Pet Blood Bank

What if your gundog needed a blood transfusion one day?

“When my lovely cocker spaniel, Flick, was only five months old, she needed nine (yes nine!) blood transfusions. If it wasn’t for a charity called Pet Blood Bank UK, she would not be here just now. Can you spread the word?”  Steve Finney, North Yorkshire Blood transfusions vital It seems…

second-hand gun for £1000 Beretta

How to choose a second-hand gun for £1000

Mike George’s buying advice for a second-hand gun for £1,000 The most common request I get from readers is advice on buying a first gun. It’s also one of the most common queries received on the forum section of our website. It all depends on the amount of money the…

gundog with owner

How to get into game shooting

Have you ever wanted to get into game shooting and wondered where to begin? Well, that’s just what Johnathan Cox, head keeper at the Buckhurst Estate in East Sussex, is trying to solve for many keen clay, pigeon and wildfowl shooters. Driven game shooting is notorious for being seen as…

Sir Ian Botham

Prejudice against rural people?

Cricketing hero and champion charity fundraiser Sir Ian Botham has broad enough shoulders to shrug off the kind of brick bats bowled at him during a recent BBC Radio 5 Live interview. Even so, I feel sorry for him. He was invited to talk about his generous offer to donate…

Sauer Apollon laser engraving

Sauer Apollon reviewed by Sporting Gun

It’s time to break out some game guns to show you all in anticipation for the forthcoming game season. This month I’ve been lucky enough to be given the new Sauer Apollon to take a look at. As with most companies, you need to release something new every year for…

Beretta 687 EELL

Three of the classiest boxlocks around

“I would dearly love to be able to afford a sidelock O/U from a prestigious maker, but I can’t afford one. Instead, I am going to have to settle for a side-plated boxlock. I have a budget in mind, but I will happily exceed it to get the right gun.”…

Gun bore

What’s the right shotgun bore for you?

I  have received a letter from a reader wishing to buy a shotgun which will be used mainly for vermin control (pigeons, crows, magpies and rats), together with rough shooting and the occasional crack at clays. He recalls that a lightweight Baikal  gave him a hefty whack on his shoulder, which…

Shotgun loaders on shoot

Shotgun loaders – why they are the hidden experts of game shooting

There are two basic ways in which loaders offer their services: either they become involved with a game shooter wherever they travel to shoot, or they contact local shoots and shooting estates to offer their services as a loader to Guns visiting that particular estate. Credibility – particularly in safety…

CPSA Live

CPSA Live! In Association with Sporting Gun – the full schedule

One of the many reasons to visit The Game Fair at Hatfield House this weekend is to stop by the CPSA field classroom for CPSA Live! in association with Sporting Gun. We have gathered industry leaders, Olympians and the NGO to name for a full weekend of talks and debates…

shooting rabbits

Shooting rabbits? These are the airguns you need to know about

Want more success when shooting rabbits with an airgun and wondering what to use? I’ll narrow things down with a run through of the different type of airguns that can be used to control rabbits and then follow that by a look at different calibres. Springers – probably the airgun that comes to…

using an airgun

Top 10 reasons to keep an airgun

  Using an airgun regularly, especially a springer, can improve your marksmanship. This will also improve your shooting skills with any rifle, even a full-bore. If you can manage the adverse recoil of a spring-powered airgun and shoot accurately with it, you will find shooting a full-bore rifle a cinch.…

Ticket offers for The Game Fair

Special ticket offers for The Game Fair

Readers heading to The Game Fair at Hatfield House on 28-30 July can claim an excellent ticket offer. How to claim the ticket offer for The Game Fair Quote code SHOOTINGUK when booking tickets online (click here to visit The Game Fair ticket site) or over the phone and you…

Gundog competition

This is why you’ll want to visit the Game Fair 2017

As the largest outdoor countryside-themed event in the world, the Game Fair 2017 is set to attract around 120,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors to its brand new venue – Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July 2017. Reaching the new venue could not be simpler, a…

Sporting Gun 40th Anniversary Pin Badge

How to get your Sporting Gun 40th anniversary pin badge

Sporting Gun are excited to be able to offer our loyal readers, some of you who have been with us since the beginning, a free limited edition pin badge to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We decided to commemorate our special birthday with a smart pin badge as we know you all…

Zeiss Conquest V6 scope

The new ZEISS Conquest V6 scope on test

Low light conditions sort out the men from the boys when it comes to optics. Budget scopes – while offering reasonable image quality in good light conditions – often become useless when the light starts to fade. The mid-range new ZEISS Conquest V6 2 – 12 x 50 scope boasts…

secure gun cabinet

Should I store my gun butt-down or muzzle-down?

Q: I see that from time-to-time there is debate on your website as to whether guns should be stored butt-down or muzzles-down in cabinets. What do you think? A: Mike says: The idea of storing guns muzzles-down is that any oil or cleaning fluid left in the bores runs out on…

BREDA_930i

Breda 930i

As we are still in summer season clay shooting mode, this month I thought I would try the Breda 930i to take a look at. I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect at all because I hadn’t seen one in the flesh before. And, again, like the…

FAC air rifle

FAC air rifles – are they necessary?

One of the perennial issues facing the air gunner who wants to move up to something bigger is where to go next. Likewise, there are also shooters who already have large centrefires, but find that they need to shoot in places where they are way too powerful. In both situations,…