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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle May 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
moor commentary over fires

Moorland fires are in the news again after a blaze on Marsden Moor in February. Shooting groups said it was likely that the National Trust, which owns the moor, had increased the risk of wildfire by refusing to participate in controlled burning. Ian Coghill, chairman of BASC’s uplands committee, said: “Fires have repeatedly occurred on the Saddleworth moors, part of which burnt to a crisp 20 years ago. There were further fires again last June. Yet according to Natural England restoration burning to reduce the fire risk cannot be used as a management tool except as a last resort. Political correctness is creating environmental damage.” And BASC’s Ian Grindy added: “Many local gamekeepers volunteered and helped bring the Saddleworth moor blaze under control – it is a shame that their contribution has…

1 min
sporting rifle presents… shoot in scotland 2019

Shoot In Scotland is your annual guide to the mystery and magic of shotgun and rifle sport north of the border, and it’s back for 2019 with an all-new collection of knowledge, kit and tales from the field. Start planning your trip today with our detailed guide of shooting-friendly places to stay and sporting providers, from the Borders to the Isles, plus travel and legal tips. And get geared up with a round-up of affordable rifles and a guide to what to look for when buying a new shotgun. Then, get inspired as Byron Pace tries out wildfowling for the first time, the Shooting Show’s camera team gets a sample of shotgun sport that won’t break the bank, and Chris Dalton guides a newcomer after a first Scottish buck. Byron also considers…

3 min
the calibre hunter

I have been lucky to see behind the scenes of a variety of companies in the shooting world, but few have blown me away as much as recent visit to Holland and Holland. The history, skill, dedication and investment to the future was more than just impressive. In an interesting quirk of their history, I had the opportunity to look at ‘the last’ .600 NE they built. As a promise to a client’s commission to own the last .600 NE built by the company, they would go on to build a .700 NE some years later, hamstrung by the previous commitment. They have since bought back the rights to produce double rifles in the famed .600 NE, and this prompted me to look at the cartridge’s history. Designed by Jeffery in 1903,…

1 min
star letter

MOD MANIA Dear Sporting Rifle, Greetings from the USA – I’ve discovered your magazine, as well as The Shooting Show channel, from across the pond. It’s fascinating to see how your hunting culture compares to our own. One thing that stands out to me is that on most of the articles and videos I see from European producers, shooters are using rifles that are suppressed. I’m curious to why this is – here in the United States it’s not cheap to buy a suppressor due to federal regulations. Also, many of the rounds you're shooting in the first place seem to be quiet enough. Keep up the good work, Travis Obtaining a licence to possess and shoot centrefire rifles in the first place is a difficult and lengthy process in Britain, Travis. There are multiple…

3 min
eduardo garcia 1981-present

One of the great privileges of the job I do is having the opportunity to meet great people from all walks of life. The podcast has often become the driving force for reaching out, and has offered more insight than I could have ever hoped. If the many conversations have taught me one thing, it’s that people are amazing, and all of them do incredible things. My recent trip to Montana allowed me to interview a man I first heard speak a few years back in an interview about the release of a documentary on his life. The film, Charged, currently available on Amazon Prime, is an incredible and brutally honest depiction of triumph and adversity intertwined with the realities of life. “Not only is it quite unbelievable that he is alive…

2 min
politicians pledge to fix firearms licensing

Processes and costs for granting or renewing a firearms certificate could finally be standardised across the UK, after the government said it would publish a draft of statutory firearms licensing guidance this summer. In a House of Lords debate on the Offensive Weapons Bill, Earl Howe, minister of state for defence, undertook to hold a public consultation on the introduction of statutory guidance to police chief officers “that will apply to issues such as background checks, medical suitability, and other criteria to protect public safety.” This was in response to a proposed amendment to the bill from the Earl of Shrewsbury, who wanted a legal requirement to be placed on the Home Secretary to open such a consultation within three months of the Offensive Weapons Bill receiving royal assent. The amendment was…