permission to shoot land

How to gain a permission to shoot land

If you have a pressing need to stop one or more foxes from killing your livestock you probably already have somewhere to shoot, but let’s suppose that you don’t know any landowners. How on earth do you go about getting someone to agree to let you on their property? Well,…

AYA Sfera

AYA Sfera

I’m sure that at one stage in most shooters’ careers there would be a 
side-by-side in the gun cabinet, and if I had a pound for everyone that was an AYA I’d be a rich man. I had one when I was younger. My trusty old Yeoman served me well,…

lighter loads

Would a lighter load improve your shooting standard?

Having taught hundreds of new and experienced shooters over the years, I’ve seen lots of examples of how excessive and unnecessary recoil can adversely affect some people. In many cases (particularly with long-term shooters) these can often go unnoticed or, worse, become accepted as part of the sport and a…

becoming a loader

I want to become a loader. Should I do a course?

I have loaded for some years, and although competent, I decided it was time to get a qualification in the subject. Why  
is a loading course a good idea? One of the significant reasons for picking up a loading qualification is for health and safety purposes. Shoots and estates have…

low fast clay targets

Get that grouse – nailing those low, fast targets

A low driven target catches more shooters out than you would expect. A fast target simulating grouse, the wild moorland bird, is not only low and fast but, to add to your difficulties, you might find yourself down in a pit or in a grouse butt. This means the target…

history of the shotgun

A short history of the shotgun

A very long time ago, some enterprising person decided to fill a tube with gunpowder, put a rock or something equally solid on top, light the blue touch paper and stand back to see what would happen. At this point the firearm began its evolution, though the shotguns we use…

Sporting Gun magazine Mike George

Sporting Gun remembers Mike George

Here is a list of some of the pieces he wrote for Sporting Gun magazine, which are read over and over again on Shooting UK. A true professional to the last, Mike always handed his copy in time, despite suffering from the effects of a serious illness. 12 of the…

buying a first shotgun

Buying a first shotgun – how to get the best for you

Any busy shooting coach will see a continuous stream of newcomers to clayshooting or gameshooting coming through his ground. Having enjoyed their encounters with moving targets, they’re now thinking of buying a first shotgun of their own I have met newcomers aged 12, 22 or even 72, all asking: “What…

techniques for different clays

Top techniques for different clays

Interception technique The first method that Graham looked at was the interception technique, which is a simple method. Graham took Giacomo to a simple slow teal target. 
 Graham says, “Interception here is working on one plane, taking the gun 
to the point of the shot and with very 
little…

AYA No. 1 shotgun

Still going strong – the AYA No. 1

AYA is based in the Basque Country of Northern Spain – an area that has been producing guns for hundreds of years. It makes many different guns – side-by-sides and over-and-unders, but the most common on the second-hand market are known by numbers – the No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4.…

Fausti XF4

Fausti XF4

A former shooting champion once told me that if a gun looks good it would shoot well. He explained that rather like a sports car if the lines of the gun flowed nicely, then it should handle superbly. When I first saw the XF4 at the IWA shooting show in…

master eye

What exactly is eye dominance and why is it so important?

Eye dominance, sometimes referred to as “master eye”, is the tendency to subconsciously prefer visual input from one eye to the other while maintaining the value of binocular vision. First, let’s clearly understand that shooting well with a shotgun is an art form and not a calculated sport, unlike that…

new look Sporting Gun

Take a look inside the new-look Sporting Gun, on sale now

Britain’s number one shooting magazine has had a massive makeover.  With a bright and modern new look, we have new articles that will help you get more from your sport, plus a whole section devoted to instruction, which will help you improve your shooting whether on the clayground or in…

rabbit clay target

How to hit the rabbit clay target

Shotgun instruction: Even if you’re an experienced AA-class shooter, it can still be a tricky job to smash EVERY rabbit clay target.

A ShotKam offers slow-motion playback

Taking a closer look at shot cameras and a ShotKam

I thought I would take a closer look at gun cameras and explain why I love having my ShotKam strapped to my musket. As many readers will be aware, I have been using ShotKams for the past few years. I started with the previous camera and, last year advanced to…

what to wear clay shooting

Six of the best ear defenders for under £35

Use it or lose it really is the case. Protecting your hearing when you’re out shooting is one of the key shooting safety rules. Ear defenders are an efficient way of doing this and many people find them particularly comfortable to use. We’ve picked out six of the best ear…

Jack Russell hop

Why does my Jack Russell hop, skip and jump?

There are two likely possibilities and I am afraid each might require a surgical intervention, which is not what you will want to hear. Luxating patella The patella, or kneecap, sits in the knuckle-like trochlear groove at the front of the thigh bone or femur. It has an important job.…

Kofs Sceptre SXE 28-bore

Kofs Sceptre SXE 28-bore

Over the last few months I have been hearing and seeing a lot of questions arising around Kofs shotguns. So, as I had only seen one or two in the flesh and not had one to dissect, I thought I would grab the opportunity to take a closer look when…