Jobs in shooting

Should there only be room on the peg for one?

I like a partner on the peg Not everyone likes to share a peg and I can understand why. I recall a sporting agent who insisted on joining Guns just as they found themselves in the pound seat on the drive of the day and chattering endlessly to them while…

Rizzini RB EM 16-bore

“I’m looking for an elegant second-hand boxlock – please help”

Buyer’s brief: “I am a clay and walked-up game shooter, and I am looking for a really elegant gun to replace my ageing Browning B125. I could spend a little more than £5,000, but I would rather pay out less and use the surplus cash on lessons with a coach…

Skeet layout target practice

Do you know the four basics for competent shooting?

There are four basic building blocks for shotgun competence in clay and gameshooting. Stance and balance. Gun-mount and the avoidance of head lifting. Gun-swing and an understanding 
of the gun and target movement. Lead or forward allowance. Target practice The best place to rehearse and train these competencies is on…

Sir Ian Botham

Interview with Sir Ian Botham

How and when did you get into shooting? I’m a country boy so it was a natural thing for me to do: I was brought up in Somerset and since I was 18 I’ve lived in the rural north of England. So basically I’ve been shooting since I was old…

high curling pheasants

Tips for shooting fast, curling pheasants

Q: Any tips for bringing down those fast, curling pheasants that have the wind at their backs? A: Curling pheasants can be one of the most difficult shots in the book, particularly if you add wind and height. Often when pheasants have got the wind behind them they can dive…

Police and Crime Commissioner

What exactly goes on in a police firearms licensing department?

With about 23,000 certificate holders, Hampshire is a middling size force as far as firearms licensing is concerned. Its performance in recent years has left much to be desired. At one stage things were so poor that the force made an apology on Radio Solent. That’s the down side. The…

high pheasant shooting

Which type of pheasant shooting is superior?

High pheasant in open fields By Giles Catchpole Snap shooting is all very well and good. Couched on a ride in the midst of the shelter belt or in a clearing in the heart of a block of forestry can be exciting, for sure. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of…

Shoot lunch ideas

Are these the best shoot lunch ideas of all time?

The shoot lunch conjures up scenes of steaming plates, cottage pies and treacle puddings but in fact a shoot lunch on the grouse moor in August should be very different from the shoot lunch in mid December. Here are some new shoot lunch ideas for the cook and host to…

What is the best shotgun cartridge and choke combination for pheasant shooting?

New techniques in powder and wads have improved all the shotgun cartridges on the market these days – they’re faster AND maintain a good pattern. Cartridge tips for this pheasant season Find a shotgun cartridge brand you like and stick with it. Side-by-sides and over-unders are both catered for by…

Bisley shooting ground

Seven top grounds for game shooters in England

Top grounds for game shooters Barbury, Wiltshire Nestled into the foot of the Marlborough Downs just a few minutes from Junction 15 of the M4 this picturesque ground is well run by Huw Stephens and his team. It’s open every day of the week and it is loaded with rural…

Christian Hunter sidelock

Christian Hunter sidelock reviewed by Shooting Gazette

The fascination of US-based collectors for English sporting guns has long been known, but what of the trade in the other direction? When one considers American gunmakers the name of John Moses Browning of course leaps the front of the mind, but even Browning has a whiff of the ‘Old…

Beretta Ultralight Gold

Beretta Ultralight Gold reviewed by Shooting Gazette

Long-term experts in using alloy metals in constructing their guns, Beretta build the Ultralight Gold largely from a tough, lightweight aluminium alloy with the main wearing parts of the gun being made from tougher stuff. This is most clearly seen in the action face where a titanium insert will take…

Ticket offers for The Game Fair

Special ticket offers for The Game Fair

Readers heading to The Game Fair at Hatfield House on 28-30 July can claim an excellent ticket offer. How to claim the ticket offer for The Game Fair Quote code SHOOTINGUK when booking tickets online (click here to visit The Game Fair ticket site) or over the phone and you…

ribless game guns

Ribless game guns – the downside

Adam Calvert writes: The main purpose of removing ribs is to reduce barrel weight and, as a result, improve speed of handling or reduce the overall weight of the gun. Some would say removing the top rib also makes the gun more elegant. There are, however, several drawbacks that need to…

Beretta 692 Sport

Beretta 692 Sport reviewed by Shooting Gazette

With the gameshooting season well and truly over and August some weeks away yet, we move into what can be a tricky time of year for the sporting shot. Without a regular weekend fix of high-bird shooting, the local clay ground begins to look a very tempting proposition indeed –…

Starting clay pigeon shooting

Can I use a trap gun for pigeon/game shooting?

A: There is a common misconception that trap guns can’t be used for other forms of shooting, I disagree. A trap gun is a gun which usually has slightly longer barrels, tighter chokes and is set up with a higher comb height, making the gun’s impact point also high. In some…

miss a shot

How NOT to waste a shot

Each year at our shoot, we have a day, usually in June, when we gather to shoot a few clays and have a BBQ. Last year, to add some interest, I set up a pattern plate and the guests were invited to test their guns and cartridges. A good many…

Browning 725 Hunter UK Premium II

Browning 725 Hunter UK Premium II reviewed by Shooting Gazette

Apparently, for any product to truly be a success in this day and age it seems it must be offered in a bewildering array of models and specifications. Take technology giant Apple, for example. Once known for making a few uniquely stylish products to exacting standards, in 10 years its…

sell a shotgun privately

Should shotgun training be compulsory?

Compulsory shotgun training by Ben Samuelson Many of my happiest childhood memories are of the times I was taken shooting by my father – I didn’t even pick up a gun, let alone draw a peg for the first 10 years or so. When all I wanted to do was…

Gun and gamekeeper

How Guns can earn a gamekeeper’s respect

Another season is over and I have no complaints at all. The abundance of wild food sent shivers down many a gamekeeper’s spine in early autumn; food intake was low, birds were simply not seen and it is always difficult to fathom out how thousands of pheasants remain hidden, but…