Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle June 2020


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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd


life as we know it

Just a few short weeks ago – though it seems like longer – I wrote this editor’s letter about the increasing threat of the coronavirus, and the potential it had to affect life as we know it. We weren’t in total lockdown then, though we are now, and have been for some three weeks with the prospect of it going on for at least another three and perhaps longer; our prime minister is only days out of intensive care at the time of writing; and some predictions are that GDP could fall by as much as 35 per cent as a result of a large part of the economy having to shut up shop to preserve the health of the nation as best we can. Put together, it sounds like a…

cz announce sgc as sole uk distributor

CZ have named Sportsman Gun Centre as the exclusive UK importer and distributor for their range of rimfire and centrefire hunting rifles and sport and competition firearms. Sportsman Gun Centre began distributorship of CZ (Ceská zbrojovka) as of 1 April, hoping to bring the range of rifles to a much wider audience. SGC MD Gary Lamburn said: “We as a business believe in investing in stock and CZ is no different. We feel both privileged and proud to have been invited into partnership with such a prestigious manufacturer to bring the full and complete range to the UK.” A new price list will soon be available for both retail and trade customers although Sportsman Gun Centre have closed their three retail branches in Exeter, Dorset and Newport. The wholesalers are now operating with…

iwa outdoor classic cancelled for 2020

Despite setting revised dates for the IWA OutdoorClassic last month, organisers have now made the call to cancel the show entirely this year. Due to the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the global economy, NürnbergMesse has decided against holding the show in September, citing a reduced willingness to invest, declining sales and international travel restrictions as contributing factors. Petra Wolf, Member of the Executive Board of NürnbergMesse, commented: “We would specifically like to thank representatives of the sector for the many candid and constructive discussions we have had with them in recent days that have helped us make our decision. “Our objective with the IWA OutdoorClassics is to create a special experience at international level for exhibitors and visitors and to facilitate the establishment and development of business…

basc ask for home office support

Tens of thousands of firearm certificate holders could be at risk of breaking the law as the coronavirus outbreak restricts police resources, says BASC. The organisation is aware that police forces are diverting officers and staff away from functions they consider to be ‘non-essential’ such as firearms licensing and shotgun certification. With increased pressure on GPs and health services, delays may also be seen in the licensing process where medical records are required. The association is warning that licences may not now be renewed in time to prevent certificate holders falling foul of the law. Those that require firearms for their livelihoods will be at a severe disadvantage. BASC has also received evidence that shows some forces will be refusing all first time applications. As a result, BASC has called for a six-month extension for…

admg general meeting postponed

The Association of Deer Management Groups’s annual general meeting has been postponed due to the restrictions in place as a result of coronavirus. Richard Cooke, Chairman of the ADMG, said that the organisation is ‘keeping a close eye’ on the development of coronavirus in the UK. The meeting was due to take place on the 18 March, but in the wake of the epidemic, Cooke confirmed that the organisers “have reluctantly taken the precautionary decision to postpone the ADMG AGM.” “In the circumstances it is difficult to plan a new date at this juncture, but we hope to be able to reschedule for the Autumn and will circulate details in due course.” Cooke continued, “I do apologise for any inconvenience or travel disruption caused by this relatively late but hopefully sensible decision to…

gwt launch gamekeepers helpline

2020 was billed as the Year of the Gamekeeper and although nobody could have predicted the arrival of Covid-19 and the impact it would have, the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust continue to provide much-needed support for gamekeepers. The knock-on effects of the virus are being felt far and wide and already we are seeing a huge impact on the gamekeeping community; redundancies and furloughing are real and worrying consequences for gamekeepers everywhere; for their jobs, homes and families. The GWT are speaking to people who are not only living in fear of the virus but also for what their future holds beyond the next few months. Helen Benson, CEO of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust said: “We go far beyond a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We have to because the gamekeeping community is…