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Sporting Rifle

September 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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sporting rifle

Editorial Editor-in-chief Peter Carr peter.carr@futurenet.com Deputy editor Colin Fallon 01225 687426 / colin.fallon@futurenet.com Art editor Steve Mumby Senior art editor Stephen Williams Contributors David Barrington Barnes, Robert Bucknell,. Paul Childerley, Daryl Crimp, Chris Dalton, Stuart Farr, James Marchington, Thomas Nissen, Will O'Meara, Byron Pace, Chris Parkin, Mike Powell, Mark Ripley, James Sutcliffe, Stuart Wilson Cover image by: Blaser Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove Group Advertising Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Advertising Sales Manager Toni Cole toni.cole@futurenet.com 01225 687368 International Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Subscriptions Head of subscriptions Sharon Todd Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Controller Nola Cokely Management Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Managing Director, Field Sports Alastair Lewis Head of Art & Design Greg Whitaker Printed by William Gibbons…

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a decade at the helm

This issue marks my 10-year anniversary as Sporting Rifle editor, and what a milestone it is – and apt that the magazine has been produced with a gatefold cover for the first time. Forgive the cliché, but it seems like only yesterday that I took the reins from Charlie Jacoby, who went on to found Fieldsports Channel. It was a smooth transition from feature writer to editor – I knew nearly all the contributors as I’d been with the magazine pretty much since its inception, and worked, shot, stalked or fished with quite a few of them. This journal’s writers have certainly made their mark over the years. Dominic Holtam has become an editor in his own right, and Byron Pace has teamed up with his brother Darryl to form the…

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fight for the british shooting show

The British Shooting Show needs your help to fight off pressure from antis on its host venue, the NEC. Campaigners against field sports succeeded in getting the local press to run a number of attack pieces on the show, quoting protestors who labelled field sports – particularly overseas hunting trips – “barbaric” and “sickening”. Very few articles were seen to quote anyone who was in favour of safari hunting or field sports in general. The NEC swiftly caved to the pressure and said it would prevent 10 companies offering overseas hunting trips from appearing at the show. An NEC statement said: "The NEC continue to be a venue that permits a wide range of content. However, we are also a business that is built around its customers and therefore listens to them.” And the…

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could licensing finally get sorted out?

The government has finally opened its long-awaited consultation on medical involvement in firearms licensing. The Home Office call for evidence opened on 23 July and will last for around eight weeks. The aim is to produce statutory guidance to doctors and stop them interpreting the law any way they want. Previously, some GPs or constabulary areas had decided to impose their own fee for medical involvement, or even absent themselves from the process entirely. If the consultation is successful it could also see the duration of a certificate increased to ten years. However, the effective cost of an FAC is likely to rise as a result of the proposals under consultation. BASC said the net cost to the shooting community could be £48 million, which it said was disappointing in view of the…

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get the most from your rigby

John Rigby & Co. has launched a service to help its users get the best possible performance from a rifle and diagnose and remedy any issues they may be having with accuracy. As part of the service, the rifle will be tested at a range to identify whether there are any problems, and Rigby will check everything from scope mounts, ensuring the barrel is free-floating and what ammunition works best for the rifle in question. Rigby can even develop custom ammunition for you. Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby, said: “We hear all too often that clients are not getting the performance they want from a rifle – but few know how to remedy this and after spending an hour zeroing at the range, many people don’t know what to do next.…

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napier unveils new pro team

Napier has revealed the line-up of its Field Masters – a group of pros dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in field sports and to using and improving Napier gear. Sporting Rifle contributor Chris Dalton, professional stalker Niall Rowantree and Sparsholt College’s Rod Greenwood are part of the star-studded team – along with Dr Robert Bourgeois of Louisiana, fishing record-holder Nick Fahey, and New Zealand hunter Bob Spain. This group of field sports greats has been assembled to gather hands-on feedback on all Napier products, in particular the prototypes of new lines as they are developed. With their worldwide make-up, they’ll be able to draw on their experience hunting, shooting and fishing all parts of the globe and the different challenges they throw up. Apart from working closely with Napier, each Field Master…