MERRY CHRIST­MAS!

Sporting Gun - - OPENING SHOTS - MATT CLARK ED­I­TOR

It seems as if I have only just re­cov­ered from last Christ­mas, and here it is again. Ev­ery­where you look, you just can’t es­cape the fes­tive sea­son. To my hor­ror, we even have a few pages ded­i­cated to yule­tide in this is­sue. Bah hum­bug! As a Christ­mas cur­mud­geon, I’d rather not have the mag­a­zine lit­tered with pages about Christ­mas, but I was out­voted by the rest of the team who are well and truly in the fes­tive spirit.

Un­like me, a dog can find the fes­tive sea­son very ex­cit­ing. But be­hind the Christ­mas cheer lurks dan­ger and even death for our best friends. It all sounds rather grim, but Neil, our gundog vet, re­as­sures us that all will be well on the big day by telling us how to keep our dogs safe on page 78.

As it’s Christ­mas, we have in­cluded a few pages of kit to give you some gift ideas. The se­lec­tion ranges from large items, like new shot­guns, to smaller things like coats and knives. There should be some­thing there to suit every­one. Don’t for­get, a Sport­ing Gun sub­scrip­tion makes a great Christ­mas gift and could cost as lit­tle as £14.99.

If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting a new gun, then our gun­smith, Ja­son, is re­view­ing a 16-bore Rizzini RB EM. This bore is gain­ing a bit of a fol­low­ing in the UK, al­though a wide va­ri­ety of car­tridges are hard to find in some gun­shops. How­ever, the gun is avail­able in other cal­i­bres.

Fi­nally, I want to warn you that next is­sue will look rather dif­fer­ent. We have been beaver­ing away be­hind the scenes to bring you a new-look mag­a­zine. So stand by for Fe­bru­ary is­sue, which will be the first mag­a­zine of Sport­ing Gun’s

40th Year. More of that next month.

It just re­mains to wish you all a very happy Christ­mas.

“Un­like me, a dog can find the fes­tive sea­son very ex­cit­ing, but be­hind the cheer lurks dan­ger”

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