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Sporting Gun February 2018

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
Future Publishing Ltd
4,63 €(VAT inclusa)
37,04 €(VAT inclusa)
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Just before Christmas I had the honour of watching the first ever girl win a car in a clay-shooting competition. Ami Hedgecock took home a Toyota Aygo in The Schools Challenge at The Oxford Gun Company. The boys’ competition was won by Will Weaver, who walked away with the keys to a Volkswagen Up! You can read the full story on page 5. What struck me about these two young Shots was how much they enjoyed shooting. Even at competition level, they relished the adrenaline rush they got when they were on the stand. Will even has his eyes set on the Olympics! With young people like this entering shooting I think we can agree that the future of our sport is in safe hands. I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and a…

5 minuti
bywell shoot wins gold at purdey awards

The Bywell Shoot in Northumberland has won the 2017 Purdey Gold Award for Game and Conservation. Viscount Allendale, who, along with his son, The Hon Wentworth Beaumont, owns the Bywell estate and headkeeper Alan Edwards, were presented with the trophy and £5,000 by BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson at a ceremony in the Purdey Long Room in London’s Mayfair in November. The annual awards celebrate the best game conservation projects in the UK and are judged by a panel of industry specialists, led by the Duke of Wellington. The judges recognised the “outstanding vision and leadership” of the Bywell estate’s owners and its headkeeper, Alan Edwards, in transforming the 5,000-acre shoot from a “family and friends” reared pheasant shoot in 2012 to what it is now: a wild game shoot with a sustainable…

1 minuti
number crunching

16 Geoff Saint and his Hungarian wirehaired vizsla Molly (aka Hourra Du Domain St Hubert) won the 16th Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) Championship held at the Elveden Estate, in Thetford, in November. £4,000 Angus gamekeepers have raised almost £4,000 to support children and families at a charity clay shoot. Staff from Glenogil Estate decided to host the shoot in aid of Tayside Children’s Hospital. 80 More than 80 butchers, restaurateurs and hoteliers in Scotland were treated to fresh, locally sourced venison, grouse, rabbit and partridge in a special event hosted by the Angus Glens Moorland Group at the Rottal Estate in Glen Cova last month. £120k Salmon & Trout Conservation’s recent auctions and charity dinner raised £120,000, which will be used to tackle river pollution in England and Wales.…

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letter of the month

Cold feet I’m a new clay pigeon shooter and have recently got my licence. I’ve bought my first gun – a Beretta Silver Pigeon – with help from premier guns, near Ashbourne. I have gradually been buying the other bits and pieces. I’ve bought the best I can afford with the things such as vest, ear plugs, glasses and so on... but I made a basic mistake. I had an existing pair of wellies for general use and thought that these would be suitable for shooting, but as the weather started to get colder and wetter, I couldn’t feel my feet, so it pays to research and buy the best each time. I’ve now ordered some neoprene-lined wellies Chris Via email Ed - Thanks for your email, Chris. It always pays to buy the best you…

4 minuti
your shout

Gobsmacked I cannot believe that the winner of the Alan Paine photographic competition achieved the prize by showing a shooter carrying his gun over his shoulder. I wrote in to the magazine earlier in the year (2017) complaining about this very sloppy, inconsiderate method of carrying a gun, and blow me down it gets first prize. Sorry all you short statured people, there is no hope for us. We will continue to be hit in the face and given black eyes in the future. Shame, shame on you Sporting Gun. Barbara Riddick, Somerset Ed – Thanks for your message, Barbara. Funnily enough we had this discussion when we were choosing the winning picture and the cover picture, which also shows someone carrying a gun over their shoulder. Our reasoning was that both shooters…

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new gear

Southwick body warmer by Champion This gilet made from 360gsm polyester fleece is designed to keep you warm. It even has a printed polyester lining, which will stop the fleece clinging to your clothes and is unusual to find on a body warmer at this price. There are two zipped side pockets and an inside zipped pocket. Price: RRP £29.95 Visit: www.bisley-uk.com Harkila Metso Rucksack Chair This very practical rucksack also acts as a chair, which is handy when you need to be seated above cold damp ground. This rucksack is lightweight to carry and has all the features you would expect from Harkila, including an abundance of useful pockets and a gun holster with quick connect attachments. It has its own raincover for added protection in harsh weather. Prie: RRP £219.99 Visit:…