The 7 Best Pieces Of Airgun Kit You Must Have In 2021
Make 2021 the year for stealthy hunting expeditions with our list of essential kit! A well-planned trip means you only bring what you need and more without tons of equipment weighing you down. It's almost impossible to enjoy the experience if the rustling and jangling of belongings dangling around you keep on scaring your target. You need to be stealthy and that means being as quiet as possible.
It would be ideal to go out into the wilderness with just you and your airgun, but there are some essential accessories that you should consider to make the most of your trip. This is a list of what we deem as the most useful ESSENTIAL accessories to help you make your 2021 hunting trips more enjoyable:
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- #1 Thermal monocular and binoculars can help you lock a target even in the dark!
- #2 Use a game carrier to keep your hands free
- #3 Day and night vision rangefinders can help you gauge distance
- #4 Rest while you shoot with shooting sticks (tripods or bipods) and bean bag seat
- #5 Avoid spooking your target with a face veil and gloves for camouflage
- #6 Stay alert and agile by lighting the way with a torch
- #7 Always be ready and keep extra batteries on hand
#1 Thermal monocular and binoculars can help you lock a target even in the dark!
A thermal monocular like the Pulsar Helion XQ38F, is a hunting necessity. This particular brand and model may be a bit on the expensive side at around £2,200 but its features and functions totally makes it a good buy. It’s pretty bulky and may not look inconspicuous but it’s ideal for spotting and shooting through an open window of your car or truck. It has an incredible thermal view and the distinction between terrain and targets is clear in any setting within the device. It’s also quite versatile. Whether you need it for day or night shooting, it’s effective at giving you an unobstructed view. Here is a review on Youtube you can check out.
#2 Use a game carrier to keep your hands free
#3 Day and night vision rangefinders can help you gauge distance
Distance greatly influences the path of the pellets so being able to gauge that is important, which is why I make sure to bring rangefinders and night vision accessories that are also easy to carry. During daytime, a rangefinder that can be used using one hand can make all the difference, such as the Hawke LRF 400.
As for night time, it can be a totally different playing field and distance is much harder to measure by sight. Thankfully, there are night vision rangefinders out there that can give good scans and provide the distance easily similar to the NiteSite Laser Rangefinder. It’s a valuable tool especially if you plan to hunt rabbits, which can be tricky in the dark. An equally good option for that is the ATN Auxiliary Ballistic Laser that can give remarkably accurate distance readings and fits right in front of the scope which is extremely convenient, especially when you don’t want to fiddle around with complicated tools in the dark. For some of the best night vision scope reviews, you can check out these guides.
#4 Rest while you shoot with shooting sticks (tripods or bipods) and bean bag seat
Shooting accuracy may be better if the shooter is at rest so making sure you have the equipment to maintain that perfect height and position may be critical. Of course, you can measure that out with just your body but if you keep on changing up the height or moving around in different positions, it can be tiring. This is where good shooting sticks - a tripod or bipod - can help. It can help you shoot at rest and instead of maneuvering the gun, you can set it up at the perfect height you need.
If you’re not shooting from the comfort of your vehicle, another perfect item to buy is a bean bag. It might sound trivial but the perfect spot may not be as comfortable as you think and when you stand behind your gun all day shooting rabbits, it can get achy. So give yourself a break and make the trip more bearable by carrying a bean bag with you, just in case you are shooting from somewhere bumpy or spiky.
#5 Avoid spooking your target with a face veil and gloves for camouflage
Whether you like it or not, pale skin can work something like a reflector when you’re hunting, especially during the day time. It would therefore be best to get some camouflage gear to cover up some of your skin to avoid being noticed by your target. It is best to get one that is suited to the terrain you’ll be hunting on and there are many variations available on the market.
Here’s a smart tip if you’ll be wearing glasses: use a veil with a finer mesh. Other veils may cause steam to cloud up your glasses, muddling up your view. It may even be risky if you’re not 100% able to view your surroundings.
#6 Stay alert and agile by lighting the way with a torch
Night vision and thermal rangefinders may work well for spotting a target from a distance but you will still need illumination for when you're walking around especially on terrain with a lot of debris which may trip you over. It would be wise to bring a torch to light the way when it gets too dark. It is also best to bring one that has various modes and adjustable features. Being able to dim down or increase the torch’s brightness is incredibly convenient especially if you’re tracking down a target. This means your torch should be as quiet as possible - avoid ones that make noises whenever you try to click anything on it.
Also, it is best to take note of the brightness on the torch. If you’re hunting at night time and you require extremely dim illumination, some torches may not be able to do that. It would be best to test out a torch before making the purchase. Some options that may provide that would be the ATN X-Site or NiteSite Viper. You can also buy both and use the other one for extra light if needed, or as a spare in case you lose one.
#7 Always be ready and keep extra batteries on hand
If you're bringing accessories that run on batteries, it would be best if you carry a few spare pieces in case you need them. The whole process of hunting can take a while from one target to another - it's definitely time consuming so one set of batteries may run out halfway through the excursion.
It is recommended to bring along around 2-4 spare sets depending on battery capacity. Some of your accessories may come with lithium ion batteries. Keep in mind that whenever you’re shopping for accessories so you can ask for additional batteries on top of the set that comes with the package.
Did you find this list useful? We hope this list helps you make better choices when packing the right accessories on your next hunting trip. It’s all based on personal experience so this can help you make the most of your trip and turn it into an enjoyable experience with less inconvenience or hassle. If you liked this article or if you’d like to tell us your go-to accessory that you can’t hunt without, then share it in the comments! Also, share this article to someone who may find it useful. Happy hunting!