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.

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…

Northern Shooting Show

If your budget is £750 and under Baikal This is one of my top 10 guns built in the last half century and it’s cheap, reliable with the Baikal reputation…

woman with shotgun in field

It surprises me that sensitivity to recoil seems to have little to do with physical build. I’ve met guys built like Jack who find recoil painful, and also skinny guys…

game gun

Mike George’s buying advice for game guns When people ask for multi-use, most experienced shooters recommend a sporter. Sporters are built to tackle our domestic sporting disciplines and similar targets…