THE UK’S LARGEST TRADE AND RETAIL SHOOTING SHOW
18 - 20 FEBRUARY 2022
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THE 2022 GREAT BRITISH SHOOTING SHOW
DEMO AREA TIMETABLE
Watch and learn with Andy Cullen MBE of Laochin Gundogs; Chris Green “The Cornish Countryman” and Ralph Skripek “The Wild Chef” 10 TRADITIONAL GUNMAKING SKILLS Meet the gunmakers who have temporarily moved their work benches to the NEC, Birmingham 12 THE STATE OF THE UNION Celebrating what’s going well within the gun trade 20 RIFLES A selection of the new rifles on display at the BSS 22 NON-TOXIC SHOCK Diggory Hadoke examines what the future holds for our older guns 28 SHOTGUNS Get to grips with the latest guns from leading brands within the trade
30 THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER LEAD Examining the research and development being carried out by cartridge manufacturers 34 THE WAR & PEACE REVIVAL The greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world 36 OPTICS AT THE BSS Get an eye full of new scopes, binoculars and more 38 THERMAL / NIGHT VISION AT THE BSS The new products that won’t let you down after sunset 40 THE GAME SHOOTING HAS TO WIN British Game Assurance CEO Liam Stokes sets out his organisation’s aims and objectives 48 HAS YOUR SHOOT BEEN AUDITED? Why shoots should embrace the British Game Assurance’s auditing process
54 LIFESTYLE & GUNDOGS AT THE BSS Top tipples, sporting luggage and gundog kit 56 AS GOOD AS NEW What happens when faulty products are sent to Edgar Brothers? 60 IN GOOD HANDS A summary of the warranties offered by exhibiting shotgun, rifle, airgun and optics brands 66 CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES AT THE BSS Get kitted out for another year in the field 69 A - Z EXHIBITOR LISTINGS A comprehensive list of who’s exhibiting at the 2022 Great British Shooting Show 81 NEC LAYOUT Helping you to navigate the NEC, Birmingham site with ease 82 HALL PLAN The stand locations for all of your favourite brands
THE 2022 GREAT BRITISH SHOOTING SHOW The UK’s largest trade and retail shooting event that has called the NEC, Birmingham, home since 2018. From its earliest beginnings at Newark Showground in 2009, the British Shooting Show has sought to bring the biggest names in shooting sports together in one place. The event is spread across almost 500,000 square feet of exhibition space; whether you’re into clays or game shooting, deer stalking or gundog demonstrations, there is sure to be something for you across the hundreds of trade and retail stands packed with the biggest and best names from the UK and abroad. After the cancellation of the show in 2021, we hope that you will be making up for lost time over the next three days, and with shooting’s representative bodies rubbing shoulders with myriad distributors and retailers, there will be plenty to catch up on as we look to the future together.
We hope you enjoy the show!
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DEMO ARENA Timetable 10:00 - 10:30
Gundog displays Andy Cullen MBE 10:30 - 11:15
The Wild Chef Cooking Demo Ralph Skripek - Stand E20 10:45 - 11:15
Wildfowling display Chris Green
11:30 - 12:00
Gundog displays Andy Cullen MBE 12:00 - 12:45
The Wild Chef Cooking Demo Ralph Skripek - Stand E20
12:15 - 12:45 FRIDAY ONLY
The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Long Service Awards 12:15 - 12:45
The art of pigeon decoying Chris Green
14:00 - 14:30
Gundog displays Andy Cullen MBE 14:15 - 15:00
The Wild Chef Cooking Demo Ralph Skripek - Stand E20 14:45 - 15:15
Wildfowling display Chris Green
ANDY CULLEN MBE Laochin Gundogs Andy Cullen of Laochin Gundogs, based in the picturesque countryside of Northumberland, has many years experience of teaching and working his own gundogs. Andy has gained numerous field trial awards and has successfully tutored his clients to similar achievements. In 2011 Andy was voted Gundog Trainer of the Year and awarded the Keith Erlandson Memorial Trophy. Andy is very fortunate to be based in Hulne Park, Alnwick, the private estate of the Duke of Northumberland, which allows him access to excellent training ground and enables him to offer carefully structured training programmes to achieve success in either one to one or group lesson formats. Whether your interest lies in field trials, working tests, picking up or working in the shooting field, Andy’s friendly, supportive and constructive approach will help you build a successful partnership with your gundog. Andy believes in “training all types of gundogs for all types of people”. Whether you are starting off your gundog journey with a Retriever, Spaniel or HPR, or want to improve your current success/ training, Andy is able to offer guidance and structured training to suit all levels of training.
CHRIS GREEN ‘The Cornish Countryman’ - Westcountry Films Chris Green was born in the Westcountry in 1961. He grew up, like most Cornish kids, in a world with no money. Chris spent his boyhood bird nesting, rabbit catching and living off the fat of the land and has had a lifelong passion for fishing and shooting, even excelling at poaching in his day! Chris began to learn the ways of wildfowling from the age of 11, when his dad took him out one freezing morning in the dead of winter. This inevitably led Chris to fall in love with the magical world of estuaries, ducks and wild places. After successfully building his first gun ‘under cover’ at school in his metalwork class, he then went on to build his own gunning punt and even a three barrelled punt gun for wildfowling, which he still uses today! Always a keen inventor, today he makes a living by designing and manufacturing goose, and pigeon decoys for pest controllers and hunters. Chris has also appeared on several TV programmes including Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s “A Cook on the Wild Side”, and Rick Stein’s “Food Heroes”. Inspired by working with professional directors and cameramen he also embarked on a career making wildlife and hunting films. His films on pigeon
shooting and wildfowling have been a massive success; establishing Chris as one of the country’s leading authorities on filming country sports. For many years he has been a familiar figure at game and country fairs across England, Scotland, Wales and even Northern Ireland, where he is well known for demonstrating his hunting and country skills. Chris will be demonstrating ‘The Art of Successful Pigeon Decoying’ in the indoor arena with the help of Ralph Skripek ‘The Wild Chef ’. Woodpigeon shooting is a most challenging shooting sport, targeting a truly wild bird. Woodpigeons do enormous damage to farmers’ crops and at times have to be shot in order to protect the crops. The crafty pigeon is no stupid bird however, and frequently outwits the novice or lazy shooter. To be successful at anything you have to study your craft. Not surprising then that so many shooters don’t succeed! If you want to improve your chances - stick around, Chris Green, ‘The Cornish Countryman’ has over 40 years’ experience and in his demonstration is about to reveal some surprising secrets. There’s a lot more to this sport than meets the eye!
RALPH SKRIPEK ‘Wild Chef’ Ralph Skripek, game shot, fisherman and chef is known as ‘The Wild Chef ’ for his love of the great outdoors and incorporating his passion for shooting and fishing into his cooking. As one of the leading game chefs in the country, Ralph demonstrates game cooking at numerous game and food fairs. He has also written and published a game recipe book entitled ‘Wild Chef 21 Seasonal Game Recipes’, released back in 2019. Ralph appears on shooting DVD’s for Westcountry Films with Chris Green,
The Cornish Countryman and on-line show reels for FRL Media. Ralph is also a regular guest chef on BBC Radio Derby, cooking live on air and discussing current food trends and promoting local produce. In addition to travelling around the country, Ralph hosts game dinners at venues throughout the Midlands, together with running his own catering and events company, The Butler’s Pantry (Derby) Limited.
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TRADITIONAL GUNMAKING SKILLS
Meet the gunmakers who have temporarily moved their work benches to the NEC, Birmingham
London Barrel Maker
Bill Blacker is a barrel maker at the top of his profession. He began his career in 1976, aged 16, as an apprentice at Holland & Holland. His particular pleasure is building big rifles: the .500s and .600s. The minute technical requirements relating to sights fascinate him as a craftsman.
Tom mainly specialises in stock finishing, chequering, bolt action rifle making, renovations and gun fitting.
JAMES BLACKER Barrel Maker
T.R. WHITE SON & CO. Gunmakers Tony was fortunate to be involved with all stages of gunmaking during his apprenticeship, gaining experience in both metal and wooden components as opposed to focusing on either actions or barrels, specialising in stocking in latter days. Renowned for his attention to detail and balance of creating a gun fit for its purpose in the field, as well as being aesthetically stunning, Tony is one of the few gunmakers in Britain who colour case harden.
Barrel maker and gunmaker apprentice to Bill Blacker, a renowned barrel maker of shotguns and double rifles. James is owner of George H. Daws Gunmakers, which is best known for making best guns for the likes of Prince Albert and Annie Oakley back in the day and is still producing high end guns and rifles. George H. Daws’ design and development during the 1860s saw the patent number 1594 registered for a gun firing system called the central fire cartridge, which we still use today!
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TERRY GLADWELL Punt Gun Collector Terry Gladwell has the knowledge when it comes to punt guns and vintage loading equipment. From a very young age, he had an interest in wildfowling and the sheer excitement of firing a punt gun became an interest, a passion and an obsession! Along with vintage loading equipment from a bygone age, step back in time and listen to Terry explain about the magnificent craftsmen that produced these guns and equipment so long ago.
Richard is an action maker to the English gun trade. He aims to make the very best shotguns and work and support the craftsmen that make this happen.
ALAN PORTSMOUTH Gun Engraver Alan served his engraving apprenticeship at Holland & Holland in the 1980s and now currently works freelance from his workshop at home, always striving for perfection in his stunning art.
THE STATE THE UNION OF
Simon West, the Director of the Gun Trade Association, shares his views on the current health of the gun trade, areas of growth, challenges met and why the British Shooting Show is such an important event.
he British gun trade successfully supports the widest range of shooting interests in any country I know. There’s clay shooting, game shooting, rifle shooting, deer stalking, practical, airgunning and collecting to name some of the major disciplines, but of course there are others. All will be represented in some way at the British Shooting Show. Whatever the appetite of the great British public, we have got trade members to cover it. For a country with some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, we should celebrate what we have. Tastes change but, generation after generation, the attraction of shooting sports, with its self-discipline, ambition for achievement, its social benefits and the pleasure of the outdoors, provides gainful recreation for millions. Whether you plink at home with an airgun, enjoy ‘field to fork’ or attend the Imperial Meeting at Bisley, you are part of one big family. We are privileged in the trade to be able to report on trends in shooting. The pandemic lockdown generated a monumental interest in airguns; there were times where there was no stock on the shelves. All indications are that a new generation of young shooters were introduced to their first experience of pulling a trigger. In many cases, that early investment in the humble ‘springer’ has already led to further purchases of more advanced PCP rifles. In time, hopefully those youngsters will be immersed in other fields and form the core of our future customer base. Last year saw record sales of all types of guns, ammunition and equipment. We may have been reminded of the benefits of being out in the weather after the painful lockdowns. Some of our licensing departments are struggling to catch up with the demand for grants and variations and that is holding back customer fulfilment and healthy business. Together with our shooting associations, I fight for better service. We support the forces in ensuring those that hold guns are properly vetted – that’s vital for us all – but we do need that statutory service we wish to pay for.
As I say, trends change, and the desire in some fields to move away from lead is certainly creating new patterns of trade. The deer stalking community, which has easy and effective options, are already investing in non-lead ammunition. The game shooters are experimenting with non-lead shot - when it’s available - with good results – even with old guns. For clay shooting and competition rifle shooting there is less need for change and it will be some time before there are suitable supplies of nonlead ammunition anyway. For the air gunner there are very few options – and I was interested to recently learn that even in the heavily regulated environment of California – there is an exemption in their lead ban for airgun pellets. I would also like to take this opportunity to reflect on the fact that the UK still produces the best sporting firearms
in the world and has skills in other firearms manufacture that rival all others. Having recently travelled abroad, I know our reputation stands strong. Brexit may yet present new opportunities but at the moment, our Department for International Trade is failing to support this, either in opening markets or providing licences in reasonable times. I’m on the case and do my part to provide British industry this key route to market. In the meantime, we Brits can exploit British products. The British Shooting Show is a wonderful venue to celebrate our shooting sports. As well as indulging in a world class retail opportunity, spend time looking around at everything on offer. Talk to people and expand your knowledge. I hope you have a great show and enjoy knowing you are part of our great British shooting community.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE TRADE… LEADING FIGURES WITHIN THE GUN TRADE SHARE THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES
Managing director, GMK
Growth areas: Both 2020 and 2021 were good years for GMK. We managed to hold the Beretta World Sporting Championships in 2020 and 2021, plus the Benelli Sp’Auto and The Game Fair in 2021. During the lockdowns, business obviously suffered but now that shooting has recommenced we have seen really strong uplifts in sales thanks to exciting new product launches like the Sako S20, Benelli Lupo and Beretta’s Silver Pigeon 3 plus Ultraleggero. Goods are now arriving smoothly from Continental Europe following some teething troubles, which is positive. A trade deal between the UK and US would be helpful, as would clearing up paperwork issues with Ireland. Back at the BSS: Events such as the British Shooting Show are important to showcase our new products. People want to handle these offerings personally before making expensive purchases. We focus more heavily on new products at the shows than we used to and direct feedback from the end users is really valuable for us.
Don’t forget your local gunshop: Shooters mustn’t forget the gun trade on their doorstep. As well as offering new shooting products, local gunshops provide repair facilities and are an outlet for ammunition. They offer advice for newcomers trying to get into the sport so they are clearly essential. SAM MACARTHUR Managing director, Viking Arms Growth areas: The hotly awaited Haenel NXT is set for launch this year and our team will be on hand to answer questions about this sustainable ‘next generation rifle’. Optimised for lead-free ammunition, we think this sustainable straight pull rifle with its ergonomic manual cocking device and bolt lock will completely change the rifle design of the future. Back at the BSS: We are thrilled to be back at BSS in 2022 to show our support to the wider shooting industry and of course to meet shooting sports enthusiasts in person. We’ll be officially launching the new Mossberg 940 Pro Field autoloader shotgun and we’ll even be giving people the opportunity to win one.
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Our brands Leupold Optics, Ruger and Sellier and Bellot eXergy lead-free ammunition are all nominated in this year’s Great British Shooting Awards alongside Chris Abbott, who is the first European conservationist to be sponsored by Mossberg outside of America. Don’t forget your local gunshop: It’s more important than ever to support local gunshops. They act as a hub for our shooting communities providing expert knowledge and unrivalled experience. Our Leupold gold ring dealers include Forest Lodge Guns, Rifleman Firearms, Sportsman Gun Centre, Hadfield Guns, Greenfield Guns and Emmett and Stone, all of these companies are doing a phenomenal job in supporting shooters and hunters with top-quality kit and excellent customer service. TOM HEAPY
Shooting sports director, Edgar Brothers
Growth areas: Night vision has been a real growth area for our sector over the last 18 months, this then makes foxing in particular more accessible to shooters and naturally grows sales in other categories, such as ammunition. Further to this, we have seen growth in precision shooting both in long range and centrefire, but also the rimfire market. Brexit and beyond: One of the biggest advantages we hope to see from Brexit is a reduction in the requirement to follow European red tape and new directives which can be a heavy and unnecessary burden on the industry. Most/any trade deal from central government is welcome, it just depends on the detail. Back at the BSS: As a distributor, it’s one of our fundamental jobs to be present at an event like this, ensuring we offer our brand partners the market exposure they require. The BSS is internationally known, so it’s a sure way to get those important face-to-face interactions with the consumer. I think everyone has taken online communications as an advantage now and business will benefit from this; however, nothing beats face-to-face where building relationships is concerned. Don’t forget your local gunshop: I don’t think it’s more important now than it was 75 years ago when Edgar Brothers started. The gunshop is the life blood of the industry, anyone who has a local one knows this and this has never changed – nor do I think it will.
“AS WELL AS INDULGING IN A WORLD CLASS RETAIL OPPORTUNITY, SPEND SOME TIME LOOKING AROUND AT EVERYTHING ON OFFER.” JOHN BRIGHT
CEO, Highland Outdoors
Growth areas: The shooting and outdoor industry, like many sectors over the past years, has faced many challenges and with the addition of the pandemic, we found ourselves taking a close look at how we operated and how we would continue to grow and service our customers during challenging times. We had to adapt, often on a daily basis, to the moving challenges that the pandemic had created. However, there were some valuable and unexpected lessons to be learned. We found that consumer interest in new products and certain segments remained buoyant during lockdown and in some cases boomed. We also learned that, provided we kept listening to our customers, serviced them honestly and responded positively to emerging trends, we could mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic and come out of it stronger. While other industries and in some instances competitors tightened their belts during the past two years, we took this as an opportunity to continue and ramp up our long term plans. We have always and will always operate with a very much glass half full mindset. Since the pandemic started, we have added additional internal and external sales and admin staff, created new roles, overhauled and enhanced our online and social media offerings, as well as work hard to service not only our existing customers but attract new customers and provide as much information to the consumer as possible.
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We have actively expanded our portfolio to include some exciting new additions including high end rifle accessories from Tier-One, cutting-edge thermal optic tech from InfiRay, anti-tick outdoor clothing from Rovince, the complete range of SOG knives, UK-made Wildman Slugs, RCC moderators, new-tomarket ammunition supplier Norwegian Performance Bullets, world class optics from ZeroTech, high end customer rifles from Hardy Rifles and industry leading ammunition from Aguila Ammunition just to name a few. This is in addition to our existing portfolio of brands that cover all sectors. Over the coming months we will be continuing to add to our portfolio with some very exciting brands and will ensure that these are represented and supported in the best way possible. Back to the BSS: Our product range increases at a dizzying rate, and there will be a taste of our full offering at this year’s show. Our established brands such as Howa, Lithgow, MDT, GRS, Webley, Webley & Scott, Diana, Nosler, ADI, Nikko Stirling, Sig Sauer and Ridgeline will all feature alongside the new acquisitions. The last two years have been testing for everyone in the UK shooting industry. Despite this, Highland Outdoors has made great progress, developing brand partnerships for some truly innovative brands and looks forward to showcasing these brands to the public. It’s great to be back at the British Shooting Show, it’s the UK’s biggest and a great opportunity to showcase our new products to the shooting community and we are very much looking forward to supporting this year’s event. BILL ELDERKIN
Owner, Elderkin & Son Gunmakers
Growth areas: We re-opened at the end of April last year and had the initial burst of customers. It was good but of course it was during our quietest time. The Game Fair was probably the best we’ve done for 10 years. We’ve enjoyed increased footfall and enquiries about English guns, which is great to see, as they’ll be OK as we move over away from lead. Back at the BSS: We’re looking forward to coming to the NEC; it’s so easy to do, from setting up to the security of the venue. We’ve always looked forward to the show, seeing old friends and so on, and being able to offer the kind of personal service which smaller gunshops are renowned for.
Owner, Sportsman Gun Centre
Growth areas: Even amongst the backdrop of the pandemic and the cost-of-living increase, the past few months have been buoyant in terms of growth and the success of our products. Customers are happy to spend, but value for money seems more paramount than ever. In terms of sales, night vision with Pard has been strong, shotguns from ATA arms in 20 gauge have been popular and FX airguns in particular have continued their strong growth. If the government can open up overseas markets, reduce tariffs and export duties, we would expect greater opportunities, in both sales to the trade and the general public. Back to the BSS: For us at the SGC, the British Shooting Show is a big deal. It is our chance to meet and introduce ourselves to the public, and more importantly introduce our products to a wider range of customers. Unfortunately, as good as digital media is, the tactile nature of our products cannot be experienced over the internet. Even outside the show, when buying a gun or high-end optic, you really need to know where your money is going and see items for yourself. Trying before you buy is always the best way of knowing an item is a good fit for you. For this reason, our local gunshops are the lifeblood of the industry: a great place to meet with like-minded people, as well as getting personal advice on the purchases you are planning to make.
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NON TOXIC SHOCK Is your shotgun suitable for non-lead ammunition? By Diggory Hadoke
ead is dead. Those, so inclined, will rail against the inevitable, but the gun trade is preparing for the day when the choice will be a simple one for the UK’s 600,000 shotgun certificate holders: Buy non-toxic ammunition and go shooting, or don’t go shooting. We came to this juncture when three major areas crucial to shooting collided. Firstly, food policy: Companies selling food have decided that they won’t sell game that has been shot with lead. That means if you shoot game with lead, game dealers won’t take it because they can’t sell it. That affects commercial shoots.
Most commercial shoots rely on game dealers to sell the end product of a day’s shooting. Game dealers won’t take lead-shot game anymore, so shoots will have to tell Guns not to shoot with lead when they take their booking. It may not be universal this season, but it is coming. Further down the road, but widely anticipated, legislation is afoot. Within a few years, laws will be passed that will ban the sale and/ or use of lead shotgun ammunition in the UK for environmental reasons. When that happens, manufacturers will not be able to sell it, so they won’t make it and you won’t be able to buy it. Rather than wait for that day, interested parties are acting now. It is entirely possible that the season beginning in September 2021 was the last one in which lead ammunition was used widely across the British Isles for game shooting. Sportsmen are now faced with a decision. Continue to use the gun they have; using alternative, non-toxic, ammunition. Or, buy a new gun. Whether or not you can continue to use your favourite British game gun depends on what decisions you make. If you decide to swap lead for bismuth, the answer is a simple ‘yes’. Any gun currently shooting lead can safely and effectively digest bismuth without the need to alter chokes, forcing cones, chambers, bores or chokes. If that works for you, you can stop reading now; your problem has been solved! However, bismuth is more expensive than lead and steel is cheaper. If you don’t want to pay for shootingshow.co.uk
bismuth and decide to shoot steel, then you will first have to do some examination of the gun you have. Depending on the results of that examination, you may need to alter it, accept reduced performance, or sell it and buy something else. The first thing to do is look at the proof marks on your gun. They will tell you what tests it has passed and give you some crucial measurement and pressure data that will be relevant in informing your ultimate decision about what lead substitute you switch to. GUNS WITH 2½” CHAMBERS Most British game guns have 2½” chambers. At the time of manufacture, these chamber lengths were tested to lower pressures than guns with 2¾” or 3” chambers, so the issue is not just about case length, but service pressure. That is why you should never use 2¾” (70mm) cartridges in guns with 2½” (65mm) chambers. Guidance from the proof authorities is that you may safely use steel in 2½” chambered guns, as long as it is ‘standard steel’ rather than ‘superior steel’ (in cases 65mm in length), in guns with 2½” nitro proof marks. However, they add the caveat that the gun must have been proof tested after 1954 and be ‘in good condition’. Determining the condition of the barrels is a task beyond the layman. They need to be inspected by an experienced person and carefully measured with the correct bore gauges and wallthickness gauges. The inspection will also check the chokes because steel shot is not recommended for older guns choked tighter than Quarter Choke.
If you are fortunate and your gun meets all three criteria: post 1954 proof marks, barrels in good condition and chokes of quarter or less, you can go and buy Eley Grand Prix Traditional Steel and carry on shooting. However, it won’t perform as well as the lead cartridges you are used to. GUNS WITH 2¾” CHAMBERS Although most British game guns were made with 2½” chambers before the 1960s, those intended for wildfowling or live-pigeon trap shooting were sometimes built with longer chambers. 2¾” was the most common but some will have 3” chambers. The metric equivalents are 70mm (2¾”) and 76mm (3”). If your guns are found to have these chamber measurements you may also use ‘standard steel’ cartridges but instead of being restricted to 65mm cases, you can use 70mm cases as well. However, you cannot use ‘magnum’ or ‘superior steel’ loads. The choke restrictions are the same as for your 2½” chambered guns: Quarter Choke or less. Many modern game guns from continental makers (popular ones like the Beretta 686 and Guerini game guns) will already be proofed for steel shot. If the barrels have the fleur-de-lys proof stamp, you may use any steel shot cartridge of the appropriate case length for your chamber stamping, which will be in metric. The restrictions regarding choke advised by the CIP state that you should not use a shot size bigger than BB through muzzles tighter than Half Choke, even if your gun is proofed for ‘superior steel’ and carries the fleur-de-lys marks. 23
WHAT IF YOUR GUN DOES NOT CONFORM? Re-proof If your gun has 2½” chambers and tight chokes you can alter them and re-proof them for ‘standard steel’. Typically, alterations would involve re-cutting the chambers to 70mm and with CIP observant dimensions. Then the forcing cones, which lead from the chamber into the bore, would be ‘eased’. Many older guns have steep forcing cones, which potentially provide greater pressure and stress and could increase felt recoil. At the muzzle end, choke cones can be altered so they are less abrupt and chokes widened to Quarter Choke or less. It is normal practice to re-joint or tighten the barrels to the action, before proof, to make sure they don’t come ‘off-face’ during the process. It will need to be freed-off afterwards. The gun will then be proof tested with two proof-loads of steel (125% of service pressure) through each barrel, inspected and, if no damage is evident, the barrel flats will be stamped with the new, steel shot compliant, proof marks. To prepare a gun for this process, strip it and make the necessary alterations, get it to the proof house, pay proof house fees and get it back to the workshop, freeoff and put it back together will cost, on average, about £500. There is no guarantee it will pass. I would caution that many Victorian game guns were made very tight in the bore, whereas
modern barrel makers make wider than average bores for steel shot. A 12-bore will generally be .729” in the bore. New barrels made for steel shot will now usually be made .732” but many old 12-bores may be as tight as .719” or .710” in the bore, making the ejecta (shot, wads and gasses) travel down a tighter passage; potentially creating more pressure and liability for the shot to push through any protective wadcup and damage the bore. Recoil may also feel harder. My advice would be to avoid using steel shot in guns bored any tighter than .729”, as data on safe, or damage-free, long-term usage is simply not available. If your bores are tight, use bismuth instead. Sleeving Sleeving is a process that involves cutting the barrels off, about four inches from the chamber, and fitting new tubes. The barrels are then re-chambered, ribs laid and struck-up, blacked, proof tested and the gun re-assembled. Sleeved barrels can be made to comply with best practice for building new steel-shot-proof barrels and proof tested the same way. The process, essentially, creates a set of new, steel-shot-compliant, barrels for your old gun. It will cost about £3,000 to get the job done to the highest standard. However, in the current market, a sleeved gun is worth significantly less than the same gun with good, original barrels, so sleeving your £20,000 Purdey will give you a steel shot compatible gun but reduce its value by more than half, while costing you £3,000 to achieve the transition.
It should also be remembered that traditional, light-weight British game guns were made especially to shoot their standard load (perhaps an ounce of No.6 lead shot). This is why they often have slim actions and thin barrel walls. The stress put on a gun by reproofing is also applied to the action and locking mechanism. Old, lightweight guns made from nineteenth or early twentieth century steel can crack at the radius (the angle between action face and bar flats) when subjected to re-proof charges. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS? If you decide your gun isn’t suitable for steel shot and you can’t be bothered with the process of altering it, or simply want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your gun is made to shoot whatever you want, then you may have no option than to buy a new gun. British gunmakers have been preparing for this eventuality and many are already selling over & under and side-by-side guns proof tested and ready to take any steel cartridge you want to buy. William Powell launched their steel-shot proof side-by-side models; the Viscount and the Sovereign, last year and both have been well received by sportsmen wanting to make the switch to steel for their game shooting. Westley Richards is now planning to fit ‘superior steel’ shot barrels on all of their new shotguns, and report that the difference making steel shot proof barrels, as opposed to traditional barrels, is minimal and has no cost implication.
Modern steel barrels, with a minimum wall thickness of 30 thou’ and correctly made with wider bores and gentler forcing cone and choke cone angles, can comfortably cope with the pressures of ‘superior steel’ proof, while retaining the lively handling and balance for which these guns are famous. New Westley Richards guns come with a set of Teague chokes for lead and another set for steel. COSTS AND OPPORTUNITIES How the market reacts will have an impact on used gun prices. Dealers in older British guns are nervous because if the public generally goes for steel shot, many owners may dump their old British guns leading to a drop in value, as supply exceeds demand. There is, as yet, no sign of this happening.
Dealers in new guns must, secretly, be delighted. Well-made shotguns are so robust that they last three or four generations of game shooting and mechanical and design improvements have been minimal for a hundred years. Now, there is a good reason for many sportsmen to go out and buy a new gun. I don’t see a crash in prices of British guns coming. There may be a drop but when it gets to a certain level, people are going to see value. If a £20,000 Purdey drops to £15,000, someone will notice that he can buy a lot of bismuth shells with the five grand he just saved. Shooting is not an inexpensive sport. Cartridges are the cheapest thing about it. Swapping from lead to bismuth on an average 200-
bird day, which is likely to cost £1,200, and where the shot-to-kill ratio is three-to-one, with eight Guns in the line, will increase the cost of your day by £66. Hardly a deal breaker. We may see pragmatic decisions, with the best British guns being kept for formal driven days or walked-up shooting, where cartridge expenditure is relatively modest, with a modern, steelshot-safe gun being purchased for pigeon decoying or clay busting. In these matters, like everything else, people will prioritise and spend where they see the most value. After all, most shoot hotel carparks are jammed with Range Rovers, which just about manage 20mpg. Those shooters could have chosen something capable of 50mpg or 60mpg, but didn’t.
PROOF STAMPS CURRENTLY IN USE CIP/UK
STEEL (High performance)
STEEL SHOT COMPATIBLE PROOF MARKS If your gun has the proof marks noted on the previous page, you can work out what steel cartridges you may be able to use in it. If it has the proof marks in the ‘Standard’ and ‘Superior’ columns, you can shoot standard steel loads. Only shoot superior steel loads in guns stamped with the fleur-de-lys as in the third ‘Steel’ column. Note that you also need to match case length to chamber length.
If it has the following stamps, it has a 2½" CHAMBER
If it has the following stamps, it has a 2¾" CHAMBER
If it has the following stamps, it has a 3" CHAMBER
AMMUNITION 1. Shot that can be used in any gun as a direct equivalent for lead with no issues: Bismuth. Actually, an alloy of bismuth and tin, it is close to lead in weight and performs in a very similar manner, making the swap straight forward from a ballistic perspective. The main objection is cost. Eley VIP Bismuth costs £1.25 per shot. 2. Shot that can be used in guns proof tested (with lead) with 2½” chambers, as long as barrels are in good condition and proof tested after 1954: Standard Steel. In shot sizes No.4 or smaller, with barrels choked Quarter or less. Eley Grand Prix Traditional Steel costs 41p per shot. If you are
used to shooting lead, you will find these less potent, due to their lowpressure, low-speed, light-pellet combination. 3. Shot that can be used in guns proof tested (with lead) with 2¾” chambers, as long as barrels are in good condition and proof tested after 1954: Tungsten. Tungsten is a metal and ‘tungsten shot’, also known as ‘TSS’ is made from tungsten dust bonded together with a polymer. It is heavier than lead shot and very effective as a shot load. However, it is also very expensive and there have recently been questions about its toxicity. Gamebore Impact Tungsten Matrix costs £2.44 per shot. Production has ceased, due to a rise in the cost of tungsten, though existing stock is available until sold-out.
Standard steel. In shot sizes No.4 or smaller, with barrels choked Quarter or less. Eley VIP Steel Pro Eco is loaded to be used in British game guns but only those with 2¾” chambers, as they are loaded to higher pressures. It has non-plastic wadding, making it a winner on game shoots and costs just 37p per shot. Small bores. Smaller bore guns were, for some time, very limited by the options available for non-toxic shot but the manufacturers are catchingup. Bismuth is now available from Eley loaded for the 16-bore, 20bore and 28-bore guns. Performance. Most non-toxic ammunition is not as effective as lead. However, it is rapidly improving. The bulk of the data we have on the performance of shot through a gun barrel, including the patterning of
different loads, powders, shot sizes and choke combinations was carried out with lead. It all needs to be done again with steel, until we really understand how to make it perform best. Its hardness makes it pattern well because the pellets are not squashed or deformed in their passage down the barrel. This hardness causes problems because it can scratch barrels or bulge them when passing through choked sections. Steel shot also tends to cut flesh, whereas softer lead deforms on impact and delivers more shock, killing birds on impact. Steel needs very well-designed and constructed closed-cup wadding to protect the bores (to date the best wads have all been of tough plastic, which has its own issues with regards to littering). Steel is unlikely to ever be made to perform the same
as lead, largely because it is a third lighter. Current CIP rules governing the way cartridges are loaded in the UK does not allow steel to be driven fast enough to compensate for its light weight. This does not mean steel cannot be made to deliver killing patterns on game birds at normal driven shooting ranges but there is still work to do. Ammunition makers, gunmakers and sportsmen all need to work hard on making sure their gun, cartridge, skill and judgement combination equates to humane dispatch of the game we shoot at the ranges we encounter it.
One key factor to consider is energy delivery at range. A lead pellet driven at 1,330fps delivers 1.8ft/ lb of energy at 50 yards. A No.6 steel pellet delivers only 0.9ft/lb. To achieve 1.8ft/lb with steel, you need a No.4 pellet. So, if you shoot 50 yard pheasants and normally use No.6, you need to switch to No.4 when using steel.
RECOMMENDATIONS Your British side-by-side is old and you decide to sell it and buy a new one
You want to replace your British side-by-side with a new one that can shoot steel
Call a specialist vintage gun dealer and put it on consignment or contact a specialist auctioneer and consign it to the next sporting gun auction. The former will return you more money, the latter may get it sold faster.
Buy a steel shot proof compatible gun (made in Europe) from William Powell (from £4,995), William Evans (from £9,250) or (made in England) Westley Richards (from £80,000) or Rigby (from £78,000).
Your shotgun is old and you want to keep it as it is and shoot it
You want to keep your British side-by-side and buy a back-up gun for pigeon and clay shooting
Buy a thousand bismuth cartridges from justcartridges.com and put them in the gun room or wherever you keep your ammunition. That way, you will have swallowed the cost in one go and have sufficient ammunition to use when you need it.
Buy a Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 (from £1,500) and shoot steel in that, keeping your British gun for driven days, using bismuth.
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THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER LEAD An update on how leading cartridge manufacturers are preparing to phase lead cartridges out of their product ranges
HULL CARTRIDGE We soft launched our Hydrowad range last season. Our initial thoughts were polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) water soluble wadding because it breaks down almost instantly. With the “rush” created by announcements from various bodies, it was imperative the product was available for the most recent shooting season in some initial specifications. Following in-field testing, current samples of PVOH did not meet our strict requirements and we didn’t proceed with this material. We switched to a biodegradable material which not only offered the consistent ballistics we required but more importantly, gave the level of barrel protection we needed for long-term use, plus stable storage. We’re delighted with the ballistics and reports are excellent from the shooters. We took our European, British and World champions, plus expert game shots, to North Yorkshire to put Hydrowad through its paces on some testing days. We’re now working on developing the range to include Magnums, plus small gauge. Hydrowad degrades by microbial and hydrolysis combined action. It takes longer than
PVOH and in the first instance this seems to be the focal point for some estates. In the long run we feel safety is paramount. The wadding material conforms to CE EN13432, it’s 100% plastic free and is non-toxic. Due to supply chain disruption, we’re waiting for Mk. II packaging, which should be with us shortly. Hull’s steel performance levels are clearly identifiable by brand: Imperial Game Traditional Steel for 2-1/2” nitro-proofed guns made after 1954, High Pheasant for 70mm modern guns - both standard performance steel max ½ choke. High Pheasant Extreme High Performance Steel for 70mm maximum ¼ choke. (Hydrowad is also available in lead shot High Pheasant Extreme). We are also offering Bismuth in 12- and 20-bore, with 16- and 28-bore to follow. Bismuth is suitable for older guns with fixed chokes and loaded with fibre wad. For more information, head to Stand B17 or visit hullcartridge.co.uk
ELEY HAWK We have received incredible feedback on our VIP Steel Pro Eco range. The first of its kind that we have launched allows wildfowlers, game and clay shooters alike to be able to shoot steel shot cartridges safely with a nonplastic wad that is harmless to the environment. We have also extended our range of VIP Steel Pro Eco wad cartridges to cater for smaller bore users. Setting the benchmark for performance and sustainability, our unique Pro Eco wad is 100% watersoluble and compostable, made from non-toxic and fully biodegradable materials, ensuring no trace is left in the field or marshes, dissolving in 24 hours in water or three months within natural elements. The cartridge of the VIP Steel Pro Eco is crested with only the finest powders and premium steel shot delivering superior ballistics and patterning. As a ‘Standard CIP Proofed’ load, the Eley VIP Steel Pro Eco cartridge is
also suitable for use in most guns on the market making the switch to steel more accessible to enthusiasts. One of our chef ambassadors, James Golding, told us about his experience using steel in a recent interview: “I admire the British heritage and the team’s desire to innovate,” he said, adding: “I like the way they are constantly pioneering steel cartridge choices and are forward thinking in their approach to loads for all shooting disciplines. In order to keep game shooting alive, we mustn’t forget that food is the end goal – so it is motivating to be associated with a company with this stance. After using the VIP Pro Eco Steel on a recent game shoot, I can safely say everything I have shot at has come down convincingly – and if it didn’t, it was down to user error. They certainly have enough performance and patterning characteristics to do what they need to do.” For more information, visit Stand C8 or eleyhawkltd.com
GAMEBORE We’ve been manufacturing steel shot cartridges for almost 40 years, supplying the majority of the Scandinavian market and the US, so the move away from lead alone would have been relatively simple. The move away from lead and plastic wad at the same time is a challenge, however. Steel shot must be fully enclosed within a wad cup to prevent damage to barrels and the majority of wad cups used in steel cartridges are made of plastic. It’s not quick or easy to load steel with the biodegradable fibre shot cups we introduced in our 12-bore Silver Steel cartridge in 2003. They don’t flow through loading machines quickly or smoothly, plus the ‘walls’ of the wad have to be so thick they leave little room inside them for the larger shot sizes required with steel, so it was not a viable option to meet the volumes, nor the larger shot sizes required for game shooting. The main focus of our team has therefore been to design and develop a nonplastic wad cup. Our aim was to improve upon the existing plastic wad alternatives but we also wanted to manufacture it inhouse, so investment was required to expand our long established wad injection plant to create a state-ofthe-art facility designed specifically for the use of new, biodegradable materials.
We chose to manufacture a fully water soluble wad cup rather than a compostable wad tube, as although more environmentally friendly than plastic, these materials do not degrade outdoors and require industrial composting. Concerns have been raised about the compostable wads and their slow degradation, so we are pleased we decided to avoid them early on in the R&D process. Our original water soluble BioWad was launched in our 12-bore Dark Storm Precision Steel cartridges in 2020 and although it performed well there was room for improvement. We put the BioWad through its paces with rigorous and lengthy testing procedures. We listened to shooters but the most notable feedback was from gamekeepers and landowners who placed great importance upon lessening the visual impact on the environment during the wad’s degradation period. It’s essential the wad cup performs well and protects the barrels, but it’s also vital it degrades quickly. For the 2021 season we released BioWad ‘Gen 2’ with a more technical design featuring ribbing for extra barrel protection, a new colour to make it less visible in the field, plus a new material which is stronger, yet more flexible and degrades faster than our original. George Digweed tested Dark Storm Steel with Bio Wad Gen 2 last season and we’re happy with feedback we received, along with the results of our own extensive testing. The goal now is to expand our product range to include options in the different lengths required for various loads in both 12- and 20-bore ready for next season. For more information, head to Stand C11 or visit gamebore.com
BIOAMMO BioAmmo’s cartridges are the only fully environmentally sustainable 12-bore cartridge on the market for both game and clay shooting. The 0% plastic wads and cases are manufactured (at our new state-of-the-art factory in Segovia, Spain) from a biopolymer material of vegetal origin and are assembled on site.
for plastic to degrade, will not introduce micro-plastics into the food chain or add to landfill. During this time they will often become almost indistinguishable from the soil as the driving wads are coloured brown and can be safely forgotten about. They will also pose no toxic threat to livestock and can be ploughed into the soil.
BioAmmo holds a AAA patent in 55 countries for the invention of all munitions containing a vegetal material. They are also fully certificated, passing all of their tests for performance, safety and 100% non-toxic biodegradability and bio-compostability.
Despite the effects of the pandemic, we have continued to grow and are becoming very well established across most of Europe, North America and Australasia. Development work is continuing and during 2022 it is intended that buckshot, slug and 20-bore cartridges will be introduced.
The biopolymer material used for BioAmmo’s wads and cases is naturally consumed through the enzymatic and biodegrading action of commonly found microorganisms in the environment, such as bacteria, algae and lichen, thereby leaving a completely non-toxic biomass that actually enriches the soil as a fertiliser. They are not water-soluble so will not pollute the environment or have issues with storage. They also sink in water! The best options for the disposal of BioAmmo’s cartridges are either to simply bury them, include them with the household organic waste or add them to the compost heap. The speed at which biodegradation occurs is dependent on a number of factors, particularly temperature and moisture. Consequently, industrial composting via household organic waste offers the ideal conditions. When buried in temperate conditions, they will be consumed more rapidly than on the surface as there are larger numbers of active micro-organisms, taking approximately two years to degrade. This will still be significantly quicker than the hundreds of years required
For more information, head to Stand B2 or visit bioammo.es
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The game shooting has to win British Game Assurance (BGA) exists to encourage the consumption of game and improve standards within shooting. It has achieved much since its foundation in 2018, but it still has a long way to go, not least in convincing those within the community of its true purpose. CEO Liam Stokes answers the BGA’s critics and sets out why it is pivotal for the survival of the sport 40
Why does game shooting need the British Game Assurance (BGA) at all? “Game shooting simply cannot survive without a consumer for every game bird shot. Nor will game shooting thrive if government decides to burden us with new regulation before we have our own self-regulation in place. Government will act, and shops won’t stock game, if we don’t embrace assurance, and that is what the BGA was created to deliver. If, however, shoots and game farms can embrace BGA Assurance, and Guns start choosing to spend their money on BGA-registered shoots, the future for game shooting and for game meat is very bright indeed.” What are the most common misconceptions about the BGA you have to dispel? “That we are driving the move against lead ammunition. It came off the back of the NGDA announcement [about sourcing game from lead-free supply chains] last year. We informed our registered shoots and game farmers about what was happening, but it gave the impression that the whole thing was our idea. It’s not the case, it was an NGDA decision. The BGA is a signatory to the wider shooting organisation declaration on the voluntary phase out of lead ammunition over five years; that remains our position and we will continue to assure (and promote) game from shoots that use lead ammunition for its duration. “We obviously have to communicate to our shoots that lead is on the way out; there’s no new market for lead shot game and we are trying to support shoots and processors through that transition. We’re not just communicating what we’re being told (by government and retailers), we’re trying to “future proof” the sector. We appeared when there was no definitive demand for
“WE’RE NOT JUST COMMUNICATING WHAT WE’RE BEING TOLD, WE’RE TRYING TO “FUTURE PROOF” THE SECTOR.” shootingshow.co.uk
an assured product, but there was the absolute certainty that’s what was going to be asked for, both from retailers and the general public.” Why did the British Game Alliance suddenly change its name to British Game Assurance just three years after its foundation? “People thought we were a membership organisation. We’re not. We are providing an assurance scheme and marketing that assured product. Our message to the shooting community is to register your shoot or game dealer for assurance and choose to shoot on assured premises.” Who is the BGA ultimately accountable to, and how can the shooting community be sure it’s doing the best work possible? “We’re accountable to our board that, as far as I’m aware, is the only one on which BASC, the GWCT and the Countryside Alliance all sit and provide oversight on another shooting organisation. I hope we’re delivering accountability to our board, our own registered shoots and the wider shooting community (which are represented by those three organisations) through that mechanism. Feeding into that is our advisory committee, which includes the GWCT, National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, Scottish Land & Estates and the Game Farmers’ Association. “Last year we put the BGA’s standards on shooting management out to public consultation (some people think we wrote those standards from scratch, we didn’t, they are drawn from the Code of Good Shooting Practice and further refined by a technical group drawn from the advisory committee) meaning any BGA registered shoot or game farm could inform us of any concerns. We ran that feedback through the technical group to make changes. The most significant change was the introduction of a derogation function, whereby a registered shoot could provide plausible justification for not following the guidance to the letter. So for example, in relation to stocking densities and release pens, we put in a facility, with the GWCT’s blessing, where a shoot could write to us and say it would be stocking at X density but had measures in place to ensure there are no environmental or welfare issues. That request could then be considered by the technical group (which includes the GWCT) to decide whether or not to issue a derogation.”
So the BGA could help to provide a blueprint for how shooting is run in the future? “As time passes, we hope all of this bureaucracy will become less scary for the shooting community. We’re trying to do in game shooting what agriculture has done over the past 20 or so years, but do it quicker because we’re faced with the same level of scrutiny and we’re just not ready for it. It is intimidating because shooting isn’t used to this level of oversight, but I think over time as more gamekeepers, game farmers and shoot owners go through it there’ll be more expertise to share and peer-to-peer learning. We’re looking at technological solutions like apps to make our processes easier and, through our growing number of regional development officers, increase our face-to-face contact with our registered shoots and play a supportive role through the auditing process.” Do registered shoots get a say in how the organisation is run? “In 2021 we had, for the first time, a public round of nominations for the advisory committee, for which we invited all of our registered shoots to nominate who they wanted to represent them. As a result we now have chefs, gamekeepers, shooting agents and shoot managers on board. We’ll be holding nominations on a fairly regular basis to make sure that group is fresh and represents the views of the shooting community.” How many auditors does BGA have and how many shoots are audited in a calendar year? “The BGA doesn’t have any auditors. All of our audits are now conducted by SAI Global, a UKAS assured body, which we moved to last year. In terms of capacity, the auditors haven’t had a chance to conduct their work outside of the pandemic, but if SAI finds it needs to employ more auditors then we will support them in finding the right people.” How does the BGA measure its success: is it sales of game achieved, deals signed or registrations reached? “The BGA has two main objectives and they both aim to help secure the future of game shooting. On the one side we’re trying to grow the number of people eating game and thereby ensure that every game bird shot has a place in the market. We’re trying to stimulate demand and that is measured by new markets secured. We work
with supermarket chains, aiming to get 3,000,000 birds onto supermarket shelves over the next couple of seasons. “We got assured game into Sainsbury’s for the first time last season. We had our marketing operation acknowledged by Marks & Spencers and online retailers when we did a big push on bringing game into your own kitchen during the peak of the pandemic. Recent figures from Kantar show a 9.6 percent growth in the game meat market in the three years since the BGA was founded, and much of that growth has come in the last 18 months. “There is, however, a substantial challenge on the supply side. People talk about “oversupply” or there being “too many birds” and that’s just not right; the problem is “inefficient supply”, that is, the supply of the wrong birds of the wrong quality or at the wrong time. “The long term target is to see a value return to shot game but that’s not directly in our gift to deliver. We want to get to a place where every BGA registered shoot is confident of a market for their game. But that isn’t just about stimulating demand. It’s about ensuring what each shoot is producing is suitable for the markets that exist. Someone told me recently they could sell Grade A BGA-assured lead free pheasant breast 365 days of the year, but they can’t get hold of enough of that sort of product because it’s been handled poorly, or is the wrong sort of bird which is not BGA-assured and not lead free. Every step away from that Grade A, BGA-assured, lead free bird introduces an inefficiency which the game dealer then has to work through, which takes the value out of the product. So trying to improve game handling, moving away from lead, getting shoots to think about what sort of bird to put down, releasing the right species, improving communication with their game dealer, getting BGA-assured, that’s the key.” The BGA asks a lot of its shoots (registered and potential, large and small) in terms of time and money. What do they get in return - is it purely helping the sport to survive? “In the immediate term, yes. We are relying on those shoots that are looking at how to help secure the future of game shooting by increasing the amount of game the public are eating and building a self-regulatory shield. Over time, the culture change we need to see is Guns starting to think more about where they are spending their money, choosing to support assured shoots who
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are supporting the future of game shooting. That is something I really want to push in 2022. I would like to see BGA registered shoots getting preferential treatment from Guns because there will come a time, fairly rapidly I think, where pretty much all game going into the market will need to be lead free and come from assured shoots, and those shoots getting ahead of the curve deserve credit.” According to the BGA’s annual fee pay scales, a shoot with an annual bag of between 3,000 and 10,000 pays £500+VAT, while a shoot with an annual bag of over 10,000 pays £1,000+VAT. How do you monitor this to ensure fairness, given that the difference between an annual bag of 9,999 and 1,010 is £600? “The benchmarks have to be set somewhere. It’s difficult and we do review it, but there needs to be a dividing line somewhere. There hasn’t been too much push back on it, and if there has, it hasn’t reached my ears.”
How many member shoots does BGA have to date and is it satisfied with this figure? “At the time of writing, we have around 500 registered shoots, a figure which has been affected by the pandemic. I’m definitely not satisfied with it, but we have made very good progress within a particular sector of the game shooting community (the larger shoots). But what we really want is a diversity of shoots that covers the whole community. From what we’ve been told by Downing Street, that figure of 500 needs to be more like 3,000, so there is a long way to go.” How has BGA been affected by the pandemic, climate change or Brexit? “We’ve played a unique role while navigating the pandemic. We’ve tried to communicate everything we’ve been doing in terms of supporting processors and liaising with the government and it’s not been easy,
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because marketing is usually the first thing to go during financially uncertain times. As confidence returns, the shooting community needs to think very hard about securing its own future by embracing assurance. “The BGA is massively grateful to those who have supported it during the past few years. It has been a battle. We have probably been busier and more useful to the shooting community over the past two years than we would have been without the pandemic, aligning ourselves with DEFRA’s food and farming operations, so every message that’s gone out to the farming sector about coronavirus and Brexit has gone to the shooting community through us. When the hospitality sector declined during the pandemic, we also had to have an operation in place in order to redirect the supply into the retail sector, particularly online. Yet as we have been busier and more useful, like everyone else we have also been financially squeezed. “Risk management is going to become more important in our sector, one which is becoming increasingly volatile because of coronavirus, avian influenza, Brexit and eventually climate change. We’re just not used to it. We can’t have a situation where our response to a poor season is to shoot more the following season, that’s just not sustainable.” Are you confident that lead alternatives will become dominant on game shoots by the end of the voluntary phase out? “Based on my experiences with the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation, DEFRA and Countryside Alliance, lead has not got more than three years left. I would imagine there will be legislation on lead within the next five to eight years, and then there won’t be lead ammunition for anybody. The game dealers will push their shoots away from lead within the next year or so, with the smaller operations following suit within a couple of years thereafter, meaning that by the end of the five year timeframe shooting organisations have set, lead will largely have been phased out of game shooting.”
“THE BGA HAS TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES AND THEY BOTH AIM TO HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF GAME SHOOTING.” There is a huge debate within shooting about big bags. While that term is open to interpretation, don’t smaller bags mean fewer game birds in the food chain and ultimately less money for BGA? “That would be true if every shoot in the country was BGA registered and all of the BGA’s income was derived for every bird shot. There’s always been a suggestion that, because we’ve got a voluntary levy and a fee system that is tiered according to the number of birds shot, that that provides a perverse incentive for us to work with bigger shoots. In reality, it is supposed to be a progressive method of supporting smaller shoots on the basis that the BGA loses money on smaller registered shoots. The cost of their audit is more than their registration fee. We want to make sure the smaller shoots can participate, so we charge the larger shoots more. It’s actually an attempt to privilege smaller shoots, not make money out of bigger ones. In terms of bigger bags in general, it’s so hard to define as to be broadly useless. I happen to think that if standards are right and there’s a market in place, then we can achieve sustainable shooting.” Could you ever foresee a time where game shooting comes under further government regulation and in which areas this might occur? “Unless we get our act together on self-regulation, there could be further additional regulation from central and devolved government. We know what that looks like with recent restrictions on releasing birds on or near EU designated sites. You just need to look at manifesto commitments in Wales and Scotland. Self-regulation doesn’t stop further government regulation from happening, it means when regulations are being drawn up we have a framework we’ve developed ourselves already in place which can influence policymakers.
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AUDITED? More and more shoots are opening up their release pens to British Game Assurance (BGA) auditors in a bid to show best practice. However, some have shunned the process as they are worried about failing. We meet the BGA auditors to debunk the myths and explain what actually happens on the day Photographer JONATHAN McGEE
hen you think of an auditor you’d be forgiven for imagining a serious character armed with a clipboard eager to find fault. Understandably this unnerving parody might put-off some shoots from signing up to British Game Assurance (BGA) membership for fear of failing the inspection and word getting out. The prospect of having your prideand-joy rearing pens perused by an auditor who knows nothing about the countryside or game shooting is hardly appealing. However, the reality is very different. Here, we speak to Sarah Broomhead and Tom Moore who are auditors from SAI Global Assurance, BGA’s appointed Certification Body, to debunk the myths surrounding the process and the people.
Last June SAI Global was selected by the BGA after a tendering process to audit and carry out assessments on registered shoots and game farms to show they adhere to the highest welfare and environmental standards by embracing the BGA standards and ensuring traceability within the food chain from egg to plate. It was a great fit for SAI Global to move into this area which suits the skill set of many of the existing auditors. Sarah and Tom - along with the team and scheme manager Alex MacKellar - travel the country auditing BGA-registered shoots against either the lowland or upland standards.
“We get that the idea of being audited can feel daunting,” commented Yorkshire-based Sarah, adding: “I’d like to think we bring a fresh approach. I am 29 and actively partake in shooting. I have been beating since I could walk and I have worked my two labradors for the past 11 seasons picking-up on a local grouse moor.” Likewise, Norfolk-based Tom is aged just 28 and cut his teeth as an underkeeper for three years after completing a diploma in gamekeeping and wildlife conservation. “Once the shoot owner and gamekeeping team actually meet us on the day of the audit, they feel at ease. They soon realise that we are not here to pass or fail them, but to help them achieve the standards. Most shoots do not achieve assured status on first inspection. While we are not in an advisory role, we can point out what needs to be worked on and point them in the right direction.” Before the BGA existed, no-one ever inspected shoots or asked them to work to standards, so this is brand new territory for many of them. “Trying to change an entire industry’s mindset and attitude can feel like there’s a mountain to climb, but the shooting industry is now fully on board,” explained Tom, adding: “More and more we are visiting shoots and being blown away by the standards they are working to. So many are going above and beyond. It is really heartening to see.”
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Both Sarah and Tom feel passionately about the work they do. “To my mind we are all in this together,” said Tom, “I am doing this job because I believe in the BGA. It is important to remember that ultimately what we are all working towards is an assured product that will will be sold through supermarkets and restaurants, and give consumers confidence to buy it. It is important not to lose sight of that.” So what happens on audit day? On arrival, Sarah and Tom are normally met by the shoot owner or manager, as well as the gamekeeping team. Audits are carried out every 16-18 months, and look at everything from environmental and wildlife areas, record keeping, the picking-up team, chiller, rearing pens, the drives and the game cart. The audit takes between two and four hours depending on the size of the shoot. “We can’t just audit outside of the shooting season, which is what shoots might prefer. It is really important that we see the shoots at different points in the year so that we get a full picture.”
So what happens if they spot something that is not quite right? The shoot has 28 days to iron out any minor or major non-conformances. A minor could be some missing paperwork and a major non-conformance is when a member has a total disregard to the standard and has made no attempt to achieve it. In a small number of instances if a major non-conformance is identified, the owner will be contacted by the certification team and suspended until correct rectification is accomplished. Examples of major non-conformances could be overstocking of release pens, or incorrect predator/pest control. Either way, the inspection is not marked as a pass or fail. Sarah explained: “As we are looking around the shoot we will make the owner aware that an element is not quite up to scratch. In my experience, in every instance the problem is fixed within the allotted time frame. What are the most common non-conformaces found during the inspection? Not being registered with the Environmental Health Department or Local Authority as a food business; not keeping medicine purchase and use records: not recording the daily temperatures of the
chiller when it’s in use and incorrect disposal of game unfit for human consumption and processed carcasses. All easy fixes. “There are very few shoots out there that are stagnating. They want to evolve and push boundaries. This is an exciting time for the shooting industry. There is a sea change in perspective sweeping through which will soon silence critics.” Of course, being audited is a great marketing tool and will ultimately help shoots stand out and sell more let days. Tom added: “Guns also need to vote with their feet and only book shoots that have been rubber stamped by the BGA.” The benefits of being assured are many – for starters it demonstrates to the shooting industry’s critics,
the Government and non-government organisations that the industry is not only willing, but also able to self-regulate. Secondly, the BGA is able to market an assured product, previously a significant block in developing the market for game. The BGA is confident that this will result in members getting paid a premium as demand continues to increase for BGA assured game over non-assured. Lastly, as a certified member you will be able to use the BGA logo when marketing your shoot and game to promote yourselves. So if you haven’t already, use today to contact the BGA and take the first steps to getting your shoot rubber stamped. It is not as daunting as you perhaps once thought. britishgameassurance.co.uk
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AS GOOD AS NEW What happens when faulty products are sent to Edgar Brothers? We talk to armourer Sam Ward, who is based in the workshop, to find out more
What can you tell us about the repairs centre at Edgar Brothers? The repair centre sits within the wider Armoury at Edgar Brothers’ premises in Macclesfield. It consists of two main sections: one section deals with registered products, such as S1 or S2 firearms, which come to me in the workshop. The other section deals with nonregistered products, such as clothing, accessories and riflescopes, which go through to my colleague Dave Tomlinson. The products reach us either from the end user themselves or the gunshop from which the products were purchased. We undertake a full evaluation of the fault and once the products have been fixed and/or tested they are then returned to the customer. How does the after sales service operate? Whenever we learn that we are due to receive a faulty item, it is registered onto the system prior to its arrival, so we know to expect it. Details of the member of staff that took the initial call or email are also noted. Dave, who is the armoury supervisor, will book the products - registered and non-registered - onto the system and place them into a queue. He then communicates with the customer to say that the product is now with us, provides the customer with a reference number, informs them of where the product is in the queue and finally an estimated time for completion. Guns will then go to the workshop and, depending upon the nature of the repair, will be fixed and I will write a short report for the gunshop to pass onto the customer. It will include a diagnosis of
the problem, an explanation of the work that’s been carried out and list any parts that have been replaced. If the issue is a little more complex, I will contact the customer directly by telephone or email to try and get more information from them to make sure I haven’t missed anything. What are the most common faults that you have to deal with? It’s very rare if any issue takes longer than a couple of weeks to fix. The only time it will have taken longer than that is if we’re waiting on replacement parts from the manufacturer or sometimes elsewhere. All we try to do there is make sure we keep the customer up to date with what’s happening, even if there isn’t any news as such. The number of “common faults” are vast given the different number of brands that we deal with, from break barrel air rifles to over-under shotguns and everything in between. One thing we do notice is that specific problems often happen in batches, so often we’ll receive lots in one go and then not see that problem again for a long time. How does your service influence the design of a brand’s future products? On our system we have a fault code, which we will add each time the product is ready to be returned to the customer. Whatever the issue, even the smallest thing that’s down to user error, this fault code is inputted. Every so often our sales/ management team will inform the manufacturer that a particular problem has come
back to us on a regular basis and is something they need to address. It could be something as simple as a magazine not fitting right in a rifle, but from there the manufacturer might go back to their designers and discover it was just a bad batch or maybe something else. Is there a quality control process whereby guns and other items are checked before being sent out to the suppliers? A lot of what we do is trying to catch these problems before the products are delivered to gunshops, via a predespatch inspection. This includes a visual inspection, a functional inspection and a firing test, ensuring the item is as good as it possibly can be before it goes to the end user. Anything that fails the inspection is put to one side, tested even further and then a report goes back to the manufacturer, so any teething issues can be put right for the next shipment. We do a batch test on all of our air rifles for power (the legal limit is 12ft/lbs), so batch test 10% of a particular calibre, and if all of that 10% pass we’ll inspect the other 90% for cosmetic issues only. We also do a standard test on PCP air rifles, conducting a 10% batch test on accuracy to ensure the customer is getting the best possible product. Every product is visually examined and checked for functionality and is as pristine as it should be for a brand new firearm. How many repairs are you dealing with at any one time? That’s difficult to quantify. Like cars, sometimes you’ll be dealing with a repair that takes 15 minutes flat, and then
another you could be working on all day. The sort of lead time we try we stick to is a 10-working-day turnaround, from the moment it arrives to the moment it leaves us again. Anything longer than that we try to get done as quickly as possible thereafter, but in full consultation with the customer. Have you ever had anything through your doors that appears to have no faults at all? We had a rifle into the repair centre recently which appeared to have been manufactured wrong, rather than the end user having done anything. More often than not, and this is the case with premium guns like Zoli, all that the gun needs is a service, so needs to have a complete strip down clean and have any parts which are worn replaced, even if they are not quite at the end of their life, as a goodwill gesture. It keeps the guns in as near new condition as possible. Are customers with repairs ever allowed to visit Edgar Brothers directly? The faulty product should be returned to the gunshop from which it was bought. We haven’t been accepting any drop off repairs in recent months because of the pandemic, purely for safety reasons. It hasn’t been unheard of in the past, especially if the end user lives close by, for them to drop it in, but if it comes back to us from the gunshop there’s more traceability there, coverage concerning insurance and so on. This protects us, the gunshop and most importantly, the end user.
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An overview of warranties offered by firearms and optics brands on display across the British Shooting Show.
icture the scene: you’ve just bought your dream shotgun, rifle, optic or air rifle and a couple of weeks later, through no fault of your own, you discover that there is a problem with it. What happens then? Over the following pages is an overview of the cover offered by some of the brands you will find across the British Shooting Show, including crucial small print you need to know about.
SHOTGUNS AND RIFLES AYA Warranty length: 5 years What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock (guns are submitted for proof with stock fitted) Lead time: 1 - 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Return registration card to importers ASI within 14 days of purchase Small print: Warranties only apply to the original purchaser Further information: a-s-i.co.uk
ANSHUTZ Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Faults arising from defects in materials or manufacture What’s not: Damage to metal, wood, plastic, rubber and other materials. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused, or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made Lead time: 1 - 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Via retailer. Warranty can be extended to 3 years once registered. Further information: ruag.co.uk
BARRETT Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
BERGARA Warranty length: 2 Years What’s covered: Faults arising from defects in materials or manufacture What’s not: Damage to metal, wood, plastic, rubber and other materials. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused, or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made Lead time: 1 - 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Via retailer Further information: ruag.co.uk
BLASER Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Defects in materials or workmanship What’s not: Defects to any wooden parts, separately attachable or permanently installed accessories such as target optics or silencers Lead time: Approximately 2 weeks Registration: Online, within 10 days of purchase Small print: Original receipt required to prove warranty’s validity. Warranty on replacement parts ends at the same time as the original warranty. Further information: blaser.de
BREDA Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Damage caused by misuse Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
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Warranty length: 3 years (semi-autos and rifles) and 10 years (shotguns) for the action; 3 years for the woodwork and barrel What’s covered: This warranty is held against manufacturing defaults What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7 - 14 days Registration: Via post or online, where warranty can be extended by 1 year more Further information: browning.eu
BENELLI Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts. Parts treated with Benelli Surface Treatment (BE.S.T.) are warranted against rust and corrosion for 25 years after the date of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused What’s not: Damage to the stock or fore-end or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Lead time: 7 - 10 days Registration: Warranty extended to 10 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase Further information: gmk.co.uk
BERETTA Warranty length: 2 years (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7 - 10 days Registration: Warranty automatically extended to 3 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase. Warranty can be extended to 10 years for £60 Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
BETTINSOLI Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Faults arising from defects in materials or manufacture What’s not: Damage to metal, wood, plastic, rubber and other materials. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 1 - 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Via retailer Further information: ruag.co.uk
CHAPUIS Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or fore-end or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7-10 days Registration: Warranty automatically extended to 2 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
CAESAR GUERINI Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or fore-end, general wear and tear. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 3 - 5 days Registration: Online, no time limit applies Small print: Warranty can be transferred to a second user Further information: caesargueriniuk.com
DANIEL DEFENSE Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
FABARM Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or fore-end, general wear and tear. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 3 - 5 days Registration: Online, no time limit applies Small print: Warranty can be transferred to a second user Further information: caesargueriniuk.com/ fabarm
FRANCHI Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend or cosmetic faults obvious at time of
purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7-10 days Registration: Warranty automatically extended to 7 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
GSC Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
HATSAN Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Wooden parts of the shotgun. Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
HENRY Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Damage caused by misuse Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Required within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
J.P. SAUER & SOHN Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Defects in materials or workmanship What’s not: Defects to any wooden parts Lead time: Approximately 2 weeks Registration: Online, within 10 weeks of purchase Further information: sauer.de
JAEGAR Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Required within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
MAUSER Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Defects in materials or workmanship What’s not: Defects to any wooden parts. Separately attachable or permanently installed accessories such as target optics or silencers Lead time: Approximately 2 weeks Registration: Online, within 10 days of purchase Small print: Original receipt required to prove warranty’s validity. Warranty on replacement parts ends at the same time as the original warranty Further information: mauser.com
MERKEL Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Required within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
MOSSBERG Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Required within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
Q RIFLES Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
PERAZZI Warranty length: 1 year What’s covered: Faults arising from defects in materials or manufacture What’s not: Damage to metal, wood, plastic,
rubber and other materials. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made Lead time: Depends on problem Registration: Warranty extended to 3 years upon return of valid guarantee card Further information: ruag.co.uk
RIZZINI Warranty length: 5 years What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock (guns are submitted for proof with stock fitted) Lead time: 1 – 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Return registration card to importers ASI within 14 days of purchase Small print: Warranties only apply to the original purchaser Further information: a-s-i.co.uk
RUGER Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (2 years), wood (1 year) What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
SAKO / TIKKA Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7 - 10 days Registration: Warranty extended to 2 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase. Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
STOEGER Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7-10 days Registration: Warranty extended to 5 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
SYREN Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend, general wear and tear. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 3 - 5 days Registration: Online, no time limit applies Small print: Warranty can be transferred to a second user Further information: caesargueriniuk.com/ syren
ZOLI Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Wooden parts of the shotgun Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Small print: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
SCHMIESSER Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers
AIR RIFLES AIR ARMS Warranty length: 3 years What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained or damaged accidentally/ through misuse, or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made. Small print: Warranty listed above applies to UK only Further information: air-arms.co.uk
BSA Warranty length: 2 years What’s covered: Faulty materials or workmanship What’s not: Wear and tear Registration: Online Small print: Warranties only apply to the original purchaser, proof of purchase required Further information: bsaguns.co.uk
COMETA Warranty length: Limited lifetime warranty What’s covered: All parts What’s not: Warranty may be invalid if the air rifle shows clear signs of neglect or lack of proper maintenance Lead time: 1 - 2 weeks for minor repairs Registration: Return registration card to importers ASI within 14 days of purchase Small print: Warranties only apply to the original purchaser Further information: a-s-i.co.uk
Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Small print: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
STOEGER Warranty length: 1 year (if sold by a GMK authorised dealer) What’s covered: Faults and breakages affecting the gun’s mechanical parts. What’s not: Damage to the stock or foreend or cosmetic faults obvious at time of purchase. Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused Lead time: 7-10 days Registration: Warranty extended to 2 years (FOC) if registered within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only Further information: gmk.co.uk
WEIHRAUCH Warranty length: 1 year What’s covered: All functional faults What’s not: Warranty is void if the gun has not been properly maintained, accidentally damaged or misused, or when an unauthorised repair/ alteration has been made Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Via retailer Small print: Warranty is transferable if gun is resold within the year and is only guaranteed if the air gun has Hull Cartridge stamped onto the barrel. Further information: weihrauch.co.uk
OPTICS GECO Warranty length: Geco products 5 years (2 years for electronic parts). Ten years for Geco Gold and Black products (2 years for electronic parts) What’s covered: Faults arising from defect in materials or manufacture What’s not: Damage caused by misuse Registration: Proof of purchase Further information: ruag.co.uk
HAWKE Warranty length: Various What’s covered: A No Fault Lifetime Warranty (NFLW) applies to spotting scopes, binoculars and rifle scopes. A 2 year warranty applies to red dots, cameras, reflex sights, mounts, rangefinders and other accessories. What’s not: Loss, theft, deliberate damage or cosmetic damage that does not hinder the performance of the product Lead time: 2 - 5 days Registration: Register online (no time limit) Small print: Warranties apply to the original purchaser only. NFLW applies only to products purchased after January, 1 2018. Products purchased prior to this date are covered by Hawke’s original warranty. Hawke may occasionally replace products with an equivalent in equal/ better condition. NFLW is only available directly through Hawke’s UK service centre Further information: hawkeoptics.com
HATSAN Warranty length: 1 year What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Wooden parts of the rifle Lead time: 10 working days Registration: Online via Edgar Brothers Small print: Warranty is void if any work is carried out on any mechanical parts or alterations are made without authorisation from Edgar Brothers Further information: shootingsports@ edgarbrothers.com
NORICA Warranty length: 1 year What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship What’s not: Wooden parts of the rifle Lead time: 10 working days
LEICA Warranty length: Various. Binoculars is 10 years; riflescopes is 10 years for optics, 2 years for electronics; rangefinder binoculars is 5 years for optics, 2 years for electronics; CRF is 2 years for optics and electronics; and Calonox is 3 years for optics and electronics What’s covered: All internal optical and mechanical parts and electronics What’s not: Rubber armouring, eyecups, objective covers, accessories are not covered under warranty. However, the brand will review under its goodwill policy Lead time: Return time is subject to work-load within our company facility and availability of parts Registration: Register the products online Small print: Policy may change without notice Further information: leica-camera.com
LEUPOLD Warranty length: Lifetime warranty What’s covered: Defects in materials and workmanship (electronic parts are covered for 2 years) What’s not: Damage caused by misuse Lead time: Within 1 month Registration: Within 30 days of purchase Small print: Warranty is not transferable Further information: vikingarms.com
MEOPTA Warranty length: 30 years (transferable warranty once registered with Meopta, 10 years without registration) What’s covered: Defects in materials and/or workmanship What’s not: Damage from mis-use Lead time: Depends on the issue Registration: Online/ via Meopta Small print: The transferable warranty only applies to certain products Further information: ruag.co.uk
MINOX Warranty length: 10 years What’s covered: Defects in materials or workmanship What’s not: Cosmetic damages or blemishes which do not affect the functionality of the device are not covered in this service. Excluded are also wilfully or grossly negligently caused damages Lead time: Approximately 2 weeks Registration: Within 30 days of purchase (purchaser then eligible for Minox Comfort Service) Further information: minox.com
VORTEX Warranty length: Unlimited lifetime warranty What’s covered: Repair or replacement if product is damaged or defective What’s not: Loss, theft, deliberate damage or cosmetic damage that does not hinder the performance of the product Lead time: Around 2 weeks Registration: Not required Small print: Warranty is transferable, no proof of purchase required Further information: vortexoptics.com
SWAROVSKI Warranty length: 10 years (products with electronic functions are covered for 2 years) What’s covered: Defects in material and/or workmanship What’s not: Parts subject to wear and tear, such as eye cups, carry straps, cases and armouring Lead time: 4 - 8 weeks Registration: Warranty should be registered online on the day of purchase Further information: swarovskioptik.com
SCHMIDT & BENDER Warranty length: 2 years (all PM scopes) and 10 years (all hunting scopes) What’s covered: Any defect arising from bad workmanship or faulty materials
What’s not: Wear and tear or if the optic has not been properly maintained. Warranty is void if the product is accidentally damaged or misused, or if repairs are conducted by an authorised third party Lead time: Approximately 2 weeks (longer if export permit is required) Registration: Online Further information: schmidtundbender.de/en
ZEISS Warranty length: 2 years (Terra binoculars and DTI Thermal Imager); both Victory and Conquest products have a 10 year warranty on optical components (with a 2 year warranty for electrical components if applicable) What’s covered: Defects in material and / or workmanship What’s not: General tear and wear defects are not covered under warranty. Products that have been modified with unauthorised accessories or by unauthorised services Lead time: Depends on the issue Registration: Purchasers of DTI Thermal Imagers receive an extra year’s warranty if the product is registered online within 4 weeks of purchase Small print: Warranty conditions may differ on products bought outside of Europe Further information: zeiss.com
LENGTHS OF WARRANTIES OFFERED BY HIGHLAND OUTDOORS SHOTGUNS & RIFLES
Diana: 12 months
AGS: 12 months
Armsan: 4 years
Sig Air: 12 months
InfiRay: 2 years
Springfield Armoury: 12 months
Nikko Stirling: From to 12 months up to Limited Lifetime
Howa: Up to 3 years Sig: 12 months Lithgow Arms: 4 years Webley & Scott: 5 years
Webley Air: 12 months
Sig Optics: Unlimited Smartclip: 12 months ZeroTech: Lifetime
Every possible effort has been made to ensure the information presented across these pages is an accurate summary of the warranties offered by the brands listed.
A selection of products on offer at this year’s show
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES 1
Button Down Igloo Fleece Sizes available: XS to 5XL £69.99 inc. VAT highlandoutdoors.co.uk
Performance Shotgun Bag £69.99 inc. VAT highlandoutdoors.co.uk
Mens Venator Trousers Sizes available: 26in – 48in £240 inc. VAT fortisclothing.co.uk
4. EMTEC LABORATORIES
NoiseBreaker ear plugs with radio compatibility £90+VAT noisebreaker.co.uk
Full Zip Jacket 400 £145 inc. VAT outwearltd.co.uk
7 6. FORTIS
Men’s Field Jacket, Sizes: XXS - XXXL £230 inc. VAT fortisclothing.co.uk
8 7. SOG
Altair XR knife £139.99 inc. VAT highlandoutdoors.co.uk
FIELD & MOOR - OSPREY BOOTS
Ladies Field Jacket, Sizes: 6 - 24 £230 inc. VAT fortisclothing.co.uk
SWATCOM SC20 NOVO NATURAL & ENHANCED GENERIC IN-EAR HEARING PROTECTION
Osprey Boots beautifully hand crafted - full of character that helps you stand out and perform in the Fields.
Hearing protection no longer means living in silence. The SC20 brings you natural ambient awareness with exceptional noise suppression.
Built to last with lots of Bells & Whistles features - Treble stitched, Commando Vibram Sole, Storm Welted construction and unique “gun - rest “ design, Double side buckle for adjustable fit.
The SC20N and SC20E Novo hearing protection is engineered to combat both prolonged loud and impulse noise, so whether you’re running a printing press or firing a gun, the Novo will suppress all harmful sounds.
Available in Ladies sizes 36 - 42. Colour Options Tan , Teal Green and Chestnut Leathers.
The SC20N and SC20E Novo has an unobtrusive, shallow profile that won’t interfere with a mask or gun mount.
Show Offer £240 (RRP £300)
SWATCOM SC21 PRO-IMPULSE UNIVERSAL IN EAR HEARING PROTECTION
MACWETS - PREMIUM SPORTS GLOVES
SWATCOM SC21 Pro-Impulse are reusable ear plugs designed to reduce impulse noises to safe levels. The ear tip provides a comfortable and discreet fit, The Pro-Impulse filters provide a constant 15dB (SNR) reduction but react to impulse noises (such as gunshot) by up to 33 dB to provide a brief higher level of protection before returning to the normal constant level.
MacWets are the premium sports gloves on the market today now involved in over 40 sports and activities. Extremely popular with Shooters as they are so sensitive allowing you to ‘feel and feather’ the trigger finger whilst wearing them. They are such a good fit that you will forget you have them on enabling you to perform other intricate tasks ie using your mobile, camera and binoculars. A must for all shooting disciplines Come and visit us on Stand D19
FIELD & MOOR - MARSH HARRIER 9 inch hiking & trekking Boot - ideal for Clay or driven shooting. Handcrafted Country Boot, built to last - Quality hydrophobic chestnut leather upper. Sympatex waterproof & breathable lining, Vibram Commando sole, Treble stitched, half bellows tongue, storm welted construction, unique gun rest. Available in Sizes 36 - 48. FIELDANDMOOR.CO.UK
Show Offer £200 (RRP £275)
SWATCOM ACTIVE8 The SWATCOM Active8 is a premier product that is designed to the highest possible specification, with the latest ASIC digital technology to ensure the best sound reproduction of any headset of its type around the world. With features, including being totally submersible and therefore fully waterproof, these headsets meet the demands of the modern Military Soldiers, Police First Responders and Professional Shooters. This quality is further endorsed by a 5 Year manufacturer’s warranty covering the electronics. SWATCOM.COM
THE 2022 GREAT BRITISH SHOOTING SHOW
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Aaronbroock Game & Country
Blue Mountain Forge
Amos Owens Moonshine
B7 - B8 A6 C16
BOSS AND CO STAND - C16 Since 1812, Boss has stood at the apex of the Holy Trinity of London Gunmakers: ‘Builders of Best Guns Only’. bossguns.com 020 8948 2781
Anglo Italian Arms
Anglo Spanish Imports (ASI)
Braces Of Bristol
Archant Sporting/Rifle Shooter
Braces Of Bristol (Umarex)
British Game Assurance
Bucks Brothers Gin
C CAB Transit Boxes Carl Zeiss
E E.J. Churchill Edgar Brothers
Elderkin & Son Gunmakers
Elite Optical Distribution
Elm Of Burford
Clay Pigeon Company & Laporte
Cluny Country Store
Contact Coffee Co
Country Clothing Store
Country Clothing Store
Custom Fit Guards
D Deer Hunter
Dogs & Co
E7 C14 E5 C14
FIELD & MOOR STAND - C18 Handcrafted Country Boots, British design, built to last, combines comfort and styling. Quality finish to high spec. Sizes 36 - 50 European. Member of Society of Shoefitters. “Seeking Trade Partners for Aut 2022 Season”. www.fieldandmoor.co.uk James 07564 637366 Fieldsports Channel TV
D16 - D17
CLAYCART STAND - D15 “Claycart is a must have addition to any shooter’s equipment providing a safe, stable and effortless means of caddying a gun, cartridges and associated equipment around the shooting ground.” Daryl 07751 757824
Czech Tactical Pursuits
Flint & Flame Fortis Fox & Co
B4 C20 E7
Frys Teak Garden
B20 - B21
Geoff Troth Knives
Hicks & Hides
HIGHLAND OUTDOORS STAND - B9 & B10 Established in 2007, Highland Outdoors is the UK’s premier wholesale distributor for Shooting Sports. Ridgeline - STAND C9 0345 099 0252 www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk
George H. Daw
Guloyma Gun Stocks
HILDITCH WOOD DESIGN STAND - D12 Handmade bespoke dressers in premium oak, designed for gun cleaning or fly tying as required. Nationwide delivery. Contact Craig for details. www.hilditchwooddesign.co.uk T: 01347 811889 M: 07814 558400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillcroft Claymore Clays
Hayles Fruit Farm
Ian James Stickmaker IM Group Isuzu
Inveris Training Solutions
ITL Shooting Supplies
Ladds Guns & Sports Leather Genie
LEICA SPORT OPTICS STAND - C11 World renowned legendary manufacturer of high quality premium optics. Cameras, binoculars, rangefinders, riflescopes and thermal imaging. leica-camera.com/en-GB/sport-optics
IVY AND DUKE STAND - B4 Ivy and Duke offer a range of luxury fabric and waterproof, memory foam dog beds. www.ivyandduke.co.uk 0161 660 5534
M Macintyre & Thomson
J J.Hogan & Son Gunmakers
K Katie Hargreaves Art
Kin Toffee + Vodka
MACWET STAND - D19 MacWets are the premium sports gloves on the market today now involved in over 40 sports and activities. Extremely popular with Shooters as they are so sensitive allowing you to ‘feel and feather’ the trigger finger whilst wearing them. www.macwet.com MedCert Mercury Custom Plugs
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Oxford Gun Company
Mourne Outdoor Clothing
N National Gamekeepers’ Organisation National Target Shotgun Assosciation
O O’Donnell Moonshine
Ogdens Shooting Supplies
P Pegasus Guns
PRACTICAL TARGETS CO. STAND - B18 Practical Targets Co. manufacture steel reactive targets made from hardened AR500 steel. Targets for shotgun, small-bore, fullbore and airguns. www.practicaltargets.com 0114 438 1880 Precision Targets
R Raisthorpe Flyers
Ray Ward Gunsmith
Optics Warehouse Outfit International
NIGHT PEARL STAND - B5 Night Pearl offers a wide range of thermal imaging and night vision devices. Monoculars, adapters, sights and binoculars. www.nightpearl.eu +420 573 379 670 Nova Scotia
Gun Register A brand new firearms registration tool approved by RFDs • Automatically send Form 11s • 100% Safe and Secure • Save Hours of Time
Come and visit us at
to ask questions, get a personalised demo and see the register for yourself!
Smith & Torok Gun & Rifle Makers
Rose Cottage Pantry
Sportsman Gun Centre
D11 - D12
St Armstrong Practical Targets
SW PET BEDS STAND - B2 We purvey a range of British-made heavyduty waterproof dog beds and waterproof dog bed covers that come in a variety of sizes and colours. southwestpetbeds.co.uk 01803 862816
RUAG AMMOTEC UK LTD STAND - D14 Wholesale ammunition, guns, accessories, optics and country clothing. Including RWS, Norma, GECO, Perazzi, Bergara and more. www.ruag.co.uk 01579 362319 Rudolph Optics
Ruff and Tumble
S Schmidt & Bender
Scott Country International
Silver Lady Services
Swarovski Optik Swatcom
T Tactical Training Area Tails.com
Teague Precision Chokes
The Airgun Target Company
The Bushcraft Store
The Champagne Cave
The Crusty Pie Co
The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust
The Knife Sharpener Guy
The Shooting Party
U Ukotini Direct
WESTLEY RICHARDS STAND - C15 Makers of the world’s finest bespoke guns and rifles, Westley Richards is now the premier outfitter for all your sporting requirements. westleyrichards.com 0121 333 1900 Westwood Sporting
Wild Chef UMAREX STAND - B14 UMAREX is the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter firearm replicas and the largest importer of air guns in Europe. Free shooting on the Air Rifle Range. www.umarex.de email@example.com
Viking Arms Vortex Optics
V Vario Hearables
E18 - E21
X Sight Sport
W Warwickshire Clothing
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THE NEC Birmingham B40 1NT +44 (0) 121 780 4141
HALL PLAN Please note: Most islands contain multiple exhibitors.
OPTIMIZED PRECISION BARREL RULE THE GAME
Visit the Germans at booth B14
AT THE UMAREX SHOOTING RANGE