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  • 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.

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

    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.

  • The Sportsman Gun Centre Perazzi Open Day

    The 15th of December 2017 will see something extra special happening at The Sportsman Gun Centre store in Exeter. We will be inviting Perazzi representative Philip Unwin to help host our first 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 product. 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 to experience the full bespoke experience from Perazzi, so we brought it to our Exeter store for a special, one day only, open day.

    We will be joined by Philip Unwin from Perazzi’s UK importers. On the day both Perazzi representatives and the Sportsmans 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.

    The Open Day will be running through the usual store hours, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

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

    9:30 – 17:00 - 15/12/2017

  • Sportsman Gun Centre Open Day & Black Friday Event

    Something big is happening on Friday 24th November 2017.

    It’s that time of year again where shops and online retailers across the country drop their prices for Black Friday. As well as some huge reductions across our products we are also hosting one of our legendary open days.

    At 10 am we will be opening our doors (and some of our warehouse) to visitors for a shooting based extravaganza! We will be joined by representatives from some industry-leading brands, BASC advisors, trophy head measurers and even a shooting simulator!

    We will also have over 1000 of our guns on display, many of which will be included in our huge discounts and offers.

    Here is a list of representatives and activities available on the day.


    • Pulsar
    • Swarovski
    • Weatherby
    • Strasser
    • Revo
    • Browning
    • Nightforce
    • Yukon
    • ATA Arms
    • Kofs
    • LightFORCE
    • Steyr Mannlicher
    • Accuracy International
    • Boyds

    Advice and activities:

    • BASC advisors
    • Shooting simulator
    • Trophy head measuring


    Some more details:

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

    24/11/17 – 10am-8pm

  • Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award

    At The Sportsman Gun Centre we are proud to distribute LightForce products, so naturally we were exceptionally proud to hear that LightForce won a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award!
    Check out the announcement from the LightForce team below:

    Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award
    Each year at SEMA Show in Las Vegas USA, Diesel Tech Magazine reports on new products, designs and industry breaking news to help keep their audience up-to-date with what's happening in the auto industry.
    Recently, Diesel Tech Magazine decided to take things up a notch and began awarding trophies to just five of the best Show Stoppers out of thousands of exhibitors.
    Lightforce is proud to accept one of the 5 trophies awarded at SEMA Show 2017.

    This award is in recognition of our Genesis LED 210mm Driving Light which was designed, tested and manufactured right here in South Australia. This award validates our passion for the design and manufacture of high performance lighting systems. We aim to push the limits with every product we bring to market and it's satisfying to see this recognised by others in the industry.

    Our focus will always be on building lights that are effectively “tools not toys” and that serve those who value performance, innovation and design. Thanks to Justin Waters and Brian Gearhart, our guys at SEMA! Brian will soon be featured in a video for Diesel Tech Magazine Facebook Page.

    For regular updates on LightForce and the other amazing products we distribute you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

  • 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.

  • Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Nigel Greenaway  started full bore rifle shooting at the age of 14 and was coached for four years at Bedford School by the Great Britain National Rifle coach. Well known on the Classic, Practical Rifle and Civilian Service Rifle circuits he has won numerous national competitions - notably first winning the PR nationals in 1993 and then four years in a row between 2000-2003 plus the PR National League in 1997, 1998 & 2007.  He took up Civilian Service Rifle shooting in 2000 – winning the event using a 7.62mm Parker Hale M85 and again in 2006, 2009 and 2012 having downsized to a .223 Southern Gun Company AR15 rifle. He also specialises in shooting WW1 and WW2 sniper rifles - winning numerous 200, 600 and 900 yard sniping competitions and was the only civilian invited to the 2004 British Army's Sniping Symposium to coach snipers from 25 different countries in the use of classic sniper rifles.


    It is with great pleasure that Sportsman Gun Centre has invited Nigel to submit an article for our blog and test The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24

    Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Civilian Service Rifle (CSR) shooting has had a core band of followers since the late 1990’s but recently there has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of shooters, particularly in the CSR Winter League with over 700 participants shooting in one or more matches during 2015. Perhaps the reason for the sudden rise in popularity, apart from the obvious fact that it is great fun, is a series of coaching courses run by the NRA’s Peter Cottrell. Peter is an expert rifle coach and winner of this year’s CSR League and National Championships. These coaching courses have gone a long way to removing some of the mystique or fear factor that have perhaps prevented some shooters from taking that first step in to CSR shooting.


    I took part in a coaching session for the Urban Contact Match and am pleased to say that old dogs can learn new tricks. However, even old dogs like me can still make mistakes and I had a real howler at this year’s National Championships. So what lessons did I learn and what new equipment would I like to use to lessen the chance of making the same mistake twice?


    The right way to shoot the Urban Contact Match


    The NRA has invested in a turning target range on Short Siberia and this allows civilian shooters to shoot the 40 round Urban Contact Match – a four stage event at 100, 75, 50 and 25 yards. Each stage requires ten rounds but adopting new techniques will extract better results as all the scoring rings are used on the Fig11 and Fig14 targets.

    100 Yards Standing Supported

    Supported standhand position

    Start standing about two metres behind the firing point and on appearance of the targets for 15 seconds move forward, adopt a standing supported position on the right hand side of the post and shoot two shots at the left hand Fig 11, followed by four exposures of five seconds, two shots each exposure. Supported standsquare onThe trick here is to take a square on position to the post, feet square with your shoulders and lean in to the post supported with your left hand palm on to the post with your index and thumb gripping the fore-end of the rifle. Don’t let the side of the rifle touch the post as this will affect your zero, usually the elevation. The square on position helps because a more normal left foot forward stance can cause you to use the post as a pivot point and your shots end going left and right.

    75 yards kneeling or squatting supported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 75 yard point, adopting the kneeling or squatting position around cover. Your left hand can be placed palm to the post again but instead of kneeling on your right knee try kneeling on your left with your right knee acting as support for your right elbow. You now have two points of support – the post and your right knee. There are two exposures of 15 seconds, five shots on the right hand Fig11 on each exposure.


    50 yards standing and kneeling or squatting

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 50 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the upper Fig14 target for six seconds, fire two shots – one standing followed by one kneeling before adopting the standing alert position again.  There will be four more 6 second exposures. You may find it beneficial to use a sling.

    25 yards standing unsupported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 25 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the lower Fig14 target for seven seconds fire as many shots as you like.  Adopt the ready alert position between the remaining two exposures, each again of seven seconds. Many shooters adopt a 3, 3, 4 firing sequence as the first two exposures allow you to gauge the timing before speeding up to shoot four on the last exposure. However, there are no hard and fast rules and if you have got a nice rhythm then shoot four shots if it feels right on any of the exposures. Again you might want to use a sling.



    If you want to be successful in CSR learn how to use a sling! Sling types are the single point, two point or the Springfield type. For a number of years I have used a Tactical Interventions Specilaists Quick Cuff sling. It is an interesting sling because it combines the elements of a two point sling and a single point sling so that you get the best of both worlds. Different types have certain advantages depending on what position you are adopting.  The Quick Cuff has a separate arm cuff with a female fastex buckle attached that you wrap around your supporting arm.  The two point sling that is attached to the rifle also has a male fastex buckle which allows it to be set up as a single point when attached to the cuff on your arm.  A well-fitted sling actually helps you adopt a more consistent position and helps you recover from the recoil quicker.  Therefore it is a good idea to use a sling even when using a bipod.


    Sitting/Kneeling – little to choose between a two point or single point but a single point will need to be shortened from its prone position length. A hasty sling is the best for the Urban Contact Match


    Standing – Use a two point or Springfield sling attached at the front and rear sling swivels.  With the two point adopt a simple hasty sling by inserting your arm through and back round before gripping the fore-end.  In the standing position this sling position will result in the rear of the sling resting across the top of your chest and therefore helps stabilise your position.  You will have to lean backwards slightly to achieve this.  You can achieve the same with the Springfield sling but use its forward loop through which you insert your arm and adjust the length of the rear portion of the sling to gain support across your chest. The great thing about this is that the sling also helps you support the rifle in the Ready/Alert position – rifle in shoulder, barrel pointing down at 45 degrees.  You’ll be very grateful of the support the sling gives both when shooting and whilst waiting for the next target to appear!


    I use my Quick Cuff sling as a single point when prone and a two point for all other positions.  It has the advantage that it will be adjusted for length in both configurations before the competition starts, without having to worry about adjusting it in the middle of a shoot – particularly during a run down when you have little time to make any adjustments other than to your sights!


    Adjusting your sights

    Depending on how high your scope is above the bore of the barrel, on an AR15 this is likely to be at least 2.5 inches or more, you will need to increase your elevation as you get closer to the targets. On my rifle that is plus 1.5 minutes for 50 yards and plus 6 minutes at 25 yards.

    My big mistake was that the night before the competition I was fiddling with the elevation turret on my Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 and mistakenly turned the elevation down by a complete turn or 10 minutes.  This equates to 10 inches at 100 yards as I found out to my cost on the day of the competition.  My shots were just above the knees of the Fig11 – a nice tight group but well outside the scoring rings so only scoring two points per hit.  The 75 yard target was little different so I had just dropped 60 points out of a possible 100 - consider that in this year’s championships 2nd,3rd and 4th places in the grand aggregate were separated by only five points! Thankfully, someone cross-shot on to my Fig11 target with five extra shots. This allowed me to have a re-shoot and I quickly turned the elevation turret a complete turn and proceeded to shoot the joint highest score of the day - my luck was in.


    After the competition I actively looked at what was available on the market to prevent this from happening again. Luckily such a scope exists - the relatively new Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 32 with ZeroStop – a function that allows you to zero your scope at 100 yards and then make this your bottom-most setting. If you forget how many turns you’ve had - just dial down to the bottom and you have regained your zero – brilliant. I was already sold on the quality and functionality of my existing Nightforce so it was only natural to progress to the latest model. A 30mm tube plus an illuminated Mil-Dot reticule remains the same so the transition will be straightforward whilst the new scope has the added advantage of 20 minutes elevation for each full rotation of the elevation drum. This allows you to set a 100 yard zero and still have enough elevation in one turn to reach 600 yards. There are three different reticule patterns available for this model. The scope’s features and magnification range make it the ideal scope for the two main rifle classifications of CSR – Service Optic (maximum 4.5 magnification) or Practical Optic where there is no restriction on magnification (but when you get down to 25 yards you’ll be pleased you can zoom down to 3 power). The current importer of the Nightforce scopes and accessories is The Sportsman Gun Centre. My thanks to them for quickly supplying me with this new scope – I lost no time in fitting it and testing it in a CSR league competition on 4th October 2015.


    Considering that I’d only had the chance to zero the scope at 100 yards I was very pleased with the results, especially in the Urban Contact Match where I scored 183 ex 200 and that was with a dropped shot because I was a bit slow in getting a shot off. I’m more than pleased with my purchase and have no hesitation in recommending The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 as the most suitable scope for CSR shooting currently available in the UK.

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