All of us at Sporting Gun magazine were sad to hear of the recent death of Mike George at the age of 77. Mike George was the founding editor of Sporting Gun magazine back in 1976 and had an unparalleled knowledge of guns and field sports. He was a top reviewer and his contributions will be missed by all.
Mike was superb at picking out bargains and excellent value buys. Readers found his words very instructive. With so many different brands and models on the market, finding a gun at the right price is tough. Here we gave Mike George the hard task of listing his top 20 new and used guns for under a grand and he rose to the challenge superbly.
Mike asked readers if they suffered from choke-changingitis and suggested some remedies.
A reader who was getting on in years wanted a lightweight 12-bore. Mike George found him a choice of three.
A reader with a shoulder injury wanted to buy a 28-bore or a .410 and asked Mike George for some tips. Here’s what he said.
“I wish to buy a semi-auto, mainly for clays but also for a little pigeon shooting. I don’t really want to spend more than £850, and I want one made by one of the major, well-established manufacturers.”
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Buyer’s brief to Mike George: “I have been shooting clays for the past six months with guns hired from the shooting ground. Most of these have been various versions of Beretta Silver Pigeons,which I do like, though I have no experience of other guns. I have a budget of £1,000 to £1,500, so what do you recommend?”