This is not a review, but more a reflection on my Quackenbush Big Bore Rifles, and why they mean so much to me. I’m often asked what my favorite big bore airgun is, and that’s not an easy question. I have several, shoot many more, and find that my answer is constantly shifting based on the most recent experience in the field. I really like my Bushbuck .457 carbine that was built for me by Airguns of Arizona and set up with bullets cast especially for the rifle by my hunting buddy Kip Perow. It’s accurate, very powerful, rugged, compact….. but it is also very heavy, which may or may not be an issue depending on where and what I’m hunting. I’ve been using the AirForce Texan a lot lately, in a variety of calibers including ,257, .308, .357, and .457, and find these guns very efficient and powerful hunting guns, and truth be told I probably use these more than any other big bore right now. The Texans are accurate when set up properly, they are very powerful, and the carbines are compact. There are several other big bores from Hatsan, Seneca (especially with AirBolts), Profesional Big Bores, and others that I like and use. Depending on the shooter and the intended use, any of these is a viable hunting gun….. maybe the perfect gun for you. But the big bore airgun that generates the most emotional response from me are the Quackenbush rifles. I have long stated thatRead More →

I’ve been using the AirForce Texan quite a bit lately to hunt everything from Turkey to Whitetail. I have rifle and/or carbine versions of the .257, .308, .357, and .457, and have found myself gravitating more to these as my go to guns for bigger game, finding that across the board they offer the right balance of accuracy, power, shot count, and tactile response of the trigger. I also have come to appreciate the ability to dial in the optimal power setting for a specific bullet, which I think of as the airgunners equivalent of powder burners hand-loading for their rifles. I’ve had several of my rifles barrels cut down, re-crowned, and set up with a suppressor to quiet them down for shooting in areas that might be noise sensitive. The addition of the suppressor not only quieted the gun down, but brought it back to about the same overall length. But with my .457 carbine, I didn’t care about noise, instead wanting to have the most compact and powerful brush gun I could come up with. As a disclaimer, I will do a video and a write up later to go into the range work and optimizing the performance, in this short post I’ll just tell you about a couple of simple things I did to optimize it for my use. The first thing I added was the Covert Clutch Universal Tactical grip sleeve, which is a rubber sheath with a raised pattern that provides a solid grip thatRead More →

I received the Nomad compressor a few months ago and have been using it to charge my rifles in that time. Now that I’ve gotten some experience with it, I feel confident commenting on how it has functioned for me. Probably a good place is to start is talking about both what the Nomad is, and what it isn’t. This compressor was designed to be a portable gun filling station, its dimensions are 10.6x8x8 inches and weighs in at about 20 lbs. Note that I said this rig is intended to fill your gun and not a tank. The Nomad charges a gun quickly, my Ataman M2 Ultra fills to 4300 psi in just over 8 minutes, and my AirForce Texan charges to 3000 psi in under 20 minutes. However, the system was designed to move a small volume of air and was not intended to run over s prolonged period, as required for filling a higher capacity tank. While this Prevents you from filling a tank to take along on a shoot, the problem is mitigated because you can take the compressor instead, using the supplied jump cables to charge it from your 12v car battery. I’ve found that while it runs very well off the 12V battery, this is a bit of a hassle, and I’m going to see if I can jerry rig a cigarette plug adaptor for it. The Nomad makes a bit of noise when running, but not too bad, I’ll shoot a quick videoRead More →

Ever since I started airgun hunting, I’ve been looking for a night hunting rig that worked for me. I wanted something that was portable, easy to deploy, and cost effective. Later on an added requirement was something that allowed me to record video footage of these nighttime hunts. I used a variety of lights, from powerful hand held spotlights with external battery packs in the early years, to powerful self contained units later on. As a matter of fact I still prefer hunting under lights when calling from a truck, while hunting with a two or three man team. In this set up, somebody can work the lights and the call, someone on the camera, and someone on the trigger. But remove a person from that line up and redistribute the work, it gets exponentially more difficult. But where I really found the use of lights a challenge was when out on my own, trying to hold a spotlight and work the call until a coyote or fox came in, then switching over to my scope mounted light. Add a camera into the mix, and I can tell you that I’ve missed a lot of shot opportunities and/or didn’t capture the action on film. Another thing that happened to me on a few occasions when night hunting, where I had permission or was hunting legal public land, I had the police called on me. People saw a sweeping red or green filtered spotlight and thought I was either poaching orRead More →

In this video I answer the question, how do you hunt predators with an air rifle? I journey back down to West Texas to hunt with my buddy Chacho, and plan to pursue javalina during the day and call predators at night. The requirement for my hunting rifle on these outings is that it’s pinpoint accurate, powerful, flat shooting, and reliable… and (spoiler alert) the FX Crown exceeded expectations. My rifle has a synthetic stock with a camo finish by Utah Airguns, and is absolutely beautiful! The Crown is a multi-caliber platform, and mine is equipped with a .25 caliber, .30 caliber, and an arrow barrel For this hunt I opted for the .30 caliber, shooting JSB 44.75 gr Exact Diabolo roundnose pellets. We called in a number of fox, of which I shot two, and a couple of marauding raccoons by the feeders. A big bobcat came in that Chacho could see, but which was hidden behind a bush from my perspective. I will have more night time hunts coming up, with a variety of lights and night vision gear, but this first hunt we went old school using a red filtered spotlight.Read More →

This site has been online since 2004, and for many years served as my main connection with the airgunning world. However, I built it on old technology and over time, rather than migrating to a more modern environment cobbled things together and kept moving forward. Then I started getting more focused on print media and YouTube, and let the website go fallow, only occasionally updating it. However, in doing so I lost an opportunity for immediate interaction with other airgunners, and found myself getting spread thin over many different media outlets. On the new website I have incorporated much improved navigation to topical areas of interest. There are articles and videos from my hunting adventures using a variety of airguns in different locations for small game, big game, varmint, and predators. I will post more product reviews than I have in the recent past, looking at guns, scopes, and all the other gear used on these hunts. There will be a section on Outfitters/Guides that I’ve hunted with and can vouch for, and I will include material on putting together your own DIY hunts. There is also a photo wall, which to start off will be composed of many of my past photos, but as time goes on I will add those of many friends that I’ve hunted with around the globe. And finally, I will include a blog that will allow me to keep in closer contact with shorter posts, and giver me the ability to be more engagedRead More →

Airgun Hunt: Two headshots on feral hogs with the Hatsan Hercules .45 Air Rifle in Central Texas! These porkers go down hard. The American Airgun Hunter is the channel dedicated to airgun hunting, big game, small game, predators and pest species. This is one of my first hunts with the Hatsan Hercules .45 big bore airgun shooting Hornaday Roundball! After working out my travel plans, all that was left was to load up my airguns, hit the road and find some hogs! When I saw the wind turbines I knew I was close, this is a broad expanse of dry, but not barren, land. Lots of sage and cedar thickets to provide cover for a huge population of feral hogs. Reaching the ranch, I settled in at the range and checked zero on my rifle. Neglecting this step never turns out well. This rifle is dialed in, a bit high at 50 yards and dead on at 75. The Hatsan Hercules fills to 250 BAR off a high pressure air tank via a proprietary fill probe. This is a big rifle with two on board air storage tanks incorporated, and offers a high shot count. After being dropped at a blind, I doubled up taking two pigs, both with head shots!Read More →

Airgun Hunting: Pigs and Pigeons with a .22 Air Rifle I had the opportunity to take the Brocock Bantam PCP air rifle out on a break from big game hunting, to do some pest control work on pigeons, and turn what I’d originally intended as a predator hunt into a pig hunt. This rifle is the “bottle-in-the-front” flavor of the Compatto, which was the first joint development of the engineering groups at Daystate and Brocock. This semi-bullpup has the refinement of a Daystate along with the compact design that characterizes the Brocock rifles. First up is the hog hunt, I was set up over a water hole in a natural hide behind some fallen logs. I scattered some corn (always carry a bag in my pack when hunting out here) on the road about 35-50 yards in front of me. A sounder of pigs, mostly smaller ones, came trotting in and almost by me, until a few of them scented the corn and moved into noisily feed. You can hear them smacking away in the background. They were constantly moving, but when one broke away and settled in to eat, I had a clean shot. The pellet was dropped right down the hogs ear as he stood somewhere between a broadside and quartering position. On the pellet hitting, the pig simply rolled over with a twitch. Next up, I revisited the feedlot where I’d been just a few days before, knowing there was a never-ending supply of pest birds available.Read More →

In 2015, a group of writers was invited down to Puerto Rico on an interesting pest control shoot, to try to help reduce the iguana population on a farm that was being decimated by these feral lizards, and to try to gain visibility as a potential shooting destination…. much like prairie dogs in the plains regions of the mainland. Because of the gun laws in Puerto Rico, using a firearm outside of a controlled shooting range is not permitted, so airguns seemed like a reasonable approach. As a matter of fact, many of the locals had already started culling them with spring piston airguns and had formed local shooting clubs to dispatch iguanas. But on our trip we were being hosted by HatsanUSA and they had brought along several PCP rifles for us to use, in calibers ranging from the .22 on up to .35 caliber versions. We spent three days of pretty much nonstop shooting, and this was not only one of the most fun pest control shoots I’ve ever done, but it also provided both an economic and ecological service to the island. The people were great, the place was great, the sport was really outstanding, and I was planning my return trip almost as soon as the first day wrapped up. Come along and take a look, my guess is you’ll probably want to give it a try yourself.Read More →