22 March 2016 – Divisive shooting writer Mike Yardley has had an article published in the April issue of Sporting Shooter magazine.
The article is a review of the Benelli M2 semi-auto shotgun and was spotted by a Facebook user handed a copy of the magazine by a well-meaning friend. The user said: “I’m glad I read US gun mags and not this garbage.”
Yardley mostly comes to the attention of the shooting public for his divisive and prejudiced views of other shooting disciplines. He branded all service rifle shooters “selfish and weird” last year, adding that “the possession of such weapons [modern sporting rifles] panders to potentially unhealthy fantasy” before going on to welcome the upcoming EU gun ban with open arms.
He describes the M2 as “utilitarian” in appearance, which contrasts with his obvious dislike of similar modern sporting firearms used by target shooters.
It appears from the Sporting Shooter website that he is a regular contributor to their gun test and review columns. Despite his beliefs about people who enjoy other shooting disciplines than his own, Yardley has a wealth of knowledge about shotguns and shotgun technique.
Advertisers who wrote to Gun Mart last year asking for Yardley to be dropped as a columnist appeared to be successful.
Sporting Shooter is owned by Archant Community Media Ltd, a relatively large regional news and lifestyle magazine publisher. The Archant group has bought the i newspaper from Independent News and Media, which is closing down the Independent and Independent on Sunday as print titles.