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Sporting Gun December 2017

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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1 minuti

The shooting season is in full swing and I was invited out on a day beating and picking up by Sporting Gun contributor, David Frost. The shoot was on the Carrington estate in Buckinghamshire and it was a pleasure to work with the beaters and see a first class team of pickers up in action. I was also impressed by the game storage facilities on the estate, which not only included a cold store with a careful rotation system, but the estate also prepared some birds for the table as well. It showed how seriously the shoot takes getting game into the food chain. As a reward for beating, I was handed a brace of partridge. Even better, they had already been prepared. I cooked them at the weekend and they were…

7 minuti

Robin’s say Is commercial driven game shooting in the UK reaching a watershed, or has it already been reached? You tell me... Robin Scott, Editor-at-large We all know the price paid by game dealers for shot birds has been historically low for many seasons, and maybe it always has been. Back in Victorian times the saying went: “Up goes a guinea, bang goes a penny, down comes sixpence.” However there’s now a new twist to things. This year some dealers – while continuing to take and process pheasant and partridges from estates – are dictating terms like never before. In my neck of the woods a number are only taking the bag if it’s “free of charge” while others are actually billing shoots up to 25p per bird to ensure the carcases go…

1 minuti
number crunching

150 More than 150 students and teachers from Darland High School in north Wales have tried their hand at clayshooting with coaches from BASC. 192.64 A gold medal head has claimed the CIC Scottish red stag record. The trophy, from a stag shot in Galloway in early August, scored 192.64 points, beating the previous record of 190.66. 18 Helmsley’s famous Stick Man is celebrating 18 years in business. Keith Pickering, based in the North Yorkshire town, is one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of stick-making materials and tools. 500 BASC introduced 500 cubs and scouts to shooting at the recent Suffolk Moot. 30 The current drying-out period of 90 days for all trophy species measured by the CIC has been changed to 30 days with immediate effect. 20 The Countryside Alliance Foundation is supporting young adults moving…

1 minuti
celebrating 40 years of sporting gun

In the 1992 February Issue, shooting journalist and author, Mike Yardley, writes about the right age for a youngster to start shooting. As Mike points out, it all “depends on the physical and intellectual development of the child concerned.” The young person needs to be big enough to handle a gun and mature enough to understand the potential dangers. Like Mike Yardley, I started shooting with an airgun around eight years old and moved onto shotguns around 12. All this was under adult supervision, of course, but I am a great believer in starting youngsters shooting (if they are interested) as soon as possible. Lessons learned when you are young are ingrained. This means they become second nature when you grow up, which is vitally important where safety is concerned. The next…

1 minuti
new kit on the block

Kexby Men’s Performance Coat This coat is designed for use in the field. With a waterproof, breathable cotton outer and studded placket to cover the zip, this jacket will keep you dry on the wettest of game days. It has an action back, which gives great freedom of movement, ideal for those high shots. It is available in khaki, olive and navy from sizes S to 5XL. RRP: £224.95 Visit: www.alanpaine.co.uk Libery Gun Our spies managed to get hold of this picture of the new Liberty Gun from Browning. It is designed for shooters of a smaller stature with lightweight construction, more cast and a Monte-Carlo stock. It looks as if it will come with extended chokes and is rumoured to be on sale in Spring 2018 for under £2,000. We will keep you posted. Price:…

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letter of the month

Words of advice and thanks I have been diagnosed with cancer and I’m hoping this letter will help anyone in a similar situation. My son has a firearms certificate as well as I and I have given him full access to my gun cabinets and entered all my guns onto his certificate and informed the police of this in case the worst happens. My son can now dispose of the guns in accordance to my wife’s wishes. The last time I wrote to this magazine was over 15 years ago after a blood pressure check revealed that the nurse asked me what I use my rifles for. I was shocked that this information was on my medical records. It is obvious from reading recent letters in the magazine that nothing has changed…