best gun slips

10 of the best gun slips

When you’re out in the field or on a shooting ground your gun should be broken at all times (unless of course you are aiming at a target). Make sure guns are unloaded and carried in gun slips whenever possible. This way everyone knows they’re safe. 1. Beretta Light Transformer…

A ShotKam offers slow-motion playback

Taking a closer look at shot cameras and a ShotKam

I thought I would take a closer look at gun cameras and explain why I love having my ShotKam strapped to my musket. As many readers will be aware, I have been using ShotKams for the past few years. I started with the previous camera and, last year advanced to…

Beaters, loaders and pickers-up

Do beaters, loaders and pickers-up get paid fairly?

It is a pretty fair assumption that there are few people for whom beating, picking-up or even loading is their main source of income throughout the season. Though the money is welcome, it by no means replaces a regular salary 
— particularly since earnings on 
a shoot now have to…

Stalking muntjac

Stalking muntjac – a real sporting challenge

The diminutive muntjac deer arrived in Britain in 1900 as a plaything of the 11th Duke of Bedford who added it to his deer park at Woburn Abbey.  Rumour has it that the Duke was so fond of this little species that he engineered a series of clandestine releases, driving…

clay cartridges

What’s the best clay cartridge for success?

Limits for different disciplines, speed … read on to discover what you need to know about the best clay cartridges for your purposes  Q. How much shot? A. For the ruling on maximum shot loads and sizes for each discpline, take a look at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s Booklet.…

eye dominance

Are your eye dominance issues really the problem with your shooting?

Most people have a dominant 
eye, meaning that their brain has 
a neurological preference for the visual input from a particular eye. 
For right-handers it is usually the 
right eye and for left-handers the 
left, though not always. In some cases the brain has no preference — this is cross-dominance.…

Lady Melissa Percy

How can shooting encourage more women into the sport?

A Gun is a Gun is a Gun, isn’t it? If you’re out shooting on a game day, you are known as a Gun, end of.” So says Tracy Meston, senior coach at the Roxburghe Shooting School in the Scottish Borders, 
one of a growing number of women 
in the…

curlew

Saving the curlew

Multiple campaigns are under way to help reverse the decline of the curlew, led by shooting and conservation organisations. There are only around 300 pairs of breeding curlew left south of Birmingham and, at the current rate of loss, they are expected to disappear from the region in the next…

dog friendly hotels in the UK

8 of the best dog friendly hotels around the UK

If your dog has served you faithfully during the season – and your other half also deserves a break, then a stay in a lovely hotel is a well-earned treat. Or maybe you’re just looking for a dog-friendly hotel? We’ve picked out eight recommendations. 1. The Royal Oak, East Lavant,…

single driven clay

How to hit a single driven clay

What I am looking for in a beginner is preferably a calm personality, but in keeping with all shooters, they need to have a good understanding of timing, which is vital. They also need to be able to process information without any panic or haste. It is my job as…

rifle shooting

Tips to improve your rifle shooting and markmanship

As we drift towards the summer, most game seasons have closed. Your stalking kit has been cleaned and stowed away, and you’ll likely see more venison on the barbecue than under a cross-hair for the next few months. Shooting is a perishable skill We all have a responsibility to be…

Paul Austin tests out the Primos Trigger Sticks G 3

Primos Trigger Sticks Gen 3 – reviewed by Sporting Gun

Now in its third generation, the Primos trigger sticks have become a “don’t leave home without it” essential for many serious shooters. Though Primos offers monopod and bipod options, by far its most effective and popular variant is the tripod. The question is does the latest Gen 3 offering warrant…

pigeon shooting with airguns

Shooting pigeons with an airgun and placing decoys

While I can’t deny that the shotgun is the most effective tool for keeping woodpigeon at bay when they are hammering crops, it is possible to make decent bags with the air rifle. Not everyone has a shotgun and, with a little forethought and lots of fieldcraft, airgunners can enjoy…