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Airgun Hunting Gear – Ian Harford’s Guide

Posted on: 14th Jun 19 at 2:57 pm by Realtree Global

Realtree Pro Ian Harford takes you through all the essential equipment he uses for small game airgun hunting in the UK.

The UK offers a wealth of small game management suited to airgun hunting. There are a variety of options available to the traveling hunter, from species such as the grey squirrel, pigeons, rats, rabbits and so on.

Some are game animals hunted for the pot, others are considered pests and hunted as part of the wildlife management program.

Video: Ian Harford’s Airgun Hunting Essentials

To Ian, optics doesn’t just mean scopes. He’s regularly spoken how the only time he looks through his scope is shortly before he takes a shot. To enable you to get to that position it helps if you also have access to other sporting optical aids. Whether you’re hunting with an air rifle, bow or even bore rifle, Ian always takes binoculars and a quality range finder.


First out of the Air Arms gun bag is the Hawke Frontier HDX 8×32 binoculars. Lightweight and compact, these binoculars offer sharp images and increased light reflectivity. The Hawke Frontier binoculars have a wide-angle field of view, which is ideal for spotting small animals such as squirrels and pigeons amongst a dense woodland background.

Laser Rangefinder:

The Hawke Endurance LRF 1000 Laser Rangefinder is an amazing piece of equipment, perfect for pest control outings. Able to go out up to 1000 yards in all light conditions and features a wide-angle optical system so that a large field of view is monitored.

Hunting Knife:

The one absolutely essential hunting accessory is a sharp and reliable hunting knife. Ian’s ‘Buck 110 Folding Hunter’ has been a constant companion in every hunting trip for the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down! To help maintain the blades sharpness, Ian opts for the Blade Tech G2 Vivo Tool Sharpener in Realtree Blaze Orange.

Airgun Pellets:

Next up are the Air Arms Diabolo Field pellets in .22 16 grains. Perfect for middle distance shooting from 20 – 50 yards, the Diabolo Field pellets have great terminal performance and fantastic accuracy. The pellets go along perfectly with Ian’s air rifle of choice for airgun hunting, the Air Arms Galahad.

Air Arms Galahad:

Lightweight and maneuverable, the Air Arms Galahad is ideally suited for any hunting environment, whether that is shooting vermin in or around farm buildings where you have little space or out in the woods where you’ll be ducking in-between branches and bushes. The Galahad is Air Arms first bull-pup based rifle and quickly became an instant hit within the air rifle community.

Shooting Sticks:

When out shooting you sometimes need that bit extra support, for this Ian uses the Vanguard B62 Shooting Sticks. Suitable for all manners of shooting from deer stalking in the UK to big game hunting in Alaska, the Vanguard B62 Shooting Sticks are versatile to allow for a number of rifle/scopes combinations.

Rifle Scope:

On top of the Air Arms Galahad, Ian has fitted a Hawke Air Max Compact 30 SF 3-12×40. The compact scope has been specifically designed for bull-pup rifles and lightweight, maneuverable rifles. This robust scope is able to withstand challenging conditions, the 16 layer fully multi-coated optics allows for exceptional clarity. The wide-angle optical system is ideal for pest control shooting.

Thermal Imager:

The final piece of technology Ian uses whilst out airgun hunting is the Pulsar Helion XP50 Thermal Imager. When hunting small games in forest areas where it can be very challenging to locate your quarry, having a thermal imager is a very useful tool. Ian has been using the Pulsar Helion XP50 Thermal Imager in his hunting adventures for many years and continues to perform perfectly each time.

Deerhunter Clothing in Realtree EDGE :

When hunting in the spring and summer seasons, Ian prefers a lightweight breathable set of clothing, the Deerhunter Muflon Light collection in Realtree Edge. The outfit is perfect the perfect outfit for unpredictable weather in the UK. Realtree’s Edge camouflage is the most advanced pattern they have ever made, it has extensive detail and depth in the design. This breaks up your outline and softens the edges, allowing you to blend into the environment seamlessly.

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