Mike George

Mike George

Mike was a country sports journalist for more than 50 years, and a shooting enthusiast for longer than that. He edited the first issue of Sporting Gun, and founded Target Gun, a magazine for rifle and pistol enthusiasts. He studied mechanical engineering, and was the author of two books: Metalworking – a Manual of Techniques, and The Shotgun Handbook.

He died in 2018 and this valued contributor will be sadly missed.

pigeon shooting guns

Despite modern techniques, the archaic system for setting bore sizes is still in evidence today. Lewis Potter traces the evolution of shotgun measurement

explaining shotgun bore sizes

What should you do if you want to buy a shotgun which will be used mainly for vermin control (pigeons, crows, magpies and rats), together with rough shooting and the…

AYA No. 1 shotgun

AYA is based in the Basque Country of Northern Spain – an area that has been producing guns for hundreds of years. It makes many different guns – side-by-sides and…

A real Baikal shotgun

I've inherited one of those Baikal shotguns with a selective trigger, but I'm darned if I can get it to work!

lightweight 12-bore shotguns

“I have turned 70 and, although I can still walk fair distances, the 8lb Sporter I use for all of my shooting has become rather too heavy. I am therefore…

second-hand gun for £1000 Beretta

Mike George’s buying advice for a second-hand gun for £1,000 The most common request I get from readers is advice on buying a first gun. It’s also one of the…