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Sporting Gun May 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
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

This month we have moved Robin’s piece to our Snapshots pages and given Stewart Cooper the Parting Shots section. This is because we want to leave you with a smile on your face. I always find Robin’s articles thought-provoking and this month is no exception. My late father often said that it is a sign of maturity when a shooter realised that there is more to our sport than just getting a big bag. Conservation, getting out in the countryside and friendship all go to make shooting the great sport it is. When I was young, nature offered so much in the way of education, and I took little - I was more interested in the size of my bag. It’s now time to make up that deficit and I wish I’d…

1 min.
among our contributors

Shane Robinson Shane tests guns for Sporting Gun. This month he looks at the Winchester SX4 semi-auto, which he believes will be a popular wildfowling gun. Don’t forget, you can also win this gun – see page 43 for competition details. Mike George Mike has been with Sporting Gun since the beginning, editing the magazine at one stage. Mike is a guru at all things gun tech and features in our Shooting Answers feature. This month Mike answers all your cartridge questions while also picking our three prestige second-hand shotguns.…

3 min.
snapshots

Loan allows fowling for generations A Somerset wildfowling club has received a £35,000 loan to buy a plot of land it has shot over for more than half a century. The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) granted Clevedon Wildfowling Association with the money to buy the 1.8-acre patch of grazing and a pond in Kingston Seymour, which the club says will help to support wildfowling on the site “for generations to come”. Club treasurer Jon-Paul Humberstone said: “We are extremely grateful to the WHT for the continued support of our land and sporting rights acquisition programme. “The club has shot over this land in excess of 50 years and by purchasing it we have further secured the future of wildfowling in the local area for generations to come.” Scotland to review gameshooting rules The Scottish Government is…

2 min.
robin’s say

“I’m taking a keener interest in the stuff you can’t draw a bead on” There’s no danger of me hanging up the gun any time soon but some folk say the urge to pull a trigger whenever possible starts to wane the older you get. I’m beginning to believe them. I still love shooting as much as ever but the fun factor is now no longer measured in bag size or shots fired, but by the quality of whatever quarry I get within range of. And more than ever I’m taking a keener interest in the stuff you can’t draw a bead on. When I moved north to the family farm four years ago I was reasonably awake to the wildlife around the place. Now I make a point of listing what I see.…

1 min.
upcoming events

East Anglian Game & Country Fair Euston estate, Thetford, Norfolk. For more details and for tickets, tel 01263 735828. GWCT annual clay shoot Kingston House estate, Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire For more information or to book a place contact Chris Robinson by tel 07785 308282 or email chris@oxfordmeditech.co.uk Broadlands Country Show Broadlands Park, Romsey, Hampshire. For further information, tel 01889 563232 or visit www.broadlandscountryshow.co.uk. Northern Shooting Show Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate. For more information and for tickets, tel 01472 809727 or visit www.northernshootingshow.co.uk.…

1 min.
celebrating 40 years of sporting gun

Travelling back in the Sporting Gun time machine we came across this vehicle review. The machine in question was Volkswagen’s Syncro 4x4 Caravelle – which would now be called a people carrier – and was written by David Shepherd. It seemed a strange choice of vehicle for a shooting magazine to cover, but back then there were fewer all-wheel drive cars than today. However, when you think about the amount of the modern Caravelles you see at game fairs up and down the country, you begin to understand that these vehicles actually do play an important part in the rural community. Whether this is because of David’s review in Sporting Gun, I don’t know. David’s review wouldn’t be out of place in an automotive magazine and we were surprised by the amount…