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While giving our rifles a thorough inspection is something we should all be doing at least once a year, there’s no better time than right now, so Mike Morton runs through some essential maintenance tips to help protect your air rifle so it will continue to serve for years to come.

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the middle of nowhere, garden pest control can be a tricky business. The main concern is that you have neighbours to consider, but with a bit of sense and forethought it can be done, as Mat Manning proves as he tackles some troublesome grey squirrels.

Despite the current trend for diminutive optics, Mat reckons big can still be beautiful after putting the MTC King Cobra 6-24×50 F1 through its paces. This is just the sort of scope you need when you start to stretch the distance, but because you can focus down to 10m and turn down the zoom to as little as 6x, you can also use this scope for close-range work.

Mike, meanwhile, gets to grips with the Hill Air Pump MK4 – a go-anywhere device that lets you fill your PCP any time you like without the need for a heavy charging cylinder – and that’s more relevant than ever right now as many shooters find it increasingly tricky to get their main cylinders refilled.

Target shooter Andy McLachlan’s in favour of scopes offering only modest levels of magnification for the majority of his shooting – but not benchrest! Andy can’t resist a challenge, and also explains his love of shooting at longer ranges and with less support than usual.

Richard Saunders is a keen hunter who’s been shooting airguns since the 1980s. Meet him in the pub and he’d be happy to chat to you about his current collection of rifles, but amid the lockdown, he’s giving us the next best thing – explaining what he’s got and what makes them so good.

All this is capped off with our Airgun Answers section, where we tackle your shooting-related queries about cleaning regimes, vintage breech seals and the difference between internal and external ballistics.

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