Airguns for Wild Hogs

Today’s blog post comes from JB, Executive Producer of American Airgunner. You can tune in to American Airgunner TV Mondays at 9:30 PM ET, 12:30 AM Tuesdays ET, and Thursdays at 5:00 PM ET.

When Steve Criner, host of Dog Soldier TV, and I first started talking he kept mentioning .50 caliber airguns, big pigs, and gators. Airguns and gators aren’t going to happen, at least not yet, but I agreed he could get in close on a hog and that’s just what happens in this episode.

Airgunner Challenge Contestant "Loco" studying the target downrange.

Airgunner Challenge Contestant “Loco” studying the target downrange.

A trip to Southern Arkansas armed with a Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 from Pyramyd Air with some of Steve’s closest buddies, including Professional Bull Rider, Justin Koon, and “hog dogs” proved fruitful and most certainly up close and personal due to the extremely thick brush of the area. The pictures came in via text not long after all the excitement and what a beast! It’s hard to imagine the kind of adrenaline and testosterone it takes to get in close enough for a clean shot in thick brush on a 350 lb. plus wild boar.

Bob gives thanks for what he believes to be a winning shot!

Bob gives thanks for what he believes to be a winning shot!

After that excitement we reel it in a little bit for a look at a modern day pellet rifle. Today’s pellet guns are not at all like we remember as young boys and girls. They’ll do much more than “put your eye out” and a .22 caliber pellet rifle is an inexpensive and effective small game hunting tool. Since this is his first season, our host, Rossi Morreale, asks Rick Eutsler all about the Ruger Yukon made by Umarex USA.  He questions its looks, performance, and accuracy. They’re outdoors on a ranch in Western Arkansas owned by a friend of our Director, Mike Hart of 5 Star Productions.

A small packet of explosive awaits a .25 caliber lead pellet.

A small packet of explosive awaits a .25 caliber lead pellet.

Don’t get too fulfilled by the big hog and gun knowledge though, because you don’t want to miss the Airgunner Challenge toward the end of the show. Our challenges were filmed on private property in Crawford County, Arkansas. In this group challenge we called the “big bang,” we used a scoped .25 caliber pre-charged pneumatic airgun with a 6-round magazine to ignite a fireless explosive. They all used the same gun and had practice time with it prior to competing. One contestant was all over the target, but the others give each other a run for their money. This timed event couples speed with accuracy and since they just saw Jason Baggett “run out of air” in the first elimination challenge last episode, the pressure is on. Time to the bang is a close one. Tune in to see who is fastest at creating a big bang.

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