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Sporting Gun January 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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1 minuti

How many of you still own your first shotgun? Speaking to various shooters over the years, I find that many still own their first guns. This month two of our readers tested the Lincoln Vogue HSX, which some would describe as an entry-level gun. One of them summed up the nostalgia many of us have for our first guns saying: “You probably wouldn’t want to part with this gun, even if you upgraded.” It shows what an important place these “entry-level” guns have in our sport. On a different matter, you will see on page 4 that Robin Scott will no longer be Editor-at-Large. However, we couldn’t let him go that easily and he will still be contributing to the magazine, so watch out for his features in the New Year. Enjoy…

5 minuti
robin’s say

After 27 years as editor of Sporting Gun – plus the last four as Editor-at-Large – I reckon this comment piece for the best shooting magazine of them all is about my 372nd. And last. Sad? Of course. How couldn’t it be when the title, its readers, contributors and advertisers have been my all-consuming passion for such a long time? However, new opportunities knock before the dreaded state pension kicks in in three years time. That’s not long, I know, but if I get just a fraction of the fun I’ve had here with the magazine, I will join the blue-rinsed Post Office queue a very happy man indeed. Editing Sporting Gun and maintaining its position as market leader all those years might’ve burnt up a lot of midnight oil and cost me…

1 minuti
number crunching

200 The “Game Changer” initiative, launched by BASC’s Taste of Game and the Food Teachers Centre to teach 60,000 students to cook game by 2020, has been inundated with requests and has already engaged with over 200 schools. 70 More than 70 people turned out to be a part of the day as 10 Kent young shots tried driven shooting for the first time at Whitehill, near Canterbury. The nine to 16 year olds received instruction in safety, game management and respect for quarry. 300 More than 300 gamekeepers, land managers, farmers and policymakers heard how joining a Farmer Cluster can benefit wildlife on their land at a national conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London. 50,500 Grouse shoots in northern England generate more than 50,500 days of paid work during a…

1 minuti
letter of the month

Seeing straight! In the February 2016 issue you may recall a letter was published relating to the difficulty I experienced when shooting with varifocal glasses. Purely by accident I had discovered that I was shooting approximately two foot above my intended target at a distance of 30 yards. When I mentioned this to my optician, I was simply told that this was caused by a “prism effect” associated with that type of lens, but there was no suggestion how this could be avoided. This year I went to a different optician, mentioned this ongoing problem (and showed them the article). To my amazement, the optician said that this could easily be overcome by the use of bi-focal lenses instead. She explained that the upper part of the lens (for distance viewing) would…

5 minuti
your shout

Out for a duck Reading Tom Sykes’ account of his trip on the Tay with Goose in the December issue, stirred a memory of a similar incident that happened to me in the same location 20 years ago. Four friends and I made a trip to the Loch Leven area for some morning goose flighting with a guide. We decided to explore the Tay for an evening flight. I had my chocolate Lab, Ben, with me. We could hear geese moving beyond the reed beds but could not see them so we moved down river to the edge of the reeds, where I got the chance of a duck. The duck hit the water so I sent Ben in for a swift retrieve, however the duck started to swim into the river. Ben…

5 minuti
new gear

Jack Pyke pheasant cufflinks If you want to look smart and advertise that you are a countryman through and through, then these cuff links are just the thing. Price: £12.95 Visit: www.jackpyke.co.uk Ladies Extrelle jacket If you are a lady who takes her shooting seriously, then this waterproof, breathable jacket is for you. Making use of modern materials, this sporting garment is cut to allow freedom of movement and is designed to keep you comfortable on the most demanding shoots. Price: £209.95 Visit: www.gmk.co.uk Guardian cartridge bags Every shooter needs a cartridge bag and this is a rather nice one. Holding between 100 and 125 cartridges, it is available in leather (Canterbury), leather and canvas (Heritage Elite) or pure canvas (Heritage). All three designs feature a speed-loading flap, a full-length shoulder strap, quality metal furnishings…