South Yorkshire Shooting Show
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- Last updated: 23/12/2019
This year I returned to the Doncaster Exhibition Centre to attend the 6th South Yorkshire Shooting Show & Game Fair. Since the event started, it has gone from strength to strength. It is popular with the trade and the public, because it represents great value and is designed to combine the best of shooting and hunting equipment with a country fair show. As always, there was plenty of new gear to look at! southyorkshireshootingshow.com
Ogden’s Shooting Supplies have updated their night vision rifl e bag, which is specifi cally designed to be deep enough to house large night vision set ups. It is made in Britain from military strength Cordura and fi nished with high quality webbings and fi ttings, it’s available in 50” and 54” lengths. Inside is 25mm foam padding and a tough but smooth velour lining. It includes a single 50mm shoulder strap with rubberised grip pad, heavy duty zip and a rubberised material on the butt and nose for extra protection. There is a large front accessory pocket for extra kit.
Swarovski were showing off the latest addition to their Z8i line of scopes, the 3.5-28x50 P, a particularly impressive piece of kit. The lightweight optic boasts up to 28x magnifi cation, is 15” long and weighs in at just 665 grams! It features a 30mm tube and includes low-profi le controls. It is available with a choice of three reticles and with or without ballistic turret fl ex (BTF).
MacWet are a regular attendee at shows around the country. Their gloves are very popular with shotgun, rifl e and airgun shooters, because they provide a precision fi t. There are summer and winter versions, the latter is known as Climatic, include a windproof, water-resistant, fl eece-lined backing. Both versions are available in short or long cuff lengths. The wrist is closed by a Velcro strap and the material allows the operation of touch screen mobile phones in the fi eld. There are six colours available and 14 sizes in 5mm increments.
Night Master released their new Trident hunting light earlier in the year. It features a new amber LED, which a lot of shooters have been waiting for, but now a module containing the new colour can be retrofi tted to the older 800 IC (intensity control) and X-Searcher IC models for just £49.95. They also sell a pistol grip which is compatible with any lamp with a 1” diameter body. It is lightweight and manufactured from a tough composite plastic with a removable rail-ring that can be adjusted backwards or forwards to achieve perfect balance.
Raytrade UK had the latest laser range fi nding (LRF) binoculars from German Precision Optics (GPO) on show. They caught my eye, being priced at just £1349, which is very competitive. They offer 10x magnifi cation, feature 50mm objective lenses and weigh 1010 grams. The have the capability to measure distances out to 2800m and include a tilt/angle reading, scan mode and true range calculator.
Planostore had their All-Weather series of gun cases on display. These hard cases are designed to provide protection for all sizes of rifl es, shotguns and pistols. They feature a continuous Dri-Loc seal for a watertight and dust-proof shield that protects the equipment inside, even in extreme conditions. Other features include dual-stage lockable latches and even a pressure release valve to equalise pressure during fl ight. I took an interest in the 36”, 42” and 52” rifl e/shotgun cases, which start at around £135.95.
There was a busy indoor range at the show and Hull Cartridge were busy showing off the new HW 100 Bullpup airgun. It is based on the standard HW100 and features an adjustable, 2-stage, match trigger, soft touch stock, adjustable butt pad, sound moderator and a built in Picatinny rail. It uses a 14-shot detachable magazine and is available in .22 and .177. There is standard length version (83.5cm) or a carbine (73.5cm).
Hawke was there with a strong range of their products. I got a chance to have a look at one of the latest additions, the 5-30×56 MIL PRO, which represents the highest magnifi cation model in the Frontier line-up. It cost £749 and comes with 21 layer, fully multi-coated lenses, a 30mm main body tube, illuminated reticle with six brightness settings, a zoom ring with thumb lever, second focal plane reticle and MIL exposed Zero Lock ‘n’ Stop turrets.
Raytrade UK also had some Nesika rifl es on display, which are now part of their product range. The Model T Sporter features a stainless hunter action, a receiver manufactured from 15-5 stainless and a one-piece bolt made from 4340 CM steel. They include a stainless 24 or 26” barrel, Timney trigger and a hand laid-up composite stock with aluminium bedding blocks. Each rifl e also comes with its own load data and, although listed in .270, 30-06, 7mm08 and .308, they are a true custom, in that any chambering can be produced.
Leica have recently added a 2.5-15x56i variant to their Fortis 6 line of scopes. It offers an impressive 92% light transmission and includes an AquaDura lens coating. The scope is of a particularly rugged construction, measures just over 14” and weighs 780 grams making it ideal for hunting. It uses a L-4a reticle in the second focal plane with the option of BDC (bullet drop compensator). There are also a 1-6x24i and 2-12x50i versions available.