If you are plagued with vermin of one sort or another and many country dwellers are, or possibly just have your local farmer's permission to shoot across his land, then an air rifle is a cheap and quiet way to rid yourself of unwanted intruders. Air rifles can be used in reasonably confined spaces, barns, close to building etc. without running the risk of doing any permanent damage. This book is a simple yet comprehensive guide on the subject of hunting and gives you all the information required to use a gun safely, whether it be an air weapon or something a little more powerful. The safety rules for using firearms hold good whatever form of weapon is used.
There is no doubt about it, the book is somewhat dated, being published 20 years ago and gives little or no information on the more modern equipment available to the enthusiast but that is not really what the book is about. There are plenty of other more up to date books that catalogue the various models of firearms. What this book does and does well is tell the reader how to hunt with a rifle and how to do it safely, both for your own protection and that of others and it does this very well. It also gives an insight into what you can and cannot shoot, and the laws that govern the sport. However because of the age of the book an update may be in order, possibly from the internet, as the rules are constantly being changed. Also a point to remember is that all land even if it looks like a derelict plot belongs to somebody and permission must be obtained to shoot on it.
As I said this book does give information on the equipment needed but much of this has been superseded by modern and more advanced and more sophisticated gear, particularly in the realm of night vision sights, powerful lamps for night use etc. Age is not always detrimental, far from it and this book is an informative guide for anyone interested in the hunting side of the sport.