wildfowling in field

Starting game shooting

Wildfowling If you can’t afford to buy game shooting by the day, or through a syndicate, we recommend you join one of the many UK wildfowling clubs listed with the BASC. That’s because… An annual membership fee costs much less than a day’s driven game shoot. You are mentored in…

men shooting

What’s in a shotgun cartridge case?

For all the good it could do you might as well hammer the barrels into the ground and use it as a fence post or sapling support. Yet cartridges are amazing things. they contain a minimum number of simple components but deliver a performance based on some quite complex processes. Most…

men with shotguns

Shooting safely – rules everyone should know

Shooting is rightly proud of its safety record. Compared with any other sport you care to name its safety record is second to none. In fact accidents of any sort are exceptionally rare. This happy state of affairs exists because sportsmen treat their gun and fellow shooters with the utmost…

shooting clays from cage

Starting shooting – how to find an instructor

Getting going – will you get a thump in the shoulder? The thought of firing a shotgun for the first time can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve talked to someone who didn’t get suitable instruction when they tried their hand at the sport. If you believe what they say, you’ll…

Marocchi SI 12

Marocchi SI 12

This Marocchi SI 12 semi-auto, supplied by Viking Arms, is a gun that has had very little press in the UK – it should have, though. The company was founded by Stefano Marocchi in 1922. In the early days, the business made high-class components for side-by-side guns, then in the late 50s made…

Hare pie

Hare pie with sweet potato, carrots and cabbage

Ingredients for hare pie 4 hare legs (one per portion) 4 tbsp rock salt 1 tbsp cracked black pepper 600ml vegetable oil Filling from 4 large pork sausages 40g pistachio nuts, chopped 4 large prunes, chopped 1 tbsp chopped parsley 1 measure brandy Salt and pepper 8 slices Parma ham…

Lurcher

Run rabbit run, here comes the lurcher

When I was growing up I used to spend a lot of my school holidays with my grandparents in a small rural village in Kent. Next door lived an old man called Bert, he was a cowman on a local farm, but what he didn’t know about the countryside just simply…

shotgun components

Shotgun jargon buster

It’s nice to look at old magazine adverts and think: “Wow, in 1904 I could’ve bought a best London gun for about £100, a good day’s wages today!” Back then, though, most folk didn’t earn that sort of money in a year. and things haven’t changed a century later. Today the average…

Robin Scott

A new series on starting shooting

Funny old world, isn’t it? In spite of society throwing its hands up in horror at the mere mention of guns, shooting as a sport has never been more popular. Almost 700,000 people own shotguns in Britain, and the number is growing across all age groups, and both sexes. Add…

Second hand semi autos

Second-hand semi-autos selection

Mike George picks out three second hand semi autos that you should look out for on the second hand market. He has previously chosen his three favourite second hand Sporters, second hand value for money shotguns and second hand European shotguns. Remington CTI target price is hard to say Most…

Lamping with lurchers

Lamping with lurchers

A lurcher by definition is a crossbred creature, one created by a number of breeds with the intention to retain attributes from each ingredient of the mixture. Such cocktails have been created for centuries – long before it was trendy to cross one breed to another. Some say a lurcher is…

Internal view of a rifle

Rifle safety

Safety On ranges, carry your rifle barrel up – if a round is fired towards the ground, there is a danger of ricochet. Always check after firing that your chamber is clear, and remove the bolt once you have finished firing your rounds. Many ranges insist on breech flags to show…

Matt Clark

Meet Matt Clark – Sporting Gun’s new Editor

Matt says: “I’m very lucky to have a job that combines my professional skills with my passion. Working on a magazine that I grew up reading is a tremendous privilege and I know many shooters would give their eyeteeth for this job.” Matt started shooting airguns when he was eight…

Saddle of venison

Pot roasted saddle of venison with mushrooms and asparagus

Ingredients 2½b (1.2kg) saddle of venison 450g mushrooms (any type available) ½ bottle red wine 300ml game stock or beef if game 30 asparagus spears 1 large leek 4 cloves garlic Juice of ½ lemon Cooking method For this dish use a well-fatted saddle of venison, rolled and tied as in…

Trapping and shooting squirrels

How to use trapping and shooting techniques to control squirrels

Now is the time to get on top of all those pest control jobs. With much greater access to the woodland areas we can now make a serious dint in the squirrel population before the ground-nesting birds start to lay. As a pest controller, I get some of the strangest of phone…

Beretta 686 Onyx shotgun

Beretta 686 Onyx

The Beretta 686 Onyx is a shotgun that falls somewhere between the Essential and the Silver Pigeon.

Sauer 100

Sauer 100

Sauer is a well-known manufacturer that commands a lot of respect in the hunting world. The company formed in 1751, making it the oldest firearms manufacturer still active in Germany today. Producing high-end pistols, rifles and shotguns, J. P. Sauer und Sohn is certainly a company with expertise. Since 1993, Sauer had…

Prescription Shooting Glasses

Getting a clear shot with prescription shooting glasses

I had been shooting for five years and had already won a number of competitions, including the English Open Down-the-Line and English Open Skeet Championship when, at the age of 17, it became apparent to me that I could not see clearly what I was shooting at. This coincided with my learning to…

value for money second hand shotguns

Three value for money second-hand shotguns

Mike George has previously picked out the best second-hand European shotguns, high grade guns and Sporters, now he is back with his top three value for money second hand shotguns ranging from £1,000 to £1,800+ from Miroku, Browning and Zoli. Miroku MK70 target price £1,000 If I describe the MK70…

Clumber spaniel retrieving pheasant

Clumber spaniels – a genuine gundog breed

During 2015 there were 217 Clumber spaniel puppies registered in Britain. Compare this with 10,500 springer spaniels and 22,500 cocker spaniels registered and you will realise that this is not a common breed. Historic theory The breed’s history is uncertain before the middle of the 19th century. One theory is…