Sporting Gun December 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.

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United Kingdom
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12 Números

en este número

1 min.
grim sweeper

A discussion over dinner resulted in Al Benton-Jones helping his neighbours at Grimsthorpe Estate in Lincolnshire control their burgeoning deer population. Four years later, in 2019, when the then tenants decided to give up the shoot, Al and his team were well placed to take over. Al – who also runs a successful plumbing business – got the shoot up and running with let days but has now opened it up to a syndicate, who enjoy challenging birds across 3,500 acres of parkland and 25 drives. Sporting Gun joined them for a late-September partridge day. Find out more on Page 32…

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2 min.
scottish gamekeepers restate lead ban opposition

The issue of the phasing out of lead ammunition in the UK continues to be a hot topic and divides opinion across the shooting community. Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) continues to strike a singular path on a number of issues, including deer control in Scotland. On the subject of the phasing out of lead ammunition, it has restated its opposition to this, flying in the face of the other major representative rural and shooting organisations. The SGA was the only such organisation not to back the five-year voluntary transition away from the use of lead ammunition when it was announced in February of last year. It urged its members and supporters to submit evidence to a consultation by UK REACH (the post-Brexit UK chemicals agency) as to future restrictions on the use…

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1 min.
i am sure many of the shooting organisations who want a ban on lead ammunition would wish the controversy would go away, but there are no signs it will.

It is still making the news and letter after letter from our readers tell me that they are flatly opposed to the transition. I have yet to hear from one person who is pro steel. I hope I do. Shortly before closing this issue I was made aware of a document published in 2013 by the Countryside Alliance called ‘The Case for Lead’. It is doing the rounds on social media and robustly defends the use of lead shot for game shooting. It would seem that since then the Countryside Alliance has done a volte-face when it comes to its views on lead shot. I am sure there is a good reason for its change of view. After all, the person who never changed their mind never changed anything. That is a…

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1 min.
news in brief

British Shooting launches Olympic challenge British Shooting is encouraging Juniors who have never shot to try the Olympic disciplines at a registered OT or OS event, with the top scorers being invited to a grand final at E J Churchill in March. Visit britishshooting.org.uk Royal seal of approval Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the 32nd GWCT Scottish Game Fair, sponsored by NFU Mutual, at Scone Palace, Perthshire in September. The Princess unveiled a brass plaque in the main arena to commemorate her visit north of the border. Bird of prey initiative The Aim to Sustain rural strategy has announced a series of measures to protect the UK’s raptor population. The campaign, which promotes sustainable game and land management, has produced a suite of legally-approved clauses for contracts and agreements that can be…

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1 min.
parties plough rural furrow

The political party conference season has ended with both the Conservatives and Labour reaffirming their support for the countryside. At the Conservative Party conference, held recently in Manchester, George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, praised the work carried out by BASC and said: “All of us need to look at how we make space for nature and I know that a lot of proactive work is done by BASC to protect the wildlife in our countryside.” While discussing general licences and animal sentience, Mr Eustice stressed the importance of securing a good evidence base to support policy decisions. He said: “General licences, for example, have been a difficult issue for several years. The challenge is that the emphasis has been on ambiguous assessment processes. We want to get to a position where there…

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antique firearms that need certificates

The deadline for owners to register what were formerly regarded as antiques on a firearms certificate has now passed. What were once considered as collectable and obsolete calibres are now required to be on a section 5 (prohibited weapons) or 7/1 (collectors) licence. These calibres are: .320 British (also known as .320 Revolver CF, short or long), .41 Colt (short or long), .44 Smith and Wesson Russian, .442 Revolver (also known as .44 Webley), 9.4mm Dutch Revolver, 10.6mm German Ordnance Revolver and 11mm French Ordnance Revolver M1873 (Army). When the change was announced last year the Home Office said that only 26,000 antique guns would be affected. The reason for the change is to help combat the increasing amount of crime involving the aforementioned calibres.…