Like so many of the Airguns of Arizona team, Jared Clark wears multiple hats. He answers the phone and talks to people about their airgunning needs, deals with all incoming shipments, and manages the warehouse and inventory.Jared1

He got into airguns through a somewhat unusual route. “We lived in the city, so we didn’t have a lot of room,” Clark says. “I got into airsoft with a bunch of friends, and we used to put on our goggles and shoot each other in the back yard.”

He adds, “My family knew the Buchanans. Robert gave me a Beeman .177 airgun, and I started shooting lemons off my mom’s lemon tree. I sometimes shot birds, but mainly I am a target shooter.

“Airguns of Arizona hired me as a shipper when I was 14 years old,” Clark says. “Steve was covering shipping, and they wanted to get a part-time guy to do the shipping and handling. That was in 2004.”

“Except for one year after high school when I went to junior college and played baseball, I’ve been there ever since, and my job has been constantly evolving. I do a bit of everything. We all cover for each other, although I try to stay away from repairs. One of the great things is that I get to test airguns every day.”

Now Clark is in charge of the warehouse – keeping track of inventory, labeling things, keeping it clean, and informing Greg what needs to be ordered. Since he is in charge of incoming shipments, if you send to Airguns of Arizona, Clark will see it first.

Two years ago at the Extreme Benchrest competition, a fellow named Giles from a YouTube airgun channel wanted to interview someone from AoA, and Clark was nominated.

Jared2“They thought it went pretty well,” Clark says, “so now I have done five or six video productions that involve unboxing, touring the product, shooting for accuracy and velocity strings. The first one was a Daystate Wolverine B. It was intimidating at first, but the guy who does the camera work helped me to feel at ease, and it has been growing on me. I actually kind of like doing it now.”

For his after-hours airgunning, Clark likes to compete in airgun benchrest, and he is keen to try his hand at field target. He owns an FX Superswift and is enthusiastic about it. “I love the balance, the light weight, and the simplicity of the magazine.”

Whenever he gets the opportunity, he enjoys dove hunting at the local dairy farms. “It’s a lot of fun, and a service to the farmers,” Clark says.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

AOA-Shoot-Photo-04The morning chill blew in from the East with a gusting wind of 12 to 18 mph. As the sun rose over the the mountain top we were waiting for our hunters to arrive. There were rabbits scattered about the ground, crows and even some hogs. All within shooting range! The guns and ammo were being prepared and it was finally time to begin.AOA-Shoot-Photo-16

More than a year ago the planning for this began in one of our Safari Club Chapter Board Meetings that we have once a month to discuss how we can promote not just hunting, but shooting sports as well. Being on the board of directors for Phoenix Chapter Safari Club has opened my eyes to what SCI really is all about. It is not only about hunting in Africa as I had been led to believe, but more about the Conservation of all wildlife species and Preservation of gun sports across the world. In one of our meetings, Van, our Chapter President, said to me that we need to have a big bore airgun shoot and my reply was “Yes, that would be fun. But how would we get enough guns and where would we have it?” His reply was “You will do a good job.” AOA-Shoot-Photo-08Well I needed a bunch of help to accomplish this and with all of our board members we had that part done but still we needed guns and lots of them. Airguns of course, so I went to my friend and boss Robert Buchanan at Airguns of Arizona and told him our plan and what we needed he said “Yes Kip, whatever you need” and also gave me some ideas in planning.

Now back to the shoot. We set out more than 30 targets in total with Remington automatic animals, swinging gong targets and for the Bushbuck 45 Caliber we needed something a bit stronger. So I made a three gong set with a spring loaded jackrabbit. AOA-Shoot-Photo-17Targets were placed from 10 yards out to 77 yards and we set up three shooting stations. One for the Weihrauch spring piston rifles, one for the Brocock, Daystate, and FX  precharged pneumatics in .177 and .22 caliber, and one for .25 caliber FX Royal 500, Daystate Wolverine .303 caliber, and the Big 45 caliber Bush Buck rifles. As a participant any amateur shooter could come and shoot all the rifles as much as they wanted from 9:00 to 11:30am. AOA-Shoot-Photo-28The air was filled with the pop, ting, the Boom, Smack and the laughter of the shooters hitting their targets, and it was nice to see so many young shooters having so much fun!

AOA-Shoot-Photo-29Then we put a competition together for all shooters in three different categories; Adult Men, Adult Women, and Juniors. For this we used the ten meter 5 bull target set at 20 yards. The shooters would get 5 shots, one at each bullseye and have 5 minutes to complete this. We had a tie for third place in the mens division and a tie for first in the juniors and after the shoot off, plaques for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were awarded in each category.

IMG_09021st Place Women’s – Sandra Ortiz
2nd Place Women’s – Ana Narez
3rd Place Women’s – Olivia Hardy

IMG_09071st Place Men’s – Kyle Seifert
2nd Place Men’s – Peykan Beyrami
3rd Place Men’s – Todd Kluth

IMG_08971st Place  Youth – Keyon Beyrami
2nd Place Youth – Jacob Yarburugh
3rd Place Youth – Scott Yarburugh

Then to everyones surprise i called all of the first place winners up for an overall shoot off… the Quigley Bucket Challenge! This was to be with the BushBuck 45 caliber standing offhand. AOA-Shoot-Photo-71Targets were placed at 40, 50, and 60 yards, three shots, three buckets. First up for the ladies was Sandra Ortiz and as she let off her 3rd and final shot… BOOM !! … the stage was set. One bucket down! Then came the junior Keyon Beyrami and because of his size we let him shoot with a front rest only as the BushBuck 45 is not a light gun… BOOM!! … 1 bucket went flying through the air! Shot 2… BOOM!! … bucket 2 flopped across the ground. Now could he really get three in a row? As young Keyon lined up the crosshairs on the bucket one could hear a pin drop… BOOM!! … the crowd roared as bucket 3 flipped up in the air! Keyon had smashed all three buckets, Watch out Quigly!. Now for the mens division Kyle Seifert to defend his title. As he raised the BushBuck, nerves set in and the pressure was on and with only one bucket out of three the Junior shooter Keyon was the winner! IMG_0916As an unannounced surprise, his prize was a Weihrauch HW30 rifle wrapped in an AOA soft case. But Keyon said he already had an AOA case and asked if he could donate it back for second prize. Way to go Keyon! So we had ourselves another shootoff and after the dust settled Kyle Seifert in the mens division took second place with two buckets out of three to win the AOA case.

The SCI Big Bore Turkey shoot Co Sponsored by Airguns of Arizona was a great success with shooters of all ages attending. Phoenix SCI Extends A Big Thank You to all 49 shooters, And to Airguns of Arizona. Remember if your not a part of a good organization like SCI – JOIN and be part of the solution so events like these can continue for all ages! We must bring our youth more into shooting sports and airguns are the best tool to make this happen.

Until next time, shoot straight and hit your target!







Kip Perow




Today we are going to do something totally new to the AOA blog! We are going to take a look at the latest and greatest tool for precharged airguns, which allows a shooter to be completely self sufficient. This tool is the Omega Super Charger Compressor. The Super Charger operates on 110-volt power, and has a user-set shutoff that can be set to any pressure up to 4500 psi. And best of all, the Omega Super Charger requires no outside devices to run, and no stopping mid-fill to service or bleed! It has a user-set auto-bleed device which can be set to the moisture level in your local air with the simple twist of a dial.

I know, right now most of you are still hanging on the first line of this blog. Why is a compressor review “totally new to the AOA blog!”? There have been reviews of all types of product posted to this blog over the past years. How is this one any different?

Here’s why…we are NOT writing a review. We are giving it to you in the form of a video. Enjoy!

I know there are 2 schools of thought: Cleaning airgun barrels is important and should be done regularly –or– airguns don’t use explosive propellants and don’t need to be cleaned.  I’m not here to root for either side in this blog, other than to reiterate the common sense rule-of-thumb that you should always swab out the barrel of a new airgun to remove manufacturing lubricants and gunk.  This entry is to introduce you to a unique cleaning system that has made its mark in the firearms world and I feel is a good fit to the airgun market as well.  The products are Boresmith’s  “Jag Brush” and Triangle Patches.  SHOT 2015_013_They are designed to work together to provide maximum contact with the bore while reducing binding and rod flex.  The reduction in binding is due to the unique triangular shape of the bleached cotton flannel patch.  By notching the patch there is a reduction of overlapping folds of material that not only cause binding in the bore, but actually waste much of the surface area of the patch and its cleaning effectiveness.

For those shooters who subscribe to the thinking that cleaning a bore should always follow the same path as the projectile, most cleaning brushes are not going to fit the small breech of a rotary magazine fed or bolt-action airgun.  A flexible cable system as highlighted in an earlier AOA blog may be the way to go.  The Jag Brush is even longer than similar cleaning brushes and the extra length is because Boresmith tapers their brush to work efficiently with the Triangle Patch.  Jag Brush + Triangle PatchThe taper starts easily into the bore and then the larger taper fits the bore more snugly for greater surface area contact, finally being followed by the bristles scrubbing the bore.  For a break-barrel airgun the Boresmith would excel.  Otherwise if you are not particularly concerned about cleaning from the muzzle, as long as you are mindful of the crown, again this system works very well.  Another tip is to clean the gun while it is upside down to avoid cleaners and lubricants from flowing into the transfer port.

Boresmith ProductsThe brushes come in all popular calibers starting at .17 and going up through the 10 gauge shotgun and are made of either phosphor bronze or nylon.  The Triangle Patches come in a variety of packages and an economical way to buy is in the 200 count poly bags for $3.25 in the .17 to .20 caliber size.  The bag of .22 caliber patches is fifty cents more.  As for solvents, they offer “Gun Cleanser” which is plant-based and non-toxic.  Because it contains no petroleum distillates, it should be safe to use around airgun seals if you feel the need to use a solvent.  I conducted a small experiment of soaking an “O” ring for several days in Gun Cleanser and noted no changes or degradation, but this is far from a scientific study.

The folks behind Boresmith are a company called Rigel Products and they are not only shooters, but scientists who have put a lot of thought into their products.  Knowing that a number of you reading this are firearms enthusiasts as well, it would be worth your while to head over to their website:

MTM Range BoxThanks also to MTM Case-Gard for the use of their Range Box.  It certainly makes a handy platform for any cleaning chores.  If you’d like to check it out, navigate over to


Boy, some guys just don’t get the word. What word? You know: the typical narrative involved in an airgunners career. It usually goes something like this: “Well, I started out with a Daisy (or an inexpensive) Crosman, and after many years of scrimping and saving, I finally got an adult precision airgun.”

Shane1Shane Kellar, whose chief responsibilities encompass working with dealers and setting up the Extreme Benchrest competition every year, has a vastly different story to tell. “I’ve known the owners of Airguns of Arizona – Robert and Steve – my entire life. When Robert first started selling airguns, my Dad bought me a German made spring gun. I would shoot a hundred to two hundred pellets a day. At 12 years old, I was dropping little green army men in the backyard with that springer and a 3-9 scope. I didn’t know the difference between a good air rifle and a bad air rifle, but I knew I could shoot it well.”

My reaction: HOLY SMOKES! A German springer at 12 years old? Wow!

Kellar adds, “When I graduated from high school, I got a Beeman rifle from Robert. That was my only knowledge of air rifles. I wasn’t familiar with precharged, and I didn’t know that there were different qualities of air rifles.”

He says, “I was working in the banking industry, doing mortgages and home equity loans, when the crash came, and I was laid off. Robert was looking for someone to do shipping, so I started to do that. The phones got really busy, so I started helping the guys out. They said: if you don’t know, just ask – so I started asking lots of questions. And of course I had lots of opportunities to shoot different air rifles”

“Within a month, I bought a Daystate Huntsman left hand and an FX pump. Within six months, I had three precharged rifles, the Huntsman, an Air Wolf, and an FX Cyclone. I did lots of reading about airguns, learning about them, and eventually I began to take them apart, so now I know how to fix just about any of them.”

Today, Kellar’s favorite precharged rifles are the FX Royale and the Daystate Regal. And when it comes to springers, he is right back to his roots; the last springer he would part with is an HW35e.

When he isn’t on the phone with dealers across the country and thinking about next year’s Extreme Benchrest competition, Kellar enjoys competing in air rifle bench rest whenever he can get the opportunity. He helped to start the Phoenix Benchrest Club, and he participates with them on a monthly basis.Shane2

Perhaps his favorite thing, though, is “going out with a couple of my cousins to one of the local dairies and helping them to eliminate their pigeon problem. It’s a win-win: the dairies appreciate getting rid of a pest, and we have a heck of a lot of fun.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

Every year in March, the European version of the Shot Show takes place in Nürnberg Germany. IWA, as it is referred to, is where manufactures from all over the world gather to showcase their goods and release the new products that have been painstakingly developed in the previous years and are now ready for public admiration. Factory managers, design engineers, and marketing gurus come together with anxious excitement in hopes that their customers will be equally excited and fill the order books.  The 2015 IWA show brings exciting news to those finding there way to the stands of Daystate, FX Airguns, Weihrauch, and Brocock. These fine factories have each done their work to provide the airgun enthusiast new reasons to add to their collection.

Daystate LTD

The firm that has pioneered the modern day PCP airgun and is credited by most in producing some of the finest airguns made in the world today.  The centerpiece of their new lineup will include the all new Pulsar Bullpup. This all new air rifle has years of research and design experience behind its creation. Specialists from many technologies have been brought together to build this elegant and advanced shooting machine. The Pulsar represents the next generation of quality and engineering for Daystate. Those that are fortunate to own one of these masterpieces will cherish it for years. The Pulsar sports features found on no other airgun such as a built in laser, an all electronic firing system with regulator, three tuned power levels, and a stock crafted by Italian masters that screams quality and elegance with interchangeable components to design the look of your choice.  The four current popular calibers .177 .22 .25 and .30 will be available. The new Pulsar represents a new benchmark in quality and design that will be hard to match.

FX Airguns

FX Wildcat Bullpup

This innovative airgun company has been very busy. The FX factory has moved and expanded into a new larger high tech facility with the most modern equipment and resources for design, manufacture, and assembly to provide the highest quality airgun products possible. The FX design team has worked literally day and night to bring to market the most exciting models ever to come out of the factory. First, the all new Wildcat Bullpup is a high power, light weight, short, and quiet tack driver that sports a FX made synthetic stock. Additionally, the new Impact air rifle ,although a Bullpup by definition, handles more like a AR15 live fire rifle with features such as external adjustable regulator, power adjuster, hammer, and valve adjustments with a quick change system for the caliber of your choice in minutes. The rifle will be available in .177, .22,  .25 and .30 calibers with maximum power of 90 ft/lbs on the big .30. Light in weight, short in length, and with the option of any production AR15 style grip, this new accurate wonder gun will definitely make an “Impact” on the customer’s choice. These two new models represent some of the highest levels of airgun design from one of the worlds best.

Brocock LTD

Brocock Contour XL G6

With the acquisition of Brocock by Diana holdings come fresh energy and investment from this British firm is famous for its production of small light weight rifles and high power field pistols. This year Brocock is proud to announce the new G6 Contour air rifle. This little gem sports an all new Italian made ambidextrous stock with a olive green soft touch all weather coating. The G6 includes top quality build with features normally found only on more expensive units. The list starts with the fitment of a highly accurate Lothar-Walther barrel, a six shot magazine system, and a Huggett moderator that turns the report into barely a whisper. The G6 along with its stable mate Elite models are a first choice for the shooter that desires a light compact quality target and pest control rifle.

Weihrauch Sport

Weihrauch HW100 Carbine Laminate

This German airgun company is world famous for its consistency, quality, and design. For more than 100 years, HW products have been proudly passed down from grandfather to father to son.  With years of experience in old and new world designs, the craftsmen at HW have few peers. HW is pleased to add new stock designs and innovative features to their rock solid line up. HW will continue to perfect the fine HW100 PCP model for the 2015 season.

Here in the USA, airgunning is still a growing industry and the sports and activities involving airguns continue to grow and spread throughout clubs and local groups. And one event, which is catching on quickly, is airgun dart games! Thanks to the fine people at Milbro Sports in the UK, a proper dart has been reintroduced into the US airgun market. Available in .177 or .22 caliber, these Mohawk darts can be identified by the black streak woven in through the traditional 4 colors of yellow, blue, green and red. This feature marks the Mohawk dart and identifies the quality in the design. Capable of being shot through smooth or rifled barrels, Milbro claims that no harm will come to the rifling because the mohair is the main point of contact with the barrel. The Milbro Mohawk darts are best shot through low-powered air rifles or pistols, and are not suitable for use in a magazine fed airgun.

Mohawk darts are available in either .177 or .22 caliber.

So, pull out your old air pistol, dust off your low powered spring rifle, and get get an inexpensive dart board out. We promise you will have hours of great fun! We did, and so did the 100+ people at last years Extreme Benchrest event, where we first debuted these fine darts in a fun shoot! If you cannot locate a shooting club locally to share this great activity with, we highly recommend you start your own amongst friends and family. With the cold weather going around the country this winter, think of all the fun you could still be having indoors with your favorite airgun and a pack of Milbro Mohawk darts!

Leave us a comment with your airgun/dart stories, or share your ideas on some good games to play using these Milbro Mohawk darts. And please remember, that while these reusable darts are fun, and can be used in a game like traditional darts, they are still dangerous.  Eye protection and safe gun handling rules still apply and caution should be taken by the shooter and anyone nearby.

Until Next Time,

Get Out (or stay in) and Shoot!

eyepalThis is an introduction to a product called the EyePal Peep Sight System.  It’s a simple little device that will help any shooter or bowyer see the target more clearly which should translate into better shooting and higher scores.  No training is involved and the unit is self-contained, ready to go as soon as it arrives.  So what is this amazing little device and how does it work?  It is a disc of a type of self-clinging plastic with a small aperture hole in the middle.  It affixes to your clean shooting glasses (or reading glasses under your shooting glasses if need be) directly in your sight picture.  It can easily be lifted off and repositioned as needed for the optimal sight picture, or for storing it back in its contact lens-style case.  Should it start to lose its ability to cling, simply rub it across some polyester clothing to build up static.  How it works is basic optical science: The human eye and brain have difficulty working together to focus on more than 2 things where near and far objects are involved.  Example: rear sight, front sight and a target.  The bad news is it gets worse as your eyes age.  Also, the eye can only focus on one image plane at a time and as it tries to range between the rear sight, front sight and target, eyestrain results.  The EyePal allows your eye and brain to work together to clearly see all 3.  In the consumer optical trade the EyePal is referred to as an “autorefractor” allowing many common vision challenges to be overcome by increasing the depth of field.  It transmits an undistorted small image through to the pupil.  Not exactly a new concept in that peep sights have been around for more than a hundred years.  However, with the EyePal the peep sight travels with you, the shooter, and is equally useful with iron sights, dot sights and even low power scopes.  You have the option of shooting with both eyes open as well, another method to help alleviate strain when holding on target.

Invented by Charlie Summers, an optical researcher with MIT, the EyePal can be beneficial to any shooter, young or old, excellent vision or not.  The EyePal comes in 3 configurations: one for handgunners or bowyers (has a slightly larger aperture), one for rifle and the Master Kit which contains one each of the rifle and pistol EyePal.  It has also been approved for use in CMP sanctioned matches.  The kits are available through their website at for $29.95 per set and come with a money back policy if you aren’t satisfied with the product. Our friends at would consider carrying the EyePal in stock if there is enough interest from the readership, so let them know.  It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of this” gadgets that you soon learn you can’t live without…

Until next time; remember to exercise and protect your freedoms or risk losing them.

I would like to share a story that I feel will interest most fellow airgun enthusiasts. I have a passion for airguns. I don’t know why, just that I always have. The disease started at the age of 8 when I received my Daisy Red Rider. Much like the Christmas Story movie I was certain the blued steel beauty could take polar bear if needed. Like most seasoned air gunners today my lust was further promoted by the pages of  Robert Beeman’s wonderful catalogs. In one of the early versions the HW 35L was prominently displayed and Mr Beeman’s Oh-So-Seductive text drew me in. I was 16. I worked long and hard at my father’s tire recapping plant, pulling molds and wrapping hot rubber around freshly buffed carcasses. Very difficult, hot work. I loved it though, and at the end of the summer I had made and saved enough to order my dream rifle. My mother sent in the check for the airgun, the Blue Ring scope, professional mounts and a muzzle brake! The customary 6-8 weeks for delivery might as well have been a year as the wait was excruciating. Finally when I had almost given up hope after school one day on the staircase inside the front door laid a big rectangular brown box! Elation is the closest adjective i can think of but it still comes short. I opened up my new prize and inside was the fulfillment of my dreams…my new HW35L. This rifle would become my new best friend plinking rocks, bugs, leaves and the occasional bird in my parents’ large back yard. At the time we lived in the country so taking pigeons and sparrows off of the wires presented no real threat to anyone. We could even dove hunt in our back yard until the city annexed the property, bummer.

Vintage HW35L breech. Note the Made In West-Germany markings!

Vintage HW35L breech. Note the Made In West-Germany markings!

I grew up with that rifle hunting rabbits and squirrels. I even popped a coyote with it but it ran off, at that age I still had visions of immense power that the German machine could produce and surely the Beeman folks underestimated the true energy the 35 was producing. I grew older and girls, school, job and other annoyances would take all of my time and attention. I still on occasion would take my baby out of its case, wipe her down and pop off a few pellets down the back yard at an imaginary target or rat. I’d take in the smell of the wafting, burnt compression cylinder oil and be taken back to my younger days in a Walter Mitty like trance. The call for dinner would come and I would be whisked back to reality. That was the state of how it was for many a year my love of airguns never wavered however and I always kept up to date with the next issue of the Beeman brochures and other literature.

Then came the call from my wife upon returning from her work as a teacher. She entered the house to find that we had been broken into and most of my guns and her jewelry had been stolen. My HW35L was gone. The crooks could have taken any other gun and it would have not hurt me as much as the loss of my childhood that was taken that day. That gun was part of the catalyst that drove me into the airgun trade. I was 28 at the the time. Since then I have a new, wonderful wife, wonderful sons and a flourishing airgun business that employs the best men in the industry. Quality human beings that I am honored to work with. My brother as my partner and a man by the name of Greg that has been with me since he was 14 years old. He is now 33. And the best customers and manufactures in the world. I am truly blessed!

Enter November 2014…I am making my daily rounds with the men and as I pass by Kip, one of our spring gun repair tech’s work bench, and I notice a stock that you don’t see very often, a 35L walnut stock. I stopped picked it up and started to tell Kip the story of my beloved gun and how this one brought back some fine memories. I then told Kip that i had put a mark on mine by the trigger guard not on purpose mind you and as I turned the rifle over to show him where well you guessed it. THE SAME MARK was on this stock.

Same mark in stock!

Same mark in stock!

I then explained that mine had an X scribed into the wood under the compression tube. Yep you guessed it again the X was there. I then asked if the gun was scoped and was swiftly shown the famous Blue Ring scope that came on my rifle. Well what to do? This was my baby back in my arms; I almost cried. A call was made to the owner of the gun who had sent it in for rebuilding. I explained how this was once my rifle and how did he come into its possession. He explained that about 25 years ago a man came into his fathers gun store and sold it to him for cheap and he had kept it for himself and enjoyed it very much. I did not blame him and I asked him if I could send him a brand new 35E in its place as the old L model could not have the same sentimental value to him as it did me!! He agreed and the deal was done.

Robert Buchanan and his HW35L!

Robert Buchanan and his HW35L!

I am once again the proud owner of my childhood sweetheart! It rests safely in my collection next to airguns costing 10 times as much, but worth 10 times less.


35L hangs proudly on the wall!

Thanks for talking the time to share in my story,

Robert Buchanan

Owner, Airguns of Arizona

FZ200 Frear Park 008

Has it really been nearly seven years and over 350 blogs? That can’t be true. It seems like just yesterday I got a phone call from They had seen my writing in one of the magazines – perhaps it was Precision Shooting or The Accurate Rifle – and they wondered if I would like to do a weekly blog for them.

It didn’t take long to say “Yes,” and a wonderful partnership was born. Airguns of Arizona would send me air rifles, air pistols, and various accessories, and I would write about them. The good folks at AoA were remarkably light-handed. Not once – ever – did they ask me to change how I wrote about something. Their attitude was always: “tell the truth,” and that policy, I think, has served everyone well.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to write about hundreds of air rifles and air pistols. I’ve also written repeatedly about safety – a big thing in my universe. Make no mistake about it: airguns should be handled with all the care and respect you would give a firearm. You owe it do yourself and those around you, at all times and without exception.

Along the way, I’ve also had the opportunity to talk to airgun designers and manufacturers and to interview airgunning champions about how they shoot and train. Exploring the previous years of posts in the blog will uncover a wealth of useful information. For those who are new to airgunning, checkout Airguns 101 — . It comprises a basic course in the essentials of airgunning. Originally the material there was destined to be included in a book, but last year, faced with a tough winter and little opportunity to shoot, I turned the chapters in the book-to-be into a series of blogs.

And that brings me to a common misconception about the blog. Many people assumed that, because I was writing for Airguns of Arizona, that I am located in Arizona. Nope. I’m in upstate New York, where we have winter. As a write this, there is snow on the ground and the wind is howling. Some years, we had “open” winters which allowed me to keep shooting. Other years, I concentrated on pistols during the snowy months. Last year, it was Airguns 101 that kept the blog going.

The folks at Airguns of Arizona have been absolutely wonderful to deal with: kind, patient, and helpful. I couldn’t ask for better partners in doing a blog. And the readers have been wonderful as well, offering useful comments and asking insightful questions.

Early in 2014, however, I found out that sometime during 2013 or late 2012, I had a heart attack. I didn’t know that I had a heart attack, but it left me with permanent scar tissue on the heart muscle. So I’ve decided to slow down and give up doing a regular weekly blog. I will still show up here from time to time, testing guns and interviewing people. So I won’t be gone from the blog, just not here as often.

In meantime, I am continuing to pursue my passion for combining my Christian faith with photographing the sky. After all, “the Heavens declare the Glory of God.” Here’s a link to my free e-book with the same name: You don’t have to sign up or give your email. You’ll also find a link to my one-and-only YouTube video.

LX100 Pickering Lane Sunset 007

So am I riding off into the sunset? Actually, it’s more like I’m riding off to photograph the sunset. But I’ll be back from time to time, and I wish all of you my very best.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott