shooting ear plugs

What’s best for shooters? Ear plugs or ear muffs?

Hearing loss is a serious issue for anyone who shoots. It can be temporary or permanent, it can build up slowly over years or be caused by a single incident. Constant exposure to loud noise can make the experience 
of being in noisy environments less unpleasant, but the human ear…

Anschutz 1761

Three of the best new rimfires

During the past 18 months, three completely new rifles with action designs set to reinvigorate the rimfire market have been launched. Each is available in .22 RF and .17 HMR to suit the needs of users with an ascending desire from workmanlike utility to deluxe pride of ownership. Choosing the…

eating ethical wild meat

How it took a day’s hunting for me to understand ethical meat

I am languishing on my patio, riding out the horror of a three-day, post-music-festival hangover, when the phone rings. It’s Patrick Galbraith, an old friend and the Editor of Shooting Times. “Hi pal, I’ve been thinking about cooking up some squirrels and a deer and I was wondering if you…

Wheelchair shooting

Can I enjoy pheasant shooting in my wheelchair?

We’re all looking to the season ahead. But what if you’ve recently found yourself confined to a wheelchair – or not so recently. What’s the deal with getting into the field if you use a wheelchair? Bill Harriman, BASC’s head of firearms and global authority on guns, gave this advice…

cocker spaniel or springer spaniel

What exactly ARE the differences between cocker spaniels and springer spaniels?

Our two most popular breeds of spaniel Cocker spaniel or springer spaniel. Which is better? Choosing between the two breeds has never been more difficult. According to the Kennel Club’s (KC) figures, cockers are the most popular of the two, with 23,297 registered in 2018, compared with just 10,152  English springers.…

In field with rifle

Schultz & Larsen Classic Synthetic

Hands up — I am a big Schultz & Larsen fan. After the S&L Legacy rifle test I was so impressed 
I bought one of its rifles — and I couldn’t wait to try this new model Shultz & Larsen Classic Synthetic Sporter with its highly practical synthetic stock. I…

add guns to firearms certificate

How do I add guns to a firearms certificate?

Q: I have held a shotgun certificate for 40 years, initially for roughshooting, but in recent years, mainly for skeet and DTL. Two years ago I decided that I would like to add FAC to my shooting disciplines and  joined my local shooting club as an airgun member, being added to…

inexpensive English boxlock shotguns

English boxlock shotguns for under £5000

If you are looking for an individual, well balanced side-by-side that is good to shoot, then inexpensive English boxlock shotguns always represent value for money. They represent a great way of owning a good quality English shotgun by a recognisable name for a more reasonable sum of money than might…

The Game Fair 2019

What’s on at the Game Fair 2019?

People have all sorts of reasons to go to the Game Fair. Perhaps it’s where 
you catch up with old 
friends over a pint or where you try out before buying some new kit you’ve read about. Maybe you make a beeline for the clay line to satisfy your competitive…

safe gun bus

Is your shoot transport safe?

Legal obligations for shoot transport Q: I am a relatively new member of a modest driven shoot and for the past two seasons Guns have been transported to drives in a tractor-drawn trailer that belongs to another era. Guns sit on bales 
of straw and, while the trailer 
is covered, the…

corvid

General licence update

A new set of general licences has been issued by DEFRA, following the outcry over their revocation by Natural England after pressure from campaign group Wild Justice. The new licences have been welcomed by shooting and countryside organisations but problems remain over shooting on protected sites. The move marks a…

shotgun

What should I do with a shotgun or rifle when the owner dies?

What happens to shotguns after owner’s death? Q: What is the best thing to do if someone you know has died and they held a licence and owned shotguns that are still within their premises? It is still early days waiting on a post-mortem examination and death certificate, and no…

venison chilli con carne recipe

Recipe for venison chilli con carne

Recipe for venison chilli con carne Ingredients 4 tbsp duck fat or beef dripping 2 onions, thinly sliced 6 cloves of garlic, chopped 1kg venison mince 1 tbsp concentrated tomato purée 500ml freshly brewed coffee 1 tbsp chipotle chilli paste 2 tbsp dried ancho chilli flakes 2 tsp cumin seeds…

Fausti DEA

Fausti DEA side-by-side 12-bore

Fausti offers a wide range of side-by-side and over-and-under guns, from the plain black XF4, aimed at clay shooters, to the RDX round-action over-and-under for game shooters, as well as the Magnificent over-and-under in both game and clay models. In this review we are looking at the Fausti DEA side-by-side…

cooking venison fillet

Which deer species offers the most delicious venison?

Which is the most delicious venison? Muntjac We kicked off the tasting with the smallest species. After the first bite Nick and I were both wondering if we’d tried the best first — how could the others compete? Muntjac has the mildest flavour of all the species. Yet it is…

Ruger No 1

Ruger No. 1S in .30-06

A single-shot rifle may not be for everyone, but if you are a little more discerning and value the true essence of hunting, then the Ruger No.1 is 
a beautifully crafted and great-looking rifle. Many sportsmen and women enjoy the quality and designs of times long gone, but also demand…

using an airgun

Can a local registered firearms dealer ‘confiscate’ an air rifle?

Q: I have just taken my air rifle into my local registered firearms dealer (RFD) for some work. While he had it, he tested it over a chronoscope and said that with a heavy pellet it produced 12.4ft/lb of energyy and because of that he is not allowed to give…