Airgun Shooter September 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
SPECIAL: Get 40% OFF with code: READ40
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a different tune

THE TUNING of pre-charged airguns is a hot topic. This area of our sport has rocketed in popularity as a result of the growing craze for slug ammunition. Slugs boast a very impressive ballistic coefficient, which opens up some interesting possibilities for airgun shooters who want to tackle targets at extremely long ranges. Slugs can be notoriously barrel-fussy and often demand very specific power delivery (usually at FAC levels) to achieve optimum performance. That’s where tuning comes in – it enables shooters to tweak their airgun’s power output to suit their ammo of choice. More pre-charged airguns are being designed to be easily tunable, but it has to be said that the practice still remains something of a dark art. I have spent many long hours on the range attempting to…

1 min
the airgun shooter promise

AUTHORITY AIRGUN Shooter is by airgunners for airgunners. Our team has decades of experience in everything from target shooting to hunting and is committed to bringing you the highest quality advice in print and video every month. PASSION WE are 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 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. INSPIRATION OUR mission is to maximise the enjoyment you get from shooting, so every issue is packed with new…

3 min
licensed to thrill

Umarex’s speciality is CO2-powered replicas, and its latest licensed handgun, the Smith & Wesson M&P45 M2.0, proves the company has this down to a fine art. It’s available in several calibres, including .45 Auto, hence the '45' in the designation. Umarex has visited the M&P before, the S&W M&P9 M2.0 being a BB-firing blowback, but this time round the gun fires .177 pellets through a rifled barrel, using the tried and tested eight-shot rotary magazine. Pellet length shouldn’t exceed 5.6mm otherwise the magazine may not cycle, but most domehead diabolos will work perfectly as long as they’ve been seated correctly. Once loaded, the magazine is slotted into the top of the pistol after the slide has been released forwards. Umarex has made the process of inserting the 12g CO2 capsule simple and doesn’t…

1 min
snakes alive

MTC Optics has added another telescopic sight to its snake-themed line-up, and this time it’s the King Cobra 4-16x50 F2. While its distinguishing features are its copper-coloured accents, including a front band, side plates and logo, airgun shooters will really appreciate its ability to parallax down to just 10 metres. In common with many other MTC models, the King Cobra 4-16x50 F2 comes with a set of magnetic flip covers, the rear one of which contains a 2x magnifier to help shooters read the parallax and turret verniers. The new 4-16x50 F2 is the first of a new premium line of King Cobra scopes being launched this year and has a suggested retail price: £330. Visit for more details.…

2 min
guns galore at wold farm

Wold Farm, which is renowned for its airgun shooting and fishing, has undergone a major refurbishment – and it’s marking the occasion with two open days where members of the public can come and have a look round for free. The open days are being held on the weekend of 14-15 August, and shooters will be able to see Wold Farm’s dedicated zeroing range as well as its multiple-lane plinking range with covered and uncovered firing points for sitting, standing, kneeling or prone shooting. There’s also a Woodland Walk Course, which offers a massive range of targets, plus an assortment of targets that have been set out on a lake. These move in the breeze, bringing a new challenge and dimension to air rifle shooting. And if you like what you see, Wold…

1 min
tactical trailblazer

Umarex’s Wild West-themed lever-action Legends Cowboy Rifle has been brought bang up to date with the release of the Cowboy Renegade. The new gun, which features the same realistic “spent” cartridge case-ejecting action, now wears a tactical black synthetic stock, a Weaver rail for fitting an optic such as a red dot or small telescopic sight, and a 1/2” UNF-threaded muzzle for attaching a moderator. The oversized big loop lever also features a paracord wraparound to provide extra comfort for the shooter’s fingers when the action’s coming thick and fast, but instead of smokeless cartridges, we’re talking about a rifle that shoots 4.5mm BBs propelled by two CO2 capsules. Our previous tests with the standard Cowboy Rifle showed it offered all the fun of a typical lever-action with a surprisingly high level…