firearms certificate moving house

Moving house and your gun certificates – what you need to know

It is a criminal offence not to obey the conditions on your firearm or shotgun certificate. One of which particularly concerns moving house. Condition 3 on every firearm and shotgun certificate says: “The holder of this certificate must, without undue delay, inform the chief officer of police by whom the…

struggles with recoil

Struggling with recoil using a 12-bore?

Q:  I’ve started struggling with recoil when using my 12 bore: what can I do to reduce it? Is it time to change to a 16-bore? It’s really strange as my 12-bore fits me well. A: I come across many people who suffer with this and usually it’s a combination…

meat in freezer

Preparing game for the freezer – here’s what to do

Q: At this time of year I always end up with an abundance 
of game birds that I need to store until quieter periods in the year. How best should I prepare game 
for the freezer so that it will keep 
as long as possible without developing a “freezery” taint?…

Pulsar Phantom NV sight 4x60mm

What’s a good night-vision sight for under £1750?

Q: I wish to buy a night-vision sight for my .22 Anschutz rimfire that I can also use on my .22-250 Sako for foxes up to 150 yards. Can you recommend one 
for under £1,750? A: As the daylight hours dwindle, 
night vision and thermal imagers will tend to replace standard optical…

Animal rights activists

Can threatening saboteurs still wear masks?

Q: My wife, who hunts with a local pack of foxhounds, recently found herself being abused by two hunt saboteurs, both of whom were wearing masks to hide their identity. Police were called and the saboteurs eventually dispersed. I thought some legislation had been brought in to force these thugs…

gun security in your car

Gun security in your car – your responsibilities

The shooting season is now well underway and so I think that a timely reminder about gun security in your car would not go amiss. I’m told by my colleague, Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton of the National Ballistic Intelligence Service, that there have been targeted thefts of shotguns in the North West. Certificate holders are…

High bird

Should I try and hit a high bird?

A:  This is a great question as when high bird shooting there is an optimum point at which to shoot the bird, one I often refer to in my lessons as the most vulnerable point. This is when the bird is at its closest but also at a stage in…

How to avoid getting a bruised face when shooting

Q: I am emailing out of frustration and wondered if there was any advice you could give me. I have been a competitor in trap shooting, on and off throughout my life, but now find it most uncomfortable to shoot any more than 50 targets due to a very sore…

Christmas gifts for women who shoot

Christmas gifts for women who shoot

Under £25 Tea towels shouldn’t just be practical but should decorate the kitchen like works of art when they’re hung up by the AGA. This modern design by Creative Tops is just the thing. BUY NOW: Creative Tops Into The Wild pheasant tea towel, from Amazon, for £7 These shooting…

preparing for the new season

4 tips for more consistent shooting

It is at this point in the season that some Shots start to question their shooting technique. If you want to make major changes you’ve missed the boat by about six months, as the hard work should have been put in before the season started. However, for those who are…

Gun fit

Does gun fit matter?

Gun fit does matter a great deal. With poor gun fit the gun is less likely to be pointing at the target or where the shooter is intending. This in turn can cause the shooter to unknowingly develop all sorts of corrective measures to address the problems. What can sometime…

shooting abroad

Can I take cartridges on a plane?

Can I take gun cartridges on a plane? Q: I have been invited to 
shoot in Northern Ireland and I will be travelling by air. What are the rules about taking gun cartridges with me? A: The International Air 
Transport Association (IATA) sets standards for airline safety and security, including…