SGC Buying Guides

  • The SGC Open Day & Black Friday Event 2018

    Its that time of year again. Black Friday is coming and it is coming fast! Its a time for deals, savings and early Christmas shopping, but at the SGC it’s something bigger.

    This year sees the return of our Open Day & Black Friday Event and as it’s our 25 year anniversary, we are going big! We’re slashing prices on the brands you love both in our stores and online by up to a massive 91%, including brands such as Seeland, Harkila, Musto, Deerhunter, Warne, LightFORCE, Zeiss, Pulsar, NIGHTFORCE and so many more!

    As well as the impressive discounts we have on offer, our Exeter store is playing host to one of the more important dates in our calendar, the SGC Open Day. We will have experts from your favourite brands including NIGHTFORCE, Yukon, Pulsar, ATA Arms and Kofs as well as reps from BASC and the Devon Wild Fowling & Conservation Association.

    If that wasn’t enough, this year will see the return of a new and improved shooting simulator with a new competitive twist, a prize for the top shooter on the day.

    To top it off, we will be joined by Maserati who will be showing off their new vehicles.

    This is not a day to be missed so come on down and join us at the Sportsman Gun Centre Exeter on Friday 23rd of November between 9am and 8pm to see the spectacle for yourself!

     

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

  • NEW Harkila's Autumn Winter Range

    As part of our short series on autumn product releases, we have decided to take a look at some of our key brands new-season ranges. Today we are looking at the new range from Harkila.

    The new lines from Harlika feature ranges that fit well with Harkila’s portfolio of ultra-high quality clothing. The new lines include Norfell, Stealth and Metso.

    Norfell

    A top of the range hunting suit. The jacket is waterproof, insulated with PrimaLoft insulation and features waterproof zips, a detachable hood and hand warmer, radio and game pockets. The trousers too are waterproof and insulated but also feature ventilation, two-way half leg zips and suspender buttons.

    See the whole Norfell range.

     

    Stealth

    The Stealth range is Harkila’s silent offering. The suit is available in two different camouflage patterns; AXIS MSP Forest Green and Optifade Ground Forest.

    The jacket boasts breathable waterproofing from Gore-Tex, ventilation to keep you cool, a detachable hood, two way zip, adjustable sleeves and hand warmer pockets. The trousers also boast Gore-tex waterproofing and ventilation but also features zipped thigh pockets, suspender buttons and snow lock.

    See the whole Stealth range.

     

    Metso

    Metso is synonymous with classic style combined with modern features. The suit is constructed from wool so is lightweight and silent but is supported by Gore-Tex to offer it’s waterproofing technology.

    The jacket’s classic look comes from the wool and leather styling and is aesthetically striking. It features a radio pocket, storm cuffs, a detachable hood, two way zip, hand warmer pockets and an adjustable waist.

    The trousers are equally as striking as the jacket. They include a zipped thigh pocket, reinforced articulated knee, adjustable back knee, easy entry front pockets and snow lock.

    See the whole Metso range.

     

    See the new Harkila clearance range.

  • New: Seeland Autumn Winter Collection

    With the arrival of the autumn season, we often see the release of new product lines. This year is no different, with new clothing lines from some of our key brands. We thought that we would take a closer look at these new releases over the next few weeks, starting with some new lines from Seeland.

    The new Seeland Autumn – Winter Collection features a wide range of new lines that cover all field sports. The new lines include Helt, Woodcock II, Dyna, Kraft and Kraft Force.

    Seeland Helt

    Seeland have focussed on developing the ultimate hardwearing, versatile and detailed shooting suit. Constructed with reinforced panels, Scotchard, Thinsulalate, Seetex Waterproof Membrane and intelligently designed with features such as well-placed cartridge and radio pockets, integral carry belts and quick load straps, it’s versatility is clear. Helt does not compromise.

    Helt offers a complete range of clothing including the crucial waterproof jacket and trousers and accessories such as caps and gloves. The range is not just functional, it offers stylish clothing such as checked shirts in a striking red or green and the sweatshirt which is available in two designs.

     

    Helt truly is an all-round, versatile and wide range of clothing. See the range.

     

    Seeland Woodcock II

    Much like it’s predecessor, the Woodcock II is an aesthetically classic range with modern features such as the renowned Seetex Membrane, offering total water and windproofing. Why do you have to sacrifice your modern comfort for a classic look? Woodcock II says you don’t have to!

    One of the most interesting points the Woodcock II raises is it’s pledge that ‘Field sports is for everyone’. To embody this pledge, the Woodcock II range is available in both female and children’s styles and sizes, compromising on nothing.

    See the whole range.

     

    Seeland Dyna

    The Dyna range is silent and hard wearing. Constructed with Scotchgard treated close-weave wool, the suit offers water-resistance and quality insulation without a membrane, meaning that you can hear the game, before it hears you.

    The Dyna’s classic look and superb functionality is available in the form of jacket, trousers, fleece and cardigan.

    See the whole range.

     

    Seeland Kraft and Kraft Force

    The Kraft and Kraft force ranges are Seeland’s tough guys. Kraft is a shooting suit in a loud orange blaze and pitched as the ideal suit for wild boar hunting and dog handling. It features a waterproof Seetex Membrane and is reinforced to offer a rugged and reliable suit.

    Kraft Force is the toughest shooting suit ever created by Seeland and is designed for those heavy trudges through dense undergrowth. Constructed with extra hard-wearing Ripstop fabric, waterproof Seetex Membrane and featuring reinforced panels, the Kraft Force suit truly is a force to be reconned with.

    Both ranges offer jackets and trousers and Kraft Force offers a fleece jacket.

    See the whole range.


     

    One of the side effects of new lines from our key brands is that old lines become clearance lines. So check out our clearance Seeland clothing for a bargain!

  • Beretta Open Day September 2018

    The Sportsman Gun Centre is proud to be hosting our first Beretta Open Day at our Exeter store on the 29th of September 2018!

    On the day there will be gun fitting, Beretta representatives, 0% finance and for every new Beretta bought, we will provide a free one-hour shooting lesson with one of our accredited instructors. The time and location TBC.

  • The Zeiss Victory RF Laser Rangefinder Binoculars

    Zeiss are known the world over for their superior quality optics. Whether it be in photography, medical applications, nature watching or hunting, Zeiss optics are always the market leader. Combine their world-class optics with superior Laser Rangefinder technology and you have a winning formula. The Victory RF Binoculars are a product of that formula.

    Innovative high-performance optics

    The high-performance optics ensure brilliant, bright and pin sharp images. Fluoride glass and the Carl Zeiss T* multi-layer coating enhance the razor-sharp detail, the colour intensity and the image brightness, particularly in twilight conditions. Along with the wide fields of view and the exceptional close-range performance, the LotuTec® coating is the benchmark for clear visibility in wet conditions.

    Laser rangefinding technology

    The laser rangefinder enables you to measure distances within a second. The scan mode offers a high-precision interplay of state-of-the-art laser rangefinding technology and high-performance optics.  This means that you can use a particularly narrow measuring field to measure small and moving targets, such as passing birds of prey, precisely and with repeat accuracy. Even in poor light conditions.

    Repeat accuracy and precise measurement

    In less than half a second from releasing the one-touch measuring button you will see with reliability and precision the exact distance to your target. It is possible to measure distances of up to 1200 metres. Determine the exact position of the nests of ground-breeding birds in the accurate and quick One-Touch mode or establish with accuracy the migration height of cranes and geese in Scan mode. The laser rangefinder offers you unimagined possibilities in perfect precision.

    Comfortable operation

    The large additional button that operates the rangefinder is situated comfortably close to the focussing wheel. You only have to move your index finger to switch between precise focussing and the rangefinder. This exceptionally relaxed holding position means that your fingers don't get tired, even during lengthy measuring sessions. The second button, the SET button, allows you to choose between three different displays. Using this one, you can decide whether you want the distance to be displayed in metres/centimetres or yards/inches. Naturally, the Victory RF also offers important information for hunting. You can use the SET button to activate or deactivate the BIS® and to select the ballistic programme appropriate for the trajectory path.

    Long-lasting magnesium housing

    Extremely lightweight, extremely durable: the solid magnesium housing, with its shock-absorbing rubber armour, is always well protected. The waterproof and dustproof construction and the nitrogen filling ensure reliable function and condensation-free inner workings even under extreme conditions.

    Robust design

    Designed to be highly robust, the Victory RF also benefits from strong design elements. Unlike other systems with a third laser eye, the Victory RF has a fully integrated laser system, which means it can always be adjusted with precision, even in the face of severe shaking.

    Innovative lens coating

    Enjoy fascinating image quality whatever the weather. Water simply rolls off the lens as it does from a lotus leaf or off a duck's back. This is due to the LotuTec® coating on the lens and eyepiece. The fact that water simply rolls off and no dirt can collect on the surface of the lenses means that you can spend less time cleaning and more time observing nature.

  • ATN X-Sight II HD - Big features, low budget

     

    Since discovering fire humans have been finding more and more ingenious ways to combat the dark. One of the coolest and most ingenious night-defying inventions of the last century is night vision optics.

    Although a staple of many a Cold War or spy movie, commercial night vision optics have long been the playthings of those with larger budgets, with most units costing thousands of pounds. Although some more budget-friendly options have entered the market in recent years, few have been as fully featured and as advanced as the ATN X-Sight II HD.

    This impressive budget-friendly digital scope features HD optics, a built-in Range Finder, an Advanced Ballistic Calculator, Barometer, Gyroscope, Compass, smart 1080p HD video recording including RAV (Recoil Activated Video), Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity all powered by the Obsidian Core and User Interface.

    The scope has three modes, day vision, night vision- green and night vision- black and white. These modes coupled with the two zoom model options, 3-14x and 5-20x, makes the X-Sight II one of the most versatile scopes on the market

    So how much does it cost to buy one of these advanced, feature-packed scopes? Much less than you think. The 3-14x scope is priced at £550.00 and the larger, 5-20x version, is priced at £599.99 which is better than half the price of most of it's competitors.

    So you know all the facts, but is the scope any good? Wel,l there are loads of videos on YouTube demonstrating just that, so we encourage you to take a look and see for yourself. But to save you some time, here’s one to take a look at. WARNING: This video contains footage of animal slaughter.

    You can find a list of the full technical specs below:

    Sensor HD 1080p ATN L130 Sensor
    Magnification 5 - 20 X
    Field of View 1000 yards 240 ft
    Angle of view 5 degrees
    Objective lens 85 mm
    Micro display HD Display
    Core ATN Obsidian II
    System Resolution 160 lp/mm
    Adjustment per pixel 1/8 "
    Eye relief 65 mm
    IP rating Weather resistant
    Video Record Resolution 1080p at 30 fps
    Microphone Yes
    MicroSD card From 4 to 64 GB
    Micro USB Yes
    Micro HDMI Yes
    WiFi (Streaming, Gallery & Controls) iOS & Android
    Bluetooth 4.1
    GPS (Geotagging, Elevation, etc.) Yes
    3D Gyroscope Yes - GS7
    3D Accelerometer Yes
    3D Magnetometer Yes
    E-Barometer Yes
    Smart range finder Yes
    Smart Shooting Solution Yes
    RAV (Recoil Activated Video) Yes
    E-Compass Yes
    Smooth Zoom Yes
    Reticles Multiple Patterns & Color Options
    Mount Picatinny, Interchangeable
    Compatible mounts A.R.M.S. 17 (single lever), A.R.M.S. 35, (double lever), LaRue LT270, American Defense (AD-170)
    Battery life (Li-ion) 8 - 12 hours
    Battery pack (16000 mAh) life (OPTIONAL) 22 hours
    Battery type 4 AA type batteries, 1.5 V (Lithium recommended)
    Dimensions 11.56" x 3.1" x 3.4"/294 mm x 79 mm x 87 mm
    Weight 2.15 lbs
    Warranty Two years

    Due to the power-hungry nature of night vision scopes, we recommend using advanced batteries such as the Kentli rechargeable AA batteries. They use the latest lithium-ion polymer technology to create a rechargeable battery with a huge output with the lowest possible input. They have a capacity of 3000Mwh which is more than enough to power your ATN X-Sight II.

  • ATA ARMS- A History of Innovation

    ATA ARMS have been producing innovative guns now for over 60 years. Their founder Celal Yollu, produced his first single barrel shotgun in 1955 and their first side-by-side in 1967. By 1973 ATA had released their first over-under shotgun, a gun which is still an ATA icon to this day.

    In 1992 ATA released their first semi-automatic shotgun, not only THEIR first, but the FIRST semi-auto ever produced in Turkey. Among other developments, they spent the next 21 years perfecting their over-under and semi-auto models.

    In 2013 they released their flagship semi-auto, the VENZA. The VENZA has a patented automatic gas pressure control system (GPCS) and moving barrel to reduce recoil and increase accuracy in serial shots. It feels like shooting a light load cartridge when shooting much heavier loads. It comes with a Grade 2 Turkish Walnut stock with a matte finish and is available in Fonex, camo and carbon options.

     

     

     

     


    VENZA features

    • Larger Gas Release Valves
      • Allowing gas to escape faster when firing heavy loads
    • Moving Barrel
      • When firing heavy loads the barrel recoils and opens the gas valves to reduce pressure from the forend, side vents and cap holes, this reduces overall recoil and minimises muzzle jump, which in turn increases accuracy
    • Bolt System
      • The breech bolt is machined from top grade alloy steel and is hard chrome plated to reduce friction and increase corrosion resistance
    • Receiver
      • Constructed from aircraft grade aluminium alloy to reduce overall weight
      • It is specially designed to provide a clear sight picture for accurate shooting
    • Choke System
      • 70mm choke tubes for a stronger pattern
    • Trigger System
      • Minimum travel for precise shooting
      • Easily removed for cleaning, simply remove one retaining pin
      • Safety button can be reversed making the VENZA suitable for both left and right-handed shooters

    The ATA VENZA and other ATA shotguns are available on our website.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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