AT HOME ON THE RANGER
The editor discovers a different route to controlled performance
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.
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.
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.