Mat Manning

Mat Manning

Airgunner and journalist from the West Country

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Wild rabbit in crosshairs

Rabbits have always had a reputation for being able to reproduce at a rapid rate, but there weren’t many signs of that happening on my patch last year. Thankfully, things…

grey squirrel

Come the summer months when the trees are in leaf you’re likely to find squirrel shooting with an air rifle rather trickier than in winter on bare branches. The dense…

air rifle shooting

Precise air rifle shooting The pursuit of precision is a big deal when it comes to air rifle shooting. Because air rifles have a relatively low power output, it is…

It might be cold out there but many of the pest species we can control with airguns are much easier to pinpoint during the winter – so airgunning in the…

Spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Choosing the right airgun isn’t an easy decision. Once you’ve decided on your budget you will have to think about the power source and it’s this that most buyers usually…

shooting corvids with a shotgun

The long layoff from shooting during lockdown has been a frustrating time for many of us. Most of my shooting entails the control of grey squirrels, and it seemed difficult…