Shooting season is now underway and the sport’s leading brands, including Musto, Barbour, Garlands and Winchester, have been busy launching their new 2012/13 collections.
Every year there are new, must-own items that no shooter would be complete without. Here, we take a look at some of the most popular and sought-after shooting accessories that could help you get the most from your favourite pastime.
Leather cartridge bags – For style and practicality, no shooter should overlook the leather cartridge bag. Available in a wide range of styles from manufacturers like Barbour and Garlands, these secure cases are a perfect addition to your ensemble.
Leather gunslips – Likewise, you can’t beat leather when it comes to protecting your gun from the conditions you face during autumn and winter. Fully-zippled gunslips with a soft lining ensure your firearm is kept safe and easy to carry.
Hearing protection – Technology has come a long way and there are a wide selection of high quality hearing protection/ear muff options to ensure the sound of guns firing doesn’t do you any damage. Look for one that can be folded, making it easy to carry, and which has an adjustable head band for maximum comfort.
Complete gun care kits – As well as keeping your gun safe, you’ll also want to make sure you have everything you need to keep it performing at its optimum level. There are a number of products on the market, so shop around for one that’s got all the essentials.
Shooting sticks – One of the most important shooting accessories you can invest in is the shooting stick with comfortable seat. It can be a long day out in the field, so having this practical solution for taking the weight off your feet can be a huge benefit to your enjoyment.
Foot warmers – It’s not all about avoiding tiredness when it comes to feet, however. In cold, wintery conditions, keeping your feet warm is just as important for your comfort. Foot warmers generate heat, so you don’t feel the chill on those cold December mornings.
Recoil shields – Minimise the impact of firing your shotgun with one of the most popular shooting accessories for every enthusiast. Most are designed to fit both right or left arms, these will ensure you don’t feel soreness after a long day of shooting.
Highlander flasks – If you’re out all day, you’ll need something to keep you going. Whether it’s for tea, coffee or soup, having a set of highlander flasks could well be the most treasured accessory you buy.
Written by David Thompson, a keen writer for all things shooting in the UK.