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    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

  • 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.

  • The return of the Perazzi Open Day - June 9th 2018

    The 9th of June will see the return of an extra-special event at The Sportsman Gun Centre store in Exeter. Perazzi representative Philip Unwin will be returning to help host our Perazzi Open Day.

    Perazzi manufacture high-grade precision shotguns in Brescia Italy. They create a wide variety of shotguns, including models for hunting and competition, ranging from standard to deluxe models. As well as their superior quality, Perazzi uniquely offer the option of a fully bespoke gun. They allow you to choose the model, engraving and even the wood for the stock. The bespoke Perazzi experience can even include a tour of their factory in Italy.

    At Sportsman Gun Centre we understand, that although you probably would really like to, not everyone can take a trip to Italy for the full bespoke experience. So we brought it to our Exeter store for a special, one day only, open day.

    On the day both Perazzi representatives and the Sportsman team, will be offering gun fitting and advice for your custom Perazzi order. We will also be displaying our vast range of Perazzi guns from standard MX12’s, through to SCO Extra models as well as offering huge savings across current line, premium clothing.

    Discounts include:

    20% off Guardian
    20% off Deerhunter
    10% off Musto
    10% off Seeland
    10% off Harkilia
    10% off Beretta Skeet Vests
    A further 10% Off Pilla  Shooting Glasses

     

    The Open Day will be running through the usual store hours, from 9:00 am to 5 pm.

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

    When
    9:00 – 17:00 – 09/06/18

  • 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.

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