Hunting & Fishing
Airgun Shooter

Airgun Shooter July 2019

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
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
airgun shooter

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 ROGER LAIT ROGER’S passion is Hunter Field Target, and he’s vice president of the WHFTO and captain of the British team CONTRIBUTOR JONATHAN YOUNG JONATHAN has a lifelong interest in shooting and weapons history, and loves both collecting and shooting airguns. 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.
general licence debacle

AS I WRITE, many of us are struggling to get our heads around when, how and if we will be able to continue with our shooting as usual. A challenge by Wild Justice, a group led by television’s Chris Packham, among others, has forced Natural England (NE) to revoke the general licences used for the control of pest birds including crows, magpies, rooks, jackdaws, jays, pigeons, feral pigeons and collared doves. The licences were revoked with around 48 hours’ notice, without consultation, and effectively made the shooting and trapping of these pests illegal. Farmers and pest controllers were left powerless as mobs of corvids pecked the eyes out of newborn lambs, and countless thousands of acres of cereal crops were decimated by woodpigeons. The move really couldn’t have come at a…

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…

1 min.
airgun shooter

Editorial Group Editor, Airgun Brands Mat Manning Editor-in-Chief Mike Morton mike.morton@futurenet.com Art Editor Steve Mumby Production Editor Elizabeth Wood Senior Art Editor Stephen Williams Contributors Simon Everett, Roger Lait, Andy McGarty, Andy McLachlan, Richard Saunders, Jonathan Young Photography Phil Barker, Olly Curtis, James Sheppard All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Senior Advertising Manager Toni Cole toni.cole@futurenet.com 01225 687368 Account Manager Callum Madden callum.madden@futurenet.com 01225 687436 Account Manager Chetna Shukla chetna.shukla@futurenet.com 01225 687429 International Airgun Shooter is available for licensing. Contact the Licensing team to discuss partnership opportunities. Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Subscriptions Email enquiries contact@myfavouritemagazines.co.uk UK orderline & enquiries 0344 848 2852 Overseas order line and enquiries +44 (0)344 848 2852 Online orders & enquiries www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk Head of subscriptions Sharon Todd Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions…

2 min.
meso-american marvel

Aztec has had a second focal plane 5.5-25x50 model in its line-up for some time now, but has just built a first focal plane version. This means the spacing between the aim points on the reticle remains constant throughout the entire magnification range of the optic, so there’ll be no difference in holdover and holdunder, regardless of what mag setting you’ve chosen. Aztec took on board some feedback from airgun shooters around the world when it built the FFP, which is part of the company’s Emerald series. It features extremely clear glass, and is capable of focusing down to 10 yards, making it perfect for airgun use. The saddle features low-profile tactical turrets that are easy to operate – just pull them up and adjust point of aim, then push them…

1 min.
key specs

MANUFACTURER: Aztec Optics UK DISTRIBUTOR: Xabla Accessories (www.xabla.co.uk) MODEL: 5.5-25x50 FFP PRICE: £549 TUBE DIAMETER: 30mm OBJECTIVE LENS: 50mm MAGNIFICATION RANGE: 5.5-25 RETICLE: DYND-1 (MOA) TURRET ADJUSTMENTS: ¼ minute of angle FOCUS: Side focus PARALLAX: 10 yards (nine metres) to infinity FIELD OF VIEW: 19.1yds to 4.2yds at 33yds (17.5m to 3.8m at 30m) EYE RELIEF: 3.54” to 3.94” (8.9cm to 10cm) LENGTH: 14.38” (36.5cm) WEIGHT: 25.4oz (720g) ILLUMINATION: Red and green, each with five levels of illumination RESETTABLE TURRETS: Yes FEATURES: Sidewheel, lens covers, sunshade…