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Shooting Gazette July 2017

Shooting Gazette is the ‘local paper’ for the global shooting community, and is put together by people with a burning passion for the sport. Driven game shooting's finest journal reflects the pure thrill of standing on the peg on a crisp winter's morning. Stunning photography and the best writers in the field ensure the sumptuous pleasure of shoot day is represented in all its glory every month. With the leading gundog section in the sport and a wealth guidance on every aspect of shooting, from where to shoot and how to be a better shot, to buying a gun and etiquette, no stone is left unturned.

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1 Min.
from the editor

Avery warm welcome to this special Game Fair issue of Shooting Gazette. We cannot wait to be at Hatfield House between July 28-30, and if you’re heading to Hertfordshire for what are sure to be three memorable days why not come to stand F880 to meet our team, and take advantage of another fantastic subscription offer. Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. is proud to be a media partner at this year’s Game Fair, and inside this issue we’re lifting the lid on everything from Game Fair shopping to memories of fairs from years past. There’s even a word or two from the host. Whatever your agenda during your time at the most popular and eagerly awaited event in the fieldsports calendar, we hope you enjoy yourselves, whether you’re coming to smash clays, watch…

6 Min.
opening shots

Engagement with our urban compatriots vital for the countryside - Lord Salisbury LORD SALISBURY, owner of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, the venue for this year’s Game Fair, sets out his hopes for the three-day event. The Game Fair is a showcase for country life and country sports. Those of us who love both welcome this annual opportunity to celebrate our way of life and to mix with thousands of others who share our enthusiasm. We can meet friends, compare notes, have conservations, hear about new technology and enjoy ourselves. Most of the people who come to the Game Fair are the primary conservers of rural Britain and we need to keep in touch with each other. We also need to keep making new friends and allies. This country is now overwhelmingly urban and…

1 Min.
purdey’s best london guns go on immediate sale

A SELECTION of James Purdey & Sons’ best London shotguns and rifles are now available for immediate sale at the gunmaker’s Audley House HQ in Mayfair. The shotguns and rifles, including a 12 bore over-under with an ultra round action and a 20 bore with classic colour case hardening, are ready to have their chokes adjusted to the customer’s measurements – this process takes just three months to complete, unlike two years for a bespoke order. A .375 Mauser bolt-action rifle complete with a Swarovski Z8i telescope-sight is also amongst the range. For a full list of guns on sale, visit purdey.com…

2 Min.
shots from the shires

During a break between drives on a recent simulated day, conversation veered in the direction of political manifestos. One of the guns, as fair-minded a countryman as one could find, questioned why we, as folk with a love of our countryside, do not espouse the cause of the Green Party in greater numbers. A bit of collective tooth-sucking elicited the general response that while ‘greening’ the world might be fine in concept and had found favour in various European countries with sufficient space to home and feed the terminally bewildered, the fact that in recent parliaments our only Green MP had been elected for a constituency most widely known for nightclubs, antique shops and a big wheel on a pole probably said it all. At first glance, their pitch is not all…

1 Min.
news in numbers

9 Number of West London Shooting School staff that participated in a recent Tough Mudder to raise money for Help for Heroes and other charities £15,000 Amount raised for the GWCT by the Welsh Fantastic Four Shoot Raffle 125 Number of dishes BASC food ambassador Jose Souto created from one deer during a presentation to The Epicurean Collection chefs £5,500 Amount raised at NGO Team Flush Clay Shoot at Owls Lodge Shooting School in May. 5,000 Number of Eley Hawk cartridges fired by the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment clay shooting team during the Interforces Challenge Cup 2017 £132,000 Amount raised at the annual GWCT Scottish Auction…

2 Min.
alastair phillips

When were you first introduced to game shooting and by whom? My first taste of game shooting was walking fields with a .22 Weirauch air rifle in search of rabbits. I was probably about 10 years old. I didn’t get to pheasants until I was 16 when I used to go out with my uncle and load for him, getting the occasional shot on a drive. I was completely hooked. I loved everything to do with shooting, whether .22 rim fire at five bull targets, game or clay. How much shooting do you manage to fit in during the season? Not as much as my friends would like to think. It is the nature of the beast. Being on this side of the counter makes you very busy when the season comes around.…