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Check out our best buys of 2020 in this month’s edition of Airgun Shooter Magazine.

Airgun shooters of all disciplines demand the same thing – guns and gear that perform really well, while representing great value for money, so as 2020 draws to a close we’ve brought together a few of our top choices to suit a wide range of budgets that will help you fulfil your potential where it matters – on target.

While modern pre-charged airguns and night vision gear are usually Mat Manning’s first choice of kit for stealthy after-dark ratting, this time he’s gone old school, heading out after the scaly-tails with a spring-powered gun and a scope-mounted lamp.

The falling temperatures and diminishing food supplies have been forcing grey squirrels to plunder the pheasant feeders, and Mat’s been back out with his rifle, this time in daylight, to set up a simple but very effective ambush.

When it comes to affordable starter combos, airgun shooters have never had it so good and Mat’s been looking at the Ruger Targis Hunter from Umarex, and reckons it’s a great example of the sort of airgun setup you can pick up for sensible money.

Hawke recently refreshed its line-up of Sidewinder scopes, offering a series of brand new models in both First Focal Plane (FFP) and Second Focal Plane (SFP) formats, and Mike Morton’s been testing the feature-rich Sidewinder 30 FFP 4-16×50, finding it a well-equipped and versatile optic.

Handling an air pistol accurately is tougher than shooting an air rifle on many counts. Some pistol shooters go for size, but others feel small is beautiful, and Jonathan Young takes a look at some of his favourite CO2-powered palm-sized blasters.

Richard Saunders is another airgun shooter who’s been heading out after dark, this time equipped with some high-tech thermal optics to help him fulfil his nocturnal pest control duties.

All this is capped off by our Airgun Answers section in which we tackle your shooting-related queries, this time looking at the art of hydro-dipping a rifle stock and introducing sceptical family members to game meat, finding it a delicious and free-range alternative to supermarket produce.

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