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Buyers Guide – Semi-Driven Shooting

Article Date: Posted in Buyers Guides, Shooting and Guides

Semi-Driven Shooting
Semi-Driven Shooting is a fantastic sport and offers the best of both worlds! The shooting season runs from 12th August (‘the Glorious Twelfth’) to 1st February – beginning with grouse in August, followed by partridge in September and then pheasant in October. Generally Semi-driven days are either on the outer fringes of large driven shoots or are the main type of shooting for small local shoots. It is rare to have a semi-driven grouse day but sometimes this occurs in late autumn and can be combined with partridges and even pheasants. The beauty of semi driven shooting is that you can experience all the different types of shot in a day and you are never quite sure when the next shot will come.

If you are looking for some inspiration regarding some suitable shooting clothing – Jackets, trousers, breeks/plus fours, waistcoats, mid-layers, socks, wellington boots, hill boots and accessories, such as Cartridge bags and gun slips – then we have listed what we believe are some of the best options available to the shooting enthusiast.

Given that the season covers both warm and cold months we would recommend that you choose shooting clothing based on a layered approach as this will give you the most flexibility.

If you would like a more tailored service please do not hesitate to contact one of the Ardmoor specialists by email or phone.

 

Picking the right shooting jacket

It is vital that your shooting jacket keeps you warm and dry but also offers you maximum flexibility to ensure that your swing is not impeded! Modern materials ensure that shooting jackets are light (particularly when wet), tough and breathable. Other factors to consider in a shooting jacket are the pockets which should cater for both hand warming and cartridge storage. Examples of waterproof, breathable, durable, lightweight and flexible materials are Gore-Tex, Windstopper, Seetex, CTX, Thinsulate Platinum, Thermolite and Cordura – for more details on these different types of material please see our materials guide - all of which offer ideal protection and material breathability.

So what do we recommend? We’ve highlighted 5 of our favourites below:

For Men

For Women

For Kids

Harkila Frontier Gents Shooting Jacket
Harkila Frontier Gents Shooting Jacket 

Musto Keepers Gents Shooting Jacket
Musto Keepers Gents Shooting Jacket 

Seeland Woodcock Lady Shooting Jacket
Seeland Woodcock Lady Shooting Jacket 

Gumleaf Ladies Morston Shooting Jacket
Gumleaf Ladies Morston Shooting Jacket 

Alan Paine Rutland Kids Tweed Shooting Coat
Alan Paine Rutland Kids Tweed Shooting Coat

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Picking the correct shooting breeks and trousers

For semi-driven shooting we would recommend breeks (plus twos or plus fours) or trousers. Shooting breeks are more traditional and offer great warmth as well as being very practical and trousers are generally more waterproof. It is also worth mentioning that breeks tend to sit proud of the boot top which means rain water does not go down the inside of the boot. Based on a layered approach we would recommend a good pair of over trousers for the days of extreme conditions – additional protection against the cold and wet. We are pleased to recommend the following breeks and trousers:

For Men

For Women

For Kids

Seeland Woodcock Gents Shooting Breeks
Seeland Woodcock Gents Shooting Breeks 

Harkila Pro Hunter X Gents Shooting Trousers
Harkila Pro Hunter X Gents Shooting Trousers 

Hoggs of Fife Caledonia Ladies Tweed Shooting Breeks
Hoggs of Fife Caledonia Ladies Tweed Shooting Breeks 

Seeland Endmoor Lady Shooting Trousers
Seeland Endmoor Lady Shooting Trousers 

Seeland Eton Kids Shooting Trousers
Seeland Eton Kids Shooting Trousers 

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Picking the correct shooting waistcoat

A shooting waistcoat is ideal for semi driven days as in combination with a shooting jacket it offers you the layered option depending on whether you are walking energetically in search of the bird or standing still waiting for the driven bird!

A waistcoat can also offer extra pockets for storage of cartridges as well as the all important lunch, which can be very useful if you are walking a long way from vehicles.

Waistcoats are generally made out of tweed or a fleece. Tweed is a practical and heard wearing material that blends in with the surroundings and it also provides excellent protection against the unpredictable British weather! A fleece waistcoat has the benefit of being very easy to wash, a great benefit if your ‘immaculate’ gundog decides it is also a very comfortable bed after a long, hard, wet and muddy day in the field! Here are our recommendations:

For Men

For Women

Harkila Hurricane Waistcoat
Harkila Hurricane Waistcoat 

Seeland Trent Fleece Waistcoat
Seeland Trent Fleece Waistcoat 

Laksen Eden Ladies Shooting Vest
Laksen Eden Ladies Shooting Vest 

Alan Paine Stamford Ladies Quilted Waistcoat
Alan Paine Stamford Ladies Quilted Waistcoat

Alan Paine Duchess Ladies Waistcoat
Alan Paine Duchess Ladies Waistcoat 

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Picking the correct shooting fleece

The shooting fleece is probably the most flexible clothing ‘layer’. It has excellent heat retention versus weight and bulk and therefore adds warmth and comfort for a day’s shooting without restricting movement. There are various weight ratings (grams per square meter) applied to the material with 100 being lightweight and 300 being heavy weight (see our Fleece material guide for more information). It is also worth considering natural material vs synthetics. Marino wool and Bamboo are natural materials which are very well suited as a shooting layer of clothing – they uses moisture to retain heat in cold weather and helps moisture to evaporate in warm weather. Although natural materials tend not to dry quite as fast as synthetic they are more breathable and also odour resistant!

There are options for both full zip and half zipped fleeces – half zipped offer slightly higher thermal properties and a full zip offers additional flexibility in terms of cooling and access to internal pockets and items such as cartridge belts.

Check out our recommended shooting fleeces below:

For Men

For Women

For Kids

Pinewood NordKap Fleece Jacket
Pinewood NordKap Fleece Jacket 

Alan Paine Aylsham Gents Fleece Jacket
Alan Paine Aylsham Gents Fleece Jacket 

Laksen Puma Ladies Fleece
Laksen Puma Ladies Fleece

Seeland Diaz Lady Fleece
Seeland Diaz Lady Fleece 

Pinewood Nordkap Kids Fleece Jacket
Pinewood Nordkap Kids Fleece Jacket 

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Caps, hats and gloves for semi driven shooting

Caps and gloves are key accessories for driven shooting.

A cap or hat not only keeps your head warm and dry but also protects your vision when your line of sight is impacted by the low winter sun. A good pair of gloves should keep your hands warm and dry without restricting the feeling or movement of your fingers – Warm hands are key for enjoyment, performance and safety.

We’ve picked out some shooting caps, hats and gloves for semi driven shooting below:

For Men

For Women

Gumleaf Sandringham Tweed Cap
Gumleaf Sandringham Tweed Cap 

Sealskinz Shooting Gloves
Sealskinz Shooting Gloves

Alan Paine Compton Ladies Cap
Alan Paine Compton Ladies Cap

Pinewood Ladies Hunting Glove
Pinewood Ladies Hunting Glove

Hoggs of Fife Caledonia Ladies Tweed Baseball Cap
Hoggs Caledonia Ladies Tweed Baseball Cap

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Shooting Footwear

The importance of the correct footwear should not be underestimated for a days’ semi driven shooting. You will need a boot that helps you clamber across rough terrain as well as one that offers excellent support and stability while swinging through and shooting game. Footwork is key to a great shot and being able to move your feet quickly and with precision is very important. In the colder months well insulated boots are a great benefit particularly if you are standing for a period of time.

Shooting socks are a vital part of shooting clothing and a number of factors need to be taken in to account when selecting the correct pair. If wearing breeks then a long and thick pair of socks protect your lower legs from the cold. If on the moor be conscious of ticks and ensure there is no bear skin between the bottom of the breeks and the top of the socks! Shorter shooting socks can be worn with trousers but again ensure there is plenty of overlap between the bottom of the trousers and the top of the socks. Socks have numerous properties including, thermal protection, insect protection (ideal for grouse shooting), reduced friction to minimize blisters, waterproofing and tailored fit.

We’ve picked out some shooting footwear below:

For Men

For Women

For Kids

Harkila Forester Wellington Boot
Harkila Forester Wellington Boot

Harkila Mountain Hunt GTX 10" Flex Boot - Leather Upper
Harkila Mountain Hunt GTX 10" Flex Boot  

Harkila Staika Lady GTX 10" XL Insulated Boots
Harkila Staika Lady GTX 10" XL Insulated Boots

Harkila Lady Blenheim GTX 17" Boots
Harkila Lady Blenheim GTX 17" Boots

Seeland Allround Kid's 9" Wellington Boot
Seeland Allround Kid's 9" Wellington Boot

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Gun Slips

Protection from moisture and knocks are the key roles of a gun slip. The most common gun slips are made from canvas or leather but modern waterproof materials are also used. In both cases a soft thick lining like wool or foam is paramount to ensure the protection of the gun. You should also consider different types of zips, a gun slip with a full zip ensures it is easier to dry after a wet day’s shooting.

We’ve picked out some gun slips below:

Musto Canvas & Leather Gunslip
Musto Canvas & Leather Gunslip 

Croots Helmsley Tweed Shotgun Slip
Croots Helmsley Tweed Shotgun Slip 

Croots Rosedale Shotgun Slip with Flap, Zip and Handles
Croots Rosedale Shotgun Slip with Handles

Croots Rosedale Canvas Roll-up Shotgun Slip
Croots Rosedale Canvas Roll-up Shotgun Slip

Harkila Slip for Shotgun
Harkila Slip for Shotgun

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Cartridge Bags

A leather or canvas cartridge bag protects your cartridges from the elements and is a key piece of shooting equipment particularly drive shooting days. A good cartridge bag should last a lifetime and is often something that is passed down from one generation to another. Cartridge bags come in different sizes (capable of carrying 50, 75, 100, 150 12 bore cartridges), we recommend that a cartridge bag with the capacity for 100 x 12 bore cartridges is the most practical. For those of us luck enough to have a loader a cartridge bag with quick loading capability is the ultimate in luxury.

We’ve picked out some cartridge bags below:

Bisley Canvas Cartridge Bag
Bisley Canvas Cartridge Bag 

David Nickerson Cartridge Bag Economy Canvas
David Nickerson Cartridge Bag Economy Canvas 

Musto Canvas & Leather Cartridge Bag
Musto Canvas & Leather Cartridge Bag

Croots Byland Leather Cartridge Bag
Croots Byland Leather Cartridge Bag

Croots Helmsley Tweed Cartridge Bag
Croots Helmsley Tweed Cartridge Bag

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Cartridge Belts

Key equipment for rough and semi-driven shooting. Loading a shotgun form a cartridge belt is the easiest and quickest way to reload and it ensures the cartridges are the right way up when being put into the breach of a shotgun. It is a great way to carry 25 cartridges and if you are expecting to fire a few more you can always put a few in your pockets. An additional bonus is that the belt offers a method to carry birds and also attach dog leads. When sizing a cartridge belt it is worth considering that the cartridge belt can be worn either outside or inside a shooting jacket or other outer wear such as a shooting waistcoat or shooting fleece.

We’ve picked out some cartridge belts below:

David Nickerson Cartridge Belt Double Leather
David Nickerson Cartridge Belt Double Leather

Bisley Universal Cartridge Belt
Bisley Universal Cartridge Belt
 

Croots Malton Bridle Leather Cartridge Belt
Croots Malton Bridle Leather Cartridge Belt

Brady Cartridge Belt No.48
Brady Cartridge Belt No.48

David Nickerson Cartridge Belt Neoprene Camo
David Nickerson Cartridge Belt Neoprene

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Article Date: Posted in Buyers Guides, Shooting and Guides

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