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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter July 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

7 min
gun test ultimate refinement

The Air Arms S510 Ultimate Sporter is widely regarded as one of the best airguns out there and, as someone who shoots one regularly, I wouldn’t argue with that. Setting out to improve on this already excellent airgun is, therefore, a brave move, but the British gunmaker has certainly managed to hit the brief with this proven rifle’s newest incarnation. The new variant is the Ultimate Sporter R, and that ‘R’ stands for regulator. It’s worth pointing out that the original model is extremely consistent, but there is a distinct trend at present for regulated guns that maintain super-consistent power right through their charge. The regulator on the Ultimate Sporter R has not simply been added for fashion’s sake, though, and the power curve-free shooting it delivers really does nudge this awesome…

1 min
sling up your smelly

The SMLE will take either a genuine First World War webbing sling or Lee-Enfield (Guns) Ltd’s 1913-stamped reproduction. Either way, the sling needs to be fitted the correct way round for both the shooter’s comfort and to protect the woodwork. Thread the brass tip of the sling through the swivel from the outside in – it may feel more natural to fit it from the inside out, but this will orientate the sling the wrong way round. Hook the lugs over the webbing one at a time, so the hooks are lying on the outside of the sling and away from the woodwork, rather than facing inwards where they could dig in. Adjust the tension in the sling by sliding one set of lugs over the strap. Wartime photos show adjustments being made…

8 min
two two or not to?

Like many shooters of my generation, I was brought up on rifles with a calibre of .22 (5.5mm.) This was the chosen pellet of choice for all things, from destroying old plastic Airfix models on a hastily arranged garden range to eventually setting out on some early hunting trips in search of rabbits and pigeons. The guns we had available at the time were mostly products of well-known gun manufacturers such as Webley and BSA, as the German stranglehold on good quality spring-powered rifles was yet to take hold in my early shooting days. Not that the Germans didn’t hang about, mind! My friends and I would happily plink away for hours until it either went dark or we ran out of pellets. The pellets of choice were usually boxed Marksman or…

1 min
dragon field sports

How did you get started and why? My Dad started selling air rifles. We were running another business and noticed the demand was high, as there wasn’t another seller in Wrexham, so we opened a dedicated shop, which I now run with my sister Sarah. Did you shoot before opening the shop? I’ve always shot and had a gun since the age of 12 when my Dad bought me a BSA Supersport. I also used to shoot at school and university. These days, I’m usually out with my trusty Air Arms S410 FAC for rabbits and squirrels. Sarah shoots mostly targets, or plinks with her teenage sons. What trends are you currently seeing? I’m noticing in air rifles that it’s either the high-end expensive air rifle or the cheaper packages that are selling – the…

8 min
gun test reborn a legend

British and Commonwealth forces were armed with one of the best bolt-action battle rifles of the first half of the 20th century – the Lee-Enfield. Although the rifle is still in use in some parts of the world today, it’s more closely associated with the First and Second World Wars, with the most iconic of the WWI variants being the SMLE, affectionately known as the ‘Smelly’. SMLE stands for Short Magazine Lee-Enfield, ‘Short’ referring to the length of the rifle compared with earlier Lee-Enfields, and ‘Magazine’ to denote it had a magazine that was detachable and could either be single-loaded or speed-loaded with two five-round stripper clips. With a high level of engineering and a high rate of fire, the SMLE really was a great rifle for the Great War, and…

1 min
legal eagle

Q If an air rifle is made and sold as an FAC gun and is subsequently reduced in power to under 12 foot pounds (in this particular case by bleeding the gas ram), can it now be owned and sold as a legal-limit gun? A In most cases the answer is no. The wording of Section 7(2) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 is complex, but in essence, once air weapons are prescribed as ‘specially dangerous’, they cannot be back-converted, and remain in their relevant categories (ie Section 1 & 5) regardless of what is done to them other than deactivation or destruction. The only exception is for airguns (smoothbore air weapons) or for air rifles, which have barrels in excess of 24 inches in length. These are the only types of…