Since its formation in 1982, the Brattonsound name has become synonymous with gunsafes in the UK. How it all started… Brattonsound founder Gerald Tagg, a keen shooter, was unhappy with the gunsafe options available to him and decided to design and manufacture his own to his high standards. From that small start demand grew, first from friends at his local shoot and then via local and regional gun shops until Bratttonsound became the brand that is so widely known today. Brattonsound sales manager, James Tagg, explains: “In the early days, there were many basic brands available on the market, but Brattonsound looked towards engineering excellence, an impressive design and build quality with a superior locking system that took the market by storm and quickly established it as a market leader. We now have over 33 models to suit all budgets.” By constant innovation Brattonsound has maintained its reputation over the 35 years. Some of its industry firsts include: • Gunsafes that exceeded police requirements rather than just meeting them • Multi-point locking on standard models • Trade only supply • Comprehensive three year on-site warranty, which is still unmatched 35 years and still going strong Gun safe manufacturer celebrates 35 years of security With its long history Brattonsound is proud to have manufactured over 360,000 gunsafes. James continues: “During those 35 years dozens of brands and low-quality imports from companies with no personal connection to shooting have come and gone. “We at Brattonsound take pride in the fact that several of our employees are keen shooters. We want to support the shooting industry and we take the responsibility of protecting our customers’ guns very seriously. This drives us to constantly improve our standards and we intend to be making high quality gunsafes for many years to come.”
Game Fairs; Well, Scone lived up to its enviable reputation of being the best of Scottish hospitality at its beautiful site alongside the mighty Tay. Footfall was high and, in the main, the rain kept off. Exhibitors reported good sales and the message of fieldsports was eloquently promoted through the attendance of the shooting organisations. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, who organise the event, are to be congratulated for their excellent promotion of the research that they carry out on our behalf. Moving on to the ‘new’ Game Fair, held for the first time ever at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. James Gower, the very enthusiastic and energetic MD of the event, has taken the Game Fair to new heights since the demise of the CLA event two years ago. James, and his team, took on the daunting challenge of re-vitalising the CLA event and the consensus of opinion, certainly from the Trade’s point of view, is that he has succeeded. Gunmakers Row abounded with well-known names and was busy during all three days. Footfall was over the 100,000 and, in the main, the weather was kind. For sure, it is still early days but the Fair moves back to Ragley next year (where James has already run one successful Game Fair), and I suspect the trade will continue to flourish with the help, and drive, of a very hardworking and dedicated team. The EU continues to influence the day-to-day business of the gun trade in the UK. The EU Regulation on deactivated firearms (2015/2403), which came into force in April 2016 is damaging the de-ac trade to the extent that some practitioners have already ceased trading. The new specifications for de-acs are, in some cases, more draconian than deemed necessary and, in other cases, not up to our own UK standards. The Home Office has bent over backwards to help but the EU Commission (and some Member States), are adamant that the standards must be applied. We must also not forget that an EU Regulation is direct acting and must be applied by all 28 Member States (MS). I cannot, and will not, speculate on what will happen when we leave. The same observation applies to the new EU Firearms Directive (2017/853). The Directive came into force in May 2017 and we, and the other MS, have varying amounts of time to transpose the legislation into UK law. The Directive (up until the time that we leave the EU), will have an effect on a number of issues which control our use of, and trade in, sporting firearms. Amongst other things: controls on magazines, data filing systems, dealers records, collectors, target shooters, medical information, controls on some semiautomatic firearms, marking, imitation firearms (‘replicas’), acoustic weapons, blank firers and alarm guns. We are also waiting, as a result of the Policing & Crime Act 2017, for updates on the Obsolete Calibre List, the definition of ‘antique firearms’, wording on Statutory Guidance, and a resolution of the question of fees for Section 5 Authorities, Licensed Clubs and Museums and I will keep you posted.
Umarex has acquired the first worldwide licence from the well-known Austrian weapons manufacturer, GLOCK, for the reproduction of its internationally recognised pistols.
Umarex is the world leader in licensed replica handguns. Eyck Pflaumer, managing partner of Umarex, said: “For years now, the trust between our two companies has been growing and we are looking forward to further developing this relationship with Glock.
From November onwards, gun fans will find the first replicas of these famous pistols in outdoor retail locations almost everywhere in the world.” Founded in 1963, Glock has been setting the global standard for handguns with polymer frames for decades. Particularly attractive for collectors, the license allows the replicas to carry the original markings and be marketed in authentic packaging.
Air Arms has unveiled its latest rifle – the S510 TDR. The eagerly awaited airgun can be broken down into three sections making it easy to transport and store. The S510 TDR is a full specification S510 sporting rifle and is fitted with many features that make this rifle a worldwide best seller. The TDR can be taken apart in a matter of seconds, and packed into its sturdy foam lined hardcase, which also allows enough room to keep a scope and moderator fitted. The S510 TDR is available in .177 and .22 calibres and also in a FAC variant. The airgun has an RRP of £889 and is available mid-October.
• Available calibres: .177 and .22
• 40 shot capacity both calibres (15 shot capacity FAC)
• Ultra lightweight
• Unique fast assembly & take down
• Multi adjustable trigger with safety
• Ambidextrous Walnut stock
• 10 shot magazine (2 supplied)
• Accessory rail
• Fully shrouded Lothar Walther barrel
• Smooth side lever cocking mechanism
• Built in power adjuster (FAC version only)
• Adjustable butt pad
• Supplied with Qtec moderator (where permitted)
• Clip retainer in stock to hold magazines
• 20 micron filter
• Built in manometer
• Weight inc. case 6.5 kgs
Steel shot shortage as China shuts down factories, more market shocks to follow as Government clampdown on pollution takes bite.
A shortage in steel shot could be the tip of the iceberg as the reality of China’s clampdown on pollution takes effect.
And with the stark reality that nobody knows how long factories will be shut down means price increases are highly likely across almost everything coming out of China.
T&G was alerted to the situation by Francesco Spilotros of Clever, Srl: “All the factories have been closed down by Chinese Government due to environmental regulations, in the attempt to solve the pollution issue, and we don’t know when they will be able to restart. This is causing a lack of steel shot on the market, and a big rise in price.” And inevitably he continued: "For this reason, we are obliged to adjust our prices to new Steel Shot quotations received.” Stephen Dales, owner of the Steel Shot Company, a leading supplier of steel shot to Europe, has confirmed the situation: “There is a supply glitch and it’s unfortunate that it has started right at the start of the game season.
However, we do have supply and we are fulfilling orders, albeit with a limited supply at the moment.
“I am told by our suppliers that this is a temporary situation. The factories have been shut down while they are audited by the Government. At this very moment I am awaiting news myself as to when they will reopen.” T&G spoke to a high profile agent in China, who for obvious reasons does not want to be identified.
He told us: “The Government is clamping down on pollution and really it has no choice. Some of the cities are so bad that people really cannot be expected to live there.
“What they seem to be doing is descending on a region and shutting all factories down. They are then audited and if they pass, then they can re-open.
“Ultimately, it looks like the Government wants to create industrial zones and all manufacturing will be moved to those. They are being pretty ruthless about this, and factories cannot re-open until they have cleaned up their act.
“Anything to do with steel, anodising, dying, metal production and electronics is very heavily affected and there will be major supply shocks in months to come – which inevitably leads to increases in price.”