Sportsman Gun Centre Blog

  • Daystate announce the Red Wolf and limmited edition Serie Rosso PCP air rifles

    Of all the news and announcements to come from this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV, we think one of the most exciting came from UK Air Gun manufacturer, Daystate.

    Daystate officially unveiled its eye-catching Red Wolf pre-charged pneumatic air rifle. It’s a hi-tech multi-shot, based on the electronic action developed from the company’s flagship Pulsar.

    The Red Wolf launched with a connoisseur’s special edition model; the Serie Rosso. It is limited to just 200 worldwide, with each rifle individually numbered and issued with a factory Certificate. Presented in a hard case, the £2,499 Serie Rosso boasts a stunning red laminate sporter stock with fully-adjustable cheek and butt-pad, and specially engraved breech available in .177 and .22 calibres.

    The Red Wolf standard edition model is also dressed in coloured laminate – grey with red accents – with a walnut option, and both offer similar stock adjustments. Priced between £1,799 and £1,949 with carbon-fibre and steel bottle options, other common features are a digitally-regulated electronic action (with user-programmable shooting modes) and side lever cocking that auto-indexes Daystate’s time-proven rotary magazine. It’s available in .177, .22, .25 and .303 calibres, with power outputs from sub 12 to 70 ft/lbs.

    The Sportsman Gun Centre will be getting a small number of the limited edition Serie Rosso rifles, as well as stock of the Red Wolf standard edition in the coming weeks, check the website for more details.

  • Target Sports - A Female Perspective

    Most of you will know me as the Receptionist here at the Sportsman Sportsman Gun Centre in Exeter. What none of you will know about me is that I have actually been shooting since I was 12 years old. A lot of people are surprised when they hear this about me, especially when I was younger because it wasn’t exactly a hobby my classmates were interested in. I wish I had an impressive story to tell you about how I became interested in shooting but to be honest it’s more of a funny coincidence than anything.

    When I was 11 years old my family were camping in Cornwall, at the holiday park we stayed in there was a shooting game. I thought this game was brilliant! You had to shoot at different targets with a rusty old air rifle and when you hit them a character from the game would spring into action and squirt water at everyone. The devil child in me loved it much to my older brothers’ annoyance, the day we discovered this game we went back to our parents who wondered what on earth had happened as he was soaked and I was bone dry. When my brother explained the game to them they didn’t believe a word of it, they thought he had just fallen in the pool and was trying to get his sister trouble. My brother then made them come and watch me and it wasn’t until my parents were soaked from head to toe that they realised I hadn’t missed once. Luckily for me, I have an uncle who is a member of my local Rifle Club, after we came home from our holiday I started begging him to take me with him. When I turned 12 I became the youngest member of that rifle club, 12 years later I am still an active member and Range Officer.

    I almost feel like I’ve grown up around rifle ranges, shooting is such a big part of my life. This doesn’t mean I’ve not had my share of controversy. I will always remember my first competition where turning targets were involved. One of the gentlemen I was besides on the range made a rather snide comment and asked if I could actually use my own gun because it looked heavy. The stubborn 12-year-old me thought I would show him. With turning targets they will face you for five seconds, you shoot once, they turn away for three seconds before they turn back to face you. Not for me, the stubborn devil child managed to shoot all five rounds of ammo in the first five seconds then I went and sat down. At the end of the round, the range officer asked if everything was okay, the gentleman who had made the previous comment had a bit of a smug look on his face until I said: “yeah I just finished”. That round I scored 50/50, something I’ve never done again. This is now a story I hear every time I go back into that club and the gentlemen there haven’t underestimated young female shooters since.

    Over the last 12 years, rifle shooting has been my main hobby. I have taken part in many competitions in and around Devon, some I even came away winning. I always take part in the Summer and Winter Leagues with my club. I was also a Sea Cadet so I did a lot of competitions for them when I was younger. I mainly shoot .22 LR but have recently been trying my hand with Air Pistols just for a change, I’ve taken part in Prone shoots in the past but I’ve always been more of a Sporting girl. I’ve been using the same Ruger 10/22 Target Rifle for about 8 years now and I have no immediate plans to change, I’ve become stubborn in my ways.

    It’s no secret that shooting is largely a male-dominated sport. My belief is if I can challenge that perception from the age of 12 then others can too. It is an interesting and very diverse sport, anyone can give it a go! There is a Devon lady I have unfortunately never met but whom I do look up to as she shoots even though she is registered blind. It is an amazing and surprisingly accessible sport that I wish more people would consider looking into if they wanted to try something a bit different.

  • The Sportsman Gun Centre Perazzi Open Day

    The 15th of December 2017 will see something extra special happening at The Sportsman Gun Centre store in Exeter. We will be inviting Perazzi representative Philip Unwin to help host our first Perazzi Open Day.

    Perazzi manufacture high-grade precision shotguns in Brescia Italy. They create a wide variety of shotguns, including models for hunting and competition, ranging from standard to deluxe models. As well as their superior quality, Perazzi uniquely offer the option of a fully bespoke product. They allow you to choose the model, engraving and even the wood for the stock. The bespoke Perazzi experience can even include a tour of their factory in Italy.

    At Sportsman Gun Centre we understand, that although you probably would really like to, not everyone can take a trip to Italy to experience the full bespoke experience from Perazzi, so we brought it to our Exeter store for a special, one day only, open day.

    We will be joined by Philip Unwin from Perazzi’s UK importers. On the day both Perazzi representatives and the Sportsmans will be offering gun fitting and advice for your custom Perazzi order. We will also be displaying our vast range of Perazzi guns from standard MX12’s, through to SCO Extra models.

    The Open Day will be running through the usual store hours, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

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

    9:30 – 17:00 - 15/12/2017

  • 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.


    • 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:

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

    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 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.



    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

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