WIN NEW SEASON KIT
WIN! To celebrate the start of the game shooting season we’ve teamed up with a host of companies to offer one lucky reader the chance to win this brilliant bundle of goodies
GILET, SHIRT, TIE & SOCKS
Make getting dressed for your shoot day a walk in the park (rather than a fumble in the dark) with this bundle of essentials from Jack Pyke. Made from Easycare material in a classically styled check print, the Countryman shirt makes the perfect smart base on which to build your outfit. It features a button-down collar and breast pocket and comes in three lovely rural colour combinations.
Gilets provide a smart, warming solution when temperatures drop; this one is made from 300g thermal fleece, is available in four country colours, and is trimmed in snazzy nubuck with two zipped pockets and a double-puller zip.
It never does to look shabby on shoot days, and an appropriately printed tie like this one, with its merry red cartridges, is an easy way to ensure a debonair arrival. With a definite air of the ‘rural dandy’ about it, this small but stylish accessory makes a big difference to your overall appearance.
Last but not least, clad your feet in a pair of the Harlequin socks (made from an acrylic/wool blend). Available in a range of colours, you can match them to the gilet for coordinated coolness, while the classic check styling with matching garters maintains the time-honoured dress code expected of discerning shooting folk.
FEATHERLIGHT DYNAMIC JACKET & TROUSERS
If you like a lightweight outfit for walked-up days or the warmer weather, then the new Featherlight Dynamic jacket and trousers from Browning are sure to be a hit. The colour is described as green, but in truth it is somewhere between pale olive and brown and is a decent match for autumn hues.
The jacket is smart enough to wear as an everyday coat – it doesn’t look out of place at the rugby or in the pub – the branding is subtle and the design technical and generally outdoorsy.
There is reinforcing on the knees of the trousers and the elbows of the jacket and the suit features the well-established Pre-Vent membrane that helps to deliver on the promise of waterproofing, windproofing and breathability. The latter is just as important as the waterproofing because otherwise in an active shooting situation you end up just as wet from perspiration.
The material is quiet and, as is the trend these days, zippers are waterproof in design. The main pockets on both the jacket and the trousers are a generous size, too.
The collar of the jacket turns up to a nice height and the high back to the trousers keep the lower back and kidneys insulated.
The outfit is easy to move in with good articulation in the trousers – particularly useful for rough shooting or picking up.
A well thought-out all-round suit that will serve for stalking, rough shooting or general outdoor use.
250 ELEY ZENITH CARTRIDGES
Zenith Copper Game Shot is the ultimate cartridge that Eley Hawk produces. With the best components and superior patterning, this will deliver the high point to anyone’s shooting day.
Zenith has copper-plated shot to deliver outstanding performance. Copper is electroplated to the lead to reduce pellet deformation as the shot goes down the barrel and through the choke of the gun. This ensures it maintains a superior pattern during flight, with more shot on target. Copper-plated shot increases the impact power of the shot on the quarry.
These loads are built for the discerning game shooter in 12-bore, 70mm case length and in true English shot sizes of 4, 5 and 6 in 30, 32 and 36g fibre wad.
SLIMLINE ELECTRONIC EAR DEFENDERS
These black slimline electronic ear defenders are perfect for all types of shooting. They amplify low-pitch sounds to allow you to hear conversation and other sounds, such as birds and beaters, but activate to block out any sounds over 85dB.
They feature a padded headband and cups which can be adjusted for optimal comfort and fit; can be folded for transport and storage; and require 4 AAA batteries which are included.
They cut off immediately over 82dB, offering you the protection you need, while the independent electronic circuits offer stereo sound and adjustable volume.
The Sporting Gun Slip from Jack Pyke is made from 600D Cordura, with shoulder strap, carrying handles and a zipped side pocket, making it a robust and attractive option for all manner of shoot days. At 54" long, it is suitable for most shotguns and the green/olive colour combination is a classic.
MENDOTA SKID PLATE AND DOG LEAD
If your shooting excursions this season involve a hard-hunting dog, you can relax knowing he or she is protected from injury wearing a Mendota Skid Plate. The skid plate protects your dog’s chest, stomach and side areas that are hardest hit when in the field. This commercial-grade chest protector will help prevent injuries to your dog and costly veterinarian bills. Designed with the dog in mind, the Skid Plate offers high visibility and total mobility with an open back to avoid overheating.
Two layers of water resistant 1000 denier Cordura nylon offer extreme durability and protection from the worst abrasions, cuts and punctures the field has to offer, while the adjustable strap system made of rugged nylon webbing with quick-release buckles, slide adjusters and steel centre ring ensures the skid plate stays put. And when hunting time is over, pop your dog on the Mendota slip lead – Mendota’s flagship product used for many years by trainers and handlers and now adapted for exercise, training and field use.
Every countryman should have a good knife, and with this high-quality, incredibly sharp folding knife in your pocket you’ll be prepared for whatever the season’s shoot days throw at you, whether that’s cutting lengths of baler twine for shot birds, an emergency beating stick or a piece of cheese from your lunchbox!
The three-inch stainless steel blade is razor sharp, while the wooden handle is sleek and attractive. The knife has an in-handle lock and comes with a built-in belt clip, so you can keep it handy!
GUN CLEANING KIT
Whatever type of shooting you’re doing this season, you’ll be sure of clean barrels at the end of the day with this versatile Multi Gun Cleaning Kit. The wooden box contains all you need to clean guns ranging from 10-bore to .17 calibre.
This high-quality kit consists of all the brushes, mops and patches you’ll need to clean many of the most commonly found calibres/bores: with brushes/mops for 10-, 12-, 20- and 28-bore and .410; calibre brushes for 45/40/357, 38, 9mm and 17/30/270/280; and two cleaning patch tips. The box also contains aluminium rifle/pistol and shotgun rods.