Richard Atkins

New gear at IWA trade show

The UK gun trade was out in force at the 46th annual IWA Outdoor Classics exhibition in Germany from 8 to 11 March. It’s the leading European trade show for hunting, shooting and outdoor equipment. This year’s event attracted around

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Budget clay shells

You needn’t shell out to get outstanding shells. Here we present a roundup of the most popular clay cartridges! With a huge variety of cartridges on offer, it can be hard to make an informed choice. Here, our cartridge expert

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Beware Buyer

Richard Atkins offers a few purchasing pointers for novices that even experienced shooters would do well to remind themselves of… Purchasing a shotgun often creates a dilemma: should you buy a budget-priced new gun or an older gun from an

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Ask the experts!

Let us know if you have any questions, we have the experts to answer them. Q: I have shot a second-hand Krieghoff 30” gun for DTL since h 2018. It came with ½ and ¾ chokes, and my best score with this

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Richard Atkins discusses getting the best value for money on your first gun

Price and performance; should one have to give way to the other? Does paying more really buy you more? Richard Atkins navigates the perilous waters that surround a shooter’s first gun purchase.  Buying a shotgun, especially your first, can be

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What are the best premium clay competition cartridges?

As far as Richard Atkins is concerned, it’s not just a pretty case. Here, he runs through the best premium clay competition cartridges that he saw last year. We have all been there when selecting our next batch of cartridges,

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Showing some fibre

Hull Cartridge Company has introduced a fibre wad version of its popular Sporting 100 competition cartridges. Richard Atkins takes them to the proof house

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Semi-automatics for the people

Richard Atkins considers the strengths and weaknesses of the various forms of self-loading shotguns

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Cartridge Test: SAGA the Spanish treasure!

Spanish Treasure? Richard Atkins is on the road to El Dorado as he evaluates a pair of keenly priced clay cartridges from Spanish maker SAGA

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The essential guide to boxlocks, sidelocks and sideplates

What’s in the box? Richard Atkins asks: Do you know your boxlock from your sidelock or sideplate?

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