It’s that time of year to wrap up warm, light the fire and worry that you still haven’t figured out what to get your loved ones this Christmas. Fear not, the elves at Clay Shooting magazine have been hard at work, gathering gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to any shooter’s face this festive season.
Beretta shooting jacket
The popular Beretta Teal jacket has been upgraded – with softer but tougher outer fabric and a re-engineered shape for freedom of movement. It will keep you comfortable and dry whatever the weather throws at you. It has microfleece lined handwarmer pockets and a detachable hood, as well as an inner security pocket.
Purdey leather position finder cup set
One for the game shooters, this is a classic set of ten 70ml stainless steel cups in a leather case bearing the Purdey logo. Each cup is individually numbered and can be engraved with up to four letters. Use them at the beginning of the day to allocate peg numbers, or for a refreshment break between drives.
Evolution Crossfire 3 shooting glasses
Crossfire 3 is a brand-new multi-lens set from Evolution, with a smaller frame that is aimed at women and teenage shooters. The lenses are crafted from shatterproof polycarbonate, and they come in three interchangeable colour options – grey, orange and yellow. Use the voucher code CSM10 when you order online to take £10 off the retail price.
Purdey men’s fleece gilet
The Shetland is a superior gilet from Purdey, which features a windproof membrane bonded between two layers of microfleece to better protect you against the elements. It has large, practical cartridge pockets with a quilted back to prevent wear and tear, as well as Alcantara patches to the front of the shoulders, to prevent the gun butt from slipping and to help absorb some recoil.
Gun cleaning mat
Essential for protecting your gun and surfaces while cleaning, this mat from Fur Feather & Fin is the perfect size for your broken gun. Fleece-lined and with five roomy press stud-fastened pockets, the mat can be rolled up into a handy storage bag, making it ideal for the travelling shooter.
Wheeled gun bag
The Farlows wheeled gun bag is a stylish solution for carrying your kit. The lightweight, waterproof bag features a lockable compartment, interior and exterior pockets, wheels with a protective leather end panel, protective base runners, wraparound khaki webbing handles and reinforced baseboard.
Härkila leather cartridge bag
Crafted from waxed leather, this Härkila cartridge bag, available from William Evans, is designed to hold up to 125 cartridges. The bag is ideal for keeping your cartridges within easy reach, with a padded, adjustable shoulder strap. It’s built to last and is comfortable enough to wear all day.
Ian Coley gift vouchers
Available from just £10, a voucher from Ian Coley Sporting is the perfect way to give the gift of shooting. Vouchers are redeemable against a vast array of cartridges, clothing, shooting accessories and guns – as well as tuition, gun fitting and practice rounds. Why not introduce someone new to the sport with a ‘Have-A-Go’ experience?
RRP: From £10
Thermos travel mug
Combining retro styling with Thermos’s vacuum insulation technology, the Stainless King will keep drinks hot for 7 hours and cold for 18. With its stainless steel construction and DrinkLock sealing lid, the mug is cool to the touch with hot liquids and won’t sweat with cold ones. Holding 470ml, this travel mug will fit comfortably in most cup holders.
Joules Tytherton men’s wool scarf
The perfect addition for colder days out on the stands, this soft and generously sized men’s winter scarf is available from Webury in olive check or French navy. It’s a classic piece that’ll complement any countryside lover’s wardrobe and be worn year after year.
Purdey tippling stick
Handcrafted in England, this beech wood stick hides a secret. Unscrew the knob to reveal a glass flask with stopper hidden in the shaft, ideal for a tot of whisky or sloe gin. This elegant walking stick also features a metal ferrule and a Purdey starburst logo.
Cartridge silk tie
Heritage tie brand Atkinson’s was founded in 1820, and to this day the company still manufactures top quality ties in the UK using pure woven silk. This cartridge silk tie would make a superb gift for any shooting enthusiast aiming to look their best!
Sealskinz shooting gloves
These Sealskinz shooting gloves from Farlows are wonderfully flexible, close-fitting and 100% waterproof. With a supple sheepskin leather palm to provide a great grip, mid-length adjustable cuffs, a Coolmax lining for moisture control and a magnetic fold-back trigger cover for added precision, what could be better for cold weather shooting?
Combination gun cleaning kit
This versatile cleaning kit from Fur Feather & Fin caters for both shotguns and rifles. The kit includes top quality wooden rods and everything you need to keep your 12-bore shotgun or .22 rifle as clean as a whistle. The beautiful wooden case looks good, is hardwearing and stores all your gun cleaning supplies in one handy location.
Schöffel lightweight ladies’ coat
The Superlight Ghillie Coat is waterproof and windproof, yet highly breathable thanks to the clever Venturi membrane. The arms have added lift for ease of motion, while bellows pockets allow for cartridge storage and incorporate drainage holes and retainer straps to keep your cartridges dry while allowing easy access.
The Oxford Shirt Company’s button-down country shirts are made from brushed cotton. They’re perfect for a day shooting clays, being practical and hard-wearing, yet smart and stylish. The button-down collar and single-cuffed sleeve looks great layered under your favourite shooting vest.
Game cook book
Rachel Carrie has launched a 256-page cookbook of 57 recipes, from pheasant katsu curry to pigeon pithiviers, and illustrated with images by photographer Matt Austin. “I want to inspire others to bring game into their own kitchen. Game is abundant, accessible, healthier and much kinder in terms of the environment and animal welfare”.
Price £30 +P&P
Ladies’ shooting gilet
The Aylsham ladies’ gilet from Alan Paine is a classic design with a shaped, feminine fit. It has faux suede patches and trim, deep handwarmer pockets, drawcord adjustable hem and a faux suede back belt. It comes in sizes 8 to 20 in a variety of colours – illustrated is the popular dark navy.
Clay Shooting magazine subscription
The perfect gift for the clay shooter this Christmas is a subscription to Clay Shooting, the UK’s top clay shooting magazine. Each issue is packed to the brim with up-to-the-moment news, shoot reports, gun and cartridge reviews, interviews, training tips and more. From as little as £17.50 for six months, with two free gifts. Check out the special offer on page 40.
Leather cleaning roll
Keep all your gun cleaning gear tidy in this luxurious cleaning roll from Alan Paine. Made of heavy duty dark brown harness leather, it has oak leather straps with heavy duty brass fittings and leather bound edges. There are elasticated loops inside to hold your rods and brushes secure, and the outside features an embossed Alan Paine logo.
Pro Tac hearing protectors
Protect your hearing with these rugged ear protectors, available from Uttings. Featuring dual shells and level-dependent microphones, connect your phone or radio using the 3.5mm jack. Expect intuitive adaptation to every shooting situation, thanks to smart technology and easy controls, making it easier to stay safe on the stands.
Leather shooting gloves
These water resistant sheepskin leather shooting gloves are lined with ultra-fine fleece for added warmth, and have left and right fold-back trigger fingers with Velcro fastening. An added touch is the adjustable tweed strap with stud fastening, and the gloves come in a branded Alan Paine gift box. Available in brown leather and peat, or brown leather and sage, in sizes from S to 2XL.
Bluetooth smart padlock
Keys are so last year! This smart padlock can be operated with your smartphone, using bluetooth technology. The accompanying app features military-grade protection, and can also be used to grant remote access to friends, family and even couriers so that you never miss another delivery.
Rechargeable head torch
This rechargeable head torch is invaluable for any number of tasks
in winter, from walking the dog and putting out the bins to unloading the car at the end of a shoot day. The Streamlight Haz-Lo is lightweight, tough and water resistant, and it comes with an adjustable strap that will fit over your head or a hat. It is rechargeable via USB, and offers a focused beam or a wide ‘flood’ setting, with up to 250 lumens.
Evolution Matrix 4 shooting glasses
Evolution Matrix 4 is one of the UK’s best-selling multi-lens shooting glasses. Worn by top shots and instructors alike, the set includes four interchangeable lenses, giving you the best contrast across a wide array of lighting conditions. Use voucher code Freehat when you order and Sunglasses for Sport will send you a free Evolution cap worth £6.95 with your order.
Purdey gun cover
This elegant canvas and leather gun cover from Purdey allows you to carry your shotgun safely and securely, while also making something of a statement at the same time. Its interior is fleece-lined to ensure that your gun stays clean and scratch free. There’s also an adjustable leather strap with brass buckles, as well as a leather tab that offers space for personalisation.
Cartridge pick-up stick
This handy stick from Uttings has a magnetic end for picking up spent cartridges. Save your back and make tidying up the stands
so much easier with this nifty gadget. It could come in handy when you drop your car keys down a drain too! British-made from lightweight aluminium, it’s height adjustable and can hold up to 50 empties at once.
SP eye dominance aid
Many shooters swear by the SP dominance aid, which they’ve found helps them shoot with both eyes open while countering the tendency for the ‘off’ eye to take control. The SP is a unique and innovative design, suitable for all disciplines and guns. It comes in a smart tin, with instructions and all you need included. Use the code Gift19 for free postage.
British Shooting Show tickets
The Great British Shooting Show is a must for shooters, showcasing the latest guns, clothing and equipment for every type of shooting, and all under one roof at the NEC in Birmingham. The 2020 show runs from 14 to 16 February, and there are savings to be had by buying tickets in advance, whether for a single day, two days or the whole three-day show.
Prices from £18 for a one-day ticket