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This year’s Game Fair, which is be­ing held from the 28th to the 30th of July at Hat­field House in Hert­ford­shire, is once again pulling out the ‘big guns’ as it puts air­guns at the fore­front of the show. In­deed, the air­gun ranges and ex­hibitors will be the first thing that vis­i­tors us­ing the main car park en­trance – En­trance A – will see when they ar­rive.

They will be greeted by many of the top names in the sport, de­liv­er­ing an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of events, in­clud­ing tu­ition, have-a-go shoot­ing lanes, a hard-fought com­pe­ti­tion and a wealth of new equip­ment. Vis­i­tors will be able to try-be­fore-they-buy, pose ques­tions to air­gun ex­perts, test a range of dif­fer­ent air ri­fles and get their hands on the very lat­est kit.

PART­NERS AND PUR­SUITS

This year, The Game Fair has part­nered with Air Arms to de­liver its Air Arms Ex­pe­ri­ence, which will be a fo­cal point of the event. It al­lows vis­i­tors to try their hand at five of the UK’s top tar­get-shoot­ing dis­ci­plines, sup­ported by Bri­tish Shoot­ing, UK Benchrest, UKAHFT (Hunter Field Tar­get) and the BFTA (Bri­tish Field Tar­get As­so­ci­a­tion). Ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on all th­ese dis­ci­plines will also be avail­able, with ex­perts on-hand to an­swer any queries.

As if that were not enough, the East Sus­sex-based man­u­fac­turer will also be of­fer­ing vis­i­tors the chance to en­ter an ex­cit­ing Speed Shoot com­pe­ti­tion. Those tak­ing part could win cash prizes and, as a bonus, all score cards will be en­tered into a free prize draw to win a brand new S410 Su­per­lite, plus kit, worth more than £800.

RANGES

The main air­gun ranges are be­ing run once more by the Air­gun Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ATEO). Qual­i­fied coaches and air­gun ex­perts will be avail­able through­out the week­end, al­low­ing you to try out the lat­est prod­ucts from top names in­clud­ing; Air Arms, BSA, Game, Daystate, Bro­cock, Weihrauch, Cros­man and FX, among oth­ers, be­fore head­ing over to key re­tail­ers to buy your favourite.

ATEO or­gan­iser David Mills is ex­pect­ing in­ter­est from young and old alike and said: “We reg­u­larly at­tract chil­dren aged as young as three to our stand, want­ing to have their first pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with an air ri­fle. Not only do we teach them how to shoot, but we also dis­cuss safety and the law with ev­ery child. Our stand pro­vides an in­valu­able re­source for the sport of shoot­ing.” The ranges will also al­low shoot­ers to try out dif­fer­ent types of air­gun, from tra­di­tional, spring-pow­ered break-bar­rels to the lat­est pre-charged pneu­matic mod­els.

PRICES AND OF­FERS

Ad­vance adult tick­ets cost £22.50. Child tick­ets cost £8.00. Ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren aged 8 and un­der are free. Mem­bers of the Coun­try Land & Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Coun­try­side Al­liance or Ken­nel Club are en­ti­tled to a pro­mo­tional rate and all mem­bers of the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Shoot­ing & Con­ser­va­tion are en­ti­tled to com­pli­men­tary en­try for all three days.

CON­TACTS

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www. thegame­fair.org or fol­low us on Face­book at www.face­book.com/ TheGame­Fair.

Be­low: Try be­fore you buy!

Above: There’s plenty of ad­vice, coach­ing and en­joy­ment for all at the Game Fair.

Above: Ded­i­cated air­gun fa­cil­i­ties make Hat­field House the place to be this July.

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