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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter June 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

3 min
get ready for the northern

While the Northern has grown to be the largest combined indoor and outdoor show in the UK in just three years, airgunners have been at the centre from day one – and this year there’s even more. All the main manufacturers will be at the show in the exhibition halls, displaying their latest guns and new releases after their European launches at the IWA trade show in Germany, so you can expect to find some guns never seen before in the UK. This year, Umarex will be represented by Pellpax, with all models available to buy on the day. The manufacturers’ airgun ranges are just outside, so you can try the guns. On the optics side, Hawke, MTC Optics, Vortex and many more will be at the show over the weekend, and you’ll…

13 min
times testing

A shooting buddy recently asked me to run through the way we test the guns that land on our desks here at Airgun Shooter. My answer was simple: the same way we’d test our own guns or those we’re helping a friend to set up. But what exactly do we do? I went on to explain to him the various steps we take, and thought it might be useful to do the same here. The method I’ve illustrated represents one way to test a rifle, but it’s certainly not the only way. However, it is quite thorough, and it does offer the chance to see exactly what each rifle is capable of. I’ve used a PCP to illustrate the process here, but the procedure for a springer or gas-ram is largely…

4 min
pellet test baracuda bites back

H &N spent a long time developing the Baracuda FT, with pre-production samples being tested extensively by shooters in a number of different countries. With their reports handed in, the H&N Baracuda FT was refined and is now in production, being offered in a choice of two head sizes. While it’s marketed as a Field Target competition pellet, this domehead diabolo is well worth considering for hunting and other types of competition as well. The shape of the Baracuda FT is in part inspired by the company’s stalwart Baracuda Match, with a more pointed head than usually found on a typical domehead. The lead alloy used to make these pellets is relatively hard, which does help protect them during transit and storage, but hard pellets sometimes don’t flare to fit the bore…

9 min
airgun answers

STRUGGLING with a scope? Having hassles with your hunting? Well, don’t despair because you’ve arrived at the right place to discover remedies for your airgun anxieties! Whether you’re looking for a quick fix to a nagging problem or simply want advice on your next piece of gear, email us at airgunshooter@futurenet.com or write to us at the address below: one of our experts will soon get you on the right track! Airgun Shooter, Future Publishing, Units 1 & 2, Sugarbrook Court, Aston Road, Bromsgrove B60 3EX MEET YOUR TEAM OF AIRGUN ADVISERS MIKE MORTON MIKE muses on magazine jams, the term ‘tactical’ and the pros and cons of using a bore brush and rod to ensure your gun is clean. SIMON EVERETT SIMON speaks on the subject of sound moderators and how the addition of a calibre-specific…

8 min
reunited friends

For those of us who have been shooting for any amount of time – and in my case it’s well over three decades – there will no doubt be numerous guns that have come and gone over the course of those years. We probably parted company with some of them for good reason – most often to move on to something better – but many of us can probably think of at least a couple of guns that we should have thought harder about letting go of, and now regret doing so. Parting with my first airgun – a second-hand Webley Vulcan which was handed down to me by my uncle when I was about 10 years old – was a mistake that taught me to think very hard about selling guns…

5 min
reader ads

WANTED: Webley Alecto pistol and Anics CO2 pistol or similar. Perfect. Peter Arguile (Loughborough). Tel: 01509 239546 FOR SALE: Very heavy gauge steel double gun cabinet. Hasp and staple locking. Ideal for bolting to bed of pick-up or van or car boot. Fixing included. £25 ono. Alan Anderson (West Lancashire). Tel: 07753 492111 FOR SALE: Daystate Griffin .22 cal. Silver/Black laminated stock. Ten months old. All paperwork, but no box. Genuine sale. Gun only. Cost £1,400. Accept £850. No offers. For more details telephone Tony Litchfield (Nottingham). Tel: 01159 844761. FOR SALE: HW 95 Luxus .177 with silencer, Hawke 3-9x40 scope and sling fitted. As new – fired 10 shots. Bad health forces sale. Buyer collects. £220. Barry Sheard (Lancs). Tel: 01942 891252. WANTED: Webley & Scott AX50R pre-charged eight-shot in .177 or .22.…