Gavin Gardiner

Gavin Gardiner sells John Dickson hammer gun for £41,000

The scarce hammer gun, ordered by Charles Gordon on May 10, 1886, was one of 15 vintage guns to go under the hammer – some counting 19th century sporting icons Lord Ripon, Lord Walsingham and the Prince of Wales as previous owners. Gavin Gardiner had originally placed an estimate of…

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ABF The Soldiers Charity and GWCT charity shoot at Warter Priory

Up to 30 teams of four guns and four loaders will compete across six different stands. The shooting will be followed by a champagne reception, three-course lunch, raffle and auction. The proceeds of the raffle and auction will be shared equally between ABF The Soldiers Charity and the GWCT. Friday’s…

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…

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Royal Berkshire Shooting School adds to clay day portfolio

The addition of Englefield Estate means the Really Wild Clay Company now offers clay days at eight different venues around the country. Other venues include Well Barn in Oxfordshire, Highclere Castle in Berkshire and Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. The Really Wild Clay company has offered simulated shooting days for over…

Gundog Working Test returns to Chatsworth

The prestigious Gundog Working Test, sponsored by Eukanuba and R.N. Golden Limited, will host tests and activities for spaniels, retrievers and HPRs, and opens with a special field trial training day designed for these breeds. The popular pan-European International Retriever Team Event will take place on the Thursday and Friday.…

Edgar Brothers

Edgar Brothers wins Bushnell award

It is the second year in a row that Edgar Brothers has been presented with the award. The award recognises Edgar Brothers’ work in promoting and selling Butler Creek scope covers, gun slings and loading accessories, as well as gun cleaning and maintenance products from Hoppes. Both Butler Creek and…

Wildlife Estates Scotland: estates prove their worth

“We’re in a defensive situation: we want to prove what we’re doing, that we’re doing things well and that we’re trying to do things well on an ongoing basis,” says Hugh Campbell Adamson, owner of the 3,000-acre Stracathro estate in Angus. We’re sitting in the estate office, sipping coffee and…

RSPCA drops its final hunting case

The RSPCA has dropped its last outstanding prosecution under the 2004 Hunting Act because of a lack of evidence. The charity had brought a case against Will Bryer, master and huntsman of Dorset’s Cattistock Hunt, alleging that he had been illegally hunting a fox with dogs in 2014. Mr Bryer…

Hartpury College

Hartpury College wins Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot

Hartpury College was awarded the Gamekeeping College Challenge Shield, beating off strong compeititon from runners-up Newton Rigg. Hartpury College also walked away with the high gun prize thanks to the individual brilliance of student Jack Lilwall. Each of the 23 teams, drawn from 11 colleges across the UK, shot at…

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Day at Scone Palace

The Scottish Gamekeepers Day’, organised by BASC, provides gamekeepers across Scotland with a forum for debating important issues such as game bird disease management, and allows gamekeepers to stay abreast of changes in the law. A clay shooting competition will also be included in the day’s events. BASC Scotland director…

Gun licence fee increases put to Parliament for approval

Government proposals to increase gun licence fees that would see the cost of a shotgun certificate rise from £50 to £79.50 have been put to Parliament for approval. The firearms licensing fees order contains suggested increases based on the findings of a Home Office working group that included representatives from…

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Labour repeats pledges to raise gun licence fees to tackle deficit

Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the treasury, Chris Leslie, has repeated his party’s plans to increase gun licence fees to deal with the national deficit. He was challenged during an opposition day debate on 4 March on the economy by Conservative treasury minister David Gauke about his previous statement that…

Melissa Rigby to work with John Rigby & Co.

Melissa Rigby, a London-based goldsmith and enameller, and the great, great, great granddaughter of John Rigby, was invited to join the firm by managing director Marc Newton during her visit to the John Rigby & Co. workshop and showroom in Vauxhall. John Rigby & Co. managing director Marc Newton said:…

BASC council candidate – Ann Mortimer

Professor Ann Mortimer, aged 57, is a professor of psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist. She lives in rural East Yorkshire. She is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Until 10 years ago, I didn’t have one.…

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 –…

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Royal Berkshire Shooting School to lay on kids’ courses

The all-day courses will act as a comprehensive introduction to shooting, provided by full-time instructors, but that doesn’t mean that those already in to their shooting who want to improve their skills can’t attend. The courses will be based at Royal Berkshire Shooting School in Pangbourne and cover a wide…

Purdey Bicentenary Trio

Historic Purdey Bicentenary Trio sold

The Purdey Bicentenary Trio, a unique set that consists of a 12-bore side-by-side shotgun, a 20-bore Damascus over-and-under shotgun and a .470 double rifle, was sold to a private collector for an undisclosed fee. When viewed together the two shotguns and rifle that make up the Purdey Bicentenary Trio represent…

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BASC game and beer night with Hook Norton Brewery

The evening will include a 45-minute tour of the Victorian Tower Brewery, a selection of game dishes served with a different beer, and a prize draw. James Clarke, managing director of Hook Norton Brewery, will be on hand to give an explanation of each beer served. Huw Lloyd, BASC England…

Court dismisses RSPB covert surveillance case as abuse of process

Magistrates at Northallerton have dismissed a case brought by the RSPB alleging misuse of a cage trap by a grousemoor keeper on the grounds that the way the charity carried out its investigations amounted to an abuse of process and denied the defendant the prospect of a fair trial. The court held…