Learn essential airgun DIY skills with the new issue of Airgun Shooter

The new issue of Airgun Shooter is out now, with advice, reviews and much much more. Plus, you could win a Gamo Maxxim Elite Tactical!

This year’s IWA trade show in Nuremberg attracted huge numbers of visitors and exhibitors, and Mat Manning was there to take a look at some of the new products unveiled by manufacturers including Airgun Technology, Brocock, Cometa, Daystate, FX, H&N, Nikko Stirling and Umarex.

Mat has a woodland permission that’s managed as a pheasant shoot. When the game birds start to breed, their eggs and chicks will be vulnerable to predation by corvids, so he’s been demonstrating how an owl decoy can be used to catch territorial magpies off guard.

While few shooters aspire to becoming full-time gunsmiths, most people want to be able to at least maintain their guns, carry out minor work or make simple modifications, and in order to do this, they’ll need some basic tools, so Mike Morton has put together his list of must-haves and how to use them.

Target shooter Andy McLachlan has been offering some tips to get your rifle shooting straight – this time focusing his attention on the barrel. He’s also been singing the praises of plinking as a way of putting in some practice in a stress-free environment.

The Diana Mauser AM03 N-TEC is a gas-ram break-barrel that’s based on the Mauser M03 centrefire. Mike’s been finding out whether this rifle has an identity crisis – or an identity all of its own. Mike also takes a look at a high-end but airgun-friendly target scope, the Leupold VX-3i 6.5-20x40mm EFR CDS.

All this is capped off with our Airgun Answers section, where we tackle your shooting-related problems by offering some pointers on how to fix a mashed-up stock screw, how many shots constitute a group and identifying the best times of the year to go out after rabbits.

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