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…

shooting socks

12 of the best socks for shooting, beating and picking-up

Best socks for shooting – some tips Whilst all the socks below are washable, make sure you look at the washing instructions carefully. If you wash and dry them too hot, they could well end up shrunken, tight and unwearable. When you’re buying socks, look for those which have a…

tweed shooting coats

Seven of the best tweed shooting coats

Top tips for buying tweed shooting coats Tweed is naturally water repellent due to its lanolin content and it is also hard wearing. A good quality tweed shooting coat will last you years without getting shabby. But despite being water repellent, no tweed is fully waterproof in a deluge. The…

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How to dress for a day’s formal gameshooting

Essentially shooting dress has not changed for 150 years. Flick through Lancaster’s The Art of Shooting from 1889 and the chaps are wearing exactly the same kit as us. Or more accurately, we’re wearing theirs. The iron rule of these sceptred isles? Never, under any circumstances, be seen to be…

Gaiters for shooting

The best gaiters for walked-up shooting

Gaiters are a key part of your shooting kit, particularly if you’re roughshooting on moorland. If you’re wearing breeks and your smartest shooting socks, they’ll protect your lower legs from ticks, mud, heather scratches and allow you to splosh through streams without getting your feet wet. Never be tempted to…

shooting breeks

Eight of the best shooting breeks

Getting a pair of stylish shooting breeks on your bottom half doesn't necessarily have to break the bank. You just have to know where to look.

shooting smocks

10 of the best smocks for shooting and stalking

There are times when only a smock will fit the bill. Here are ten to consider, picked out by Sporting Gun, Shooting Gazette and Shooting Times. Prices correct at time of writing.   1. Hoggs of Fife Struther Waterproof Smock Field Jacket £69.95 A waterproof and breathable 3/4 length field smock…

10 of the best boots for shooting

1. Meindl Glockner Boots RRP 294.99 Very hard-wearing. Robust nubuck leather uppers, with a GORE-TEX lining for waterproofing and breathability allow you to use these in complete comfort in any environment.   2. Le Chameau Men’s Chameau-Lite LCX 10″ Stalking Boot RRP £299 Better known for its leather-lined rubber boots,…

what to wear game shooting

What to wear shooting

We advise you on what to wear shooting, whether at the clay ground or in the field

Gamekeeper and stalker in Scotland

Stalking gear for women – we test out Harkila’s Freja range

In Norse mythology, Freja was a warrior goddess. By naming its new woman’s stalking jacket and trousers after such a character, Härkila is making a very positive statement. Stalking kit designed for the female form isn’t always easy to find, so I was keen to review the latest Härkila offering.…

shooting vests

10 shooting vests to invest in

Barbour Berwick Tweed shooting vest is an excellent fit for me (size L) and is the epitome of high-quality simplicty.

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Five of the best electronic ear defenders

Ear protection is one of the key shooting safety rules. Numerous shooters complain of deafness, and, possibly the worse affliction, tinnitus – a constant ringing sound. The old ear defenders, which meant that you were cut off from the world, are no longer inflicted on us. Today sudden loud or sharp noises, whether from your own…

shooting kit

Top 10 pieces of essential shooting kit

  The cape At first glance, a cape may appear a slightly strange sartorial choice for a determined gun, but when the heavens open, you won’t just look like a superhero, you’ll feel like one, too. ‘Buy yourself a Purdey cape,’ advises James Horne, chairman of the famous English gunmaker.…