Shotgun engraving demonstrations by world-renowned shotgun craftsman Diego Bonsi are among the range of attractions on offer at the Sportsman Gun Centre CLA Game Fair stand at Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall later this month.
Bosni is the master engraver at Famar di Abbiatico & Salvinelli, the Italian deluxe gun makers whose bespoke shotguns and sports rifles are sought after the world over.
Sportman is proud to be the UK’s sole distributor of Famars guns, and Bosni will be demonstrating his intricate art from Sportman’s stand. Anyone who wants to bring along their own gun and have the oval engraved can do so for a charge.
This is Sportsman’s second appearance at the country’s biggest event dedicated to all things countryside, which is expected to attract around 150,000 people over three days this year and also includes exhibitors and demonstrations covering hunting, shooting, fishing, forestry and food.
Such was the success and positive feedback from last year’s visit Sportman’s have more than doubled the size of their presence on Gunmakers Row for 2010.
Shooting and hunting rifles
As well as Famar, representatives from many of the leading brands and manufacturers that Sportsman distributes in the UK will be on hand to show off their products and talk to and answer questions from show goers.
Two of the five berths will be dedicated to the brilliant range of Farr quad bikes, ATVs and UTVs, while the remaining three will be dedicated to Sportman’s unrivalled range of shotguns and hunting rifles, optics, accessories and clothing.
Representatives from The Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd will demonstrate precision riflescopes, including the new German-made Zeiss Duralyt range, of which Sportsman are among only a handful of stockists in the UK.
For the second year running optics from Nightforce, one of the world’s premier long-range rifle optics, also distributed by Sportsman, and Swarovski will also feature prominently.
To celebrate becoming UK distributors of US hunting rifle makers Weatherby, inventors of the groundbreaking Weatherby Mark V and Vanguard models, Austin Sheriden, an expert from the company, will be showcasing their latest products from across the Atlantic.
They’ll be joined by representatives of Steyr Mannlicher rifle makers, for whom Sportsman’s are also the sole UK distributors.
“We are so pleased to have Steyr in attendance this year,” said Sportman’s Gary Lamburn.
“We have been proud to distribute their rifles for the last seven years and it is fantastic to have a personal representative from the company here this year.”
Sportsman have decided to celebrate the very best it has to offer this year and will also include an exclusive selection of the finest guns from other celebrated names such as Beretta, Browning and Famars.
“We’ll have something like 200 years experience between the people manning the stand this year and we’re really looking forward to it,” added Aboo Cattran of Sportman.
“It’s the most important event of its kind in the UK and a great chance to get to meet the public and showcase the products and companies that we are proud to be associated with.”
The CLA Game Fair 2010 takes place at Ragley Hall, near Alcester, Warwickshire, July 23-25th. Advanced tickets and information are available at www.gamefair.co.uk.
Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd is located at Stand H653 on Gunmakers Row.