Mike George

Mike George

Mike has been a country sports journalist for more than 50 years, and a shooting enthusiast for longer than that. He edited the first issue of Sporting Gun, and founded Target Gun, a magazine for rifle and pistol enthusiasts. He has studied mechanical engineering, and is the author of two books: Metalworking – a Manual of Techniques, and The Shotgun Handbook.

shotguns for under £1000

Lincoln Vogue Game 
20-bore Country of origin: Italy Price: £925 new The elegance of this gun suggests that it should cost more than £1,000. The action is neatly blacked to…

A real Baikal shotgun

I've inherited one of those Baikal shotguns with a selective trigger, but I'm darned if I can get it to work!

lightweight 12-bore shotguns

“I have turned 70 and, although I can still walk fair distances, the 8lb Sporter I use for all of my shooting has become rather too heavy. I am therefore…

proof marks

(Q) I read that a sportsman had to have his gun re-proofed. However, I always thought that unless a gun was being repaired or was very old, this was not…

second-hand gun for £1000 Beretta

Mike George’s buying advice for a second-hand gun for £1,000 The most common request I get from readers is advice on buying a first gun. It’s also one of the…

Beretta 687 EELL

“I would dearly love to be able to afford a sidelock O/U from a prestigious maker, but I can’t afford one. Instead, I am going to have to settle for…

Gun bore

I  have received a letter from a reader wishing to buy a shotgun which will be used mainly for vermin control (pigeons, crows, magpies and rats), together with rough shooting and…

Moving gun cabinets

Q: I see that from time-to-time there is debate on your website as to whether guns should be stored butt-down or muzzles-down in cabinets. What do you think? A: Mike says:…

Secondhand value-for-money semi-auto shotguns Hatsan Escort Magnum

Hatsan Escort Magnum Target Price: £330 In the 1960s, two trend-setting semi-autos were introduced – one from the USA and the other from Italy. Both were no-nonsense guns that became favourites, primarily with clay…