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Air Rifle Safety Tips Part One

June 19, 2016

Air rifles are great, but they’re also very dangerous and without proper training1, someone could easily lose an eye or worse!

It’s high time we went through the procedures required when handling or looking after an air rifle…

Handling an air rifle with care is essential, but cleaning them is also essential! Within this video, ShootingUK offer an in-depth look into rifle care: showing you the ins and outs of professional cleaning while sharing small pieces of information along the way for the novices out there.

As many places will tell you, there are rules you must follow when handling an air rifle:

  • Always know where the muzzle of your air rifle is pointing and NEVER point it in an unsafe direction.
  • The safe conduct of air rifle shooting must meet the standards described in this code, show respect for the countryside, due regard to health and safety and consideration for others.
  • Before you shoot, make sure that a safe backstop is present to capture the pellet.
  • Consider live quarry; do not shoot beyond the bounds of your ability.
  • Consider your surroundings and who is amongst you.

This video, produced by UmarexAir shows you proper safety with air rifles; it provides some great tips and guidelines to work by when handling air rifles.

Top 3 YouTube Airgun Channels!

February 18, 2016

It almost goes without saying that YouTube is the most popular platform for video content in the world. If you want your videos be seen online – you’re going to use YouTube. Before its launch in 2005, the notion of capitalising on video blogs seemed impossible due to technological limitations of the era. Now that the internet is seemingly ingrained into every facet of 21st century life, creating fun, informative and engaging multimedia content to share across a wide digital audience is no longer niche.

The air gun community is no different to that of any other cultural interest and has bared a huge number of successful YouTube channels in aid entertaining fellow enthusiasts. Here are the Solware team’s top 3 channels to check out for regular musing on air rifle culture…

  • Airgun TV

Created and hosted by airgun aficionado Nigel Allen, this insightful channel offers plenty of reviews, features and conversations around much of the latest air gear, guns and peripherals. With each video gaining in excess of 100,000 views, it’s easy to recommend Allen’s insights.

  • The Airgun Gear Show

Like Airgun TV, the production values and professionalism offered by this independent YouTube show sure are impressive. This channel is packed with air gear tests, reviews and features – once again, view levels are insane, people love this stuff. It’s evident that the everyman can outdo the TV bigwigs these days!

  • Solware

Did you really think we’d leave out our own channel? Hah!

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Gun Dogs and Their Responsibilities

February 3, 2016

gun dohdSpaniels, Golden Retrievers, Pointers and Setters – what do they all have in common? Yes they are all Gun Dogs. Gun Dogs are a type of dog that are specially bred to assist hunters in finding and retrieving game. Usually gun dogs are used for game bird shoots. The hunter shoots them out of the sky and the dog goes to find them and brings them back.

Gun Dogs are usually divided into Beaters and Pickers Up. The Beaters have a lot more freedom to move about and aren’t usually as well trained as the picking up dogs but they do have to respond to a whistle.


These dog get the precision job of picking up – they are required to stay faithfully at the shooters side until they are called upon to pick up the shot game. The retriever has to have a great deal of discipline and must be very well trained. They have the most stressful job of all of the dogs on a shoot. The most popular retriever in the UK is the Labrador retriever although the golden retriever and the flat coat retriever are also popular choices.


The spaniel is the hunter dog. The hunter dog has to be extremely efficient and stay within close range of the handler flushing game until it is shot when it may be called upon to retrieve it. Because spaniels are such lively dogs it can be hard to train them and to get them to be as obedient as they need to be on a shoot – especially the Springer. The English Cocker is a popular choice for hunting game.

Setters and Pointers

Called pointers because they are required to point out the game so that the hunter can move in close before the flush. These are larger dogs and are only worth having as a gun dog if you are going to be doing lots of hunting in larger spaces. They are big dogs that cover a lot of ground and not recommended if they are going to be more of a pet than a working dog.

The overriding factors that influence your decision to buy your gun dog should be the amount of work that they are required to do. If you simply want a pet that can occasionally pick up your game then your requirements are different to those serious hunters that run shooting game clubs. All too often gun dogs can end up in rescue centres because they weren’t chosen wisely.

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A Brief History of Air Guns

December 20, 2015

solwareWhile the popularity of air rifles in Britain continues to grow as a sporting interest, many people do not realise the heritage behind the gear they use. Air rifles for example were first introduced (at least according to the history books) sometime around the 15th and 16th century. According to archaeological documentation, 1580 marks the construction age of the oldest preserved air rifle still present today.

In fact, you may be surprised to learn that air guns were more popular in the 1600’s than traditional gun powder fuelled weaponry as they proved considerably less unwieldy and smoggy than the latter. For example, with an air powered weapon they needn’t be concerned about the black powder getting wet or having smoky clouds emerge from their fire – better yet, they were far quieter thus giving hunter’s considerable advantage.

lewis and clarkThe weapons continued their popularity well into the 1800s, particular in the states thanks to the development of technology and the earlier introduction of .30 and .51 calibre air weapons. A popular air rifle form this period is that used by Lewis and Clark between 1803 and 1806 during their expedition through the Pacific. The weapon was a .31 calibre air gun and was used for hunting, the gun is said to have roused considerable intrigue from the Native Americans who named it a “smokeless bolt of thunder”.

While air guns would eventually be phased out in battle in favour of firearms, air guns remained a favoured pastime worldwide for hunting, target practice and sport. In fact, you may recall in 1984 the Olympics introduced competitive shooting and the National Air Rifle Association continues to broadcast and support the sporting merits of these outstanding machines.

Solware recommend giving this brief video a watch over on YouTube, it condenses a lot of these facts down into an easily digestible lesson!

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Introducing The Latest Sig Sauer Pistols and Rifles

November 20, 2015

Great news for Solware customers this November as we proudly launch our latest stock of Sig Sauer lead pellet’ pistols and rifles with some seriously weaponised discounts. Available now both online and at our brick and mortar Staffordshire unit, these outstanding air weapons offer unrivalled precision and grip for an accessible price. Take a look at two of our featured pistols and rifles below…

Available now for £369.95, this impressive rifle offers a 30 round Roto Belt magazine with a semi-automatic 0.177 calibre steel barrel. This is a seriously durable and attractive rifle which we are pleased to offer at a discounted rate for the winter season. For extra precision, a Sig Sauer 20R red dot sight also comes mounted as standard.


This finely crafted full scale replica offers Solware customers a chance to own one of the most popular pistols among the British Police Firearms unit. With a reliable and satisfying CO2 cartridge and semi automatic steel barrel, this fine pistol is a further testament to the quality of Sig Sauer’s lead pellet weaponry.


Of course, these are not the only two new products to get excited about; we also have the fierce yet attractive Sig Sauer MPX FDE Semi Auto Lead Pellet Air Rifle and MPX Double Action Lead Pellet Air Rifle.



To discuss these products with us further please don’t hesitate to give us a ring on 0844 357 0306.

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Umarex Colt 45 Peacemaker Co2 Air Pistol

July 19, 2015

Being the cover photo on the latest issue of Airgun Hobbyist, an American based magazine, is high praise indeed for the latest offering by Armex.
Even in the land where the original pistol was born, this CO2 powered replica has created quite a stir. There are already just a select few air pistols that are becoming modern legends due to their incredible build quality and stunning likeness in looks, weight and feel to the real thing.
I’ve only had a few days to enjoy these beautiful pistols but I’ve already fallen in love with them.

Since I first saw pictures of this gun being shown at the gun shows and on the cover of the magazine, I’d been eager for them to land here in the UK to get my hands on one, to test it and see if the rumours are true about these legendary pistols. I was absolutely delighted when Ty from Armex had informed me that Solware were due to have them in stock, I already do a little voluntary work for the manager of Solware so hopped straight on the phone to ask him if I could loan them the following day. Friday they had been delivered and come 10am the Saturday morning, I was on my way and super excited to be making the trip to retrieve them for review from Solware. There are three models and Carl (the manager) offered me all three to write about and review, which I was really hoping he’d agree to, so that I could make the comparison for you all and show you how different they are in looks to one another.

They are all mechanically identical but have different finishes coming to us in blued/brown, nickel/pearl which has imitation bone or ivory grips and antique finish which is absolutely stunning!!! All of these Replicas of the colt single action revolver are insanely realistic, but even more so when you are pointing one at your target and not just looking at a picture.

They are all metal design , 4.5inch smooth bore barrels , use 12g Co2 cartridges and use 4.5mm steel BBs. They have a 6 round cylinder with brass removable dummy shells, which have been beautifully made and polished, nothing is spared on detail.

They weigh in at 2.1pounds or 953grams, they are single action only just like the original.

What is interesting is it’s the only Colt 45 SA that Colt license, it carries all the Colt trades which on some guns can look quite off-putting but on these, it enhances the look! Underneath the cylinder you’ll find the license pattern and on the opposite side you’ll find Colt’s brand logo.

The box has a great finish with lots of details and specifications and inside you also get a very detailed manual.

Loading the gun was an absolute breeze, charging the gun with a Co2 cartridge is simplicity itself. You do this by unclipping the pistol grip which has a hex key already fitted to the inside, which is a feature I am a massive fan of as I tend to lose my allen keys too often! So, you’ll drop in your CO2, tighten it up with the hex key until you hear that hiss of bliss, snap your grip back on, load your BB’s into their shells, then you’re good to go!

Loading your BB’s you need to take a shell out by half cocking the gun, flick open the loading breech, and pull out the spent cartridge by using the spring loaded ejector rod, but you can also use gravity by simply pointing the gun towards the sky, rotate the cylinder and allow the shell to slide out and fall out into your hand one by one. The shells are a bit different to a lot of standard BB pistols out there, most other BB pistols tend to take the BB in the tip of the shell, but this one the BB goes into the back of the shell, it’s a bit different so worth knowing that bit of information because I almost made the mistake of loading at the front but luckily I read the manual word for word before loading. Another pointer is it’s very quiet and back garden friendly, which tells me that with the BB going into the back of the cartridge, it gives you that extra barrel length which in turn is able to use slightly less air but still get the velocity. This is brilliant because your co2 will go that little bit further meaning it’s a very air efficient gun.
There is an even easier way, though, due to the clever design of these shells – Being back loaders, means you can just open the loading port and slide a BB straight into the back of the round without even having to take the shells out of the cylinder which is a much quicker and definitely easier way of loading those BB’s which is a feature I really loved!!
Just keep on doing the same thing until you’ve loaded all of the dummy cartridges, when they’re all loaded you just shut the breech and if you’re not going to fire it, just un-cock the gun by putting your thumb on the hammer, pulling the trigger and letting the hammer move forward very slowly, then when you’re ready just re-cock the gun and fire. Which brings me onto the very discreetly placed safety catch; it’s fitted on the underside of the action just in front of the cylinder and does its job extremely well. When safety is on, it locks the hammer in the un-cocked position and will also lock it in the cocked position disabling the gun from firing.

When you cock the hammer and the cylinder rotates it puts a massive smile on your face because it’s like hearing all those sounds from your favourite western.

Rear sight is just a notch and the front sight is a blade just like on the original. No tech on this gun but with this gun you’re buying realism and this Colt has it in spades.

As with all BB guns please make sure you always wear proper eye protection and are certain you have a soft and safe backstop to absorb the energy from your BBs

Now these are selling like hot cakes, you have western enthusiasts buying them and classic gun enthusiasts collecting them so don’t hang around purchasing one of these if you’re interested.

Another ground breaking air pistol – the Colt 45 SAA by Umarex .
These stunners are distributed by Umarex, sent to Armex UK, who then distribute to dealerships in the UK.

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