Preferred sites or Reading Material?

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    hi-vel
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    What would you consider your top 5 airgun information sites or magazines?  Have you dropped any publications in favor of internet sourcing?  Not selling, buying or representing anyone or thing besides myself…

    Looking at my computer History log, mine goes something like:

    • Ted's Holdover (foremost because I have followed the site since its' beginning- not as 'fresh' as it once was, but still has good postings when they happen)
    • Airgun Nation (flow of organization is straight forward to my simple mind)
    • Airgun 101 / Air Arms Hunting SA
    • Multiple other YouTube postings, mainly related to FX and to a lesser degree the Benj. Marauder
    • Do not currently subscribe to any printed publications.

    What say you?  Am I missing a gold spot out there somewhere?

    Thanks in advance, all replies appreciated. Hi-vel

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    cfarm
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    AEAC, (click 'channels', who knows where you may end up), Hard Air Mag., Airgun Academy on PA's site, airgunsarp.com.

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    tor47
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    Uglyjohn
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    Airgunforum.co.uk has a lot of activity. Worth checking out from time to time.         Uj

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    bf1956
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    Excellent post, been thinkin the same.

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    DirtyDovi
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    My 3 most frequented sites for 'airgun' related material would have to be:  

    AirgunNation 

    GTA:  https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/ 

    HAM:  https://hardairmagazine.com/ 

    Great information / reading material can be found on all of them! 

    👍 

    Sam –

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    davecole
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    Mostly I read the forums for their, ‘er… (broad stroke here) “entertainment value” not so much for the information or educational value. Although, I will have to admit, a few post have prevented me from making mistakes I might have fell victim to.

    Oh, and the classifieds. I’ve found a few good deals and sold some some stuff too.

    Youtube? Not for product information. First of all, they’re waaaayy longer than they need to be and If you watch enough of them you’ll start to believe all the guns reviewed are sub MOA; even the ones that are truly crap….. but I digress…

    My best educational airgun experiences have been face to face. Going to airgun show, matches either impromptu or scheduled. Find a group of guys in your area or put one together. Travel if you have to, to go to a match or show. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Just get out from behind the [email protected]#~ screen…. 

     

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    Airgun Advisor
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    One that I don’t see listed is Airgun Hobbyist. Only US print magazine on airguns. Comes out quarterly and is interesting to read at night. 

    http://www.airgunhobbyist.com/index.php

     

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    tor47
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    I guess it depends a litle of the gun one own, and the needs. This forum seems to have allot of FX guns owners information. GTA seems to have quiet allot of different brand owners. If you really like to dig into deep technical stuff from a wide range of guns GTA have allot of good information.The UK based forum is nice for none FAC owners, and probably manufacturers of UK guns, and also for owners of smaller caliber guns like .177. 

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    tor47
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    If we are talking about youtube, I am sceptical of guys posting videos reviewing products every seccond day, and at the same time every product they review makes a high score. From a logical standpoint they will probably spend more time making the videos, than they actually use the products. You know that when they are sponsored they will be steered into a certain direction,,. On the other hand none sponsored guys which maybe make a video once a month or two, often have more interesting stuff to say. 

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    One that I don’t see listed is Airgun Hobbyist. Only US print magazine on airguns. Comes out quarterly and is interesting to read at night. 

    http://www.airgunhobbyist.com/index.php

     

    Maybe not as interesting as you have to pay for it:)

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    Crosman999
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    I love checking out other people's channels, sponsored or not I can usually always learn something new. I really enjoy reading some of Jim Chapmans older blog post as well as Cedric's personal blog here. https://tofazfou.blogspot.com/?m=1 Not much into some of the paper publications, mostly influenced by industry and have found some lack of honest opinions. Going to field target competitions is a great way to meet people as well as getting hands on with a variety of Airguns. 

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    ackuric
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    Most topics / reading material for pcps is redundant to me,  I generally seek furthering my wisdom internally, and the few external sources are commonly research papers on related technology  that discusses matters at a greater scope than what many air gun forums or youtubers do. From thermodynamics, to Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics, to engineering and machining. 

     

    Some people are always seeking the 'latest and greatest' (think slugs, semi autos, externally adjustable regs, ect…), others are more interested in your money and toss in some bell or whistle on a new product to obtain it, others generate revenue by being sponsored or by marketing hype for new guns on their respective outlets/channels, this website has 35 sponsors, certainly due to its traffic and potential to generate exchanges of money for product or services…nothing wrong with it all,  but I simply see it all for what it is opposed to the human tendency to idealize…this forum is one of the best moderated forums with a great community, but if you only seek information or knowledge here or of the like, you will cut yourself short, always think / seek outside of the box.

     

    Many people are more interested in spending another 1,000$ on a 2,000$ gun then figuring out how to make a 200-300$ gun shoot equal or better than the 2,000$ gun for the same 1,000$, to each their own but when everyone seeks the same journey its hardly 'your own'. Only a handful of air gunners go through a rifle and truly make it their own, or dare to tear one down to see how they work, or to maintain  / repair them, be it a 200$ or 2000$ rifle…Go back to just last year and nearly no one was tearing down and modifying their own impacts/crown, only recently have people dared to tinker with their 2,000$ pellet guns, and the results have been outstanding and just as I've predicted.

     

    Any youtuber: Nope, basically a shill…you won't see them bashing products or shedding light on their downfalls..their content is commonly sponsored or  seeks sponsorship…

    AGN: Great for beginners or FX fans, but not so much for advanced / diy but that can/may change…stays current with new product releases. Great moderation. Needs more subforums

    GTA:  Not as friendly for beginners, fair/modest place for advanced discussions. Tons of sub forums and information available. 

    TAG: Not very active

    HAM (hard air magazine): Decent source for reading material but convoluted  IMO.

     

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326191398_Internal_Ballistics_of_PCP_Airguns

     

    The above link has more relevant information for how pcp's function than most care to know, and that only scratches the surface of the canvas that our beautiful 'pcp world' is painted upon.

     

    -Matt

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    hi-vel
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    Matt- Excellent points.  The responses here have been very good.  They represent a good variety of various levels of experience and technical background.  I agree by the way that this is one of the best moderated in this subject.  Keep up the good work, it will only get better! 😁 Hi-vel

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