Sporting Gun October 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
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12 Números

en este número

1 min.
getting your goose

The year has spun round and it is time to head out to saltmarsh and foreshore once more to pit our wits against the native wildfowl. And the advantage of an early-season outing is that the conditions shouldn’t be too harsh. Tom Sykes is certainly one of our contributors who – along with his faithful canine companion, Goose – can’t wait to be out wildfowling again. Tom recalls a memorable flight after teal and says that, given the choice, he would forego the grouse moor for the foreshore, swapping butt for ditch, and grouse for fast-driven teal anyday. Goose, meanwhile, seems quite happy, to share his name with his retrieve. Enjoy your wildfowling season. Find out more on Page 18…

1 min.
what makes a good gun?

You might say reliability, superb engineering and performance and you would be right. But for me there is something more than that. For me a gun has to have soul. Plenty of modern guns perform well, but they can sometimes leave me cold. There is not a great deal of pleasure in shooting them, but there are others that are almost addictive to shoot. Get the stock dimensions, trigger pull and balance right, combine that with the right cartridge for the job and you have something that is a real joy to use. It is rather like driving a Ferrari or Porsche, where the handling, mechanical slickness of the gear changes is just right that gives the pleasure. I am not saying that you have to purchase the most expensive guns to…

1 min.
make your voice heard

There is just under five weeks left for you to have your say in the Aim to Sustain coalition to help protect the future of shooting. The initiative brings nine rural organisations together under the umbrella of Aim to Sustain. The idea of the partnership is to use the expertise of the organisations to promote sustainable game shooting and communicate best practice to policymakers and better inform the wider public. A 10-week ‘have your say’ consultation was launched along with the initiative at the Game Fair in July. This consultation is now halfway through and closes at 10am on Monday, 11 October. The combined memberships of the organisations, which include BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, the British Game Alliance and the Moorland Association, have been urged to make their voices…

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licensing changes after shooting

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has said there will be changes to the shotgun and firearms licensing regime following the mass shooting incident in Plymouth in August. Jake Davison, 22, killed five people in the Devon city on 12 August, including his mother, before turning the shotgun on himself. In the wake of the incident it came to light that Davison had a legal certificate and that his gun had been returned to him this year following an allegation of assault. In a written statement to the House of Commons, Ms Patel said: “The Home Office is bringing forward new statutory guidance to improve how people applying for a firearms licence are assessed in future.” The changes will most likely be to do with the medical verification of an applicant. For more information…

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crowds flock to the game fair following pandemic break

The Game Fair celebrated its return with a vibrant weekend of events. People from far and wide descended on the grounds of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire over the weekend of 23 to 25 July to celebrate the many great things about British country life. The event had been much anticipated following its cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In all, just under 120,000 people passed through the gates over the course of the three days and the opening day was the busiest in the fair’s 62-year history. Visitors were greeted by myriad attractions and demonstrations of rural life. James Gower, the Game Fair’s managing director, hailed the party atmosphere, saying: “I think everyone wanted a release after the past 18 months and the Game Fair has provided that.” The Country Food…

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tokyo bronze for coward-holley

Matthew Coward-Holley was the toast of Team GB’s shooters after he walked away with the Trap bronze. It was the team’s only shooting medal at this year’s delayed Tokyo Olympic Games. “It’s my first Olympics, so to come away with a medal, it’s phenomenal,” said Coward-Holley, who finished behind David Kostelecký and Jirí Lipták, both from the Czech Republic. Bronzed! Matt Coward-Holley Team GB’s Aaron Heading also shot in the same event, but a score of 119/125 in qualification left him short of the mark, with 123/125 needed for a spot in the final. Kirsty Hegarty competed in the women’s Trap and Seonaid McIntosh in the 10m air rifle and 50m three-position rifle events, but both fell short of making the finals. For a detailed analysis of how the Team GB shooters performed, turn…