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Sporting Gun May_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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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
a change of season

One of the great things about stalking is that there is always more to learn This month we’ve got a special treat for anyone interested in stalking – a free stalking guide. It is mainly aimed at those of you have had little or no experience, and I hope this might tempt you to have a go. The day I took up stalking was life-changing, and I don’t think I’d have ended up here if I hadn’t been lucky enough to have had a great mentor. There’s loads of useful information in it, including a brief explanation of the six different deer species in the UK, how to get some experience, what kit you’ll need, how to gralloch and much more besides. Many of you are, of course, seasoned stalkers, but I’m…

5 min.
an easy winter for pigeon

Homer Simpson once said: “Beer, the cause and cure of all life’s problems”. As a pigeon shooter, I tend to look at oilseed rape in the same light. There is no doubt that, since it was first grown in this country more than 50 years ago, it has enabled pigeon populations to grow at an alarming rate. Whereas vast numbers of woodies would perish from starvation in harsh winters, they now survive comfortably, thanks to the universal availability of rape. But this has brought it’s own problems for the decoyer, who now finds it almost impossible to make a decent bag once farmers have educated the birds by using gas guns and rockets. We do our best to minimise the damage caused, but the fact remains that birds will get into…

7 min.
a mixed bag

With spring around once more, wherever possible, every shooter and conservationist should be making an effort towards the very necessary job of vermin control. Limiting predation on eggs and chicks during this critical reproduction time is the only practical way to help next season’s game prospects and boost wild songbird numbers. Once you’ve got your first decoy bird, magpies are a doddle to catch with the Larsen trap, but their cousin, the carrion crow, is more wary. Catching up with the odd trap-shy bird or two can be a real pain, but if you can find the time – and a good alarm clock – ambushing their regular early-morning perching spots can be a great help. A combined outcome I love getting out and about early at this time of year, if…

5 min.
a good quality semi-auto

“The semi-auto Marocchi mounted like most off-the-peg over-and-unders” This Marocchi SI 12 semi-auto, supplied by Viking, is a gun that has had very little press in the UK - it should have, though. The company was founded by Stefano Marocchi in 1922. In the early days, the business made high-class components for side-by-side guns, then in the late 50s made an early cO2 operated semi-auto rifle, after which an O/U was developed, with which one of the family members had a a lot of success with at the European Clay Shooting Championships. With these developments the company started to be more diverse, not only in what it was producing, but the technology it used in these areas. In 2007, the company obtained a European quality certification, which it earned from its engineering…

4 min.
the hitman

Place: Monckton Shooting Ground, Hunsley Road, North Newbald, Beverley, Yorks YO43 4TW. Easy to find? I normally have a good sense of direction, read the ground’s website instructions – and promptly got lost. For 20 minutes or more, I really wondered if the locals had ever turned the road signs back the right way after the World War II. I stumbled on the place by pure good luck. To avoid the same fate, download the map and key the postcode into a sat nav. The best I can say is that the ground is one mile from the High Hunsley junction on the B1230 as you head toward Beverely from the York direction. 3 Disciplines: An awesomely high tower, the most comprehensive grouse/partridge flush you will ever encounter, a Compak Sporting layout…

7 min.
finger on your first trigger

“Newcomers can now dip their toes into all shotgun disciplines while using the same gun” Any busy shooting coach will see a continuous stream of newcomers to clayshooting or gameshooting coming through his ground who, having had a few first encounters with those elusive moving targets, are now thinking of buying a shotgun. They may have been to one or two clayshooting days, or Saturday afternoons in a pigeon hide with a mate, or accompanying dad in the local pheasant shooting syndicate, but now, getting quite addicted to the challenges, a shotgun of their own is really quite important. I have met newcomers aged 12, 22 or even 72, all asking: “What should I buy?” Multi-purpose At this early stage of shotgun ownership, a shooting career will almost certainly develop and blossom in a number…