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.

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…

secure gun cabinet

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…

buying a gun at auction

Thanks to popular TV shows, most of us are familiar with what goes on at auctions. But that doesn’t mean we’d be happy with the idea of bidding at a…

Man shooting with Baikal 12 bore

Considering a Baikal shotgun? Mike George explains why the Russian-built shotgun is one of his top ten guns produced during the last half-century

Benelli Montefeltro bolt lock

Mike George advises on buying second-hand semi-auto shotguns Over the years the Italians have made some super semi-autos. In the 1970s, Franchi autos were a great favourite among pigeon shooters…

clayshooting

Mike George’s tips on buying a first clay gun I can understand you wanting something better than the old AYA. It’s not that there was anything wrong with it in its day, but…

Flintlock

If you have ever fired a flintlock, you will know that it feels as if the world has suddenly slipped into slow motion when you compare the experience to that of firing your modern…

On a budget? These guns are under £500

If I was thinking of buying a new gun I would be tempted to do it right now, as prices could well go up quite steeply in the not-too distant future. It’s because of…

Boss over-and-under created by London gunmakers

In reviewing my progress so far in stocking my fantasy gunroom with fine guns I have never owned, I note that I have made an important omission: I have not yet nominated a British-made “best”…