Zoli

Zoli of Italy: a story of success

It’s not surprising that Zoli of Italy has built an excellent reputation. The company has a 400-year history of gunmaking in Brescia and its 40 staff show a passion and enthusiasm for their work that helps their employer and its products stand out from an increasingly crowded market. The company’s history…

Richard Ali BASC

Richard Ali BASC chief executive interview

Richard Ali was interviewed in the April 2016 issue of Shooting Gazette. Shooting Gazette: What have been BASC’s major achievements over the three years you have been in the hot seat? Richard Ali: “We’ve had a great deal of success but of course there is still a lot to do.…

John Halstead Drakeshead Gundogs

John Halstead of Drakeshead Gundogs interview

John Halstead of Drakeshead Gundogs originally spoke to Robert Cuthbert for the In the Hot Seat interview featured in our April 2016 issue. Robert Cuthbert: Was it a busy season in general for you? John Halstead: “I shot around a dozen days last season. It’s probably much more than that…

Tony Galazan

Tony Galazan: the gunmaker from Connecticut

Tony Galazan was born to be a gunmaker. Gunmaking as a trade is renowned for its great innovators; men who spent their lives striving at their benches and poring over their drawing boards to produce the world’s finest sporting arms. Names such as Manton, Purdey, Boss, Grant, Woodward and Holland…

Col. John Blashford-Snell

Col. John Blashford-Snell OBE interview

Robert Cuthbert: We’re lucky to catch you… you’re away exploring again soon, Colonel. Col. John Blashford-Snell: “I’m going to Colombia soon to work with the Wiwa Indians. They have been severely treated and have never really dealt with anybody from the outside world other than terrorists and paramilitaries. We are…

Lindsay-Waddell

Lindsay Waddell NGO chairman interview

Robert Cuthbert: Did you find shooting or vice versa? Lindsay Waddell: “I spent a lot of my formative years with my aunt and uncle, a shepherd in the Angus Glens of Scotland, and “attached” myself to the local keeper, Dick Barrett. From the age of seven or eight, I spent…

William Evans Connaught

William Evans: a London gunmaker with a Continental twist

Providing clients with a combination of quality, value and variety has always been the goal for William Evans, an English gun manufacturer involved in making quality sporting arms since 1883. That practice continues today and a key factor in turning what was once a traditional English gunmaker into a contemporary…

Bill Meldrum

Bill Meldrum: The Queen’s former headkeeper talks gundogs

Bill Meldrum may have lived down south for more than 50 years but he is a Scottish gamekeeper through and through. In 1958 he won his first open stake and back then 70 per cent of the dogs running in any stake in Scotland were keepers’ dogs. A few landowners…

George Butler

Meet George Butler the springer specialist

To describe George Butler as the best-known picker-up in Sussex is something of an understatement. George is not only famous throughout the county for his team of English springers — invariably working at least half a dozen at a time — but also for the annual shoot evening that he started on behalf  of what was the Game Conservancy and…

RJ Balson butcher

It’s game on for Britain’s oldest family butcher – RJ Balson and Son

If 16th-century butcher Robert Balson could step into a time machine and walk into his descendant’s shop today, he’d be recognise much of the meat and game on offer; locally sourced venison, partridge, pheasant, and rabbit,with wild boar from nearby Hampshire. But he’d be astounded to see exotic meats such…

John Jeffries Perazzi HPX

Perazzi HPX shotguns: John Jeffries interview

What’s the most radical change you’ve ever had made to your shotgun? There are lots of alterations a gunsmith can make to give us a better picture of our target, but how about gluing on a reversed rib? That might sound a little fantastic, but it’s exactly the kind of…

Phil Spencer game shooting

Phil Spencer talks game shooting firsts, mentors and heroes

Shooting Gazette: What was your first shotgun? Phil Spencer: “My first gun was an AYA 28 bore which was my reward for passing my Common Entrance exam aged 13.” SG: Where was your first shoot day? PS: “Two years later, on our family farm near Canterbury in Kent. The bag…

Robert Everitt

Robert Everitt of Hull Cartridge Company interview

Robert Cuthbert (RC): Are there any projects that you are currently busy with? Robert Everitt (RE): “As ever, I’m working on lots of different ‘top secret’ projects. We are the only shotgun cartridge manufacturer with the Royal Warrant, and there’s a huge culture shift towards buying British. People are investing…

Dom Parker

Dom Parker: Interview with the star of Googlebox

Robert Cuthbert (RC): We’ve met before on a couple of shoot days, but I understand most of your sport is taken in Kent? Dom Parker (DP): “Principally, yes. I was born and bred just outside Canterbury.” RC: How many days did you shoot last season? DP: “Last season was quiet…

Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell loves game shooting

Robert Cuthbert (RC): So, what’s going on with you professionally at the moment, Sol Campbell? Sol Campbell (SC): “Various things with my wife and the interior design company Fiona Barratt Interiors (FBI), and the new furniture company FBC London, which we are taking into LA. We are looking to go…

Catherine Leach Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall Norfolk’s lady gamekeeper Catherine Leach

What springs to mind when you think of Holkham Hall in Norfolk? The fabulous beach featured in Shakespeare in Love? Perhaps the tremendous 25,000-acre estate that covers miles of shoreline and some of the most beautiful parts of Norfolk? What about the Victoria Inn, where you can sit and listen…

Francis Fulford

Francis Fulford of Great Fulford interview

Robert Cuthbert: So Francis, you’ve refreshed the attitude towards shooting and hospitality at Great Fulford? Francis Fulford: “As with many country houses now, we carry out a variety of activities, one of which is shooting. The shoot is getting up there and doing well. I have a shooting tenant and…

Nick Holt

Nick Holt of Holt’s Auctioneers interview

Robert Cuthbert: What’s on the agenda for 2015? Nick Holt: “I’m in America in January for the Dallas and Vegas shows, both Safari Club International events. They are the two big shows in America, similar to the CLA Game Fair over here. America is still a big client of ours,…

Sat Bains interview

Sat Bains game shooting interview

Robert Cuthbert: Have you got much game on the menu at the moment? Sat Bains: “Hare, grouse and partridge. We only really do tasting menus here and the beauty of that is we make sure each menu – seven or 10-course – includes game. We want to celebrate game, so…

Karl Oyston interview

Robert Cuthbert: Has this been a typical season? Karl Oyston: “Yes. We’ve done about 10 days so far. We’ve had two grouse days where we live at Meanley, in the Trough of Bowland, and another grouse day on a moor my wife has over at Darwen, near Blackburn. A day…