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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter May 2019

Airgun Shooter is your complete guide to getting the very best out of yourself and your guns - while enjoying every minute of it. Whether your passion is hunting, target shooting or plinking, we've got you covered. We also bring you the toughest tests around, plus the very best gear reviews, tips and techniques.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
it’s showtime

IT HARDLY feels like any time has passed since we were celebrating the turn of the year, and yet show season is already in full swing. As I write, the Great British Shooting Show has just passed, I’m about to pack for the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, and then it’s my local West of England Game Fair the following weekend. The Great British Shooting Show really has gone from strength to strength since its move to the Birmingham NEC last year. Everyone who’s anyone in the shooting industry now seems to consider the event an absolute must, and the result is a bustling show with lots of great new gear and loads of brilliant deals for punters. We’ve pulled together a round-up of some of the exciting new kit…

1 min
the airgun shooter promise

AUTHORITY AIRGUN Shooter is written by airgunners for airgunners. Our team has decades of combined experience in everything from target shooting to hunting and is committed to bringing you the highest quality advice around in print and video form every month. PASSION WE are absolutely obsessed with airguns and we love writing about them. We’re here to share our knowledge with you and focus on helping you become a better shooter, and we hope you’ll share your knowledge and expertise with us, too! INDEPENDENCE THE views you read in Airgun Shooter are entirely our own, which means you can trust every word you read in these pages. We’ve built up reputations from years in the field, we’re not prepared to pull any punches when it comes to telling you what’s hot and what’s not. INSPIRATION OUR mission…

2 min
the talos principle

“IF YOUR SHOT IS FALLING HALF A MIL LOW, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU’LL NEED TO ADJUST UP BY FIVE CLICKS” First focal plane telescopic sights are on the rise. They’re a bit like bullpups in many ways: some shooters view them as being fickle and fanciful, while others find them to be flexible and fantastic. But again like bullpups, they’re here to stay, with the Talos BTR 4-14x44 from US company Athlon Optics being a great example of the latest breed. The Talos BTR 4-14x44 is a bit of a Goldilocks scope, being not too long at 12.9 inches (32.8cm), not too big with a 44mm objective lens, and offering a useful magnification range from 4-14x that’s just right for most applications. It has side focus parallax adjustment and an illuminated reticle, and…

1 min
key specs

MANUFACTURER: Athlon Optics (www.athlonoptics.com) SCOPE SUPPLIED BY: Rifleman Firearms (www.riflemanfirearms.com) MODEL: Talos BTR 4-14X44 FFP IR-MIL PRICE: £300 TUBE DIAMETER: 30mm MAGNIFICATION RANGE: 4-14 OBJECTIVE LENS: 44mm RETICLE: APLR2 FFP IR MIL ILLUMINATION: Red, with 11 levels of brightness EYE RELIEF: 3.23 to 3.15 inches CLICK VALUE: 0.1 milliradian ADJUSTMENT RANGE PER ROTATION: Five milliradians TOTAL ELEVATION ADJUSTMENT: 20 milliradians TOTAL WINDAGE ADJUSTMENT: 20 milliradians TURRET STYLE: Exposed PARALLAX ADJUSTMENT: Side focus – 10 yards to infinity PURGING MATERIAL: Nitrogen LENGTH: 32.7cm WEIGHT: 669g…

2 min
guns and gear on show

BROCOCK PATAGONIA Terence Logan of Brocock with the new Patagonia edition of the Bantam. A tricked-out version of the PCP was used by Claudio Flores of Patagonia Airguns to win the 2018 Extreme Benchrest title, and the new gun features those world-beating refinements. Visitors were also able to see the new laminate stock for the Bantam HR. Made by Minelli, the elegant new handle completely transforms the gun’s looks. WALTHER REIGN The new Reign from Walther looks set to make a serious impression in 2019. Bevin Lesueur of Umarex, pictured, said the lightweight bullpup combines affordability with a raft of innovative features. BSA R-10 TH One of the biggest head-turners on Birmingham gun-maker BSA Guns’ stand was the R-10 TH. Produced to mark 10 years of production of the iconic PCP, the new edition features…

1 min
i wish i was normal

When meeting people, I never hide the fact that I shoot and hunt. In fact, I often make a point of specifically mentioning it so that I can promote the sport, show non-shooters how great it is, and potentially introduce them to shooting or eating wild game. But I recently read of one doctors’ surgery charging £200 for an FAC letter – not because of the man-hours involved, but because the surgery thought people should not be shooting. I also recently met the mother of one of Scotland’s top pistol shooters, who could not persuade the village hall committee to let her set up a shooting club. And she was on the committee itself! I’m sure we’ve all experienced at least some sort of negative attitude from other people when we’ve been…