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What Is Long-Range For An Airgun?

Long-Range Airgun Shooting

In this episode of American Airgunner, Rossi is joined by fellow airgun enthusiasts Tom “The Godfather” Gaylord, Jim Chapman, and Tyler Patner for a roundtable discussion on long-range shooting with airguns. Each individual in this discussion brings a unique perspective to the discussion.  Tom is a wealth of general knowledge, Jim has the perspective of a hunter, and Tyler is a national champion in competitive airgun shooting. Tune in as the guys discuss caliber choice, ballistic coefficients, velocity retention, energy on target, muzzle velocity, and how individual airguns perform at various distances. The bottom line is that there are a lot of variables that come into play when attempting shots at longer distances with an airgun.

What is considered long-range for an airgun? What’s the best caliber for long-range (250 yards +) shots? How do you shoot airguns consistently at long-range? All of these questions are up for discussion on this roundtable segment.

 

Pyramyd Air Cup

The Pyramyd Air Cup Competition

If you’re into shooting airguns the 2019 Pyramyd Air Cup is a weekend you want to be part of! Throughout the weekend there are multiple competitions, great people, great food, and lots of FUN! The 2019 Pyramyd Air Cup will be held August 23-25, 2019 at Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. The biggest East Coast Airgun Competition just got a whole lot better.  This year they’ll be bringing back the fan favorites – Field Target and Gunslynger competitions, but adding a Benchrest Competition to up the excitement.  Plus, it’s new home at Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio is a top-notch facility that will provide a great backdrop to a great weekend.  Don’t delay – spots are limited – enter today! The competition, camaraderie, and fun are for everybody, come and join us! You can register by following this link… https://www.pyramydair.com/PACUP

Enjoy videos from Air Cup Competitions Past!!

 

Air Rifle Field Target at Pyramyd Air Cup

Pyramyd Air Cup Air Rifle Shooting Competition: Part 1

Pyramyd Air Cup Shooting Competition Part 2

Hog Hunting From Helicopters With Airguns

Airgunning Hogs From Helicopters

On this episode of American Airgunner Rossi is hunting hogs from a helicopter in Texas with good friends Eydin Hansen of the Texas Hog Hunters Association and Andy Anderson of Executive Outdoor Adventures. The hog population in Texas is high and the damage done to crops and pasture can get out of control.  Hence, the reason for the Texas Hog Depredation Act which allows landowners to offset the financial losses caused by hogs with hunting tourism dollars.  Maintaining this population is a way to keep this invasive species from altering the already existing ecosystem. Hunting from helicopters enables the hunter and landowner to expedite the process. Tune in as Rossi proves to Andy just how capable an airgun is as an effective tool in taking care of even the biggest of hogs.  Lastly a big thank you goes out to Executive Outdoor Adventures for the opportunity in helping to take care of the hog population problem!

In this episode of American Airgunner Rossi is using the Umarex Hammer .50 PCP Air Rifle.

Umarex Hammer .50 PCP Air Rifle

Umarex Hammer .50 PCP Air Rifle

  • Precharged pneumatic (PCP)
  • 2-round chamber magazine (includes 2)
  • Rifled barrel
  • Straight pull speed-bolt with 2 lbs cocking effort
  • 3-lb trigger weight
  • Regulated to 3,000 psi per shot
  • 4,500 fill pressure (24 cubic inch carbon fiber tank)
  • Built-in manometer (pressure gauge)
  • Weaver/Picatinny optics rail
  • PolyOne designed and manufactured stock
  • AR Magpul style grip
  • Integrated rear sling stud
  • 3 slots in forearm grip to accept M-LOK attachments
  • Quick Disconnect Foster fitting
  • 75-inch overall length
  • 5 pound overall weight unloaded without scope
  • 5-inch barrel length with full-length composite shroud
  • Made in the USA

Umarex Hammer™ Energy Generation
Grain Material FPS Energy (ft. lbs.)
180 Umarex® ARX® 1100 484
200 Lead 1055 495
250 Lead 1000 555
275 Lead 945 545
300 Lead 930 576
330 Lead (Lyman) 935 641
350 Lead (Lyman) 875 595
550 Lead 760 700

The World’s Most Powerful PCP Hunter has arrived—The Umarex Hammer.

Able to sling three regulated .50 caliber shots per fill, the Hammer utilizes Umarex’s patent-pending Lightspeed™ valve created specifically to deliver jaw-dropping power.  Crafted to throw 550 grain, .50 caliber slugs downrange at 760fps for an unheard of 700 FPE, and a 250gr slug at 1,000 fps—the Hammer has more than enough power to knock down even the largest game. Powered by a huge 4,500 psi carbon fiber cylinder that is regulated to 3,000 psi allows for 3 consistent, full-powered regulated shots with the ability for a powerful fourth follow-up shot.

Once you fire your first shot, move on to the next by operating the straight-pull bolt to index the 2-round magazine.  The bolt’s low 2-lb cocking effort makes taking a fast follow-up shot shockingly easy. Each Hammer includes two magazines to keep the shots coming.  For added protection, the Hammer employs a three-step safety system that includes a manual trigger safety, hammer-block, and a magazine lockout that prevents the gun from being fired without the magazine inserted.

The stock was crafted in collaboration with PolyOne Corp., renowned as experts in the field of specialized polymer products and resulted in a rough-and-ready all-weather stock built to support this rifle’s powerful shots.  Each stock includes a rear sling stud and three M-LOK slots in the forearm for adding accessories.  The Magpul AR grip contours to the hand, and can be switched out for other AR grips.  When choosing your optics you will have a lot of options with the long 8.5” Weaver/Picatinny rail that rests right above its fully-moderated barrel.  This barrel is reported to be able to put its first three shots within an inch at 50 yards!

Umarex is once again at the forefront of airgun innovation with a rifle that is sure to dominate airgun hunter’s arsenals for years to come.  Grab your Hammer and harness the energy of the most powerful production PCP air rifle in the world!

Airgun Scope Mount Reviews | BKL Technologies Scope Mounts

Rossi’s Reviews | BKL Technologies Scope Mounts

In this episode of Rossi’s reviews, Rossi touches on one of the most important topics when selecting a scope which is picking out the right mounting system. To achieve optimal accuracy you have to start with the right mounting system for your scope and in this episode, Rossi is going to take a detailed look at the scope mounts from BKL Technologies.  They are manufacturers of the largest selection of airgun and rimfire scope mounts in the U.S. Their competition-grade scope mounting system includes scope mounts, scope rings, dovetail to weaver adaptors, and scope risers that utilize a quick-installing and self-aligning clamping system that fits both 11mm and 3/8″ dovetails. Their patented auto-centering and clamp spreading technologies are also a standard on all series and are made from the highest grade aircraft aluminum alloy.

Some of the products highlighted in the video:

BKL 1″ Rings, 3/8″ or 11mm Dovetail, Matte Black

BKL Scope Bubble Level

BKL 3/8″ or 11mm Dovetail to Weaver Adapter, 4″ Long, Matte Black

Texas Hog Hunting With Airguns | Hoggin Some Lever Action

Hoggin Some Lever Action

In this episode of American Airgunner, we’re Texas Airgun Hog Hunting with Steve Criner and his Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 caliber Rifle shooting an Air Venturi Air Bolt arrow made for airguns. Watch as Steve does some hog stalking and closes the deal on some big ole long-snouted hogs.  Plus Rossi is at the American Airgunner Saloon with the new Legend Lever Action from Umarex Airguns and his Colt Peacemaker.  If you like hog hunting and cowboy action shooting then you won’t want to miss this episode.

Air Venturi Air Bolt, 6 pack

  • 0.50″ Caliber bolt
  • Velocity up to 500 fps (when used in Seneca Dragon Claw)
  • Power up to 238 FPE (when used in Seneca Dragon Claw)
  • 430 grains including 100 grain field tip
  • Overall length 23″
  • 300 Spine
  • Constructed from 100% Hi-Modulus Carbon Fiber
  • 6 Air Bolts per package

Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action CO2 BB Air Rifle

  • CO2
  • Ejectable cartridges
  • Realistic lever action
  • Full metal frame
  • Includes 10 BB cartridges
  • Fixed front sight
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • Faux-wood polymer stock
  • Compatible with Umarex Peacemaker BB cartridges
  • Powered by (2) 12 g CO2 Capsules housed in the stock

 

Rossi’s Airgun Reviews | AirForce Airguns Texan SS

AirForce Airguns Texan vs. Texan SS

In this installment of Rossi’s Reviews, we’re taking a look at the Texan SS and Texan from AirForce Airguns for a side by side comparison. The Texan SS may put out less foot per lbs. but it makes up for that in its ability to be accurate and quiet. Watch the full review below!

The Texan SS can give you up to 400-foot pounds of muzzle energy out of a compact size. Compared to its older brother, the Texan SS is just over 45″ in carbine length while the older version is around 48″. But within that compact size, AirForce also added a fully-shrouded barrel built Sound-Loc System technology.

The AirForce Texan delivers more power than any other production air rifle: .45-caliber bullets leave the muzzle at 1000 fps (up to 500+ ft-lbs. of energy). Load, cock, aim, squeeze and deliver jaw-dropping power. An entire world of hunting opportunities has just opened up to you.

 

AirForce Texan Air Rifle

  • .257, .308, .357 or .457 Caliber Lothar Walther Barrel
  • Pressure Relief Device
  • Adjustable Power. See our manual for more information on how to tune your rifle for your specific ammo used.
  • Low Effort Side Lever Cocking
  • Available in Original Black Finish

Technical Specifications:

  • Velocity: up to 1100 feet per second*
  • Max Fill Pressure: 3000 psi / 200 bar (Only use compressed air or dry nitrogen)
  • Action: Single shot
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Length: 48 inches
  • Barrel:34 inches
  • Trigger: 2 stage, adjustable for position
  • Sights: Open or optical may be installed
  • Air Tank Volume: 490cc
  • Safety: Automatic on cocking
  • Energy: up to 500 foot pounds*

*Depending on caliber, pellet weight and power setting


AirForce TexanSS Big Bore Air Rifle

  • .308, .357 or .457 Caliber Lothar Walther Barrels
  • Pressure Relief Device
  • Adjustable Power. See our manual for more information on how to tune your rifle for your specific ammo used.
  • Low Effort Side Lever Cocking
  • Sound-Loc® Technology
  • Available in Original Black Finish

Technical Specifications:

  • Velocity: up to 930 feet per second*
  • Max Fill Pressure: 3000 psi / 200 bar (only use compressed air or dry nitrogen)
  • Action: Single shot
  • Weight: 9 lbs
  • Length: 45 inches
  • Barrel: 24.75 inches
  • Trigger: 2 stage, adjustable for position
  • Sights: Open or optical may be installed
  • Air Tank Volume: 490cc
  • Safety: Automatic on cocking
  • Energy: up to 400 foot pounds*

Depending on caliber, pellet weight and power setting

Airgun Hunting Rat Wars 2018

Hunting Rats with an Airgun | Rat Wars 2018

On this episode of American Airgunner, Rossi joins the war on pest control and competes in the 2018 Air Gun Rat Wars.  The 2-day competition was comprised of 4 teams, Innnerloc’s Out There, Urban Nocks, Umarex Airguns, and American Airgunner. Teams were scored on the heaviest rat, longest rat, heaviest total catch, nest treasure, and most rats.  Each team had 2 shooters and a guide that were equipped with Umarex Gauntlet air guns and Axeon Laser Scopes. The guns have been dialed in from 10ft to 30ft for those hard to reach rats.

This is the 3rd annual competition that was initiated to bring an element of fun to handle a nuisance population of rats that decimate farmers feed and machinery. Join Rossi and his crew as they set to reduce the rat population and have a few laughs.

Check Out The Gauntlet Here

 

SHOT Show 2019 Product Recap

New Airgun Products from SHOT Show 2019

If you’ve never been to SHOT Show before, it’s a whirlwind of new and exciting products, great people, and sore feet! Rossi Morreale spent some time there and caught up with several brands that have some awesome fresh products for this year. If you didn’t get a chance to view them live, here’s a SHOT Show 2019 product roundup so you can catch up on all the action.

Hatsan Airguns 

At the Hatsan Airguns booth, Rossi got to check out the new airgun models. Most of the Hatsan line of airguns come in .177, .22, and .25 caliber and will be available in stores within the next couple of months. Check out the video and airgun highlights below.

  • 1844 QES – this airgun from the Quiet Energy Series now has open sights, so you won’t have to have a scope if you don’t want it. 
  • Glacian – this is a semiautomatic airgun, which has a very tactical look to it. It is a great option for small game and medium range targets. 
  • Vectus – this is a brand new airgun with a smooth lever action. It has a quiet energy synthetic shroud on the muzzle and flip up open sights. It also has a combination picatinny/dovetail rail. 
  • Nova Star – this is an upgraded gun from the Nova series, which is about a pound lighter than previous models. It also has a hidden in-stock magazine holder with a Turkish walnut stock. 
  • SpeedFire – this is a break-barrel repeater (automatic loading) airgun, which has open sights or a scope. 
  • AirMax – the AirMax is a bottle-fed airgun instead of cylinder-fed with a forward cocking mechanism. It too has a Turkish walnut stock and many more shots (up to 100 shots). 
  • Flash Wood – this airgun has a unique tactical look while still having a walnut stock. It has a chrome-plated and smooth operating cocking bolt. 
  • Airtact – this is an entry-level break-barrel airgun with a lighter synthetic barrel. 
  • Bull Boss – while this model has been popular already, there are several new and different color options. 

Predator International Airgun Pellets 

While at the show, Rossi also had to check out some new pellet options. He caught up with Dick Dickson from Predator International. In 2019, there’s a strong focus on improving the quality control that JSB and Predator International have for their pellets. Every pellet is hand-viewed under a microscope, with a rejection rate of 2%. Check out the video below.

  • .20 caliber Heavy – the new .20 caliber pellet, which is heavier (almost 16 grains), is making a comeback for 2019. 
  • Hades – this hollow-head pellet splits apart on impact, which is very lethal for small game, available in .22 caliber right now. 
  • GTO Pellet – this tin-based pellet is slightly lighter than lead but performs similarly. This provides a great lead-free option. 
  • Monster – to better match different guns, the Monster pellet is available in re-designed and original pellets (in .177 and .22 caliber options). 

Umarex Airguns 

Rossi caught up with Richard Turner from Umarex Airguns, including some of the big game animals that have been taken with these products.

  • Synergis – this under-lever repeater design allows an unbroken fixed barrel, with a 12-shot magazine. For a large-looking .177 caliber gun, it is very lightweight. 
  • Ruger 10/22 – following the look and feel of the original (and widely popular) Ruger .22 model, this airgun is a great replica to allow backyard shooting. 
  • Hammer – this new for 2019 .50 caliber air rifle allows three full powered shots, which is powerful enough to take down big game animals, including Cape buffalo! 

Velocity Outdoor Airguns 

Many people are more familiar with Crosman and Benjamin as name brands, but the Velocity Outdoor Company includes several great airguns. Check out the video below for more information.

  • Remington 1100 – this youth style shotgun has a single pump and holds 1,000 BBs for all-day plinking opportunities. 
  • Fortitude (Gen 2) – this lighter and newer option has some flexibility with an adjustable hammer, depending on how you use the gun. 
  • DPMSSBR – this newer (CO2-powered) airgun is a fully automatic BB gun. It comes with a red dot sight, and adjustable AR-compatible buffer tube and grip. 
  • MagFire Mission – this is another new repeater airgun for 2019. Also in this group is the Nomad with a wood stock and an Ultra option. 
  • Triple Threat – this awesome air handgun can shoot BBs or pellets and comes with three different barrels (3”, 6”, and 8”) to customize your shooting style. 

Gamo Airguns 

While at the SHOT Show, Rossi, of course, had to stop by to chat about Gamo airguns to see what is in store for 2019.

  • Swarm Whisper – with a good price point and a 10-pellet rotating magazine, the Fusion is an entry-level break-barrel airgun in .177 caliber. 
  • Swarm Bone Collector – using the Whisper Fusion sound suppression technology, this .22 caliber air rifle comes with a beech wood stock and an adjustable stage trigger. 
  • Swarm Fusion 10X Gen 2 – this new air rifle has a horizontal 10-shot magazine alignment, and so the rifle can support iron sights or a scope. It also comes with the adjustable stage trigger and sound suppression technology. 

AirForce Airguns 

While at the 2019 SHOT Show, Rossi also stopped by the AirForce Airguns booth to catch up on what’s going on this year.

  • RAW HM1000X – this is a long-range air rifle, best for target shooting. With a flat bottom, it can fit into bench rests very steadily. 
  • LSS – this prototype built off of the Texan model is impressive-looking and silent shooting. 

Hawke Optics and Airmax 

Without good optics, it is tough to truly extend your shooting and hunting opportunities. Rossi stopped by the booth to chat about the options for airgun optics.

  • Airmax Compact – this 3-12x scope has a parallax adjustment and illumination options, but it is smaller in size to fit smaller airguns. 
  • Frontier – this is a top-of-the-line scope built with stronger (but lighter) aluminum and crown glass for maximum clarity. The turrets are larger and tactical, and it features a Zero Stop feature, which allows you to always return to your zero point. With a throw lever on the magnification, you can quickly adjust it in the field even with gloves. This also comes in a 1” tube. 
  • Sidewinder 8-40x – this is a slightly smaller option from the 10-50x, but it has a lot of the other great features of the Sidewinder. 
  • In addition, Hawke Optics offers binoculars, rangefinders, and spotting scopes, which have all of the same great benefits of the scopes above. 

Air Arms 

Air Arms is a company from the UK that manufactures many different types of air rifles. They place a very high priority on quality products.

  • TDR Tactical Rifle – this silent air rifle comes in .177 and .22 caliber, with a side cocking mechanism and a 10-round magazine.  
  • S510XS Ultimate Sporter – this air rifle is extremely adjustable and comes in a more traditional-looking wood stock model. It is a great hunting rifle and comes with swivels to attach accessories. 

MTC Airgun Optics 

The MTC Optics Company is known primarily for airguns, with a large presence in the UK as well. Check out the video below for more information.

  • Cobra F1 – this scope features a first focal plane for extremely accurate shooting, and it has easily-adjustable turrets. The scope also has a glass reticle. 
  • Mamba Ultralight – this is a 1” tube, very lightweight scope. It is illuminated and brand new. 
  • Viper Pro – this scope features a totally customizable turret where you can set your own yardage for easy and quick adjustments in the fields. 

Daystate 

This is another British company that has some amazing airgun products.

  • Brocock Commander – this airgun is extremely tactical looking. Anyone who likes ARs will love it because it can interchange with AR parts to customize just about everything on it.  
  • Pulsar Saxon – this is a digital airgun, which has three different programming levels of low, medium, and high power. 
  • Brocock Sniper – this is similar to the Commander but features a different stock and is very lightweight.  
  • Red Wolf – this model comes with a walnut stock instead of the traditional red laminate stock. This gun is capable of producing half-inch groups at 100 yards! 

SIG Sauer Airsoft Guns and Airguns 

Everyone’s familiar with this brand, and their booth at SHOT Show 2019 was huge! They have a great high-end line of Proforce airsoft guns, but we were really interested in the airguns.

  • .365 – this BB gun is a fun handgun option, which can be used to train for concealed carry applications. 
  • Virtus – modeled on the MCX firearm platform, this airgun can use a lot of the same firearm accessories. This PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) .22 caliber comes with 30 rounds. 

Air Venturi 

Last, in the live video updates from SHOT Show 2019, Rossi stopped by the Air Venturi booth to see what’s new. You’re likely familiar with the air bolts already, but they have some exciting new products.

  • Springfield – this replica BB gun is CO2-powered, semi-automatic, and has a 15 shot magazine with full blowback action as you shoot. This is the first Springfield replica airgun produced. 
  • Springfield XTM Handgun – this handgun comes in both airsoft and airgun options, and has a holster with push button release.  
  • Seneca Aspen – coming in .177, .22, and .25 caliber, this PCP/pump airgun is dual-purpose so you can fill it and then continue pumping a couple times after each shot to keep it at full power. 
  • Nomad 2 Compressor – this compressor can be charged via wall outlets or car batteries. This compressor goes up to 4,500 PSI and can fill your airgun in 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Bada-Bang – this new target prototype connects to your phone via Bluetooth, which offers different games with four targets.

 

 

American Airgunner TV New Season to Air on Pursuit Channel

REDONDO BEACH, CA (June 13, 2018) – American Airgunner is set to air its all new 2018 season on Pursuit Channel beginning July 6th. The new episodes will entertain and education as host of the show, Rossi Morreale, and guests will bring you along with them as they dive into the world of airguns and airgun hunting.

This will be American Airgunner’s sixth season on Pursuit Channel with Rossi Morreale as host. “I couldn’t be more stoked about this season. It’s epic! We’ve gone on big game hunts with the new .50 caliber Umarex Hammer, we’ve explored various airguns from Pyramyd Air and we’re bringing new people into the world of airguns.”

This announcement about the new season of American Airgunner TV comes on the heels of Pursuit Channel’s news that Nielsen analytics from March 2018 has certified increased viewership for the network. Nielsen also highlighted Pursuit Channel as a most-frequent destination for the outdoor set, with millions of its unique viewers returning on average to their favorite network programming more than 11 times during one month. It also updated its Universe Estimate (UE) for outdoor networks, certifying Pursuit as the only North American broadcast entity currently growing outdoor-themed distribution.

CEO of Pursuit Channel, Rusty Faulk said, “American Airgunner is part of the Pursuit television community, which currently features more than 120 series, delivering the newest Hunt/Fish/Shoot content presently available.” 

American Airgunner and Pursuit Channel is active on DIRECTV HD (604 PRST), AT&T HD (1644), DISH Network (393 PRST), Fios by Verizon (818) and Centurylink Prism (1677). Mobile and desktop enthusiasts will find the show and network digitally at www.pursuituptv.com.

American Airgunner airs during primetime on Friday evening at 8:30 pm Eastern/5:30 pm Pacific and on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm Eastern, Fridays at 1:30 am.

You are invited to follow American Airgunner on Facebook, YouTube, AmericanAirgunner.com and Instagram. Follow American Airgunner on Twitter and use #AirgunnerTV to keep up with the show, its host Rossi Morreale, and the show’s guests, airgun hunters, and experts.

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