Sportsman Gun Centre Blog

  • Sportsman Gun Centre Open Day & Black Friday Event

    Something big is happening on Friday 24th November 2017.

    It’s that time of year again where shops and online retailers across the country drop their prices for Black Friday. As well as some huge reductions across our products we are also hosting one of our legendary open days.

    At 10 am we will be opening our doors (and some of our warehouse) to visitors for a shooting based extravaganza! We will be joined by representatives from some industry-leading brands, BASC advisors, trophy head measurers and even a shooting simulator!

    We will also have over 1000 of our guns on display, many of which will be included in our huge discounts and offers.

    Here is a list of representatives and activities available on the day.

    Reps:

    • Pulsar
    • Swarovski
    • Weatherby
    • Strasser
    • Revo
    • Browning
    • Nightforce
    • Yukon
    • ATA Arms
    • Kofs
    • LightFORCE
    • Steyr Mannlicher
    • Accuracy International
    • Boyds

    Advice and activities:

    • BASC advisors
    • Shooting simulator
    • Trophy head measuring

     

    Some more details:

    Where
    The Sportsman Gun Centre, 19 Apple Lane, Trade City, Exeter, EX2 5GL

    When
    24/11/17 – 10am-8pm

  • Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award

    At The Sportsman Gun Centre we are proud to distribute LightForce products, so naturally we were exceptionally proud to hear that LightForce won a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award!
    Check out the announcement from the LightForce team below:

    Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award
    Each year at SEMA Show in Las Vegas USA, Diesel Tech Magazine reports on new products, designs and industry breaking news to help keep their audience up-to-date with what's happening in the auto industry.
    Recently, Diesel Tech Magazine decided to take things up a notch and began awarding trophies to just five of the best Show Stoppers out of thousands of exhibitors.
    Lightforce is proud to accept one of the 5 trophies awarded at SEMA Show 2017.

    This award is in recognition of our Genesis LED 210mm Driving Light which was designed, tested and manufactured right here in South Australia. This award validates our passion for the design and manufacture of high performance lighting systems. We aim to push the limits with every product we bring to market and it's satisfying to see this recognised by others in the industry.

    Our focus will always be on building lights that are effectively “tools not toys” and that serve those who value performance, innovation and design. Thanks to Justin Waters and Brian Gearhart, our guys at SEMA! Brian will soon be featured in a video for Diesel Tech Magazine Facebook Page.

    For regular updates on LightForce and the other amazing products we distribute you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Beretta White Onyx

    Beretta are known the world over for quality, accuracy and a touch of luxury. With shotguns reaching costs as high as £165,000 you would be forgiven for thinking that Beretta is not a brand for everyone’s budget, but you would be wrong.

    Beretta has a range of much more budget-friendly guns such as the 680 range. This range features models such as the Onyx, White Onyx and the Silver Pigeon 1 which are a favourite of sports shooters and wildfowlers alike!

    The White Onyx is a striking over-under shotgun built around an action that has become an unrivalled benchmark for over-unders. It features a dual locking-lug system that ensures both strength and sleekness: the dual lugs in the middle of the action dispense with the need of a cross-bolt on top, thus enabling the receiver to be thin and low-profile. The point of balance is right at the hinge-pin, meaning that this Beretta shotgun will shoulder and point better than other brands costing several times as much.

    Sometimes, you don’t need extra embellishing to bring out beauty. The 686 action is a perfect example of this. With its trim proportions and its lines, with its flawless contour and harmonious geometry, you get a sense of form following function, resulting in a truly classical object. Add to this the rest of the shotgun--with its components in harmonious proportion with one-another--and you see why the 680 line of sporting guns has become something highly prized in the gun-cabinet of the most discriminating collectors. Put another way: the 686 White Onyx Sporting is something you can brag about even when you are not shooting it.

    The White Onyx comes with barrels equipped with the Optimabore/Optimachoke system, to let you easily swap choke tubes to match the type of shooting you intend to do. Also, the cold-hammer forged tubes are super-resistant and with withstand any kind of shell you put through them. The single selective trigger further enables you to put two different chokes on the barrels, thereby tailoring each shot to the intended distance and purpose. Lastly, the 686 White Onyx is extremely easy to maintain, since Beretta has constructed it of highly-durable materials designed to last for generations.

    The White Onyx is available with a 30” barrel in 12 gauge Field and Sports specifications and with a 28” barrel in 20 gauge Field specification.

  • Le Chameau – The Rolls Royce of the wellington world

    Le Chameau has been producing exceptional quality handmade wellington boots since the company was founded in 1927. Originally called Monsieur Chamot, after the creator, it was renamed to Le Chameau (French for ‘The Camel’) when the production was moved to Morocco in 1949.

    Over the years, Le Chameau boots have been recognised for their quality and exclusivity, even recently by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They have been a staple for hunters, country folk and farmers alike due to their comfort, grip, longevity and build quality.

    We thought we would take a closer look at their two most popular Wellington boots; The Chasseur and The Vierznord.

    The Chasseur

    One of Le Chameau’s more pricy wellingtons, the Chasseur is first and foremost a comfortable, warm, waterproof wellington boot. This model is one of their premium range and as such is priced to match at £254.99 from The Sportsman Gun Centre.

    £254.99 may seem like a crazy amount for a wellington boot, but if you spend long days in the field, in the wind, rain and even snow, then you want your feet to be warm, dry and blister free. Enter the Chasseur.

    I must admit, I was sceptical, but after wearing a pair of Chasseur boots daily for a week this summer on a VERY wet, cold and muddy camping trip, my feet were the happiest they have ever been. The highlight of the Chasseur for me, though, was the side zip. While my friends were scrambling around trying to pull off slip on wellingtons, I would simply unzip and walk into my tent.

    The Chasseur Neo is a variation of the model that comes with a neoprene lining on the inside. These are great for the colder months. Neoprene, the material diver’s wetsuits are made from, is exceptional at retaining heat so for winter use, these boots are more than up to the challenge.

    The Vierznord

    The Vierznord is kind of the Chasseur’s little brother, although, only in terms of price and lacking a side zip! Much like the Chasseur, the Vierznord is comfortable, durable, warm and waterproof. In place of a side zip, they feature an adjustable waterproof gusset which can be adjusted using a quick release strap.

    At £148.99 the Vierznord are actually quite affordable, particularly in comparison to the Chasseur. This is perfect for people who are looking for a premium product but don’t want to break the bank!

    The lack of side zip may be a bit of a drawback, but the generous wide calf offered by the boot aids in removal, even when wet or muddy.

    The Vierznord is lined with neoprene which means it can get quite warm. The temperature rating for this boot is from 0c to -20c which makes it perfect for UK winters.

     

    What about accessories?

    You may have the best wellington boots in the world, but your experience can be made or broken by the accessories you use.

    Socks

    Socks are almost as important as the boots themselves. They help distribute moisture, prevent rubbing, add an extra layer of insulation and even help reduce that ‘old boot smell’. A bad pair of socks can make even the best boots uncomfortable so it’s important to get it right. As a rule, we at Sportsman recommend wool or wool blend socks. The natural material is great for insulation but is also very breathable and distributes moisture very well.

    We love Pennine socks for wearing with wellington boots; they are also available in a variety of colours and styles. Check them out on our online shop or in store.

    Boot Jacks

    So you’ve got a pair of slip on wellington boots and you love them but they are a pain to get off at the end of the day? Check out boot jacks. Boot jacks dramatically improve the ease of removing slip-on boots, even when wet and covered in mud.

    We recommend the Le Chameau boot jacks which are also available on our online shop as well as in store.

  • Restocking with Boyds Hard Wood Stocks

    When most people think of aftermarket gun stocks, they think of Boyds. Since 1981 Boyds have been producing quality hardwood gun stocks for some of the world’s most popular rifles.

    Here’s Boyds in their own words:

     “At Boyds we use only top-grade hardwoods, because a hardwood stock performs! Every stock is dried to exacting specifications to ensure rigidity and stability, then sealed with chemical-resistant finishes for long-lasting durability and performance in all weather conditions.

    Boyds stocks are engineered to perfectly fit the gun. They’re tight where they need to be tight, loose where they need to be loose for superior performance and improved accuracy you can measure.”

    With this ‘perfect fit’ in mind, we sent one of the team to have a go at restocking everyone’s favourite .22LR, the Ruger 10/22.

     

    Restocking

    I would like to state that I am not a DIYer, I am not the kind of guy who has a shed full of tools and I don’t know how to rewire a plug, so when I was asked to restock a gun, I must admit, I was a tiny bit concerned.

    Ruger 10/22 before restocking Ruger 10/22 before restocking

    I was given a Ruger 10/22 and went to look at our Boyds selection to choose the stock to work with. At first, I was blinded by how many stock designs were available for the Ruger and the range of colours for each of those designs.

    I chose the Boyds Evolution Thumbhole laminate stock in Black Olive (light wood grain with green), although I came very close to choosing the same stock in Black Jack (pink and grey).

    With a little guidance, I got started. Although we NEVER keep guns loaded I did check thoroughly first. Giving it the all clear I started by removing the barrel band with a flat head screwdriver, I loosened it a little and slid it off and over the barrel.

    Ruger 10/22 barrel band before removal Ruger 10/22 barrel band before removal

    I was surprised to see that after the band I only had one screw to remove; the takedown screw. This is located on the bottom of the stock, just in front of where the magazine would sit. After removing this screw I gently lifted the front of the barrel and started to lift the stock away. The safety button got caught on the stock so I had to position it halfway between on and off and then it lifted off very easily. I put the old stock to the side and grabbed the Boyds.

    Removing the action from the Ruger 10/22 Removing the action from the Ruger 10/22
    Ruger 10/22 action with Boyd evolution stock Ruger 10/22 action with Boyd evolution stock

    The next steps were basically a reverse of the steps above. I placed the receiver and barrel into the Boyds stock, receiver end first. There is a notch in the receiver that lines up perfectly with a notch in the stock, once I was happy with its position I gently pushed the barrel down, holding the receiver in place with my other hand. It was a tight fit but this gave me some confidence in the quality of the stock.

    Turning the gun over, I replaced the takedown screw and tightened it. As the Evolution stocks don’t make contact with the fore end of the barrel, this was the only screw to replace, completing the stock replacement.

    Ruger 10/22 with Boyds Evolution stock Ruger 10/22 with Boyds Evolution stock

     

    Final Thoughts

    I can’t get over how easy it is to replace the stock on a Ruger 10/22 with a Boyds stock. Admittedly, this is down to the gun as much as it is the stock but restocking with Boyds is so easy and affordable that anyone could do it.

    I had used this rifle with its original stock at a range and was generally happy with it, but after switching to the Boyds stock I’m not sure I could go back. The Evolution is light, comfortable, ergonomically perfect (for me) and looks amazing. I was able to shoot for longer due to it’s lightweight and I found my scores even improved! I put the score improvement down to the comfort of the stock.

    This stock not only improved the aesthetics of the Ruger but also improved its performance and comfort and with such an easy change this makes Boyds stocks a very accessible upgrade to your rifle of choice. You can find our whole range of Boyds stocks on the Sportsman Website.

  • Hands on with the NIGHTFORCE SHV 3-12X56 IHR

    NIGHTFORCE optics are known the world over for their durability, quality and accuracy. Over the last 25 years NIGHTFORCE have been steadily releasing world class scopes for target shooters, hunters, varminters and the armed forces and in 2015 they released the SHV series.

    Now, the SHV may not be the newest scope on the market at time of writing but we think it is one of the most versatile. SHV stands for Shooter Hunter Varminter and is considered to be one of the best ‘all-rounder’ scopes on the market. It was designed with target shooting, hunting and pest control in mind and is built like it could take a shell from a tank. Don’t believe me? Watch this video of a guy throwing a NIGHTFORCE scope from one side of a field to the other, smashing it on a rock and whacking it against a fence before putting it back on his rifle and taking some pretty accurate shots.

     

    So what are our thoughts?

    We had to get a closer look at the SHV 3-12X56 so we sent one of the team into the warehouse to pull one out.

     

    Initial thoughts

    The scope feels a little on the heavy side – which in general is good thing, it tends to suggest quality components and a robust construction and places it a shade heavier than the equivalent Zeiss or Swarovski.

    It’s at a really good price point – It’s around one third of the cost of some of the high end equivalents

    The scope lets a lot of light in, even in the gloomiest part of our warehouse. This creates a bright, clear image

    The metal, deeply threaded turret caps feel very secure, there is no way you will knock your scope out of zero

    The zoom ring is quite resistant which will prevent any over zooming plus you could always clamp on a power throw lever if you prefer a quick zoom

     

    In a little more detail

    At The Sportsman Gun Centre we are currently offering the NIGHTFORCE SHV 3-12X56 IHR for £677.99 which places the scope right in the middle of the market. With low budget equivalent scopes pricing in at around £150-£200 and high end scopes reaching as high as £3000 the SHV sits comfortably at the bottom of the mid budget price range but offers quality that you would expect from higher budget.

    As we mentioned earlier and as you saw in the video, the SHV is a heavy duty scope. I would like to point out that the SHV is not a heavy scope, but it feels weighty for it’s size. It weighs in at 720g without mounts and caps so in comparison to your rifle it isn’t much and is very hardwearing for the weight.

    We found the visibility of this scope to be extremely clear and very bright (but not glaring) when zoomed out at 3x, the more we zoomed the more the optics impressed us. The visibility was as clear and bright at 12x as it was at 3x, something we don’t see too often in a scope of this price range.

    We already mentioned about the turret caps and it may seem weird that we are dedicating a whole paragraph to them but after experiencing some flimsy caps from a much more expensive offering we were very impressed. We started unscrewing them to take a look at the turrets but they just seemed to keep going. The only way you could accidentally knock this scope out of zero is if you forget to put the caps on!

     

    Final Thoughts

    Overall the build quality is very impressive. Now we didn’t throw this scope around like the guy in the video but by holding it in our hands we could feel that this piece of kit could take a beating and it is exceptionally well priced for its optical quality.

     

    What’s in the box?

    The scope comes in a NIGHTFORCE branded cardboard box and comes with an instruction booklet, bikini lens caps and a NIGHTFORCE branded cleaning cloth. See the below images for more information.

         
       
         

    Still not convinced?

    Check out this VERY American video from NIGHTFORCE, or just check out the tech specs below.

     

     

    Specifications SHV 3-12x56
    Focal Plane Second
    Objective outer diameter 65mm
    Exit pupil diameter 3x: 11.3mm; 12x: 4.7mm
    Field of view 100yd/100m 3x: 37.1ft; 12x: 9.3ft; 3x: 11.3m; 10x: 2.8m
    Eye relief 85-95mm
    Internal adjustment range e: 50 MOA; w: 50 MOA
    Click value .25 MOA
    Parallax adjustment Fixed 100 y/91.4m
    Tube diameter 30mm/1.18in
    Eyepiece outer diameter 44mm
    Overall length 14.8in/376mm
    Weight 25.4oz/720g
    Mounting length 5.8 in/147mm
    Reticles available IHR
    Illumination Non-Illuminated
    Elevation Feature Capped, Finger Adjustable
  • Game Fair Show Stoppers - Your Preview to The Sportsmans Stand

    SGC Show Stoppers a Game Fair Preview for 2017

    Game Fair 2017, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, Stand F815 Gunmakers Row

    After a furlough year the Sportsman Gun Centre are proud to be making a return to the National Game Fair, with a lorry load of new products, new brands and old favourites!

    Not ones to rest idle the SGC have spent the last 24 months working tirelessly to improve their portfolio, with a view to making the 2017 Game Fair their biggest yet.
    Below is a list of some of the treats their customers can look forward to:

    ATA Shotguns
    With a slogan of “Aim For The Best”, ATA  are a Turkish gun company with a reputation for building affordable shotguns that equal and exceed the specifications of guns twice their price.   ATA customers can expect to find expertly built and beautifully finished over unders and semi-auto shotguns from just £474.99.

    At the SGC stand Wildfowlers and Pigeon shooters will find a variety of well-built ATA Venza Semi-Autos, equipped with GPCS and barrel moving technology.  Both innovations combine to give a perfect blend of performance and appearance.
    And for the Game/Clay shooters there is the SP range of over unders.  Built around a compact low profile action and fitted with multi choke barrels there is a gun to suit most applications.   The SP range is available in 4 different finishes, Black, Bronze, Nickel and the engraved Elegance, which benefits from scroll engraved sideplates and grade 2 walnut.
    Find out more at the SGC stand, where representatives from ATA will be on hand to answer question and assist potential customers.
    And if you are a useful shot why not try your hand down at the clay line, where ATA will be supplying the competition prizes.

    Kofs
    A relative new comer to the UK shooting scene, Kofs are a Turkish gun company who pride themselves on creating innovative, affordable shotguns made to a standard that far exceeds their price tag.   Not just “Another Turkish Gun Company” customers can expect lavish engravings, ejectors, 5 interchangeable chokes and quality oil finished Turkish walnut all for just £474.99 (Sceptre SXe over under).   And for the small gauge fans there are .410 and 28 gauge models both finished to exceptional standards.

    Accuracy International
    For those in-the-know; Accuracy International are a brand that need little introduction.  Possibly the “Best Sniper Rifles in the World”, this British brand has been pushing distance and accuracy standards since their launch in the late 1970s.   A staple long range weapon for Police Marksmen and Special Forces around the world, the AX and AT Rifle systems represent the finest standards of accuracy, repeatability and durability.   With a reputation that stretches across nearly 40 years - Accuracy International has found favour with many target shooters, especially the ones looking to push the boundaries of their shooting.

    In addition to full blown precision rifles, AI offers an option for those looking to upgrade their Remington 700. This product takes the form of chassis systems designed to transform the Remington 700 barrel and action into an incredible target rifle.  We advise rifle fans to visit the SGC, where they will have the opportunity to find out just how good a UK built rifle can be!

    Boyds Hardwood Gun Stocks
    Yet another addition to the Sportsmans range; Boyds are a world-famous stock maker who make gun stocks for many of the industry’s leading manufacturers.  Constructed with laminated hardwoods, Boyds American made stocks are both colourful and expertly crafted.

    The unique attention to detail seen in every Boyds stock, ensures rifle accuracy is maintained and in many cases improved.  Ergonomics are another part of the company’s mantra, with every stock designed to fit comfortably in the hand and provide a stable shooting platform for the marksman.  To summarise these stock are a great choice for any shooter looking to upgrade or customise their rifle platform, prices start at just: £195.99.

    Delta Optical
    A relative newcomer to the Sportsmans portfolio - Delta Optical, represent a revelation in optics design.  Filling an entry level - mid-range sector of the market, Delta offer high quality scopes and optics at attainable prices.  With rifle scopes ranging from smaller 1-5.8x24 through to the competition ready 5-50x56 models this Polish brand have a rifle scope for most applications. With features like, high definition ED glass, illuminated rangefinding reticles and external adjustments these optics are already building a following within the UK.

    Their binoculars are another product that are worth a look with the Forrest II starting at just £143.99!  For this price the customer gets BAK4 Prisms, High Definition phase coated optics, water/fog proofing and a 5 year warranty.  To find out more visit the Sportsman stand where a member of staff will be happy to talk you through our range.

    Spuhr Mounts
    The latest addition to the SGC catalogue are Spuhr Tactical mounts.  Amongst the finest mounts on the market, Spuhr have been added to the SGC range as an accompaniment to their precision rifles.

    Spuhrs flagship ISMS range are Mil-Spec one piece mounts, precision machined with a 45 degree split. This specific design ensures the rifle scope is always 100% secured, with zero movement.  For usability an angular design has been specified to provide a clear line of sight for scopes with external adjustments.
    To maximise the effectiveness of the rifle scope and mount combination, Spuhr have equipped every ISMS with a built in spirit level and mounting kit. And the attention to detail doesn’t end there…..

    Recognising that in-the-field, secondary sights and optical accessories are often essential  - every mount is designed to accept red dot sights and additional rails/mounts, this means the shooter never has to mount their accessories to the primary optic.  Mounts are available in numerous heights and tube diameters to fit most platforms, for the long distance shooter there are various degrees of tilt from 0Mil to 16 Mil (50 MOA).

    Nightforce
    Once again a focal point for the Sportsman Gun Centre stand, there will be a chance to check out the SGC’s Premier optics range.  This year will see a focus on the new range of ATACR F1 rifle scopes with the flagship 7-35x56 F1 given top billing.  This extraordinary new scope combines an incredible field of view, with a large magnification range and the industries finest internal mechanisms.  The 7-35x56 scope has been built to exceed the capabilities of today’s modern precision rifles.  Fitted with High definition ED glass and a first focal plane reticle, the ATACR makes quick work of target acquisition and provides staggering levels of accuracy across the whole magnification range.

    In addition to the ATACR, the Nightforce counter will also be showcasing the UK’s Exclusive SHV 3-12x56, a rifle scope built to meet the demands of British shooters.  A Nightforce in every sense of the word the SHV is a stripped down version of its more expensive siblings, built to the same quality.

    So what makes the SHV so special?  Well the answer to that is quite literally simple, by cutting out the overbuilt characteristics of its bigger siblings and replacing the external adjustments (Windage/Elevation) with capped adjustments  Nightforce have been able to get the retail price down to just £677.99.  However for the cost saving this is still a scope worthy of the Nightforce brand; for your hard earned cash you get a scope built with Nightforce Glass, Nightforce Components, Nightforce Reticles and a build quality worthy of the Nightforce name.  If it wasn’t good enough it would not be brand Nightforce.

    Complementing the Nightforce showcase will be two of the companies most senior figures, both of whom will be flying in from the USA to meet and greet the Sportsmans customers.  On hand all weekend the team will be available to discuss the advantages of Nightforce optics.

    Strasser Rifles
    For those looking for a premium rifle, in-particular a straight-pull rifle, the SGC have some of the finest in Europe.  Built with an obsessive attention to detail; Strasser rifles feature a smooth and refined bolt throw, expertly crafted stocks and removable hand adjustable triggers - all of which combine with devastating effect.  Accurate and fast shooting, every Strasser boasts a high end Lothar Walther barrel and an expertly crafted stock.
    Available in different levels finish Strasser rifles can be purchased in single calibre, multi calibre and tactical configurations.

    Steyr Mannlicher
    As the Sportsmans marquee rifle brand and one of Austrias most famous gun makers, the SGC will be proudly showcasing a full portfolio of rifles.  Set to be the star of this year’s show the SGC will unveil the latest additions to the Steyr Mannlicher range: the Zephyr and the Scout RFR.  As many rifle enthusiast will know, Steyr have not offered a rimfire for many years..  That is until now!

    Built on a classically styled walnut stock, the Zephyr brings Steyr Mannlicher precision to the small calibre market.  Taking its cues from its bigger siblings the Zephyr features a tang mounted safety, a single stage trigger and fish scale chequering.  In addition to the Zephyr, Steyr  Mannlicher will be launching the Scout RFR, a Biathlon style rimfire based on their popular centrefire platform, built with a direct trigger and polycarbonate stock, this rifle is built to withstand all you can throw at it.  To find out more about these new rimfires and the rest of the Steyr Mannlicher range visit the SGC stand on Gunmakers row.

    RFM Shotguns
    Whilst the Over and Under is by far the most popular game gun, the side by side has always had it supporters.
    Recognising this fact and also that the market didn’t have a quality, affordable option, the Sportsman Gun Centre have looked to fill the gap.  Italian made, by gun makers RFM Armi, the Luxus and Luxus sideplate are hand finished traditionally styled side by sides, that start at just £1,399.99. At half the price of its Italian competitors, customers can expect quality hand finished walnut, scroll engraved actions, fixed choke barrels and a single trigger configuration.
    Built to the standard you would expect from a small family run gunmaker, the Luxus models exudes quality and proves that you do not have to pay huge sums to own an elegant and capable game gun.

    Weatherby
    An American brand that is growing in reputation, Weatherby offer a fantastic range of rifles that are both affordable and extremely competent.  Boasting an out of the box sub MOA accuracy, cold hammer forged barrels and a match grade adjustable trigger – you can see why they’re becoming the working man’s choice.
    Built to last the Weatherby rifle makes a great doner gun for Boyds stocks.  So for those working on a budget, it’s worth considering that you can start your custom rifle project for just under: £800.00!!  To find out more, visit the SGC stand where you can find details on Boyds stocks and guns from Weatherby.

    Revo Shotguns
    The SGC’s most comprehensive range of budget shotguns is once again on display at the Game Fair.  Starting at just £250, there is a Revo for most sectors of the shotgun market - whether you are a Game, Clay or Wildfowl shooter, there is a gun to meet your requirements.  Available in 12G, 20G, 28G and .410, the SGC and Revo have a gun for you.  If you are looking for a budget shotgun, there is no better place to start than the Sportsman Gun Centre stand.

  • Spuhr Mounts Buying Guide

    CHOOSING A MOUNT

    We have the world's most comprehensive line of tactical scope mounts; it currently spans about 60 different models of various heights, tilts, lengths and ring dimensions. We have therefore compiled this short guide to help you choose the right mount for your needs.

    Picatinny or direct/dovetail mount?
    The first question is if the mount should be a Picatinny mount (models beginning with SP or QDP) or a direct attachment mount such as Spuhrs line of ISMS mounts for Accuracy International (SA,) Sako TRG/Tikka T3x (ST,) and Sauer SSG (SS)?

    The main reason for using a direct mount is to allow a stronger and lower positioning of the rifle scope. If there is no other need for a Picatinny rail Spuhr generally recommend direct mounts on these rifles.

    Please note that both Accuracy International and Sako are now making rifles that have Picatinny rails rather than their traditional dovetails, so make sure you check which style of mount is needed for your particular rifle.

    Cantilever or block mount?
    Most Spuhr mounts are standard block mounts as these will be the best choice for the majority of rifles on the market. There are some exceptions though…..

    AR15 rifles usually require a cantilever mount for a comfortable shooting position, and an AR15 with an adjustable stock will more often need a more extreme cantilever than an AR10/SR25 due to the difference in length of the upper receiver. As such, if your rifle has a monolithic upper we recommend using a standard block mount rather than a cantilever design, as a cantilever will be more susceptible to side forces than a non cantilever design.

    Height
    The height of Spuhr mounts is always measured from the top of the rail to the center of the scope. In the case of a tilted mount the measurement is made at the back plane of the rear ring.
    So which height do you need?
    First off you need to know the outer diameter of your objective. Please note that "3-12x56" does not mean that the scope has an outer objective diameter of 56 mm - only that the objective lens is 56mm in diameter. Different scopes have different outer diameters for the same lens diameters and it's not uncommon that different models from the same manufacturer feature different outer diameters even if the lens diameter is the same.

    Take the measurement above and divide it by two (2) to get the theoretical minimum height required if the optics will be mounted onto a flat rail that extends to and/or past the objective bell. This theoretical minimum height is theoretical for a reason. If the objective has a 62 mm outer diameter and you choose a 31 mm high mount the objective will be in contact with the rail. You will therefore need to add to the theoretical minimum height to get the practical minimum height.

    So how much do you need to add? That depends on your personal preference and on what kind of lens caps etc.,you want to use. Also, if you want to use a tilted mount/base you will need to add additional clearance.

    If you intend to mount the optics onto a bolt action rifle with Picatinny base you can often use a lower mount than the theoretical minimum height above. Just subtract the height of the base from the theoretical minimum height mentioned above. Depending on barrel contour you might be able to go even lower. But don't forget toleave some clearance for lens caps and/or sunshades!

    Night vision/thermal compatibility
    When combining the scope with a clip-on system such as PVS22 or NSV 80, to name a few, the height of the mount is not important. Also the instrument doesn’t have to be perfectly in line with the scope.

    If we have an offset of 10 mm in height between the primary optic and the NV clip-on the change in point of impact will be 10 mm on 100 meters as well as 10 mm on 300 and 1000 meters; thus the point of impact change is fully parallel.  Therefore it’s often unnecessary to have extremely high mounts just to facilitate in-line mounting of a clip-on systems. Various systems allow varying degrees of angular difference. A common maximum angular difference is 2 degrees. If you do want a perfect alignment we do offer the A-700 Clip-On Adapter that will fit onto any of Spuhrs SP-***1 and SP-***2 mounts.

    Tilt
    Tilted mounts are necessary when shooting at very long distances. We generally recommend as little tilt as possible as large amounts of tilt really may have a negative impact on the quality of the sight picture. In most cases 6-9 MIL (20-30 MOA) will have no negative impact on picture quality while still providing greater available adjustment range for long-range shooting.

    To allow for the greatest available range of adjustment choose a mount with a tilt that is half of the scope’s range of elevation. For example Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 have a maximum elevation adjustment of 26 MIL (93 MOA,) you should therefore choose a mount with 13 MIL (44.4 MOA) in tilt. Doing so assures that you are able to adjust the sight out to very long distances.

    However, when mounted in this extreme elevation it’s common to experience optical phenomena such as an oval pictures when shooting at near targets, etc. We therefore recommend that when fitting a large elevation scope (such as 26 MIL/93 MOA) on a .308 rifle that will only be used out to 1000 meters, to choose a 6 MIL/20 MOA tilt as it’s more than sufficient for that use.

    Please note that using a degree of tilt that is more than half of the scope's elevation adjustment will make it impossible to zero the rifle at 100!

    Adding accessories
    Several years ago Spuhr developed our own interface system – the Spuhr Interface – for attaching accessories to a surface. As opposed to many other interface systems on the market the Spuhr Interface can be used not onlyon handguards but also on other products and parts of the firearm – such as their scope mounts – and in their production Spuhr use it for both application.

    The Spuhr Interface has outstanding repeatability and durability and it makes installation of accessories such as laser range finders and angle cosine indicators very easy. Installation is done using the same Torx 20 driver as for our rings and clamping screws.
    Adding a secondary optic

    Though originally more common in the shooting sports, adding a secondary non-magnified red dot sight to work alongside the primary optic can be very useful on long range rifles and on hunting rifles alike as to quickly transition from one target to another without having to adjust the magnification, or to engage targets that suddenly appear close by.

    On a heavy rifle that is primarily being shot from a bipod Spuhr recommend placing the secondary optic at the 12-o’clock position using one of our many Picatinny rails or RDS interfaces as it will easier to see over the primary optic than to cant the rifle to the side to use the secondary. On rifles that are primarily fired while standing Spuhr recommend positioning the secondary optic either at the 1:30-position.

    Document supply courtesy of Spuhr Mounts.

  • Christmas Opening Hours 2016

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    The Sportsman Gun Centre would like to wish all our customers old and new a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    For those travelling to our stores over the festive period we would like you to be aware of our Christmas opening hours.  Please see details below:

    Exeter Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9.30am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th-Fri 30th Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9.30am - 5pm
    Dorset Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th-Fri 30th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9am - 5.30pm
    Newport Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Thursday 29th Dec: 9am - 7pm
    Fri 30th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9am - 5.30pm
  • A Celebration of all things Game and Country – The Sportsmans Black Friday Open Day.

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    Event Date: 25th November 2016 – Opening Hours: 9.30am – 8pm
    Location: Sportsman Gun Centre, Exeter Branch, 19 Apple Lane, EX2 5GL

    The Sportsman Gun Centre will once again host an open day, where customers old and new are invited to join us in a social setting to celebrate all things game and country.  The event will be held at our biggest store: 19 Apple Lane, Exeter, on Friday 25th November 2016 and will feature many of the industry’s biggest names, not to mention our BLACK FRIDAY deals.

    On hand to answer your questions and demonstrate their latest products will be representatives from many of the industry’s biggest names, alongside leading figures from BASC.  As the country’s leading voice on all things shooting, the BASC team will be available to answer your questions and offer friendly advice to help you get the most from your sport.

    BASC will be bringing there acclaimed shooting simulator with experts on hand to hone your shooting skills.  Enjoy shooting grouse on the moors, pheasant above the Devon hills or challenging clay’s on the virtual clay ground, the simulator is a great way to see where you are going wrong….  and a bit of fun too.

    In addition to our friends at BASC there will also be demonstrations and advice from big named brands like Beretta, Browning, Swarovski, Perazzi, Pro-Shock, Pulsar, Yukon, Land Rover and More.  Alongside these brands we will also have in-house experts demonstrating the latest’s wares from Steyr Mannlicher, Strasser, Weatherby, Baikal, Revo, Nightforce and Lightforce.

    So should you be in the market for a new gun, have questions about the latest night vision or simply wish to see what’s new in the industry, there will be a leading professional on hand.

    And now for those deals……
    As with every Sportsman event there will be deals, savings and promotional offers, some of them so good we cannot even advertise!!!  And with it being BLACK FRIDAY these deals are set to be even bigger and better than ever.   At this stage all we can say is…  there will be savings on Seeland, Harkila, Musto, Nightforce, Browning, Beretta and more.  Keep your eyes on our social media, blog, emails and print advertising for more information.

    Finally let’s not forget the guns…
    As industry leaders for over 20 years and with some of the biggest gun racks in the trade; shooters on the day will have access to over 1,000 guns on display and over 3,000 guns in-stock.  So why not treat yourself this Christmas.

    So… If you’re in the area, visiting friends, or making a specific visit…  Please come and join the SGC and friends for refreshments, a chat and some pre-Christmas laughs.

    For More information please call: 01392 354 854. or email info@sportsmanguncentre.com

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