Mat Manning

Airgunning from home: How to make the best of lockdown

With ranges closed and travel restricted, Airgun Shooter’s editor, Mat Manning suggests ways for airgun shooters to pass the time and raise their game during lockdown. Well, that escalated quickly. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that we were all rubbing

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The Walther RM8 UC is this week’s GTN Gun of the Week

This week’s Gun of the Week is the Walther RM8 UC. Umarex has revamped their classic airgun with the new Walther Rotex RM8 UC variant, and Mat Manning reckons its scaled-down proportions make it an even better gun. Affordable PCPs

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Mat Manning’s thoughts on the rise of airgun slugs

Mat Manning shares his thoughts on the rapidly increasing popularity of airgun slugs, what they offer for shooters and what that could mean to the trade. Anyone with a connection to the airgunning grapevine will know that airgun slug ammunition

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Gun of the week: Air Arms S510

The Gun of the Week is the Air Arms S510 – winner of Airgun of the Year at the Great British Shooting Awards 2020.  Air Arms defended their title as holders of the Airgun of the Year trophy. Airgun Show host

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2019: continuing our year in review

Gun Trade News is back with part two as we take time to reflect on another year of newsworthy industry events and headline news from 2019 May 1 May – The National Security Council discussed plans to use Chinese firm

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Missing the mark

Shooting sports are having a tough time and ignorance is no excuse, argues Mat Manning. I really can’t recall a time when shooting faced so much opposition as it has over the past year. Most of the hostility towards our

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Rabbiting by Lamplight in this month’s Countryman

Mat Manning sets up with a scope-mounted flashlight and heads out into the night for some traditional rabbit lamping The ground I’m shooting over tonight is a mixed farm comprising several hundred acres of cattle grazing, cereal crops and pony

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Plane Talking w/ Mat Manning

Mat Manning reflects on the rising popularity of first focal plane sights, and presents the scopes that airgunners should look out for. Thanks to the consistent accuracy of modern air rifles – springers and PCPs – most airgun shooters now

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Gear for airgun shooters

Mat Manning considers some of the gear that airgun shooters will be stocking up on now they have pest birds back in their sights. At long last, general licences for the control of pest birds in England are back in

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Mat Manning’s bullpup bonanza

Stubby bullpup airguns are enjoying a surge in popularity, so Mat Manning considers the advantages offered by these compact guns. It wasn’t very long ago that bullpup airguns were written off as a passing fad. It seemed that the super-compact

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