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Sporting Gun October 2015

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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6 min.
the sky’s the limit

One of the drawbacks of writing for a monthly magazine is that articles written today will not be read by you, the reader, for another six weeks. This can lead to situations where I can be made to look pretty stupid. For example, in July’s issue I was bemoaning the fact that Paul and I had barely fired a shot at pigeons for nigh on five weeks, and I was getting seriously worried that nobody else had either, indicating that the population might be in trouble. I did predict, though, that availability of cereals could change things overnight. Well, it did. As soon as winter barley started to go down, pigeons arrived from nowhere, resulting in two monster bags of 457 and 304. Interestingly, they were in poor condition for the…

3 min.
start of the season

I hope those of you who went to the CLA Game Fair enjoyed it. I certainly did, not least because I picked up a Miroku Mk60 to try out. I’d heard wondrous tales of just how good this gun is, and indeed, when I went pigeon shooting the day after the game fair, I was impressed. Tim Hanson, our advertisement manager, and I were invited by John Shooter, who runs National Pigeon & Pest Control (www.nppc.co.uk) to go along for a spot of decoying. John had two regular visitors from Denmark over as well. While the Danish visitors had a great day, with more than a century each, there were a few less on my patch. However, I got 36 for 50 shots and I can only put that ratio down…

7 min.
shooting lesson: driven shooting

Too many shooters spend a fortune on driven shooting but don’t practise enough during the closed season. For the cost of a few lessons or their driven day could be more rewarding. Because we were in Devon, owner Tony Staple decided to look at dealing with high driven clays that would be good practice for the high pheasant shoots that parts of the county are noted for. The high tower was situated on the slopes of a hillside, adding to the height at which clays could be launched. Tony said: “Assuming you are right handed, if you are facing the tower, which would be about 12 o’clock, then the lead foot should be around one o’clock and the back foot around three o’clock. The shoulders should be relaxed and the gun…

5 min.
calling the shots

Once again the long summer days are starting to shorten and the next fowling season is upon us. This month I’m concentrating on duck calling. I believe calling can make a difference to the bag if the skill is mastered. It isn’t very often that I head out on to the foreshore, or even a pond, without my trusty call around my neck. Despite often looking like Mr T, the variety of calls I carry hold individual purpose for a variety of situations and species. We will go straight into the basics, and some advanced, skills needed when calling ducks before we look more in depth at goose calls next month. Where I started Calling isn’t picked up overnight and it can take a long time to master. I have used calls…

3 min.
royal provenance curiosities

Scotland's annual premier gun auction, at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, included the e pected array of “Best” guns, as well as the now usual curiosities and guns with an interesting provenance. One lot in the Gavin Gardiner auction which definitely qualified as a curiosity comprised a pair of 16-bore pinfire hammerguns of distinctive German appearance, which had been made by Albert Staehle for a Hanoverian prince. Staehle, although little-known in this country, was one of a group of gunsmiths working mainly for German aristocracy during the 1800s. To add to the curiosity value of the pair, both were fitted with set trigger mechanisms, perhaps indicating that both may have had additional rifle barrels. Be that as it may, the owner of the pair was something of a curiosity himself. Prince Ernest Augustus was…

5 min.
taking the fight to the fox

I’ve been asked to write a monthly series of articles on foxing, so the best place to start would probably be by introducing myself. I live in mid-Devon, where my shooting partner, Paul, and I carry out fox control on an ever-increasing patch of ground that currently stands at about 60,000 acres. Although we mainly stick close to home, we actually range right up to where the waves break on both the north and south coasts. I always say that we don’t shoot for anyone we don’t like, so seeing as we cover about 120 or so farms, I think that says an awful lot about the underlying character of the Devon farmer! Some readers will know me from my book A Foxer’s Year, which examines the way in which fox…