Sportsman Gun Centre Blog

  • The New Sole UK Distributor of CZ Firearms

    In case you missed the initial announcement, Sportsman Gun Centre is proudly the new and sole UK importer and distributor of prestigious firearm manufacturer CZ (Česká zbrojovka).

    CZ Production

     

    CZ has been manufacturing firearms for over 80 years and boast an impressive range of centrefire hunting & rimfire rifles, sport & competition firearms and an expansive military and law enforcement range. Manufactured in the Czech Republic, CZ produces an average of 1577 firearms a day to meet an ever-growing global demand for premium quality firearms at an affordable price.

    The SGC feels both privileged and proud to have been invited into partnership with such a prestigious manufacturer to bring the full and complete range the UK.

    SGC MD Gary Lamburn said “We as a business believe in investing in stock and CZ is no different. We will look to increase stock holding to benefit the availability of firearms to the UK gun trade.”

    Both the SGC and CZ believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK shooting industry, bringing world-leading firearms to a much wider audience.

    CZ 457

    All CZ Rifles can be found on the SGC website, notably featuring the new CZ 457 Synthetic, Long Range Precision (LRP) and Thumbhole rimfire rifles.

    Combined with the increased stock availability, the SGC believe that we will soon see far more shooters in the UK with CZ firearms.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • 'Hunt The Wildland' is now available in a digital format

    Interested in hunting around the world? Check the digital format of 'Hunt The Wildland', click here to find out more.

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  • The Basics of Reloading

    Reloading Introduction

    RELOADING IS AN ENJOYABLE HOBBY, saves you money — and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee Precision, Inc. Their mission is simple: produce the best value American made reloading tools.

    Great prices come from patented, innovative designs. The company are proud to say that Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. A reloading press and a set of Lee Dies are all you need to start reloading. Lee Dies come complete with powder dipper, shell holder and instructions, along with comprehensive load data that tells you how much and what type of powder to use.

    Dies and presses last a lifetime, so buying what your budget allows makes the most sense. For those with a workbench, consider the Lee Bench Plate for the ultimate convenience in mounting your presses. If you don’t have a workbench, consider the Lee Reloading Stand, compact and very sturdy.

    The Basics of Reloading

    To the uninitiated reloading can seem quite a minefield... The truth is it can be broken down into 6 simple steps.

    1. Decap and Size - If you are using previously fired brass you will need to remove the old primers and size it back to factory specifications, or for advanced users, you can simply resize the neck.
    2. Trim - When brass has been fired and resized it can stretch. So it is advised that you measure and trim your brass back to factory specifications.
    3. Prime - This is the part where you replace the primer in the brass, making it ready to accept the charge.
    4. Expand & Charge / Charge, at this stage, you add the powder to your cartridges.
    5. Seating - Add your desired bullet head to the brass ready for the final stage.
    6. Crimping - To ensure uniform pressure and reliability crimp your head into the cartridge. Now your newly made ammunition is ready to shoot.

    As with all firearm based activities. It is essential that anyone new to reloading takes advice from a professional and that the individual does their research before they start.

  • FX Airguns announce new sole UK distributor

    The Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd is proud to announce that in February 2020, they will be the sole UK importer/distributor of the world-famous premium Swedish Air Gun brand FX Airguns.

     

    Founded in 1999, FX Airguns is fast becoming “THE” favourite among British airgun enthusiasts, so much so that historically demand has outstripped supply. It is clear to see why, as each airgun is manufactured to an exacting standard by the FX team. Led by Fredrik Axelsson, FX Airguns are, as both manufacturers and innovators, constantly pushing for new world innovation and incorporation of the newest manufacturing techniques.

    The SGC has always committed to holding a significant amount of stock for the brands they distribute and are looking to continue to increase the availability of the incredible FX range in the UK.  They are excited to offer greatly reduced lead times and improved stock availability to both retail and trade clients.

    Both the SGC and FX believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK airgun industry, bringing world-leading airguns to a much wider audience.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • The perfect hunting companion Zeiss

    Thoughts on what makes the perfect scope

    The most important factors when choosing your scope are your particular hunting preferences and the conditions in which you hunt. All-rounder or specialist – this crucial decision will depend not only on what scopes you already have, but also on what, where and how you will want to hunt in future.

     

    • If you will be hunting in daylight, what you need most is flexibility when it comes to magnification. The key aspects to consider are the terrain (flat country, mountains) and the type of hunting (hide, stalking).
    • Riflescopes with excellent optical performance are the number one choice if you will be hunting at twilight or by moonlight.
    • Reliable aiming, fast reactions and short distances: when on driven hunts, sights with a large field of view and low magnification allow you to aim with both eyes, thus increasing the reliability of your shot.
    • Various types of game and hunting, different times of day or environments: all-rounders with excellent optical clarity and a wide zoom range really come into their own here.
    • For high-precision shots over long distances, long-range scopes with extreme magnification and pinpoint ballistic settings are what you need.
    • If you are hunting in the mountains, it is important to have the flexibility to take long-distance shots, as well as to adjust your ballistic settings to suit the game. A product such as the ZEISS Victory Rangefinder System can be a great help here too.

    Finding the perfect binoculars


    For the most part, hunting is not about the hunt itself; it is about being able to experience nature and, in particular, to view the game.

    What constitutes the right binoculars will depend on the type of hunt, time of day and, last but not least, the hunter and their requirements. When hunting on the move, factors such as size, weight and ease of use are really important, on top of the optical considerations.

    • If you are hunting game that is on the move, you often have to act fast. Compact, lightweight binoculars that are really easy to use would be ideal here.
    • During the day, what hunters need most is to have a good overview through a wide field of view, along with good magnification, so they can aim at game properly.
    • In poor light, when hunting at night or at twilight, a good pair of binoculars with large lenses and good light transmission will allow hunters to get the most out of their hunt.
    • In order to measure distances accurately for an exact shot, the binoculars will need to offer enhanced technological features that are easy to use, on top of the optics themselves.
    • A built-in image stabilisation function will enable you to see clearly over extremely long distances – even without a tripod.

    The perfect spotting scope

    Whether used to view game or simply see nature in a different way: spotting scopes give hunters and nature-lovers a unique perspective and enable them to take precise aim. Spotting scopes are usually needed to take accurate images over long distances, but sometimes they serve to pick up details on smaller animals that are already visible to the naked eye. So why do I need a spotting scope?

    When deciding whether you need a spotting scope, as well as the performance data of the optics in question, such as maximum magnification, zoom range or field of view, it is recommended that you consider other factors too: for example, weight, dimensions, setting options, handling or ability to extend the product with corresponding accessories.

    • If used for aiming at game, the mobility of the spotting scope is important, as well as its optical performance: it should be lightweight, compact, robust and with no bells or whistles.
    • If used for viewing game, simple handling and maximum optical performance are the order of the day.
    • If used for identifying animals, when it is all about extreme magnification, a wide field of view and true-colour reproduction, every tiny detail counts.
    • Whether it will be connected to a camera or used for digiscoping – with the right spotting scope, you can record your sightings as photographs or moving images.
  • ATA Arms SP Super Sport

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT

    The SP SUPERSPORT is Turkish gunmaker, ATA Arms’ newest addition to its SP range of shotguns.

    With its matte black action, matte barrels, red accents and a high-grade Turkish Walnut stock, the SUPERSPORT certainly looks the part. But with the inclusion of extended chokes, vented barrels and an optional adjustable stock, it lives up to its name.

    This beautiful 12G over-under shotgun is available with both 30 and 32 inch barrels, a 12mm rib, comes with a full set of chokes and offers anything the sporting shooter would need from a shotgun.

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT - RRP From: £799.99

  • Sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc.

    We are proud to announce that the Sportsman Gun Centre is now the sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc. Battenfeld has a broad range of shooting, hunting and conservation accessories to suit any real world situation. With some much loved brands such as Caldwell, Wheeler, Tipton and Frankford Arsenal, we are confident that this addition to our brand portfolio will cater to the needs of all of our customers.

    Here is a complete list of Battenfeld brands available through our stores and website and a little bit of information on each of them.

     

    Caldwell – Shooting accessories including eye & hearing protection, target shooting, bipods, benches & rests, magazine speed loaders and much more.

    Wheeler – Gunsmithing, maintenance and cleaning.

    Tipton – Maintenance, cleaning, gun vices and range kits.

    Frankford Arsenal – Reloading tools and accessories.

    Bog – Bipods, shooting sticks, gun rests and apparel.

    Smith&Wesson – Target shooting accessories and apparel.

    Lockdown – Gun safe accessories including lighting, organisation, security, moisture control and accessory kits.

    Hooyman – Tree care and conservation tools including hand saws, pole saws and chainsaws.

    Non Typical Wildlife Solutions – Deer and livestock control accessories including electric fence kits and power banks.

    Battenfeld video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ5dIsmNk7M&feature=youtu.be

  • Strasser RS14 Evolution

    Strasser RS14 Evolution


    The RS14 Evolution is the new flagship straight pull rifle from Austria’s Strasser. The Evolution is positioned to build on its predecessor, the RS14, and boasts an unparalleled level of configuration.

    The key feature of the RS14, both past and present, is its modular design. This gives it the ability to quickly, easily and accurately change calibre with no special tools or equipment; in fact, all the tools you need are hidden within the rifle itself.

    Strasser has a strong history in precision tooling, including making parts for ESA (European Space Agency) Rockets, so they know precision. It’s this precision that makes their calibre change so unique. The barrel can be removed and changed in less time than it takes to load a magazine, and will always return back to zero. You also only need one magazine for each calibre group which further enhances the calibre change process.

    The RS14 Evolution also includes a ‘drop out’ trigger mechanism which is fully hand adjustable. You can adjust the trigger pull weight without any tools.

    In short the Strasser RS14 Evolution is one of the most versatile, customisable and reliable rifles on the market and is available in a wide range of calibres, stocks and finishes.

    Strasser RS14 Evolution - RRP From: £2,527.99

     

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  • New UK distributer for Primary Arms Optics.

    Feb 2019

    New UK distributer for Primary Arms Optics.

    We are privileged to be UK distributors for Nightforce, Warne, ATA’s KOFS and many more.

    We are proud to announce the newest addition, to our ever expanding portfolio, Introducing Primary Arms Optics.

     

    Both us and Primary Arms Optics see this as a huge step forward for the UK Optics industry and a move which will see the range and availability of Primary Arms products in the UK dramatically increase.

     

    Initially we will stock a selection of the latest tactical, hunting & red dot scopes. Offering precision reticles with exceptional performance, impressive American build quality and great value, that will provide a credible alternative to other tactical / hunting scopes currently available in the UK.

  • Press Release From Zeiss British Shooting Show

     Press Release

    ZEISS at the British Shooting Show 2019

    ZEISS announces prize draw for visitors to the British Shooting Show, for a chance to win a pair of new Victory RF 10x42 laser rangefinders (worth £2,600). ZEISS have re imagined their stand design for 2019, now featuring a replica highseat design, and will once again have ZEISS Brand Ambassadors on stand to discuss all things hunting.

    16th January 2019

    ZEISS will be on stand B10 this year, showcasing their full range of high performance sports optics, emphasising the high-quality construction and detailed optical design that everyone has come to expect from ZEISS.

    This year ZEISS have re-imagined the stand design, creating a replica hunting high-seat for a panoramic view to test the optics' edge-to-edge clarity. The raised height will allow an improved view above the other stands, imitating the outlook from a hunting high-seat or hide.Customers will also have the ability to test the ZEISS Victory RF laser range finders, with an integrated real-time ballistics computer, which are available to win in the free ZEISS prize draw. In order to be in with a chance of winning a pair of new Victory Laser RF’s (worth £2,600), visitors can stop by the stand and submit their details with a member off the ZEISS team via one of the iPad’s. Alternatively, anyone who can’t visit the stand is able to submit their details Online via www.zeiss.co.uk/shooting-show, with the winner selected at random.

    In addition, ZEISS have had some honourable nominations at this year’s Great British Shooting Show awards, including “Optics of the Year” for the Victory RF’s, as well as ZEISS Ambassador Paul Childerley (Childerley Sporting) being nominated for not only Gamekeeper of the year but Professional Stalker of the year, also. Paul and ZEISS ambassador Jim Riley (DGVM, ZEISS Centre of Excellence) will both be present on the stand, divulging their endless knowledge and experience using ZEISS sports optics on a daily basis. Jim, Paul and a number of ZEISS experts will also be happy to offer technical advice or answer any questions that visitors may have.

     About ZEISS
    ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. ZEISS develops and distributes lithography optics, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. The company is divided up into the six business groups Industrial Metrology, Microscopy, Medical Technology, Vision Care, Consumer Optics and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries – with around 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities. In fiscal year 2013/14 the company generated revenue approximating 4.3 billion euros with just under 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).  

    Further information at www.zeiss.com

    Consumer Optics

    The Consumer Optics business group combines the company's business with camera and movie lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, hunting optics and planetarium technology. It is represented at the Oberkochen, Wetzlar and Jena sites. A total of around 750 employees work for the business group which generated revenue of 185 million euros in fiscal year 2013/14.

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