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…

best gunslips

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…

best midge protection

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:…

best lightweight jackets for shooting

The best lightweight jackets for shooting

While the summer sun cracks the flagstones and sensible dogs seek shade, choosing a coat is probably the last thing on your mind. However, as we all know, the British weather is a fickle mistress. I am looking at four factors in my choice of autumn sporting coat when picking…

best air rifle targets

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…

best hunting knives

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…

gun oil selection

The best gun oil: Why you shouldn’t skimp on cleaning your gun

Choosing gun oil I have been asked on numerous occasions by those new to the world of shooting whether gun oil is any better than any other oil you’d pick up at the hardware shop? And what about gun maintenance products. Won’t good old WD-40 or 3-in-1 do the same…

wildfowling on marsh

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…

Rangefinding binoculars

The best rangefinding binoculars put through their paces

Rangefinding binoculars are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, which is likely a direct result of their widespread use in the US. Across the pond, where big men drive big trucks, rangefinding optics have long been established as an essential item. The landscapes people hunt in, over there, are vast…

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…

chronographs for airguns

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…

best gun safes

Best gun safes: for keeping your firearms securely and legally

Which are the best gun safes around? The law says that guns must be stored in a lockable gun cabinet that meets British standards and is fixed to a secure structure. Do the best gun safes have to look like gun safes? Not really. What the gun cabinet looks like…

Air rifle slugs

Best air rifle slugs: these are the ones you should be trying out

Air rifle slug ammunition is gaining popularity with airgun shooters and the choice of readily available airgun slugs is now far wider than it was just a year ago. Many of the big airgun ammo names are producing slugs and several new players have emerged. Here’s my list of the…

Gralloching kit

Gralloching kit – these are the essentials

What is gralloching? The term ‘gralloch’ is derived from the Scottish word grealach and defined as “the process of removing the entrails of a dead deer”. An efficient, timely and hygienic removal of a deer’s internal organs is required to avoid any risk of food contamination or damage. The gralloch…