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I’m a self-con­fessed tech­nol­ogy nut and I love gad­gets and giz­mos that make shoot­ing more en­joy­able. How­ever, they have to work and be bet­ter then what came be­fore, or I’m not in­ter­ested. Over the years, I’ve bought my fair share of junk and be­cause of that I’ve be­come a lit­tle wiser, I hope. In this month’s is­sue we have one of the best in­no­va­tions I’ve seen for a while in the form of the Nite-Site Mount­able Rangefinder. Rangefind­ing at night is al­ways tricky, and al­most im­pos­si­ble through a night-vi­sion scope so, for me, this su­perb de­vice is at least truly ground­break­ing. It’s small and light so no bur­den to carry, and works like a dream.

An­other highly in­no­va­tive prod­uct is FX Air­guns’ Im­pact, which is an ex­tra­or­di­nary tour de force in air­gun de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing. I’ve only had it for a few days, so this month I’m giv­ing an in­tro­duc­tion and I’ll bring you my full re­port next time.

The third prod­uct that caught my eye was a clever lit­tle knife that means you’ll never need a sharp­en­ing stone again. Knife sharp­en­ing is dif­fi­cult and bor­ing, so the Havalon Pi­ranta has dis­pos­able blades that you sim­ply re­place as they dull and you can eas­ily carry a spare in the pouch, so you never need fight a blunt knife.

As much as we might like to deny it, we all love a new toy, and if it makes our day in the field even a lit­tle bit bet­ter then it’s money well spent. When I look back at the guns, scopes, boots and cloth­ing I owned when I started shoot­ing, it’s clear to see that we’ve moved on a very long way. We’re now warm and dry whilst hit­ting our tar­get more of­ten.

Per­haps the big­gest step of the month though, is the Gamo Phox ri­fle pack­age that gives you ev­ery­thing you need to start shoot­ing a pre-charged pneu­matic ri­fle, for un­der £500, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary. Please don’t as­sume that the ri­fle is com­pro­mised in any way; it is not. These are great days to be an air­gun­ner in­deed.

The Gamo Phox is in­cred­i­ble value and a great per­former to boot

ED­I­TOR

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