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  • The New Sole UK Distributor of CZ Firearms

    In case you missed the initial announcement, Sportsman Gun Centre is proudly the new and sole UK importer and distributor of prestigious firearm manufacturer CZ (Česká zbrojovka).

    CZ Production

     

    CZ has been manufacturing firearms for over 80 years and boast an impressive range of centrefire hunting & rimfire rifles, sport & competition firearms and an expansive military and law enforcement range. Manufactured in the Czech Republic, CZ produces an average of 1577 firearms a day to meet an ever-growing global demand for premium quality firearms at an affordable price.

    The SGC feels both privileged and proud to have been invited into partnership with such a prestigious manufacturer to bring the full and complete range the UK.

    SGC MD Gary Lamburn said “We as a business believe in investing in stock and CZ is no different. We will look to increase stock holding to benefit the availability of firearms to the UK gun trade.”

    Both the SGC and CZ believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK shooting industry, bringing world-leading firearms to a much wider audience.

    CZ 457

    All CZ Rifles can be found on the SGC website, notably featuring the new CZ 457 Synthetic, Long Range Precision (LRP) and Thumbhole rimfire rifles.

    Combined with the increased stock availability, the SGC believe that we will soon see far more shooters in the UK with CZ firearms.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • The Basics of Reloading

    Reloading Introduction

    RELOADING IS AN ENJOYABLE HOBBY, saves you money — and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee Precision, Inc. Their mission is simple: produce the best value American made reloading tools.

    Great prices come from patented, innovative designs. The company are proud to say that Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. A reloading press and a set of Lee Dies are all you need to start reloading. Lee Dies come complete with powder dipper, shell holder and instructions, along with comprehensive load data that tells you how much and what type of powder to use.

    Dies and presses last a lifetime, so buying what your budget allows makes the most sense. For those with a workbench, consider the Lee Bench Plate for the ultimate convenience in mounting your presses. If you don’t have a workbench, consider the Lee Reloading Stand, compact and very sturdy.

    The Basics of Reloading

    To the uninitiated reloading can seem quite a minefield... The truth is it can be broken down into 6 simple steps.

    1. Decap and Size - If you are using previously fired brass you will need to remove the old primers and size it back to factory specifications, or for advanced users, you can simply resize the neck.
    2. Trim - When brass has been fired and resized it can stretch. So it is advised that you measure and trim your brass back to factory specifications.
    3. Prime - This is the part where you replace the primer in the brass, making it ready to accept the charge.
    4. Expand & Charge / Charge, at this stage, you add the powder to your cartridges.
    5. Seating - Add your desired bullet head to the brass ready for the final stage.
    6. Crimping - To ensure uniform pressure and reliability crimp your head into the cartridge. Now your newly made ammunition is ready to shoot.

    As with all firearm based activities. It is essential that anyone new to reloading takes advice from a professional and that the individual does their research before they start.

  • FX Airguns announce new sole UK distributor

    The Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd is proud to announce that in February 2020, they will be the sole UK importer/distributor of the world-famous premium Swedish Air Gun brand FX Airguns.

     

    Founded in 1999, FX Airguns is fast becoming “THE” favourite among British airgun enthusiasts, so much so that historically demand has outstripped supply. It is clear to see why, as each airgun is manufactured to an exacting standard by the FX team. Led by Fredrik Axelsson, FX Airguns are, as both manufacturers and innovators, constantly pushing for new world innovation and incorporation of the newest manufacturing techniques.

    The SGC has always committed to holding a significant amount of stock for the brands they distribute and are looking to continue to increase the availability of the incredible FX range in the UK.  They are excited to offer greatly reduced lead times and improved stock availability to both retail and trade clients.

    Both the SGC and FX believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK airgun industry, bringing world-leading airguns to a much wider audience.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • The perfect hunting companion Zeiss

    Thoughts on what makes the perfect scope

    The most important factors when choosing your scope are your particular hunting preferences and the conditions in which you hunt. All-rounder or specialist – this crucial decision will depend not only on what scopes you already have, but also on what, where and how you will want to hunt in future.

     

    • If you will be hunting in daylight, what you need most is flexibility when it comes to magnification. The key aspects to consider are the terrain (flat country, mountains) and the type of hunting (hide, stalking).
    • Riflescopes with excellent optical performance are the number one choice if you will be hunting at twilight or by moonlight.
    • Reliable aiming, fast reactions and short distances: when on driven hunts, sights with a large field of view and low magnification allow you to aim with both eyes, thus increasing the reliability of your shot.
    • Various types of game and hunting, different times of day or environments: all-rounders with excellent optical clarity and a wide zoom range really come into their own here.
    • For high-precision shots over long distances, long-range scopes with extreme magnification and pinpoint ballistic settings are what you need.
    • If you are hunting in the mountains, it is important to have the flexibility to take long-distance shots, as well as to adjust your ballistic settings to suit the game. A product such as the ZEISS Victory Rangefinder System can be a great help here too.

    Finding the perfect binoculars


    For the most part, hunting is not about the hunt itself; it is about being able to experience nature and, in particular, to view the game.

    What constitutes the right binoculars will depend on the type of hunt, time of day and, last but not least, the hunter and their requirements. When hunting on the move, factors such as size, weight and ease of use are really important, on top of the optical considerations.

    • If you are hunting game that is on the move, you often have to act fast. Compact, lightweight binoculars that are really easy to use would be ideal here.
    • During the day, what hunters need most is to have a good overview through a wide field of view, along with good magnification, so they can aim at game properly.
    • In poor light, when hunting at night or at twilight, a good pair of binoculars with large lenses and good light transmission will allow hunters to get the most out of their hunt.
    • In order to measure distances accurately for an exact shot, the binoculars will need to offer enhanced technological features that are easy to use, on top of the optics themselves.
    • A built-in image stabilisation function will enable you to see clearly over extremely long distances – even without a tripod.

    The perfect spotting scope

    Whether used to view game or simply see nature in a different way: spotting scopes give hunters and nature-lovers a unique perspective and enable them to take precise aim. Spotting scopes are usually needed to take accurate images over long distances, but sometimes they serve to pick up details on smaller animals that are already visible to the naked eye. So why do I need a spotting scope?

    When deciding whether you need a spotting scope, as well as the performance data of the optics in question, such as maximum magnification, zoom range or field of view, it is recommended that you consider other factors too: for example, weight, dimensions, setting options, handling or ability to extend the product with corresponding accessories.

    • If used for aiming at game, the mobility of the spotting scope is important, as well as its optical performance: it should be lightweight, compact, robust and with no bells or whistles.
    • If used for viewing game, simple handling and maximum optical performance are the order of the day.
    • If used for identifying animals, when it is all about extreme magnification, a wide field of view and true-colour reproduction, every tiny detail counts.
    • Whether it will be connected to a camera or used for digiscoping – with the right spotting scope, you can record your sightings as photographs or moving images.
  • ATA Arms SP Super Sport

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT

    The SP SUPERSPORT is Turkish gunmaker, ATA Arms’ newest addition to its SP range of shotguns.

    With its matte black action, matte barrels, red accents and a high-grade Turkish Walnut stock, the SUPERSPORT certainly looks the part. But with the inclusion of extended chokes, vented barrels and an optional adjustable stock, it lives up to its name.

    This beautiful 12G over-under shotgun is available with both 30 and 32 inch barrels, a 12mm rib, comes with a full set of chokes and offers anything the sporting shooter would need from a shotgun.

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT - RRP From: £799.99

  • Sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc.

    We are proud to announce that the Sportsman Gun Centre is now the sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc. Battenfeld has a broad range of shooting, hunting and conservation accessories to suit any real world situation. With some much loved brands such as Caldwell, Wheeler, Tipton and Frankford Arsenal, we are confident that this addition to our brand portfolio will cater to the needs of all of our customers.

    Here is a complete list of Battenfeld brands available through our stores and website and a little bit of information on each of them.

     

    Caldwell – Shooting accessories including eye & hearing protection, target shooting, bipods, benches & rests, magazine speed loaders and much more.

    Wheeler – Gunsmithing, maintenance and cleaning.

    Tipton – Maintenance, cleaning, gun vices and range kits.

    Frankford Arsenal – Reloading tools and accessories.

    Bog – Bipods, shooting sticks, gun rests and apparel.

    Smith&Wesson – Target shooting accessories and apparel.

    Lockdown – Gun safe accessories including lighting, organisation, security, moisture control and accessory kits.

    Hooyman – Tree care and conservation tools including hand saws, pole saws and chainsaws.

    Non Typical Wildlife Solutions – Deer and livestock control accessories including electric fence kits and power banks.

    Battenfeld video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ5dIsmNk7M&feature=youtu.be

  • Strasser RS14 Evolution

    Strasser RS14 Evolution


    The RS14 Evolution is the new flagship straight pull rifle from Austria’s Strasser. The Evolution is positioned to build on its predecessor, the RS14, and boasts an unparalleled level of configuration.

    The key feature of the RS14, both past and present, is its modular design. This gives it the ability to quickly, easily and accurately change calibre with no special tools or equipment; in fact, all the tools you need are hidden within the rifle itself.

    Strasser has a strong history in precision tooling, including making parts for ESA (European Space Agency) Rockets, so they know precision. It’s this precision that makes their calibre change so unique. The barrel can be removed and changed in less time than it takes to load a magazine, and will always return back to zero. You also only need one magazine for each calibre group which further enhances the calibre change process.

    The RS14 Evolution also includes a ‘drop out’ trigger mechanism which is fully hand adjustable. You can adjust the trigger pull weight without any tools.

    In short the Strasser RS14 Evolution is one of the most versatile, customisable and reliable rifles on the market and is available in a wide range of calibres, stocks and finishes.

    Strasser RS14 Evolution - RRP From: £2,527.99

     

    Tel: 01392 354 854
    info@sportsmanguncentre.com
    www.sportsmanguncentre.com

  • New UK distributer for Primary Arms Optics.

    Feb 2019

    New UK distributer for Primary Arms Optics.

    We are privileged to be UK distributors for Nightforce, Warne, ATA’s KOFS and many more.

    We are proud to announce the newest addition, to our ever expanding portfolio, Introducing Primary Arms Optics.

     

    Both us and Primary Arms Optics see this as a huge step forward for the UK Optics industry and a move which will see the range and availability of Primary Arms products in the UK dramatically increase.

     

    Initially we will stock a selection of the latest tactical, hunting & red dot scopes. Offering precision reticles with exceptional performance, impressive American build quality and great value, that will provide a credible alternative to other tactical / hunting scopes currently available in the UK.

  • The Great British Shooting Show

     

    We are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s ‘The Great British Shooting Show’ from the 15th to 17th of February 2019. We are very excited to attend the UKs largest trade and retail shooting show with our wide range of guns and accessories.
    We will be exhibiting all of our key brands such as ATA Arms, Kofs, Accuracy International, Steyr Arms, NIGHTFORCE, LightFORCE, Smith&Wesson, Spuhr, Warne, Delta Optical, Boyds and Strasser. Visit our stand to see all the new product releases and get informed by our industry experts and brand reps.

    You can find us at stand E15 where we will be ready and waiting to talk you through our products.

    Here’s a list of confirmed brands that you can see on our stand, more will be added soon!

    ATA Shotguns

    With a slogan of “Aim For The Best”, these Turkish guns are hitting the market hard. With a lot of options and a great price point, it makes them hard not to miss.
    Kofs

    Quality Turkish Shotguns built to exceptional standards, with the fit and finish you would expect of shotguns twice their price.

    Accuracy International

    With a reputation as producers of the ‘best tactical rifle in the world’, AI live up to that reputation with world class engineering and unique tactical features on all their rifles.
    Nightforce

    Exceptional products, each scope is built with painstaking craftsmanship and a fanatical attention to detail, creating possibly the best riflescopes in the world.


    Steyr Arms

     

    Elegant design, the finest materials and innovative and proven technology are the signature features of all rifles from STEYR  Arms- past and present!

     

    Smith and Wesson

    M&P15 Rifles are the ideal modern sporting rifle.  Built to perform multiple uses under various conditions, M&P15 Rifles are as versatile as they are reliable.

    LightFORCE

    High performance Lamping and Driving lights, tested to extremes in the Australian Outback.

    Other brands on display

    Spuhr
    Warne
    Delta Optical
    Boyds
    Strasser

  • 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.

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