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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter September 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

2 min
united we stand

I WAS HOPING not to have to write about any looming threats to our sport for a while, but shooting is under attack again. After wreaking havoc in the countryside by lodging a legal challenge that forced Natural England to revoke general licences used for the control of pest birds for almost two months earlier this year, Chris Packham and his Wild Justice friends have turned their attention to game shooting. The crowd-funded campaign claims the Government could be breaching the EU habitats directive by failing to carry out an investigation into the impact of the release of game birds into the wild. This looks very much like another veiled attack on the whole shooting community, and we seem to be well past the thin end of the wedge. Those who oppose what…

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…

3 min
unleash hell!

There are times when shooting from a hide or setting up an ambush off a bipod are the perfect way to bag your quarry – but there are plenty of other occasions when you’ll need to stay mobile and go on a roving hunt. And it’s at times like these that carrying a rifle that’s a little shorter and a lot lighter than the norm really is a bonus. Rifles like the GunPower HellCat. GunPower is probably best known for the Stealth – a single-shot, takedown PCP that has a rear-mounted buddy bottle acting as both butt and cheekpiece. But there are no fewer than eight iterations of the base rifle, even including a target gun. The HellCat is one of these variants, and this is very much a lightweight hunter,…

1 min
news in brief quick shots...

GOING FOR GOLD A new type of ammo that’s been specially designed to complement the steel BB-firing version of the Lee-Enfield SMLE has been unveiled by The Shooting Party. Lee Enfield BBGold precision-ground 4.5mm BBs weigh 4.7 grains, and are copper-plated during production to provide optimum corrosion resistance and give them their ‘gold’ colouring. They are supplied in transparent tubs that are both child-proof and spill-proof. BBGold are highly consistent for weight and size, and while they make the perfect companion to the SMLE, they can be used in any BB gun. Lee Enfield BBGold ammo has a suggested retail price of £9.99 per tub of 1,500. For more details, contact The Shooting Party (www.shootingparty.uk) on 015 4348 0361. GO INTO ACTION WITH THE WARRIOR Shooters looking for a pair of high-performance boots that can take…

1 min
age of empires

Umarex’s 850 Air Magnum is a CO2 multi-shot rifle that offers full power (sub-12 ft-lb) and is big on quality and performance, making it a hit in the garden, on the range and when shooting vermin at close quarters. The Air Magnum has now received a 2019 upgrade in the shape of the 850 M2. It’s available in .177 or .22 as a multi-shot and is powered by an 88g CO2 canister, although an adapter is available for shooters preferring to use two 12g CO2 capsules instead. This updated rifle features a new and improved synthetic stock, with an adjustable cheekpiece, a metal eight-round magazine (as opposed to plastic) and a brand new oversized bolt handle. The 850 M2 is available as the Empire Kit, with a recommended retail price of £450. This…

1 min
davros exterminates inaccuracy

Spartan is best known for its Javelin bipods that can be attached to a rifle with a magnetic coupling, but the company has now given shooters the ability to use the same quick attach/ detach system for a whole range of shooting sticks or tripods. The Davros Head creates a secure anchor point between the rifle and the sticks, and offers a large range of articulation from its friction-adjustable ball joint, making it suitable for shooting over uneven terrain. It’s a straightforward retro-fit to the existing 3/8” UNC threads that are found on many tripod systems, but there’s also an adapter that converts it from a 3/8” to a 1/4” fitting, as used on the Primos Trigger Stick seen here. It simply screws onto the tripod, immediately converting it for use with…