AT HOME ON THE RANGER

The ed­i­tor dis­cov­ers a dif­fer­ent route to con­trolled per­for­mance

Airgun World - - Rifleman Ranger Stock -

As reg­u­lar read­ers know all too well, I’m an ob­ses­sively keen ad­vo­cate of match-stan­dard gun fit, con­trol and ul­ti­mately, ac­cu­racy, for hunters. It is my view that, be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the hu­mane, in­stant dis­patch of quarry, hunters have the great­est need for clin­i­cal ac­cu­racy. That view won’t ever change, but there’s room for a de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity; not to the re­quire­ment for ac­cu­racy, but to the means of ob­tain­ing it. The real deal is, as long as the ac­cu­racy is con­sis­tently de­liv­ered, it doesn’t mat­ter how it gets there, and that’s what this fol­low-up test turned into over the past month.

THE RIFLEMAN RANGER

I’ve been test­ing the Ranger stock from Rifleman Firearms and its non-ad­justable, sport­ing for­mat is pretty much the op­po­site of the multi-ad­justable, semi-tar­get hunt­ing de­signs I’ve been bang­ing on about for years now. The key fact, though, is that de­liv­ery of ac­cu­racy I men­tioned ear­lier, and the Ranger def­i­nitely has that, and more.

These retro­fit thumb­hole stocks are de­signed for the Air Arms S400, S410 and S510 ac­tions, and are avail­able in the Wal­nut, shown here, plus For­est Green, Black, Royal and Sil­ver. Crafted in the UK from su­per­strong lam­i­nate, it comes com­plete with sling swivel studs and it takes around a minute to drop an ac­tion into one of these stocks and se­cure it via a sin­gle fix­ing bolt.

GREAT FEA­TURES

First, who­ever de­signed the Ranger’s cheek piece should take a bow. The di­men­sions and rise of that fea­ture form the per­fect pil­low for my fat face, and the scal­loped grip and grippy butt pad com­bine per­fectly to pro­vide ef­fort­less con­trol. I felt to­tally ‘at home’ with this stock from the first mo­ment I put it to my shoul­der and it looks great, too, which is never a bad thing. The all-up weight of the Ranger stocked S510, not in­clud­ing scope, hov­ers just over 8lbs, so it’s en­tirely man­age­able too.

HOW MUCH?

There are two ways to own a Rifleman Ranger stock. The first is to buy one sep­a­rately at a cost of £325, and the sec­ond is to buy it with an S400, S410 or S510, when the price of the Ranger drops to an amaz­ing £225. Re­mem­ber, this stock won’t warp, split or suf­fer in any way from the ef­fect of any cli­mate, so it’s built to of­fer a life­time of ser­vice and gen­uine per­for­mance en­hance­ment. If you’re in the mar­ket for a han­dling up­grade – you re­ally need to think about this stock op­tion. I Con­tact: www.ri­fle­man­firearms.com Tel: 01458 253 700

Eye and hand align­ment was spot on.

I felt com­pletely at home from the first shot.

Looks good, and re­ally does the job. That’s the Rifleman Ranger stock.

One hex wrench, one minute, and one ex­tremely ef­fec­tive up­grade.

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