what is lamping

So what is lamping?

Lamping is a simple procedure of shining a light around an area until a rabbit (or rat) is spotted, and the dog is then sent to get it. Lamping with a dog is best done on foot, as it causes minimal disturbance and damage, and often allows a good chance…

waterproof shooting jackets

Six of the best waterproof shooting jackets

The warmest days of the year are now behind us. When you’re heading out into the field you’re going to need something that protects you from the wet weather and the chill in the air. If it’s pouring out then any of these coats below will keep you dry.  Tweed might…

AYA Legend De Luxe

AYA Legend De Luxe

Every now and then a new gun comes on the market that sends ripples of excitement through the shooting community. Spanish gun maker AYA is part of shooting folklore and anything that comes out of its stable causes much interest. Famed for its well-made and competitively priced sporting guns, which…

shoot briefing

How to make sure a shoot day goes well

Whether it’s your first shoot day or the first one of the season, how can you best prepare for it and get the most out of the day? Shoot location Where the shoot is will give you a clue as to how the birds will be presented. Is it in…

gameshooting

What are the best barrel lengths for different shooting disciplines?

In this article we look at the most suitable barrel lengths for shooting different types of clay target and live quarry, and how the appropriate choice can help or, indeed, hinder a shooter. This is intended to be a guide for newcomers to the sport, who often struggle to understand…

best cartridge for a shotgun

How to choose the best cartridge for your gun and your type of shooting

Which shooting cartridge you should use depends on a number of factors, but what gun you have and what you are going to shoot are the primary ones. Know your chamber size Cartridges come in different sizes, not only calibre. Having the right calibre should be obvious, but having the…

Struggling with recoil

Labour Party outlines shooting plans

The Labour Party has released its Animal Welfare Manifesto, which includes a 
number of proposals that could affect 
the future of shooting. The 10-page document, announced recently by Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, proposes, among other things: the prohibition of keeping gamebirds in cages and a plan to ban…

shotgun barrels

This is what you should know about shotgun barrels

What length shotgun barrels should I buy? I wish I had a pound for every time a newcomer to shooting has asked me that question. The answer is that it depends on a few variables and the wrong gun length could have significant implications on your success. Is height and…

prepare your dog for the field

How to prepare for your dog’s first shoot day

Getting your dog fit both mentally and physically will help prepare your dog for the field and  the rigours of his first shoot day. It is also important for you, the handler, to have a plan of action as to what you want your dog to achieve on his first…

testing rifle ammunition

How to match ammunition to your rifle using a chronograph

Every one of us wants to be able to produce nice tight groupings when we shoot. However, even if you invest in a top-of-the-line rifle and couple it with the best optics you can find, your money will have been wasted if the ammo you’re using doesn’t suit the gun.…

Shooting the .243 calibre

Rifle shooting the .243 calibre

The .243 calibre is a user-friendly cartridge for shooting deer, mostly roe, and perhaps the occasional fox at ranges out to 200 yards...

Browning 525 Shadow

Browning 525 Shadow

A game gun that stands out from the crowd but doesn't cost a fortune

shooting instruction

How do I keep my head on the stock?

Shooting technique and gun stocks Q: No matter how hard I try I can’t keep my head on the stock. According to a friend I invariably lift my head to ‘watch’ the target. How can I stop myself doing this? A: There could be a number of reasons why this…

gundog's first shoot day

Is your gundog ready for its first shoot day?

Rather than ask how old your dog should be, ask yourself the following … Does the dog walk to heel on and off the lead? Is the dog steady to game, both fur and feathered? Is he on the stop whistle? Does he recall on the whistle? If the answer to any…

Tikka T3

Thinking of buying a second-hand Tikka T3 Lite?

When the Tikka T3 Lite first appeared it took the market by storm. Finnish gunmaking company Sako had intended to produce a budget-priced rifle that shot well straight out of the box to meet the exacting demands of an increasingly sophisticated body of hunters. They succeeded where others had failed…

Beretta 687 EELL limited edition

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…