Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion – the real story

On 1 July 2015, an elderly 13-year-old black-maned lion, anthropomorphised by the name of Cecil, 
was legally shot but wounded in 
an area outside Hwange National 
Park in Zimbabwe. The hunter 
was an American, Dr Walter Palmer, using a bow under the guidance of professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst. 
The lion…

How shooting clothing has changed in 100 years

The shooting suit that we think of today — jacket, waistcoat and plus fours — has barely shifted with the times over the past century, says tailor Charlie Baker-Collingwood. “In photos you see from the 1920s and 1930s, everyone is wearing tweed suits and jackets, fitted nicely around the chest,…

Can you legally destroy a shotgun?

Q: I have inherited some shotguns from my late father. These include a badly pitted Belgian .410 single barrel that is not suitable for modern smokeless cartridges. Can I legally destroy a shotgun myself? Or do I have to 
get a dealer to do it for me? Our legal expert Bill…

cheap scopes on test

A £60 scope – is it any good?

I have always been an advocate of buying the best scope you can afford, as its reliability and performance will repay you in the long run. This still holds true but the cheap scopes of 10 years ago have improved to the point that they are often all you need.…

gun in the field

Should you tell off an unsafe Shot?

Q: Last season, I went shooting with a friend of a friend who shoots regularly.  His peg was, for most of the day, next to me or at least very close by. Throughout the shoot, he waved his unbroken gun up and down the line and I certainly was not the…

Best airguns

We pick out some of the best airguns around

In the market for buying a new airgun? Look no further, we have rounded up some of the best airguns on the market. Take part in our poll below to support your favourite. Weihrauch HW100 K, HW100 TK Length: 96cm Weight: 3.3kg with moderator What it offers: This impeccably finished pre-charged…

Fabarm Axis RS12 Sporting Black AS

Fabarm Axis RS12 Sporting Black AS reviewed by Shooting Times

Fabarm seems to have a knack — whether by accident or with purpose 
I can’t decide — to find 
a way to design and build guns that fulfil their purpose so that it becomes difficult to pin down the reason why that particular gun suits so well. Floating barrel system…

second focal plane

How to clean and maintain your rifle scope

Q: With all this rain of late, 
do you have any tips for cleaning my rifle scope and keeping it safe? Bruce Potts, our resident expert gives his advice A: People tend to put a scope on 
a rifle, then forget about it and never consider cleaning it until something…

young female Gun

Can you go clayshooting during pregnancy?

We’re all for encouraging Young Guns to take up shooting safely and responsibly. But how young is too young to get involved in shooting? Does shooting clays or game shooting harm an unborn baby? Or is it a good opportunity to get some exercise in the fresh air? Is it…

Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham criticises BBC for being “anti-shooting” – do you agree?

Cricket legend, philanthropist and countryman Sir Ian Botham has come under fire after pledging to donate 10,000 
game birds from his shooting estates to those in need. Pheasants, partridges and a £40,000 donation The pheasants and partridges will be sent to the Country Food Trust between October and February, along…

Tikka T3X Lite rifle

Tikka T3X Lite in .222 Remington

I tested the stainless steel .243 version of this new model of the iconic Tikka last year when it was launched but I wanted to test the entry-level version, too, which is, let’s face it, the industry standard when it comes to a fox/deer rifle. If you have £1,000 in…

Lyme disease symptoms bulls eye rash

Lyme disease symptoms – what you need to know

A growing prevalence of tick-borne diseases – including Lyme disease – has put them high on the list of public enemies. Unfortunately, ticks now pose a direct threat to humans, and the problem is on the rise. Spread to England from the USA Lyme disease is caused by an infection…

Gundog anxiety

Dog first aid you need to know

Q:  Until recently I was fairly confident I knew the basics 
of dog first aid, but on hearing 
a friend’s story of how he had to deal with his dog when it got into difficulties recently, I realised 
I wouldn’t have a clue what to do should my dogs have…

cocker spaniel

Cocker spaniel versus springer spaniel: What owners need to know

Our two most popular breeds of spaniel Choosing between a cocker spaniel and a springer spaniel has never been more difficult. According to the Kennel Club’s (KC) figures, cockers are the most popular of the two, with 21,845 registered last year, compared with just 9,837 English springers. However, the KC…

woman with pheasant on shoot

The Code of Good Shooting Practice – why you should read it again

If you’re a responsible shooter, then you need to know the standards the shooting code sets … The Code of Good Shooting Practice — a summary Shooting behaviour: individuals must observe safety, the law and respect for quarry and other wildlife. Responsible shooting: Guns must shoot within their capabilities; shoots…

deerstalking male deer

It’s time to ban firearms decides ScotRail

BASC chairman Peter Glenser says: “ScotRail claims its Scotland’s railway but it is 
striking at the heart of rural businesses and communities that rely on the estimated £155million injected each year into the country’s economy by country sports tourism. BASC understands the ban comes as a result of a shotgun…

pheasant roadkill

Pheasant roadkill recipe by Rose Prince

Drive down any lane in the heady days of summer and there will be a pheasant, rabbit or something less edible that has taken a knock from 
a car. It is a fact taken into account by shoots; a percentage of the game birds they put down will not be…

Caesar Guerini 12-bore Invictus I Sporting M-Spec

One of Italy’s newer gunmaking companies, Caesar Guerini has progressed quickly. Started in 2000 by brothers Giorgio and Antonio Guerini, the company moved in 2002 into purpose-built premises in the Trompia valley 
in northern Italy, the heart of 
Italian gunmaking, and it now manufactures in-house. Most types of gun are…