Mat Manning

Mat Manning

Airgunner and journalist from the West Country

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Q: I recently kitted myself out with a pre-charged airgun and, having spent much of my free time practising on paper targets, I feel that I’m a good enough shot…

airgun pellets

Q: I’ve heard that loading airgun pellets backwards is a great way to achieve a dum-dum effect when controlling pests such as rats. Does it work and could it damage…

man with air rifle

Q: You would be surprised just how much of a crack an airgun can make — especially pre-charged models. An airgun-specific sound moderator from the likes of Huggett, Air Arms, BSA, Weihrauch or Daystate can hush…

Sloe gin recipe

There are few things more satisfying than being able to make the most of what you bring home after a productive day in the field, and sloe gin is one of my favourite foraged treats.…

airgun target

A: If you used a cleaning kit that was designed for airgun barrels it is very unlikely that you’ve caused any damage. The most likely cause of the loss of accuracy is your barrel being…

wellies in mud

A: The snug fit of lace-ups does tend to mean that they lend themselves well to stalking, and I  sometimes appreciate the extra ankle support when covering long distances, but I don’t regard them…

Scope mounts

Most airgun shooters put plenty of time and thought into the selection of a new gun or scope, but the significance of choosing the right mounts and ensuring that they are properly fitted is frequently overlooked.…

large calibres

A: Bigger, heavier pellets tend to be designed for use in FAC-rated airguns, producing muzzle energy from 30ft/lb to more than 100ft/lb. Their increased stability, especially at high velocity, helps to improve accuracy. They also hit…

garden airgunning

Anyone who has a moderate sized garden probably has sufficient space to set up a shooting range for an air rifle, and there is no better time to do it than in the summer. Provided…

shooting with airgun

A: Apart from in Scotland, where it now looks as though police officers will need to visit households to carry out an inspection to judge suitability for plinking, to comply with what appears to be…

man buying air rifle

Taking the second-hand route when buying an airgun can save you a small fortune. But if you don’t know what to look out for, it can also end up leaving you…

How to use an airgun for rat control

Where to find them If you have permission to shoot on a farmyard or on ground that’s managed for pheasant shooting, the chances are there will be rats. Like most…

airgunning in winter

A lot of airgunners are fair-weather shooters; they take to the fields and the woods when the temperature is warm and the days are long, then pack their rifles away…