This interesting new offering is the first spring piston airgun configured as a scattergun! The loads are light and the power low, but there is enough gun to use it for close range pest control. Added: I’ve included a section below in which I answer questions and post additional comments as I get more experience with this gun I hiked along the edges of the field where the grass grew long and provided habitat for a variety of birds, when one popped up in front of me. Swinging my scatter gun in an arc and leading ever so slightly, I squeezed the trigger and watched the male bird crash to the ground. As I moved between a couple old sheds a small covey popped up with one bird perching for a moment on a rain gutter, a crack of the gun and another bird down, a hen. Wait a minute you say, you shot a bird off the roof? And it was a hen!? Well my quarry was of the sparrow variety, and the scattergun was a Gamo Viper Express. I received this gun for evaluation recently and wanted to bring it out for a test of its intended use, close in pest control. I don’t typically go out with the objective of shooting sparrows or starlings these days, but this gun cried out to be used on flying critters. Ever since this gun was first discussed in public: there has been no shortage of outspoken critics saying the gun/conceptRead More →

I think most air gun shooters that surf the net and visit the forums are aware of Metal Work Designs, an outfit that has been turning out some really interesting guns built on the modified Crosman 2240 platform. Recently Matt Parker, owner and airgun craftsman, has started building custom rifles. I’ll have a full write up on his work published elsewhere in the not too distant future, but on this web page I’ll give a quick review of my first hunt This picture shows the gun wearing a very nice custom stock. This particular gun is a .20 caliber. It is a powerful and accurate gun, and takes advantage of the 6-24x scope mounted on it. This is a rifle of substantial dimensions, but not enough to diminish it as a great hunting gun. Matt is working with a custom stock maker to dress his rifles in a fashion befitting the excellent mechanics designed and built into his guns. I’d like to get a thumbhole stock to try out on this gun, as I find I shoot better, and this gun deserves a shooter that is on his game MWD guns can be fabricated using a wide variety of materials. This one uses stainless steel for the barrel shroud, air reservoir, and receiver, and the endcap and barrel band are brass. The gun uses a male Foster adaptor fitting that works with the same charging equipment I use for my Daystate and XS-B50. Matt has made a simple cover usingRead More →

I’ve had the opportunity to take the Benjamin Bulldog out on a few hunting trips, so what do I think? Well first, the performance is quite good. The Bulldog is accurate, and while at the lower end of the spectrum and caliber for big game, it is a potent predator gun. And this is where I like the gun, coyote and the Bulldog are made for each other! And this isn’t to say the Bulldog won’t do the job on feral hogs and whitetail if you need a multi-application gun.. There are two undeniable trends in the world of airgunning, at least as it applies to the US market. The first is the move by many manufacturers to include a big bore offering in their product portfolio, this was clearly demonstrated at the SHOT with a half dozen new guns in the .30 and up calibers. Secondly is the trend to offer at least one bullpup configuration. The gun I’m looking at in this short review hit both marks, it is both a big bore and a bullpup. Now I’m going to be up front, I have a few bullpups and I use them for hunting. For me it’s very much a case of form following function, to my eye there is no beauty in the design…. but rather they are a utilitarian tool and in this respect I view them as I do a hammer. I’ve never been entranced by the beauty of a hammer (though I’m sure thereRead More →

I get this fine rifle from the British manufacturer BSA out for a shakedown. Spoiler alert; this gun shoots as great as it looks! The BSA R 10 Mark II is a great looking bolt action PCP air rifle that comes to the shoulder quickly and mounts solidly. The two stage adjustable match grade trigger is crisp, breaking cleanly with minimal creep and very little over travel. You do need to remove the stock to adjust the trigger, but if you’re adjusting the trigger yourself removing a stock is a non-issue, and one done infrequently. The trigger blade is just broad enough to provide a great contact with the finger pad, but no extraneous material. The safety is easily deployed with the thumb of the shooting hand. The thumb shelf behind the receiver lets the shooter use a thumbs up hold if so desired, and is a detail I appreciate. The stock is to my eye a thing of beauty, finely figured walnut, sharply cut checkering on the forestock and pistol grip, and ebony colored caps to both the forestock and pistol grip. The forestock is perfectly shaped and fitted around the removable 200cc bottle. I really like the cut-a-way butt piece of this rifle; it reduces weight and looks fast and sleek. To my way of thinking this is the prettiest bottle forward design I’ve ever seen. Enough wood to protect the bottle and make it look integrated into the design, rather than simply forced there out of necessity.Read More →

Many things to make me happy on this day: I love the desert and here I was hiking the canyon country landscape of Northern Arizona, I love a small compact rifle and this little Brocock is the definition of the type, and I love rabbit hunting and I’d seen many before even stepping out of my truck! It was another warm dry day in Northern Arizona, much appreciated by a Californian that had found himself dropped in the frozen northern climes of Minnesota! I worked my way through a constantly changing landscape that transitioned from piles of jagged rock interspersed with clumps of desert grasses into rolling hills covered in native cedars. This has become one of my favorite rabbit hunting locations, especially in those years when the cyclic rabbit populations are up. I’d been taking both jacks and cottontails on this vast track ranchland for a long time, and have had days when you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a rabbit and other where I’d get a couple of shots if lucky. There was a lot to see here besides rabbits, I’ve kicked up mule deer and elk grazing, with antelope in the lower regions. The gun I was carrying on this outing was the Brocock Specialist, a rifle that is a tad over 34” LOA, with a 12 ¾” barrel, and weighing in at 5lb it is a very compact little multishot pcp rifle, that generate a bit over 20 fpe and approximately 24 shots perRead More →

I was catching up with Brian by phone the other day, and as we didn’t get to hunt together as we have over the last few years, was asking questions about the season. Following is a short summary of out chat. I have the opportunity to hunt for a lot of different things in a lot of different places every year. I also have more of a chance than most, to meet and hunt with serious airgun hunters from all around the country. One of my favorite hunts, and one of my favorite people to hunt them with, is coyote with my long time hunting buddy Brian Beck. As you might know if you follow my writing, Brian was the subject of my column in Predator Xtreme a couple months back, and as the season winds down I though it would be a good time to catch up with him. JC: Hi Brian, We didn’t get a chance to hunt much together this year as I was moving out of the state (Indiana where I’d been the last 10 years and Brian is a native son). What was the year like and how did your season go? BB: well, it was alright. Not bad, but also not the best I’ve seen. Got out to do some hunting, and had the dogs coming in more to vocalizations than prey call. There wasn’t a lot of snow on the ground through a lot of winter, though we got some that came inRead More →

I’d been chasing what had become a nemesis species for me, for three long years. Finally, on a rough three day (and night) hunt in West Texas, The hunting gods smiled on me A picture of my cat with friend and owner of Poorboy Outfitters Cody Brunette. Cody is a successful competitive caller/hunter and we’ve hunted together a fair bit. We’ve called in lots of coyote, but this was the first cat I got a chance at! I flew into DFW on a Wednesday afternoon and collected my bags, then rolled out to met my hunting buddy and cameraman on this hunt Eric Henderson. We were working on an air gunning DVD and were driving out to West Texas for a few days of hunting. The plan was to go after predators and varmints hunting with another friend of mine, competitive predator hunter and caller Cody Brunette. Cody owns and operates Poorboy Outfitters, which is a guide service specializing in Predators. He has thousands of acres of prime predator territory to hunt, but these days likes to focus more on competition than guiding. I’ve hunted many times with Cody, and he always produces. However, for some reason that I cannot explain, bobcats had become my nemesis species when it came to airguns. I’ve taken a lot of predators (coyotes, fox, and bobcats) with firearms, and several yotes and fox with airguns, but bobcats had continued to elude me. I’d been out to Texas 6 times to try to take one,Read 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 →

Jim Chapman and Eric Henderson head out on a Texas hog hunt at Lone Star Hunts. Here I was, back in Texas for another big game airgun hunt with Eric Henderson of Bigbore Airgun Adventures. We had planned to do the hunt in December; however my work schedule had precluded it. But then fresh into the New Year, I’d been called down to Dallas for a meeting …. and was able to schedule an open day for me. About 4:00 the day of the hunt (not my favorite wakeup time) Eric rolled up to the front of my hotel in the "Bigbore Truck" and after loading my minimal gear we were off. To make my travel easier, I left my guns at home and opted to use his. After a two and a half hour drive northwest of Dallas, and still in the dark, we rolled up to the gate of Lone Star Hunts. This operation is run by ranch owner Allen Shaffer, who after running dove, quail, and puddle jumping duck hunts for a number of years on his 2000 acre holding, decided to expand the opportunity for feral hogs and trophy rams. The ranch is open pasture with mesquite dotting the landscape, with particularly heavy cover along the creek running through the bottom lands. While Allen has a number of blinds and stands set up at strategic sites around the property, Eric and I both prefer still hunting, so that is exactly what we did. In this briefRead More →

If you have a big game animal taken with an airgun, email me your picture and we’ll get it up on the board. This is more than a bragging wall, it is intended to show the world what these guns can do! Chip Sayre and his Quackenbush .457 Chip hosted Eric and I on a hunt in Virginia this year (2010) and brought us to some really fantastic property. Chip shot this nice 9 point buck with his new Quackenbush .457 from a stand on his property at 30 yards. Chip is a very experienced hunter that has taken more deer than he can count, but this was his first gun with an airgun. I know that we have a convert to the sport, not to mention he has already put together a collection of airguns that would make many long time shooters envious! Seth Roweland 2010 Deer Season in Arkansas Seth is the owner of BHD and manufacturers a line of great hunting bullets for big bore airguns. Seth has several guns he uses for big game hunting, and in these pictures shows his successes with his Sam Yang 909, Jack Haley big bore and his Quackenbush .458 shooting BHD 250 grain solid cast bullets. Michigan Deer Hunt with Eric Henderson and Robert Vogel From last years hunt with Eric Henderson and Robert Vogel at Deer Tracks Ranch in Northern Michigan. We shot six deer in four days of hunting. Eric and Robert were using Quackenbush big bores inRead More →