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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter April 2020

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
meet the team

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MIKE MORTON MIKE has been shooting air rifles and pistols for four decades, and loves target shooting, hunting, plinking and tinkering. CONTRIBUTOR RICHARD SAUNDERS RICHARD is a journalist, author and airgun hunter who’s been creeping about the undergrowth with his rifle for more than 30 years. CONTRIBUTOR KEV HAWKER KEV is an avid shooter and countryman, specialising in hunting and fieldcraft, with more than 40 years of field experience. CONTRIBUTOR ANDY McLACHLAN ANDY is the man to help you get a competitive edge. While he’s happy shooting HFT, he’s been taking on benchrest lately as well.…

2 min
gearing up for a busy year of airgunning

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR when we’re just about to see the raft of new kit that’s set to be unveiled as this year’s show season gets into full swing. Most of the big names in the industry have already given the shooting public a sneaky peek of what looks like being some amazing new releases, but as ever it’ll be a few months before this kit makes it into the shops. Thankfully, there is already plenty of cutting edge kit on the racks and on the shelves of gun shops up and down the country and we’re putting some of it to the test in this issue. Mike Morton has been lucky enough to get his hands on the Ataman BP17 Micro Bullpup from Sure Shot Airguns. I have only…

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
nice and smelly!

It’s been a bit of a long wait, but the production variant of Lee-Enfield (Guns) Ltd’s incarnation of the SMLE is finally here. The SMLE was an absolute icon of the First World War, being affectionately nicknamed the “Smelly” and the CO2 version of the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield is based on the Mk III* model that dates back to late 1915. We took a look at a pre-production rifle in detail back in Airgun Shooter issue 122, and noticed a couple of inaccuracies now fixed on production guns. These include the correct orientation of the oil bottle stowage cover cap and the correct use of slotted, rather than Phillips-head, screws on the butt plate. Well done Lee-Enfield (Guns) – the devil really is in the details! This BB-firer is a good facsimile…

1 min
it’s time to evolve

Ridgeline has launched the Evolution Smock, which according to the New Zealand based outdoor clothing company is its most advanced and feature-packed smock design to date. Ridgeline enlisted the help of some of the most active hunters in the UK and Europe to help develop this smock, ensuring it includes a host of hunting-friendly features, the most prominent of which is its length. This smock is super-long, making it great for shrugging off the worst of the weather when you’re mobile, and brilliant for keeping your behind nice and dry when you want to sit down. Apart from being waterproof, it’s breathable too, having a three-layer laminated shell with fully-sealed seams. It’s also lightweight and has adjustable neoprene cuffs as well as a removable and adjustable hood system, underarm zipped vents,…

1 min
use your head

Outdoor shooters and tradespeople have quite a lot in common – they both demand tough products that work as advertised and won’t let them down, and one great example of this is the Fenix HM61R industrial headlamp. With a fairly wide beam profile, the HM61R is ideal for close work at lower brightness settings yet can reach out much further at high levels of brightness. The HM61R can also be used as a regular torch if removed from its headband, and has both a pocket clip and a magnetic tail cap, enabling you to position the light for the best possible illumination. The lowest brightness level of 5 lumens is sufficient for work in very dark environments, and with a full charge, the HM61R will run for 12.5 days continuously! The torch…