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Airgun Shooter January 2021

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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.
why we shoot

HAVING TO RETURN to lockdown over the past few weeks has probably given all of us time to think about how much we enjoy our shooting. Some of us have still been able to get out there to carry out essential pest control, and I know lots of people who are fortunate enough to be able to shoot in their gardens – just one of the great things about sub-12 foot pound airguns. But there will be plenty of avid airgun shooters who have had their shooting disrupted; ranges up and down the country have been forced to close and lots of people can’t venture out because they have to shield. Future Publishing, the owner of Airgun Shooter magazine, has just launched its Why We Shoot campaign, which has had all of…

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.
the thompson twins

From the St Valentine’s Day Massacre to the sands of Iwo Jima, the Thompson submachine gun has become one of the most recognisable firearms in the world, and two versions of this seminal shooter are now available from Umarex. The gun seen here is the M1A1 Legendary Black, which has a slightly distressed battlefield finish, but shooters wanting more bling for their buck can choose the Legendary Gold version instead. Both models are CO2-powered BB-firing blowbacks, while the vast majority of powder-burning Thompsons were chambered in .45 ACP, although some were converted to fire 10mm Auto for use with the FBI. Civilian and law enforcement versions of the Thompson could accept 20- or 30-round stick magazines, or 50- or 100-round drum magazines of the type usually associated with the mobsters of the…

1 min.
ruffled robin and pair of hares win big

A picture of mountain hares in the Cairngorms took top prize at this year’s Julian Gardner Awards for nature and wildlife photography. Jenny Hibbert won the adult category with her photo of the hares, while 16-year-old Katy Read scooped the prize in the junior section with a close-up of a robin with its feathers fluffed up against the cold. The Julian Gardner Awards are run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and are open to amateur photographers. Entries should relate to the GWCT’s research and advisory work, taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there as well as game animals, wildlife, their habitats and landscape. Jenny said of her photo: “It was taken in the Cairngorms in February at around 10am. It was…

1 min.
field target shooters back in action

East Devon Field Target Club held their first competition since the first lockdown, and though it had to be run according to government restrictions, it attracted plenty of shooters. The Max 80 FT Memorial Trophy was a day that offered decent weather, a perfect ground and good camaraderie amid like-minded shooters. The shoot consisted of two separate 40-target FT courses set out in the woods, and competitors had to shoot both, with the combined score counting towards the result. The competition consisted of FT, HFT and Open FT events, with the FT competition attracting an ex-world champion and a former European FT champion, as well as multiple South West champions. There was a wind in the woods, and this got stronger as the morning progressed, but the competition was still close. Andras Fekete-Moro and…

3 min.
the barn door

“A gold star for you, Jim,” said the marshal, “just for turning up. Grab yourself a bench, before they float away.” I gazed out over the range. It had never looked less inviting. The rain was hammering down, as it had been for the previous 12 hours. The metal targets dripped forlornly and some optimistically pinned-out paper benchrest sheets were dissolving and disintegrating before even a shot was fired. On one side of the range was a puddle so large it had a seagull on it. It was nearly nine on a Saturday morning and I was there for my hour-long pre-booked slot. Waking up 90 minutes earlier to hear the rain splattering against the window, I’d been tempted to go back to sleep. But I realised that if the club’s volunteer…