clay shooting

How to improve your clay shooting scores

Practice makes perfect and if you could spend all day on the clay ground practising your shooting there is no doubt that you would improve your clay shooting scores. However life has a habit of getting in the way and so there’s only so much time in the week you…

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What you need to know BEFORE replying to a shooting invitation

A shooting invitation is a highlight in any gameshooter’s calendar but don’t rush into a reply. Whilst you should reply promptly you should consider the following before making a decision. Receiving a shooting invitation When the host invites a guest to shoot it’s likely to be done in one of…

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Applying for a shotgun certificate: here’s what you should expect

With around 40 pieces of legislation governing the ownership and use of guns, applying for a shotgun certificate is not as simple as all that.The rules for Northern Ireland are even more complicated and not for this article. If you do not already belong to one of the major shooting…

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FAQs about shotgun certificate applications

Q. How much does a shotgun certificate cost and how long does it run for? A. A certificate is valid for five years, after which it must be renewed  if you wish to continue to possess shotguns. A new certificate costs £79.50 and renewal is £49. Q. How old do…

Tweed shooting coat

The best tweed shooting coats

A comfortable, breathable, stylish shooting coat is a key part of shooting clothing. While technical fabrics have been on the march in recent years, tweed still has a place in the hearts of traditional country people. So we’ve carefully looked at what is available to create a list of the…

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Browning 525 Game Laminate

Back in 2019, Browning released a new gun to the market, which caused a great stir in the shooting community. The Browning 525SL (Sporter Laminate) was a fresh take on the firm’s much-loved sporting shotguns. It had stylish looks and a distinctive grey laminate stock. It was innovative, bold and…

Yildiz Pro Sporter Black

Yildiz Pro Black Sporter

When Jonathan at Orston Shooting Ground in Nottinghamshire suggested I try the Yildiz Pro Black Sporter I did not know what to think. Yildiz is a little-known brand to me and I have always thought of its guns as affordable starters. The Turkish gunmaker Yildiz has a wide range of…

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Tips for night vision shooting

Night vision shooting has seen tremendous technological advances in recent years, such as equipment becoming smaller and lighter. Although the equipment works in any weather, cold nights give the best results for night vision shooting; rainy nights can make the image seem pixellated or indistinct. (Read our review of the…

Beretta 486 Parellelo

Beretta 486 Parallelo shotgun reviewed: a ‘little cracker of a gun’

At first glance, this month’s shotgun – the Beretta 486 Parallelo – may appear to be one for the diehard traditionalists – but look a little harder and you may be in for something of a surprise. Beretta 486 Parallelo is a little bit different Sitting as it does within…

Chewing gum poisonous to dogs

Is chewing gum poisonous to dogs? What happens if my dog eats some?

I’m often asked whether chewing gum is poisonous to dogs. Well, chewing gum is often sweetened with xylitol and the most common source of xylitol poisoning is chewing gum. It is important to note that, on packaging, xylitol may not be mentioned by name but by its food additive code,…

Sustainable ammunition day

Why sustainable ammunition days are a superb introduction to steel shot

As the five-year transition to non-lead shot for live quarry shooting continues, BASC has taken the initiative and organised a series of Sustainable Ammunition Days around the UK. These workshops aim to provide accurate, honest and practical experience of lead-free ammunition for your shotgun on a simulated game layout. Shooters’…

Purdey 20-bore Trigger Plate

Purdey 20-bore Trigger Plate

James Purdey & Sons is to shotguns what Stradivarius is to violins and Rolls-Royce is to luxury cars. Even if you know nothing about shooting you will have heard of Purdey, such is its reputation. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking this quintessential gunmaker would rest on its laurels and…

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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:…

Introducing the Team GB Paralympic Shooting Squad

The Paralympics takes place from 24 August to 5 September. This year Team GB sent seven shooting athletes from across the UK to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Issy Bailey, 27, from Cirencester Disciplines: Women’s 10m Air Pistol, SH1. Mixed 25m Pistol, SH1. Tokyo is Issy’s second Paralympic Games, having…

Pigeon types

Pigeon types: how to tell them apart

One thing I’m always asked about on social media is identifying pigeon types. If you’ve been shooting wood pigeons for a while, you’ll soon get your eye in and picking out woodies from other pigeon species will become second nature, even if they arrive in a mixed flock. You rarely…

Blaser F16

Blaser F16 – an all-round winner

There is no doubt that Blaser caters for a higher end of the market and there was considerable excitement when its new shotgun, the Blaser F16, was launched in this country in 2016. Innovative The F16 is different to the earlier F3 – itself a highly regarded shotgun with a…

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Explaining shotgun bore

Despite modern techniques, the archaic system for setting bore sizes is still in evidence today. Lewis Potter traces the evolution of shotgun measurement