What’s Going On?
New products, and forthcoming events from your airgun world
C and R Testing, based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire are about to receive stock of the Alkin W31 vertical air compressor, designed to save space at 88 x 59 x 50cms, and just 67kgs. Its compressor block is housed on top of the motor so it will fit where other compressors would be too wide. It can still provide compressed gas at 105 to 140 litres per minute, depending on a 2.2kw or 3.0kw motor. All versions of this compressor can deliver either 232 or 300 bar. We hope to have one for review in these pages very soon.
Daystate is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 Extreme Bench Rest competition, put on by Airguns of Arizona (AoA). Taking place on 11-14th of October, and now in its seventh year, this four-day target shooting event is a magnet for the world’s accuracy aficionados. Competitors take on the toughest paper target challenges an airgunner can face, and besides shoulder-to-shoulder action at extreme distances – 75 and 100 yards – for the main event, AoA is also running a plethora of side-shows. The programme includes; a field target course where you can use .30 calibre, a silhouette speed shoot and a pistol competition.
The competitions and a raffle, offer up a huge number of prizes – rifles, scopes and other accessories – donated by Daystate and other well-known names; the top shooter in the One Gun Challenge will win a Daystate Red Wolf rifle, and the top three Daystate or Brocock shooters in the 75-yard Extreme Benchrest will also get $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 cash.
Air Arms have joined forces with British Shooting to host the first-ever Target Sprint GB Festival, at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October, to include the first running of the ISSF Target Sprint World Tour 2018: British Open. Also taking place is the Open & Confined Great Britain Championship, and the Target Sprint National Series Final.
Target Sprint combines running with target shooting, to develop shooting skills and physical fitness and consists of three 400m running, and two 10-metre air rifle shooting stages. The British Open is open to all ISSF member federation nations and GB squad members. The Open and Confined Championships is open to all nations and all athletes from Great Britain. The National Series Final 2018 is by invitation only to athletes from Great Britain who have qualified at one of the specified National Series 2018 qualifying events.
Georgina Geikie, Events & Commercial Coordinator for British Shooting said, ‘We are thrilled to have Air Arms as the Official Partner to the Target Sprint GB Festival 2018. I’d like to thank Claire and her team for all of their hard work and encouragement. We can’t wait to continue our strong relationship and introduce more people to the sport.’
Air Arms Managing Director, Claire West said, ‘Air Arms are pleased to be associated with British Shooting’s Target Sprint. They have done some incredible work in promoting the sport to the next generation of athletes. The Target Sprint Festival is a great way to bring competitors together for three days of competition and ultimately some great fun. We are proud and honoured to be involved with the development of the Target Sprint discipline.”
For more information about the Target Sprint GB Festival 2018, please visit: https://www.targetsprint.com
Webley has a family of rifles based around a common action, including the En4orcer seen in the editor’s test this month, and the striking little Eclipse pictured here. The magazine-fed, sidelever action delivers 5.5 ft.lbs. of highly accurate performance making this perhaps the ultimate close-range ratting gun. At just 25” long with the adjustable stock fully collapsed, it’s handy in tight spots, but with the stock extended to more usual dimensions, it handles much like its full-size cousins. The barrel is screw-cut ready to accept a silencer, adding to its hunting credentials. The stock is adjustable for pull length and cheek piece height, whilst the highly contoured pistol grip aids fine trigger control. She’s a looker too, if the tactical thing is to your tastes. www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk RRP £449.99
Last month, OnTarget shooting range in Northampton held their first-ever biathlon charity fundraiser for the Air Ambulance Service – a sporting event in which novice and seasoned shooters could compete on an even playing field. The race took place over three laps; the competitors cycled two miles, then sprinted through to the shooting lanes to load their rifles and take 16 shots from the elbow at a target 30mm across, and each missed shot resulted in a 20-second time penalty.
Competitors were: Joseph Rudd, 23, Marketing Manager, Becki Young, 19, Personal Trainer, Bradley Lambert, 22, Operations Manager at OnTarget, Lewis Bird, 17, Sales Assistant at OnTarget, and Drew Winslow, 49, IT Manager.
As the final lap came to a finale, Joseph fired his 16 rounds and was the first to cross the finish line. Bradley followed closely behind, then Becki, Drew and Lewis.
Drew had managed to improve under pressure and won the final round of shooting, dropping just 7 shots of 16, but Bradley Lambert balanced both speed and skill to land an astonishing victory. All in all, the event was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed the day and we were able to raise £600 for the Air Ambulance service. Donations can still be made at www.ontaregtrange.co.uk/biathlon. We would also like to mention Sparkey Detailing, PTS Gym in Northampton, and Decathlon Northampton, who all supported OnTarget. It was go, go, go during the fantastic OnTarget biathlon fundraiser. Well done, everyone!
The Colt 1911 is one of the most admired handguns ever made and SIG Sauer has added a new and unusual one to its catalogue. ‘We The People’ is modelled on the full-size centrefire pistol inspired by a rich, patriotic history. This BB pistol version of an American handgun features the same custom grips adorned with 50 stars (25 per side) that represent each state of the Union. A distressed finish on the stainless steel slide and frame includes patriotic engravings, such as 13 stars atop the slide and ‘We The People’ and ‘1776’ on the slide flats. It’s a highly unusual version of this classic handgun and one sure to appeal to collectors.
www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk £179.99 SIG Sauer is offering this highly unusual 1911 in BB-firing form.
This new compressor offers great performance in a compact design.
Air Arms is fully behind Target Sprint which is a great new sport.
If you shoot a Daystate at the Extreme Benchrest this year some big bonuses could come your way.
This ultra-compact rifle could be the ultimate ratter.