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Sporting Gun May 2019

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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date set for firearms licensing review

The Government has confirmed that public consultation on statutory firearms licensing guidance plans will begin by July. There have been long-held concerns in the shooting community about the variation in how GPs are responding to police requests for medical information and the fees being charged to applicants for licences. The commitment was given during the latest debate on the Offensive Weapons Bill in the House of Lords. It follows pressure from peers from all parties. The Countryside Alliance has argued that the Bill is an opportunity to address issues surrounding medical procedures. Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance chief executive, said that the CA would continue to work with the Home Office, police and the medical profession to ensure a fair and consistent approach to licensing. The Bill now moves to Third Reading before heading back…

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we have just come back from iwa in nuremberg, where we got a glimpse of the exciting products heading to the uk this year.

If there was a common theme, it was how technology can make life easier for us shooters. For example, Härkila has a heated vest powered by an auxiliary battery. It’s a bit like wearing an electric blanket, but this vest does not have any cables that can break; instead, a membrane transfers heat through the garment. Clever stuff. It’s not just clothing that is using state-of-the-art materials. The Browning 525 SL features a laminate stock and this results in a thoroughly modern-looking gun. It’s great to shoot as well — see our report on page 84. Moving on to optics, the MTC SWAT prismatic scope uses the latest lens technology to create a high-power scope with a super wide-angle field of view. Hawke’s Frontier scopes and binoculars are also utilising lens coatings…

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game shooting popularity rises among young

Game shooting is more popular than ever, especially among younger people. A new poll conducted by Survation, on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, found that 5.3% of rural residents in England and Wales have been game shooting. This equates to around 600,000 people. The figures suggest near 40% growth in participation over the past five years since the 2014 report The Value of Shooting, conducted by Public and Corporate Economic Consultants, found that 430,000 people participated in game shooting. It highlighted that participation rates are highest among rural people aged 18-24. Whereas 5.3% of all people have been game shooting, the figure rises to 13% among the latter group. Rachel Evans of the Countryside Alliance said the poll shows the “future of game shooting is very bright”. GOT ANY NEWS?…

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news in brief

Bywell expands its facilities Bywell shooting ground recently reopened after significant redevelopment. The ground in Morpeth, Northumberland, has expanded its gunroom and retail space in response to a growing customer base. The works took place over the past year. To mark their completion, Bywell, which opened in 1980, held an event to mark the relaunch, attended by members of the gun trade and customers. From parish priest to paperback writer Remaining Reverend is Toddy Hoare’s tale of his 24 years as a rural parish priest in North Yorkshire, covering eight churches and 12 villages. This lively account has insights into Toddy’s early life and influences, his art and his singular take on life. It is published by Zeticula and costs £12.95. Sporting championship heads to Ireland The ICTSF World Sporting Championship is due to take…

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ban on pheasant shooting in wales comes into force

A ban on pheasant shooting on public land in Wales came into force on 1 March. It is now no longer legal to shoot on land managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The decision to end shooting and rearing of game birds on NRW land was taken by Hannah Blythyn, the former Welsh environment minister, and went against advice from experts in a report. Fieldsports organisations opposed the move and criticised it for its damaging effects and lack of rationale. Animal welfare organisations had argued for the ban. Ms Blythyn, who is now deputy minister for housing, said that she had merely expressed a view and NRW was not required to act on it. NRW has, however, said that it would: • Consider requests for permissions to drive birds from the Welsh Government Woodland Estate…

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grouse helps scottish economy fly

A new report has highlighted the vital role that grouse moors play in the economic success of the Scottish uplands. The authors of Socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland point out that all the country’s grouse moors are sited on areas of poor agricultural ground that would be unsuitable for alternative use, such as sheep farming, forestry and windfarms, without hefty subsidies from the public purse. In contrast, there is no subsidy for grouse shooting in Scotland, which creates 2,500 full-time equivalent jobs and contributes as much as £23 million to the Scottish economy. Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Organisation, said: “Some groups seeking to ban grouse shooting have been promoting the idea that grouse moors can be used for other activities like horticulture and housing... Not…