Hammerli is a storied name in the world of competitive shooting, and the collaboration with the long established Norica has made a line of spring piston airguns available to the North American market. In this review we’ll take a look at the Razor, which I was loaned (thanks Airgun Depot!) to evaluate. The Iberian Connection The Spanish manufacturer Norica has been building airguns since the early 1900’s, but has not established the strong brand recognition of that other Spanish airgunning presence. The Hammerli company was founded in Austria in the mid 1800’s and has developed an outstanding reputation in the firearm world the quality and precision of their guns and components, especially in the world of competitive shooting. While they have carried a couple of precharged pneumatic competition air rifles and pistols over the years, they have never had a spring piston design in their product portfolio before. So the idea of a product that fills that niche (a low cost high quality spring piston plinker/hunter) such as those offered by Norica, which could leverage the Hammerli brand cache makes a lot of sense. The proviso though isthat the quality of the gun has to live up to the name. For the last few months I have been shooting a couple of the break barrel Hammerli guns; the Storm and the Razor, to see how they performed. In this review I will focus on the Razor, but before discussing the gun let’s define the appropriate context. These guns are positionedRead More →

I’ve been living and hunting in Indiana for about ten years now, and have spent a lot of time in the field not only hunting, but fishing, mountain biking, kyaking, and generally rambling around. But not only have I never seen a ground squirrel here, I never heard anybody mention them. So when my frequent hunting buddy Brian Beck called and asked if I wanted to do a pest control shoot for ground squirrels I was all over it. The gun I selected for the day was the .25 caliber Benjamin Marauder with a Niko Sterling scope, using JSB King round-nose pellets. I opted for this gun because it was one of the quieter rifles I had and it was dialed in and ready to go. Next time I’ll probably take a .177 for the flatter shooting characteristics. These animals are much smaller than prairie dogs, but the shots were usually closer as well, in the 30-60 yard range. These are strikingly marked ground squirrels when compared to the gray digger I grew up hunting in California, but it’s amazing how well they blend in. They are very hard to spot when holding still. We were shooting from whatever position was available, standing, sitting, prone, and using whatever support was handy. I didn’t have a bipod on my gun but will next time. ing all over the field. There were a few mounds with squirrels sitting on their haunches prairie dog style, but for the most part the holes wereRead More →