Right before SHOT Show 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to North Texas on a hunt. I’m in Texas several times every year, as this is one of my favorite airgunning venues. I hunt hogs, predators, small game, and the occasional exotic, so coming to Texas to hunt is not out of the ordinary for me. However, the objective of this trip was going to be something special! Umarex intended to release their new .50 caliber Hammer precharged pneumatic air rifle at the SHOT Show and had invited me down to Bowie Texas to hunt with it! Was I available? Oh, heck yeah I was! The fact that this was Umarex’s long anticipated entry into the big bore market segment was exciting enough, but I’d been talking with the developers for over a year and had used the Hammer a couple times while we were filming segments of the American Airgunner. It was Impressive on many levels, and I was itching to get some field time with this rifle! When talking about big bores, power is always the first topic that floats up, and this rifle generating an honest 700 fpe over three shots was something to talk about. The Hammer uses Umarex’s proprietary Lightspeed Valve system, which on a 4500-psi fill provides three regulated shots at 3000 psi. This is a very important feature: most big bore air rifles are not regulated and utilize a significant volume of air with each shot, reducing the pressure with each successiveRead More →

This is post is not intended to be a comprehensive review, I’ve done a video and an article in Airgunner, and am working on a comprehensive review video. But for the airgunners that visit the website I wanted to give a brief statement of what I think about this rifle as a small game gun. I’ve had the Hatsan Vectis for a few months now and have gotten a fair amount of plinking and range time with it, as well as having carried it on a few hunting trips. This rifle has a bit of a polarizing effect, mostly because it has a different look from just about any air rifle that’s been on the market. It made me do a double take when I saw it at SHOT Show earlier in the year, but after staring at it a while, throwing it up on my shoulder, cycling through it, then staring a bit more….. I thought it look kinda cool! The pairing of a lever action with a lot of more “tactical” appearing attributes (synthetic stock, square barrel shroud with a moderator, and built in accessory rails), do produce a rifle that is hard to compare with other rifles…. at least from a cosmetic point of view. Whether you like looks or not is subjective, what is not is the Vectis’s performance. I’m shooting the .25 caliber, and it is accurate giving 1/2:” 50 yard groups, hard hitting it’s putting out about 40 fpe, comfortable on the shoulder withRead More →

Ten years ago I wrote a booklet for Crosman on hunting small game in South Africa with the Marauder. At the time the company was going through some changes, and they ended up never moving forward with it. My relationship with Crosman broke down, and I ended up scraping the project. Those days are over, the people I disliked dealing with are no longer at Crosman, and I came across this PDF as I was cleaning up my hard drive. Its a bit out of date, but still (I hope) interesting. Feel free to peruse or download!Read More →

I’ve had this very cool and unusual lever action rifle out for a couple hunts this year, and just edited a video from a pickup hunt for rabbits during down time on a hog hunt down in Texas a couple months ago. Have a look and let me hear what you think about this rifle.Read More →

I was going back over some of my hunts from the last few years, and found this article on an interesting bullpup I took out on several hunts. Let me know if you like this stuff from my archives, and if so I’ll post some more. While visiting the Pyramyd Air booth at the SHOT Show in 2015, the good folks at AirArms pulled me aside to show me a gun they were working on. It was a bullpup prototype, and they wanted feedback on it. I had some ideas to share as did many others, but the important point is that AirArms were asking before going into production. And when I saw the prerelease gun at this years show it had evolved, proof that they had been listening. Named the Galahad, this gun leverages the companies technology assets using some elements from their existing products, but it is an original where it counts. The trigger assembly, the stock design, the cocking mechanism were built to get the best out of a bullpup configuration. Did they realize their objective to build a superior bullpup?  What constitutes the best of breed is difficult to define, because it is very subjective. I will say that in my opinion AirArms did it right; the power is optimal for small to medium game (adjustable power with high power setting), the accuracy achieved in my range work promised a solid 50 yard small game gun, the proven multishot magazine works without a hitch, the gunRead More →

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 →

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 →