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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

 

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.

 

 

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Jim Chapman: The American Airgun Hunter

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Airgun Hobbyist Magazine.
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During the 2016 SHOT Show we had the opportunity to meet up with the American Airgun Hunter, Jim Chapman. Jim travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to hunt with airguns. He’s a regular on American Airgunner TV, authors articles for various publication in the USA and UK. Jim is an airgunner’s airgunner. The following is part of the conversation we had with him.

AH: What was your first airgun, a Red Ryder?
JC: I can tell you with such clarity. I was about 11 and took a cross country bus trip with my grandmother (she was afraid to fly) to New York from California. When I got to New York I was at my uncles’ house, he was a pharmacists in a small country town. I was out wondering around; they had this old Victorian house with a barn out back. For a kid from southern California it was very rustic. I’m out in this barn and I find this old rusted BB gun. It was a Red Ryder. I brought it back and my uncle said “Yah, that’s Jimmy’s”, Jimmy was my cousin and serving in Vietnam at the time. He said he was sure Jimmy would be happy to let me have it. So I sanded it down and spray painted it. I spent the rest of summer shooting that gun, no frog or grasshopper was safe as I imagined myself on safari. When I got home for Christmas, after much begging, my mom bought me a Sheridan pump.

AH: Did your dad teach you to hunt?
JC: Outside of sailing my dad had no interest in the outdoors, and without a role model I had to learn all that on my own. It was an interesting time where I was in California. Right now it’s covered in multi-million dollar houses, but back then there was a lot of coastal ranch land, soy bean fields, and orange groves. When I was 14 or 15, I got my first .22 [rimfire] and that was the end of airguns. I don’t think I picked up another until I was in Europe years later.

AH: How did you start writing?
JC: When I came back to the States, I traveled a lot for my work. I started taking my Airguns everywhere and I was on the forum writing about these hunting trips. Some guys thought I was making it up; one week I was shooting ground squirrel in California, the next ground hogs in Ohio, the next jackrabbits in Texas and so on. Remember Randy Mitchell? He was one of the first guys who had an airgun hunting related website. Randy and I met online and became friends and have hunted a lot together over the years, including Africa. He said, “Why don’t you write something for my website.” So I wrote some stories and people started saying why don’t you write a book.

AH: So your writing started with the book?
JC: It wasn’t like there was a strategy, I wrote the stories for Randy because I was really into the sport, and at the time there wasn’t much out there for US based airgun hunters. Then somebody recommended me to the editors at Predator Xtreme predator hunting magazine and they asked me to write a column, and that was followed by several opportunities with other publications.

AH: Could you tell us what sparked the book?
JC: I wrote that first book 11 years ago. I’d been living in Europe for most of the 80’s and some of the 90’s, and that’s where I started serious airgunning. When flying out of Amsterdam I’d stop by the international news agent at the airport and see UK based “Airgunner Magazine”. I’d read the articles by the great British airgun writer James Darling and say to myself “Man I want to do that.” I missed hunting so bad, so I started shooting airguns there. At one point shortly after encountering the magazine I was on a trip to Austria, and a friend said “I’ve got a couple nice air rifles, would you like to shoot them?” It was the first time I’d even seen a high quality airgun. They were Diana’s and had custom stocks, truly they were things of beauty. I had no idea that airguns could be that nice. So between seeing the magazines and shortly after getting to shoot one of those springers, I was thinking “This is cool stuff.”

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AH: What was the title of the first book?
JC: American Airgun Hunter. It’s also the name of my web site. The site came in to existence to promote the book initially, but took on a life of its own.

AH: Your web site was a companion to the book?
JC: When I started my web site, it was to promote the book But then I started to use it to talk about the guns and gear I was shooting, the places I was hunting, kind of my adventure log and public notebook. But then people and companies started sending me guns and gear to try out, and I used the site to communicate my thoughts. From the beginning, I made it clear that sending me a gun was not going to mean I’d write about it. But at the same time I wanted them to feel they could send me things early in development without being worried I’d nail them to a wall when failures occurred, as they were bound to do. I made a clear statement that I’m not the Airgun police, this is my hobby. I barely have time to write about things I like. So if I don’t like a gun, I’m not going to write about it (publicly). All I’ve ever said is that if you see my name behind a gun, I’ll stand by what I said. If I haven’t written about it, it means I haven’t seen it, I haven’t shot it, or I don’t like it. Essentially, if I don’t write about it I don’t have a public opinion good or bad. I’ve taken some criticism over the years for this policy, but it works for me.

AH: What do you mean by a gun you like?
JC: I might be sent a $150 springer, which would not be the gun I’d normally buy. But when I review it I’m trying to put myself into the shoes of the targeted user, for instance the guy who walks into a big box store and doesn’t want to spend much money. The thing is to articulate the user need and context. I’m all about hunting results, Robert Beeman once wrote that I hunt with guns he wouldn’t be seen in public with, while for me it was about results. He got me! What you get out my articles and columns are the quantifiable data such as velocities and shot to shot variation. But the qualitative side of the coin is opinion, and sure I have a lot of experience, but that does not mean that there are not equally valid opinions. My personal favorite rifles tend to be many of the expensive high end models, but I also still like going out with the Marauder. I’ve got 5 of them. I’ve got one of the first .22 prototype ever built. It loads from the left side. I also like the Hatsan AT44. I still like my Discovery and still take out my Beeman C1 every year. The thing is if you want the sport to grow, you’re not going to convince a guy who can buy a 10/22 and a brick of ammo for $300 to spend $2000 on his first air rifle. But with a reasonably priced airgun with decent performance you may get them into the hobby.

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AH: How is the American Airgunner TV going?
JC: It’s going very well, I think evolving and improving with each season. I enjoy the round table with the guys, Tom really does blow my mind with his depth of airgun related knowledge and Rick drills down on the every mans’ guns that I don’t always get a chance to use. Rossi and I have become pretty good friends and I think he is doing a great job! He has learned a lot and knows a lot about Airguns. Its worth noting that he is also quite a good shot, regardless of what I usually say to his face! I’m getting more hunting segments as well, which makes me happy, and have teamed up with a cameraman named Clay Pruitt who is great to work with. We have some cool airgun hunting adventures coming up.

AH: Is there anything out there that’s new and exciting and really caught your attention?
JC: The trend is definitely going towards bullpups, which I appreciate from a functional if not an aesthetic perspective. I really like the FX Wildcat as a best of breed example, however the MRod air .30 Velociraptor and the Hatsan Galatian have a lot going for them. The AirArms Galahad looks interesting but I’ve not shot it yet, and the Daystate Pulsar has been really impressive. In more traditional designs I love the Brocock Compatto, which on the surface looks like a nice little PCP but under the hood is some very elegant engineering. Also Crosman coming out with a sub $200.00 PCP that is easy to charge with a hand pump will be attractive to many shooters. There are some cool new big bores coming out too; AirForce had the Texan in .308 and .357 joining the .457 version, AOA showed the compact Carbine version of the .452 Bushbuck and is adding a .357, Ataman had guns in .35, and there are still the great limited production guns from Quackenbush being joined by new manufacturers like American AirArms and Extreme Airguns. I was in Virginia last month hunting with my buddies Nathan Wenger and Chip Sayers, and shot a deer with Chips .40 caliber Badger. This gun was a development effort driven by a group called EPOC that I understand will be distributed by Airgun Depot. They haven’t gone to market yet, but I like the simple and basic design, performance, and fact they are targeting a price point of about $600.00.

AH: Did you see the shortened Bushbuck at the AoA booth?
JC: I love it, I’ve taken a couple boar and deer with the rifle version. The Bushbuck is uber powerful, over 600 fpe, accurate, and built like a tank. My buddy Kip Perow over at AOA was a major driver for that development effort. He and I have hunted together a lot, including Africa, and it shows when the guy specifying a gun actually is a power user. My only complaint, and I’ve been on AoA since the beginning, is to make a more compact version. My rifle is going back to be reconfigured!

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AH: What about CO2 guns?
JC: I don’t do much with CO2 guns because I can’t really hunt with them. I did do a lot with the 2240 several years ago, and even did a short booklet on how to customize them for hunting, including modifying the valve for better performance. I was out hunting 10 or 11 years ago, 30 miles from here (Las Vegas) for jackrabbits. My modified 2240 was getting 12 foot pounds when I started, but the problem was that in cold weather it did not do well and in hot weather it didn’t work well. And this place got hot, so by 10 AM my gun was finished. That’s the problem, the places I hunt tend to be very cold or very hot, so no, I don’t use them for hunting.

JC: But what is funny is that I’ve got six new big bores to test at home right now. I’ll tell my wife that I’m going down to shoot and will be making some noise. She will brace herself now knowing a big bore can have a bark, but all she hears is ping, ping, ping, because Sig sent me the MCX and I’m down there with the shooting gallery having a great time.

AH: Do you use your firearms much?
JC: The short answer is no. When I got back the states I was going out with my .22 [rimfire] quite a bit at first and still using my centerfires for most of my hunting. During this period I would work in Eastern Europe or Asia for 4-5 weeks then be back home in the California high desert for 4-5 weeks where my time was my own. My son (now in grad school) was five years old at the time. My stateside routine was to drop him off at school in the morning, then go out to shoot and hunt for a few hours, then pick him up from school, we’d have a snack and then he and I would go out and hunt some more. I slowly started gravitating towards my springers. I wanted to go to places closer to town, and wanted my son to have the same type of gun I was using. So I took my air rifle and started shooting jackrabbits and ground squirrels in the high numbers and stopped using my .22 Rimfire. At first it was not a conscious decision, it seemed the first gun I’d grab going out was my R1, C1, or Model 34 and I just kind of shifted over to air.

JC: These days however, when I use one of my centerfires to hunt, I almost feel like I am cheating. This is not a blanket condemnation of firearms for hunting, some guys shift to handguns, some to muzzle loaders, some to archery as they move through their hunting life. It’s a way to improve the quality of the hunt and challenge to meet their own ideals, for me it’s airguns.

JC: This is an exciting time to be into the sport; it’s still in the young and formative stage, but has a lot of momentum. There are more companies bringing great new products to market, more states are opening their regulations to include air powered guns for hunting, there is a growing awareness of the sport within the mainstream shooting and hunting community…… It’s what many of us hoped for 15-20 years ago, and we’re now seeing the sport come into its own. It’s a great time to be an Airgunner!

By Tim Smith – Editor of Airgun Hobbyist Magazine

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