• Posing with my bull, my largest animal with an airgun

    Blue wildebeest taken with Seneca Dragon Claw and .50 caliber AirBolt

  • Jim's Texas Hog and AOA Bushbuck

    DAQ .457 used to take a nice warthog in South Africa

  • Follow Up Iguana Hunt in Puerto Rico

    On a fox hunt with a .30 caliber Rainstorm

  • Ataman M2 .30 out for Springbok

    Long range prairie dog shoot in Arizona, with small bore pcp's

It started with a brief chat on the Hatsan booth at the SHOT Show last January. That’s where I first saw the New Hydra rifle, and was impressed with its most unique feature, a fast change barrel/receiver assembly that allowed caliber to be swapped without a need to re-zero the scope! I had a couple days to spare and decided to head back out to South Dakota to go airgun hunting with the new Hatsan Hydra .25 caliber. This rifle is based on the proven Flash platform, which I’ve has first hand experience with on my iguana hunts in Puerto Rico as well as some general small game hunting over the few years. One of the things that sets this rifle apart is the incorporation of Hatsans Versi-Cal multi caliber barrel system, which allows the shooter to select either .177, .22, .25, or an arrow barrel. But te thing that is unique is that it is the entire receiver and barrel unit that is swapped, so that the scope mounted on the gun is left mounted to the receiver when the assembly is removed or replaced. The gun is packaged so the airgunner can opt only for the calibers they want. For instance, as a multi species hunter I might opt for the .25 caliber model as my preferred small game set up, and get the arrow barrel so that I could hunt pigs or javalina with the same rig. Easier on the pocket and less gear to deal with.Read More →

Hunting is slowly getting underway for me after a couple months of lock down and not much shooting. I was in Texas for jackrabbits and predators last month, South Dakota for prairie dogs a couple of weeks ago, and was awaiting the opening of squirrel season in Sept for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Then while doing some online research it came to my attention that both Nebraska and Illinois seasons open in August! So I started doing my online research in earnest, and found a state wildlife area in Nebraska that according to the posts I could find, is said to have good squirrel populations. So I am off, my non-resident license is about $90.00, and the place I found is a five hour drive. I’m going to get there the day before season and then hunt the next 2-3 days. A lot of times for short overnight trips, I just throw a mattress and sleeping bag in the back of my Outback, and sleep there. No set up time, flexible as to where I lay my head, and comfortable enough for one night. But on this trip I’ll be hunting for 3 days and sleeping out 3 nights, and don’t think the back of my car is going to do it! To this end, I’ve decided to set up a small game tent camp. I actually have been collecting car camping gear to use with my boat while out fishing, but I think it will work great on this trip.Read More →

I’ve always enjoyed lever action guns, and when I was young just about shot out the barrels of my Marlin .22 and later Marlin .357 lever action powder burners. So it follows that the Seneca EagleClaw would resonate with me! I’ve been using the lever action Seneca EagleClaw for almost a year now, having brought it to the mountains of Arizona after Aberts squirrel, then on a few more squirrel hunts around the Midwest before the end of season, and for prairie dog in South Dakota. From the squirrel hunts and range time I knew the rifle delivered a punch and had good accuracy, but it was on the prairie dog hunt I came to appreciate not only how intrinsically accurate the gun is, but also how stable and well designed the stock is for long range shooting in the field. I didn’t have much time before I needed to get back on the road, but before going out shooting wanted to check the zero. It was printing cloverleaf groups at 50 yards, a bit high and to the right. I determined that the lean to the right was caused by the constant stiff breeze that was blowing so didn’t mess with it. The gun was zeroed at 80 yards which is why it was hitting high, and I left that as it was as well. The action is cycled with a lever action that has a short and smooth travel, and I’ve found the reliability of the 8 shotRead More →

I had a last minute opportunity to hunt some problem pigs, only problem was I was already supposed to be on my way home! I was down in central Texas to do some small game hunting, when an acquaintance I met through one of my friends told me that he had lots of pigs on his property and they were making a mess of his deer feeders. He told me I was welcome to come shoot some if I wanted. The problem was, as it often is, time. I’d already been in Texas for a few days and I needed to get back to work, however, I could get in an afternoon hunt if willing to drive all night to get home on time. I showed up at the gates to the ranch early on the afternoon of my planned departure. It had been raining and looked like it might do so again. I followed a hand sketched map I’d been given and quickly located a couple deer feeders, and one was covered in hog prints. I settled in behind a pile of bulldozed mesquite at about 3:30, and started my wait. The gun I had with me was the AirForce Texan .457, and this line of rifles has done well for me. I’d brought the gun along as an afterthought since my primary goal was small game However, I thought I’d use my downtime to sight in the Texan and play around with a few different bullets. In theRead More →

I was on my way back from a hunting trip, when a friend invited me to stop by his property to shoot a pig. Luckily I had my Texan Pig Rig with me! I was on my way back from South Texas where I’d been hunting javalina and predators when my friend Shawn invited me to stop by one of his properties. He was out of state, and asked me to top off the deer feeders, and feel free to shoot any pigs if I saw them. My drive home to Minnesota would be delayed for a day, and out of nowhere I was on an airgun pig hunt with the Texan .357 big bore air rifle. I’ve taken a lot of game with the Texan over the years, and it’s served me well in all its many caliber versions, I am particularly fond of the carbines. My gun was pre-carbine era, but it was cut down and recrowned by Edwin at Airguns of Texas, and is a compact (without the suppressors) or very quiet (with the suppressor) rifle. I’ve been frequently asked if I would recommend the Texan, and what I think about AirForce as a company. The short answer is that, yes, I put these guns on my short list of production big bores. I think the Texan is a very good big game rifle. It is powerful, can be accurate once dialed in, and is modifiable with a lot of after market accessories. I think there areRead More →

I’m getting ready for a prairie dog shoot in South Dakota next week, and one of the guns I’m taking along is the Air Venturi Avenger. Had a real surprise getting the rifle prepped for the trip! I don’t know why I haven’t seen the Air Venturi Avenger…… I have a great relationship with the team and speak with them on a regular basis, but this rifle never came up until a call last week. In mentioning that I’d be doing some long distance shooting and needed accuracy, consistency, and power, they asked if I’d seen anything on their Avenger platform. I’d seen a few videos and read the specifications, but hadn’t used it. They offered to rush a .25 caliber version to me, and true to their word, it arrived yesterday afternoon. I’m leaving tomorrow, so don’t have a lot of time to work up the rifle, that will come later. I’ll do a full review while on this trip, as I’ll have a range available. But I also wanted to slap a scope on and get some idea of what could be expected of the Avenger. I drove to a vacant field near my house, sighted the rifle in at 25 yards to get it close, moved the target to 85 yards and made a couple of adjustments, then shot a 5 shot group off the hood of my car. Let me first comment on an initial impression of the shooting characteristics of the rifle. The stock isRead More →

I’ve had my Crown for a couple of years now, and it has stayed at the top of the list as a rifle I turn to for the big hunts! The FX Crown is advertised as being Airgun Royalty and said to incorporate much of the innovative technology this company brings to the market. The rifle utilizes the FX Smooth Twist X Barrel and Interchangeable Barrel Liner System, which is an accurate configuration in all its many caliber options. And that another thing I like about this rifle, is that it is multi caliber. The crown comes in .177, .22, .25, and 30 calibers, and the barrels are quite simple and quick to change out. My gun has the .25 and .30 barrel, which provide 16 and 13 shots respectively. The rotary cassette magazines are proven, and are reliable and rugged, I’ve shot several tins of both calibers at this point in time, and have not recorded a single jam or misfeed. The stock on my gun is the synthetic (also comes in a laminate and walnut version), and has received the Airguns of Utah camo dip, which is a brilliant finish. They’ve done a couple of my rifles and it is a fantastic job, one of my favorites in a fairly extensive collection of hunting rifles! The trigger on the crown is also impressive, it’s an adjustable match specification and breaks like the proverbial glass rod, The gun utilized a 480 cc removable carbon fiber tank, that fill toRead More →

I give a quick overview on shot placements I use when rabbit hunting Even though jackrabbits (actually a hare not a rabbit) are quite large, they are not too difficult to kill. As a kid I used to shoot them with a .177 Crosman pump rifle, and by choosing the right shot placement and range these 16 fpe rifles would do the trick. Following are a few photos I’ve taken during my hunts, some of these rabbits I shot after the photo sessions, others I left alone. I’ve put a dot to show the shots I would take if presented the opportunity, and you will note that I often have both a chest and a head option to choose from. I think both head shots and body shots work fine, and either may result in a rabbit dropping stone dead. However, head shot jackrabbits often flop and roll as the nervous system shuts down, and can be quite bloody. Body shot rabbits will often run a few yards then drop over dead. I don’t believe that either in intrinsically more or less humane, and both result in a clean kill. The hunter needs to decide what their capabilities are, as a rule of thumb, with any given rifle your maximum distance will be defined by how far you can reach out with a consistent 5 shot 1” group. That might be 30 yards, or it might be 50, be realistic in assessing your own capabilities. And remember to test youRead More →

I’ve taken a lot of North American and African Game with arrow launching airguns. On this hunt, one of my favorite standard airguns for small game and predator hunting, gets a new accessory….. the FX Arrow Barrel! My regular readers and video viewers know that I have a strong affection for my FX Crown, and I have been using both the .25 and .35 calibers a lot. A while back I received the arrow barrel, and outside of some range shooting had not yet had a chance to use it. A rancher I know, manages his deer herd for quality animals, and unlike many landowners strives to keep a balanced buck-to-doe ratio. He told me I was welcome to come over and harvest a doe for the freezer. My family had been pushing for some biltong….. so, I was on my way! When I got to the property, it was on the cooler side, but having lived in Minnesota for the last few years my tolerance has shifted from that of my Southern California upbringing. I arrived in the morning and took a dirt road to the back side of the ranch situated above one of the water sources. Glassing down into the area, I saw a number of deer, bucks and doe, coming and going. I worked my way down using the sporadic clumps of trees for cover, I had the wind and the raising sun in my favor. I ran into a suspicious buck that kept walking aroundRead More →

Just got back from my first hunt of the summer In my recent video, I ask if the LCS SK19 the best airgun for small game hunting? The short answer is no, I don’t think there is such a thing as the best hunting rifle….. that is a very subjective thing. I will say however, that this little semi/full auto bullpup is one of the best airguns I’ve hunted small game with in a long time! I just returned home from my first hunt of the summer, and had the opportunity to use the LCS American Arms SK-19 semi/full auto PCP air rifle for some high volume jackrabbit hunting out in West Texas. The LCS SK-19 is a bullpup platform loaded with unique technology. It is a regulated PCP that operates in either Semi-Auto or Full-auto, and can empty the 19 shoot integrated magazine in about 3 seconds. There is a power adjustment knob on the underside of the buttstock, in addition to the regulator setting monitored by a second manometer). The 23” barrel is a Lothar Walther, dressed in a carbon fiber shroud and a suppressor. This gun I very quiet, especially considering it is putting out up to 60 fpe. Online air is stored in a 480 cc CF tank, and provide 75 shots per fill, and the tank is filled with the universal 1/8” NPT quick connect fitting.The SK-19 is fairly light weighing in at under 8 lbs, and measures in at a compact 35” My adventureRead More →