SGC News and Reviews

  • ROEDALE DELTA RIFLE SUPPRESSORS - SILENCE IS GOLDEN

    Sportsman Gun Centre is proud to announce it has reached an agreement to become exclusive distributors of Roedale Precision rifle suppressors in the UK.

    Roedale Precision's Delta Series Suppressors are manufactured in Germany by a team led by Pete Lincoln, a former British serviceman, hunting devotee and qualified master riflesmith.

    Roedale Precision rifle suppressors, or sound moderators and silencers as they are also known, have quickly developed a reputation for performance excellence and outstanding value, but until the distribution deal with Sportsman Gun Centre many potential UK customers have been put off or been frustrated by the delays in importing Roedale products from Germany because of the amount of paperwork involved.

    Now Roedale rifle suppressors will be available direct in the UK from the Sportsman Gun Centre stores in Exeter, Dorset and Newport and through its online store.

    British design and German engineering combine to make superb value rifle suppressors

    Roedale Precision's Delta Series of rifle suppressors are an example of the science and technology of sound suppression taken to its optimum. They are individually hand-machined, robust and designed to be affordable to the wider hunting fraternity.

    Pete acquired much of his expertise in sound suppression while working in the aerospace industry prior to setting up Roedale. He used contacts at the Research and Development team at the University of Applied Science Osnabrück in Lower Saxony, Germany, to produce the most advanced and flexible, sound suppression system.

    The result of this R&D is a Rifle suppressor that combines excellent sound suppression, muzzle flash elimination and recoil reduction, all in an extremely compact and lightweight package.

    Modular baffle design to cater for different requirements and calibres

    Key to the success of the Roedale Delta Suppressor series is its adaptability to different individual hunting and shooting requirements, which is made possible by the modular suppressor baffle system.

    Baffles are essentially a series of chambers that reduce the strength of airborne sound by trapping, cooling and then expelling rapidly expanding propellant gases.

    The Roedale Precision Delta Series rifle suppressors come in ultralight and standard. The modular suppressor baffle system allows the huntsman to tailor the suppressor to their exact requirements by simply adding or removing additional blast baffle units to create the perfect compromise of weight distribution and sound suppression.

    It is also possible to replace the first couple of baffle units with stainless steel in order to ensure suitable performance with high intensity magnum type calibres.

    The alloy used in production has been made exclusively to Roedale's specifications to ensure constant quality and real world performance, all parts are CNC machined from solid bar stock, available in either Parkerised Steel or Stainless Steel variants and TiAIN or phosphate coated.

    Delta rifle suppressors are muzzle mounted and come available with commonly found thread patterns, initially these will be available as 1/2" UNF with further sizes to follow.

    “Roedale Precision have quickly established a reputation for making truly outstanding value rifle suppressors,” says Gary Lamburn, Managing Director of Sportsman Gun Centre.

    "However, until this breakthrough distribution deal it has not been very convenient for hunting and shooting enthusiasts to get hold of them.

    "Now we have a chance to offer these examples of precision design and engineering in suppressors to the UK market at outstanding prices."

  • HUNTING GIFT IDEAS AND CHRISTMAS SHOOTING GIFTS

    Christmas provides the ideal opportunity to give the perfect hunting or shooting gift that offers a little sporting advantage or adds a touch of elegance to an outfit.

    With the game season in full swing over the festive period, you need look no further than Sportsman Gun Centre for all your shooting presents and hunting gifts needs.

    Hunting Clothing Gifts

    Giving socks for Christmas may be a bit of a joke, but for the shooting enthusiast who spends hours outside over the winter months there is nothing more welcome than guaranteed warmth and comfort.

    Sportsman Gun Centre have an exhaustive range of high quality woven shooting and hunting socks, stockings and garters that are not only practical but designed to add a bit of elegance and a flash of colour to any shooting outfit.

    And what better shooting gifts for men to complete the outfit than a smart shooting tie, decorated with images of game birds, or one of our engraved or embossed pewter flasks for a fortifying nip when temperatures begin to dip.

    Practical Shooting Gifts and Hunting Presents

    Guardian Leather Dukes Shotgun Case

    Practically transporting a shotgun safely and securely isn’t always easy, and the last thing you want is it rattling around in the car getting scratched or buried under other paraphernalia.

    The beautifully presented Guardian Leather Dukes Shotgun Case ensures your gun arrives in perfect condition and style every time. Fleece lined and with leather detail at each corner for added durability, the case will take any shotgun side by side or over and under.

    This Christmas we are offering the Guardian Dukes case at just £99.99 (inc VAT), a staggering £100 off the RRP.

    Ear Defenders for Xmas

    Ear defenders have the advantage of not only protecting the rifle or pistol shooters’ hearing but also offering some extra warmth in the winter months, and there is no longer any need for the wearer to look like he has just walked off a building site.

    Sportsman Gun Centre is offering up to 50% off a range of ear defenders to suit every budget, ranging from top of the range Peltor electronic active-volume protectors to the Peltor Bulls Eye at just over a 20 Pounds.

    Keeping a gun clean and well maintained is not only vitally important but can be a therapeutic way to while away a few rain-bound hours - be sure to check out our gun maintenance section for cleaning kits that would make an excellent choice of gift

     

    Armchair shooting and hunting gifts and shooting and fishing gift vouchers

    Sportsman Gun Centre stock a vast range of gifts to suit the tastes of every hunting and shooting enthusiast, including a range of instructional and inspirational Books and DVD’s and novelty shooting gifts.

    However, if you want to be sure that they get exactly what they want why not let them chose themselves by giving our exclusive shooting and fishing gift vouchers.

    The vouchers come in values from £5 to £50 and can be used to purchase anything from any of our Sportsman Gun Centre stores.

  • MIKE POWELL REVIEWS THE WEATHERBY VANGUARD

    Bain of foxes everywhere, Mike Powell writes a regular fox control article for Sporting Rifle Magazine and is one of the UK's foremost sporting rifle experts 

    I was looking forward to seeing the Weatherby “in the flesh” as this was a make of rifle that when I was young, and avidly read American and Canadian shooting magazines, ranked alongside such names as Marlin or Ruger alike. Whether these mystical names, when they arrived on these shores, live up to boyhood dreams, is a matter of some conjecture.

    Weatherby Rifles

    Times have moved on and the American gun making scene now looks carefully at the wider market. On opening the box of the Weatherby Vanguard, I was pleasantly surprised; the stock was very nicely finished in straight grained walnut with a rosewood tip to the forend. The cheek piece on the Weatherby Monte Carlo type stock was nicely finished and comfortable in use. Chequering was sharp and well defined with the stock finished off with a well fitted rubber butt pad. Some fibreglass bedding had been done and the overall fitting of the action and barrel to the stock was extremely good for a rifle in this price range and any chasing out of the forend had been nicely finished. Sling swivels are fitted and the 24 inch barrel was screw cut with a ½ inch UNF thread. The screw cutting had been well executed and the crown was quite deeply cut. Blueing was not heavy but more than adequate.

    The safety catch on the Weatherby Vanguard is a conventional forward for fire rearward for safe and there is cocking indicator situated at the rear of the bolt.

    Weatherby Vanguard

    Weatherby guarantee a 1.5 MOA at 100 yards, whilst by modern standards many would say this is not outstanding; however it is good enough and without a doubt not many rifles will do much better than this. Home loaders will also greatly improve on the guaranteed figure. The rifle is largely manufactured by Howa in Japan a relationship that dates back to the late 60s, whilst Weatherby is associated largely with their two magnum calibres 257 and 460, today a wide range of calibres are available.

    The Weatherby Vanguard resembles both the Remington 700 and the Winchester model 70, not surprising as the Weatherby rifle was originally brought out to offer an alternative to those two icons. The magazine takes five rounds and is of floor plate design; the trigger pull was excellent and broke crisply at just over three pounds. It was good to see that American rifles have addressed trigger pulls!

    Weatherby UK

    This particular Weatherby rifle was on loan from The Sportsman Gun Centre who is now the exclusive distributors for Weatherby in the UK. The Sportsman Gun Centre are providing a special combo package on this Weatherby rifle where for a given price you get the Weatherby Vanguard rifle, the scope, in this case a Redfield “Revolution” 3x9x50 and a Wildcat Predator 8 sound moderator. Click here for Weatherby Combo Deals

    Weatherby Vanguard rifle

    I was keen to try the scope as this would be the first time I had got my hands on this particular make, the whole outfit looked the part but the test would come in the field. Cleaning the Weatherby Vanguard rifle prior to testing showed a very good standard of finish both internally and externally. Bore sighting the Vangurad rifle at 50 yards got the Sako 55 grain ammo on the paper after a couple of rounds and from there I moved the target out to 100 yards, zeroing as usual, an inch high. It only took three shots before I was on the money and switching rifle targets to the excellent life sized fox target copied from Robert Bucknells “Foxing with lamp and Rifle” put three shots that filled the bill. I know I only tried the one make of ammo but I am quite sure the Weatherby Vanguard rifle is more than capable of producing even better results with factory ammo matched to it and of course home loaders will almost certainly do better still.

    The Redfield rifle scope

    Performed well with a really clean sharp picture, I would have liked the turrets to have rather sharper more well defined “clicks” but I managed perfectly well, so perhaps I am being a bit picky. Redfield scopes are made by Leupold in Oregon so doubtless build quality should be well up to standard. Leupold resurrected the old established Redfield name and this range of scope will certainly have an impact on the market. Price wise it slots into the market allowing an ever wider choice to fit all pockets.

    UK Custom Shops Wildcat predator 8

    UK Custom Shops Wildcat predator 8 is well known to me as I have used both the Predator 8 and the Whisper on my own rifles for some time now. They are very well made and can be stripped down for cleaning. As usual the test model performed perfectly well bringing down the noise level to a very acceptable level. Also although not small this is one of the few mods that looks quite passable on a rifle!

    Weatherby review

    What then were my overall thoughts on this Weatherby combo set up? I have to say, I am well aware that there are those who say reviewers always “big up” the test items. This is because there is not much point in reviewing rubbish! And today most of what is offered for test is very good quality indeed. This certainly applied to this Weatherby outfit, I liked pretty well everything about it. The Weatherby Vanguard rifle felt right somehow, nothing pretentious but a good looking functional rifle that gave the impression it would give many years of trouble free service.

    I would, if I was looking for a reasonably priced rifle certainly look very closely at a Weatherby and probably end up buying one. Well made, well finished with plenty of attention to detail I thought it was very nice.

    The choice of the Sportsman Gun Centre to marry the Weatherby Vanguard rifle to the scope and moderator selected in their deal gives a practical and sensible yet above all a really usable rifle for foxing. Anyone coming into the sport and looking for a good set up really wouldn’t go far wrong with this one especially at the combo price.

    The Vanguard rifle reviewed was in .223, but Weatherby do a full range of calibres to suit all needs. If time permits I will take it out and see what Charlie thinks about it.

  • THE HUNTING EDGE: HSF STEALTH HUNTING CLOTHING

    Give Yourself the Hunting Edge With HSF Stealth Hunting Clothing

    hsf stealthWhen it comes to shooting success, hunting clothing that allows you to seamlessly blend into your surroundings is the thing you should consider before anything else.

    At Sportsman Gun Centre we stock a huge range of hunting and shooting clothing, and understand that the most important attributes any experienced huntsman looks for in outdoor hunting clothing, whether out shooting or stalking, are good levels of camouflage, practicability, resistance to the elements and, of course, comfort.

    New HSF Stealth camouflage hunting clothing range

    Equipping yourself with camouflage hunting clothing that incorporates the best in new fabric technology, comfort and design does not have to cost you a small fortune.

    Sportsman Gun Centre is pleased to announce the arrival of the latest range of hunting clothing from cutting-edge manufacturers HSF, and some very special introductory price offers to go with it.

    The Stealth range of outdoor hunting clothing features specially developed S-Tex (Synthetic Fabric Technology), which provides weather protection and flexibility combined with ease of movement, and due to its unique construction it is also breathable, hardwearing and machine washable.

    The S-Tex fabric is printed with the latest RS4 HD camouflage design which has been specifically developed for woodland use. This unique, high definition camouflage pattern features true to life colours, textures and shapes and is ideal for both shooting from standing or when seeking to remain hidden on the ground.

    By using a unique blend of enhanced synthetic fibres, HSF has created a fabric that boasts a 100% waterproof membrane and a 100% windproof shell. This allows the wearer to remain comfortable and shielded, however wild the elements get.

    Special offers on HSF Stealth camo hunting jackets, hunting trousers and suits

    For anyone looking to get completely kitted out from head to toe, the HSF Stealth Suit is outstanding value at a special introductory half price offer of just £69.99.

    The suit consists of a Stealth HD camouflage jacket, Stealth camo trousers, Stealth camo balaclava and Stealth camo gloves.

    However, if you are just looking to add to your existing hunting and shooting clothing, you can buy the various components, all featuring the unique S-Tex fabric and HD camouflage design, separately in a full range of sizes from small to 3XL.

    Sportsman Gun Centre’s special offer extends to individual items in the HSF Stealth Camouflage Hunting Clothing range, with Stealth camo hunting jackets and trousers being offered at just £34.99 and Stealth camo gloves or camo Balaclavas just £5.99 each.

    The Stealth range also includes S-Tex and HD camouflage Bib and Braces, also at £34.99.

  • SPORTSMAN GUNCENTRE TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT CLA GAME FAIR

    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.

  • BUSHNELL BINOCULARS – NEW FUSION 1600 ARC

    Owning a combined binocular and rangefinder has until now been reserved for the huntsman with very deep pockets.

    American optics specialists Bushnell have brought together the best of both worlds in their new Fusion 1600 ARC. Where previously you would have had to spend thousands of pounds, Sportsman is offering the Fusion, which brings together Bushnell binoculars’ superb optical quality and touch-of-a-button laser distance display, for an amazing offer price of just £699.99.

    Bushnell 10x42 viewing technology

    The Fusion boasts many of the optical features that have made Bushnell binoculars and rangefinders among the market leaders both in Europe and The United States.

    With Bushnell 10x42 binoculars features, every detail is magnified from edge to edge thanks to premium multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms with a phased correcting coating that delivers the richest contrast and stunning clarity.

    The Fusion 1600 also incorporates many of the features characteristic of more expensive water proof binoculars. It includes RainGuard HD water repellent and anti-fogging lens coating and has been designed to be guaranteed 100% waterproof.

    Bushnell laser range finder

    Bushnell has incorporated its Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology as part of the Fusion package.

    ARC instantly takes into account and compensates for the angle of viewing from -90° to +90° to maximise precision shooting, has the choice of bow, rifle and standard line of site modes and operates at distances spanning 10 to 1600 yards. Its accuracy rating is plus or minus one yard.

    Incorporating Bushnell laser range finder technology, the Fusion also features an exciting new scanning option that allows users to receive a continuous reading while moving the reticle from one target to another or as they follow a moving target. Despite all these extras, the Fusion weighs no more than a standard 10x42 pair of binoculars.

    Conclusion

    Retailing at around a third of the price of many of its competitors, the Fusion 1600 is the binocular/rangefinder combo that the hunting and shooting community has been waiting for.

    While Bushnell has always been sought after as a brand for the quality of its rangefinders, and the Fusion is no exception, it is the added quality of the optics which has blown away those who’ve already had a chance to try it out.

  • HAVE A SHOT AT CLAY SHOOTING THIS SUMMER!

    NOW summer finally with us and the sunshine there is no better time to introduce friends or family to the pleasures of clay target or clay pigeon shooting.

    There are over 25,000 members of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association in the UK, with participants ranging in age from 9 to 90, from beginners to top level international competitors, including Olympians.

    Sportsman Gun Centre were proud sponsors of the first British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Clay Shoot Challenge for students of gamekeeping earlier this year, and we are currently offering some very special deals on clay pigeon traps.

    Entry level Clay traps

    The Champion High Flyer Target Thrower is the ideal starter clay target trap, and is currently almost half price at just £26.99.

    Any regulation clay target, loaded two at a time, is delivered to challenging distances simply by pulling a string, while the inbuilt target clip ensures the trap is securely placed and sent out on a consistent flight path. The Champion High Flyer can either be staked into the ground or mounted on a tire.

    For larger groups, or those wanting to practice the sport for sustained periods, you can save over £150 with Sportman on the highly popular Do All Outdoors Aerial Assault Clay Trap at an amazing £396.99.

    The Do All Outdoors broke new ground as the first fully automatic trap that can deliver 50 targets per load, released by the shooter with a foot pedal, within a retail price range.

    Although light weight and portable these traps are tough as old boots and made to last. The sturdy steel leg base guarantees smooth release of the traps while a pivot adapter allows the height of the target release to be adapted.

    The delivery tray is made of lexan to ensure it does buckle or warp, ensuring consistent release up to 80 to 100 metres. Its 12 volt marine battery allows the trap to operate for up to 24 hours in one session.

    For those looking to increase their skill levels, the Champion Easybird Auto Feed Clay Trap (sale price £467.99) throws both 108mm and 110mm international targets and can be adjusted to ranges between 55 and 65 feet on a 1 second cycle.

    It can be mounted on a Champion Trap Taxi, also on sale from Sportsman at £120.99.

    Competition level Clay traps

    For the truly dedicated or competition clay shooter the Champion Easybird Double Auto Feed Clay Trap is Archery Shooting Association (ASA) certified, its two magazines boasting a 100 target capacity, adjustable to between 35 and 50 yards and up to a 30 degree elevation.

    The 12 volt deep cycle battery is capable of delivering up to 5,000 targets in a single session. At £709.99 you can save over £185 on the recommended retail price.

    For more information contact Sportsman Gun Centre on 01392 354854 or Email:info@sportsmanguncentre.com or click Decoys and Targets

  • ZOOM IN ON NEW ZEISS RIFLESCOPE RANGE AT SPORTSMAN

    New Carl Zeiss Riflescope Range

    At Sportsman Gun Centre we believe Zeiss’ reputation for producing premium quality riflescopes for hunters of all levels can only be further cemented after taking delivery of its new Duralyt range.

    Sportman is proud to be one of the few UK retail outlets for this series of three new Zeiss riflescopes that combine that well-earned reputation for excellence and precision with unbeatable performance.

    Zeiss Scope and rifle combo deals

    And to mark the launch of these new Ziess Riflescopes that will appeal equally to the leisure and professional huntsman, Sportman is offering unbeatable Zeiss optic / Rifle combo deals on selected hunting rifles and the new Zeiss 3-12x50 Duralyt riflescope for long to medium range shooting distance.

    Beginning at under £600, half the price you would previously have expected to pay for this standard and quality, the three brand new Zeiss optics – Duralyt 3-12x50, 2-8x42 and 1.2-5x36 – offer outstanding value for money combined with the levels of precision optics and robustness in the field.

    The waterproofed riflescopes are manufactured from a single block to avoid problems with multiple parts and joints and nitrogen filled to boost lightness.

    The New Zeiss Duralyt range for every huntsman

    The first in the series, the Duralyt 1.2-5x36, is the ideal choice for those looking for a lightweight scope for shooting at close range, on a driven hunt for instance, with up to 5 x magnification making it an excellent all-rounder for day-time hunting.

    Moving up the range, the 2-8 x 42 is as short and sleek as the 1.2-5 x 36, but able to provide superbly clear visuals in twilight and optimum medium range magnification to distances of over 200m, making it the choice of experienced hunters operating in varied terrains.

    The 3-12x50 not only fulfils all the needs of the stand hunter operating during the day or twilight with it light transmissive optics and extremely wide magnification range, but its light weight makes it ideal for the mountain hunter moving around testing landscapes.

    The Zeiss Duralyt range offers famed German precision at Eastern European prices!

    For more information contact Sportsman Gun Centre on 01392 354854 or Email:info@sportsmanguncentre.com

  • SHOOTING TIMES REVIEWS THE TETRA GUN VICE

    Shooting Times (14th April 2010), Alistair Balmain has reviewed the TETRA GUN VICE which we stock. Here is what he said.

    tatra viseOverview:

    8/10 - Organises your gun cleaning (£58.99)

    Full Review:

    I am always nervous of clattering my barrels on an already crowded workbench when I clean my gun and often find that I end up resting the gun on top of a roll of patches, or
    propping it on the edge of a travel case. Not the cleverest moves with such an expensive piece of kit. This is where the Tetra Gun vice comes in. If you’re cleaning your shotgun or rifle — especially your rifle — having two hands free and a safe place to put working parts down is very useful. The easily operated clamp holds your gun in place firmly and the rubber contact points prevent accidental damage.

    Please see the image for the actual article. To request your copy of shooting times please visit the following link. Or alternatively go into your local news agents.

    http://www.shootingtimes.co.uk

    To purchase the TETRA GUN VICE please click here

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