Mat Manning

Mat Manning

Airgunner and journalist from the West Country

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Air rifles under £300

One of the greatest attractions of airgun shooting is that it’s such an affordable sport to take up. Here are seven reliable full-power air rifles under £300. Webley VMX Classic…

Tips for airgunners

Mat Manning offers five key tips for airgunners to improve their fieldcraft 1. Go on a reconnaissance mission Reconnaissance around your shooting permissions will help you to target the right…

air rifles for pest control

Modern airgun shooters are spoilt for choice when it comes to air rifles for pest control.   Daystate Red Wolf  RRP: From £1,899.99 This British gun is far from cheap…

Buying a second-hand air rifle

You can save a fortune by buying a second-hand air rifle. But if you don’t know what to look out for, it can also end up leaving you out of pocket. Here’s…

pre-charged airguns

Although some people have the skill to shoot very precisely with spring-powered airguns, pre-charged (or PCP) models are generally easier to shoot accurately because they don’t recoil. The extra engineering…

multi-shot airguns

Paying more for a pre-charged airgun with a magazine-fed firing cycle is probably justified if 
you intend to use it for hunting. When 
a fast second shot is required to…

improve airgun accuracy

Most shooters want to be able to shoot more accurately and there are lots of things you can do to improve the precision of the average airgun. Serious geeks take…

best air rifles under £500

One of the greatest appeals of airgun shooting is its affordability. For a few hundred pounds — and sometimes significantly less — you can pick up an air rifle that…

airgunning

Airguns are not only my hobby, they are also my livelihood, and as someone who subscribes to the adage that you should always use the right tool for the job,…

Hawke Sidewinder FFP

It wasn’t very long ago that first focal plane (FFP) scopes were regarded as something of a niche product. There 
has been a shift over the years as more shooters…

rats in hen house

Having an air rifle in the house often proves handy for impromptu backyard pest control. My airguns are called into action in the garden to deal with marauding grey squirrels,…

spring-powered airgun or a PCP

Choosing the right airgun can present the newcomer with a minefield of choices, and picking a power source is usually the biggest quandary. For decades, spring-powered airguns were the only…

air rifle pellets

Q: I have recently switched from a sub-12ft/lb air rifle to an FAC-rated pre-charged model producing muzzle energy of around 40ft/lb and my results have so far been very disappointing.…

FAC rated air rifles

When set up properly, legal-limit air rifles are extremely accurate tools, and that precision can more than compensate for their modest power when coupled with a sound knowledge of fieldcraft.…

garden airgunning

If you have a moderate sized garden then you probably have enough room to set up a shooting range for an air rifle. Long warm evenings mean you can enjoy…