ZINIO logo
Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter August 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.

Read More
United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
bouncing back

WHAT A PLEASURE it is to have more good news as the weeks and months roll by. Last issue I was celebrating the fact that we were finally able to get back out into the woods and fields with our airguns after a long and frustrating lockdown, and now the gradual return to normality continues as shops and ranges begin to open their doors again. Many outdoor ranges are back in action with social distancing measures in place to keep visitors safe. As I write, my local airgun range at Rifleman Firearms has been open for a couple of weeks. The team there, who have worked tirelessly to offer shooters a high level of protection, were pleased to report that plenty of their regulars have been getting back to their favourite…

1 min
the airgun shooter promise

AUTHORITY AIRGUN Shooter is written by air gunners for air gunners. 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…

3 min
gold rush

After its initial release, the Legends Cowboy Rifle quickly became a firm favourite with Wild West enthusiasts and garden plinkers alike. This rifle offers all the fun of a typical Western-style powder-burner, with a surprisingly high level of accuracy, and the highlight has to be its satisfying lever action that sends ‘spent’ cases flying. The original variant of this CO2-powered BB gun was offered in a distressed antique black finish, but Umarex now has three more options – these being a polished chrome, gold or blued action. Anyone who’s familiar with the Umarex version of the Peacemaker revolver, or the Colt Single Action Army to give it its proper name, will be pleased to learn that the blued finish on the Cowboy Rifle is a perfect match for the SAA. The version…

1 min
come & see the m&p

Smith & Wesson’s powder-burning M&P 9 M2.0 may be targeted at military and police personnel, but it attracts plenty of interest from civilian enthusiasts too, and airgun shooters have now been added to the list thanks to the new, fully licensed CO2-powered blowback reproduction from Umarex. The S&W M&P 9 M2.0 fires steel BBs and uses a drop-out magazine with a capacity of 18 rounds, which also houses the 12g CO2 capsule. The handgun features a realistic blowback action, and like the original pistol, there’s a Picatinny rail for accessories, as well as the ability to change the backstrap to better fit hands of different sizes. A medium backstrap is included with the pistol, with a full set of three sizes available to purchase separately. The S&W M&P9 M2.0 has a recommended…

1 min
born three

Swedish airgun manufacturer FX has released an updated version of the Wildcat, one of the main upgrades being the ability to run the new high-capacity Side-Shot magazine – the same system found on FX’s Crown and Dreamline rifles. The enhancements made to the Wildcat MkIII also affect the main action block, with the rifle getting a larger plenum for improved airflow and valving as well as a new rear power adjuster. The Wildcat MKIII comes in two configurations: the Compact with its 500mm barrel in.177 to.30 calibres and the Wildcat MKIII Sniper that houses a larger 300cc air cylinder and a 700mm barrel in.22 to.30 calibres. All rifles are fitted with a synthetic stock, with a Picatinny rail available as an optional extra. All Wildcat MkIII rifles and barrel kits ship with FX’s…

3 min
news in brief

SLING YOUR GEAR While a full-on backpack can be useful when out hunting or at the range, sometimes less is more, as proven by the EDC Sling Backpack from Helikon. This pack has a capacity of 6.5 litres and includes both a main and a concealed compartment. One of the front pockets is made of a special material that allows extra stretch when it’s needed, for example when storing a jacket. The second bigger pocket can be quickly accessed from the side by pulling the zipper, and there’s enough room for carrying items of kit such as pellets, magazines or shooting glasses. The Helikon EDC Sling Backpack is available in a range of colours and costs £51.90. Visit Military 1st (www.military1st.co.uk) to find out more. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS Ridgeline has brought out a brand new…