gun cleaning tips

10 gun care tips

  Never neglect gun cleaning. A little effort will keep your guns safe, reliable and rust-free Do not put a gun in a gun slip into a gun safe. You want air movement Do not put a heater or a lightbulb in your gun safe. Your stock will over-dry, warm…

Springador

Why have crossbred gundogs become so popular on shoots?

Are we guilty of overlooking crossbred gundogs? Felicity Winters thought so, and was inspired to write to the editor of Shooting Times, urging us to take more notice of the growing number of crossbreeds working on shoots. Felicity has a point: there are certainly far more springadors (springer x Labrador)…

hen harrier

Grouse moors fledge more hen harriers than other areas

Five of the twelve nests were monitored either by local raptor workers or a combination of organisations including Natural England and the Forestry Commission, and with the full cooperation of the private landowners all were successful in fledging chicks. However of the remaining seven nests monitored by the RSPB, one…

grouse butt

Government comes out in favour of grouse shooting

Dr Avery’s petition is founded on his premise that: “Grouse shooting for ‘sport’ depends on intensive habitat management which damages protected wildlife sites, increases water pollution, increases flood risk, increases greenhouse gas emissions and too often leads to the illegal killing of protected wildlife such as hen harriers.” The shooting…

More rural support coming

All four UK governments have now pledged increased support for rural communities following separate announcements in recent weeks. In England — which was granted around £3billion for its Rural Development Programme (RDP) in February — chancellor George Osborne and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss jointly authored the paper “Towards a one…

Lead Ammunition Group slammed after leak of “anti-lead” report summary

The Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) has been criticised for a perceived anti-lead bias, following the publication on its website of a letter from group chairman John Swift, summarising the findings of the as-yet unpublished or peer-reviewed LAG report. The correspondence is a copy of the cover letter, dated June 2015,…

Stag

10 popular rifles for deerstalking

1. Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter Our reviewer notes that you don’t see many of these on the shelves of second-hand gun dealers. Is that because it’s an unpopular model or because owners tend to hang onto this rifle? Read our expert’s conclusion in his review of the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter.…

young shot

Teaching young Shots – six tips for getting started

I started shooting at the age of eight. I’m lucky to come from a farming background, so there were opportunities to be involved in and around shooting from an early age. I followed my father’s lead and learned as many aspects as I could, whether tagging along with keepers, going beating,…

Master engraver John Rigby & Co

New master engraver appointed by John Rigby & Co

Master engraver Geoffrey Lignon says: “It is fantastic for me to work for a company like Rigby… I have been passionate about Africa and its wildlife ever since I was a child. My favourite animals to engrave have always been big game animals.” A particularly interesting project currently being worked…

game chefs

10 game cookery schools in the UK to investigate

We’ve chosen courses the length and breadth of the country. All have accommodation nearby if you fancy a short break or want to enjoy some well-deserved wine with dinner. 1. Mike Robinson Game & Wild Food Cookery School If you were at the CLA Game Fair in July, you might have…

Lanber Sporter

Three good value over-and-under Sporters to buy secondhand

Lanber Sporter – target price £500 All guns eventually go out of production, but the saddest loss of recent years has been the Spanish-built Lanber. The basic design goes back to the early 1970s and the gun had been for sale in small numbers in the UK, but it wasn’t until…

gundog puppy training

Training a puppy to the gun

All dogs should learn the social graces that make them acceptable in human company, but a gundog’s upbringing needs special attention. You should bear in mind that your ultimate goal is for your dog to be a companion and teammate while also being under control and understanding that you call…

lead ammunition

DEFRA withholding Lead Ammunition Group report

Shooting Times requested a copy of John Swift’s LAG report in June under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and DEFRA finally responded in a letter this week, revealing that the information is being withheld and explaining why. The letter stated: “We recognise that there is a public interest…

Support the future of British gunmaking

If you want to do your bit to support the future of British gunmaking – and indulge yourself, or somebody else, then get bidding. The lots involved include dinner chez vous by Albert Roux OBE Legion D’Honneur, served by the the Chairman of the Gunmakers Charitable Trust, Lord Sharman OBE…