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Six of the best shotguns

Lewis Potter rounds up the best shotguns he has tested in recent years from hammergun to semi-auto and ranging from the affordable £500 price mark up to the high end £18,800. Akkar Triple Crown The Akkar Triple Crown is not a shotgun you would ever be likely to forget. Anything…

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How to find bargain British side-by-side shotguns

It is not surprising that even those shooters brought up on the modern imported over-and-under sometimes cast an appreciative eye at British side-by-side shotguns, because they are fine and distinctly attractive pieces of work. Usually lighter and handier than most over-and- unders they are for many shooters still the ideal game…

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Own an airgun? Planning on visiting Scotland?

  A:  The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 comes into force on 1 January 2017. After that date, a visitor to Scotland who wants to bring his or her air weapon with them must apply to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland for a visitor permit and will have…

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Shooters decry airgun licence fee

The Scottish Government has finally confirmed that the new airgun licence fee will be £72 for new applications. Visitor permits will be £20, while there will be a £5 charge for existing shotgun and firearm certificate holders. Shooting organisations, which opposed the introduction of the new legislation, have once again voiced concerns. “While…


Zoli of Italy: a story of success

It’s not surprising that Zoli of Italy has built an excellent reputation. The company has a 400-year history of gunmaking in Brescia and its 40 staff show a passion and enthusiasm for their work that helps their employer and its products stand out from an increasingly crowded market. The company’s history…

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Ammo options for .22 centrefire

Those of us who like rifles and rifle shooting often develop an interest in calibres and cartridges that are a bit out of the ordinary. It also gives us something else to talk about. However, it is a huge subject, so for today’s purposes we’ll just look at .22 centrefires…

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Airgun licensing campaign is inadequate, warns BASC

 BASC says the Scottish  Government’s new campaign to raise awareness about the licensing of airguns is inadequate, amid concerns that individuals could unwittingly become criminals by possessing forgotten airguns. From 31 December, it will be an offence to use, possess, purchase or acquire an airgun in Scotland without holding the new…

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Three value-for-money second-hand Sporters

Medalist Sporter More than 30 years ago, the UK Browning importers could offer an impressive range of guns – everything from £1,000-plus competition and game guns to exotic and expensive hand-built examples of John Moses Browning’s immortal B25. But one thing they didn’t have was a “starter” gun retailing under…

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Nine of the best airguns

In the market for buying a new airgun? Look no further, we have rounded up the nine best airguns on the market. Weihrauch HW100 K, HW100 TK Length: 96cm Weight: 3.3kg with moderator What it offers: This impeccably finished pre-charged air rifle combines refined performance with rugged build quality. The HW100…

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A buyer’s guide to airguns

Taking the second-hand route when buying an airgun can save you a small fortune. But if you don’t know what to look out for, it can also end up leaving you out of pocket and stuck with a useless piece of scrap. Fortunately, there are a plenty of clues to steer…

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What’s in a shotgun cartridge case?

For all the good it could do you might as well hammer the barrels into the ground and use it as a fence post or sapling support. Yet cartridges are amazing things. they contain a minimum number of simple components but deliver a performance based on some quite complex processes. Most…

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9 questions about air rifles – and 9 answers

  Can I use a high-powered air rifle to shoot Muntjac? Absolutely not – it’s completely illegal and here’s why … What’s the legal age to carry a .22 air rifle? Do you need to be supervised by someone older if you are under 18?  Which pellet is best for…

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Second-hand semi-autos selection

Mike George picks out three second hand semi autos that you should look out for on the second hand market. He has previously chosen his three favourite second hand Sporters, second hand value for money shotguns and second hand European shotguns. Remington CTI target price is hard to say Most…

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Re-barrelling an old rifle

Q: I have an old Sako Forester rifle that I really like in .308 Winchester, but the barrel is now past its best. I was thinking of having it re-barrelled to the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge when I vary my firearms certificate. Is it a good round? A: The 6.5 Creedmoor…

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Tony Galazan: the gunmaker from Connecticut

Tony Galazan was born to be a gunmaker. Gunmaking as a trade is renowned for its great innovators; men who spent their lives striving at their benches and poring over their drawing boards to produce the world’s finest sporting arms. Names such as Manton, Purdey, Boss, Grant, Woodward and Holland…

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The right rifle for crow control

Crow shooting is no longer solely for shotgunners. Bruce Potts investigates the relative merits of centrefi res and rimfires for a safe and humane despatch

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Inside Yildiz the Turkish gunmaker

Eighty miles due north of Antalya is the small city of Burdur. Best known for its vast, ancient fishless lake, Burdur sits on a handsome plateau and is surrounded by low, stunning hills. As well as the wetlands, Burdur is also known as a centre of marble production. And now there is something…