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Airgun shooters are a blessed bunch because we have something that we should all value very much, and that’s freedom of choice. We can enjoy our sport with a fairly limited budget, but if we are lucky enough to be able to afford it, we can enjoy a technological marvel like the subject of our main review this month, the Daystate Alpha Wolf Safari Edition.

This electronic masterpiece is a true case of function meeting form, as on one hand it offers cutting edge tuning via a touchscreen, while on the other it’s dressed in an ultra-practical, rustic-style thumbhole stock.

Shooters not wanting to spend nearly as much, but still wanting a PCP for the field that offers good handling and plenty of accuracy, should take a close look at Phill Price’s review of the Scorpion TS. This is the very latest version of BSA’s iconic air rifle and, in keeping with its other recent releases, is an airgun that’s manufactured entirely in the UK.

These two rifles may come from opposite ends of the fiscal scale, but both deliver on what they promise, accurate shooting in the hands of a competent shooter, and it’s worth remembering the marksmanship principles that every rifle shooter needs to adopt to take a successful shot.

It’s not all about air rifles though, as Phill’s been getting hands on with the ASG Schofield, a CO2-powered pellet-firing revolver that’s a great representation of Smith & Wesson’s top-break classic from the Old West.

He’s also been shooting squirrels on a new permission, field-testing the new Hawke Frontier LRF rangefinding binoculars and sitting down on the job in a pair of Ascent Pants from Ridgeline.

Ray Garner has been musing on the 12 foot pound power limit, so make sure to read his article to see whether he believes this is enough, and also see what he has to say on the subject of ultra high-end scope mounts.

Andy McLachlan has been doing a vital service to the airgun community – introducing a youngster to our ranks in the shape of 12-year-old Archie. This young man certainly enjoyed his day at the range on what was the first of what we hope may be dozens, or even hundreds more to come.