Beretta’s Silver Pigeon V: Prestige and Performance

This prestigious over-under hunting shotgun is the pinnacle of the 687 line. Its action has a rich and deeply-textured color-case finish that is applied without altering the quality or strength of the metal. This color-case acts as the background for hand-inlaid gold game scenes on the sides of the action and a Beretta gold medallion underneath. The stock is of highly-figured select walnut, oil-finished and complete with a stock oval for the owner’s initials or family crest. The 687 Silver Pigeon V’s beauty is only matched by its performance on the field, giving hunters and shooters Beretta’s premium pointability, swing and balance.

Available with English (Straight) Stock and in Several Action Sizes

The Silver Pigeon V is available in a variety of configurations to match the tastes and the needs of the most discriminating hunters. It comes in a standard semi-pistolgrip stock, or with a nostalgic English (i.e., straight) stock for those wanting uncompromisingly classic looks. It is also available in three action sizes: 12/20 gauge, 28 gauge and .410. The scaled-down actions of the smaller gauges give the shotguns the premium look and feel of custom-made works of art, with their trim refinement and feather-light handling.

A Classic Choice for Hunting

This shotgun will shine in any hunting situation. This is because it is built on a receiver that is equally strong and low-profile. The 687 action has two conical locking lugs at mid-height, meaning that it will always lock up strongly and positively while not requiring the extra bulk and weight for a top locking lever. This further means that when you bring it up to the shoulder, the vertical distance between your eye and your supporting hand is minimized: this shotgun will follow your sight easily and instinctively. And in spite of its beauty, the 687 action is noted for its strength, so this is a shotgun that you can confidently pass down to the next generation of hunters.

Durable, Accurate Barrels

Available with 26” or 28” barrels, the Silver Pigeon V is a shotgun designed to last several lifetimes in spite of its lightness and fast handling. The chrome-moly cold-hammer forged barrels of the Silver Pigeon V are designed to take the punishment of heavy hunting loads without compromising in shot pattern and durability. Also, the forcing cone is elongated to provide less shot deformation and recoil, while the MobilChoke system is further designed to resist stress and ensure durability. A shotgun that will speak volumes about your taste, the Silver Pigeon V will also work hard as a trustworthy companion on you on your memory-making hunting adventures.

Yorkshires Top Twenty Shoots?

Historically, Yorkshire has always been known for its grand old houses, large estates and excellent grouse, partridge and pheasant shooting.

While some of the grand houses have disappeared and the estates may have become smaller and more diversified in their interests, the reputation of Yorkshire shooting has certainly not diminished.

In fact, along with some clever country tourism marketing, Yorkshire is once again heading up the “must visit” locations in the UK.

This author of this well written article has been tasked to identify the Top Twenty Shoots in Yorkshire. Good luck with that I say!

While few would argue that those shoots on the list deserve to be there, there must be an other twenty or so excellent shoots that are not. Excellent fuel for a pub fireside discussion.

The bottom line, Yorkshire is a shooting and fishing mecca. Make sure you try it out soon.

Cocking Shoot, Cocking West Sussex, Southern England

The Cocking Shoot on the scenic South Downs region of West Sussex has a reputation for high, fast flying pheasants (and plenty of them) as well as hospitality second to none.

The shoot’s rolling topography allows for the birds to be driven off the tops of high hills (hangars) over the Guns lined out in old disused quarry sites below. The result is quite challenging shooting. Many a good shot has left their delighted with their day, but pondering if the pheasants had not won the contest on a points decision.

Fly Fishing in Hampshire, England


Hampshire can rightly lay claim to having some of the very best chalk stream fly fishing in the UK.

It is here that the dry fly havens of the Rivers Test and Itchen flow.

As well as fantastic fishing, the region is stepped in fishing history. It was here that the “father of modern British fishing” Izaak Walton penned his classic book, “The Compleat Angler” in the 17th Century. For visitors on a fishing pilgrimage, Walton’s tomb is in Silkstead Chapel of Winchester Cathedral. Winchester is the county capital of Hampshire.

It was on the banks of the River Test that F. M. Halford refined his techniques and theories which modern dry fly fishing is based. G. E. M. Skues, also came up with the concept of nymph fishing on the Itchen.

Hampshire is a very picturesque county with lots of local attractions for all of the family. It is also home to many professional fly fishing tutors and guides who are just waiting to unlock the secrets of the chalk streams for you.

Deer Stalking in Wiltshire and Hampshire, England


Wiltshire and Hampshire in South West England are home to some of the best Roe deer in the UK and attract trophy hunters from around the world each year.

Other deer species available in that region include Fallow and Muntjac. Sika can also be found within certain areas nearby.

Deer can be hunted by either traditional ground stalking or from high chairs in the early morning or late afternoon.

Local deer stalking guides provide services for both novices and more experienced hunters.

Simulated Driven Pheasant Shooting


To prepare our clients for their mixed partridge and pheasant shooting days the team at Apsley Sporting gave them several flushes of quite high fast flying clays.

Very pleased to report that under some pressure and subject to some intense ribbing from our clients and the lads on the throwers, I was able to successfully demonstrate how to take high birds passing on the left and right.

And folks that is what simulated game shooting is all about. While providing a great medium to sharpen up your shooting skills prior to taking on live quarry, it is also a more relaxed environment where competition is encouraged and a sense of humour compulsory.