For three days in February (13th-15th this year), the great and the good of the shooting trade pack four halls with a diverse array of kit. Once more remarkable for what wasn’t there (the candy floss and dross so prevalent at summer shows), the GBSS now attracts the big names from Blaser and Schmidt & Bender to Perazzi and Eley. So it’s a great chance to see all the new launches before they hit your local gunshop (although you may find many of them here, too), and get the lowdown directly from the manufacturers.
In my ongoing search for a durable pair of wellies that are tough enough to stand up to 364 days of use, I’m seriously tempted to try a pair of Arxus Primo Canvas Zip or Primo Nord Zip. The zip up the back feature isn’t one I’ve trialled before. As it’s always the zips that go first, I’m intrigued to
And finally, the Quadpod rifle support which had otherwise apparently sane men lying on their bellies to try it out. This competitor to the Triggerstick takes some mastering, but can be used prone, kneeling and standing, contorting into all sorts of geometric lines to cradle your rifle without straps.
I’m always looking for lightweight, packable, waterproof, non-camo, rustle-free jackets. My Ridgeline Monsoon smock is my go-to coat when I know it’s going to be wet. Really wet. Perfect for highseat work or standing around on a torrential driven day, there’s no denying its weight or its
Having found one solution, I stumbled across a second lightweight, butt-covering coat from Browning, the Featherlight Typhoon. Ever design-concious, No.2 loves the diagonal zip, proposing all sorts of hypothetical utilitarian advantages to the feature: I’m more interested in the water and windproofness and less in the funky zip.
I found the perfect thing for my shovels: a pair of XXL Almati gloves from Deerhunter. As you can see from the technical information that accompanies them, these aren’t just any glove. And I’ve been promised they’ll outlast the five year guarantee they come with.
Having escaped with my wallet intact, I can only recommend the show as a fantastic opportunity to share and compare. And if you’re hungry and not inspired by the expensive catering trailer cuisine,