Sportsman Gun Centre Blog

  • 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

     

    Tel: 01392 354 854
    info@sportsmanguncentre.com
    www.sportsmanguncentre.com

  • 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.

  • The Great British Shooting Show

     

    We are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s ‘The Great British Shooting Show’ from the 15th to 17th of February 2019. We are very excited to attend the UKs largest trade and retail shooting show with our wide range of guns and accessories.
    We will be exhibiting all of our key brands such as ATA Arms, Kofs, Accuracy International, Steyr Arms, NIGHTFORCE, LightFORCE, Smith&Wesson, Spuhr, Warne, Delta Optical, Boyds and Strasser. Visit our stand to see all the new product releases and get informed by our industry experts and brand reps.

    You can find us at stand E15 where we will be ready and waiting to talk you through our products.

    Here’s a list of confirmed brands that you can see on our stand, more will be added soon!

    ATA Shotguns

    With a slogan of “Aim For The Best”, these Turkish guns are hitting the market hard. With a lot of options and a great price point, it makes them hard not to miss.
    Kofs

    Quality Turkish Shotguns built to exceptional standards, with the fit and finish you would expect of shotguns twice their price.

    Accuracy International

    With a reputation as producers of the ‘best tactical rifle in the world’, AI live up to that reputation with world class engineering and unique tactical features on all their rifles.
    Nightforce

    Exceptional products, each scope is built with painstaking craftsmanship and a fanatical attention to detail, creating possibly the best riflescopes in the world.


    Steyr Arms

     

    Elegant design, the finest materials and innovative and proven technology are the signature features of all rifles from STEYR  Arms- past and present!

     

    Smith and Wesson

    M&P15 Rifles are the ideal modern sporting rifle.  Built to perform multiple uses under various conditions, M&P15 Rifles are as versatile as they are reliable.

    LightFORCE

    High performance Lamping and Driving lights, tested to extremes in the Australian Outback.

    Other brands on display

    Spuhr
    Warne
    Delta Optical
    Boyds
    Strasser

  • New for 2019 Night Force Mil-XT reticle

    RETICLE MIL-XT™
    First Focal Plane

    Available in: ATACRTM 16x/25x/35x F1

    Designed for precision rifle competition

    Exceptionally fast, intuitive, and precise

    Hold-over and hold-off points for rapid target engagement

    The Mil-XT™ elevation scale (below center) extends beyond the field of view
    Red indicates illuminated portion of reticle.

    Applications: Competition, Extreme Long Range (ELR) Shooting, Field/Tactical

    Designed to meet the needs of today’s precision rifle competitor, the MIL-XT™ reticle allows for fast and accurate shots on target. The MIL-XT™ has a simple center dot for a fine aiming point at center, while the main lines feature .2 Mil-Radian holds. Each whole MilRadian is numbered for fast reference under even stressful conditions. Below center, whole Mil-Radian intersections feature a floating dot. Dots are placed at .2 Mil-Radian increments, while whole Mil-Radians are increased in size for fast counting. Additional marks are placed at half Mil-Radian increments as well. Numbers below center alternate in size for easy counting and verification of appropriate hold points. This reticle was designed for the competitive and field shooter, and is certain to give a competitive edge to anyone who uses it.


    The MIL-XT™ is available in the ATACR™ 16x/25x/35x F1 riflescopes.

    • Allows accurate hold offs and precise first-shot placement
    • Floating center-dot for precise aiming point
    • Excellent for range estimation and rapid target engagements
    • Intelligent numbering for fast and easy holds
    • Red indicates illuminated portions

  • Christmas gift guide.

    Gift Guide
    As the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started and Christmas shopping is now well under way THE question is are you prepared?

    To make life easier we have put together a Christmas gift guide to help you out!!

    SO DON’T PANIC!!
    We have gathered a small selection of great gift ideas for all types of country sport lovers!!

    • Guardian Canterbury Luxian Elite Shotgun Slip

    The Canterbury Luxian Elite Shotgun Slip combines genuine chestnut leather with an elegant fleece lining to offer the feeling of true luxury when transporting your shotgun. It’s visuals are timelessly classic  and  all of its features are practical yet refined. The combination of full side-zip access, easy access flap and brass effect metal details create a strong, reliable and visually striking slip that will be a talking point even on the most exclusive shoots.

    In essence, it’s a premium slip without the premium price that is ideal for transporting your shotgun. It is compatible with both side-by-side and over-under shotguns with a barrel length of up to 32 inches.

    • Guardian Canterbury Motor Shotgun Case

    The Canterbury Motor Shotgun Case is a hard case with an elegant, classic look. Designed for packing your pride and joy away for your journey to and from the shoot, offering rugged protection while looking beautiful.

    Dressed in genuine walnut leather, with reinforced corners and leather straps, the Canterbury Motor Shotgun Case is a thing of beauty! Internally it is lined with luxurious felt and offers a configurable layout, depending on the dimensions of your gun using clever padded blocks.

    Finished with bronze effect metal accents and combination lock, the Canterbury Motor Shotgun Case offers security, protection and a premium look for a pocket friendly price!

     

    • ATA SP Game 12G – Youth 28 inch

    Few shotguns have been as well received as the ATA SP range.  Impressively presented in a Turkish Walnut stock with an action drawing inspiration from some of the world’s best gun manufacturers. If you buy an ATA   you get a lot of gun for your money. At £599.99, why buy another gun   when value and quality are unmatched in the market place.

    ATA’s winning formula of form, function and affordability is now available in a 12G youth configuration. Its features are much the same as the rest of the ATA range, but has 28 inch barrels, a youth stock and is available in 12G with a black action.

    This is THE perfect gun for beginners and experienced youth shooters alike and can be bought for less than most other second hand guns.

     

    • LightFORCE SL 240mm Blitz Handheld Hunting Light

    LightFORCE are the big boys of the lamping world with a huge range of products from handheld lights to vehicle mounted spot lights. There is nothing that country folk, farmers or lampers could need that LightFORCE don’t offer.

    One of their most versatile and revered lamps is the SL 240mm Blitz. It simply plugs into a vehicle 12v cigarette lighter socket to create a 100W ultra bright spotlight that offers extraordinary range. There is also a version that will run off an external battery pack.  The Blitz range is built with a light weight hi-tech polymer which offers extreme strength and durability; it is a must for any l country folk!

    • Le chameau Chasseur Neo Neoprene Lined Wellington boots

      Available in Menes and Women’s.

    This is THE ultimate in terms of comfort and performance, the Le Chameau Chasseur Neo combines both traditional styles with the excellent insulating properties of neoprene.  Comfortable in temperatures as low as -15 degrees centigrade and still a pleasure to wear on the warmer of days.  These boots have fast become the boot of choice for many shooters and royals alike.

    Famous for their full length zip for ease of putting on and taking off , superior fit and supple natural rubber upper, the Chasseur has become an iconic piece of the shooting landscape.

    Both practical and fashionable these are the boots of choice for the high street or the muddy lanes.

    • Delta Forest 10x42

    The Delta Forest II binoculars are built for the observation of nature. They are tough, rugged and have impressive light gathering properties.

    These binoculars are nitrogen filled, fog proof and feature a Roof-Schmidt/Pechan prism. All combined, these features provide clear, bright images, even in low light conditions.

    The impressive 5 year warranty makes the Delta Forest II Binoculars a must for any nature observer.

    • Harkila Pro hunter X jacket

    This extremely hard wearing jacket is manufactured for the ultimate weather tests that can be thrown at you. The GORE-TEX membrane is both breathable and waterproof, providing you with the best for all weathers. Incorporating a 5 year warranty demonstrates exactly how Harkila are that confident in the product they manufacture.

    With a detachable hood, hand warmer pockets and action back for ease of movement the Harkila Pro hunter X jacket is one jacket to definitely be seen in this winter.

    • Seeland Lady Glyn Jacket

    Warm hunting jacket for sedentary and active hunting in biting cold. The jacket is padded with ThinsulateTM and features the waterproof and windproof SEETEX® membrane. Glyn Lady jacket keeps you warm and protects you from rain, snow and wind. The main features include large cartridge pockets, hand warmer pockets lined with fleece, 2 way front zip, detachable hood with faux fur brim and a tapered and adjustable waist. This is the perfect winter shooting jacket.

    • Musto Women’s Glemsford Polartex Fleece Gilet
    • This classic Polartec® fleece gilet is ideal for layering under a weatherproof jacket or keeping off the chill on crisp days. Lightweight, breathable and warm, the Women's Glemsford Gilet gives you full freedom of movement in your arms. Its long length with a scooped back hem keeps your lower back warm. The high collar, drawcord hem and bound armholes give a snug fit to keep out the breeze and zipped pockets will keep your valuables secure.

  • Copper coated - The Eley Zenith

    The Copper coated lead shot

    Eley Hawk, is a brand that has worked with copper-coated shot since 1992. Eley's first cartridge that  incorporated copper-coated lead was the Classic Game paper case which was designed for use in traditional side-by-sides. Their latest cartridge, The Eley Zenith, was released in 2015 to suit modern over-unders.

    Why copper?

    “Our engineers realised that the key to creating consistent shot patterns at range lies in ensuring that individual pellets can fly as straight as possible,” says David. “To achieve this they tried various things, but the one test which proved most efficient whilst remaining affordable was applying a thin coat of copper to the lead shot.”

    As the element is much harder and smoother than lead, a coating of copper around the softer lead shot is said to reduce the friction between the shot from the cartridge and the walls of the barrel, which  minimises premature deformation, yet remaining malleable enough at a typical range to transfer enough energy into a bird’s tissue and organs to kill it humanely.

    How?

    Adding copper plating is a relatively simple process, and takes place once all normal stages of creating lead shot have been completed. The lead shot is bathed in a special ionic solution – a bath of dissolved copper in water and chemicals – which is then exposed to a direct electronic current. With voltage applied, the copper particles act as an anode (positive terminal) and the lead a cathode (negative terminal), thus the copper is attracted to the lead and sticks firmly and, hopefully, seamlessly to it.

    The length of exposure and strength of electricity in this process is crucial. “For example, too much time in the solution will overcoat the lead and make it overly large and heavy,” says David, “and too high a voltage will cause hydrogen bubbles in the solution and lead to imperfections in the lead and overall finish.”

    Other factors

    Having 'improved' the quality and characteristics of the shot, it would also make sense that the other components that make up a cartridge should be developed, too. “The powders we use are of the highest quality possible, to ensure that the burn is clean and consistent, and prevents balling of the shot,” admits David. “And we also use bespoke fibre wads.”

    Tailored for copper shot, these wads are made of a higher density fibre to that used in standard cartridges, which adds further integrity under firing and prevents the now harder shot embedding into the wad – thus, adding even more consistency.

    To bear in mind

    In the current market, copper-coated shot sits at around six per cent more expensive than premium lead shot. “We have tested our Zenith cartridges against our premium lead loads on pattern plates out to 15–20 yards – using the same gun, chokes and barrels – and have found that the Zeniths have approximately 40 per cent more pellets within a 30inch circle. The general industry-wide consensus is that within the circle there should be no less than 120 pellets, with the copper coated product the average is 172. So, if you really think about it, you are getting a lot more shot for your money,” says David. really think about it, you are getting a lot more shot for your money,” says David.

    Reflections

    At the end of the day, regardless of the technology, no cartridge will make you a better Shot. Shoot what you are confident with and know that if you put it in the right place, the bird will be killed quickly and efficiently. And if you are still curious, why not experiment a little at the pattern plate with a few different cartridges and investigate the matter yourself?

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