Dr Mark Avery of Wild Justice

New attack on shooting community launched by Wild Justice

In the five weeks since Defra announced three new general licences (GL34, GL35 and GL36), the campaign group Wild Justice, which consists of scientists Dr Mark Avery and Dr Ruth Tingay, plus Chris Packham, the TV presenter and naturalist, has been preparing its latest campaign to hold the shooting community…

Savage Arms Model 110

Savage Arms Model 110

By the early 1950s it was becoming clear that Savage Arms, once one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world, was in trouble. An over-reliance of underlever rifles as the company’s mainstay had caused it to lose a significant share of the market at a time when the bolt…

Perazzi MX16

Perazzi MX16

The Perazzi MX16 – the Ferrari of shotguns? Often called the Ferrari of shotguns, Perazzis have a reputation for fast handling. They are regularly seen in the hands of masters like George Digweed and Ed Ling as they see off the competition. Unlike the Perazzi MX2000 S the MX16 is…

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…

rough shooting kit

The right kit for a succesful day’s rough shooting

It would be fair to say that I am pretty well addicted to my walked-up shooting. Years ago, walked-up or rough shooting was the mainstay of many a Gun and I know for plenty of people it was how they were introduced to the world of shooting. Then along came…

This is how to analyse your shooting (and become a better Shot)

Eyes If you are right-handed it is crucial that your right eye controls the direction in which the gun is pointing. Or your left eye, for the left-handers who shoot with the gun in the left shoulder. When the opposing eye takes over control of the pointing activity, the shot…

Dr Mark Avery

Exclusive – Sporting Gun asks Dr Mark Avery the questions we want answered

Seven weeks after Natural England revoked the general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 on April 25, following a legal challenge from Wild Justice, the wildlife campaign group has submitted a further challenge. This latest legal challenge has arrived while the shooting and farming world is still waiting for Defra and…

Perazzi MX2000 S

Perazzi MX2000 S

Perazzi has earned its place in shooting folklore. Since the 1950s the Italian company has built shotguns that combine traditional gunsmithing with high technology. Used by shooters such as George Digweed and Olympic medallists like Peter Wilson and Steven Scott, these shotguns have attained an elite reputation, yet the company…

Fausti Aphrodite shotgun

Fausti Aphrodite

Shooting instructor Lucy Cantwell has a lot of experience with guns, which is why I am surprised to hear her scepticism about guns designed specifically for women. “I’ve always just used whatever gun that I feel fits me and have never been concerned if it’s a lady’s or a man’s…

Baikal MP-27

Why a Baikal should no longer be the butt of jokes

Back in the mid-1970s a group of us regularly used to get together to try for a rabbit or pigeon on a Saturday morning before going on to our pocket-money jobs. Our guns were an eclectic assortment: Mike had a new over-and-under that we all secretly coveted; I used the…

clayshooting with a 20-bore

Do 20-bore guns recoil less than 12-bores?

Q: Over the last three seasons, more of our syndicate members have switched from 12-to 20-bore guns. They’re nice and light and I’m thinking of following suit. Or does the 12-bore still have advantages? Do 20-bore guns recoil less? A: My word, you’ve opened a can of worms here! Entire…

Dr Mark Avery of Wild Justice

Sporting Gun talks to Dr Mark Avery of Wild Justice about general licences

Sporting Gun: What provoked you to initiate your legal challenge to Natural England (NE) about the general licences when you did? Wild Justice: NE issued the licences on 1 January each year and to seek a judicial review one has to go through various steps inside three months – so…

gum ownership

What novice shooters should look out for when choosing a first gun

Step one in buying your first gun is taking advice from someone you can trust. Most gun shops are reliable but I know of one in the Midlands that sold a right-handed gun to one of my friends, for his left-handed son, with the recommendation that it fitted him well.…

Yildiz Wildfowler

Yildiz Wildfowler

Yildiz has been producing shotguns for 40 years and manufactures some 45,000 annually in a variety of models. It takes pride in its customer care and after-sales service, and also offers custom-made guns and special finishes. Although Yildiz produces a wide range of side-by-side game guns under the model name…

Northern Shooting Show 2019

Why you should pay a visit to the Northern Shooting Show 2019

The Northern Shooting Show is back. Now in its fourth year, once again it will be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre, just off the A1 to the east 
of Harrogate, on 11 and 12 May. It is the perfect show for anyone with a passion for shooting and showcases…

stance in shooting

How to improve your shooting footwork

As with any sport, when you want to get better at it you have to go back to basics to ensure that you have a good enough grounding. Shooting footwork tips A crucial point with shooting is having your feet in the right place. The reason for this is so…