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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS - Editors Choice

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS - Editors Choice

The Stalking Show is an event for everyone in the shooting and countryside community to enjoy, not just for those who hunt and stalk. It was created to bring people with similar interests together to enjoy two days of talks, product launches, shopping, demonstrations, and displays. Next year’s show will be even bigger, with more big brands showcasing their latest gear. Location: Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD - 13th-14th April 2024. Online tickets: £15 per adult, £5 for children under 14 years. Free parking.
Price: £15
www.thestalkingshow.co.uk

THE BSA SCORPION TS

Three cheers to BSA, as the new Scorpion TS comes in at over £100 cheaper than the previous model! BSA has done this by rationalising the entire production, and by scrutinizing every element of the production, then either simplifying the process or simplifying the design of specific components, they have been able to make significant savings. Features include a 1/2” UNF muzzle thread, 2-stage trigger, manual safety catch, Bolas bolt, brilliant moulded stock, and a cold hammer forged barrel. The Scorpion TS also gets an extended air cylinder, with more usable shots!
Price: £569 (guide)
www.bsaguns.co.uk

AIMPOINT MICRO S1

Aimpoint need no introduction. Pioneers of red-dot optics, they have been much imitated but never bettered, and remain the choice of hunters, sport shooters, and many militaries worldwide. Their new S1 shotgun sight is an evolution of their tried-and-tested Micro H2 rifle/pistol sight, now equipped with an ample 6 MOA dot and a low-profile top-rib mount. Because rib heights and widths vary widely from model to model, mounting the S1 involves measuring these carefully with callipers and then using a handy configuration card to select the appropriate clamping plates from the set provided.
Price: £626 (guide)
www.raytradeuk.co.uk

HORNADY PRECISION RELOADERS KIT

Standard reloading equipment will produce perfectly adequate ammunition, but if you want to take it to the next level and increase the ‘precision’ element of your reloads, you need to add some precision equipment to your bench. Hornady now offers this large kit that includes a Cam Lock Trimmer, Case Prep Trio, Concentricity Tool, Dial Calliper (stainless steel), Headspace Comparator Kit, and Lock-N-Load OAL Gauge and Bullet Comparator. So, if you want to take your ammunition from average to match standard, this kit is certainly a good way of getting you there.
Price: £660.00 (guide)
www.edgarbrothers.com

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK HD 15X56 BINOCULARS

Binoculars are an essential piece of equipment, and most hunters would not be without them. Stalking is 90% observation, so a good set of binos are essential if you are to target the game you want to harvest. These particular binoculars are not only affordable, but the high-definition (HD) lenses and 15x magnification provide good optical performance. Plus, they are very well built, like all the Vortex products. The Diamondback binocular range is comprehensive and includes models from 8x28 through to 10x28, 8x32, 10x32, 8x42, 10x42, 10x50, 12x50 and 15x56.
Price: £361 (guide)
www.csw-online.co.uk

AIRFORCEONE NERO ROSA SE TROPHY MKII PISTOL

So, the Trophy MKII is a recoilless, CO2-powered pistol that comes complete with a host of features that give it plenty of appeal to the casual airgun shooter who wants value for money as part of the deal. Everything comes neatly stowed in a padded box, and inside, you’ll find the pistol itself, skeleton stock, silencer, two magazines, and a single-shot tray. Features include a bolt-action, the Get Shorty Silencer, micro-adjustable open sights, an adjustable trigger with a metal blade, dovetail scope rails, and even a Picatinny accessory rail.
Price: £220 (guide)
www.shootingparty.uk

HAWKE VANTAGE 3-9X40 AO MIL-DOT RIFLESCOPE

Hawke offers a large selection of models across several price sectors, and many of these are aimed at shooters who want value for money, as well as modern features. The featured scope falls squarely into the latter category, and when you consider that it currently retails for just £99, it is, on the face of it, amazing value for money. It features variable magnification, a Mil-Dot reticle, and low-profile capped turrets. The minimum marked-up distance on the adjustable parallax dial is 30ft, then 50ft, 25 yards, 50, 75, 100, 200, 300, and infinity.
Price: £99 (guide)
www.hawkeoptics.com

UMAREX READYAIR COMPRESSOR

First impressions of this brand-new air compressor from Umarex are of a very smart and robust unit, built to last. The main filling hose is pre-fitted with a Foster adaptor, and three other adaptors are supplied – 1/8” UNF, M10, and M10x1. This is a good starting point, meaning many of the most popular PCP airguns on the market are catered for. The unit weighs 22 lbs, measures 14.5” x 14” x 9”, and has a max working pressure of 300 bar. Four adaptors, mains cables, filling hose, spare seals, car battery leads, and instructions are included.
Price: £839.95 (guide)
www.bisley-uk.com

FX TRUE BALLISTIC CHRONOGRAPH

The FX True Ballistic Chronograph is delivered in a padded case that unzips to reveal the unit, a detailed instruction manual and a USB-C charging lead. Doppler radar chronographs, such as this, project a ‘cone’ of electromagnetic waves towards the target you are shooting. They then measure the returning signals that bounce back off the projectile. There is a small peephole at the top of the unit, to help align it on target, and the instructions detail how to position the chronograph correctly. The unit is capable of reading velocities from 400 to 4,000 fps.
Price: £899.99 (guide)
www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk

PULSAR THERMION DUO DXP55 MULTISPECTRAL RIFLESCOPE

The Thermion Duo DXP50 and DXP55 enable the user to switch at the press of a button between a thermal image generated by a super-sensitive 640×480, 17µm,

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<25mK NETD thermal sensor, and a daylight image delivered by a high-definition 4K (3840×2160px) CMOS, or to selectively combine the two using the picture-in-picture (PiP) facility. The European-made thermal sensor is fed by an equally high-spec, 50mm objective lens, with an optimal f.1.0 focal length, and top-quality germanium glass. Thereafter, its output is rendered visible by Pulsar’s image-processing algorithm. The DXPs are equipped with a 1024×768 HD AMOLED display.

Price: £4,539.95 (guide)
www.thomasjacks.co.uk

UMAREX COLT 45 SAA REVOLVER

The clever chaps at Umarex have come up trumps, and the Colt 45 SAA revolver is a classic example of what they do best. The version featured fires .177 pellets only, and the CO2-powered action and dummy bullet carriers, mean the specification is not only realistic when compared to a centrefire Colt, but also super-compact, with the 12-gram CO2 capsule neatly stowed inside the grip. The revolver weighs 1.9 lbs, shows a 5.5” barrel, and produces around 2.1 ft/lbs of energy. Umarex claims around 120 shots, however, the shot count can vary depending on conditions.
Price: £210 (guide)
www.bisley-uk.com

DAYSTATE WOLVERINE R, B-TYPE

The rather attractive Wolverine R, B-Type, seen here in green laminate, is purely mechanical, rather than electronic. A fully shrouded Lothar Walther barrel sits up front, and this gets a threaded muzzle to take a silencer. There’s a manual safety catch at the rear of the receiver, a match-style trigger with a fully adjustable mechanism and match blade, twin manometers safely positioned on the left side of the action, a Foster-style charging valve, the latest magazine system, and a subtle side-lever. This PCP is regulated, uses a 500cc cylinder, and boasts 600 shots in .22.
Price: £1724 (guide)
www.daystate.com

SPORTSMATCH AR15 MAXICLAMP (HOP77)

Sportsmatch UK manufactures a huge range of scope mounts for a large variety of applications. All of them are manufactured using state-of-the-art CNC machinery, and it shows. The ‘AR15 Maxiclamp’ weighs in at 170-grams and shows a Picatinny clamp section underneath that measures 55mm in length. It is secured via two knurled thumb wheels that include a large slot for a flathead screwdriver. The length of the whole mount is 120mm and critically, the design offers an offset of 63mm, so achieving the perfect eye relief on an AR15-type rifle shouldn’t be a problem.
Price: £100 (guide)
www.sportsmatch-uk.com

AIR ARMS XTI-50

The XTi-50 is a competition-spec single-shot PCP that’s designed to offer every feature and refinement deemed necessary to winning silverware, and with Air Arms holding an incredible record of wins in outdoor tournaments, it’s fair to say they have the necessary experience. They listen to feedback, and the final production XTi-50 is the result of extensive field testing. The HFT version (featured) comes in .177 only and weighs 9.9 lbs. Testing showed ragged holes at 25 yards, an enlarged ragged hole at 35 yards, and groups at 50 yards that were genuinely coverable with a 5p piece.
Price: From £3199 (guide)
www.air-arms.co.uk

WEIHRAUCH HW45

The HW45 is a popular spring/piston-powered model that offers two power levels and utilizes the up-and-over style of cocking. Cock the action open to 90º and you have half power. Fancy high power? Then keep pulling all the way back, through about 140º. Undoubtedly, energy levels can push the limit of 6 ft/lbs, and the associated kick of the action will appeal to many. The truth is, however, the ‘45 shoots much better when shot on half-power. Factor in the ‘dry fire’ option, plus a quality 2-stage trigger, and this model is a sound investment for sure.
Price: £349 (guide)
www.weihrauch.co.uk

TACTACAM 6.0 ACTION CAMERA

When it comes to recording and sharing our shooting experiences, action cameras let us go beyond snaps of our venues, kit, companions, and successes to capture the dynamism and excitement of the sport itself. This Tactacam is 107mm long, slightly scalloped at the sides, curved at the bottom, and wider at the top to accommodate a 30x30mm full-colour display containing a 24x13mm (16:9) widescreen picture. The rugged polymer body has a soft-touch coating, with grippier inserts in the sides and around the top-mounted power button. Both the screen and the lens are protected by clear polycarbonate panels.
Price: £349.54 (guide)
www.thomasjacks.co.uk

THE BRITISH SHOOTING SHOW TICKETS

The legendary British Shooting Show is the largest trade and retail shooting show in the UK. It will be held from the 23rd to 25th February 2024 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham and will be open 9 am to 4 pm each day. Visitors will be able to browse a vast range of firearms, shotguns, airguns, thermal/night vision, accessories etc. from all the major manufacturers and distributors. Online/pre-booked tickets: £25.84 per adult, £15.84 for children (3-15 years), and £20.84 each for a group (10+). Car parking is free.
Price: £25.84
www.shootingshow.co.uk

CROSMAN 760 PUMPMASTER CLASSIC

The Pumpmaster is supplied with a 4x15 scope and mounts and is aimed fairly and squarely at the younger shooter. Plus, it offers the option of using either BBs or firing pellets single-shot. The compression cylinder and barrel are steel, but everything else is plastic/synthetic, meaning it weighs just 2.2 lbs. The multi-pump system allows the shooter to use a minimum of 3 pumps, up to a maximum of 10 pumps, and during testing, we found this Crosman produced around 5 ft/lbs of energy after 6 pumps and 6.6 ft/lbs from the full 10 pumps.
Price: £79.99 (guide)
www.range-right.co.uk

WEBLEY MKVI CO2 PELLET REVOLVER .22

First off, the sheer size of the MKVI is a delight. It’s a full 12” from muzzle to grip-heel, some 6” tall, and hefts a near-authentic 2lb 4oz, with the balancing point just ahead of the trigger. This one features a ‘battlefield’ finish. The revolver is powered by a single 12-gram CO2 capsule and in use, with 13.43-grain JSB Exact Jumbo RS domed pellets, it achieved 2.76 ft/lbs | 304 FPS with an ES of 28 FPS. Accuracy was good and there was enough energy at 12m to flip up the plates on a steel plinking target.
Price: £220 (guide)
www.webleyandscott.com

RUGER BX TRIGGER REPLACEMENT KIT

If you’re after a replacement trigger for your Ruger 10/22, then this replacement unit made by Ruger themselves is very easy to fit. In fact, it slots straight in without any issues. The trigger pull is crisper, with a more defined break in the sear’s let-off, and the pull is much lighter too, being typically 3.25 lbs instead of 6 lbs plus! Overall, you can spend a lot more on a drop-in custom trigger, but quite frankly, for hunting, this BX trigger is perfect. That is probably why it is now fitted to all new Ruger 10/22s.
Price: £100 (guide)
www.vikingshoot.com

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