Sporting Gun

January 2022

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
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Sure enough, Mark had me hitting the long crossers I dread within minutes. The secret was to keep my eyes on the target. I knew looking at my barrels and not the target was going to result in stopping the gun, but it took an expert to diagnose where I was going wrong and show me what to do about it. In sport focus is everything. Whether that is focusing on your target, or preventing your mind from worrying about the shot you have just fluffed. In this issue James Simon talks to sports psychologist Jess Thom and reveals how our mind can sabotage our shooting. Read more about that on page 58. Finally, it only remains for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.…

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steel equal to lead, study shows

Steel shot kills as effectively as lead up to a range of 50 yards, a new ballistics study has shown. The study was commissioned by BASC and the Gun Trade Association (GTA) and undertaken at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire. It tested the theories behind moving two shot sizes larger when transitioning from lead shot to steel shot by comparing No 3 standard steel and No 5 lead when shot into a block of ballistic gelatine. The findings showed lead shot penetrating on average 10mm deeper than steel shot against bare gelatine, but when it was tested against a gelatine block wrapped in pheasant skin and feathers, simulating the real environment, the two materials performed equally. Peter Marshall, BASC’s head of training and education, said: “These findings show that standard steel shot has the same…

1 min
john, 10, bags award

John Tipping has been named Young Gamekeeper of the Year by the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT). John, 10, was presented with his award by Helen Benson, the trust’s chief executive, at a recent ceremony at Whatton House, Leicestershire, John’s home county. The award was devised by Lady Scott, a GWT trustee, who wished to recognise the families of gamekeepers who give support to shoots and estates. John helps his father, a gamekeeper of over 30 years’ standing, with hatching and looking after the pheasants, as well as being described as “second in charge on shoot days”. GOT ANY NEWS? PLEASE TELL US ABOUT IT: Post: Sporting Gun, Future PLC, Unit 415, Winnersh Triangle, Eskdale Road, Winnersh, RG41 5TP. Email: SARAH FARNSWORTH & SCHÖFFEL COUNTRY; RICHARD FAULKSGETTY;…

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hen harrier challenge dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by the RSPB and Mark Avery, naturalist and Wild Justice co-founder, questioning the legality of Natural England’s hen harrier brood management programme. The programme sees hen harrier chicks removed from high density nests and reared in specially built aviaries before being re-released into the wild. The brood management scheme is part of a six-point programme that aims to return hen harrier numbers to favourable conservation status. The challenge to the scheme by the aforementioned was first made to the High Court in 2019 and was rejected. Two years on the Appeal Court reached the same decision after the original ruling was challenged by the RSPB and Mr Avery, who was formerly conservation director at that organisation. BASC welcomed the Court of Appeal’s ruling. Mr Avery…

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olympic repeat for coward-holley

The British Olympian was invited to shoot at the event in October as the ISSF’s third ranked Men’s Trap shooter of 2021. Coward-Holley finished the qualifying round in second place and was top of his field in the semi-final events. The gold match saw him compete against rivals Jiri Liptak and David Kostelecky, both of the Czech Republic. Matt appeared to be on target for gold, before wobbling on the fifth round and, in a repeat of his Olympic performance, finished with a bronze medal. Kostelecky took top spot and Liptak silver, a swap of the Czech pair’s Olympic placings. The President’s Cup saw the return of Amber Hill, the British Skeet shooter, who missed the Olympics due to coronavirus. At the President’s Cup she dropped two targets in qualification, before narrowly missing…

2 min
news in brief

Snipe reclassified vulnerable Snipe has been classified as a vulnerable species in the latest edition of the European Red List of Birds. The list classifies the conversation status of all birds found in Europe. Snipe had been classified as a species of ‘least concern’, indicating a healthy and stable population. The report cited loss of habit and degradation of breeding grounds for heightened concern about snipe, plus a declining population in its heartland of Russia. New Sporting discipline Super Sporting has become a CPSA-registered discipline. The set-up is similar to English Sporting but features up to four traps on each stand. Course setters can take advantage of this to create far more varied and challenging presentations. Forthcoming events will soon be appearing on the CPSA’s website ( or advertised by the hosting grounds. Three-way…