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  • A Closer Look at NASA’s Planetary Defence

    NASA Planetary Defence

    As you may have seen from checking out our other blog posts, we have a definitive interest in all things military. Whether this is looking into the history of conflicts or exploring possibilities for new military equipment, chances are, it’ll be piquing our interest.

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  • Choosing the Right Air Pistol for Pest Control

    Pest Control with a Handgun

    With summer pretty much upon us, we are entering the prime season for pests. For people that own large areas of land and that need to keep pests under control, air pistols can be a valuable investment for both effectively and humanely managing the problem. Although we always recommend using the highest power air weapon possible (it’s not just a numbers thing, rifles are more accurate over longer distances and a higher power gives you a better chance of a humane kill, which should always be your goal in pest control) and air rifles can offer more power (a legal limit of 12ft lb limit), this can often be seen as overkill, or be unsuitable for the task. With the pellets often travelling through the target - without a suitable backstop, this can reduce the legality. Therefore, in this article, we take a look at some of the best air pistol options for pest control.

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  • A Guide to Airsoft Brands – Part Three

    Airsoft Gun

    Following on from part one and part two of our guide to airsoft brands, like the Terminator, we are back. One of the best problems with airsoft is the sheer number of manufacturers there are. Either specialising in bringing specific designs to market, or focused in bringing a range of setups and guns, either at great prices or with high performance (occasionally both). In this article, we take a look at another set of airsoft manufacturers and brands and uncover what they are all about. Like in previous articles, we'll group them as either a 'budget' or 'performance' brand; however, there will occasionally be some crossover.

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  • The Guns of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Production still of Keanu Reeves in John Wick 3 Image credit: Imfdb.org

    Super assassin, the baba yaga, John Wick, is back again in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Released earlier in May, the action flick combines quippy one-liners with stunning action sequences - and multiple headshots. The huge success of the films, starring Keanu Reeves, has meant a fourth has already been announced for 2021.

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  • The Role of Military Psychologists

    Military boarding a plane

    At first glance, psychology and the military can seem somewhat unrelated. Being part of the military often requires exceptional physical performance, especially from younger and newer recruits. Whether this is running, swimming, parachuting or any other physical exertion, having strong physical power and lasting endurance are vital assets of being effective in a military role. However, something that is often overlooked is the psychological side of being part of the military. In this article, we look at the role of military psychologists and how they use their skills to further their country's military power.

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  • How Do Nuclear Bombs Work?

    Nuclear weapon being tested

    Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction, harnessing the forces that hold the nucleus of an atom together. The weapons use the energy released when the particles of the nucleus are split. In this article we are looking at how a nuclear bomb works – and as a warning, it will get a bit science-y!

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  • The Most Expensive Guns Ever On Sale At Auction

    Expensive Guns sold at Auction

    If you weren’t sure, we like guns. A lot. But some people love guns a tiny bit more than us and spend eye-watering amounts of money on them. So when two or more of these people get into a room and start bidding on a gun they both want, the prices can reach insane levels. Don’t believe us? Have a look at some of the most expensive guns ever on sale at auction.

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  • What is a Bullpup Gun?

    Bullpup Rifle

    For hundreds of years, classic rifles and firearms have used a ‘bulletproof’ technique of firing. The trigger, as with all weapons initiates the firing process with the firing action occurring either in line or slightly in front of the trigger. All the way from the very first matchlock guns in the 14th and 15th-centuries to the classic Colt models on the 1800s and 1900s and now with the modern rifles that come in all shapes and sizes, the style, although differing slightly, has been a uniform approach. That all changed when a significant innovation was introduced at the start of the 20th-century, the bullpup. But what exactly are these? Take a look below at our guide to bullpup weapons, their history and how they differ to classic rifles.

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  • Setting Up an Air Rifle Scope

    Scope mounted onto an air rifle

    At the most basic level, an air rifle scope is a sighting system that ensures the pellet will hit the target. There are several scopes available for shooters which include those with lasers and open sights. In this article, we are looking at how to set up an air rifle scope to your specific requirements.

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  • What is the Role of a Spotter?

    US Army sniper with a spotter wearing camouflage

    In airsoft, the role of the spotter can be quite rare, most snipers do prefer to work alone, but they could be missing a trick, the role is quite diverse, from identifying targets to acting as security for the sniper. The most important aspect is being an asset and not a liability to the sniper. Spotters must be able to help locate targets and, help with the range of the target and factor in the wind speed and direction.

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