Beaters out in the field

16 things only beaters know (and Guns should)

We recently published an article: “Letter from a fed-up beater”, in which a seasoned beater listed some of the gripes he and his fellow companions experience when out in the field. Things like: Being made to wait in the wet and cold in the field for half an hour or…

gundog with owner

How to get into game shooting

Have you ever wanted to get into game shooting and wondered where to begin? Well, that’s just what Johnathan Cox, head keeper at the Buckhurst Estate in East Sussex, is trying to solve for many keen clay, pigeon and wildfowl shooters. Driven game shooting is notorious for being seen as…

How shooting clothing has changed in 100 years

The shooting suit that we think of today — jacket, waistcoat and plus fours — has barely shifted with the times over the past century, says tailor Charlie Baker-Collingwood. “In photos you see from the 1920s and 1930s, everyone is wearing tweed suits and jackets, fitted nicely around the chest,…

Should you tell off an unsafe Shot?

Should you tell off an unsafe Shot?

Q: Last season, I went shooting with a friend of a friend who shoots regularly.  His peg was, for most of the day, next to me or at least very close by. Throughout the shoot, he waved his unbroken gun up and down the line and I certainly was not the…

Shotgun loaders on shoot

Shotgun loaders – why they are the hidden experts of game shooting

There are two basic ways in which loaders offer their services: either they become involved with a game shooter wherever they travel to shoot, or they contact local shoots and shooting estates to offer their services as a loader to Guns visiting that particular estate. Credibility – particularly in safety…

woman with pheasant on shoot

The Code of Good Shooting Practice – why you should read it again

If you’re a responsible shooter, then you need to know the standards the shooting code sets … The Code of Good Shooting Practice — a summary Shooting behaviour: individuals must observe safety, the law and respect for quarry and other wildlife. Responsible shooting: Guns must shoot within their capabilities; shoots…

shooting rabbits

Shooting rabbits? These are the airguns you need to know about

Want more success when shooting rabbits with an airgun and wondering what to use? I’ll narrow things down with a run through of the different type of airguns that can be used to control rabbits and then follow that by a look at different calibres. Springers – probably the airgun that comes to…

A-lister celebrities who have shot clays for charity

via GIPHY Sir Sean Connery The original James Bond stirred himself on the clay ground when he was part of Sir Jackie Stewart’s Rolex Celebrity Challenge at Gleneagles Shooting School. The charitable event raised an impressive £650,000.     Vinnie Jones Well-known as a keen countryman, as well as a film…

Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell shoots clays for charity

Bit of clay shooting today 💥 @wingsforlife @fabianaecclestone #wingsforlife A post shared by Geri Horner (@therealgerihalliwell) on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:08am PDT Geri Horner, as she is now known, has taken to country life with enthusiasm since marrying in 2015 and lives with her husband on an estate in…

shooting clay pigeons

How to stand when shooting clays

Improve your clay shooting by learning how stance, weight distribution and general preparation before, during and after you call for the bird will help you break more targets

shooters with 4 x 4s

Very special gifts for your shoot hosts

The best invitations to shoot are really those that can’t be bought. Maybe you’ve been asked to a private estate. In which case, you’re going to want to bring a gift that is as select as the venue. Something that nobody else has thought of. Something a little bit exclusive and…