Sporting Gun September 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 5.34
USD 42.73
12 Números

en este número

1 min.
steel yourself

You can’t resist it forever - the switch to lead-free shot, that is. But while the cost of bismuth might be justified on a 200-bird pheasant day, it’s a big price to add to a day’s pest control on pigeon. So, steel it must be. Peter Theobald heads out to a field of laid barley with an open mind and a slab of Eley VIP Steel Pro Eco 32g 5s, the eco wad said to dissolve in 24 hours. So how did they perform? Was Peter able to put a dent in pigeon numbers and save the barley or did the grey invaders get the better of him and feast to their hearts’ content? Let Peter put you in the picture … Find out more on Page 28…

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recently i was invited to an event run by basc, for journalists and those in the shooting industry, about the transfer from lead to steel shot.

Evidently the organisation is trying to win the hearts and minds of the shooting world after the shock announcement last year that it, along with the other major shooting organisations, had taken the decision to phase out lead shot without consulting any of its members. I am still not totally convinced of the wisdom of a blanket ban on lead shot for live quarry shooting. That said, our cartridge manufacturers have come a long way in a short time, but there is still much work to be done. If the lead shot ban does result in more people enjoying healthy, free-range meat, then that will at least be something.…

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basc hots up dispute with wild justice

BASC is dipping into its fighting fund to respond to the latest legal challenge by Wild Justice, this time on heather burning. The campaign group that many shooters and rural people will now be familiar with, which is fronted by Chris Packham, the naturalist and TV presenter, is seeking a judicial review to challenge regulations governing the burning of heather, rough grass, bracken and gorse on peat deeper than 40cm on designated sites in England. Wild Justice described the regulations administered by Defra as ‘feeble’ and said that burning on upland peatlands and blanket bog habitat leads to environmental depredations. Wild Justice said: “There’s a climate crisis and a biodiversity crisis, and this type of burning adds to both. Instead of acting decisively, Defra is fiddling while the uplands burn.” BASC begged to differ.…

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covid scuppers amber hill’s olympics

Amber Hill, our August cover star and Team GB’s number one ranked Skeet shooter, had to withdraw from the Toyko Olympics after she tested positive for COVID-19. Amber, 23, was Team GB’s only Skeet shooter and one of its greatest prospects for a medal at this year’s delayed Games. “There are no words to describe how I am feeling right now,” said Amber after announcing her withdrawal. “After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated ... I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.” Steven Seligmann, British Shooting’s performance director, said: “Our focus is to now make sure Amber is kept safe and well, both physically and mentally, and we have the support in place to help her…

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uk suffers ammo shortage

A variety of issues has led to a shortage of ammunition for the UK shooting industry. A survey conducted by our sister title Gun Trade News (GTN) revealed the countrywide shortage. The survey was conducted at the beginning of July and 85% of respondents, including distributors, manufacturers and retailers, confirmed the problem. Rifle ammunition would appear to be the hardest hit with 80% of respondents noticing shortages, compared with 40% for shotgun cartridges and 21% for airgun pellets. An immediate impact of this has been higher prices for the customer, with one cartridge specialist telling GTN: “[The] first price increase [was] in March 2021 and today more have been announced with immediate effect and we suspect that there will be a further increase later in the coming season.” Issues including the pandemic, Brexitrelated trade…

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world english sporting and sportrap champions crowned

One of the highlights of the Sporting calendar returned to EJ Churchill at the West Wycombe Estate. Last year’s event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but this year’s fixture was back up and running from 5-11 July. Competition was tight in the English Sporting event. After a rather damp super-final, Mark Winser narrowly beat the competition to claim the World English Sporting Champion title with 210 out of 225, while Mark Webster and Martin Myers settled for second and third on 209 and 208 respectively. Mark Winser said: “I’m delighted to win. I’ve come close to winning in the past, last time I was here I came second, so I’ve got history at EJ Churchill. It feels wonderful to get the win this time.” In the Sportrap event the scores were even…