CHRONO SPEED CHECK Four of the best, tested in full
SMITH & WESSON 586 worth £209
PAO F1 Formula One
HUNTING HUNTING MASTERCLASS
performance at a track day price
CORVID CRACKDOWN ■ Best way to pull in marauding magpies ■ When to blow the crow call of the wild ■ How to outsmart cunning corvids
FRIENDS REUNITED Mat steps out again
WINCHESTER REPEATED Not one, but two new break-barrels RIFLE SET-UP
TESTING ES M TI How to put your combo through its paces
with his very first PCP
Beretta 92 FS High-end CO2 fun from Umarex
ISSUE 121 June 2019 Meet the TEAM Editor-in-Chief Credit: NürnbergMesse
MIKE Morton Mike has been shooting air rifles and pistols for four decades, and loves target shooting, hunting, plinking and tinkering.
SPOILT FOR CHOICE
CONTRIBUTOR Richard Saunders
I honestly think that we’ve never had it so good as far as airgun hardware is concerned. Technological advances have taken airguns to a level that many of us could never have imagined just a few years ago — but it’s not just the high-spec, high-price gear that has progressed. There are lots of great new affordable air rifles out there, and a couple of hundred pounds should be more than enough to buy you an extremely capable and reliable airgun. Nowhere is the raft of new product releases more apparent than on the show circuit, and both February’s Great British Shooting Show at the NEC as well as last month’s IWA Outdoors Classics in Germany were awash with never-before-seen kit. BSA and their stablemates in particular have recently unveiled numerous new lines, from the flagship R-10 TH, through some very competitively priced Gamo PCP packages to the Winchester Model 55 and 55RS break-barrel springers that Mike is reviewing in this issue. And it doesn’t end there – we’ve also clocked loads of new guns from the likes of Daystate, Brocock, Umarex, Air Arms, FX, Zbroia and even Weihrauch’s first foray into the world of bullpups. On the ammo and accessories front, there’s also some really exciting stuff coming from JSB, Hawke, MTC, ATN and NiteSite, to name just a few. We’re busy lining up reviews to give you the lowdown on all the latest guns and gear as soon as we can, but in the meantime we’ve got a round-up of some of the new releases from IWA on page 11 to whet your appetite. The really great news is that now that the clocks have changed, we’ve all got an extra hour of daylight to enjoy midweek sessions after work rather than just being restricted to the weekends. The summer season is finally upon us, in daylight hours if not in weather. Get out there, shoot safely and enjoy yourselves.
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8 Zeroing In
Scope out the Hawke Airmax 30 and see the newest products from the IWA show. Don’t forget to check out the Northern Shooting Show and BASC and BSA’s multi-club contest
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28 Shooting Advice
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Issue 121 June 2019
Especially For HFT
Your regular guide to HFT and everything target-related!
54 Indoor shooting
Andy McLachlan reiterates the benefits of joining a target club and shooting inside
56 Winter wonderland On course for corvids
Mat hunts crows and magpies as they swoop in to feast
Andy shares his advice on the importance of using good weather to prepare for bad, and the benefits it can have for a shooter
the wolf 58 Joining pack Andy McLachlan tests out the newest addition to his litter
If you’ve got an itch to begin a new airgun collection or expand an existing one, what should you do?
Mat takes his Air Arms S400 out for a spin after years apart from one another
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74 Winchester Repeated
Mike Morton is busy testing out the Model 55RS and the hybrid 55
F1 First Focal 82 PAO Plane Rifle Scope
Mat checks the features of this new optic to see if it exceeds expectations
Beretta 80 Umarex 86 H&N Baracuda FT 92 FS This golden oldie is put through its paces, ensuring it’s a modern classic
Named after a sleek and deadly fish, these pellets are put to the test by preying on various targets
Umarex Beretta 92 FS The Beretta 92 FS is one of the company’s most successful handguns - does it still hold up?
Zeroing In KIT / News / People / events / insight
COMPACT TO THE MAX
Mike Morton takes a look through the Hawke Airmax 30 SF Compact – a small scope with big features and personality
ith advances in technology, the world is getting smaller – and that goes for airguns too. More bullpups and carbines are being made today than before, and that’s created a need for scopes that save on weight and size without compromising on optics or ease of use – scopes just like the Hawke Airmax 30 SF Compact, for example. The Compact is a new addition to the Airmax range. Seen here, the 3-12x40 is the smallest of the bunch, with an overall length of 277mm (10.9”) and a short eye relief of 76mm (3”). And, weighing in at 589g (20.8oz), this scope really does live up to its definition of ‘compact’ – it may be small, but it’s certainly mighty.
It uses what Hawke calls a wide angle optical system, which extends the field of view, and features a side-focus control for parallax adjustment down to an airgunfriendly nine metres (10 yards). The glass-etched reticle has six levels of red illumination, with off positions in between each setting. The resettable target turrets feature some purposeful-looking caps, and each click will adjust point of impact by 1/10 of a milliradian. The package also includes a fast-focus ocular ring, as well as a hightorque zoom ring. Hawke has fitted its AMX IR reticle to this second focal plane scope, which not only offers multiple aim points – useful when shooting our normal sub-12 foot pound guns with loopy trajectories – but crucially uses the milliradian system, which
matches the turret adjustments. Whole mildots are represented by a dot on the crosshairs, while the horizontal bars are graduated at 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 mil spacing. The hollow posts are segmented into mil spacing, to be used for bracketing. With its all-black build, shrouded turrets and restrained markings, there’s something elegant and stealthy about this particular scope. It’s rather like a black panther, promising strong features and performance. Will it deliver in the field? Well, let me find out and I’ll report back in a future issue.
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KEY Specs Manufacturer: Hawke (www.uk. hawkeoptics.com)
Focus/parallax: Side focus: nine metres (10 yards) to infinity
Model: Airmax 30 SF Compact 3-12x40
Eye relief: 76mm (3”)
Length: 277mm (10.9”)
Tube diameter: 30mm Magnification range: 3-12 Objective lens: 40mm Reticle: AMX IR The AMX IR glassetched reticle has half-mildot spacing on the lower post to provide increased aim points for longer shots
You can get some additional precision when adjusting parallax if you choose to use the press-fit sidewheel that’s included in the package
The Compact features tactical turrets that are protected by some chunky caps once the scope has been dialled in
Illumination: Red, with six levels of illumination
Weight: 589g (20.8oz) Features: Waterproof, shockproof, nitrogen-purged Rated for: All calibres
Both the windage and elevation turrets are clearly marked so you know which direction to turn them – each click will move your shot 1/10 milliradian
Zeroing IN News and More First impressions
Airguns on an international stage
Shooting shows don’t come much bigger than IWA Outdoor Classics. Here are just a few of the guns and accessories that raised eyebrows at this year’s four-day showcase in Nuremberg
Daystate had some exciting new guns on show, including the long-awaited Huntsman Genus. This very special commemorative PCP has been produced to mark the business’s 40th anniversary, and features an eye-catching Minelli laminate stock with fishtail chequering and inlaid medallion, a bronze Cerakote finish, Huma regulator and 0dB silencer.
Umarex Ruger 10/22
This is the new Ruger 10/22 from Umarex. Modelled on the classic sporting rimfire, this recoilless .177 calibre airgun runs on two 12g CO2 capsules and features a 10-shot magazine for quickfire fun on the range.
Auxiliary Ballistic Laser 1500
Night vision supremoes ATN have added a very neat laser rangefinder to their hi-tech line-up. The Auxiliary Ballistic Laser 1500 fits the company’s NV and thermal units, reads range from 5 to 1,500m in complete darkness – and can even be set to pair with the optics to automatically adjust point of aim.
Swat Prismatic Stoeger XM1 S4 Suppressor
Boasting styling and fast-handling along the lines of a shotgun, the Stoeger XM1 S4 Suppressor is an extremely versatile precharged air rifle. Features include a customisable stock with interchangeable cheekpiece, pistol grip elements, a Picatinny side rail, multi-shot rotary magazine and single-shot loading tray.
MTC’s new Swat Prismatic scope proved to be a real head-turner. Measuring just four inches from end to end, the high-quality, low eye-relief optic – which boasts 12x magnification – combines ultra compact proportions with a super-wide field of view.
GunPower continues to push the boundaries of high-power airguns, and the new 500lb-ft .45 calibre Texan LSS is equipped with an oversized sound suppressor to deliver stealth alongside extreme knockdown power. The moderator can be retro-fitted to existing models of the Texan.
The Hades is a hard-hitting pest control round from renowned Czech ammo company JSB. Based on the Exact Jumbo Heavy, the 16-grain .22 pellet combines roundhead precision with hollowpoint shock delivery, and is claimed to expand even at lower velocities.
New releases on the FX Airguns stand included the famous Impact in Mk2 guise. The updated model features numerous improvements, including internal refinements, larger manometers and a high-capacity Side-Shot magazine.
Anyone interested in shooting their own scope-cam video footage should check out the new attachment set-up unveiled by Eagle Vision. The customisable system enables you to look straight through the scope while recording the action through a sidemounted phone, camera or GoPro.
Ridgeline was showing off some great new garments that should be in the shops in time for autumn, including the all-new Evolution jacket. The full-length hunting jacket features seamless sleeves, a large, removable multi-adjustable hood, waterproof zips and much more.
V-Max Pistol S510 TDR XS
Award-winning British manufacturer Air Arms has improved on what was already regarded by many as the finest takedown air rifle on the market, launching an XS variant of the S510 TDR. The new high-power model features a regulator, soft-touch stock and adjustable power.
Powered by CO2, and available in .177 and .22 calibre, the V-Max pistol from Webley looks set to be a fistful of fun. The plinking pistol runs a multi-shot rotary magazine thatâ€™s indexed by a side-bolt action.
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