Bruce Potts

Gun you shouldn't have sold

Most of us, I’m sure, will have experienced that sinking feeling at some time or other — the one when we realise that we should never have sold that gun. A rifle or shotgun is…

Ruger .22LR American rifle

Ruger has a knack of producing rifles that “real” shooters want, in an innovative way, at a good price. The rimfire market is swamped with bolt actions, pumps, semis and lever-action rifles, and you might think…

NCG Stalker

When is a Parker Hale Lightweight not a Parker Hale Lightweight? When it’s a Norman Clark Gunsmiths Stalker rifle. When Parker Hale ceased trading in 2000, Norman Clark Gunsmiths in Rugby bought the remaining stock, and…

Titan 16 straight-pull rifle

The Titan range of well-made, well priced rifles has been available in Britain for some time through various distributors; now Country Sports Wholesale has taken over the dealership. The rifles come from Rosler, a small…

Jackal Hi Power .22 air rifle

The Jackal air rifle was a pivotal design that led to the rise and acceptance of synthetic stock use in Britain today. Sussex Armoury, the Hailsham-based maker of the Jackal range, was not shy…

Relum tornado

Remarks such as “Oh, I had one of those and mine’s still shooting,” are the sort that get made about the Relum Tornado air rifle. It was never going to…

Gun reviews: Anschutz 1517 .17 HMR rifle: Bruce Potts acclaims the accuracy of this rifle and gives its thumbhole the thumbs up.

Ruger 10/22 stainless synthetic carbine

The Ruger 10/22 rimfire semi-automatic rifle, produced more than 50 years ago in 1964, has to be the most widely made and distributed .22 rimfire rifle in existence. It led to a whole genre…

Anschutz 1727F

Anschutz has made my day, as their new 1727F model blends a sporter .17 HMR rifle with the super-slick and precise straight-pull action. The action is actually a redesigned (or up-scaled) action from a…

Orsis Varmint rifle

Development in rifle and shotgun manufacture has accelerated in recent years, with new strides towards accuracy and longevity, utilising new materials and techniques. Orsis rifles herald from Russia and are imported exclusively by Brock and Norris.…

Sako Custom Rifle

Though this article focuses on the Sako custom rifle, it really covers all of the classic British custom rifles out there. Individually made from the finest materials by true domestic craftsmen and women, they…

Mauser M12 Extreme

Mauser has a superb heritage in the sporting and military world and its M03 series of rifles has proven popular. The new M12 model is set to be just as well received. What separates…

CZ 455 rifle

CZ 455 .17 HMR review: Bruce Potts tests a great-value rimfire rifle that offers switch-barrel convenience and accuracy, too.

Sako Finnfire 2 in .17 HMR

The Finnfire 2, as the name suggests, is a reincarnation of the famed Sako Finnfire rimfire from the 1990s. The Sako Quad, with its removable barrel system, replaced it, but many people felt there…

Blaser R8 Pro Success .243 Win

The Blaser R8 really needs no introduction. Its patented straight-pull bolt action is by now legendary and popular both on the Continent and in the UK. It is not just the bolt action that…

crow control with rifles

When it comes to vermin cartridges, there is little doubt that the .22LR is at the top of the list. It can be used on all small species and has…

old ammunition

An early morning start, with a light breeze, is an idyllic start to any day’s stalk. But on this occasion it was not an eligible roebuck that I had in mind;…

Ruger M77/17 Hornet

After the .17 Hornet round was introduced by Hornady it was not long before a rifle was made by Ruger for this mini marvel of the cartridge world. Ruger had a perfect platform for…

Tikka T3 Super Varmint

Tikka rifles have always been a popular choice for shooters due to their accuracy. The brand offers a rifle for any eventuality due to the smooth bolt combined with a…