When most of us think about airguns, we think about those built to shoot .177 or .22 caliber pellets. And as a point of fact, the vast majority of guns sold around the world are one of the two, though there are a couple of other ‘standard’ calibers to choose from. The .20, which possesses many of the attributes of both the small calibers it sits between, and the .25 which is the ‘major caliber’ of the standard airgun lineup. Historically, mainstream acceptance of the .25 has been limited by several factors; lack of guns designed and chambered for the caliber, lack of ammunition and limited availability, and often times less than stellar accuracy depending on the gun / pellet pairing. In countries with severe restrictions on the power an airgun is permitted to generate, the .25 caliber might not be a viable option. In the UK for instance, keeping the power under 12 fpe would require such a low velocity, at thirty yards the trajectory would look more like a shot put than an airgun projectile. But in countries without these Draconian restrictions on their citizens, this has been changing over the last few years. There is an ever expanding selection of .25 caliber spring piston and PCP hunting rifles and a wider selection of .25 projectiles becoming available. In this article I’ll take a look at the state of affairs related to the big twenty five, at least from my perspective. As an airgun hunter the first questionRead More →

As I finished working on the second edition of The Practical Guide to Airgun Hunting, I thought back to why I sat down to write the book in the first place. My primary motivation was to help increase the awareness of the sport, and to provide some guidance for those that would like to give it a try. While the books have met with some degree of success, I wanted to reach a broader audience. And with this goal in mind, I decided to make the book available to all that want it, free of charge. If you’d like to get information on the guns, gear, game, and techniques used to hunt with airguns, this book will put you on the right path. The contents cover everything you need to get started, and if you’re already an experienced airgunner or hunter, there may still be some hints that will be useful. We’re very lucky in the USA, we don’t have many restrictions on airguns, we have a lot of species to hunt, and a lot of opportunities to take to the field. To make the download a bit more manageable the book has been split into two parts; the first focuses on general airgun information and the second part on field applications of this gear. This book will discuss pest control, small game hunting, predator hunting, and big game hunting with many different spring piston and precharged pneumatic airguns. Pass this link around, share it with your friends, and getRead More →

I’m a jerky fanatic, but I like biltong even more. If I had any idea how easy it is to produce, I’d have been making it years ago. The box cost $50 to make and gives us a continuous supply! I’ve lived all over the world and have spent almost as much of my adult life outside of the States as inside our borders. But my wife is South African, that’s where we married, it’s where I hunt every year, it’s been one of the constants in my life and there is a lot I love about the country. And on the food front, the thing I hold above all others is Biltong. Biltong fills the niche inhabited by jerky in the Americas and served the same purpose. In the past it was a way of preserving meat without refrigeration, and in present times it’s a snack to accompany a cold drink while watching football (rugby, soccer, or the real thing). Unlike jerky, which is smoked, biltong is treated with spices and air dried. The final product is similar, but even though I am a true jerky aficionado (a connoisseur even), must admit I like biltong even more. Every year when visiting family or out on safari we consume mass quantities of the stuff. The problem is that you can’t bring it back into the country and we haven’t found a place to buy it locally. The result is we have to go through a biltong drought eleven months ofRead More →