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Sporting Gun November 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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Monthly
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2 min.
retesting times

“It was the single-barrel Baikal that drew me into a sport I have enjoyed ever since” I’m very happy to welcome our former gun tester, Jason Harris, back to the Sporting Gun fold. Due to an expansion in his business, Rupert Blackwall was struggling to find the time to write gun reports for the magazine, so Jason has agreed to come back on a part-time basis. Jason will be doing a gun test for us every other month because, like Rupert, his day job at Trulock & Harris keeps him very busy. In the meantime, we are looking for another gun reviewer to share the work with Jason, so that we can bring you a test every month. We will keep you updated with developments on that front. Jason’s first test is on…

6 min.
snapshots

Badger cull plan rolled out BADGER CULLING operations have been expanded in more rural parts of England, DEFRA has announced. Several additional licences for badger control measures in areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire have been granted in an effort to combat bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The expansion follows last year’s cull schemes in Gloucestershire, Dorset and Somerset, which were all successful in meeting targets. The culls are all part of the Government’s 25-year plan to eradicate bTB in cattle, which includes tougher movement controls and more frequent testing. Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Our comprehensive strategy to eradicate bTB in England is delivering results, with more than half the country on track to be free of the disease by the end of this Parliament. “BTB has a devastating impact on farms, which is why…

6 min.
letters to the editor

No fun at the fair > I was pleased to read the article in the October issue of Sporting Gun acknowledging Team GB’s Olympic achievements. What a pity the BBC could not devote more time to our sport. Even the news coverage was very brief. This was compounded by the BBC’s Countryfile Live event. No time was devoted to shooting or the real county events. Where were the foxhounds, the terriers, the ferrets, gundogs, archery, fly tying and casting? The event was more like an urban fair. Does any one at the BBC know what really happens in our beautiful countryside? It appears not. Peter R Johnson, Harrogate Ed – Thanks for your email Peter. I went to Countryfile Live and was also disappointed by the lack of anything shooting related. It seemed that…

3 min.
book reviews

Between the Coverts: The Shooter’s Bedside Book Behind the conventional dust jacket of Between the Coverts: The Shooter’ Bedside Book all is not what it seems, says Matt Clark. Instead of a traditional book extolling the virtues of the sporting life, the author, Charles Smith-Jones has created a fascinating mix of fact, anecdote and whimsy. The stunning but conventional illustrations by the renowned sporting artist, Will Garfit, belie the rather groundbreaking arrangement of the book. This illogical flow lends something to its charm, making it a great book to dip into. We start with an A to Z of game species and then move to a narrative section, about a fictional Glen Garron followed by military tales of the fictional Glamorgan Fusiliers. Then comes a section of called “On & Off the…

3 min.
want to be the next top shot?

Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School is on a mission and is trawling the local area to find the next rising star of the clay pigeon shooting world. With the help of luxury Italian shotgun brand Zoli and cartridge manufacturer Nobel Sport Italia (NSI), the West Sussex-based club is on the hunt for a novice shooter to train and enter into the CPSA British Open Sporting Championships in September 2017. Managing director Shaun Miller and head coach Simon Arbuckle are on hand to explain the recently launched initiative, Talent Pool. What prior shooting experience should entrants have? Simon: They don’t need to have any at all, in fact the less experience they already have the better! Shaun: We are looking for someone who shows some natural ability, but the whole point of this…

5 min.
the mythical killing pattern

“Pigeons do not feed in any kind of pattern nor do they face predominantly into the wind” As you would expect, I spend a lot of time watching pigeons, from picking up flightlines to trying to find their favourite field at any given time of year. I get plenty of opportunity to watch birds on the ground, and to observe how they cover the ground while feeding. After 50 years of doing this, I can say with some confidence that pigeons do not feed in any kind of “pattern” nor do they face predominantly into the wind. Admittedly, they will approach the feeding flock heading into wind given the choice, but I have seen untold instances of birds hurtling downwind to turn at the last possible moment and land with a couple…