Shotgun Coach Yorkshire

Family Shoot Day at Gameslack

Family Shoot Day with Shotgun Coach Yorkshire

Hi, I’m Kerry, York Guns Accountant, HR advisor, General Manager, basically anything they can throw at me!

I’ve worked at YG for 9 years and unfortunately don’t often get the chance to shoot. Last weekend, I took my husband and two boys to Gameslack Clay Pigeon Ground to visit the @yorkshireshotguncoach. As we are all novices we needed guidance (and a lot of it!).  Tony’s (AKA the Shotgun Coach) advice & guidance was excellent. Tony went through how to handle the gun, the correct stance and more importantly how to hit the clays, which happily we all achieved.

My youngest Harvey, shot with an Alder 410 which was perfect for him, lightweight and little kickback. The rest of us used a Marocchi First E, which I personally found brilliant. Lightweight, little kickback however enough punch to smash the clays.

We did find the Mossberg Model 500 Pump Action a lot of fun, the husband especially enjoyed it although a biker at heart I think he could be swayed into the shooting industry.

As a mother to a teenager and a soon to be teenager, organising a day out in which everyone enjoys is sometimes tricky.  We all had a brilliant day and not a teenage moan to be heard… Success!!

A big thank you to York Guns for orgaining this day and Tony at GameSlack for his wisdom.

Family Shoot Day
Family Shoot Day
Family Shoot Day
Family Shoot Day

Gameslack Farm, Wetwang YO25 9LT

Shotgun Coach Yorkshire is:

  • Tony Jaecock
  • Gameslack Farm, Wetwang YO25 9LT

Providing everything from coaching and corporate days to shooting experience days!

Mossberg and Adler shotguns provided by York Guns Ltd

All other equipment graciously provided by Shotgun Coach Yorkshire

New Blogs

New Blogs Appearing on York Guns

We are excited to share with you that York Guns Ltd will be featuring new blogs from our staff members.  Ian will share information about his expertise in the reloading area, Barry on Air Rifles and Aris on Shotguns.

Coming soon ………………

New Blogs

John Moses Browning - The History

John Moses Browning

York Guns Ltd, proud to be one of the first companies to sign into the Browning Premium Dealer scheme, and continue to be one of few that hold this status. We’d like to take this opportunity to share some history of Browning and the founder John Moses Browning with you…

John Moses Browning transformed the firearms industry with his innovative designs for sporting rifles, handguns and machine guns. Many of his creations remain in use after more than 100 years. John Browning known as Americas greatest inventor of firearms learnt his trade from his father Jonathan Browning, (1805-1879) who was also a gun-maker. Setting up business in Ogden, near Salt Lake City, in 1825.  John Browning spent most of his time in his father’s gun shop and cobbled together his first gun at age 10 from spare parts.

Browning Arms and FN Herstal

In 1880, Browning and his brothers opened the early version of the Browning Arms Company, then known as J.M. Browning and Bro. Guns, Pistols, Amunition & Fishing Tackle, in Ogden, Utah. Following his early collaborations with the Connecticut-based Winchester Repeating Arms, Browning expanded his business overseas in 1897 by authorizing Fabrique Nationale of Herstal, Belgium, to manufacture a 32-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Since 1907, and at FN’s request, John M Browning had granted the right to use his surname as a trademark, thereby emphasising the common interests and goals that linked his family to the company. He never gave the same permission to any of the large American companies that had commercialised his first inventions, and the full significance of this decision would become apparent over the following decades.

Browning’s Famous Gun Designs

Winchester Model 1885

In 1879, Browning received his first patent, for a single-shot rifle. Four years later, he received a visit from T. G. Bennett, vice president and general manager of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. This marking the start of a 19-year collaboration between Browning and Winchester. His first patent became the basis for the Winchester 1885, reputed to have one of the strongest actions of the time.

Winchester Model 1897

Browning introduced the first pump-action (or slide-action) shotgun in 1893, though it was unable to process the smokeless cartridges that were becoming popular. He made the adjustment for the Model 1897, which also featured the now standard “takedown” design that allows the barrel to be removed. The 1897 later proved a highly effective weapon for Allied forces during WWI.

Browning Auto-5

The Auto-5,  marked one of the first collaborations between Browning and Fabrique Nationale of Belgium. This is marked as the first successfully mass-produced semi-automatic shotgun in the early 20th century. It was based on a Browning patent in which the barrel and bolt recoil together following a shot, with the bolt remaining behind to eject the spent shell before moving forward to chamber a new one.


Also known by other names, including the Colt 45, the M1911 is a short-recoil, single-action hammer-fired pistol. It served as the U.S. military’s standard sidearm from 1911 until 1985, while proving immensely popular among civilians, as well.


The Browning B25 over-and-under shotgun became a twentieth century world-class benchmark in the manufacturing of hunting and sports arms. This is due to the combined efforts of father and son, as well as the technicians of Herstal, Almost 400,000 were produced in Belgium over a 45 year period, 65% of which were destined for the North American market.

Frequently envied and sometimes imitated by competitors, the B25 has never been bettered. More information can be found here

Browning Factory

The B25 has been handmade entirely in Belgium since 1931 and is the flagship of The John M Browning Collection.
The gunsmiths of the National Fabrique at Herstal can carry out practically any customisation work our customers require. These firearms are entirely assembled, adjusted and engraved according to the specifications of our clients around the world.




Customers can view our gun and accessory Browning collection on York Guns website, please click here

Viking Arms Dealer Day

Viking Arms 2018 Dealer Day

Viking Arms 2018 Dealer Day

I’ve just returned from the Vikings Arms 2018 Dealer Day which I attend with Sam Harrison, Trade Manager.  Wow, what a fantastic event, they really know how to entertain. As I manage the behind the scenes operations I rarely get out in the field so this was a fantastic opportunity to network and try different styles of shooting.

My clay pigeon shooting improved over the course of the two days, which was completely due to the excellent tuition from the lovely BASC staff whom were very helpful and patience! I tried both rifle and clay shooting but leaned towards a preference for clay, I found it very rewarding to see them smash into pieces probably helped by the cartridges supplied by Hull Cartridge Company.

Whilst I was honing my novice shotguns skills with the Basc Shotgun Coaches, Sam was testing out the new Ruger Precision Rifle in .308 which he rated extremely highly with an extremely nice and crisp trigger. Sam also shot the Breda Steel Plate Challenge with 1 attempt of load 3 and shoot alternate plates and load and shoot a further 3 in a time of 6.8 seconds,  unfortunately this was a fraction too slow to win the completion but came in second place and missed out on a bottle of whiskey for the winner who completed the challenge in 6.42 seconds!

The event was hosted at the beautiful Swinton Park Estate, a luxury castle hotel with breath taking views.  The hotel boasts of a multi-million pound spa which I felt compelled to visit.  Spa visits are high on the list as favourite past times and this spa excelled my expectations. It was evident that a lot of design thought had gone into the newly opened spa to make sure their guests had a relaxing, memorable experience. I loved the fact that each lounge table had a call button to enable you to order a G&T with minimal effort. I rate it as the best I’ve visited to date.

Viking Arms Dealer Day

Games and Flames served up a venison lunch on the first day which was amazing and went down very well. I was sorry to miss out on the Salmon the next day as it looked divine.

A big thank you to Viking Arms for the invitation and to Jane, Sam and the rest of the Viking Arms team for the fabulous hospitality. Games and Flames for the deerlicious food and Swinton Park Estate for a memorable, luxurious stay.

Country Matters Karen Laurence-Rowe

Country Matters Karen Laurence-Rowe

Country Matters Karen Laurence-Rowe. Helping The Rhinos

Country Matters have partnered with Karen Laurence-Rowe, a wildlife artist and will make a 20% donation of all sales to Helping Rhinos Charity with every product purchased featuring Karen’s work.

York Guns are proud to support this cause and are stocking the greeting cards range which are stunning, the images just don’t capture the true beauty.

About Karen Laurence-Rowe

Karen Laurence-Rowe was born in Uganda, daughter to a civil engineer. She lived a rather nomadic existence, her childhood years were spent trailing across eastern Africa watching her father carve roads into a land teaming with game and sweeping landscapes. – An Africa virtually unspoiled in the early sixties.

Karen has lived in Africa all her life and currently resides in Kenya where the extraordinary wildlife and landscapes continue to capture her imagination and fill the canvases and surfaces that she works on.

Over the last few years her attention has turned more and more to the conservation of wildlife and endangered species, which her work clearly reflects. Many of her paintings are donated or part donated to conservation groups struggling to cope with poaching and the result of human encroachment into the wild spaces of Africa. Karen’s most recent conservation cause has been to assist ‘Helping Rhinos in their endeavour to help conservation groups protect rhinos on the ground in Africa. Rhinos are being poached for their horns at a most alarming rate and Karen, Country Matters and Helping Rhinos have collaborated to produce this magnificent collection of art that will help raise funds to protect these magnificent beasts.

Karen’s conservation work has recently earned her the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award in Canada (2015) and the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year in 2012.

Growing Frogs - Help Welcome

Tadpoles to Frogs

Growing Frogs – Watching tadpoles turn into frogs can be a wonderful educational experience for children.  One of our staff members has decided to grow frogs, how many of you have done this?  If so please share your tips.

Updates to follow

Halloumi cheese

Summer Salads Top 3

Summer Salads

The warm weather is finally here and that means we can finally get the BBQ out.  Rather than the traditional lettuce, cucumber and tomatoe salad. We look at a few alternative summer salads for  you to serve as an accompaniment.

Halloumi cheese

Grilled Halloumi Salad

We love Halloumi and its gorgeous barbecued. This recipe is quick and easy to make and will go down a treat with guests.

Get the recipe here:

Jools Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad.

We like the visual impact of this.  Severed on a wooden platter with balsamic vinegar, guests can pile it on to their burger. Simple and easy to make.

Get your recipe here:

Creamy Grape Recipe

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New Range of Air Guns and Accessories

New Range of Air Guns and Accessories. We are very excited to expand our Air Gun and Accessory stock range with Brocock, BSA, Bisley and Range Right.

We’ll start with, Bisley Kill Zone. A  life size silhouette with resetting paddles in the humane kill zones. A clear head shot takes down the top disc then a well placed heart and lung shot will reset. We stock the Crow, Dove and Bunny.

They have a stabilized stand to avoid digging holes or making marks on your lawn (ideal for the garden lovers).  These are well engineered from mild steel.

To order please click here

Next we’ll discuss Range Right. Resettable  training target. Perfect for target practice and fun plinking. For those with budget in mind these offer good value for money.

Resettable body shot area which offers three different target kill zone sizes this facility aids you to improve your skills from notice to advance. Targets are secured by the aid of a spike in the ground.

To order please click here

As way as our current stock of Air Arms, Weilhrauch and RWS air gun range.  We have now added BSA and Brocock. Whilst still accommodating the budget customer with Stoeger air rifle combos.

Brocock Compatto

No other airgun looks like it or performs like it. Its bull-pup style carbine-length shortens the Compatto to just 34 inches (864mm). However, retains a full length 18 inch (457mm) barrel and a 150cc air tube for maximum shots and power. Nothing has been left to chance from its high-tech polymer stock to an all metal 10 shot magazine. The Compatto takes Brocock to a new design standard.

Please visit our page to use our new Click&Collect service, product available within the hour!

More information can be found on their website

BSA Scorpion SE

The BSA Scorpion SE redefines the hunting carbine and moves the sporting rifle standard to a new level.  This gives serious shooters a package of features they could previously only dream of. With full power and match-level accuracy, this perfectly balanced rifle has handling characteristics that make fast target acquisition and total control second nature. The Scorpion SE becomes part of your shooting and will help you achieve your full sporting potential.

Designed and built in Birmingham, the Scorpion SE comes with passion as standard, because at BSA we are passionate about our guns and your shooting.

Please visit our page to use our new Click&Collect service, product available within the hour!

For more information please see their website

BSA Ultra SE Tactical

The BSA Ultra SE provides top spec’ performance and unique handling qualities in a stylish, affordable package. Perfectly balanced and designed for fast target acquisition, the Ultra SE is purpose built to take your sporting shooting to an exciting new level. It’s a lightweight stalker, a super-compact ratter, the ideal hide-hunting rifle and much, much more. It’s the BSA Ultra SE – a genuine mini-supergun! We are stocking the black synthetic option.

Please visit our page to use our new Click&Collect service, product available within the hour!

More information can be found here

Kral Puncher Breaker (Bullpup)

The Kral Breaker Rifle takes the same great action as seen in the Kral Puncher rifle and puts it into a bullpup stock. This massively improves the handling and weight distribution, without compromising the performance. The Breaker comes available in two different stock materials, either black synthetic or Walnut.  The stock is a thumbhole design which is ambidextrous and very easy to grip and hold steady for those long range shots. The pistol grip is contoured for the shape of your fingers. Whilst the forestock is textured for a solid grip (only in the synthetic stock option). The rear of both stocks are fitted with a rubber butt pad for a comfortable shoulder shooting position.

The action is cocked and loaded through a smooth side lever action.  The pellets are loaded through a multishot magazine into the cold hammer forged barrel. This barrel is fitted with a muzzle break at the end which finishes off the aesthetics very well, and can also be unscrewed to reveal a 1/2″ UNF thread. The trigger is two stage adjustable for your requirements, as well as the power output which makes it ideal for those close and long range shots.

Please visit our page to use our new Click&Collect service, product available within the hour!

Banana Cake

Banana Cake - Simple and Delicious

Banana cake, this recipe is so easy and yet delicious. It’s soft, moist and rich all at the same time! Once cooled this cake is topped with a totally irresistible lemon cream cheese frosting for a perfect dessert your family will love.

Banana Cake


1 1/3 cup mashed bananas
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice , divided
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter , softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla



8 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup butter , softened
3 – 3.5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest (from 1 lemon)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a measuring cup. Top to 1 1/2 cups with milk. Set aside.
  3. Mix together mashed banana with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, set aside.
  4. Beat together butter, brown and white sugar until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix on high until light and fluffy (almost the texture of frosting).
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to egg mixture stirring just until combined. (Do not overmix). Fold in bananas. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Put into the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Bake 60 – 70 minutes (see note below) or just until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not over bake).
  7. Remove from oven and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to make the cake extra moist. Cool completely before frosting.


  1. Cream together butter & cream cheese until fluffy. Add in lemon zest and juice.
  2. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake.


Don’t skip the lemon juice, you need the acidity.

To avoid a dense chewy result – don’t over mix. When adding the flour mixture only MIX UNTIL JUST COMBINED.

This recipe was found on Spending with Pennies which is filled with lots of fab low cost recipes which can be found here.

We hope you enjoy making and tasting this, to see our other recipes please click here.

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Simple Venison Curry

Vension Curry

Finally its the last day of January and half way through the week, is it too early to start thinking about the weekend? Why not try this simple venison curry dish which would be perfect to share with friends.

Vension Curry


1kg/2lb 4oz wild venison, diced
25g/1oz ginger-garlic paste, from a jar
4 tbsp vegetable oil
200g/1lb 5oz tomatoes, roughly chopped
300g/10½oz onions, roughly chopped
2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp juniper seeds, crushed
2 tsp garam masala
2 green chillies, finely chopped (optional)
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt

For the naan bread

100g/3½oz Greek-style yoghurt
150ml/5fl oz milk
2 tsp salt
500g/1lb 2oz plain four
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp extra virign rapeseed oil, plus extra for kneading

To serve
500g/1lb 2oz cooked white basmati rice, to serve


Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry until they are a light golden brown. Add the venison and cook for 5 minutes until the juices come out of the meat.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 4–5 minutes. Add the spices and chilli and cook for a couple more minutes. Add the tomatoes, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid or parchment paper and cook for 1–1½ hours until the meat is soft and tender. You may need to top up with a splash of water from time to time if it becomes too dry.

Meanwhile, to make the naan breads, place all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well and leave to rest for at least an hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a soft dough. Divide into 8 and shape into 8 naan breads.

Heat a frying pan over a medium head and cook the naan breads in the dry pan, in batches, for 3–4 minutes on each side.

Take the curry off the heat and stir in the yoghurt. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve with the rice and naan breads.

So there you go, we hope you enjoy making and please let us know how you get on. This recipe was found on BBC Food which is a favourite of ours.

To see our other recipes please click here.


York Guns Top 5 Air Rifles

York Guns Top 5 Air Rifles. This list was complied by Aris of York Guns and explains the benefits and pellets to use.


Weihrauch HW100KT 22 cal QF Air Rifle

The Weihrauch HW100KT 22cal QF Air Rifle has established itself as a market leader, and is fast becoming a favourite with hunters and FT shooters alike. Firstly with Weihrauch legendary build quality and supreme accuracy as standard. It’s place in the top tier of air rifles is easily understood. This model is yet another evolution in design and performance from this top German manufacturer.This model is also fitted with a very comfortable sporter stock. As soon as your start shooting with the HW100 you will immediatley be aware of the abilities of this rifle.

They are without doubt one of the quietest most accurate rifles on the market today. Packed with features to suit every shooter. The rifle comes with two 14 shot magazines, a removable quick fill air cylinder with pressure gauge, and can be fitted with the brand new Weihrauch Fully Shrouded Barrel silencer. Added to this is the stunningly simple and effortless biathalon type loading system. Lastly, this rifle can easily be reloaded without it having to be unshouldered. Enabling a second shot quickly and accurately should it be required.

To be used with RWS Superfield pellets.

For further details on our PCP range please visit our website


S510 Ultimate Sporter: ultimate power and precision

Air Arms has an unrivalled heritage of producing match winning field target rifles and world class sporters, and it was inevitable that the finest aspects of these superior airguns would meet in the creation of something extremely special. The result is the S510 Ultimate Sporter.

The S510 Ultimate Sporter takes this essential relationship to the next level. With its fully-adjustable cheekpiece and butt pad working in perfect harmony with the semi- match design of the waterproof, non-warp, laminate stock, the S510 Ultimate Sporter gives the hunter the degree of control never before available to sporting airgunners.

Quite simply, this rifle brings the shooter closer to the full potential of the rifle – and that’s a major advantage.

To be used with Air Arms Diablo pellets.

For further details on our PCP range please visit our website


RWS LR-20 177 cal Beech Carbine Pneumatic Air Rifle

RWS LR-20, walnut stock with Rose wood tips, 10 Round magazine and screw cut of sound moderator.

This is a light weight air rifle. Perfect for field and vermin control.

Pellets to use: RWS Super Dome

For further details on our PCP range please visit our website


Weihrauch HW97K 22cal Air Rifle

An ideal rifle that conquers the hearts of people keen on sports, youthful and young of heart. Weihrauch air rifles offer a lot of pleasure in sports. The underlever air rifle HW 97 K especially developed for field-target and silhouette shooting, well-balanced, easy and smooth cocking.

Fixed barrel system with muzzle break, equipped with the proven and world-famous match trigger “Rekord”, without sights, handy and elegant stock especially designed for scope use, high comb, checkered or stippled pistol grip and forearm, rubber buttplate, in standard version with high quality beech stock or in deluxe version with blue-grey laminated stock.

Perfect spring rifle for target and vermin control.

To be used with Super Dome pellets.

To view our full SPRING range please visit our website


Stoeger X20s Synthetic Combo Air Rifle

The X20S S2 Suppressed airgun features a newly designed sound moderator and a new CNC machined breech providing an extremely solid lock-up. The Stoeger X20 S2 suppressed is the quietest in its class due to the Air Flow Control (AFC) technology and Dual-Stage Noise Reduction System making it ideal for both hunting and target shooting.
The rifle has a track record for a high level of accuracy, partly because of its 2 stage adjustable trigger. Fitted with an auto safety.
Comes with a 3-9×40 parallax adjustable Stoeger scope.

This is fantastic value for money as it complete with a scope.

Any type of pellet can be used with rifle.

To view our full SPRING range please visit our website

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Time to get in shape and raise money for charity.

Happy New Year – 2018 Fitness Challenge.  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  Many people over indulge at Christmas so January always feels like a great time to get in shape. Our get into shape pledge is for the staff at York Guns  to climb a mountain and raise money for charity.  We have varying levels of fitness and ages so we are currently deciding on which one we should do.

I’ve put together a Top 5, please help us choose or add your own suggestions.

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Ben Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland

The Ben’ as it’s affectionately named locally is the tallest mountain test you can take on in the UK. Near the small town of Fort William, Ben Nevis understandably attracts a lot of tourists. Most walkers tackle the ‘easier’ Mountain Track up the mountain, starting at Glen Nevis. Which I’m assuming York Guns staff would take.  For the more experienced climbers the North Face (one of the highest cliff in UK) route is more challenging.

The summit of Ben Nevis is approximately 1345m above sea level. Height: 1345m

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. This is a major challenge walk which is long and involves over 1600m (5000 feet) of climbing over the Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. There is one section on road, but the paths are good. The ability to be able to navigate and cope with conditions in the high fells is a must.

This challenge is a 24 mile walk/climb and should be completed in 12 hours or less.

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Helvellyn, Lake District, England

Helvellyn is a mountain in the English Lake District, the highest point of the Helvellyn range, a north-south line of mountains to the north of Ambleside, between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater.

This would be a challenging climb as the terrain is very steep, exposed knife edge.  Distance 8.7 miles.

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Snowdon, Snowdonia , Wales

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in Wales. However you recognise this famous landmark, it is well worth a visit. Standing tall over the village of Llanberis, Snowdon is a part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks and can offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland. Choose from six different paths to conquer this 1085 metre giant: The Llanberis Path, PYG Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path or the Snowdon Ranger Path.

Happy New Year - 2018 Fitness Challenge

Scafell Pike, Lake District, England

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 metres above sea level. It is located in the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, and is part of the Southern Fells.

There are various routes ranging from 10 to 16 miles.

So there you have it,  which mountain should the York Guns team climb? Bearing in mind the age range is 17 to 50 years and ability novice to experienced. We’d like to raise money for charity so please get in touch with a worthy cause.

Finally, if you have any good practice walks we’d loved to hear your suggestions.


Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy

Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy

Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy

Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy – will serve 6-8 guests

Fancy a change to Turkey? This is our Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy guide, everything you need to know in how to prepare your Goose.

All the staff at York Guns wish you a very Merry Christmas.


4-5kg/9-11lb 4 oz oven-ready goose, trussed for roasting
6 small onions, halved
3 bay leaves
bunch thyme
2 tbsp sunflower oil

For the cider gravy
1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 carrots, cut into small chunks
2 onions, chopped
2 bay leaves
small bunch thyme
500ml bottle cider
1l chicken stock
4 tbsp plain flour


  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  • Remove all the fat from inside the bird and use a skewer to prick the skin all over.
  • Stuff the goose with the onions and herbs. Rub the breast and legs with the oil; season generously with salt. Place in a large roasting tin and cover with foil, scrunching it up at the sides so it’s a tight fit.
  • Put the goose in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins.
  • After 1hr 30 mins carefully ladle all the fat out of the tin (or use a baster to suck it out) into a bowl, then lightly baste the goose. Re-cover with foil, then roast for another 1 hr 30 mins. Pour all the fat from the tin again, baste, then return to the oven without any foil to brown for a final 30-40 mins until golden brown.
  • Rest in a warmish place for 30 mins. Keep the tin to finish the gravy in.

To make the gravy

  • While the goose is roasting, heat the oil in a sauté pan until very hot. Add the veg to the pan, then fry for about 10 mins until brown and just starting to burn slightly. Throw in the herbs, then pour over the cider and boil down by about two-thirds, skimming off any froth that comes to the top.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, reduce by half, then strain into a large jug and set aside.

Time saving tip: The stock can be made the day before.

To Finish Off

Once the goose has come out of the tin, pour all but about 2 tbsp of fat from it, keeping in any brown juices. Place the tin on the heat, scatter in the flour and stir to make a brown paste the texture of wet sand. Slowly pour in the cider stock and stir to make a smooth gravy. Season to taste, then strain again into a gravy jug.

Serve the goose on a platter with the herby onions from the cavity scattered around.

So there you go, we hope you enjoy and let us know how you get on.

For more recipes please click here

Loin of Venison in a Sloe Gin and Blackberry Glaze

Loin of Venison in a Sloe Gin and Blackberry Glaze

Loin of Venison in a Sloe Gin and Blackberry Glaze

As an alternative to left over turkey, this Loin of Venison in a Sloe Gin and Blackberry Glaze dish will be perfect to serve up on Boxing Day.

Published by the Hairy Bikers this is a real treat for Venison and Gin fans.


  • 1 kg/2lb 2oz venison loin, fat trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 250g/9oz pancetta, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sloe gin
  • 200ml/7fl oz reduced beef stock
  • 6 juniper berries, crushed
  • 200g/7oz blackberries
  • knob of butter
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Trim the venison of any remaining fat or sinew and wipe clean with kitchen paper or a clean tea towel. Rub with the olive oil, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and rub in the dried thyme. Set aside.
  3. Lay the pancetta slices on a piece of cling film to make one long sheet of pancetta. Place the loin on one end of the pancetta sheet and roll up to wrap the loin. Remove the cling film.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in an ovenproof frying pan. Sear the loin on all sides until the pancetta is turning golden-brown.
  5. Place the pan in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until the venison is cooked, but still pink inside (alternatively cook for longer if you prefer your meat less pink). Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
  6. Pour the sloe gin into the pan used for the venison and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add the beef stock and juniper berries and simmer for about 5 minutes until the volume of stock has reduced slightly.
  7. Strain the sauce and return it to the pan, then add the blackberries. Cook for about 4 minutes or until the blackberries are softened, then crush them slightly.
  8. Add the butter to the sauce and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Cut the loin into thick slices, discarding the beginning and end bits.
  10. Serve about 3 slices per person with the sloe and blackberry glaze.

So there you are, we hope you enjoy and please let us know how you get on.

We found this recipe on the BBC Food site, more details on

York Guns Christmas Tree - Tips on how to decorate

York Guns Christmas Tree - Tips on how to decorate

York Guns Christmas Tree – Tips on how to decorate

Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? Tuesdays job for us was decorating our Christmas tree. Many would have done this last weekend but there may be a few saving the job until this weekend.

So here you have York Guns Christmas tree.  We followed a few simple steps on decorating …. yes there is a correct way!

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Hang the Lights

After you’ve fluffed the branches ( very important for artificial trees) the first step is to hang the lights. We chose lights to match our tree so as its green we have white lights based on a green wire that way the wire is hidden. Start at the top and work your way down. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look.

Hang the Garland

Choose your colour scheme. Reds, greens and golds fit a traditional-style for Christmas. For a winter look, pick silver, blues and purples. Its best to hang the garland before the baubles so you dont knock them off.  Beads, ribbon and foil garland add texture to your tree.  You’ll need two strands of garland for every vertical foot of tree.

York Guns Christmas Tree - Tips on how to decorate


The best bit!! When hanging baubles, start from the inside of your tree and work out. Begin with plain-coloured baubles as a base, adding in more decorative, expensive baubles later.

Hang the larger baubles/tree decorations closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth.  Use smaller baubles towards the ends of the branches and the top. Spread them evenly and use a variety of shapes and sizes.

Tip: A bit of ornament OCD, try to space your colours out.  I can’t have the same colour baubles together.

Don’t forget your tree topper and most importantly… enjoy the festive season x


Welcoming you to Trix and Pupdate


Firstly, a little background from where this all stems. Over the last couple of years my old faithful black shadow fern has been starting to struggle the days after a shoot day. Just purely from age and willingness to work hard and loves shooting. She is that dog that as soon as she sees you loading up for a few hours, morning , afternoon, evening or day out she will start to do a daft spinning on the spot (which I should have stopped from a puppy but didn’t).

I first got Fern when I was a gamekeeper in Scotland which unfortunately went sour, since then with education and work she has still had a totally unwavering faithfulness and companionship towards me built from the foundation of being with her 24 hours a day 7 days a week as a puppy. Fern is literally, my second shadow.

I am now in an extremely fortunate position to be able to expand my team by bringing in a puppy to work with and  learn (the good habits) from Fern. I had been looking and toying with the idea for some time now just causally looking through black Labrador puppy advertisements from shooting parents, then one advert jumped out at me and I went to go and see the pups and the dam. She was a fantastic temperament, brought up in a family environment and was a working pet, blood lines were very good and as we are all aware of in Labradors a very good hip/eye score as well. The decision was made. Cash on the table time, the deposit went down and a small bitch puppy secured.


We picked the puppy up at 8 weeks and quickly settled on the name Trix, and since then she has been settling in like an absolute diamond! She is already reluctant to leave my side which can be good and bad. It can make the usual simple household tasks a bit difficult at times, like when taking a shower; you will regularly find a little black Labrador curled up on the bathmat exactly where you want to step out and taking the bins out with a puppy between your feet is interesting. But saying all this, I do not mind one bit, as to me it is one of the most important parts of establishing that connection.


Trix is starting to get used to home life routine now and we are working on responding to her name and toilet training, which I must say I am very pleased with her progress and at 9 weeks old now we are getting fewer and fewer accidents in the house, and have had a couple of nights when we have had no accidents at all. Any accidents are usually due to me being too slow to get my backside out of bed in time to get her outside. I will keep you updated on how she is progressing and will hopefully soon be able to come to work with me from time to time, mainly once she is toilet trained as I’m not a fan of not being able to get work done due to cleaning up puppy mess from the office floor!


NiteSite Night Vision

NiteSite Night Vision

Located in York, North Yorkshire, NiteSite Night Vision were established in 2011.  They manufacture and market high quality, affordable and reliable infrared night vision for hunting, security and zero light observation. Furthermore with offices based in South Africa and the U.S as well as York, they currently export to thirty-one countries.


NiteSite Night Vision

NiteSite’s vision was to create a product that could be used to help farmers control vermin and predatory animals. They introduced a ‘heads up’ shooting position, rather than the traditional through the scope position.  Quickly picked up by hunters the world over due to the crystal clear vision of the prey.

The Products

NiteSite products utilise infrared in a unique way.  Therefore products are more affordable, reliable and user friendly than traditional light amplification technologies.

Quick and easy to set up, the true beauty of a NiteSite is that it converts your day scope, without removal, into a powerful night vision system.  NiteSite’s on going mission is to revolutionise night hunting through their innovative range of infrared night vision products.

The VIPER for short range hunting, WOLF for medium range targets and the ultra powerful EAGLE for long range strikes.  As a result they are tried, tested and loved by hunters all over the world.  NiteSite Night Vision scope mounted products are augmented by the hand held SpotterXtreme.  Designed to complete the hunting and scouting experience.

York Guns are proud to be a NiteSite distributor and retailer.  Knowledgeable and experienced staff are here to guide you on your purchase.  So just give us a call on 01904 487180 or pop in to see us!

If you want to hunt at night… it’s got to be a NiteSite.

game pie

Game Pie

Use any combination of meat for this satisfying and hearty game pie. Perfect served with your favourite greens and a creamy celeriac mash.

Game Pie


675g/1½lb mixed game meat such as pheasant, partridge, hare and rabbit, boned
225g/8oz venison steak cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 red onions, peeled and sliced
120g/4oz smoked streaky bacon, derinded and chopped
120g/4oz chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
30g/1oz plain flour
Bay leaf
1 Orange, zest and juice
1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
300ml/½ pint chicken stock
300ml/½ pint red wine
340g/12oz puff pastry
Salt and pepper
Beaten egg, for glazing


  1. First of all heat 1 tbsp of the oil and brown the game and venison in batches until well browned. Keep on one side.

  2. Heat the rest of the oil and cook the onions for five minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic, bacon and mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  3. Furthermore stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Season well and stir in the bay leaf, orange zest and juice, redcurrant jelly, stock and wine.

  4. Bring to the boil, add the meat and simmer gently for 40-50 minutes until the meat is tender. Cool.

  5. Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  6. Put the meat mixture in a pie dish. Roll out the pastry to make a lid and attach to the dish. Decorate with the pastry trimmings and cut a steam hole in the centre. Glaze with beaten egg.

  7. Lastly bake for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden and risen and the filling is piping hot.

And there we have it, beautiful Game Pie, perfect for these winter evenings!  We are not sure if there is anything more satisfying in this day and age of ensuring that your meat has gone directly from field to fork.  Therefore if you are not a hunter, then please support your local butcher.  Because this not only ensures their livelihood, but also the best quality of meat you can have.  Please note that this recipe is originally from BBC Good Food.

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas fast approaching we thought we’d make things a little easier for you this year.  We have a great selection of gift ideas for all the family, from homewares to footwear, clothing to gift for furry friends.  Here is our Christmas Gift Guide, all available online so you can shop from the comfort of your home!

christmas gift guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Croots Malton Bridle Leather Cartridge Bag

Croots England

The range from Croots England is probably one of our most popular gift ideas at Christmas.  Based in Malton, all products are hand crafted in this family run company.  Free personalisation included…

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Country Matters

Country Matters produce a full range of homeware and gifts for the countryside and nature lover.  Choose from greetings cards and trinket trays, to glass worktop savers, umbrellas and aprons.

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Bisley Field Trial Dog Lead

Mans Best Friend

We stock a full range of accessories and training equipment, so why not spoil your dog this Christmas with a new braided lead, or some new training equipment?

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House of Cheviot Tayside Sock & Garter Brick Red


A fantastic range of clothing and accessories to choose from.  Nothing like a pair of socks for Christmas, but no boring ones here!  We also have a selection of clothing in the sale to view…

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Le Chameau Care Kit Bottle

Le Chameau

Know someone who loves their Le Chameau wellies, then why not treat them with some of the fantastic accessories to look after their boots.

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York Guns Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Still not sure what to buy, or maybe you want to let them choose.  Then why not buy some gift vouchers.  Available in £10, £20 and £50…


Seems like we pretty much have it covered.  With more and more gift ideas being added daily, there really is something for everyone here at York Guns.

Happy Shopping!

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

Traditionally a Canadian and American holiday to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for the preceding year, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the ‘holiday season’.  And with more and more people celebrating Thanksgiving worldwide we thought we’d check out some of the best recipes around.  So here are our  Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes for this Nov 23rd

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

Perfect Thanksgiving Roast Turkey

This moist roast turkey uses rosemary, orange and garlic to brine it for 24hrs before roasting to give you a beautifully succulent bird.

Get the Recipe here


Polish Cabbage, Potato & Bacon Casserole

This crispy, juicy and warming potato dish will add a little extra to any Thanksgiving table.

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The New Classic Stuffing

Using sausage in this dish lends the stuffing those all-important crispy bites, and of course the fat adds to the amazing flavour.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce recipe is quick, easy and very adaptable. Make as is for a classic sauce, or add your twist…

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Skillet Cornbread

This rich and buttery cornbread comes straight out of the skillet.  Perfect for easy cleanup and looks amazing too.

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wild rice

Wild Rice Salad

This dish is even better when dressed a day ahead; cover and refrigerate, then bring to room temperature and garnish with almonds before serving.

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Cracked Black Pepper Dinner Rolls

A hint of spicy black pepper adds a kick to these traditional dinner rolls.

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green beans with almonds

Green Beans with Roasted Almonds

This simple and traditional side dish is brought right up to date with the tamari almonds.  It is sure to be the highlight of any Thanksgiving meal.

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Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Pour the sweet bourbon sauce on this pumpkin pecan bread pudding to truly impress your guests.  The ultimate Thanksgiving treat…

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pumpkin pie

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Because it wouldn’t be thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie!

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So there we have it, our round up of some of the best thanksgiving recipes out there to create a fabulous meal for all your guests!  Do you celebrate Thanksgiving, are you an American in the UK and miss all the celebrations. Or maybe you are a Brit living in the U.S and don’t get all the fuss?!  Either way these recipes certainly make me want to celebrate Thanksgiving this year!


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Shooting Etiquette for Beginners

Shooting Etiquette for Beginners

You’ve been waiting for an invite to your first shoot, but now it’s come would you know the correct etiquette?  You’ll want to behave in a manner accustomed with a shoot so that you are conducting yourself with confidence.  A lot of shooting etiquette is down to good manners and common sense.  But if you are looking for that return invitation, then check out our top tips to keep you right.

Reply Promptly

When you receive your invitation (whether in conversation or in writing) it is best to reply as promptly as possible.  A lot of planning has gone in to putting together a team for the shoot and so if you are unable to make, then a replacement will need to be found.  A prompt response is always appreciated so that necessary plans can be made.

What to wear

Although the shooting world has relaxed somewhat in acceptable style, there are still certain standards that should be kept to.  A shirt and tie are a must on a formal driven day, with breeks always the best option too.  In terms of footwear, wellies and good sturdy boots are both acceptable.  Ear defenders are safety must.

Bring your own?

Do you bring your own gun?  If you have your own gun then it is absolutely fine to bring with you.  However if you are new to shooting then you may not own your own.  Your host will more than likely organise a loader to accompany you and guide you throughout the day.  A great opportunity to learn for future shoots.

Top Tip

Always a tough one, how much to tip the keeper.  Again your host is the best person to speak to regarding this and to guide you.  However if you feel you have had a great day and you’d like to tip more than recommended then please do.

To drink or not to drink

That is the question!  Drinking in charge of a firearm is never a good idea.  However drinks are usually offered at elevenses, know your limits and stick to them.  There is plenty of time after the guns have been put away for the day to have a couple of glasses of wine.

A welcome gift

It is always seen as a good idea to never turn up to an invitation empty handed.  It is entirely up to you of course, but a bottle of something would be gratefully received for the day (sloe gin and port are a god idea)

Thank you

Just like a prompt response to the original invitation is advisable, so is taking the time to send a thank you to your hosts after the event.

So there you have it.  The main thing is to be respectful at all times, act sensibly and most of all, enjoy yourself!

Chicken Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie

We’re not sure about you guys, but the weather here as been a bit dismal (definitely winter a coming!) and so what better but some real comfort food.  Now who doesn’t like a Chicken Pie?! And who doesn’t like a chicken pie recipe that tastes amazing, is made with only 5 ingredients and can be cooked all in one pot.  As we would say #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Chicken Pot Pie

Have any of you been watching the new Jamie Oliver programme Quick & Easy Food?  If you think you haven’t got time to cook – think again.  Jamie proves you can whip up delicious and easy recipes quickly, with only 5 ingredients, now in our mind you can’t really go wrong with that!


2 onions
600 g free-range chicken thighs , skin off, bone out
350 g mixed mushrooms
1 bunch of fresh thyme (30g)
375 g block of all-butter puff pastry , (cold)


Preheat the oven to 220oC/425oF/gas 7.

Place a 30cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan on a high heat, with a smaller non-stick pan on a medium heat alongside. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the larger pan. Peel and roughly chop the onions, adding them to the larger pan as you go. Roughly chop two- thirds of the thighs, finely chop the rest, and add to the onion pan. Cook for 6 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, place the mushrooms in the dry pan, tearing up any larger ones. Let them toast and get nutty for 4 minutes, then tip into the chicken pan and strip in half the thyme leaves.  Remove the pan from the heat, add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then stir in 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and 150ml of water.

Working quickly, roll out the pastry so it’s 2cm bigger than the pan, then place it over the filling, using a wooden spoon to push it into the edges. Very lightly criss-cross the pastry, then brush with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Poke the remaining thyme sprigs into the middle of the pie. Bake at the bottom of the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and puffed up. Easy!

So there we have it, a quick and simple chicken pot pie, which serves 4 and will be ready in approx. 30mins.  For more of Jamie’s awesome recipes check out his website and buy the book!  Our particular favourites as well as the chicken pie recipe are the Crab and Fennel Spaghetti and the Messy Meatball Buns

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Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

How do you make yours?

Today was Chocolate Cupcake Day and we were going to share a recipe, but then we thought nah! we don’t need all that faffing, and all that daintiness.  What we need is a proper pudding and what is more proper than a Yorkshire Pudding!!!!  So here’s is a fab recipe, thanks to EurKitchen for sharing with us…

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

A lovely idea to have either as a starter before the main event.  In addition it would also make a gorgeous picnic snack, or stunning hor d’oeuvres to impress your guest.


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– 1 cup milk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– 1 cup flour⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– Pinch of salt ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– 2 tbsp lard or vegetable oil
– 4 tbsp horseradish sauce
– 4 tbsp sour cream ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– Slices of roast beef, each cut into 3 thin strips
– 2 tbsp chives, snipped


– Heat the oven to 450°F.
– Pour the eggs and milk into a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. First of all whisk thoroughly with an electric hand beater or hand whisk. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
– Gradually sieve the flour into the milk and egg mixture, again using an electric hand beater or hand-whisk to create a lump free batter resembling thick cream. Leave the batter to rest in the kitchen for 30 minutes.
– Place a pea-sized piece of lard or ½ tsp vegetable oil into a 12-hole muffin tin and heat in the oven. Pour the mixture into the holes so each is a third full, and return the tray to the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool the puddings on a wire rack.
– Furthermore to make the horseradish cream, mix the sour cream and horseradish sauce in a small bowl, and season well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– Lastly place a beef strip in each Yorkshire pudding, and add a dollop of horseradish cream and garnish with chives.

So there you go, another fab recipe to try out this weekend! Now if you are anything like us guys here at York Guns then you will all have your own recipes and tweaks (Aunt Bessie’s proudly frowned upon!). Therefore we’d love to hear your versions and how you like to eat.  Comment below or tag us in to your social media post and you could be in with a chance of being featured in future posts!

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Shooting Etiquette for Beginners

Top 10 UK Shooting Grounds

Clay Shooting is becoming more and more popular here in the UK.  And with the success at recent olympics it’s no wonder that more and more of us are getting in to the Sport.  So whether you just fancy having a try, or if you are looking to improve your technique, here is our guide to some of the best grounds in the UK.

Top 10 UK Shooting Grounds

Royal Berkshire Shooting School

Royal Berkshire Shooting School – Berkshire

Established over two decades ago, the Shooting School is recognised as the finest facility of its kind, employing eight full time, professional shooting instructors.  In addition it has one of the most expansive shooting grounds in the country.


Holland & Holland Shooting Ground – Middlesex

In reflection of its superb facilities and overall shooting experience, Holland and Holland were awarded the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Premier Plus status.  Most noteworthy, one of only twenty shooting establishments with this award in the UK.


EJChurchill Shooting Ground

E J Chruchill – Buckinghamshire

Set amidst 40 acres of woodland on the stunning West Wycombe Estate, the shooting ground comprises over 100 clay shooting stands and 6 clay shooting disciplines.  Consequently offering varied and extensive practice and tuition opportunities.


Raisthorpe Manor – Yorkshire

Based in the Heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, Raisthorpe Flyers provides top quality simulated game shooting that rivals a real shoot day!  Furthermore the estate boasts some fantastic terrain, enabling them to provide challenging shooting that is as close to real game shooting as you will find.


Bisley Shooting Ground – Surrey

Bisley is renowned for its expert tuition and facilities. Whether for the beginner looking for an introduction to the sport or a seasoned shot, Bisley Shooting Ground is ideally situated and has been called the most beautiful shooting ground in the country.


Oxford Gun Company

Oxford Gun Company – Buckinghamshire

The Oxford Gun Company is an award winning family-run shooting ground that provides everything a shot could need.  Therefore from first-timers, to the more experienced clay or game shot, they pride themselves in giving each and every shooter a tailored and personalised experience.


north wales shooting school

North Wales Shooting School – Flintshire

With over 50 years experience in facilitating clay pigeon shooting, the grounds cater for shooters of all levels. In addition their extensive sporting layouts capture the essence of simulated game shooting, while their trap disciplines cater for those with a competitive edge.


bywell shooting ground

Bywell Shooting Ground – Northumberland

Situated in the heart of Northumberland and run alongside their own working arable farm. Another ground of the only 20 grounds to be awarded Premier Plus status by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association.


bisley at braidwood

Bisley at Braidwood  – Scottish Borders

Most noteworthy, Bisley at Braidwood is Scotland’s largest clay pigeon shooting venue. Furthermore the range is set in a beautiful estate in the Borders of Scotland, overlooking the Eildon Hills, just south of Edinburgh.


Auchterhouse Country Sports

Auchterhouse Country Sports –

Notably, Auchterhouse is home to one of Scotland’s premier shooting grounds, and last year was voted Scotland’s Favourite Shooting Ground.  In addition it offers a range of other country sports, from falconry & archery sessions, to off-road driving & quad biking.


In conclusion we really have some amazing grounds here in the UK.  And these are only our Top 10 UK Shooting Grounds, as chosen by the guys here at York Guns. Therefore we’d love to hear about your favourite ground?!

First time? In addition to everyday shoots, most grounds also run private lessons.  Also offered are shooting times specifically for ladies and young shots too.  Perfect if you are new to the sport or feeling a little nervous.

So why not put some (or all) of these grounds on your list to visit and get shooting!


really simple fish pie

Really Simple Fish Pie

So we noticed that our recipes seem to go down really well, but were always aware that our weekly posts were on a Sunday evening.  Therefore meaning that they completely missed the perfect time for you guys to actually be able to try them out, the weekend! So bearing this is mind we will now share our favourite recipe of the week every Wednesday night, in the hope that it will inspire you for the weekend, and you can let us know how you get on…

Really Simple Fish Pie

First of all this is a really simple and delicious recipe for a simple fish pie.   In addition there is no need to poach the fish prior to cooking, or even make a roux.  Just place all the ingredients in an overproof dish together and bung in the oven, what could be simpler!


1 x handful of mussels (out of the shell)
1 x handful of Prawns (peeled)
1 x handful of squid rings (turned inside out and membranes removed so tender)
2 x salmon (or trout) fillets
2 x small cod (or any white fish) fillets
2 x small smoked haddock fillets
6 x large potatoes
1 x large handful of asparagus (tough ends removed and cut into small spears)
1 x large handful of chopped spinach
Olive oil
150 ml fresh cream
Celery salt
Quarter of a cup of lemon juice
1 x handful of chopped fresh flat parsley leaves
Cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese


  1. First of all put your potatoes on to boil, and cook until tender.
  2. While your spuds are cooking. Spread all the prawns, squid and mussels in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Chop all the fish into small chunks and throw these on top. (To make even simpler you could ask your fishmonger for a prepared fish selection already mixed and chopped)
  3. Next pour the lemon juice over the fish mixture and add the parsley.
  4. Add the asparagus and spinach over the top then drizzle some olive oil over the whole dish.
  5. Grate over some parmesan then season with salt, pepper and celery salt.
  6. Furthermore when your potatoes are cooked, mash with cream, olive oil and season to taste.
  7. Spoon the mash over the fish mixture. Grate some cheddar and parmesan over the top and grind a little pepper too.
  8. Finally put the pie into the oven for 40 mins at 200 degrees C. It should come out a little crispy, but watch out will be very hot, so let it cool for a few minutes before serving with samphire or sea kale.

So there you go, really simple fish pie… as simple as that! Please note that this recipe was originally posted under The Mighty Eagle blog.  They are one of our particular favourites for all things outdoors, please go check it out for some awesome articles!

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New Arrivals

Step out in Style - Our Top 3 Country Socks

Did you know that the foot is among the heaviest producers of sweat in the body, as it can produce over 0.12l of perspiration per day.  Socks help to absorb this sweat and draw it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration. In cold environments, socks made from wool insulate the foot and decrease the risk of frostbite.

House of Cheviot wool socks are perfect then for all pastimes and hobbies which may include having to spend long periods of time out on the cold.  Think dog walking, hiking, shooting, beating, hunting and much more.  So here’s my Top 3 Country Socks for gents from their new season collection…

Top 3 Country Socks – House of Cheviot

York Guns have stocked House of Cheviot country socks for as long as I can remember and each season they continue to produce not only classic and timeless designs but capture trends and incorporate them within their collections too.  Making the brand appealing to a whole new market.

Perfect to wear with your wellies and boots, there is always a good choice of style and colour to suit all.  I have at least 3 pairs myself (they look great with my Le Chameau Chasseur) and have my eye on the Harris this year, the colours are fab!

Anyway back to you gents, here is my choice for the best style out there this season to go perfectly with your breeks…

Tayside Country Sock & Garter Set

A classic birds-eye pattern in 3 bright eye-catching colours makes Tayside one of House of Cheviot’s most recognisable and popular styles to date. Wear with your favourite tweeds and matching House of Cheviot garter ties for quintessential country style.

Only £34.49

Estate Sock & Garter Set

Classic field socks knitted in subtle colours. Ideal for wearing with boots or wellies while out shooting, beating, stalking or fishing.

Only £21.95

Chessboard Sock & Garter Set

Classic country socks in a two colour design. Ideal for wearing with boots, wellies or brogues while out in the field. As with all House of Cheviot’s country and shooting socks, Chessboard is hand-finished to ensure a premium quality.

Only £34.49

So there we have it my Top 3 Country Socks for you gents this season.  All the above can be purchased from our sister store Fisher & Smiths.  In addition they will be very shortly available on York Guns too.

Would love to see your pics out and about in your full regalia, remember to share on social media and tag us in…

Happy Hunting!

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Pot Roast Pheasant with Cider & Bacon

Here at York Guns we are always looking for new recipes, especially game recipes.  So when we came across this recipe for Pot Roast Pheasant by James Martin, we knew we had to share.  Not only delicious but cooked in one pot, so super easy too!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Ability: Easy
  • Serves 4

Oven roast this rich game bird – bring out the flavour with sweet cider and apples, and let the juices run into a cream and sage sauce


Pot Roast Pheasant


  • 50g butter
  • 2 pheasants, cleaned
  • 100g bacon lardon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 4 sage sprigs, leaves chopped
  • 2 eating apples, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 500ml cider
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 100ml double cream
  • mashed potato, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Melt the butter in a large non-stick flameproof dish. Season the pheasants, add to the dish and brown on all sides. Remove from the dish and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon, onion, celery and sage to the dish and cook for 10 mins until the onion is soft and the bacon is crisp. Carefully pour off any excess fat.
  3. Return the pheasants to the dish and scatter over the apples. Pour over the cider and the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 25 mins until the birds are cooked through.
  4. Remove the birds from the dish and keep warm. Return dish to the hob over a high heat. Let the liquid bubble until reduced by half, then add the cabbage, cover with a lid and cook for 3 mins. Add the cream, check the seasoning, and continue cooking for 1 min more. Serve the pheasant on top of the cabbage mixture with some mashed potato, if you like.

There you have it! A delicious meal cooked in under an hour, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Le Chameau Wellington Boots

Put your best foot forward

It’s that time of year again, and if you haven’t already then it’s definitely time to get the wellie boots out!  Now many moons ago wellington boots were a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy.  In fact originally they were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.  No longer associated with a particular class, wellies are now commonplace among farmers, outdoors enthusiasts and even the fashion set.

So what’s your style…

Le Chameau Wellington Boots have been handcrafted since 1927 and are the original iconic rubber boot brand.  The only rubber boots to be handmade by a single master bootmaker.  Each pair is unique. Using the highest quality materials and with a range of iconic and innovative styles, Le Chameau Maîtres Bottiers have been making their boots by hand for over 85 years. Technology, flair and craftsmanship have ensured Le Chameau have created collections for all occasions – town and country.

Fisher & Smiths, our sister site, is dedicated to bringing your the very best in outdoor and country apparel.  Le Chameau Wellington Boots are one of their most popular lines and are just as popular in store here at York Guns.  So here is our guide to the full collection…

Le Chameau Chasseur

  • Famous for its waterproof zip and rugged all day comfort, the leather lined Chasseur continues to justify its formidable reputation in the field.

Le Chameau Vierzon

  • The handcrafted Vierzon is synonymous with country life, perfectly balancing functionality and style.

Le Chameau Giverny

  • Made for country-lovers with an eye for detail, these elegant walking boots are perfect for everyday use.

Le Chameau Andalou

  • A stylish country boot with contrasting colour cuff. Perfect for those who enjoy both park and country walks.

Le Chameau Wellington Boots

To view the full Le Chameau collection over at Fisher & Smiths please click here. 

Le Chameau footwear has been designed for a variety of different uses.  So it is very important to select your boots according to its end use and intended purpose.  This includes the choice of linings and outsole, zipped or adjustable.  For example, Neoprene is a very warm lining and during the warmer months the foot will perspire, this can sometimes be confused with your boot leaking.  So Le Chameau recommend a cotton-lined boot as a good addition.

For more information about how to choose the correct style and ensure they fit, please take a moment to read Le Chameau’s Size & Fit Guide.

We at York Guns love our Le Chameau, and the resounding favourite are the Chassuer.  From our avid hunters, mums on the school run, to out walking the dog on a morning Le Chameau have us covered!

So put your best foot forward and invest in some for the season ahead, you won’t regret it!

RE Ranger Phantom

Seeing is Believing

In July RE Ranger released their latest addition to the RE Ranger Sporting Collection.  A revolutionary air-light sports frame technology meets winning RE Ranger optics in an interchangeable 3-lens kit. So whether you are shooting for fun or beginning your pro career, the RE Ranger Phantom has you covered.

RE Ranger Phantom

Entry Level

However I think the thing that we were most excited about was the price point! At less than £130 for frames and a set of 3 lenses, the RE Ranger Phantom are an excellent entry level pair of sporting eye wear.  Giving you the best quality eye wear and latest technology at a really affordable price!

What You Get

The kit includes Phantom frame, two shooting ready shields, one sun shield, protective storage case, microfiber pouch and a gun decal.


High-quality cross-stitched case holds 6 shields


Microfiber cloth pouch for quick and easy mobility.


Includes a vinyl cut out RE Ranger Decal

Since their arrival in July the response has been fantastic.  These glasses have been flying off the shelf!  What makes it better is that they are suitable not just for shooting, but also for Golf, Squash, Running, need we go on…

So why not check out for yourself and keep your eyes on the prize!

top ten cycle routes uk

Top 10 cycle routes in the UK

Cycling has become incredibly popular over the past few years. First of all we have the effect of the Tour de France starting in Britain both in 2007 & 2014. In addition the gold medals won by the GB cycling team at recent Olympics, the 2012 Olympics in London.  And of course Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome winning the Tour de France.

Tour De Britain

Confirmed by almost unprecedented spectators at the 2017 Tour De Britain recently, it really seems to have caught the public’s imagination. More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week.  An all-time high according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK.

Tour De Britain 2017 Winners Podium

For businesses in the cycling industry this means booming sales.  Furthermore this growth was led by the retailer’s most expensive “premium bikes”, which saw sales expand by 24.9%, following growth of 30% in the previous 12 months.

And it’s not just a young persons sport.  Such is the continuing popularity of cycling among men over 40, that it has often been said in recent years that cycling is “the new golf” with cycle rides replacing rounds of golf as the preferred out-of-office activity during which business deals are agreed.

So if you fancy taking a look at the sport and maybe having a cycle out, then here are the top ten scenic routes as chosen by Dan Joyce editor of Cycle Magazine:

Top Ten Cycle Routes UK

  1. The Camel Trail, Cornwall
  2. Hartington, Peak District
  3. Lôn Mawddach Trail, North Wales
  4. The Cuckoo Trail, Sussex
  5. Putney Bridge, London to Weybridge, Surrey
  6. Taff Trail, South Wales
  7. Bealach na Bà, Sottish Highlands
  8. Coast to Coast, Northern England
  9. The South Downs Way, Hants
  10. Lands End to John O’Groats

ggg ammunition

GGG Ammunition - NEW IN!

Brand New In Stock is the GGG 7.62 & 5.56 Rifle Ammunition.  Over the past few years 7.62 in particular has been notoriously difficult to get hold of.  So we knew this would be a hit with you guys!  We couldn’t wait to share with you…

AB GIRAITĖS GINKLUOTĖS GAMYKLA otherwise known as GGG is one of the most recent and modern small arms ammunition manufacturers in the world; that has the innovative technology, modern equipment to be able to deliver NATO qualified ammunition.  GGG Ammunition is one of the most exciting deliveries we have had in this year!

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5.56 / 223 62gn

M855 FMJ Ammunition
£59.99 per 100
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GGG 762 M80 FMJ Ammunition

7.62 / 308 147g

M80 FMJ Ammunition
£69.99 per 100
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GGG 223 Sierra Match Ammunition

5.56 / 223 69gr

Sierra Match Ammunition
£90.00 per 100
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GGG 762 HPBT Match Ammunition

7.62 / 308 168gr

HPBT Match Ammunition
£99.99 per 100
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GGG 762 HPBT Match Ammunition

7.62 / 308 175GR

HPBT Match Ammunition
£115.00 per 100
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GGG 762 HPBT Imperial Match Ammunition

7.62 / 308 155gr

HPBT Imperial Match
£115.00 per 100
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For more information or to buy now then please just call us on 01904 487180 or pop in and see us!