It started with a brief chat on the Hatsan booth at the SHOT Show last January. That’s where I first saw the New Hydra rifle, and was impressed with its most unique feature, a fast change barrel/receiver assembly that allowed caliber to be swapped without a need to re-zero the scope! I had a couple days to spare and decided to head back out to South Dakota to go airgun hunting with the new Hatsan Hydra .25 caliber. This rifle is based on the proven Flash platform, which I’ve has first hand experience with on my iguana hunts in Puerto Rico as well as some general small game hunting over the few years. One of the things that sets this rifle apart is the incorporation of Hatsans Versi-Cal multi caliber barrel system, which allows the shooter to select either .177, .22, .25, or an arrow barrel. But te thing that is unique is that it is the entire receiver and barrel unit that is swapped, so that the scope mounted on the gun is left mounted to the receiver when the assembly is removed or replaced. The gun is packaged so the airgunner can opt only for the calibers they want. For instance, as a multi species hunter I might opt for the .25 caliber model as my preferred small game set up, and get the arrow barrel so that I could hunt pigs or javalina with the same rig. Easier on the pocket and less gear to deal with.Read More →

I’ve always enjoyed lever action guns, and when I was young just about shot out the barrels of my Marlin .22 and later Marlin .357 lever action powder burners. So it follows that the Seneca EagleClaw would resonate with me! I’ve been using the lever action Seneca EagleClaw for almost a year now, having brought it to the mountains of Arizona after Aberts squirrel, then on a few more squirrel hunts around the Midwest before the end of season, and for prairie dog in South Dakota. From the squirrel hunts and range time I knew the rifle delivered a punch and had good accuracy, but it was on the prairie dog hunt I came to appreciate not only how intrinsically accurate the gun is, but also how stable and well designed the stock is for long range shooting in the field. I didn’t have much time before I needed to get back on the road, but before going out shooting wanted to check the zero. It was printing cloverleaf groups at 50 yards, a bit high and to the right. I determined that the lean to the right was caused by the constant stiff breeze that was blowing so didn’t mess with it. The gun was zeroed at 80 yards which is why it was hitting high, and I left that as it was as well. The action is cycled with a lever action that has a short and smooth travel, and I’ve found the reliability of the 8 shotRead More →

I give a quick overview on shot placements I use when rabbit hunting Even though jackrabbits (actually a hare not a rabbit) are quite large, they are not too difficult to kill. As a kid I used to shoot them with a .177 Crosman pump rifle, and by choosing the right shot placement and range these 16 fpe rifles would do the trick. Following are a few photos I’ve taken during my hunts, some of these rabbits I shot after the photo sessions, others I left alone. I’ve put a dot to show the shots I would take if presented the opportunity, and you will note that I often have both a chest and a head option to choose from. I think both head shots and body shots work fine, and either may result in a rabbit dropping stone dead. However, head shot jackrabbits often flop and roll as the nervous system shuts down, and can be quite bloody. Body shot rabbits will often run a few yards then drop over dead. I don’t believe that either in intrinsically more or less humane, and both result in a clean kill. The hunter needs to decide what their capabilities are, as a rule of thumb, with any given rifle your maximum distance will be defined by how far you can reach out with a consistent 5 shot 1” group. That might be 30 yards, or it might be 50, be realistic in assessing your own capabilities. And remember to test youRead More →

Just got back from my first hunt of the summer In my recent video, I ask if the LCS SK19 the best airgun for small game hunting? The short answer is no, I don’t think there is such a thing as the best hunting rifle….. that is a very subjective thing. I will say however, that this little semi/full auto bullpup is one of the best airguns I’ve hunted small game with in a long time! I just returned home from my first hunt of the summer, and had the opportunity to use the LCS American Arms SK-19 semi/full auto PCP air rifle for some high volume jackrabbit hunting out in West Texas. The LCS SK-19 is a bullpup platform loaded with unique technology. It is a regulated PCP that operates in either Semi-Auto or Full-auto, and can empty the 19 shoot integrated magazine in about 3 seconds. There is a power adjustment knob on the underside of the buttstock, in addition to the regulator setting monitored by a second manometer). The 23” barrel is a Lothar Walther, dressed in a carbon fiber shroud and a suppressor. This gun I very quiet, especially considering it is putting out up to 60 fpe. Online air is stored in a 480 cc CF tank, and provide 75 shots per fill, and the tank is filled with the universal 1/8” NPT quick connect fitting.The SK-19 is fairly light weighing in at under 8 lbs, and measures in at a compact 35” My adventureRead More →

Hello everyone, sorry I’ve gone radio silent over the last couple months. I’ve escaped Covid-19 so far, but had a bit of an accident and messed my back up. But after a couple months of exercise and PT, I’m almost back to normal! I hope all my Website and YouTube subs are keeping well, and not suffering too much from cabin fever! I’m loading up and heading down to Texas this weekend, and will spend about a week and a half hunting and shooting. I’ve got several new guns making the trip with me that include some very interesting additions to my hunting lineup…. arrow guns, slug guns, semi autos, night vision set ups and more. So stay in touch, there will be some very cool content coming your way soon!Read More →

Not just powerful, this gun is accurate, consistent, high shot count, ergonomic and has a fast action! Jim Chapman Hello all, I’ve just returned home from the SHOT Show, and leave tomorrow for a week in Europe. I wanted to drop a quick note on the status of the Hatsan Piledriver before departing. My production gun arrived a couple days before I left for Las Vegas so I haven’t been able to start shooting and testing it but will do so on my return home. Some news from the SHOT Show, the first production run of the Piledriver .457 has arrived in the USA and will be used to fulfill current orders and ship to primary dealers. So, I’d expect to see guns in shooters hands soon. The .50 production run is in progress with first shipment expected before end of March. I believe Pyramyd Airguns will be the first to have them at listed price of $1179.00. A couple things I’d not mentioned in that first video: the Piledriver uses the 2-stage adjustable Quattro trigger. Onboard air storage is a 480cc carbon fiber tank that fills to 300 BAR. Though the barrel is 33″ in length, the bullpup design allows for a more compact LOA. This configuration sets the action back into the stock and keeps most of the weight centered which I’ve found great for offhand shooting. The black polymer stock is a fully adjustable thumbhole design. This rifle received a lot of attention at the show, andRead More →

Jim is out on one of his favorite small game hunts, and the one that first brought him to South Africa with an airgun in 2020 Having spent much of my life living abroad, many places have been “home”, but one that has been a constant for me is South Africa. I try to get back every year to hunt, and regardless of whether my primary objective is airgun hunting, big game hunting, or even fishing, I bring along an air rifle. The reason is that no matter what else is on the agenda, I’ll make time to do a Guinea fowl hunt! This is an incredible game bird, and for many years I loved taking them on the wing with my shotgun. But then a friend suggested I bring an air rifle along to use during downtime on a plains game hunt. I took him up on it, and although I bagged a lot of bigger game such as kudu and bushbuck, it was stalking this incredibly wary and smart bird that stands out in my memory. What makes Guinea fowl a superb airgun quarry? It’s the challenge. I mentioned in a previous article that the wild turkey and its domesticated cousin are nothing alike. This is equally true with respect to Guinea fowl. Like turkeys, Guineas have very sharp eyesight, excellent hearing, and they are exceedingly skittish. Now add to this that they often travel in large flocks, which means there are many eyes on watch, and youRead More →

Jim takes the gauntlet .25 on a hyrax hunt in South Africa! I was visiting a friend’s farm in South Africa, and in addition to hunting plains game intended to do some varminting. I have been hunting this property close to 15 years, and have come to know it quite well. And even though the pest populations are dynamic, I had a pretty good idea of where to star my search. While most of the property is given over to wildlife, it is a working small stock farm so there is always a multitude of nuisance animals coming in to raid his feed lots from the adjacent wild areas. I decided that during my breaks from hunting plains game, I would take one of my small game rifles, and thin out some of the hyrax that were starting to spread into the stock production areas. There is a rugged area with rocky cliffs situated close the agricultural land adjacent to the farm. The cliffs border a lambing yard, and the dassie were spreading into the pastures where they dig large and deep holes precisely where the livestock grazes. The farm owner had told me that it would be helpful to thin some out in this area, but this was the only place he wanted them culled. Many years ago, there had been a bounty on hyrax, but these days most landowners leave them alone unless they start to over populate and move into areas where they are not welcomed. StandingRead More →

RTI Arms is preparing to release a new bullpup air rifle that has a lot to offer fans of this style of airgun!. It is called the Prophet and is a variation of the companies Priest model line. It is a compact, modular, multi-caliber design that is in vogue these days, and I have to say I really like this one! I met the head of RTI at the Extreme Benchrest Competition in Arizona a couple months ago, and he showed me the gun being used in the competition, where it was shot by the winner of the open class 50-yard BR Competition. I was able to send a few pellets down range and wanted to see more! We arranged through Airguns of Arizona to have the gun shipped to me where I had a few weeks to shoot it. I brought it on a hunting trip to Texas, but got rained out before I could use it. I only had the gun on a short loan, and wanted to at least get it out on a short hunt. It is very cold up here in Minnesota, but squirrel season is open through February so I decided to at least get out for as long I could deal with the frigid conditions. Not much happening in the woods and the frigid conditions and crunchy ice underfoot made it hard to get into shooting range. I’ve got another Prophet from the first production run on it’s way to me, so you’llRead More →

I this video I’m going to compare two of the scope cameras that I use to record my airgun hunts. I’ll put a link here to a hunt using a SideShot scope for comparison. In this video I’ll include a short hunt using the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro to use as a baseline. Full disclosure: I need to work more with both scopes to fully optimize them. This video presents my preliminary impression from using them in the field. On the hunt I only had a couple hours available one morning, and thought I’d use the time to field test the ATN Day / Night Vision X-Sight 4K. I’d had some recording mishaps on a squirrel hunt in Arizona the week before, and wanted to review my options for filming future hunts.Take a look at the results of these two squirrel hunts, and tell me which video camera you prefer. Other hunting videos: https://youtu.be/egOSWAbGaokhttps://youtu.be/bfkfrhCbsa0 If you find these videos interesting please give it a like and subscribe if you haven’t already so that you are notified as new content is released!Read More →