Guests from all aspects of the UK shooting industry gathered to celebrate its achievements and innovations throughout the previous year.

It was another fantastic evening at Brandon Hall in Coventry and nearly 130 representatives from gunmakers, gunshops, distributors, cartridge manufacturers, shooting grounds, clothing and dog food manufacturers and many others involved in this great industry gathered to celebrate the winners of this year’s one and only shooting trade awards.

This year saw the addition of two new categories: New Ladies Clothing and Best Social Media Campaign.

Seven judges locked themselves away on a sunny day in April and had the difficult task to decide on the winners for each category from hundreds of entries received. It was not always an easy or unanimous decision and for that reason, we awarded Highly Commended in some categories.

2015 Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards

The winners from this year’s Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards

Matthew Kirk from MPK Custom Calls, who unfortunately could not join us for the evening, was ‘absolutely flabbergasted’  to be told after the Awards that he was the winner of the New Shooting Accessory category:

“I can’t express in words how happy I am to win the Award but I will try. I am on cloud nine at the moment. I would like to thank all of my customers past/present/future for all their support over the years. Also, everyone who has helped me along the way including Nick Horten, Field Sports Britain to name but a few. There are many more. Last but not least my wife and family for putting up with many hours of honking and quacking. I’m surprised I haven’t been banished to the workshop permanently!”

We even had a special guest from the world of Rugby in our midst. Leicester Tigers and England rugby star, Tom Croft is a keen game shot and stalker and received The Field Shooting Personality of The Year from editor Jonathan Young.

So, who made this year’s hotly contested Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards shortlists, and which entries took first place? Here they are:

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NEW CLOTHING PRODUCT

Shortlist:

  • Hurricane Coat – John Field by Seyntex
  • Westmoor BR1 jacket – Musto Ltd
  • Kinloch Tweed Shooting Coat – William Powell
  • Classic Eton Smock – Seeland International

WINNER:  Classic Eton Smock – Seeland International

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NEW LADIES CLOTHING PRODUCT

Shortlist:

  • Lady Woodcock jacket – Seeland International
  • Chapeldale Jacket – J Barbour & Sons Ltd
  • Rain Skirt Gale – John Field by Seyntex
  • Härkila Lilja Lady Cardigan – Seeland International

WINNER:  Rain Skirt Gail – John Field by Seyntex

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 NEW FOOTWEAR PRODUCT

Shortlist:

  • Harris Dryboot – The Dryboot Company
  • Härkila Pro Gamekeeper GTX 9” – Seeland International
  • Diemme Reno – Brandecosse Ltd

WINNER:  Härkila Pro Gamekeeper GTX 9” – Seeland International

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BEST GAME CARTRIDGE

Shortlist:

  • Pigeon Power – Lyalvale Express
  • Sipe FIBRE 20 Bore – Shooting Star
  • High Pheasant Extreme – Hull Cartridge Company
  • Black Gold Dark Storm – Gamebore Cartridge Company

WINNER:  High Pheasant Extreme – Hull Cartridge Company

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BEST CLAY CARTRIDGE

Shortlist:

  • Nobel Sports Italia Uno Prima – Edgar Bothers
  • RC4 Excellence 24g 12 Bore – Shooting Star
  • Power Blue Clay Cartridge – Lyalvale Express
  • Black Gold Competition – Gamebore Cartridge Company

WINNER:  RC4 Excellence 24g 12 Bore – Shooting Star

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BEST RIFLE CARTRIDGE

Shortlist:

  • Hornady American Whitetail – Edgar Brothers
  • Winchester Varmint-X – Browning International
  • GECO .243 105g soft point – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd

WINNER:  Winchester Varmint-X – Browning International

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NEW GUNDOG PRODUCT

Shortlist:

  • Chudleys Salmon with Rice and Vegetables – Dodson & Horrell
  • Lintran Dog & Gun Maxi Range – Lintran
  • PVC Launcher Dummy with Removable Tails – Sporting Saint Ltd
  • Skinners Field & Trial Junior – Roger Skinners

WINNER: Lintran Dog & Gun Maxi Range – Lintran

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THE FIELD SHOOTING PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

WINNER:  Leicester Tigers and England rugby star, Tom Croft 

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NEW SCOPE

Shortlist:

  • Hawke Endurance 30 – Deben Group Ind./Hawke Sport Optics
  • Victory V8 – Carl Zeiss Ltd
  • Conquest DL 3-12X50 IR – Carl Zeiss Ltd
  • Helia 5 1.6-8×42 – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd

WINNER:  Conquest DL 3-12X50 IR – Carl Zeiss Ltd

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NEW BINOCULARS

Shortlist:

  • Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 – Edgar Brothers
  • Bushnell Equinox Z 6x 50 2014 Night Vision Mono – Edgar Brothers
  • MINOX BL8x44HD Binocular – MINOX GB Ltd

WINNER: Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 – Edgar Brothers

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NEW SHOOTING ACCESSORY

Shortlist:

  • The Hammond Quadpod – Hammond Sporting
  • Lightforce Enforcer – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd
  • Lightforce Pred 3x – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd
  • Duck and Goose Calls – MPK Custom Call

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lightforce Enforcer – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd

WINNER: Duck and Goose Calls – MPK Custom Call

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BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Shortlist:

  • Black Gold Dark Storm – Gamebore Cartridge Company
  • Christmas 2014 Campaign – E J Churchill
  • Christmas Tree Challenge – Eley Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Christmas 2014 Campaign – E J Churchill

WINNER: Black Gold Dark Storm – Gamebore Cartridge Company

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BEST WEBSITE

Shortlist:

  • A Hume Country Clothing
  • Roxtons
  • Viking Arms Ltd
  • Ian Coley Sporting Ltd
  • Just Cartridges
  • Barbury Shooting School

WINNER: A Hume Country Clothing

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BEST GUNSHOP

Shortlist:

  • Emmet & Stone
  • Solware
  • Ian Coley
  • Malmo Guns
  • Wiltshire Rod & Guns
  • William Powell
  • Greenfields of Salisbury

WINNER: Ian Coley

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BEST SHOOTING GROUND

Shortlist:

  • Bisley Shooting Ground
  • Ian Coley Shooting Ground
  • Barbury Shooting Ground
  • Royal Berkshire Shooting School
  • E J Churchill

WINNER: Royal Berkshire Shooting School

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2015 TIME INC. SHOOTING INDUSTRY’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WINNER:  John Batley (Gun Trade Association)

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NEW RIFLE

Shortlist:

  • Rigby ‘Big Game’ rifle – John Rigby & Co
  • Remington 770™ Sportsman Calibre .243 Win Barrel 22” – Remington (Sportsmarketing SMK)
  • Haenel Jaeger 10 Varmint Sporter – Viking Arms Ltd
  • Ruger American Rimfire – Viking Arms Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Remington 770™ Sportsman Calibre .243 Win Barrel 22” – Remington (Sportsmarketing SMK)

WINNER: Rigby ‘Big Game’ rifle – John Rigby & Co

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NEW SHOTGUN

Shortlist:

  • Zoli Game Gun – Edgar Brothers
  • Browning B725 Hunter 20g – Browning International
  • MK60 32″ High Pheasant Gun – Browning International
  • Perazzi MXS – RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Zoli Game Gun – Edgar Brothers

WINNER: MK60 32″ High Pheasant Gun – Browning International

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2015 Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards and also to all our readers and visitors to our websites who nominated their favourite gunshop and shooting ground – you have done so in your hundreds.

Here is to another exciting year ahead with many more fantastic new shooting and gundog products being launched.

Happy shooting!

 

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