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New prod­ucts, and forth­com­ing events from your air­gun world

HIGHER PRES­SURE

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.

FUR­THER SPON­SOR­SHIP

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.

FAST FRIENDS

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

SU­PER SHORTY

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

GREAT CAUSE

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!

PEO­PLE’S PIS­TOL

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.

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