Falcon Prairie .22 ; Initial Observations The Prairie is an incredibly accurate hunting rifle, which is also plenty powerful. The first time I took it to the range for sight in after mounting a scope, I fired three pellets down range to see where it was hitting. But when I did a walk up could only find one pellet hole near the edge of the target. I figured the other two were off the paper, so went back and dialed to the left and down and shot again; this time five shots that I could see slightly enlarging a single hole. I zeroed the scope at 40 yards, and spent a couple hours punching holes in paper, and was very impressed by what this gun was capable of. I have often said I’m a good, but not exceptional marksman. However, I was blown away at how consistent my results were with this Falcon. The reason that this level of consistency can be achieved is the target grade barrel, and the balanced air valve design which allows these guns to deliver the shot-to-shot consistency of a regulated gun. As the afternoon went on, I noticed that there was a stand of trees about 75 yards away with a partially bare tree that grackles, starlings, and other (good) birds were perching on before flying to their nests under the roofs and in openings of the outbuildings. I’ve had permission to shoot on the property surrounding a local factories storage facilities for aRead More →

I had the opportunity to purchase a Webley Raider in .22 at a very attractive price, so you know “I had” to have it. I don’t know why my wife rolls her eyes every time she hears that plaintive statement of need, but who can say why women react they way they do!? I decided to take the gun out to the Mojave desert for a jackrabbit hunt, to see how it would perform. I drove out into the desert following the utility access roads that crisscross large tracks of the outback. Using the floor mat from my rented SUV to protect the gun, I used the Hill pump to charge the gun. I pumped the gun up to the 190 BAR sweetspot stated in the users manual. The area had a lot of Barrel cactus, cholla, and brush for the rabbits to hang out under. This terrain was somewhat more hilly than where I normally hunt, which gave me the opportunity to glass the flats from on up high. I didn’t see as many rabbits in this area as I’d expected, but as if to compensate, I was able to see them before they saw me because of my elevated position. I typically trip over a couple for everyone I sneak up on. It was a little weird that the only sound across the desert was the high power line buzzing away over my head. At the end of the day I had managed to put a couple ofRead More →

I just got back from my first trip to South Dakota, where I had a few days of hunting prairie dogs, viewing wildlife, and enjoying the wide open spaces. I took along a wide range of airguns, optics, and pellets to see how they performed in what I expected to be a high volume shooting situation. My host on this trip was well known outfitter/guide Willie Dvorak, who hunts everything from deer and antelope to brown bear in South Dakota and Alaska. He also guides hunts for prairie dogs, pheasant, and predators The shots on this trip was expected to include a lot of longer range opportunities out to 150 yards, and I brought several guns that I either knew or believed to be good candidates for this type of shooting. I brought along the Benjamin Marauder in .22 and .25, the Airforce Taloin in .22, the Air Arms TWICE, the Rainstorm .22, and the Benjamin Rogue (which I expected to use for coyote). The first thing I did on arriving was to head out for a session of checking the zero on my guns and getting used to the gun/pellet/scope combination at longer ranges. There are thousands of acres of public grasslands where I could shoot, and I had but to drive out and find a convenient spot to set up and shoot. The pictures to the left and below shows some of the guns and gear I had set up for this outing. For air I brought alongRead More →

When I think of Walther, I think of spring piston airguns. Over the last several months I’ve been shooting the LGV break barrel which is one of the nicest shooting springers out of the box that I’ve seen. And though I haven’t used it, I’ve hear very good things about the LGU under-barrel lever cocking model. But what I haven’t thought about when considering all things Walther, were PCP rifles. But based on the new Walther ROTEX rifle, this could change. Before using the rifle I reckoned that at the very least, Walther dipping their toe into the PCP waters had to be a good thing! Starting with the obvious, the ROTEX is a bottle forward design. Walther has done an excellent design job on this gun, with the an almost seamless transition between the forestock and the airbottle as the stock seems to organically grow around the bottle. I live in Minnesota, and even though its spring right now it is cold, a week short of April and I’m watching the snow come down as I write this. So I can tell you I appreciated not gripping an ice cold bottle as I was shooting on the range this morning! The seam between the bottle and the stock is bridged by a synthetic guard. This is one good looking bottle gun; the dimensions are compact with an overall length of 41″ and a 19.6″ Lothar Walther barrel. It is not shrouded and moderately loud, though the threaded muzzle allowsRead More →

Airgun hunting for one of the largest North American pest species is a challange. Unlike hunting them at 200 – 300 yards with a centerfire, the airgunner needs to work his way inside 50 -75 yards and achieve perfect shot placement to anchor this member of the marmot family. In this article, Jim Chapman will present his experience and views on hunting ground hogs in the midwest. These animals are found all over North America in one form or another; groundhogs, woodchucks, rockchucks are members of the marmot clan. They are a large rodent that can cause a fairly substantial degree of damage in farmlands, undermining roads, buildings, and damaging crops. In agricultural areas or family gardens, the animal will destroy great quantities of forage and vegetables, and its burrows are also dangerous to both horses and cattle. There is a definite need for control of the woodchuck in such places. The woodchuck has a coat of silver gray and brown with underparts of a lighter hue. The head is dark brown and the feet are so brown as to be nearly black. His chunky body is carried on squat, sturdy legs. The animal has small economic value because of the low quality of its furs. However they are very wary and a lot of fun to hunt, creeping inside of 50 yards to get a clean shot is quite a challange, especially if they have experienced any hunting pressure. I typically do my woodchuck shooting in the border areasRead More →

Semi Auto, Full Auto, High Powered tackdriver!! This innovative import from Korea offers capabilities no other airgun has been able to deliver in the past; an accurate, powerful, reliable semi / full auto gun designed for the serious shooter. In this article I will review the Speed, look at the specifications, run it through its paces on the range, and take it out for some fun on the range and plinking sessions. Introduction Like a lot of airgunners I’d been following the rumors of a new semi automatic airgun coming out of the Korean based manufacturer Evanix. This company has been producing some fine rifles over the last few years: the AR 6 which was a powerful double action rifle, that although a little rough around the edges, was a fun rifle to shoot and to hunt with. They followed this with the Rainstorm and the action it shared with siblings Windy City, Monster, and Leopard; side lever cocking multishot guns that were refined, offer great performance, and an outstanding value proposition. While I believe these are excellent guns at a great price and loaded with features, they did not break new ground with respect to design. But the gun we were hearing about was different; it was innovative, using onboard electronics to provide semi automatic and full automatic firing options. Then I started seeing the occasional video produced in Korea popping up, and was really getting excited about the gun. I spoke with my friends at Venturi Air toRead More →

I was down at the Texas Airgun show put on by my friend and colleague from American Airgunner, Tom Gaylord, last summer. There was some shooting at this get together, but the stars of the event were the sellers tables, representing individuals, hobbyist showing their collections, small companies, and the big names. Eveyone was talking airguns and promoting their wares. As I cruised the tables I meet Michael Esch form -Mrodair, and looked at the products he had for sale. One that caught my eye was the Mrod-air P-12 bullpup, and the reason it caught my eye was that it meet my prime criteria for this type of gun, it needs to be light and easy to carry. And this one looked to be, and for this reason I wanted to use this gun in the field. Let me say that right now there is a subset of the airgun market that only want bullpups. But many of the bullpup designs I’ve shot are chunky, provide poor shooter ergonomics and fit, and make me feel like I’m holding a fence post. Now I’m willing to give up my bias towards looks in the search for a compact gun, but not if that gun doesn’t perform to the same level as a traditional rifle design. But I reckon that since a bullpup is a reconfigured rifle, with same barrel length and performance specifications, the likely culprit if it doesn’t match the rifles performance is the trigger or the overall fit ofRead More →

As the hunting season starts to wind down in Indiana, the last species left to hunt are coyotes and finally crows. Both of these are great quarry in and of themselves, but I do tend to get caught up in deer, turkey, dove, and upland game, overlooking crows at least until the close of another hunting year. Pretty soon I’ll be heading to Kentucky for the early spring squirrel season, then the groundhogs start coming out, then I’ll head out west for the prairie dogs, but crows are where it at right now! I headed out this morning for a couple of hours of crow hunting carrying the FX Monsoon semiautomatic .22 caliber precharged pneumatic air rifle, a tin of JSB Exacts, and my FOXPRO Wildfire electronic call. I got to on site at 6:30 to the sound of a few distant crows cawing and the sun starting up. I parked and hiked across a cut corn field and into a stand of trees separating this plot of land from another field. I set the call at the border of the field and tucked myself in to the base of bramble twenty yards down and ten feet into the trees and cranked up the call. I started with a crow fight sound, and within a few minutes at a murder of crows soaring over head. With my shotgun I’d have been dropping them all around, but armed with my air rifle I sat and waited for one to land. AsRead More →

I had the opportunity to cull rabbits that were overpopulating a friend’s property, but had to be sensitive to the fact that he was somewhat concerned about the possibility of mu causing damage to livestock, the buildings, and safety in general. I decided this would be a good time to test out a lower powered gun, so went down to the sporting good store to see what might be available. I figured that the gun could get by with about 6 fpe as I planned to get inside of 15 yards. The rabbits were thick and I was going to have lots of cover to get into shooting position. When I got to the store, they had a few rifles from which to select, and better yet they were all on sale! I picked out a Gamo Delta and decided to top it with a shotgun scope, resulting in a compact, light kit that I thought should serve my purpose. The Delta is the lowest powered and smallest of the Gamo spring piston air rifles with a weight of 4.2 lb, an overall length: 37.8″ and an adjustable two stage trigger with a pull of 3.3 lb. The guns stock is a synthetic with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece, and the receiver is grooved to take a scope. The break barrel action has a very light (21 lb) cocking effort that a youngster could handle, which was perfect as my intention was to give this rifle to my nephew after myRead More →

Airguns The Dragon Slayer The Dragonslayer is a large PCP air rifle launched as the successor to the Career Dragon, and is currently produced in .50 caliber only. The standard gun has an ergonomically shaped hardwood stock that is nicely checkered, and includes a rubber butt pad. I like the the shape of the forearm finding it comfortable to shoot both offhand and from a rest. A significant advantage in this design over the previous Dragon version is that the Dragonslayer uses a new side- lever action, which permits easier cocking and loading than its predecessor. I found the gun very easy to cycle and load, even under high stress situations encountered in the field when hunting. There are no open sights on this rifle, as the expectation is that a scope will be mounted. The accuracy is so good with this rifle that a scope is a must if one wishes to have it perform to full potential. The comb height was just right for my line of sight, with the scope mounted in low profile rings. I tried various scopes during bench testing, but opted for a fixed power 2x shotgun scope to ride on top the gun when bringing it out in pursuit of boar. I intended to keep the shot inside of 40 yards, and felt that 2X was enough magnification, but I also liked the longer eye relief for use in the heavier brush when fast target acquisition was a plus. A quick-fill receptor portRead More →