For the shooter or fieldsports enthusiast, the British Shooting Show gives you the chance to try before you buy, says Mark Layton

The British Shooting Show – the UK’s biggest shooting trade and retail show –  returns for its 10th anniversary when enthusiasts will be flocking to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham for a chance to see the latest kit and get together with others who love the sport as much as they do.

British Shooting Show

Try before you buy

Excellent “show only” bargains

Four huge exhibition halls will host hundreds of retailers with thousands of shotguns, rifles and air rifles on offer, not to mention optics, night-vision and thermal-imaging kit, hunting knives, gundog gear, country clothing and footwear. It is basically a shopper’s paradise for fieldsports and you can expect to pick up some excellent “show only” bargains.

Mauser M18 rifle

Mauser M18 rifle

Receiving its UK and European launch at the British Shooting Show, this bolt-action rifle promises a lot. Head to the Mauser stand.

LaPorte clay trap

LaPorte clay trap £2,999

This new trap will be exhibited at the show by the Clay Pigeon Company.

Show organisers have reported 
a marked increase in the number of exhibitors coming from overseas and with brands ranging from Blaser to Maude & Fox and E. J. Churchill, there will be something for everyone.

  • There will also be arenas running 
a busy schedule of events, with gundog trainer Andy Cullen of Laochin Gundogs, “Cornish Countryman” Chris Green and “Wild Chef” 
Ralph Skripek all confirmed to be leading demonstrations.
  • Visitors can also try their hand at driven shooting without even leaving the building, with a go on a high-tech simulator, and those who like to take their hunting further afield will find all they need from outfitters catering to the ultimate safari experience.

Take a break in the beaters’ bothy

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation is co-sponsoring the Gamekeeping Hall. Be sure to visit its stand, which this year has been designed to resemble a beaters’ 
bothy, complete with a log burner, 
where guests can take a break with 
a brew. There will also be CIC trophy measurers and keepers on hand to answer any questions you have.

With so much on offer at the 
show, you want to make sure you 
walk away with the right kit for you. Test your next airgun on one of the ranges, where you will find expert help and guidance available for youngsters and novices. When it comes to new night-vision kit, you 
can test it at one of the two dark tunnels, giving you the chance 
to see it in action before you take 
it home.

Leupold VX Freedom series scope

Leupold VX Freedom series scope £260

These scopes feature military-grade lens coatings. On stand D5.

Get a 40% discount on Shooting Times

Don’t forget to come to our stand in row C5 to pick up a special subscription deal on Shooting Times. You’ll receive a 40 per cent discount — £19 every three months — and 
a choice of free gift. Plus, everyone who subscribes at the British Shooting Show will receive a £5 Skinner’s Pet Foods discount voucher.

Delta Stryker scope £1,382.99

Delta Stryker scope £1,382.99

Two models are available at the show – one designed for mid to long range shooting and the other built for centrefire target shooting. On stand A3, the Optics Warehouse.

Download the free British Shooting Show app

Getting around the show has 
never been easier if you have 
a smartphone, thanks to the free official British Shooting Show app, which 
will give you access to a map with 
in-built navigation, as well as the 
latest exhibitor listings. So be sure 
to download before you arrive. It 
is available for iOS and Android.

NiteSite Dark Ops night-vision kit

NiteSite Dark Ops night-vision kit

NiteSite is keeping tight-lipped about the specs for this new line. Visit stand D9 for its exclusive UK launch.