Want a big pressie to unwrap this Christmas? Here’s a selection of guns, gear and other goodies we reckon any airgunner would love Santa to leave under their tree…
If you’re after something short’n’sweet for your gun cabinet this Christmas, then GunPower’s Hellcat is the purr-fect present! At just 1.5 kg, this ultra-compact carbine is lighter than your average Christmas cake, yet still boasts a legal limit power output! Recoil-free accuracy is enhanced via a delightful two-stage, adjustable trigger, a 305mm Lothar Walther barrel and its Direct-Flo valve system.
If you want a feature-rich, 30mm tubed scope, then MTC Optics’ 5-20×50 Genesis is the answer – whether you’re a target shooter or long-range hunter. Besides bright lensware, it boasts sidewheel parallax, an illuminated fine-wire AMD reticle, BDC turrets and flip-up caps – and comes in black or silver.
Pitch Black Night Vision’s new Field Master is a total hunting solution, working by day and seeing by night courtesy of its electronic digital wizardry. Ready to be mounted, it also comes with a rechargeable run-time of 12 hours, while its newly-added accessory rails also include a T20 Oslon Black IR emitter and 1000-lumen flashlight!
Hawke’s compact 10×42 Nature Trek field glasses fold down small enough to fit into the pocket of your hunting jacket and, set in a shock-resistant, lightweight polycarbonate body with green rubberised coating, they’re tough as boots, too. Their multi-coated lenses give amazing light transmission on the dullest of winter days, making them great for finding quarry or ‘spotting’ shot placement on the range. We think they’d be even better to find under the tree on Christmas morning, though!
With PCPs getting chunkier and scopes getting bigger, Highland Outdoors’ gunbag offering from Buffalo River is a just the gift to go with a new airgun. It may need a shed-load of wrapping paper, but the 48-inch Rifleman Bag has been made extra wide to cater for the fattest of buddy-bottle pneumatics – and still offer serious protection courtesy of an inner metal frame and outer protective skin comprising 5mm EVA board! It’s also lined with eggshell foam, boasts strong straps, adjustable sling, a two-way zipper and a generous accessory pouch.
A compact all-rounder, equally suited to plinking and pest control, Crosman’s 1.5kg Ratcatcher 2250-XL – aka ‘the Rattie’ – comes complete with a 4×32 scope for the ultimate gun gift for shooters of all sizes. Sporting a newly extended, 457mm barrel for added accuracy, its mid-level power output comes courtesy of a single 12g CO2 capsule. Not only does the black synthetic stock look good, it’s also tough and will easily stand up to the rigours of field work.
LightForce’s handheld Enforcer Halogen lamp range offers powerful illumination for targeting rabbits after dark, comes with a soft grip, powerful halogen spot bulb and low energy LED task light. It’s the ultimate Christmas light, we’d say – especially as it can even convert to cordless operation with the optional add-on battery.
Anyone who’s a fan of the famous GI-issue Colt will find Remington’s new 1911RAC CO2 pistol a fistful of festive plinking good fun! Its all-metal frame and chequered brown grips give a solid feel, while its recoiling, semi-auto blowback action returns some very lively handling, spitting out 4.5mm steel BBs from its 18-shot mag at a healthy 320fps. The gun’s powered by a 12g CO2 capsule, sports combat sights, a grip safety and is also field strippable.
£99.95 – £109.95 with hard case www.sportsmk.co.uk
Christmas is the best time to introduce kids into the shooting world – and what better way to lure them from the telly and gaming console than Gamo’s super-tough, easy-handling .177 G-Force Tactical? Its distinctive black styling and manageable proportions – 950mm length, 2kg weight – should catch their eye through the tinsel, while its 5ft/lb output offers the perfect power for safe shooting under supervision on the garden range. The icing on this Christmas cake is that the Tactical is even supplied with a quick-shot dot sight – so it’s ready to shoot straight out of the box.
Jack Pyke says its Hunter Boot keeps feet warm and dry whatever the weather – a perfect claim to test on the Boxing Day shoot! Made from full grain leather, it features a grippy Vibram Trek rubber sole and rubber rand for added protection, while a HydroGuard membrane keeps them waterproof and breathable. There’s 200g of Thinsulate insulation for added warmth, and the materials even incorporate Agion antimicrobial treatment to keep odours at bay.