Maxus Limited Edition

Maxus Limited Edition JM Browning

The Browning Maxus has been a favourite on the semi-auto market since its release in 2009. The latest addition to the Maxus line-up is sure to prove popular with diehard Browning fans across Europe, too. Released in the autumn, the Maxus Limited Edition JM Browning has joined the growing range…

CZ 511

The CZ 511 – an absolute bargain

The CZ 511 is essentially the same gun as the older Brno 581 which had previously been in production since the 1950s, the newer name simply reflecting the rebranding of Brno to CZ. Its design therefore comes with a strong pedigree, and even owners of older Brno models report that…

Shooting pigeons with semi-auto

How to clean and care for a semi-auto shotgun

Take 10 minutes to clean a semi-auto shotgun properly every time you use it and you’ll avoid a lot of issues. Another reason is that you also save money on repairs and get more for it if you ever want to trade it in or sell it. Lack of cleaning…

cleaning a semi-auto

Can my brother leave his semi-auto at my house for cleaning?

I own a three-shot semi-automatic on my shotgun certificate. My brother owns the same model and make of semi-automatic, but it is a five-shot and it’s on his firearm certificate. The only difference between the guns is my magazine has been restricted to two cartridges by a gunsmith. My brother…

Beretta Outlander Semi-Auto

Beretta Outlander semi-auto

Our verdict on the Beretta Outlander semi-auto I spend most of my working day teaching driven shooting and sporting clays so an opportunity to shoot a semi-auto is always a welcome change. The Beretta A300 appeared to be a good-looking gun when it was delivered and I was already dreaming…

fixed-barrelled guns wildfowling

Here’s what you need to know about fixed-barrelled guns

Semi-auto and pump-action shotguns have been around for a long time but have not been as popular in the UK as they have in the USA. Shooters shy away from them mainly because of the uncertainty of how to operate and handle them in a safe way. Those that use…

Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus

Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus

I’ll be honest with you, the first thing I noticed about the Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus was the price. At £2,195 it is not cheap for a semi-auto. Regular readers will know I like value for money. That’s not saying I just like economy – I don’t. If I have…

Hatsan Escort Magnum semi-automatic

The gun every shooter should have in their gun cabinet

I give my shotguns names. My AYA No 3 I dubbed ‘Lazarus’ because, thanks to my friend Adam Bragg’s craftsmanship, it was brought back from the dead. My Lincoln Premier is named ‘John’ (as in Wilkes Booth). I don’t like the Lincoln and am determined to get rid of it.…

Benelli M2 semi-auto

Benelli M2 – a ‘workhorse’ semi-auto

If you had to sum up the Benelli M2 semi-auto in one word it would be, ‘practical’. It has been designed like every semi-auto should be, where function dictates design. After all most semi-autos are workhorses. They are not designed to look pretty; they are designed to perform even in…

Pigeon shooter with dead pigeons

How to choose the right shotgun and cartridge for pigeon shooting

Shotguns and cartridges for pigeon shooting First off, what sort of gun would be best for you out in the pigeon field? Invest in the best gun you can afford. This doesn’t mean you have to buy new, there are plenty of good quality second-hand guns around. A properly made…

Beretta A400 Upland 12-bore

Beretta A400 Upland 12-bore

It seems to be the season 
to review semi-automatics, 
with the latest offering — 
a new A400 Upland 12-bore 
— coming from Beretta. This one is a little sexed up compared with our last two camouflaged offerings, with a wooden stock and nickel-plated action, complete with some pheasant and partridge…

Breda 3.5in Super Magnum

Breda 3.5SM Kyrptek Mandrake

This month’s gun on test is a 12-bore with a pretty impressive name: Breda 3.5in Super Magnum in Kryptek Mandrake camouflage. Researching the camouflage pattern revealed it’s designed for hunting in dark timber or Georgia pines and excels in dark forest surroundings or the jungle. I’m not sure the average…

Winchester SX4 Waterfowl Hunter 20-bore

Winchester SX4 Waterfowl Hunter 20-bore

“Can you test the new Winchester SX4 Waterfowl Hunter,” came the request and, of course, 
my response was “no problem”. Having looked on semi-autos with a little disdain, I had so much fun shooting the last one on test I ended up buying one. I’ve used it in the pigeon…

Browning Gold Hunter

Browning Gold Hunter

The Gold model was introduced to the Browning catalogue in 1995 and was 
offered in a variety of configurations for the clay target and field markets. The target models tended to come in a 2¾in chambering, while the field versions were 3in or 3½in. The clay shot had a wide…

Savage A22 Target Rifle

Savage A22 Target rifle reviewed by Shooting Times

Here in Britain we are a little thin on the ground when it comes to good semi-automatic .22 rimfires for vermin control. The old stalwarts were the Ruger 10/22, the odd smattering of Anschütz and CZ models and the excellent Remington 597. Savage’s new range of A22 semi-auto rimfires, available…

The Benelli Super Black Eagle 3

Benelli Super Black Eagle 3

This month, we assess 
the Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 semi-automatic 
as a wildfowling gun. Fowling and pigeon shooting are probably the two most common uses in the UK, other than perhaps law enforcement and military, for semi-auto shotguns. If you turned up on 
a driven day with one, you…

Remington V3

Remington V3

While I was at the British Shooting Show in February, I took the opportunity to get around and see what was coming out. I was taken with the Remington V3 and asked if I could take a good look at it. I’ve been a Remington fan since buying my first…

lightweight 12-bore shotguns

Three secondhand lightweight 12-bores

“I have turned 70 and, although I can still walk fair distances, the 8lb Sporter I use for all of my shooting has become rather too heavy. I am therefore looking for a lightweight 12-bore – either O/U or semi-auto. Recoil doesn’t bother me too much as nowadays as I…

bargain second-hand semi-auto

The best second-hand semi-autos for under £850

“I wish to buy a semi-auto, mainly for clays but also for a little pigeon shooting. I don’t really want to spend more than £850, and I want one made by one of the major, well-established manufacturers.” Finding a bargain second-hand semi-auto Did you know up to 75 per cent…