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Sporting Gun August 2021

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
£4
£31.99
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
golden gun?

Aaron Heading is finally going to the Olympics. With a Junior win at the European Championships as far back as 2006, he is also a four-time Commonwealth medallist and was all set to go to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 when a motorcycle accident – that nearly cost him a leg – ended him dreams. Despite contemplating retirement, he has instead staged a remarkable comeback, reclaiming his previous form and a place on Team GB for Tokyo. And as if that if not impressive enough, when he is not pursuing Olympic glory he is a volunteer with Sutton Bridge Coastguard, Lincs. It “highlighted elements that being back in a team environment was really enjoyable”, he says. We are certainly pleased to have him back and wish him – and all the…

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1 min
government moves ahead with animal action plan

The Government is moving on apace with its animal welfare action plan. The latest component to this is the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, which was introduced in Parliament last month. Among other things, the bill sets out measures to improve the welfare standards of farmed and kept wild animals, as well as pets. It also contains measures on livestock worrying, puppy smuggling, live exports of animals and the keeping of primates and zoos. It is the second piece of recent legislation introduced by the Government as part of its action plan. In May it introduced the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, which formally recognises animals as sentient beings in British law. The legislation has received a cautious response from the shooting community. BASC’s Conor O’Gorman said that on the face of it, the…

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1 min
at the time of going to press, our olympic shooters are preparing for victory in tokyo.

For them this is a culmination of years of hard work, and being selected to represent their country at the Olympic Games is the highest accolade for any sports person. In this issue, we look at our Olympic hopefuls. They are not only representing their country, but they are also ambassadors of our sport. Also, you will notice that Robin Scott and Steve Nuttall are not in this issue. Steve is on holiday and Robin is recovering from an operation – we wish him well. The magazine doesn’t seem the same without them, but they should be back with us in the next issue. I hope you enjoy the magazine and I’m sure you will be with me wishing our Olympians all the best. Go Team GB!…

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1 min
james bradley-day wins benelli sp’auto despite car accident

There was a good turnout at the semi-auto-only event at Atkin Grant & Lang (AGL) recently, with James Bradley-Day having a particularly excelling, shooting 98 ex-100. Having arrived with a friend, but anticipating a later shoot-off for the top spot, Mr Bradley-Day left AGL to collect his own vehicle. Then events took a turn for the worse. “On my way back, a car stopped suddenly in front of me. I stopped too, but unfortunately the lorry behind me didn’t and collided with my trailer,” he explained. “Luckily, the Highways Agency was there within minutes to assist. My truck was still drivable, but the tow bar wasn’t usable, so the agency kindly towed my trailer to the closest service station. I was able to leave it there and return to AGL for the…

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1 min
pledge pound for good cause

The Country Food Trust (CFT) has come up with a new initiative to help it to continue to provide ready game meals for those in need. The premise behind the One4One pledge is simple: Guns pledge £1 to the charity for every bird they bag during the shooting season. The trust will launch the scheme at The Game Fair later this month, at which it is the official charity. The CFT said that as well as raising much-needed funds for a good cause, it hoped that the initiative would instigate a bit of friendly competition in the field. The charity, which was founded in 2015, had donated over two million meals by March of this year.…

2 min
news in brief

Top sport at Ian Coley As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Ian Coley shooting ground played host to a 120-bird registered English Sporting shoot from 2 to 4 June. Martin Myers came out on top at the end of proceedings, with an impressive 116 ex-120, closely followed by AA Class High Gun Richard Faulds on 115. Call for ban on grouse shooting defeated A petition calling for a ban on grouse shooting was roundly defeated following a debate by parliamentarians last month. The debate was triggered after a petition launched by Chris Packham garnered 100,000+ signatures. Pheasant charity fundraiser The World Pheasant Association is holding a fundraising charity clay shoot on 9 July. The annual event raises vital funds to enable the conservation charity to continue its work. The day, held at the…

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