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Often I am asked, “Why should I spend on an expensive gun when modern production models do the same job?” Indeed, I am one who strongly advocates that “provided the gun fits and the user has mastered a polished preparation and gun mounting routine, the value of the gun is of little importance, provided it “shoots straight”.

However, let’s get back to the business of possibly becoming the owner of something “more expensive”.

Currently we are experiencing stiff financial times and for those in the position, it is not easy deciding where to invest monies. Returns from certain investments are poor and we have to be patient and wait for the “long term”. On the other hand, wisely selected, “best guns” have always proven to be money well spent; coming under the umbrella of a “wasting asset”, buying guns is sound practice, as their value is not taken into account for IHT purposes!

“But will a better gun actually improve my shooting?” Forgetting salesmanship, here is what I believe to be the most constructive and professional reply; “there comes a time when any sportsperson, regardless of discipline, reaches a level of ability, at which point, to raise the quality of the equipment, will raise the level of their game”.

Now, that’s a mouthful! But read it again, and the notion becomes obvious. Consider Wimbledon and The Olympic Games and, I can wager, all competitors used the most advanced equipment, from tennis racquets to running spikes!

Gold Medal winner Peter Wilson and his fellow shooting team members left nothing to chance, and that includes using rifles and shotguns of the highest quality and it is not by chance that they will not be cheap!

So, there we have it, my argument is one based upon sound investment, vastly improved handling; which always leads to improved performance… and yes, as far as a “nice looking” shotgun is concerned… pride of ownership?

When is the next Open Shoot?

Side by Side Day 2019

Side by Side Day 2019

Wednesday July 10th, 2019

A fun clay day for users, (and those who fancy their chances!) with the Side by Side.
No Over & Unders Allowed!

Simulated Game Days

Simulated Game Days

Driven Grouse . Driven Partridge . Decoyed Woodpigeon . Duck Flight
Driven Pheasants from our fantastic, “towers”.

No Plastic!

No Plastic!

Hurrah! At last some shooting folk are waking up to the horrors of Plastic.

How It All Began

How It All Began

Throughout the late 1800’s shooting live pigeons, released from boxes or, “traps” was an extremely popular sport amongst shooting folk. The use of the live bird for a target was, however, looked upon by many as a barbarous act and was soon outlawed. For a while the...

The Browning B25

The Browning B25

Almost ninety years ago, John Moses Browning perfected his B25 action. Built in Belgium, the famous gun-making house of Fabrique Nationale were chosen to produce this shotgun, hand built and engraved; they still do to this day and pretty much to Browning’s original...

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