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Tier One A-Tac bipod

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IyjA_z1QNQ The A-Tac bipod from Tier One is supremely adjustable, with interchangeable feet and a variety of mounting options so it’s easy to swap from one rifle to another. It is available with carbon fibre or aluminium legs. Ryan Charlton from the distributors Highland Outdoors runs through the bipod’s features

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Swarovski STC and ATC 17-40x compact spotting scopes

Traditional spotting scopes are heavy, bulky, and need a tripod to give the best results. Swarovski has launched two new lightweight, compact spotting scopes, the STC and ATC, with 17-40x magnification. Cluny Country’s Robbie Shedden says this means you can have high magnification on the move, transforming your stalking experience.

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Gun trade honours its own in London Proof House ceremony

The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers has issued new certificates honouring the work of the UK’s top gunmakers. In the first ceremony of its kind, held at the London Proof House, the master and officers of the Gunmakers, which received its royal charter in 1637, handed out certificates to the cream

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Spartan Javelin bipod: preview

www.youtube.com/watch?v=08HyzCGrZBE The Spartan Javelin is a modern take on the bipod for your rifle. Ryan Charlton of distributors Highland Outdoors explains that it’s lightweight, slips in a pocket, adjustable, and with its magnetic attachment system it’s quick and easy to deploy. Find out more at Highland Outdoors

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Maven B1.2 10×42 binoculars

Maven Optics has released a new, upgraded version of its flagship binoculars, the B1.2. Ryan Charlton of Highland Outdoors has been testing a pair in the popular 10×42 specification, in eyecatching grey with orange detailing. He is impressed with their ergonomic feel and handling, and superior optics, delivering superb low-light

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Shotguns for £800 – should you buy new or used?

You’ve got a budget of £800 to buy a shotgun; should you buy new, or pick a nice secondhand example? We asked Dan Bibb of Shooting Sports UK to show us the options. He has two very different guns in stock that fit the bill: a secondhand Browning 425, and

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Lightweight shotguns for game

Game shooters often prefer a lighter weight shotgun, especially for walked-up shooting where you may be carrying the gun for some distance, along with all your other kit and cartridges. Robbie Shedden of Cluny Country reckons the Yildiz is a good choice. It has a lightweight alloy action, coming in

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Is this the future of hunting?

Is this what hunting will look like in the future? Tim Pilbeam is sitting back in his comfy seat, spying for deer with the very latest multi-spectral thermal imaging binoculars from Infiray, his rifle loaded with a prototype non-toxic bullet created by a mad inventor who visits Tim’s range to

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Basic night vision: a guide for airgunners

Night vision optics are a game changer for airgun hunting. With a day-night scope you can target rats and rabbits at night, and make the most of low light at dawn and dusk, when a lot of quarry is most likely to present an opportunity for a shot. But with

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GPO Spectra 1x 7.5x50i riflescope

If you’re looking for a riflescope with excellent performance at a reasonable price, you should definitely take a look at the GPO Spectra 1 7.5x50i. This scope is lightweight and compact, with fixed magnification and parallax, excellent optical performance and an illuminated G4i reticle. Ryan Charlton of Highland Outdoors runs

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The best .410s for a young shot

The .410 is a great first shotgun for a youngster – and modern .410s are good quality, scaled-down versions of a full-sized over-and-under. Ian Hodge looks at two popular modern .410s: the KOFS and Webley & Scott game guns. He sells lots of these from his Cornwall and online gun

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Stalking knives for under £100

You can buy a basic knife that will do the job for around £15, but what if you want something a little more refined? You don’t have to spend hundreds to get a good quality, stylish gralloching knife, says Dan Bibb of Shooting Sports UK. He highlights the Spyderco Bow

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Crispi boots – the stalker’s favourite

Crispi boots are a favourite with hill stalkers and others who want dry, comfortable feet after a hard day’s walking in all kinds of terrain and undergrowth. Jane Keen of Cluny Country Store explains why the boots are proving so popular. “We stock the Crispi Hunter boots, which have been

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Steel shot should not force you to sell your old gun

Yes, that’s Nigel Farage. An evening with the Blacker family in Cornwall sees local shooters (and Nigel) bring in their guns for assessment. Bill Blacker and his sons Jim and Matt are among the foremost gunmakers and gunsmiths in the UK, and they advise on how to save your old

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Tim tests Swarovski Z8i+ scope

‘Circle, red dot, kill’ – that’s what you want a scope to do for you, says Tim Pilbeam, and the Swarovski Z8i+ does it. He is out on his range in Sussex with local deerstalkers and a gunsmith to put the scope through its paces and see what the advantages

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Sako 90 vs 85: what’s the difference?

Sako rifles have always been known for their quality. Robin Shedden of Cluny Country Guns fondly remembers his Sako 75, which would put bullets into a thumbnail sized group at 180 yards every time. “That’s what you’re getting with Sako: quality,” he says. Since then we’ve seen the Sako 85

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What’s the right shotgun for a left-hander?

You are left-handed, so you need a left-handed gun, right? Not necessarily, says Robin Shedden of Cluny Country Guns. Several of the big shotgun manufacturers offer their guns in left-handed versions, but those aren’t always fully left-handed, he explains. The left-handed Berettas and the Blaser F16 are built on right-handed

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Tier One Quick Detach scope mount

Tier One are renowned for their precision Monomount scope mounts – but what if you want to swap your scope to another rifle? Their new quick-detach mount is the answer. “It’s got all the bnefits of the Monomount,” explains Ryan Charlton of distributors Highland Outdoors. “It’s made from a single

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Best value thermal deals for airgun and rifle shooting

Thermal gear has come a long way, and prices have dropped to the point where it’s a realistic choice for many airgunners and fox shooters. So what do you get for your money, and which is the best deal for you? Ian Hodge of Ian Hodge Fieldsports runs through the

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Cheap and quirky .410s are a blast to shoot

Everyone loves the little .410 – and why wouldn’t you? The guns are quirky and fun to shoot, and they’re cheap as chips. OK the ammo costs a little more than a 12 bore, but who’s counting when you’re smashing clays or controlling pests with a gun that’s so satisfying

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Christensen’s FFT lightweight mountain rifle

A big heavy rifle is fine for the range, but what if you’re walking the hills all day and still need to take a precise long shot when the opportunity presents itself? That’s where the Christensen Arms Ridgeline FFT really shines. It’s a lightweight, precision bolt-action rifle, available in a

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The Vorn SR10, a hip pack that’s also a shooting platform

youtu.be/slekeV41hbY There’s enough to carry when you’re out stalking or doing vermin control – so anything that can do two jobs at once is a bonus. That’s the idea with the Vorn SR10 hip pack. It’s a practical 10-litre waist pack with plenty of space for all your gear. Plus

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Maven RS4 5-30×56 riflescope

Click here for 10% discount offer for Fieldsports Channel viewers – use the code FSTV at checkout by James Marchington Ryan Charlton from Highland Outdoors, which imports the new RS4 5-30×56 scope from Maven Optics in Wyoming, USA, says why he likes it. “The company’s philosophy is founded on no-compromise

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How to find the best pellet for your air rifle

youtu.be/bfEA-6_QZGU To get the best out of your air rifle, you need to find the pellet that works best in your gun. Some air rifles seem to ‘like’ some pellets – and not like others. James Head, from Devon-based airgun shop Crackshot, heads to the range above the shop to

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GPO Passion ED 8×32 binoculars on test

As a keen rifle shooter and deer stalker, Ryan Charlton of Highland Outdoors has used a lot of binoculars, and he’s particularly impressed with the latest offering from German Precision Optics: the GPO Passion ED 8×32. The first thing that catches his eye is the packaging. “It’s all recyclable, which

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Best scope for airgun hunting 2023

What’s the best scope to put on your airgun for hunting, and maybe a bit of HFT competition? James Head, from Newton Abbot, Devon, and online airgun specialists Crackshot UK, says that two models stand out as the most popular in 2023: the £279 Hawke Airmax, and the £295 MTC

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Serious clay guns: Browning 725 Pro Sport vs Beretta 694

If you’re serious about clay shooting competition, you need a proper clay gun – it really will make a difference to your scores, says West Country gunshop owner Ian Hodge. You don’t need to spend a fortune though. He picks out two guns that are more than up to the

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Complete Tikka stalking package for £750 off

youtu.be/GP_uJAlAFPI Fancy a new Tikka? Staffordshire and online gunshop Shooting Sports UK is offering a saving of £750 on a complete stalking package that includes a Tikka Superlite rifle in your choice of calibre, mounts, Steiner scope, Stalon moderator, carbon fibre bipod, shooting sticks, and an Outdoor Edge knife, all

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Beretta or Browning? Ian Hodge compares the Silver Pigeon and B525

youtu.be/A8DChKhmu58 They are the mid-priced BMW and Audi of shotguns – solid, reliable, good value, and they’ll go on for ever. The Beretta Silver Pigeon and Browning 525 are the biggest selling shotguns in Ian Hodge’s gunshop in the West Country. But which one is right for you? There’s just

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Steiner Ranger 8 4-32×56 riflescope

Deer stalker Ollie Williams is a sponsored Steiner user, and he’s been using the Steiner Ranger 8 4-32×56 riflescope. He acknowledges that it’s probably more scope than he needs. “I rarely shoot anything over 100 yards,” he says. “I zeroed it once, maybe six months ago, and never had to

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Why use Steiner LRF binoculars for hunting?

Steiner is the brand of binoculars that the UK government chooses for the British Army. That says a lot about their quality and ruggedness. But are they suitable for hunting? Deer manager and sporting agent Ollie Williams reckons they are. He’s a sponsored Steiner binoculars user, and uses Steiner’s Ranger

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Which airgun calibre? .22 or .177?

youtu.be/QUxYU5bz4AE It’s the age-old question. Which airgun calibre is best, .22 or .177? South-west of England Field Target Association champion James Head, of Crackshot UK, says it’s largely a matter of personal preference. “The two calibres are equally accurate. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be,” he explains. “The difference

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What’s the best rimfire rifle in 2023?

Rimfire rifles are still as popular as ever, says Ian Hodge of West Country gunshop and online retailer Ian Hodge Fieldsports – and his two best sellers are the semi-auto Ruger 10-22 and the Browning T-Bolt. The Ruger is in .22 calibre, while he picks a T-Bolt in .17HMR. Both

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Best spring air rifle: Air Arms TX200 vs Weihrauch HW97

They’re two of the finest spring-powered air rifles ever made – but which is the best, the Air Arms TX200 or the Weihrauch HW97? James Head of Crackshot UK, the Devon and online airgun centre, is in no doubt. “There’s pros and cons for both and in the end it

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PCP airgun outfit for under £500 – is it any good?

Thinking of upgrading to a pre-charged pneumatic airgun? Good choice – but won’t that cost you something north of £1,000? Not necessarily, says Matt Clay at Shooting Sports UK, the Staffordshire and online gun shop. He’s offering a complete PCP outfit for under £500. It’s built around the Stoeger XM1,

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Browning’s new BAR 4X semi-auto rifle

Browning has unveiled the latest version of its hugely successful Browning Automatic Rifle, the BAR 4X, which promises improved accuracy and a modular sighting system so you can personalise the rifle to your needs. It comes in four grades of finish, with a choice of engraving, stock shapes and wood,

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Tested: HIK Micro Falcon FQ50 Pro thermal spotter

youtu.be/fliO-uk1xFc Mark Ripley, known as 260Rips on YouTube, is testing the latest thermal spotter from Scott Country: the HikMicro Falcon FQ50 Pro. He uses it to spot foxes, deer and rabbits, day or night, as part of his pest control duties. Today he’s after rabbits on a farm where they’re

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Pulsar launches new Merger LRF XL50 thermal binoculars at 2023 Shot Show

Night vision and thermal imaging specialist Pulsar has launched new top-of-the-range thermal imaging binoculars, the Merger LRF XL50, at the 2023 Shot Show in Las Vegas. The company say the new binoculars are true all-rounders. They feature a wide field of view for scanning and target acquisition, and high image

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Moderators get lighter and more efficient

Gone are the days of fitting a huge, heavy moderator on the end of your barrel, making the rifle unbalanced and unwieldy. That’s the view of Robbie Shedden of Cluny Country. His company import the Freyr & Devik range of moderators which are lighter and more efficient than anything that’s

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