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Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter June 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

2 min
lockdown but not out

Well, things have certainly changed since the last issue of Airgun Shooter went to press. Four weeks ago we were pondering the implications that potential changes to the general licences and the possible phasing in of lead-free ammo might have on our sport. Now we can’t even leave our homes unless it is absolutely essential, let alone to head out shooting. As I write, we have been in full lockdown for over a week and, although it is frustrating not being able to get out onto our permissions, sitting tight is the right thing to do as it will reduce the spread of coronavirus and help to ease the mounting pressure on the NHS. I would urge everyone to keep up to date with the latest government guidance and stick to…

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…

6 min
field target a dabbling at the dib

For those readers who have been following my articles over the past few years, you will be aware that I have recently been spending much less time out in the fields shooting competition courses, but have been concentrating upon my new shooting passion, benchrest shooting with legal-limit air rifles, particularly at fifty yards plus. This has certainly resulted in me being enthused with the desire to organise suitable equipment and as necessary, to purchase high-magnification scopes that up until very recently have been superfluous for shooting Hunter Field Target, with this discipline requiring low magnification scopes with wide fields of view. The only actual, informal, competition I have shot at this range so far resulted in serious disappointment. All that this achieved was to make me even more committed to coming up…

9 min
release pen ratting

THE QUARRY BROWN RAT Rattus norvegicus PEST STATUS: This rodent spreads disease by toileting around stored crops, animal feed and drinking troughs. Rats also chew wires and burrow into banks or through walls. HABITAT: Rats are found in a wide range of habitats. Farms suit them well because they offer plenty of food and shelter. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rats breed rapidly, so populations can quickly spiral. My peak ratting season usually starts to tail off as spring unfolds, but that hasn’t been the case at all this year. Seemingly endless wet weather right through the winter pushed a huge influx of rats away from the open countryside and onto places where they could find food and shelter. The unseasonably mild weather also enabled the rodents to breed successfully right through the year, so I’ve been busier than…

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 dishes out some advice about whether you should carry on shooting using pellets you know have been damaged RAY GARNER RAY talks about getting your mitts on a target glove, and what alternatives to use if you aren’t quite ready to invest…

3 min

LETTER OF THE MONTH RECYCLE AND RELOAD I always look for any creative use of items for targets. Recycled cardboard is one of them. There’s loads in supermarkets, and if you ask them they will let you have some. You can customise them with stickers, dots and symbols of any colour, shape and size. It’s really good fun to make your own! Brian Saville, Halifax What a great way to get hold of some free custom targets. I’m sure plenty of readers will enjoy this tip and can maybe write in and share some of their own. TWO TWO FOR ME AND YOU May I give a response to Jim Old (The Barn Door) regarding his recent bout of calibre depression? It appears to me that .22 calibre gets a bad press, what with people banging…