Autumn hunts have evolved far beyond the excitement found by man in placing his strategy in the field against Wisconsin game. That thrill remains. But simplistically stated, I want the freezer full. Table fare provided by turkey, venison, other upland birds and waterfowl and more recently, wild fall Wisconsin mushrooms is in itself worth the time, effort…and fun of the harvest.
Like the highly sought after wild morels of spring, Wisconsin offers Fall wild mushroom species that in this reporter’s opinion are more desirable on the palette than store bought varieties. Following recent autumn rains that stimulate extraordinary mushroom growth, Wisconsin naturalist Bob Swann led me on a search for edible and common fall species that include puffballs, leafy polyporous, sulphus polyporous, shaggy mane, ink cap, and honey mushroom.
“First and foremost, do not eat any wild mushrooms without positively identifying it from a book,” Swann said. “Even with a book an amateur should never pick and eat any stemmed (possibly poisonous) variety without consulting an expert.”
For all you Wisconsin mushroom hunters out there. There has been 604 species of mushroom found. Here is a link with the locations and dates of all of them. Not all mushrooms are edible to eat and you have to be very careful. Here is a link for 30 different mushrooms in Wisconsin that are edible.
A topic that comes up in more than half of my consulting calls, is firearms. Most survivalists gravitate toward guns for obvious reasons. If anything, SurvivalBlog could surely be labelled a “guns and groceries” oriented blog, and most of our readers are like-minded. We tend to have large gun collections. We aren’t entirely gun-centric, but our concept of preparedness includes owning guns and having full proficiency in their use. The greatest difficulty vis-a-vis guns for those in our community is not hand-wringing about whether or not we should own them. We’ll leave that pseudo-question up to the leftists. Rather, our …
I am continuing to share some of my hard-learned lessons as a single woman who moved out into the country. My story and lessons that follow, provided in no particular order, might save you money, time, injury, and humiliation as you make this journey towards self-sufficiency and preparedness. Yesterday, the lessons were on chainsaw, firewood, and wood stoves. Bears, Birds and Bullets One part of moving out of the suburbs and into “the country” that I was really excited about was being more in touch with nature, especially birds. I have always loved watching wild birds and hearing them sing …
SURVIVAL TACTICS: YOUR GUIDE TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
As a hunter, I have stranded in the wilderness many times. There came a stage where it seemed impossible to survive. I lost my way, I lived in dark, I had no food. But still I managed to escape. How?? All these years of hunting and exploring wilderness, have taught me a good deal about unusual survival tactics to protect myself. These days, most of the novice hunters act quite over-confidently about this profession and consider, only their iPhone and a GPS navigation app is enough to aid them in the race of their ultimate survival. My only question to them, how long can you keep your battery charged??
Survival Tactics Every Hunter Should Know!
There is an array of ways, knowing which can get you out of trouble in any situation.
Read on to find your guide to wilderness survival here.
1. Share your Destination
Never leave your place without informing some close pal or family member about your final hunting abode. It is the key point in your survival. At least some of your close fellows must know where you are heading to. In case, you get stranded, it would help them in tracing you out.
2. Don’t Get Panic!
That is the most common mistake that inexperienced hunters commit after straying in the wild. Staying fit both physically and mentally is really important for your survival. If you face such situation, stay calm and cool. Stop, sit and take a deep breath. Think cleverly and plan your way out.
3. Find a Secure Place for Shelter
In a situation like this, the first thing should be to look for a safe campsite. Once you are settled safely, you can plan your survival tactics there. Your shelter should be on a place both high and dry. Simply put, avoid valleys and pathways, as such places are always at the risk of getting flooded (flash flood).
4. Start a Fire
Surviving without fire is impossible. You need fire to stay warm, to cook food, to boil water, to keep the predators and bugs away and most importantly, to use as a sign for help. Never forget to store a Firestarter in your survival kit. Even a tactical pen(a tactical pen comes with a number of uses for the strayed) with Firestarter can work for you. In case you’ve missed it, there is another trick to start the fire. Using a battery is a handy way to lit the fire. How? You simply need to short-circuit the battery. Connect the positive and negative terminals to some steel wool, foil or a wire. It would cause a spark. Lit your bundle of wood with it.
5. Look for Drinkable Water
Your body can’t survive without water for more than three days. You’d be lucky if you find a body of potable water in the wild. If water seems polluted (water in puddles), never use it without boiling. What if you don’t find water? Wait for the rain, dew or snow. That’s the best I can suggest in a tricky situation like this. All three are the natural and the safest sources of water and do not require boiling.But unfortunately, you can’t predict weather. What if none of it happens and you don’t get even a single drop of water? My survival tactics are not over yet. Look for the maple trees around. Cutting a hole in its bark releases a liquid. That is quite safe to drink. To survive, gulp it down.
6. Look for Food
I always advise to pack a bundle of edible items with you. As you can’t predict the duration of your adventure. In case, you are running short of food, look for food in your surroundings. Otherwise, you are going to be the victim of malnutrition. Once that happens, getting out of wild may become a dream. Now the question is; which edibles you can find in such wilderness? Read on your guide to wilderness survival to know more. To cop up with this hard situation, your body needs protein. Let’s hunt around for some bugs, critters, frogs, eggs and lizards. If you happen to be a vegetarian, forests are sourced with edible (and non-edible) berries and plants. Some edible plants include—lambsquarter(wild spinach), dandelions and cattails. Research well about these plants before leaving for the hunt. When you already know about plant’s structure and shape, it would be easier to identify them.
7. Something to Cut
A knife is a must have tool. It helps in a number of ways—for cutting anything, for cooking food and also for your own protection against elements. Before you set out, make sure to pack a couple of tactical knives with you.
8. Use Survival signals
Fire is the most recommended survival signal that you can send to the outer world, especially when you hear the sounds of some plane or rescuer’s helicopter nearby. Find some open place or a hilltop to lit the fire(to avoid the spreading of the fire).Gather twigs and dry leaves from your surroundings to lit the fire. Once the fire is kindled, add spruce leaves and fresh pine to intensify the fire and the smoke. You must have your combustible material saved for this very critical moment (or else you might miss the chance of getting rescued).Don’t forget to extinguish the fire before leaving this spot. The second survival tactic can be a mirror signal. The light that flashes from a mirror signal can travel to miles. Even at night time, you can send a flash signal with moonlight. Note:It is not essential to have a mirror to send the signal. Any reflective surface including your mobile’s screen, can be improvised in this regard.
9. Find the Best Ways to Navigate
In case, you don’t find any signs of aid from any side (even if the building the fire signal gone useless), it’s time to move on. Don’t waste your time sitting there waiting for aid. You must have some navigation tool, map or a compass. What if you don’t? Get help from mother nature. In the daylight, sun can be a part of your survival tactics in the wild. You know sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Simply following the sun can help in determining your current direction. In the night, get help from the starry sky. Find the Polaris (north star or pole star). It’s lined up with the constellation, little dipper. When you are facing north star, you are actually heading in the north direction.
10. Other Ways to Find your Way!
Every forest or wild area has some mountains, paths or rivers in it. If you find one, keep following it. These often lead to civilization or pathways. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment, and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Never think that you are alone in the woods again. Our goal is to share what we know with who needs it most.
Meta Title: Tips for Surviving in the Wilderness
Description: Are you going on a hunting adventure? Then you must know some useful tips and survival tactics to protect yourself, in case of straying.Read on to know more about them.
Planning to bug out along the waterways, rivers, or coastal areas?
Great! You’re in the right hands.
In this post, I’ll teach you a new skill (and an effective way of gathering food while out there) – bowfishing for survival.
Also referred to as archery fishing, this practice involves using your bow to catch the fish. And you can easily do it in shallow water or from your little boat- making it one of the most flexible adventures on planet Earth.
Sounds interesting, right?
You’ll discover even more exciting details as you read our full bowfishing guide which I’ll walk you through in a few moments…
WAIT…if you think that archery fishing isn’t practical or you can’t do it, just think of the Indians who reside by the Amazon River and rely on bowfishing to catch their daily bread.
Bowfishing for Survival – How To Catch Fish With Your Bow:
Arm Yourself With the Right Bowfishing Equipment
Just like any other job, bowfishing requires you to equip yourself with the right equipment.
If you’re a serious hunter, I believe that you have most of these tools, so you’ll just need to pack them into your backpack and head to the waters.
If you don’t have them, don’t worry. You can get them anytime you want…they’re readily available on the market at reasonable prices.
These equipment include:
– A bow: yes, this is bowfishing, and you’ll need a bow to make it work. But which bow should you use? I’d suggest that you go for the compound or recurve bows. Clearly, these will give you the best results.
Both bows share a number of aspects and will offer sufficient drive force to send an arrow right into the heart of the fish…plus they consume less space in your boat.
– You’ll need a set of arrows in your bowfishing endeavors. But don’t make the mistake of picking just any other type of arrow. The perfect set should comprise of arrow made using light wood or fiberglass material. They should also have a sharp pointer that easily pierces through the fish.
– Hey, you’ll also need some bowfishing reel…and I mean the best bowfishing reel, not any reel.
(Optional, depending on the fishing situation) bowfishing gear includes gloves, rubber hip waders, and sunglasses with polarized lenses.
I assume you’ve the above “tools of work” with you right now, right?
Let the fun begin!!
#1. Pick a suitable water body
Choose a water body that will enable you to catch fish and give you the desired results easily. If you prefer a shallow after body, be sure to fish around your target fish- particularly close to the grasses and weeds that provide cover. And, of course, make sure the environment is clean so that you can see beneath the water surface.
Typically, you should be within a range of 3-4.6 meters (10-15feet) from the fish you wish to bow down. Ensure you don’t cast a shadow over the fish as this might spook and frustrate your bowfishing efforts.
Also, consider approaching your target from the upwind location.
#2. AIM your Target fish
Get ready for the most important step of bowfishing- aiming your target.
“How exactly do I do that?”
Are you wondering already?
Well, all you have to do is point your bow at the target fish and shoot it…nothing new
But there’s one trick you need to learn to correctly shoot that fish you’re targeting:
That is, how to point your bow at the fish you wish to catch. See, the light traveling from one medium to next (air to water in this case) results in refractions. Thus, you’ll see the refracted image (the apparent fish) of the fish you’re targeting more clearly on the water surface.
And if you point at the apparent fish, your arrow might go high, and you’ll perfectly miss your target!
Many bow fishers have learned this lesson the hard way, and if you ask them, they’ll all give you this piece of advice:
Point your bow as low as possible!
#3. Don’t Forget this Important Bowfishing RULE:
What if the fish appears in a different location? For instance, let’s say the fish appears about 6m (20 feet) away and 60cm (2feet) underneath the water surface. In such scenario, it means the location has doubled…If it appears about 3m (10 feet) away and 30cm (1foot) underneath the water surface, then you MUST point your bow 10cm (4 inches) low.
…and you’ll have to double the 10cm as well. In other words, you’ll have to point 20cm (8inches) low.
It’s that simple!
If you utilize this 10-4 rule in all your bowfishing practices, I can guarantee you that you’ll bag more fish than you can imagine.
#4. Time To Make That Shot!
Congrats! You’re on the last step to catching your target fish with your bow.
But there’s a real problem here:
You have to hit your target such that it dies right away…and that means that you’ve to target the first half part of the body of the fish. Needless to explain, this section contains many vital organs such as the brain, meaning you’ll kill it on the spot.
We all know that fish can swim really FAST in water. So, you don’t have much time between pointing and shooting. I believe that your archery experience has taught you speed and accuracy which you’ll need to apply here.
What if you’re targeting the bigger fish- like alligator?
You’ll need to shoot them at least twice so that you can strike them down.
After a lucky shot, pull in the line quickly. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to catch fishes at a single stroke with bowfishing!
I told you bowfishing isn’t that hard! After reading through the above guide, I believe you can catch some fish with only your bow and arrows.
This is a fun-filled practice that does take you no time to perfect it. With the right archery equipment and our expert guide above, you’ll be awed by how easy it is to catch fish!
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One thing that puts a lot of people off from hiking is the unknown. Sometimes, that unknown becomes very commonplace. Most people, across the Continental United States, have seen a skunk, deer, moose, bear, or other animals in the wild.
In the Northeastern United States, seeing a deer on the side of the road is almost as common as the white lines themselves. When humans venture off into an animal’s territory, these commonplace sightings can become much more dangerous.
When I was a child, I would visit my grandparents in Wisconsin nearly every summer. My cousins and I would go into the woods, hike, find new plants, bird watch, or even shoot guns. My grandmother used to always tell us to, ‘stay in sight of the cabin. I never understood why I needed to stay close to the cabin until I was about 12 years old. There were two girls, down the road from my grandparent’s cabin, that were attacked by a bear. Luckily, both of them survived with minor injuries, thanks to a passing motorist.
While walking through the woods, or walking down the road in a rural area, is not inherently dangerous it can become dangerous if we do not know how to read the signs of nature. Animals are great at marking their territories. While humans have marked their own territories with fences, buildings, and cut grass humans have forgotten how to recognize the subtleties of animal markings and occasionally walk into situations that they do not know how to get themselves out of.
While this guide may be helpful to some readers, we wish to express that the tools may differ from one geographical location to another. It may also differ from state to state, even if these states do border each other. The United States has such a wide range of diverse ecosystems, and the animal markings in these ecosystems may vary from location to location.
However, the same rule applies, no matter what area you find yourself. We wish to share information closely associated with what can be considered dangerous animals, such as Moose, Bear, Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Etc.
Identifying the Animal:
Knowing what wildlife is local may help to determine what kind of animal would readily be present. Don’t expect to find a polar bear in Arizona or an armadillo in Maine. Knowing the local wildlife is the first step necessary to avoiding them.
One of the best ways to track animals is not to actually follow the animal itself, but follow what they leave behind. That’s right, dung. Dung, scat, or droppings, can tell us what kind of animal has recently been in that area.
Once a dropping is located, the size is going to tell you how large of an animal it came from. As an example, deer tend to leave very small, round droppings. While they are small, they leave a lot of them. A bear will leave a fairly large dropping, similar to a human. On the opposite end, a mouse may leave a dropping roughly the size of a grain of rice.
Once we have an idea of how large the animal is noticing what it may contain also helps a tracker to understand what kind of animal left the dropping. A large dropping, containing bits of fur, would be a good indicator of a predator. Perhaps a Mountain Lion or Coyote is nearby. Bear and coyote dropping also commonly contain nuts and berries.
If an animal eats something, evidence of their diet will be in their droppings.
After size, and contents, we want to look at moisture. If a dropping is moist, wet, and looks fresh it probably is fresh. Dry, white (with some exceptions), and brittle droppings are the sign of an older dropping.
Recent weather plays a large role in determining the age of a dropping. Wet weather can make a dropping appear to be fresh, when it may be old. Additionally, as the weather starts to warm, a dropping that is thawing may also appear fresher than it may be.
The last thing we want to notice is location. Fox will leave their droppings on prominent objects to mark their territories. Deer will leave their dropping wherever they are walking. Feline species will try to cover their droppings. Dangerous animals will either leave their droppings in a very obvious place or try to hide it. Anything in the middle is relatively safe. The only
The only exception is when it looks similar to human droppings or has no real shape at all. These are generally a sign of bear droppings or a sick animal. Bear droppings hold little shape near the end of the summer to early fall, when they feed heavily on berries.
Everyone has watched some kind of movie where there is an amazing tracker that looks down at the ground and says something like, “a cat came through here 13 minutes ago” and everyone around them gasps in awe of their skills. While Hollywood has made tracking an exaggeration, the fundamentals are the same. The more practice you have, the more likely you will be to spot tracks.
Dangerous animal tracks will be easier to spot than other animals. They are generally larger, deeper, and farther apart. Feline (cat) species do not show claw marks while ursine (bear), canine (dog), lupine (wolf), and vulpine (fox) track show a clear outline of their claws. Hoofed animals will have between 2 to 4 indentations in the soil, depending on the species. In general, hoofed animals are to be avoided but not considered as dangerous as other species.
Aging tracks is a bit more difficult than aging droppings. Tracks, depending on the soil, will exhibit different aging patterns. Tracks in the soft soil will be well defined, while in the hard soil they may be difficult to spot. All animals need water to drink, so it is very common to see many well-defined tracks near a stream or pond.
As the water starts to dry up, during the end of spring, the tracks will also dry and crack. When the entire outline of a track is brittle it is generally an older track. When the majority of the outline is well defined, the track can be assumed to be fresher. Lastly, as the wind blows, anything that falls into a track may stay there. The more debris inside a track, or footprint, the easier it is to assume the track is older.
Every animal will mark territory in its own way. Beavers obviously
need to chew wood to build their homes and will make it obvious their home is nearby. Bear and animals with antlers will also rub against trees, especially near a water source. The markings on trees may look the same, for someone unfamiliar with the different patterns between beaver, bear, moose, and deer. It is always better to be safe and avoid a questionable area altogether. If avoiding a questionable area is not an option, try to imagine an animal rubbing against a tree. A beaver poses little threat to humans and will chew a tree. A bear uses a tree as a back scratcher and may rub the bark off of a tree in one, or more, areas.
Generally, bear marks on a tree are superficial unless the tree was starting to degrade. Deer and moose rub their antlers on trees, especially during molting/shedding season. They use this as a way to put their scent on the tree and rub their antlers off. While some antlered animals don’t shed their antlers they do molt. Elk, especially, have a thin layer over their antlers that peels off. Try to imagine an antlered animal rubbing against a tree. If an animal was rubbing antlers against a tree you will notice hoof marks near the base of the tree, if not an antler itself!
Deer have a natural way of marking where they have been through their resting periods. They lay down on leaves or grass, making the ground, and anything on top of it, flat. They also will urinate nearby, killing much of the surrounding grass. Moose, elk, etc are not much different. If it looks out of place, it probably is.
It’s best to avoid these animal bed, not just because of the animal but the parasites that may be close by. If you see dry, flat, dead grass it was probably a deer, elk, or moose.
Any time an animal walks it will naturally move the soil or vegetation surrounding them. Broken sticks, scattered leaves, holes in the ground, all of these are common indicators an animal has been nearby. While a deer bed will leave the area flat when deer and moose search for food they tend to turn the soil over to find bugs to eat.
Omnivores may also disrupt vegetation when they eat by remove berries, nuts, or leaves from the plant. Most animals are opportunistic eaters. The easier a food is to obtain the more likely a dangerous animal is nearby.
Now that we know what we are looking for, to spot an animal, we now know how to avoid certain areas. Common sense is at play here. If someone sees any of these signs of a dangerous animal, though droppings, rubbings, overturned ground, and tracks they know to avoid those areas. Seeing each of those once is not necessarily bad. Animals move, they come and go.
The likelihood of being in an area with a dangerous animal is very slim. They will try to avoid human contact first. If a hiker sees similar droppings more than once they should change direction for a while. If they see
If they see three different signs of a dangerous animal (eg. Droppings, tracks, disrupted vegetation) they should quickly change direction. When someone is hiking and oblivious to these signs they are much more likely to encounter a dangerous animal.
Staying alert will always help someone avoid dangerous animals. Exhaustion, in survival situations, allows out mind to not see common signs of danger.
Practicing the skill of spotting indicators of animal activity will help hikers to train themselves to notice even the smallest changes. When a hiker can spot small indicators they are more likely to notice larger indicators, even when exhausted.
Keep your eyes moving. Watch the ground as you walk, but take some time to stop and scan your environment. Just because you haven’t seen any indicators of animal activity doesn’t mean they are not there.
It’s a good practice to stop every hundred steps, or so, just to look around. Not only does this allow you to see the beauty of nature, it will give you a chance to spot marked trees, animal presence, and indicators of animal activity farther away.
When you can stop and scan the area you may notice that you find indicators of animal activity may be parallel to you.
While animal attacks may be rare they do happen. Thankfully, we have been given all the tools we need to avoid some of these most dangerous animals. Recognizing, and avoiding, animals may not be a natural skill but it is a necessary one for every hiker, hunter, and survivalist.
The only way to learn these skills is to practice them. So, get out there and enjoy nature!
When the X-Caliber arrived, I was excited about something so strange and potentially the perfect survival rifle, shotgun or what ever it actually is. the X-Caliber is in a class of it’s own so there aren’t really any comparisons to anything out there. Any time I take the X-Caliber to the range, people wanted to shoot it. It is such a novelty that people love it and dislike it all at the same time. It just looks odd.
The X-Caliber is marketed as a survival rifle. The “gun” can shoot both .22LR and 12 gauge. With the addition of any of the eight barrel inserts that come with the gun, it can be made to shoot the following:
.357 Magnum/.38 Special
The idea is cool. It’s possible you could keep this gun in your BOB, grab some hard cast .44 Mag for the big critters, a box of .22 for the small critters, a handful of 2-3/4″ 12 gauge for the flying critters, and the barrel inserts to shoot anything else you find along the way.
The gun is not light. It has some weight to it and isn’t the easiest to throw around, but that can be an attractive attribute when you do finally run out of ammunition, you can of course beat zombies to death. While the X-Caliber does in fact look futuristic it isn’t the easiest to hold, but for it’s versatility it seems to work, just not as well as a rifle or shot gun that only shoots one type of ammunition, but then again that’s the real benefit to the weapon.
When you break open the breach the inserts don’t allow for quick extraction, simply because that would be nearly impossible. You do need to extract the rounds manually. I would recommend keeping your pocket knife or multitool handy to extract the rounds more easily.
Ok, the real question everyone wants to know, “How does it shoot?” Well it shoots bullets and shot shells. Just don’t expect the rifle to give you a 1/2″ group at a hundred yards. It is a little rough on the shoulder when shooting 12 gauge, since there really isn’t much padding, but it does shoot adequately for what it’s designed for. The shot shells have an effective range of 25-30 yards. Much past that you may not get much lead on target. As for the other calibers you won’t have much better accuracy. the 22lr, once sighted in is much better, but then again at least you have a full length barrel. It does take some getting used to and learning the idiosyncrasies.
I would recommend sighting in the 22lr barrel and the others should be fairly close, but when I say close, it’s a broad interpretation. You’re not going to use this in a sniper situation. I could hit a target at 25 yards with any of the barrel inserts which would be fine for human-sized animals, but poor for small game.
For zombies or those pesky post apocalyptic human trash scum bags trying to take your seed storage, it could be useful. It would be useful if chiappa released a sight that could be adjusted, and locked for each caliber, but I doubt that’s in the production line. The best part about this rifle though, you can shoot whatever ammo is cheapest and most plentiful at that moment.
The rifle/shotgun has decent triggers. Yes it has two. The 22lr trigger is crisp and has about a 4 pound pull. It breaks cleanly and feels really good. the shotgun trigger has a little more pull at 5 pounds and doesn’t feel bad, but has a little more creep to the break point.
The sights aren’t bad either. The bright orange shows up well and easily allows you to find the target quickly. I liked the sights a lot and adjustment are performed quickly.
Specifications: Chiappa Firearms X-Caliber
12 gauge – 2¾” – 3”
.410/ 45 LC
Type: Over & Under combination shotgun/rimfire rifle
Action : Folding break open
Feeding : Single shot with extractors
Barrel : Steel
Trigger system : Double triggers
Front sight : Fixed fiber optic
Rear sight : M1 style adjustable elevation and windage
Safeties : Top tang manual
Finish : Matt black; steel and polypropylene foam stock
Price: $949 with adaptors
The design and look are utilitarian at best. Here’s what we thought of the overall performance. It works. It definitely does everything a gun like this could possible do, but it just doesn’t do any of them extremely well. but then again, that’s not the purpose. It is a gun that allows you to shoot multiple calibers,and it does. It’s not a great shotgun, It’s not a great rifle, but it does allow you to shoot x-caliber of calibers, as the name implies. If I was reviewing a dedicated shotgun or rifle I would give it a poor rating, but since it’s very unique, and does what it’s designed to do, I give it a good rating. With the adaptors it’s about as accurate as a hand gun from the same distance, so I would say it’s performing as designed. You’re not going to win a sharp shooting competition with it.
It has Picatinny rails on the top and sides which would allow you to mount all kinds of accessories, although if SHTF getting replacement batteries may become difficult.
HatsanUSA Announces Semi-Automatic BullMaster Air Rifle
HatsanUSA is launching its first-ever semi-automatic air rifle.
The airgun, named the BullMaster, is a new semi-auto Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifle with a bullpup design. It will be available in .177 and .22 calibers.
“Our customers have been asking us to release a semi-auto bullpup for quite some time and with the BullMaster, HatsanUSA is delivering in a big way,” said Blaine Manifold, President of HatsanUSA. “For us, the key feature is that the semi-auto action is gas operated, as opposed to electrical. This delivers greater reliability and longevity.”
The BullMaster features a detachable, rotary magazine (14-shot capacity for the .177, 12-shot capacity for .22) and each rifle ships with three magazines. Carrying slots have been built into the stock for storing spare magazines. A 500cc volume air bottle is mounted to the forearm of the rifle, and two air cylinders are included. The barrel is full shrouded, precision rifled and choked for optimal shot count.
The entire package ships with an MSRP of $1,399.99.
• Genuine bullpup design, Semi-auto action pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle
• Available in .177 (4.5 mm), .22 (5.5 mm) caliber
• Max Muzzle Velocity for .22 caliber is 970 fps
• Max Muzzle Velocity for .177 caliber is 1050 fps
• Detachable 14-shot magazine in .177 (4.5mm) and 12-shot magazine in .22 (5.5mm)
• Fully shrouded, precision rifled and choked barrel for accuracy
• 500cc volume air bottle mounted in the forearm
• Includes 3 magazines
• Includes quick-fill nozzle
• Tactical style ambidextrous stock with thumbhole
• 2 spare magazine carrying slots in the stock
• Accessory Weaver-style rail beneath the forearm
• “EasyAdjust” Elevation Comb Stock
• Ventilated rubber butt pad
• Built-in pressure gauge to monitor the cylinder pressure
• Weaver-style rail for both 11 mm and 22 mm scope mounts
• Overall blued finish, black anodized receiver
• Patented anti-knock system prevents discharge when rifle is knocked or bounced
• Manual safety
• Black metal trigger
• Fitted sling swivels