Lanber Sporter

Three good value over-and-under Sporters to buy secondhand

Lanber Sporter – target price £500 All guns eventually go out of production, but the saddest loss of recent years has been the Spanish-built Lanber. The basic design goes back to the early 1970s and the gun had been for sale in small numbers in the UK, but it wasn’t until…

Rifle skills

Four principles for better rifle skills

There are four marksmanship principles you need to hold firmly in mind if you want to improve your rifle skills: Aim, hold, sight and shot. These can be seen as the fundamentals of accurate shooting — and they must be utilised every time. They are easy to practise at home…

.22LR subsonic ammunition reviewed

.22LR subsonic ammunition reviewed

A .22 rimfire is largely considered by shooters who have used it to be an accurate vermin cartridge that’s budget friendly and straightforward to shoot with. On the other hand, the .22 often doesn’t have the respect and appeal given to stalking rifles and shotguns which results in a disinterested…

grouse shooting

Guns for grouse shooting

Of course, this brings a particular set of safety concerns, but any good moorland shoot will have very strict standards by which you will be expected to behave to reduce the risk of injury. Practice, practice and more practice Given the cost of a day’s grouse shooting, the distance you will…

airgun bill

Scotland passes airgun bill despite big drop in airgun crime

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was passed last week, despite newly published Government figures showing a 73 per cent drop in Scottish airgun crime since 2006-2007. Anyone who owns an airgun could unwittingly be committing a criminal act should they fail to obtain a licence after April next year.…

weetabix

Shooters reject Weetabix claims on lead shot contamination

Shooting groups have questioned comments by Weetabix’s head of quality Keith Turnbull, warning farmers to avoid contaminating wheat grain with lead shot. In an article for the Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet Newsletter, Mr Turnbull said he receives wheat containing lead shot. He urged farmers to “stop this contamination occurring…

lead ammunition

Shooting groups write new lead ammunition report

A second report on the possible health risks posed by the use of lead ammunition was submitted to DEFRA two weeks ago, authored by the four organisations that have been most closely involved in the lead ammunition debate. The new 14-page report, which has yet to be made public, suggests that…

rifle bullets

A change of primer

A: It’s amazing what does and what does not influence the combustion and propulsion of a bullet on pulling the trigger. Sometimes, even the smallest tweak can make a big difference, but other times you can change a load significantly and it will show very little alteration. That’s why it’s important…

Lead ammunition: where’s the science?

No sound evidence, no change” is the firmly held position of every British shooting organisation on lead ammunition. This means that any regulations must first and foremost be supported by absolutely solid scientific evidence. “No change” is all about regulation. Does the evidence point to an incontrovertible need for more…

Rabbit shooting with an air rifle

Rabbits love a safe environment, with plenty of food, at this time of year — I decided to make a permanent hide in a safe, fenced-off corner of the paddock for a spot of rabbit shooting. It blends into the countryside: an unobtrusive, natural-looking, safe and comfortable hide where I…

.22 centrefire

Which .22 centrefire is best?

The question of which is the best .22 centrefire often comes up often, but one can only really reply with another question: best for what? The main considerations are whether you want to be able to shoot small deer as well as foxes and other similar-sized animals or whether the…

Chopitea Side-by-Side 12-bore Boxlock Ejector Shotgun for sale

A private seller is selling this great example of a Chopitea Side-by-Side 12-bore Boxlock Ejector Shotgun for sale at £325! This gun is in excellent condition especially considering that it was manufactured in 1973. The barrels show some light signs of use but are in good condition. The bores are…

BERETTA 682 GOLD E

Beretta 682 Gold E for sale

A private seller is selling this great example of a Beretta 682 Gold E for sale at £1,495. FEATURES: – 30″ Sporting with O/U barrels – Set of 5 optima bore chokes (red, blue, yellow, green, black) – 14.1/2’’ stock – trigger to mid butt – Spare 1″ BUTT –…

Watson Bros

Watson Bros four bore

It may come as a surprise to most Londoners that just a short walk from where tourists buy Chinese-made souvenirs of Tower Bridge is a place that epitomises old-fashioned British craftsmanship. Situated at the south end of Tower Bridge Road lies Watson Bros, an old gunmaking company given new life…

WIN of of three fantastic guns with Shooting Times!

Shooting Times is giving three lucky readers the chance to win one of these three fantastic prizes, each worth up to £2500!   If you are one of our three lucky winners, the choice is yours? Which one do you have your eye on? Will it be the Beretta 690 III, Benelli Raffaello…

Longthorne Gunmakers

Longthorne Gunmakers – English shotgun maker

Established by Jim Longthorne Stewart and his wife Elaine, Longthorne Gunmakers was founded in 2006 and its first gun was revealed to the public at the CLA Game Fair in 2010. Jim and Elaine are engineers first and foremost, and their 35-year history in the trade has seen them manufacturing…