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Sporting Gun

Sporting Gun

June 2021
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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
opening shot

Over the drill Geoff Garrod has been keeping his eye on a newly drilled field of wheat, which has started to attract the attention of the local pigeon population. But the birds were clearly still in ‘rape mode’ and Geoff and his friend had to watch helplessly as they flew over the hill and far away. With a farmer to please and bags to fill, it was clearly worth a second attempt. But would the birds turn their attention away from the rape towards the spring drillings? With camo netting in place, Sniper hide poles to test and a strong wind concealing the sound of their shots, it was looking like a bountiful day……

1 min.
editor’s welcome

From now on, the magazine will be bursting with more content, including competitive shooting articles, cartridge reviews, shotgun reviews and ‘how to’ articles, in addition to all the old favourites, making Sporting Gunthe most comprehensive shooting magazine on the market. Also in this issue, we look at the latest news on lead shot. Things have moved rapidly since this time last year, with the National Game Dealers Association now saying that its members will only accept lead-free game from 1 July next year. Lead shot will be banned, possibly sooner than any of us imagined. I am still to be convinced that steel shot is the way to go, and I know that I am not alone. Cartridge makers have already made great progress in a short time with various biowads and…

2 min.
lead-free game a step closer

The inexorable move away from lead ammunition progressed another step recently with an announcement by the National Game Dealers Association. The association, which lobbies policymakers on behalf of the game industry, said that its members would only accept lead-free game from 1 July next year. It explained that the decision was made in order to “future proof the sale of game meat in their customers’ businesses, and to ensure continued consumer growth from those people seeking to enjoy our healthy delicious game products”. The move was broadly welcomed by a selection of representative groups, including BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance and the Game Farmers’ Association. The groups said in a joint statement that: “A strong game market and acceptance of game meat will mean a strong future for…

1 min.
country groups hail the duke of edinburgh

The death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been keenly felt across the conservation and shooting world. The Duke, who died aged 99 at Windsor Castle on 9 April, was an ardent advocate of fieldsports throughout his long life, organising shooting parties at Sandringham in Norfolk as well as instigating many environmental initiatives such as the creation of woodlands and planting of trees. Indeed, the Countryside Alliance said that it was through his experience at Sandringham that the Duke formed his opinion that shooting was not mutually exclusive from conservation; in fact, it was integral to it. The Duke was patron of BASC and the GWCT, both of whom expressed their sadness following the announcement of his death. BASC said that the Duke was equally keen on wildfowling as he…

1 min.
shooters return to the stands

After a long absence, shooters have been back at grounds across the country for the past month or so. Practice rounds and registered competitions are both back in full swing, with squads of six being able to shoot together once again. Thanks to the easing of restrictions, particularly those regarding sporting events and social contact, there is a packed calendar of shooting competitions this summer. The first major event of the year will be the English Open English Sporting, at Barbury Shooting School, near Swindon, on 19-23 May. “It has been fantastic to finally be able to open our doors again,” said Barbury’s Huw Stephens. “Now we are looking forward to the English Open. It is a huge honour to host the competition and hopefully we will do the first major of…

2 min.
news in brief

Game Fair ‘good to go’ The Game Fair has received ‘We’re good to go’ certification from VisitBritain, the industry standard to provide consumer confidence as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The Game Fair is scheduled to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire between 23 and 25 July. Also, it has been confirmed that the GWCT Scottish Game Fair will take place between 24 and 26 September at Scone Palace, Perthshire. Cash fund for Scottish country sports More than 100 country sports tourism businesses in Scotland have benefited from funding of £1m from the Scottish government to help ameliorate the effects the pandemic has had on them. Fergus Ewing MSP, the cabinet secretary for the rural economy and tourism, set up the dedicated fund following representations from BASC and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group.…