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Best shooting vests: here are our top picks

If it’s too warm for a shooting jacket  our selection of the best shooting vests will add that extra layer to keep you comfortable. (You’ll find our list of the best fleece gilets for shooting here.) What Guns are looking for in the best shooting vests Shooting vests  (or waistcoats)…

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Compressor for air guns – what are the best options?

Recently, our airgun expert Mat Manning  received the following question from an airgunner which got us thinking about the best options when it comes to compressors for air guns. Airgun compressors are the most practical way of making sure an airgun stays full of air, particularly if you live somewhere…

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Best shooting socks – our top picks for comfort and performance

Look around the field on a driven shooting day and you’ll see that many Guns have made the most of the opportunity to cut a dash and wear the best shooting socks they can lay their hands on. (If you’re new to shooting, here’s some useful advice on what to…

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Best airgun scopes – our top picks for airgun-friendly optics

When it comes to selecting the best airgun scopes, there are many fantastic options on the market from some of the biggest names in the gun trade. But it can be tricky to find the right one for your specific needs. Thankfully, many of the very best scopes on the…

Gaiters for shooting

The best gaiters for walked-up shooting

Gaiters for shooting are essential, particularly if you’re walked-up shooting on moorland. Why you need the best gaiters for shooting Wear gaiters with your breeks and shooting socks to protect your legs from ticks, as well as mud, scratches from rough heather and brambles. You’ll also be able to stride…

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Best gun slips: for gameshooters, clayshooters and wildfowlers

The best gun slips protect your shotgun or rifle and give you the security of knowing that you are obeying the law. They are an essential shooting accessory because guns should always be transported in a gun slip and always be in a gun slip if they’re not broken or…

best compact binoculars for shooting

Best compact binoculars for shooting

How many times have we wished we had a pair of binoculars to hand to get a better look at events that are unfolding in the distance? As shooters, we use our eyes all the time, not only when we’re out with the gun but also out on reconnaissance or…

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Best protection against midges. Skin So Soft – an unbelievable solution

If you want the best protection against midges, Skin So Soft from Avon is the ideal choice. It was originally created as a skin moisturiser, scented with citronella oils. However, outdoor types discovered that as well as keeping skin soft, the product was also highly effective at keeping away midges.…

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Best ear defenders for shooting

So why should you buy the best ear defenders you can get? Well, shooters of a certain age often have hearing issues because wearing ear defenders for shooting wasn’t much of a thing back in the day. We’ve all been out in the field with somebody who says things like:…

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Best air rifle targets for setting up a range at home

We’ve taken a look at the best air rifle targets which you can use at home. You can try them airgunning in the garden. If you’ve got a garden with a range of above 20m then you’ve enough room. Before you set off: Air rifle expert Mat Manning says: “You must stop…

Using a quiet air rifle for pest control from a hide

The best airgun kit: what an expert wouldn’t leave home without

Be prepared. Before you go out on an airgunning expedition you need to be sure that you’ve got everything you’re likely to need with you. So here is my essential list of the best airgun kit that I’ll always take with me. I’m not one for carrying the kitchen sink…

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Best airgun pellets – our list of tried and tested picks

Airguns are known to be notoriously fussy about the ammunition you put in them, so how can you find the best airgun pellets for you and your purposes? It’s really a matter of trial and error and experimenting. Luckily airgun pellets aren’t particularly expensive and putting some time in to…

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Best hunting knives put to the test

There are few tools more central to fieldsports than a decent knife and, whether you are gralloching stags in the Highlands or divvying up the game pie at a shoot lunch, you won’t get far without a good blade. This month, I was lucky enough to get my hands on…

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The best waterproof shooting jackets

Good waterproof shooting jackets will see you right in the field all the year round. In the summer months when there is a monsoon type downpour you can just shrug off the WET and get on with the job in hand. During the winter, good waterproofing will make the difference…

Setting up trail cams for hunting

The best trail cams for wildlife monitoring

Four sharp ‘pinks’ from a blackbird and she froze, ears strained, tongue flashing across her nose. Then she was off. A minute later an unfamiliar man lumbered into view, trampling clumsily through the thick bankside grass. The nearest footpath was a few hundred yards away. It was one of the…

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Best chronographs for airguns – Richard Saunders’ top choices

Why chronographs for airguns are key Ignorance, it is said, is no defence in law. Responsible airgunners know that without a Firearm Certificate (FAC), possessing a rifle that pushes out more than 12 foot pounds (ft-lb) will not only get you into trouble, but fuel the argument of those who’d…