bird shoot in the Lincolnshire Fens. The most vital thing on a shoot like this is to be able to preserve, protect and retain the birds you have. And the most important way to do this is vermin control. By controlling foxes you will preserve the nesting birds. Other vermin need controlling as well. You need to trap rats and weasels and keep crow and magpie numbers under control. Good cover and woodland is also important to hold wild birds. The more cover on offer, the more birds you will retain.…

8 min.
snapshots

Shooting makes huge contribution to rural tourism Shooting and countryside groups have highlighted the important role that the shooting and farming industry play in supporting rural tourism. A number of groups gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee inquiry into tourism’s role in supporting rural growth in England. The groups highlighted that £2.5billion is spent on hoods and services each year by visiting shooters while 200,000km of public footpaths are maintained by farmers. BASC vice-chairman John Thornley said: “People who shoot are prepared to travel long distances to experience high-quality shooting across rural England. “The money they spend on food, accommodation, fuel and other local goods and services is a vital source of income for rural businesses.” Growing support for hunting, says CA There were conflicting comments on hunting over the Christmas period…

1 min.
letter of the month

Highlander origin Firstly, may I say how much I enjoy your magazine and particularly Mike George’s gun articles and answers. However, I would like to slightly correct Mike, if I may, on his reply regarding the Macnab Highlander range of shotguns in January issue, page 61. Sabatti did make some of the Highlanders i.e. the sporters and also the Lowlander, but most of the Highlanders were made by Battista Rizzini. I have a sideplated Highlander in 20-bore which is clearly engraved “B.Rizzini” on the action. I hope that Mike does not mind me pointing this out. Chris Skinner, via email Mike says: I don’t mind – in fact I value the information in your letter, Chris. When guns cease to be imported it is often difficult to trace the source, particularly, as my case, when…

5 min.
your shout

The doctor’s advice Dr Patrick Hook clearly accounts for a large number of foxes each year and I much appreciate the expertise that goes into each of his articles in Sporting Gun. I was interested to read about the rabbiting combination that his shooting partner Paul uses because I too have a .17 HMR paired with an Optisan 5-12x50 scope. However, he failed to identify the night vision (NV) attachment that fits on the back of the scope and works in conjunction with the Nightmaster IR illuminator, which is mentioned. I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know the specific details of the NV equipment as I am in the market for just such an item. Gerry Eastham Patrick Says: Many thanks for your message. Paul uses an ex-military device…

5 min.
rannock jacket

Jack Pyke’s affordable and functional clothing has won a loyal following among British shooters over recent years. It may not be the first brand to spring to mind when choosing fine threads to wear on prestigious game shoots, but this company’s gear has a reputation for delivering durability and performance without breaking the bank. And for most of us, that’s a very good thing. If your shooting entails hauling yourself through brambles, scrabbling under fences and clambering into ditches and hedgerows to ambush your quarry, you don’t want the added worry of damaging clothing that cost a small fortune. The affordability of the Jack Pyke range means you can get on with the job in hand without fretting over the odd rip or scratch – this is stuff that can be…