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  • FX Impact and PARD NV008P LRF - A Review

    Controlling pests on more than a thousand acres across the south of England means Alpha Militaria’s Rich Saunders is no stranger to shooting in the dark, in fact he finds it the best time of the day to tackle rabbits and rats.

    He’s been using ATN X-Sights for almost as long as he can remember, usually on Daystate rifles. In fact, his current set up is a .25 calibre FAC-rated Red Wolf on which he uses an X-Sight 4K Pro 5-20x most of the time.

    However, having recently gained another permission, he needed a more compact and lighter set up. The farm grows strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, as well as plants and shrubs for the garden industry. Covering some 300 acres, rabbits are a constant problem, causing thousands of pounds of damage each year by eating the crop and chewing through irrigation pipes.

    “They just can’t help themselves,” he says. “The problem is that breaks in the pipes cause water pressure drop and potentially crops to be ruined.”

    With such a vast area to deal with, covering the ground on foot isn’t an option so instead, Rich drives around in his truck, spotting rabbits with a thermal monocular and shooting them through the open window. It helps that the rabbits are used to farm vehicles and don’t pay them much attention.

    The only snag with the plan is that whilst his Red Wolf / ATN X-Sight 4K Pro combination is great for stalking and ambush tactics, it is too big in the confines of a truck. His solution has been to use an FX Impact mk2 and a PARD NV008P LRF. And because he is restricted to driving the lanes that criss-cross the farm, shots often present themselves at distances too far for 12 ft. lbs. legal limit rifles. To overcome that hurdle, his .30 calibre FX Impact has been tuned to deliver 95 ft. lbs.

    “People ask why I don’t use a .22 LR or .17 HMR,” says Rich. “The truth is I like airguns and the combination is easily capable of taking rabbits cleanly at 60 or even 70 metres. Although it’s a big area, there’s always the chance of a ricochet with a .22 LR and there are several cottages on the farm I have to be mindful of which puts me off using a .17 HMR.”

    With 44.75 grain pellets, the FX Impact hits extremely hard and is better able to withstand the effects of any breeze, although Rich is experimenting with a second rifle, an FAC-rated Daystate Delta Wolf, which he has set up to shoot slugs.

    However, regardless of the capabilities of his rifle, he finds that the limiting factor at night is the ability to see small quarry such as rabbits clearly. He finds the PARD NV008 LRF the ideal tool. Weighing only 450g and measuring just 162mm long, it’s the ideal partner for the compact and light FX Impact and Delta Wolf.

    The tiny onboard infrared (IR) illuminator has three brightness settings and is more than capable of lighting up targets at the range Rich shoots over. And despite sometimes spending all night shooting, the rechargeable 18650 battery usually provides enough power, although he always has a spare to hand just in case.

    As anyone who has shot at night knows, judging distance is extremely difficult, especially if shooting over open land. Having opted for the LRF version of the NV008, Rich is able to accurately measure ranges at the press of a button and adjust his aim point accordingly.

    As a writer for Airgun Shooter magazine and presenter on The Airgun Show, he also finds the Pard’s ability to record HD video and take photos invaluable.

    Visit Alpha Militaria for a full review of the PARD NV008P LRF and a run down on the FX range.

    Written by Richard Saunders of Alpha Militaria

    Both day and night, the FX Impact mk2 and PARD NV008P LRF make a potent hunting and pest control combination, and are perfect for enclosed spaces like vehicles and hides
    The PARD NV008P LRF’s light weight and compact dimensions make it ideal for use on tactical bullpups like the FX Impact mk2 and can be used day and night

    With day and night settings, complete with an integrated IR illuminator and laser range finder, the PARD NV008P LRF will not only help you convert opportunities but film them as well

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Six of the Best - National Tactical Officers Association of America Awards recommendations to Six new products from Primary Arms

    The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has awarded Primary Arms Optics with six new ratings.   NTOA evaluate products based on their performance in tactical law enforcement applications. Ratings cover many of the 2020 Primary Arms releases, including the SLx® 3x Gen III Prism, the SLx 5x Gen III Prism, the SLx MD-25 Red Dot Sight, the GLx® 2x Prism, the GLx 2.5-10x44 FFP Rifle Scope, and GLx 30mm Rifle Scope Mount. “We’re proud to see that this year’s new products performed well with the National Tactical Officers Association,” says Terry Mears, Primary Arms’ Director of Product Marketing.

    The evaluations by NTOA test draws from real-world performance as well as the products build quality, ease of use, design features and their practicality for law enforcement operations. After weeks of analysis on said products and trial through usage the grading success of these pieces had to come through at least 6 of 13 major evaluating criteria. In order for a product to pass it must average a 3 or higher across all criteria with special recognition granted to products that perform remarkably well earning them a ‘Silver’ (4-4.49 average) or a ‘Gold’ (4.5+) rating.

    Each of Primary Arms six newly submitted products for 2020 achieved a positive recommendation by their NTOA assessors which comes on the back of last year’s five successful ratings – three of which earned silver ratings in addition to two accomplishing the full gold rating. Mears added, “Law Enforcement is one of our highest priorities in developing new products that exceed expectations. The NTOA’s ratings confirm that we’re bringing professional-grade quality and technology at consumer-friendly pricing.”

    2020’s first positive recommendation arose from the SLx 3x Gen III Prism with ACSS CQB-M2 5.56 Reticle with the  SLx 5x Gen III Prism with ACSS Aurora® M 5.56 Reticle also going on to receive gold-medal recognition with an average score of 4.52 out of 5. The 5x Prism’s durability and image quality, which is supplemented by a versatile magnification and intuitive reticle design was noted by evaluating officers.  Further  recognition came for the SLx MD-25, GLx 2x Prism with ACSS CQB-M5 5.56/.308/5.45 Reticle, GLx 2.5-10x44mm FFP Rifle Scope with ACSS® Raptor M2 Reticle, and GLx 30mm 0 MOA Rifle Scope Mount as their exceptional performance saw them awarded with silver medal acknowledgment.

  • Steyr Challenge 2020

    This year Steyr’s challenge can’t see them look for the toughest hunters in the Alps so they’re looking for the fittest hunters in the world instead.

    They’ll be doing this by holding a 2020 Virtual Challenge which will be determined by uniting you with hunters from around the globe in the second week of October.

    Wherever in the world you are you fight in teams of four where you will run and you shoot all whilst finishing as a team.

     

    So how does it work I hear you ask?

    You have a week to complete the two tasks of the 202 Virtual Challenge.

    1. You run either in a team or individually a distance of 10km and track your time using a mobile phone, stop watch or sports watch (garmin, runtatsic, etc) and record the result with a screenshot.
    2. You print out the target four times and drive to the firing range you use or trust. Each team member will fire three shots at their target from a distance of 100 metres.

    (Remember to take a photo of each team member taking their shots as well as each of the four targets shot at with the penalty seconds achieved)

    1. You have until Monday 19th October at 9:00am C.E.T. to upload.

    Uploads must contain:

    • A team photo
    • The four running times
    • The four photos of the team members shooting
    • The four shooting results
    1. The results will be evaluated and published after the event.

     

    The Winner

    The first three teams will win an exclusive goody bag as well as a fixed starting place in the next STEYR CHALLENGE at the Seetaler Alpe – hopefully in 2021!

     

    To secure your place click the link below to register.

    https://www.steyr-arms.com/steyr-challenge/?fbclid=IwAR3_H9XPa-EJ64o0ITj_esrrtZsENdIB4I5-k1OhdJbBp0VFvYXmgYuOids

  • The New Sole UK Distributor of CZ Firearms

    In case you missed the initial announcement, Sportsman Gun Centre is proudly the new and sole UK importer and distributor of prestigious firearm manufacturer CZ (Česká zbrojovka).

    CZ Production

     

    CZ has been manufacturing firearms for over 80 years and boast an impressive range of centrefire hunting & rimfire rifles, sport & competition firearms and an expansive military and law enforcement range. Manufactured in the Czech Republic, CZ produces an average of 1577 firearms a day to meet an ever-growing global demand for premium quality firearms at an affordable price.

    The SGC feels both privileged and proud to have been invited into partnership with such a prestigious manufacturer to bring the full and complete range the UK.

    SGC MD Gary Lamburn said “We as a business believe in investing in stock and CZ is no different. We will look to increase stock holding to benefit the availability of firearms to the UK gun trade.”

    Both the SGC and CZ believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK shooting industry, bringing world-leading firearms to a much wider audience.

    CZ 457

    All CZ Rifles can be found on the SGC website, notably featuring the new CZ 457 Synthetic, Long Range Precision (LRP) and Thumbhole rimfire rifles.

    Combined with the increased stock availability, the SGC believe that we will soon see far more shooters in the UK with CZ firearms.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • 'Hunt The Wildland' is now available in a digital format

    Interested in hunting around the world? Check the digital format of 'Hunt The Wildland', click here to find out more.

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  • The Basics of Reloading

    Reloading Introduction

    RELOADING IS AN ENJOYABLE HOBBY, saves you money — and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee Precision, Inc. Their mission is simple: produce the best value American made reloading tools.

    Great prices come from patented, innovative designs. The company are proud to say that Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. A reloading press and a set of Lee Dies are all you need to start reloading. Lee Dies come complete with powder dipper, shell holder and instructions, along with comprehensive load data that tells you how much and what type of powder to use.

    Dies and presses last a lifetime, so buying what your budget allows makes the most sense. For those with a workbench, consider the Lee Bench Plate for the ultimate convenience in mounting your presses. If you don’t have a workbench, consider the Lee Reloading Stand, compact and very sturdy.

    The Basics of Reloading

    To the uninitiated reloading can seem quite a minefield... The truth is it can be broken down into 6 simple steps.

    1. Decap and Size - If you are using previously fired brass you will need to remove the old primers and size it back to factory specifications, or for advanced users, you can simply resize the neck.
    2. Trim - When brass has been fired and resized it can stretch. So it is advised that you measure and trim your brass back to factory specifications.
    3. Prime - This is the part where you replace the primer in the brass, making it ready to accept the charge.
    4. Expand & Charge / Charge, at this stage, you add the powder to your cartridges.
    5. Seating - Add your desired bullet head to the brass ready for the final stage.
    6. Crimping - To ensure uniform pressure and reliability crimp your head into the cartridge. Now your newly made ammunition is ready to shoot.

    As with all firearm based activities. It is essential that anyone new to reloading takes advice from a professional and that the individual does their research before they start.

  • FX Airguns announce new sole UK distributor

    The Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd is proud to announce that in February 2020, they will be the sole UK importer/distributor of the world-famous premium Swedish Air Gun brand FX Airguns.

     

    Founded in 1999, FX Airguns is fast becoming “THE” favourite among British airgun enthusiasts, so much so that historically demand has outstripped supply. It is clear to see why, as each airgun is manufactured to an exacting standard by the FX team. Led by Fredrik Axelsson, FX Airguns are, as both manufacturers and innovators, constantly pushing for new world innovation and incorporation of the newest manufacturing techniques.

    The SGC has always committed to holding a significant amount of stock for the brands they distribute and are looking to continue to increase the availability of the incredible FX range in the UK.  They are excited to offer greatly reduced lead times and improved stock availability to both retail and trade clients.

    Both the SGC and FX believe that this partnership will have a profound effect on the UK airgun industry, bringing world-leading airguns to a much wider audience.

    For more information, contact the Sportsman Gun Centre Ltd.

  • The perfect hunting companion Zeiss

    Thoughts on what makes the perfect scope

    The most important factors when choosing your scope are your particular hunting preferences and the conditions in which you hunt. All-rounder or specialist – this crucial decision will depend not only on what scopes you already have, but also on what, where and how you will want to hunt in future.

     

    • If you will be hunting in daylight, what you need most is flexibility when it comes to magnification. The key aspects to consider are the terrain (flat country, mountains) and the type of hunting (hide, stalking).
    • Riflescopes with excellent optical performance are the number one choice if you will be hunting at twilight or by moonlight.
    • Reliable aiming, fast reactions and short distances: when on driven hunts, sights with a large field of view and low magnification allow you to aim with both eyes, thus increasing the reliability of your shot.
    • Various types of game and hunting, different times of day or environments: all-rounders with excellent optical clarity and a wide zoom range really come into their own here.
    • For high-precision shots over long distances, long-range scopes with extreme magnification and pinpoint ballistic settings are what you need.
    • If you are hunting in the mountains, it is important to have the flexibility to take long-distance shots, as well as to adjust your ballistic settings to suit the game. A product such as the ZEISS Victory Rangefinder System can be a great help here too.

    Finding the perfect binoculars


    For the most part, hunting is not about the hunt itself; it is about being able to experience nature and, in particular, to view the game.

    What constitutes the right binoculars will depend on the type of hunt, time of day and, last but not least, the hunter and their requirements. When hunting on the move, factors such as size, weight and ease of use are really important, on top of the optical considerations.

    • If you are hunting game that is on the move, you often have to act fast. Compact, lightweight binoculars that are really easy to use would be ideal here.
    • During the day, what hunters need most is to have a good overview through a wide field of view, along with good magnification, so they can aim at game properly.
    • In poor light, when hunting at night or at twilight, a good pair of binoculars with large lenses and good light transmission will allow hunters to get the most out of their hunt.
    • In order to measure distances accurately for an exact shot, the binoculars will need to offer enhanced technological features that are easy to use, on top of the optics themselves.
    • A built-in image stabilisation function will enable you to see clearly over extremely long distances – even without a tripod.

    The perfect spotting scope

    Whether used to view game or simply see nature in a different way: spotting scopes give hunters and nature-lovers a unique perspective and enable them to take precise aim. Spotting scopes are usually needed to take accurate images over long distances, but sometimes they serve to pick up details on smaller animals that are already visible to the naked eye. So why do I need a spotting scope?

    When deciding whether you need a spotting scope, as well as the performance data of the optics in question, such as maximum magnification, zoom range or field of view, it is recommended that you consider other factors too: for example, weight, dimensions, setting options, handling or ability to extend the product with corresponding accessories.

    • If used for aiming at game, the mobility of the spotting scope is important, as well as its optical performance: it should be lightweight, compact, robust and with no bells or whistles.
    • If used for viewing game, simple handling and maximum optical performance are the order of the day.
    • If used for identifying animals, when it is all about extreme magnification, a wide field of view and true-colour reproduction, every tiny detail counts.
    • Whether it will be connected to a camera or used for digiscoping – with the right spotting scope, you can record your sightings as photographs or moving images.
  • ATA Arms SP Super Sport

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT

    The SP SUPERSPORT is Turkish gunmaker, ATA Arms’ newest addition to its SP range of shotguns.

    With its matte black action, matte barrels, red accents and a high-grade Turkish Walnut stock, the SUPERSPORT certainly looks the part. But with the inclusion of extended chokes, vented barrels and an optional adjustable stock, it lives up to its name.

    This beautiful 12G over-under shotgun is available with both 30 and 32 inch barrels, a 12mm rib, comes with a full set of chokes and offers anything the sporting shooter would need from a shotgun.

    ATA SP SUPERSPORT - RRP From: £799.99

  • Sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc.

    We are proud to announce that the Sportsman Gun Centre is now the sole UK distributor for Battenfeld Technologies Inc. Battenfeld has a broad range of shooting, hunting and conservation accessories to suit any real world situation. With some much loved brands such as Caldwell, Wheeler, Tipton and Frankford Arsenal, we are confident that this addition to our brand portfolio will cater to the needs of all of our customers.

    Here is a complete list of Battenfeld brands available through our stores and website and a little bit of information on each of them.

     

    Caldwell – Shooting accessories including eye & hearing protection, target shooting, bipods, benches & rests, magazine speed loaders and much more.

    Wheeler – Gunsmithing, maintenance and cleaning.

    Tipton – Maintenance, cleaning, gun vices and range kits.

    Frankford Arsenal – Reloading tools and accessories.

    Bog – Bipods, shooting sticks, gun rests and apparel.

    Smith&Wesson – Target shooting accessories and apparel.

    Lockdown – Gun safe accessories including lighting, organisation, security, moisture control and accessory kits.

    Hooyman – Tree care and conservation tools including hand saws, pole saws and chainsaws.

    Non Typical Wildlife Solutions – Deer and livestock control accessories including electric fence kits and power banks.

    Battenfeld video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ5dIsmNk7M&feature=youtu.be

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