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Rat numbers have boomed on one of the farms where Mat Manning shoots, attracted by an abundance of easy food and plenty of snug places to nest.

The cocky rodents are even venturing out in daylight, so Mat sets up an ambush to keep them in check.

If you have a rifle that’s sitting all alone at the back of your gun cabinet, then Mike Morton reckons it’s high time you learned to love again. But if it’s ever going to be saved from permanent relegation, it’s good to work out why it dropped down your personal leaderboard in the first place.

Richard Saunders has been taking Mike’s advice and has blown the cobwebs off his old Weihrauch HW 80 springer to hunt squirrels the old-fashioned way.

It’s gun tests galore this issue as Mike puts the Gamo Boxer through its paces to discover whether this budget bullpup can deliver a knockout in the hunting field.

Service pistol lovers are spoilt for choice, as Umarex has not one, but two P.08 pistols in its Legends line-up, so Mike gets greedy and shoots both.

Designing a fitting limited edition airgun to mark a gunmaker’s 40th anniversary is a tall order, but Mat reckons Daystate’s new Genus is bang on target.

Richard heads outdoors and puts four rifles under the spotlight that he thinks are perfect for the garden range. They have a maximum muzzle energy of seven foot pounds to deliver some neighbour-friendly plinking pleasure.

Roger Lait’s at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to power. Are you thinking of going FAC? He explains what it’s like to live with a rifle with a muzzle energy of 50 foot pounds, comparing his Daystate Red Wolf High Power with his sub-12 foot pound Rapid Air Weapons TM1000.

All this is capped off with our Airgun Answers section, where we tackle your shooting-related queries about storing a rifle, laminated stocks and taking the unconscious shot.

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