Intro To Shooting Accessories: Air Rifle Shooting Targets

If you’re a passionate airgunner for hunting, pest control, sport, or hobbying, then you’ll know that you can’t just stop at your chosen weapon. Shooting accessories are essential, for a whole variety of reasons.

To get the most out of your airgun shooting, getting yourself some air rifle targets is vital, whether you’re tracking down pests, or competing with others. By drilling yourself to hit the target, over and over, you can ensure that you will be ready when time comes, whether it’s for competition or catching the varmint that’s chewing up your vegetable patch.

Paper Shooting Targets & Holders

Practice Targets 17×17 cm £3.99 for 100

Today’s targets come in a range of designs, and include simple paper targets like these practice targets.

These come in packs of 100, and are are inexpensive at £3.99. The concentric circles help you clearly see where you’ve hit the target, and the smaller targets all over the shooting target area allow for longevity and a greater variety of targets to aim for.

These items are purchased in large volumes, a minimum of 50, but it is essential to have a place on which to rest the paper target. This can be something as simple as an old pillow, but these can be unreliable and messy. To be practical, it’s better if you can invest in target holders and pellets catchers such as this one:

Trumpet Target Holder Pellet Catcher 14cm x 14cm £14.99

This is great for backyard hobby plinking, but also helps to improve your aim, to keep you sharp for competitions, pest control and hunting.

Note the manner in which your many hundreds of shots will be caught, allowing you to keep things tidy, even as you fire at the target again and again. The material that these are constructed from is robust and will ensure that they give many years of service.


Refresh Your Target Shooting With Furry Pests Pictures!

One way of keeping things fresh and interesting is to mount images of pests and hunting animals on your pellet holder. This can stimulate the imagination and keep you focussed as you fire shot after shot, as well as preparing you for the real thing. Rats and squirrels are some of the main reasons people purchase airguns, from amateur pest control all the way up to professional useage. So it’s something that makes perfect sense. To do this, you can also head on over to the BASC to download some realistic looking airgun targets like these:

Knockdown Targets, Zombie Targets & Snooker Targets

These are a good halfway house to some of the field targets that are set out in woodlands to mock up a representation of pests and small live targets normally faced by airgunners. You can also find metal knockdown targets that resemble pests, for example, this knock and reset rat target (below), which allows you to get some of the realism of your quarry while practicing and zeroing in on the rats that might be chewing on your vegetable patch!

SMK Knock And Reset Rat Target £19.96

In order to keep things interesting, shooters may wish to train their rifle on something a bit different, and this is why a fun trend for things like zombie targets, and snooker targets has allowed airgun enthusiasts to keep interesting. Target shooting should always be done on private land, or with the full permission of the owner or tenant. If you’re headed off to a range, be aware that airguns should always be transported in a secure case which does not allow the gun to be fired. As is always the case with firearms, keep yourself familiar with UK gun law to be safe.

Pellpax has a huge range airguns and related equipment. Check out our range of air rifle targets and accessories today.

Airsoft 101

Here at Pellpax, you may be an airgun or outdoor enthusiast, and noticed our Airsoft store. We have a range of airsoft pistols, and airsoft rifles for sale, as well as accessories. So it seems only fitting that we provide you with this introduction to airsoft, which could turn out to be your favourite new sport.

What is Airsoft?

You may have heard of airsoft, seen the guns and name of the sport around online, and wonder what’s all about. It’s essentially a team sport between two groups where they do battle with specially 4618103657_4ebd3ae60c_zdesigned guns which fire non metallic, spherical ball bearings / pellets. Unlike paintball, for example, these projectiles do not leave a mark, and so the sport of airsoft relies on the honesty of the participants to self report when they have been struck.


The sport of Airsoft hails originally from Japan, where manufacturers Tokyo Marui famously produced the AEG (automatic electric gun), which they sell to this day. They would vend the gun in parts, and leave it to the customer to assemble them, with a focus on creating weapons with an ultra-realistic look which is still central to airsoft today. The majority of airsoft rifles and airsoft pistols are today made in Asia, and their true-to-life look means they are often used by police officers to assist with training.

Ballistics & Safety

Different weapons powered by different power plants (AEG, gas powered, spring powered, etc), will cause airsoft pellets to travel at different velocities. In a typical airsoft game, you can expect a velocity of 150 metres per second for sniper rifles,  140 ms for semi automatic ‘AEG’ machine guns, 120 ms for outdoor play with fully automatic AEGs, and 110 ms for Close Quarters Battle.

It’s worth noting that Airsoft pellets should not be underestimated, and can cause small marks on skin. They can of course damage eyesight, and that is why it’s essential to protect your eyes when participating in the sport. Good footwear, particularly with strong ankle support, is essential. Many practitioners advise treating the airsoft guns as real weapons, in order to maximise safety, and avoid confusion and misunderstandings. One particular source of concern with realistic airsoft weapons is that they can be mistaken for real weapons, causing concern and even raising alarm, police attendance, etc. Many manufacturers place an orange tip on their guns in order to distinguish them, and users are strongly advised not to remove this.

Pellets & BBs

Most airsoft bbs / pellets vary between 0.12 to 0.48g. and come in a variety of colours, including white, green, and yellow. The most popular weight for AEG and GBB guns is around 0.20g up to 0.25g, as the heavier rounds are more suited to sniper and long range uses. They come in minimum quantities of 1,000, and most come in 6mm diameter. A loader can be used to insert them into magazines for the various weapon configurations that exist.

Military Training Applications

The realism of airsoft weapons means that they are used for training by military and police, to prepare them for a variety of situations. Indeed, various airsoft accessories and technologies have been developed out of this application. For example, BBs  that release paint on impact have been developed in order to help soldiers improve their aim, and prepare them for the real world of combat. Grenades that release paint or BBs, and heavier weapons that feel more like their real world counterparts are used to give greater feeling of authenticity.

Muzzles that amplify weapon fire to a level recognisable as equivalent to live weaponry give even greater combat simulation, allowing trainers to achieve a high level of realism, without the great cost and safety risks that come with using real machine guns and pistols.

If you want to get your fix of airsoft excitement, head on over to our range of airsoft rifles, pistols and accessories for sale today. We’ve got major brands like Tokyo Marui, and many more.

The Rise Of Airsoft

Source: Skiler-2, Wikipedia

Airsoft is gaining in popularity rapidly recently and for good reason too. The sport is very similar to paintballing, except the ammo used is 6mm plastic BBs, fired from realistic airsoft rifles and airsoft pistols instead of paint ball guns. This realism of the weaponry appeals to a large spectrum of people, and makes it fantastic fun when you are out in the field.

Joining The Airsoft Club

The first step to starting in the world of Airsoft is to register as a player with the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association who oversees the entire goings on of airsoft in the UK. You can register as a player on their website at this link… 

Once you have successfully registered as a player you can then find a local club to join and start playing! You can find a list of all the registered clubs in the UK on the UKARA website here

To purchase an Airsoft weapon from us you must be over the age of 18, and have the relevant ID to prove that. We then arrange the delivery with our vans and drivers to deliver the item to you in person. We have a large range of airsoft equipment, which is always expanding so as always, if you there’s something you would like that’s not on our site, give us a call and we can see if we can source it for you!

Primary Weapons

Most people in Airsoft normally have a ‘primary weapon’ such as an assault rifle which packs a powerful punch with good accuracy in a relatively small package to make it easy when you are in a combat situation. If your starting off in Airsoft, it’s worth taking a look at something such as the Classic Army G36 Sportsline AEG 6mm Airsoft which has a great specification at the price point, and being modelled on the G36 it is one of the more popular airsoft guns making it easier to customize.

AEG Airsoft
The Workings of an AEG (automated electric gun) airsoft gun

The Classic Army is what’s called an AEG which stands for All Electric Gearbox, which loads and propels the BBs down the barrel. The beauty of the electric system is that it revolves very quickly, allowing a very fast fire rate, and as the motor runs at a consistent speed, the velocity of the BBs is also very consistent.

To explain how the gearbox works check out this cool animation of the firing cycle inside the gearbox…Of course this happen at an extremely fast rate which makes you appreciate how well these units have to be made.


Green Gas Airsoft Rifles

Another airsoft rifle if you’re looking for something a bit better is the KWA LM4C PTR GBBR M4 CQB (Full Metal) Gas 6mm Airsoft (see opposite).

This rifle has a frame that is made from metal, as well as the majority of the parts which is the ‘Full Metal’ refers to in the title. This rifle differs from the King Arms in that the powerplant is Green Gas, as opposed to AEG. Green Gas is a mix of Propane and Lubricant which both powers the rifle and keeps it in good order.

The green gas comes sold in containers of around 700ml with a nozzle, which then refills a built in canister within the rifles magazine. Once the magazine is filled the rifle cocked, when the trigger is pulled a hammer flies and knocks the valve on the top of the magazine to release the gas into the barrel. The inertia from this hammer than knocks it back again to the cocked position, whilst another BB is loaded to repeat the procedure. This whole mechanism is often referred to as Gas Blow Back (GBB) which replicates the motions of a real firearm, to heighten the realism even further.

These are just some examples of primary weapons to choose from but of course there are a wealth of other items such as secondary weapons, such as airsoft pistols, and accessories such as clothing, masks, BBs, which I will cover on a future article. If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this article, or looking for some more advice, please get in touch with us today.

Check out our range of Airsoft weapons, BB Guns and accessories here.

Rabbit Hunting With An Air Rifle

If you’re interested in getting into rabbit hunting, there are a few basic tips you’ll need to know before your grab that hunting rifle and go on a mission.

1) it is legal to hunt rabbits without any kind of weapons licence, as long as you’re using a .177 or .22 air rifle, with an impact power of less than 12lb per cubic foot. Check out the Gov.UK site for legalities on the animals and weapons that can be used here in the UK.

A rabbit as photographed by Ed Schipul. Image subject to Creative Commons Licence.

If you’re interested in getting into rabbit hunting, there are a few basic tips you’ll need to know before your grab that hunting rifle and go on a mission.

1) it is legal to hunt rabbits without any kind of weapons licence, as long as you’re using a .177 or .22 air rifle, with an impact power of less than 12lb per cubic foot. Check out the Gov.UK site for legalities on the animals and weapons that can be used here in the UK.

Pellpax Rabbit Sniper Kit – Top Seller! £199.99

2) You’re gonna need some rabbits to hunt. This may involve getting the permission of a landowner, and, if required, enticing him by offering some of what you successfully catch.

3) In order to get a sense of where your airgun finds its centre, you’ll need to practice with target. A printed paper target is fine for this, along with a target holder / pellet catcher. There’s no replacement for understanding how your specific gun, and the pellets you have, perform in your hands, than to fire out a few practice shots like this, to get a ‘feel’ for it.

4) In order to be legally compliant with your target practice, you need to be at least 50 feet (15.2 m) away from the centre of roads or public areas. Any close than that, and you’re breaking the law here in the UK.  Place your target and holder 30 metres or yards away.

5) Lay down on the floor, and use a bipod (check out our cool range!) to help you aim your weapon.

670px-Hunt-Rabbits-With-an-Air-Rifle-Step-116) If you’d rather stand upright, that’s fine, but in either case, don’t hold the rifle too tightly, let it sit on your shoulder, and support the weight of it with your forward hand. This is because holding your rifle tightly can affect your aim.

7) Aim at the target for five seconds, breathe in, relax all muscles besides those which you’re using to holding the gun. While exhaling, stop for  a couple of seconds, and hold your breath, and go ahead and squeeze the trigger. Count to five before moving the gun away from the target.

8) Adjust your sights, and repeat the process. Keep repeating the process until you feel you have the optimal setup, and are comfortable with your airgun. You must practice again and again. This is so that you don’t injure or wound an animal, and instead are able to kill it with one, accurate shot to the head.

9) Position yourself 20-30 metres from a rabbit hole, with warm clothing., etc, and wait.

10) Load your gun, and aim at the rabbit as it comes out of the hole. Wait for a minute to get a good angle on your shot. Stay perfectly still at this point. Aim for the back of the head, between the ears, as opposed to the body, as this may cause the rabbit unnecessary pain. If you’re aiming from the front, then shooting behind the eyes, and beneath the ears is best, as this is the most effective way to get an instant kill.

11) Use the process described earlier of breathing in, and then out, etc. to gradually adjust to your target, before firing. Ensure the bunny is further than two yards from the nearest rabbit hole, otherwise the rabbit may disappear before you can hit it.

12) Once you have hit the target, get the rabbit, and hold it in your hands for five seconds. If there is any movement in the body of the animal, fire once to the brain. Be careful not to shoot yourself! Alternately, hold the animal by its legs and hit it with a fast strike with a blunt object to the back of the neck.

If you want to take the plunge and purchase yourself a 22 air rifle and try out some rabbit hunting, then you can try our hugely popular Rabbit Sniper Kit, one of the best hunting rifles in the uk.

Bushcraft – An Introduction

Here at Pellpax, a significant part of our range is given over to outdoor, wildness and bushcraft goods. Stuff to help you eat, sleep, and survive in the great outdoors. This area has developed over time, but has become a source of fascination here in the UK thanks to TV survivalists like Ray Mears and Bear Grylls.

Here at Pellpax, a significant part of our range is given over to outdoor wildness in our UK bushcraft supplies store. Stuff to help you eat, sleep, and survive in the great outdoors.

Bushcraft has developed as a movement and hobby over quite a time – arguably it goes back to the beginning of man’s earliest origins. However, in recent times, it’s become a source of fascination here in the UK, thanks to TV survivalists like Ray Mears and Bear Grylls.

This has led to the development of blogs, outdoor survival courses, festivals, and shows across the UK. There are several broad disciplines within bushcraft. What follows is a quick overview of each of these, with some products to illustrate what you’ll need to survive your next outdoor adventure.

1. Get Water: Stay Hydrated

Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Engine - 3 Litre £39.95 Code: PGR3LTR
Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Engine – 3 Litre £39.95 Code: PGR3LTR

Water is one of your essential bodily needs, and you won’t last long without hydrating, particularly when exposed to the elements and weather. It’s also important for hygiene, without which you’ll find yourself becoming ill and unable to survive. You can bring your own water with the appropriate storage, or collect it, or even dig a well.

You can bring your own with the appropriate storage, or collect or even dig a well. We’ve got some great water reservoirs like this one by Geigerrig (£39.95).

A pressurized hydration engine, with a capacity of 3 litres, it’s great for those early morning showers, if you’ve got the storage capacity.

SteriPEN Classic £66.99 Code: PSPPF-RP-EF

Alternatively, if you’ve decided to travel light and go for water capture and collection, then you’ll need to purify your water in order to drink it.

You could invest in this purification kit by Steripen (below).

The Steripen Classic uses UV light to kill bacteria. It’s just one of the range of Steripen water purifiers and accessories that we sell. Check out this section for more.

2. Bring, find or make shelter

Military Wire Saw £4.99 Code: p158

Any stay in the elements is going to require shelter, the most basic of human requirements. If you are going to be adventurous and go beyond the modern method of using a collapsible tent, then you may choose to make your own shelter from wood and undergrowth that you’ve been able to cut or claim from the forest or nature itself.

You could use one of our huge range of machetes for this purpose, or our range of axes to help you hack off a branch or two.If you’re taking your bushcraft seriously and travelling light, you might want to pack this light, versatile chain saw.

A tarp may be a lightweight alternative to carrying a full tent. You could take this one (below), and even use your bushcraft skills to make it into a tent.

Base All Weather Tarp £27.95 Code: P20-5010-01

3. Camping Lanterns

When you’re in the outback, countryside, or your backyard, you’re going to need to be able to see when the sun goes down. Our range of Ultimate Survival lanterns (£27.99) will let you do this in style, coming in a range of four colours, with two variants that are longer lasting, for 10 and 30 day periods respectively. They are water resistant, and have 3 modes: low, high and SOS flash.

The entry model offers a whopping 91 hours of continuous with 4 AA batteries, which should be enough for most campaign trips, or tricky corners of your house like attic or garage, where some extra light could come in handy.


So, there you have it. The range of  goods and products for sale in our bushcraft range is growing all the time. We deliver across Great Britain, and our staff are on call to give you all the help, advice and assistance you need with loading up for your next adventure. Check out the Pellpax UK bushcraft store, and, if you need help, call us today!

How To Shoot A Shotgun In Three Easy Steps

For those readers who are considering applying for a shotgun licence and getting themselves one from our huge and growing range, or those who already have, here’s a short and snappy guide to shooting correctly.

For those readers who are considering applying for a shotgun licence and getting themselves a shotgun for sale from one from our huge and growing range, or those who already have, here’s a short and snappy guide to shooting correctly.

1. Think Safety First: Treat All Shotguns As Loaded

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Responsible shotgun shooting looks like this. Here, President Barack Obama practices clay pigeon shooting at Camp David. Note the use of ear defenders and eye protection.

A shotgun is a powerful, and potentially lethal implement. That’s why it’s important to start from a place of treating it with great care. An oft-repeated rule is that you should always treat the shotgun as if it were loaded. It’s also important to use eye protection, and ear defenders. It’s vital to ensure the weapons is set to safety until in the firing position.

Vitally, you should make sure that the gun is never aimed at anyone, including yourself. It’s worth checking that a gun is not loaded or blocked when picking it up, putting it down or passing it to another person.

You should only touch the trigger if you are fully prepared to fire the weapon. Pointing it either up, or down will ensure no one gets hurt if the worst happens.

Source: Shooting UK.

2. Proper Form: Hold and Aim Correctly

Source: Wikiphoto
How To Hold A Gun. Source: Wikiphoto

The art of firing a shotgun is distinct and different from other projectile weapons. For example, some people say “rifles are aimed, shotguns are pointed”.

The essential grip involves holding the stock with one’s non-shooting hand, which should be placed around the middle. Make a V-shape with your forefinger and thumb, and sit the length of the gun firmly in this position.

Meanwhile, the hand with which you will fire the weapon should firmly hold the grip which is behind the trigger and guard of the shotgun. Your grip should be gentle but solid.

As for cradling the weapon, it should sit, in what has been described as the “pocket” of your shoulder. This will prevent the “kick” of the gun from causing bruising, etc., when fired.

Source: Gearpatrol, Wikihow

3. Fix Your Cheek To the Stock and Twist

A typical US ‘Trap’ Shooting scene. Source: User: Jesrushton, Wikipedia.

In order to aim correctly, you will need to develop your cheek to stock aim. In other words, developing a level aim of the sight of the shotgun by keeping your cheek firmly and steadily next to the stock.

Once you have developed this through repetition and practice, when aiming at clays or birds, you will need to refine the “twist” of your waist as you follow your quarry.

These are, of course, just some of the starters for using a shotgun correctly. You will need to learn all about eye dominance, and the pros and cons of shooting “gun up” versus “gun down”.

You should also consider getting an instructor or attending a course to help you learn how to use your weapon accurately and safely. Check our our range of shotguns for sale to buy, and accessories. These include ear defenders and much more.

4 Top Accessories For Your Shotgun: Gun Cabinets, Bags and More

It’s a legal requirement of British Law that shotgun owners have a firearms certificate. Home Office guidelines go into detail, and suggest that owners keep their weapon stored in a safe. This keeps them away from children, and, potentially, from criminals would could break into your home.

Whether you’re an avid shotgun enthusiast or a beginner, there are some key accessories that are either vital, or a very useful addition to your weekends outdoors.

1. Gun Cabinets

It’s a legal requirement of British Law that shotgun owners have a shotgun certificate. Home Office guidelines go into detail, which insist that owners keep their weapon stored in a safe which is then secured to the floor or wall. This keeps them away from children, and, potentially, from criminals who might break into your home.

The standard to look out for is BS7558/92, as this means the cabinet has been tested rigorously, and weapons could not be removed within a set period of time. Thankfully, all of the cabinets we supply come from either Biometric, or Brattonsound, and both manufacturers conform to this high standard.

2. Bags

Bags can be both a status symbol, and a highly desirable accessory when out on a highland shoot with friends during hunting season. They’re also a practical way to keep your cartridges safe, clean and dry.

We stock some great bags to keep your cartridges ready for action, such as this beautiful Byland Leather Loader Bag by Croots. You can also check out our huge range of shotgun cartridges for sale.



3. Shotgun Cases

Bisley Economy Rifle Cover £17.99

Shotgun cases and slips come in a range of colours, designs and prices. They’re an essential piece of kit to keep your shotgun in peak condition, particularly if you’ve spent a considerable amount of money purchasing it. Here in the UK, it is also a legal requirement to keep your gun under cover when in public.

At the budget end of the market, you can purchase covers like Bisley’s Economy Rifle Cover. It’s black, robust and features a strap to help you carry your pride and joy.


If you’re in the mid range price bracket, in terms of what you can spend, then Uncle Mike’s Shotector II Cover is an example of a good quality weapon case which is waterproof, and floats, and has an LED Safe light to make it easy to find if dropped.

The breech, butt and muzzle have been reinforced to ensure your weapon is absolutely safe inside. The carry handle allows you to conveniently grip the bag, and there are pockets for storing shotgun accessories conveniently with the weapon.


Croots Malton Bridle Leather Slip £329.99

At the very top premium end of our range is the Malton Bridle Leather Slip by Croots, which is a thing of beauty. Tanned using traditional methods, processes, and materials, it is a great accessory for the hunting season, and comes in 30 and 32 inch lengths. Bags of this quality are rare, and while the price point reflects the quality of workmanship and materials, it’s also a once in a lifetime purchase that will give the careful owner years of pleasure alongside a quality weapon.

4. Recoil Pads

Microcell Recoil Pads £24.99

Shotguns deliver a kick upon firing which can cause flinching, sore shoulders and bruised cheeks. A recoil pad made from rubber and similar materials can be slipped on or attached to your weapon to mitigate this effect, and we sell a range of these in different types, colours and sizes.

These Microcell Recoil Pads by Cervalatti srl are a great example:




There are these and many other shotgun accessories in our store. And you can always give us a call for advice from one of our team of experts. If you want to check out our huge range of shotgun accessories for sale, head on over to the store.