woman having shooting lesson

What to watch to improve your shooting performance

When it comes to teaching an adult to shoot, I always treat each person as an individual. I do not treat a lady Shot any differently from how I would a gentleman, for example. There are lots of things said with regard to lady Shots, such as eye-dominance problems, body…

forward allowance

The limits of the lead factor

“Give it 4ft, 5ft, 6ft”; “I think that bird needs at least 10ft, actually no, that’s at least a gate’s length; change that, it needs a bus’s length.” Does this sound familiar? What is the obsession with lead when it comes to shooting game, and why is it most guns’ and…

Rabbit clay shooting

Tips for shooting vermin

Here we look at how a variety of vermin species can be simulated with clay targets. All you've got to do is practice hitting them!

man holding shotgun

One gun fits all

The telephone at shooting schools invariably starts to ring more frequently once the first pheasant shoots of the season are behind us. Right now mine is busy with shooters trying to find answers as to why their early outings have not met with the success they had expected. I’ve asked…

Getting in the correct position for rifle shooting

In this piece we’ll be looking at the various positions you can shoot from. Remember you should not immediately expect 1in groups at 100m from these positions; ascertain what you can and can’t expect from each of them, and then you can decide when each is acceptable for live quarry.…

game chefs

10 game cookery schools in the UK to investigate

We’ve chosen courses the length and breadth of the country. All have accommodation nearby if you fancy a short break or want to enjoy some well-deserved wine with dinner. 1. Mike Robinson Game & Wild Food Cookery School If you were at the CLA Game Fair in July, you might have…

Bisley target shooting

Welcome to the Bisley workout

I don’t know whether it is Bisley’s military associations, but it wouldn’t be the first time I have “enjoyed” some form of exercise when I have visited the place. I seem to recall, quite a long time ago, being offered something called the “Iron Arm” challenge – shooting 100 driven…

shotgun components

The anatomy of a shotgun

1. The barrels: Different sizes of barrel allow for different widths of cartridge, which in turn defines the gun’s gauge (ie. 12 or 20 bore). The size denomination comes from one pound of lead divided into equal- sized balls that will fit the barrel. For example, 12 pieces equals 12…

shooting in field

How to be a better Shot

It’s amazing how quickly the season comes around. Now is the perfect time to get yourself properly prepared for the forthcoming season. The worst thing you can do is to leave it to the last minute, and it is remarkable how many people do just that. In this piece I…

gamekeeping advice

First ever Shooting UK Gamekeeper Day storming success

Liam Bell is the head gamekeeper at stunning Millichope Park, a traditional family-owned and run estate. He is also a regional chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and a judge for the annual Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards. Shooting Times readers will know Liam from his popular “On the Shoot”…

Confidence

Increase confidence in your shooting

Everyone misses easy birds. From the humble amateur to the duke of wherever, nobody is perfect. Leg-pulling about missed sitters has been part and parcel of shooting since the days of frock coats and flintlocks and, more often than not, when someone knows why they have missed, things are soon…

rifle shooting

What you need to know about focal planes

One aspect of rifle scopes that is frequently misunderstood is the difference between a first and second focal plane scope. In the simplest terms, the difference between the two is where the reticule is positioned within the scope — which affects the image you see at differing magnifications. First focal…