Sporting Gun November 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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12 Números

en este número

1 min.
the eagle has landed

With the wildfowling season now in full swing, Matt Clark, the editor, was delighted to be at the front of the queue to try out a new semi-auto that’s perfectly suited to days on the marshes. The Benelli Black Eagle is a relatively light semi-auto with a stylish techopolymer stock – perfect for gloved hands – and a matt black finish to the barrels that water ran off perfectly. Although not the cheapest, it is proofed for steel so could prove be your foreshore companion for many seasons to come. Find out more on page 96…

1 min.
i make no apologies for the amount of coverage on the transition from lead to steel shot in this issue.

Our sport is launching into the unknown and it is right to question if we are doing the right thing. Shooting has become divided by those against the move to steel and those for it. All sorts of facts and figures have been trotted out along with a lot of misinformation. Those who are against our sport must be rubbing their hands together with glee. I am not in favour of the blanket ban of lead shot for shooting live quarry, but I will not let this set me apart from my fellow shooters. I know many of you have concerns about steel shot and I hope we can go some way to answering those. Don’t stop asking questions – it’s what intelligent people do – but don’t let the answers set you…

2 min.
lead consultation concerns raised

There are concerns within the shooting community that the evidence gathering on the use of lead ammunition has widened its scope and could have far greater consequences in the event of a ban than first thought. The Government announced in March that it was considering a ban of lead ammunition to protect wildlife and the environment as part of its plans under UK REACH, the country’s chemicals regulatory regime that is being formulated to replace its EU equivalent following Brexit. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been charged with conducting the evidence gathering, which closes on 22 October, and its scope encompasses clay pigeons and biathlon targets, for example, as well as game shooting and wildfowling. Simon West of the Gun Trade Association said the issues cut across “huge swathes of shooting”…

1 min.
economy the target in debate on shooting

BASC has asked for an inquiry into the contribution shooting makes to the Welsh economy. The request follows the recent consultation by the Welsh Senedd’s (parliament’s) Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs committee on rural matters. There has been some disquiet expressed by countryside groups that the ‘mood music’ from Cardiff is anti-shooting. In August, it was confirmed that Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh government’s environment agency, was consulting on a proposal to remove magpies from the general licence. The agency cited evidence of the bird’s 43% decline over the past 25 years as a reason for its proposal. However, countryside groups have said such a move could hinder efforts to protect songbirds such as the greenfinch and yellowhammers, on whose nests magpies predate and whose numbers have declined by at least half…

1 min.
para shooter narrowly misses out on tokyo medal

Tim Jeffery was the closest the British paralympic shooting team came to a medal in the recent Tokyo games. Tim, from Newbury, has qualified for three separate Olympic finals and came tantalisingly close to a podium position on several occasions. Speaking after his last event, Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 in which he finished sixth overall, Tim said: “It has been a long Games, a very good Games. There are just a few tiny improvements I need to make; no big major things, just the finest of margins.”…

1 min.
last chance to contribute to aim to sustain consultation

There is just a week left to take part in the Aim to Sustain initiative. The consultation was launched in July to canvass the opinion of the shooting community and help to protect the sport and make it sustainable for the future. Nine of the prominent shooting and countryside organisations have joined forces to promote the initiative, which also aims to better inform the wider public. The consultation closes on Monday, 11 October at 10am, so to take part and complete the survey, go to…