ED’S WEL­COME

Air Gunner - - Contents - ED­I­TOR

The ed­i­tor has had a very busy month, test­ing some ex­clu­sive and in­no­va­tive new gear whilst get­ting out and about

Wel­come, to the April 2019 issue of Air Gun­ner. It’s been an­other crazy- busy month for me and I’m ab­so­lutely lov­ing it. We started off with a dust­ing of snow, and as I sit here typ­ing this it’s 9am, the sun is out and it’s al­ready 12 de­grees!

I spent yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in my gar­den bask­ing in the sun­shine while test­ing a rather amaz­ing new range of pel­lets from QYS. My gar­den range is only 25 me­tres long, but I still can’t be­lieve how good these new pel­lets are. It’s quite rare to stum­ble across a real game changer these days, but I re­ally be­lieve I have now found the pel­lets that my BSA R10 and I both love in the form of the FT Stream­lined Heavy (9.56g) - check out why I’ll be us­ing them for the forsee­able fu­ture on page 50.

I also man­aged to get out for a day’s hunt­ing with our very own Jamie Chandler, and what a thor­oughly nice chap he is too. We had a great time chewing the cud, rat­tling off a few shots, eat­ing lots and even tak­ing a few pi­geons home for din­ner. You can read all about our ex­ploits on page 37.

I’m so pleased at the re­sponse

to the Junior Air­gun­ner pages; it seems a lot of you have kids who shoot with you, and we’re start­ing to get some great pic­tures of smi­ley, happy faces be­ing sent in - please keep them com­ing!

We’ll be an­nounc­ing the spon­sor of the pages in the May issue, and we’ll be dish­ing out some qual­ity prizes to those who have al­ready sent in their pics and en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion.

As you can see from the cover, I’ve been a very lucky chap this month, tak­ing de­liv­ery of the firstever reg­u­lated Air Arms S510R TDR ri­fle. What an amaz­ing piece of en­gi­neer­ing it is too! It’s a real breath of fresh air to shoot some­thing so func­tional that is de­signed with hunt­ing in mind. I’ve gone to town on the re­view by spread­ing it over five pages, but I think this ri­fle de­served it, as you will no doubt find out.

Well, that’s about it from me this month, I hope you en­joy this issue as much as I have en­joyed putting it to­gether! I wish you all happy shoot­ing, and please do get in touch. Drop me an email: [email protected] archant.co.uk P.S. Right at the last minute we just had to do a 'Stop Press' spe­cial fea­ture on the Great British Shoot­ing Show - Check out all the new kit for 2019!

The new Air Arms S510R TDR is an amaz­ing ri­fle. Turn to page 22 for Dave’s in-depth re­view

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