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