Northern Shooting Show – Preview

The organisers are putting the final touches to the inaugural Northern Shooting Show, which promises to be a great destination for the committed shooting enthusiast, as well as those new to the sport.

Taking place on the weekend of May 7 and 8, the new venue is situated just of the M1 Motorway, near Scotch Corner, within a gently sloping, grassed showground. It has two purpose-built halls – housing and shotguns in Hall 1, while Hall 2 is dedicated to airguns – and there are a host of activities happening around the ground, such as in the dedicated Airsoft Experience and Bushcraft areas.

Specifically for airgunners, here’s what the organisers are saying about Hall 2, aka Airgun Central:

  • This hall will house all the top names in airgunning, so all those who prefer air and CO2 powered guns have all the top names under one roof.
  • Air Arms will have the recently launched Galahad ‘sportpup’, as well as their full range of sporting and target rifles.
  • Sure Shot Airguns import the Aeron range of hunting and target rifles and they are certainly great value for money, with a host of features normally only found on far more expensive brands.
  • Essex-based Pneumatic Ballistics has recently branched out from making aftermarket magazines and accessories and they now produce their own precharged air rifle, it’s great to see a new company entering the field.
  • Daystate produce top of the range PCPs, such as the electronically controlled Pulsar, but they’ve recently added a new model to their roster, with the introduction of the mechanical actioned bullpup, the Renegade.
  • MTC Optics will be showcasing their re-vamped range of telescopic sights, including the Viper-Pro and Mamba-Pro optics.
  • Deben/Hawke will also have many new models of optic on display, as well as their latest lamping kits.
  • Target-Air will have their vast range of targets on their stand and they’ll have something for everyone, be they back garden ‘plinkers’, or clubs buying targets for FT or HFT competitions.
  • For those in need of advice, the National Smallbore Rifle Association and specialist airgun magazines are bound to be of assistance.
  • The ATEO will be running a ‘have a go range’ where you can try manufacturers’ latest offerings
  • The Bear Grylls and Gamo Junior Range are also bound to be popular.
The HFT Masters 2016 competition is taking place at Harrogate... and Saturday show-goers can try their hand at this great sport, too

The HFT Masters 2016 competition is taking place at Harrogate… and Saturday show-goers can try their hand at this great sport, too

The Show is pleased to be hosting a round of the ‘HFT Masters’ Hunter Field Target championships. This exciting outdoor sport combines range estimation, positional shooting and pinpoint accuracy. While the Masters is a pre-book affair, visitors can try their hand at HFT shooting on the Saturday, aided by some of the sport’s top shots. The competition proper takes place on the Sunday, where showgoers can spectate from a safe distance and see how it’s done when the pressure’s on!

As well as airgunning, it’s possible to have a go at field archery, clay pigeon and .22 rimfire shooting. The ‘clubhouse’ is a dedicated meeting point set-aside for club, forum & society members to meet up with friends, making for a very sociable day out. All manner of demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day, so there will be plenty to see and do, even when taking a break from the main halls.

Great food is promised at the Northern Shooting Show - including Yapas (aka Yorkshire Tapas)!

Great food is promised at the Northern Shooting Show – including Yapas (aka Yorkshire Tapas)!

Great food will be available, too – so there’s no need to go hungry… and the organisers are urging visitors to try Yapas – otherwise known as Yorkshire Tapas!

To book your early bird pass (£9), which includes free priority parking & fast show entry tickets, go to the Northern Shooting Show’s website.

 

Well-known airgun authority Nigel Allen is the editor of Britain's award-winning shooting magazine, Airgun Shooter (available worldwide). Email: nigel.allen@futurenet.com

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