CLA Game Fair preview: Who’s there?

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Companies exhibiting at the 2013 CLA Game Fair – and what they’ll be bringing

As well as the demonstrations and exhibits that delight the crowds, many fieldsports fans will be flocking to the CLA Game Fair to see the new products and technologies at the forefront of the country sports industry.

Perdix shotguns from William Powell will be on show, boasting fully side plated over-and-under actions machined from solid steel forging, while Browning will have its A5 semi-auto, offering the fastest and most dependable inertia-operated semi-automatic shots. The Beretta 692, meanwhile, is a competition shotgun created with Steelium Plus barrels and a wider receiver. You can also hope to see Beretta’s 486 side-by-side.

In the rifle department, Zoli’s Alpen is the company’s first bolt-action rifle to be launched in the UK. It has hand-cut chequering and a set trigger with ISS device. Another bolt-action, the Sauer 101 has Dura Safe, which prevents the rifle safety accidentally being taken off. Designed for precise, long range hunting, the S101 has a wide trigger and 2lb pull weight. CZ’s rimfire 455 SST has a thumbhole stock and single set trigger (SST). The .22 LR calibre rifle has a fluted barrel to allow heat to escape faster, and the SST lowers trigger pull from 1.5-1.8kg to 0.3-0.5kg. The Mauser M12 will make its UK debut, boasting six locking lugs and non-slip bolt to maximise its performance for hunters. Strasser rifles will get their first public airing through importer Sportsman Gun Centre.

Mauser M12

Completing our brief glimpse of some of the rifles in attendance at the CLA, Remington’s 783 will be making an appearance. It has a dual-pillar bedding platform that free floats the barrel for enhanced shot consistency. Remington distributor Edgar Brothers will be representing the ammo side of the rifle shooting market, too, with its .17 Hornet calibre and Remington’s Hog Hammer ammunition.

Also at the CLA will be footwear brand Chatham, with its range of country footwear for men and women. These include its men’s Orwell country desert boot, which is available in suede or leather, while in the ladies’ department, the comfortable, country boot, the Andalusia, is another popular choice. Chatham leads the line-up of the expected masses of clothing and accessories brands exhibiting at the fair, which is also set to include Harkila, Deerhunter, Barbour, the Really Wild Clothing Company, Croots and William Powell’s tweed line.

William Powell Perdix

Nightforce’s three new scope models will get their major unveiling to the UK public. There’s the Competition, a 15-55×52 target shooting scope; the BEAST, a 5-25×56 model marketed as a mil-spec option for serious shooters; and the ATACR, another 5-25×56 long-range scope with 34mm tube. Leica’s Geovid binos will get a public outing. Also in optics, Aimpoint has engineered an integrated mount for its Micro H1 to sit atop Blaser rifles.

Finally, NiteSite will not only have its spotter on display, but also the new versions of the original NS50 and NS200 units, with lithium ion battery. Air Arms will reveal its limited edition S510 air rifle and the FTP900 in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

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