Browning Cynergy

Browning Cynergy shotgun review

Browning Cynergy shotgun: The Browning Cynergy shotgun incorporates all that's best in modern shotgun design - at an affordable price.

steel vs lead cartridges

Steel vs lead cartridges: a pattern emerges

We now have the transition away from traditional lead shot that has served so well for so long and, I hope, will continue to do so, even if some areas are to be denied it. The topic chosen by Sporting Gun for me this month has been time-consuming, but it…

The importance of fitness on a shooting day

You know the feeling. You’re only two-thirds of the way through an enjoyable day’s shooting yet suddenly you feel wearier than a sleep-deprived dormouse. This morning you had all the exuberance of a freshly lit firework on New Year’s Day, but now your energy is plummeting. Not only does it…

Why location is crucial for setting up a hide

When I acquired my first shotgun, aged 14, I became obsessed with the pursuit of the few woodies that lived on our farm on Canvey Island. Though the farm was mainly arable, it was rare to see populations of more than 20 to 30 birds. My tactics, therefore, usually consisted…

Why fieldsports is the best pastime

Fieldsports means so much to so many people. I never cease to find it amazing how diverse it can be. For many, it is a hobby that gives us something to look forward to on days off, for others it is a way of life. One thing that all types…

Charles Smith-Jones discusses the problem with rewilding

It’s a fashionable word that you seem to hear everywhere these days, but if you ask 10 people to define what rewilding means, you’ll get 10 wildly different answers. To some it might be a matter of leaving nature to its own devices, while to others it suggests a more…

Rizzini Venus

Rizzini Venus

This is the first Rizzini I have ever laid my hands on. I tested this little gem courtesy of ASI, the importer, which loaned me a brand spanking new model. What a treat. The Rizzini Venus – a first The Venus is Rizzini’s first dedicated women’s Sporting/game gun. It features…

Venison kebabs with yoghurt and cucumber recipe

Venison kebabs with yoghurt and cucumber recipe Prep time: 2 hours – 1 day Cooking time: 30 minutes   Ingredients: 450g venison steak, cut into 1in cubes For the marinade 2.5cm (1in ) piece of fresh ginger 2 cloves of garlic ½ tsp ground turmeric ½ tsp ground cumin ¼…

The origins of Skeet shooting

History of Skeet shooting: how it all began

The history of Skeet shooting Some 150 years ago, the shotguns that were putting a partridge or two in the pot for supper were using black powder explosive. It powered everything from the highwayman’s pistol to the Navy’s cannon. The flintlock-spark ignition system, with a cloud of smoke right in…

Testing shotgun ammunition – Richard Atkins shares his process

Shotgun ammunition performance is something that has interested me since my youth and still does. Some may not understand why this is so but therein is the key: the more testing you carry out, the more differences you will spot. You must then ponder why some cartridges perform differently from…

Gundog commands

Basic gundog commands: these are the ones you need to know

Over the past four years I have been running gundog training classes and have been taken aback about how confused people get with their basic gundog commands. And if the handler is confused and inconsistent, it is unsurprising that their dogs also become confused and are inconsistent in what they…

Alan Pain’s Fernley Field Coat review

When it comes to shopping for country coats, one of the things I struggle with is finding a good ‘all-rounder’. There is a wide selection of beautiful coats available from many brands, and going into a country clothing shop can provoke a ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling; too much…

crate training a puppy

Crate training a puppy – how to do it right

Q: We are due to get a new cocker pup and it will be living indoors. We have been advised that crate training a puppy is the right way to proceed. What do you think?  A: A crate is a good idea for any dog, but it should be introduced…

How to get the most out of fox calling

I looked at the subject of fox calling last summer, but as there’s only so much you can say in one article, I thought it worthy of further examination. In essence, when you’re luring foxes aurally you can either use a prey-distress sound or that of another fox. It is…

Testing steel cartridges during roost shooting

I’m still having pigeon problems on the two rape fields on the estate. The gas guns and flags aren’t working any more, so the damage continues. At least I found where they are roosting and so decided to have a third go at thinning out the flock. One evening in…

eye contact with dogs

Eye contact with dogs: it’s vital for good training

Why eye contact with dogs is key One of my training clients asked me recently what aspect of a gundog’s training I thought was the most important. My immediate answer was that unless the dog had a solid foundation of the basics, such as heel, sit, stay and recall, then…