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The ed­i­tor’s on a new learn­ing curve, with a ther­mal hand-held spot­ter

I’m al­ways ex­cited to learn some­thing new, es­pe­cially when it comes to the won­der­ful sport of air­gun­ning. This month, I’ve been dou­bly lucky be­cause I’ve been the first to test a ri­fle that sign­posts the fu­ture of hunt­ing air­guns, the Air Arms S510R Ul­ti­mate Sporter, and also a hand-held ther­mal monoc­u­lar that brings sci-fi tech­nol­ogy to the hum­ble air­gun hunter.

The ri­fle is fas­ci­nat­ing be­cause it seeks to im­prove the hunt­ing air­gun by em­ploy­ing tar­get shoot­ing tech­nol­ogy to max­imise ac­cu­racy, whilst un­der­stand­ing that a hunt­ing gun must be flex­i­ble and adapt­able in any sit­u­a­tion. Tar­get ri­fles only need to work in a lim­ited and pre­de­fined num­ber of po­si­tions, whilst the hunter must make use of what­ever is given to him, and then adapt and over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties un­til the game is in the bag.

The ther­mal spot­ter is a step into the fu­ture and one that I found fas­ci­nat­ing. It was un­for­tu­nate that my time with it was lim­ited, but its abil­ity to find quarry was spec­tac­u­lar when com­pared to the naked eye, or even the best binoc­u­lars. The im­age you view looks to be straight from a science-fiction movie, but I as­sure you that th­ese de­vices are very real and I’m sure that they’ll be a part of our hunt­ing fu­ture. Ed.

Lear­ing about this in­cred­i­ble ther­mal spot­ter was a high­light in my month

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