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  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bramble Bashers Charity Clay Shoot

    Bramble Bashers Charity Clay Shoot

    This May bank holiday weekend sees the return of the famous Bramble Bashers charity clay shoot in Ashcombe, Devon. The Sportsman Gun Centre are, once again, proud to be supporting the event by supplying prizes.

    The Ashcombe Village Hall field hosts several fiendishly difficult traps with competitors shooting a total of 50 clays, with prizes being awarded for individuals and teams. Prizes are available for top individual shot, best team, best lady gun and best young gun.

    All proceeds will be distributed among local charities.

     

    Details

    Date – Sat 5th May 2018
    Entry Time – 10am-4pm
    Location – Ashcombe Village Hall – EX70QD
    Contact – 01626862153/07908190770

     

    Traps loaned by Ashcombe Adventure Centre
    Refreshments available

  • 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.

  • 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.

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