Wondering what to buy the airgunner in your life this Christmas, or want to drop some hints as the festive period approaches? Here are some stocking filler ideas for that all-important list…
The innovative Flip Target doesn’t need to be reset between shots – every direct hit to the 55mm ‘lollipop’ target area walks it backwards, presenting you with another disc for your next shot. Various models to suit varying power levels ensure the target withstands well over 2,000 strikes – and it handily flat-packs for easy storage.
The Sportsmatch 30mm Rapid Mount is the perfect gift for any Theoben Rapid shooter with an oversized scope – you simply roll off the gun’s existing rings and replace with these. Sorted – plus, they’re guaranteed for life.
The MTC Rapier 2 OLED is a robust little rangefinder that gives accurate distance readings from 7m to 1,000 – and it’s small enough to stash inside a jacket pocket as well as a stocking at the end of your bed! Shrouded in a rubber, waterproof housing, its bright orange LED display is easy to read and gives distances in either yards or metres with an accuracy of +/- 1.
The Double Pistol gun case from AirForceOne measures up at 440x325x50mm and (you’ve guessed) accommodates two scope-mounted pistols. It comes in Digital Woodland camo or Midnight Black, is made from well-padded, waterproof 1000D Cordura and boasts spacious internal and external accessory pockets.
Anyone lucky enough to find a new BB gun under the tree will need a generous supply of ammo – and SMK’s .177 (4.5mm) Precision BBs will keep festive plinking sessions nicely on target. They come in handy snap-shut tubs of 435 or 1500 and are highly polished for enhanced accuracy.
The Zombie Silhouette Knock-down from Gr8fun Targets is just one of the many targets the innovative target maker lists on its website – this one being finished in an eerie yellow glow, with a kill area of around 110 x 65mm that’s reset by the supplied 50-metre cord.
£11; £42 for a set of five
Spend a quiet Christmas courtesy of Air Arms’s new Q-Tec Silencer that heralds a new benchmark in sound-suppression performance. Models are calibre specific (.177, .22 and .25) and come with male or female 1/2in UNF threads, or grubscrew fit (10/15mm barrels), the lightest weighing just 183 grams.
Much smarter than a Santa hat, Air Arms fans can proudly display their allegiance to their favourite gunmaker with this baseball cap in ‘team colours’. Made from high quality fabric, it sports the award-winning British gunmaker’s famous logo alongside a Union Flag design.
The Caldwell Orange Peel targets are great for zero-checking as the area around the pellet strike flakes off to reveal a bright flare of colour that you’ll easily clock from the firing line. There’s a whole range of designs, from conventional circles to novelty vermin and turkey designs – and we reckon the 2in (50mm) Bulls-eye Targets are great for honing airgun accuracy.
£6.99 (x10 pack 2″ Bullseye Targets)
It takes top quality ammo to get the best from any airgun, and Daystate’s JSB-made Rangemaster Sovereign pellets are as good as classic waisted roundheads come. As well as 500-tins of .177 (8.44 grains) and .22 (15.9), they’re also available at 13.73 grains in .20 calibre (350 tin).
An ideal gift for the mobile hunter, this nifty Jack Pyke Waist Bag and Bottle set boasts a spacious pouch and zip-up pocket to keep kit like ammo, knives, quarry calls and mobile phone safely stowed away, plus a drinking bottle to keep thirst at bay. Finished in English Oak Camo, it has an adjustable belt to fit all sizes.
Described as the ultimate torch for all occasions, the LED Lenser P7QC Torch is a 220 lumen lamp that boasts a run-time of 25 hours and which can cast a beam for 60 metres. Plus, a simple twist of its head shifts the light between white, red, green and blue without the need of any extra filters.
SMK’s Airgun Cleaning Kit includes everything you need to keep your gun’s barrel properly cleaned for tip-top accuracy – and it features alloy handles with a wool mop and bronze wire brush attachments for both .177 and .22 calibre bores, plus a multi-fit pellet remover.
Get the festive proceedings off to a bang with these Firebird Airflash 40 pyrotechnic targets – 40mm discs which go off with a loud crack, sparks and a plume of smoke when hit. Supplied with a mounting plate, there’s also a ‘Quiet’ version for that post-Christmas hangover!
£9.99 (pack of 10)
Gerber’s fixed-blade Compact Myth is a clever knife, the supplied sheath of which incorporates a carbide sharpener to keep its flexible 80mm blade finely honed. A rubberised handle combines with the flexi-blade to make it perfect for intricate game prep tasks.
The FUD (Fold Up Decoy) is a flat-pack deek and arrives in a set of six that fold into life-size woodpigeons with photo quality plumage printed on tough neoprene. They feature an integral metal peg, and come with a ‘Fudslinger’ belt clip for hands-free transportation.
£29 (for six)
The lightweight Pred3X ‘Ratter’ from LightForce is also up to the task of lamping rabbits. Crafted from 6061-grade aluminium, it sports a quick, cam-shut clamping system that locates onto any Picatinny/Weaver-fit accessory rail, one of which comes to fit either 25 or 30mm scope tubes in the kit. Illumination comes courtesy of a 50,000-hour CREE LED producing a 220 lumen beam out to 80 metres. The rechargeable Li-ion batteries give a continual run time of 90 minutes.
£126 incl. presentation box; £112 excl. scope mount