The Hatsan PileDriver .50 caliber big bore air rifle, is one of the most powerful production air rifles on the market. There are a handful of boutique small batch producers that are modifying guns for higher power, but this gun is a standard configuration out-of-the-box performer! I was getting a peak 915 fps with the 445 gr Mr Hollowpoint bullet, which was generating about 810 fpe. But this gun has a lot more going for it than just power: Accuracy, ergonomics and a (relatively) high shot count of up to 5 shots per fill, this has turned out to be an awesome hunting gun! On this trip I take the .50 caliber PileDriver down to the Daggett Ranch south of Fort Stockton Texas on a deer hunt, and spoiler alert, this gun performed flawlessly. Tossing a 445 grain chunk of lead at over 900 fpe (over 800 fpe), this gun lives up to its name! The weather was cold, windy, and icy snow was forecast, so I used my little popup blind with built in seating and set up along a funnel point. As day broke, the deer came in and the action started! Join me on this deer hunt as I efficiently and ethically fill my tag with a big bore airgun! If you want to hunt deer in Texas I can recommend Split Hoof Outfitters, Lea Daggett is a great guy with a really outstanding property and reasonable prices.Read More →

Come along for this airgun hunt: wildcat and squirrels. On one of my last squirrel hunts before the snows came, I took out my .25 caliber FX Wildcat topped with the ATN X-Sight day/night vision scope, and bagged a limit.The leaves were mostly off the trees which made it easier to spot the squirrels moving up high…. of course it made it easier for them to see me as well!My primary tactic was to either hike until I saw squirrels moving in the distance and start a slow stalk in, or find a “squirrely” looking area (with den or food trees) and set up and wait to catch them coming or going from one place to another.Read More →

Last hunt it was prairie dogs in South Dakota, this time I’m after squirrels in Wisconsin! This rifle continues to impress, and this time I’m using both pellets and slugs in it! Got back out with the Avenger again, and I have to say I really enjoy hunting with this rifle! I’ve done previous videos, articles, blogs, blah, blah, blah, singing its praises, but every time I pick it up and walk into the woods, I’m impressed all over again. I have a video that shows the hunt, but in this blog post I’ll just hit on a few of the highlights, go take a look at the video if you’ve not already seen it. The things I like right out of the box, the gun is regulated and offers consistency, the sidelever cocking is smooth, fast, and well-engineered, and the slim profile full length air reservoir (that fills to 4350 psi) offers a good shot count at high power without over powering the lines of the rifle. By the way, two thing you’ll notice in the video is that I used the side shot scope mount (up until the batteries died) and I carried the gun using my safari sling, which does not require swivel studs to be mounted. I sighted in at 50 yards shooting off my little portable table with Caldwell bags, and sitting on a 5 gal bucket with a snap on seat. I keep targets, staple gun, pellets, etc. in the bucket, so I’m alwaysRead More →

A very accurate, powerful, fast action hunting rig. I’m getting this gun prepared to go hunting this season. Step one, some initial trigger time and basic paper punching at 35 and 50 yards. I have a lot of guns that cycle across my desk to, and to be honest I like most of them. It’s not that I think they would all fit in to my own collection, I have very specific things that I want in a gun that I recognize are subjective. Thats why I’ll say what I think about a gun and why, but will never tell someone they should buy one gun over another…. so much of it is individual choice. But I can comment on the tangible attributes of a rifle. When I evaluate a hunting rifle, I try to place myself in the mindset of the targeted customer segment. Is this a gun designed for a new shooter, a long-time shooter, somebody that needs a gun for close range pest control, or larger game at greater distances? Is this a rifle designed to appeal to a segment with specific pricing requirements, such as budget or entry level guns, etc.? In preparing to take this rifle out hunting, I was particularly interested in assessing accuracy, ergonomics, power, reliability, adjustability, cocking action, trigger, reliability, and reliable magazine feeding, ease of field carry…. this is what I look for in any rifle that I’ll take on the hunt. Based on my experience with Brocock rifles, the barRead More →

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 →

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 →