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Help gunmaking to become an official apprenticeship

The Burrard Academy has been created by Drew Boxall, of Boxall & Edmiston gunmakers, in a project that has seen BASC, the GTA and the Worshipful Company of gunmakers come together to offer their skills and knowledge to ensure the future of the trade is further secured. The survey will…

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Charity clay shoot raises over £1000 for The Royal Marines

With 16 teams, including entries from Ladds Guns, Castle Hill, North Molton, Buttery Shoot, Temple, Luscombe, Devon Plant Services and the Marines, all Guns were put through their paces on a challenging course in the grounds of the house. ‘Ladds Slackers’ from Ladds Guns were in top position, with the Marines team placing second and ‘The…

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Shooters welcome chance to debate driven grouse shooting

Shooting organisations say the public has been misled, but welcome the chance to state their case and debate driven grouse shooting, after a Government petition to ban driven grouse shooting passed the 100,000 signatures required to be considered for a Parliamentary debate. The petition was launched by former RSPB conservation…

Steve Scott

Team GB win again! Bronze for double trap champion Steve Scott!

In a British head-to-head final against fellow Team GB shooter Tim Kneale, Steve Scott will be coming home with a bronze medal after his success in the double trap. The pair had taken third and fourth positions in the semi-finals a few minutes before. However Steve Scott claimed victory scoring…

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British Medical Association makes U-turn on licence fees

The British Medical Association (BMA) has advised GPs not to provide shooters’ medical information to the police without a fee and suggested that it is acceptable to withhold the service on ethical grounds. The new encoded reminder system was introduced in April. It requires GPs to provide the police with any information suggesting an applicant should not be in…

Shooter Steven Scott

Olympic lead ban overturned

Last year, conservation charities tabled a motion with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), seeking to replace lead with “non-toxic alternatives” in time for the Tokyo 2020 Games. While IUCN policies are not legally binding, they do have influence on the union’s 1,300 member organisations, which include DEFRA and other government agencies. But the specific clause regarding the use of lead…

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Team GB shooters – updates from Twitter Rio 2016

LOOKING GOOD: Our #Rio2016 lads suit up for the @TeamGB reception last night. #igobeyond #bringonthegreat pic.twitter.com/s0WH66n2zT — British Shooting (@GBShooting) August 4, 2016 Today Joe Neville MBE travels to his 8th Olympics coaching @Amberjohill – what a great team for @GBShooting @TeamGB pic.twitter.com/NvwQDi6nV7 — Caroline Povey (@cazpovey) August 4, 2016…

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RSPB calls for grouse moor licensing

The RSPB has called for grouse moor licensing after withdrawing its support for the Government’s Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, claiming that the project has failed due to the continued illegal killing of the endangered birds. The Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan makes several recommendations to help restore the population…

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A national treasure – Olympic shooter Bob Braithwaite

John Robert (Bob) Braithwaite, sadly lost to us in February 2015, was a legendary trap shooter who represented his country at two consecutive Olympics in the 1960s. A true sporting hero and one of shooting’s great natural talents, his Olympic gold medal is one of the sport’s most romantic stories. Born in 1925, the purely amateur Shot had only…

Team GB shooters

Team GB shooters excel at 2016 FCSA World Championships

The Great Britain team of .50 calibre shooters excelled at the recent Fifty Calibre Shooters Association (FCSA) World Championships, gaining a total of nine trophies. More than 400 entries from over 10 different countries Held at the NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico from 30 June to 3 July, there…

Theresa May

Rural welcome for pro-shooting Theresa May

Theresa May rose to the position of PM after the surprise early departure of David Cameron last week and withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom, her rival for the Conservative Party leadership. BASC’s Christopher Graffius suggested that Mrs May’s move into 10 Downing Street would be a positive one for shooters: “Mrs May has always been…

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No ban on lead ammunition

In a letter dated 12 July to John Swift, the Chair of the Lead Ammunition Group, Liz Truss MP said their report “did not show that the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing current policy.” There will therefore be no ban on lead ammunition. BASC have…

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Shooters look to post-Brexit future

Shooting organisations have revealed how they believe Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will likely impact on shooters. The general consensus is that only time will tell, but there is speculation that Brexit spells good news for trapping, “contentious legislation” and firearms imports. BASC Scotland director Dr Colin Shedden…

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Saving apprenticeships

Securing the future of gamekeeping apprentices is one of the most important things we can do for the future of shooting. We all know that the shooting we enjoy and the amazing conservation work it supports simply could not happen without gamekeepers, and gamekeepers could not do what they do without…