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Scottish airgun licences required by New Year

It will be illegal to hold an airgun without a licence from 31 December, but BASC says that the “lead in” period is shorter than anticipated and could place an extra burden on the police. Apply for a certificate from 1 July The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, last…

choke

Are we fixated on the amount of choke?

I’ve never been able to make up my mind on what’s the right amount of choke to have in a gun. Tight guns bring certain advantages when shooting any of the five trap disciplines, but how much — or how little — is best for a gun used in the field, or on…

Beretta 690 Field III

Three second-hand over-and-under Sporters

This selection of second-hand over-and-under Sporters can be found on the second-hard market from £600. Bettinsoli X-Trail Sporter Target Price £600 One of the questions we are frequently asked on the forum section of ShootingUK is whether it is best for a newcomer with a limited budget to buy a second-hand…

deer stalking rifle

What sort of deer stalking rifle should I buy?

Our expert at Sporting Gun advises: A: Well, your budget is decent. That’s good news because a suitable rifle with quality optics is usually about £1,500 for each piece of kit to ensure you get a sound combination. So with this budget you’ve got some money left over to spend…

William Evans Connaught

William Evans: a London gunmaker with a Continental twist

Providing clients with a combination of quality, value and variety has always been the goal for William Evans, an English gun manufacturer involved in making quality sporting arms since 1883. That practice continues today and a key factor in turning what was once a traditional English gunmaker into a contemporary…

shotgun cartridges

What’s the perfect pigeon cartridge?

The cartridge-making business is a fiercely competitive one, won or lost on marketing strategy, so if one company can find an edge, it is quickly exploited. It is only relatively recently that cartridge makers realised the huge potential market in people who shoot pigeons, with all the top boys now producing specialist…

Secondhand Shotguns

Three secondhand shotguns

Mike chooses three secondhand shotguns on the market priced from £450 up to £1,050 to help you make your next gun purchase a bargain. Hatsan Escort Xtreme Max Target Price: £450 It takes a manufacturer with extreme self confidence to advertise a 12-bore semi-auto shotgun as able to cycle loads all the way from 24…

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Shotgun certificates – 10 frequently asked questions

    1. How long will it take me to get my shotgun certificate through?   This is probably the question we’re most frequently asked. A lot depends on where you live – read on for the full story …    2. How can I apply for my shotgun certificate?  A…

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8 airgun questions we’re often asked

1. Which pellet is best for my air rifle?  It all depends on whether your air rifle is spring powered, pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) or powered by carbon dioxide. Discover what our expert advised. 2. Which are the best air rifles for shooting rabbits? Wondering what the ideal air rifle calibre is for…

Secondhand High-grade guns

Three secondhand high-grade guns

If you’re in the market for a high-grade gun but don’t want to pay the full price, the secondhand market has plenty of prestige brands. Here Mike chooses three secondhand high-grade guns from Beretta, Perazzi and Purdey. And with prices starting from just under £2,000, maybe your next gun purchase can…

Winchester 101 Super Grade Game

Secondhand Winchester selection

Fifty-two years ago, Winchester introduced a new O/U shotgun which, in the eyes of many shooters on both sides of the Atlantic, set the standard for all medium-priced factory-made guns to be judged by. It was the famous Winchester 101, built on the Kodensha plant in Japan, and it was to remain in production for more than 20 years.…

secondhand webley patriot

Second-hand Webley Patriot

All you need to know about a secondhand Webley Patriot, including how this high-powered air rifle with impressive pellet strike shaped shooting

ATA Arms SP Silver

Turkish shotguns

In gunmaking terms Turkey is famous for its wood – in particular its walnut. Better than the French Many people talk about French walnut but in fact the French imported it from Turkey during the Crusades. It might spark some comment and a bit of controversial chat but Turkish wood…

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There is “more lead in beer than game meat,” say MPs

In a debate on lead ammunition in the House of Commons last month, Rishi Sunak, Conservative MP for Richmond, commented: “The average consumer is exposed to 60 per cent more lead from their consumption of beer. Products contributing more lead to our diets than game meat include potatoes, coffee and even everyday eggs.…

Gun you shouldn't have sold

The gun you shouldn’t have sold

Most of us, I’m sure, will have experienced that sinking feeling at some time or other — the one when we realise that we should never have sold that gun. A rifle or shotgun is rarely just a tool — it becomes a treasured possession. But, for whatever reason, be it monetary necessity or the lure of a…

Secondhand sporters

Three top secondhand Sporters

Here’s Mike’s selection of secondhand Sporters that offer great value for money. Baikal O/U Located 600 miles east of Moscow, Izhevsk’s main factory produces pistols and rifles, several variations on the AK assault rifle theme, air guns – and the Baikal shotgun. The Baikal dates to the Cold War, and was once humorously said to be…

airgunning in winter

Airgunning in the cold

A lot of airgunners are fair-weather shooters; they take to the fields and the woods when the temperature is warm and the days are long, then pack their rifles away as soon as the chill of autumn sets in. As lovely as it is to enjoy our sport when the…