The HAM Team

These are the people who work very hard to bring you the news and reviews you value.

Airgun Testers: 

Hard Air Magazine’s testers bring you a total of well over 100 years of experience in airgun shooting. These guys are genuine enthusiasts who really know how to shoot airguns and truly understand what makes one better than another. They all shoot multiple types of airgun, but each has his own personal preferences.

Doug Rogers. Doug is a highly-skilled machinist who shot firearms for many years in the military. He’s also an airgunsmith who shoots PCPs for preference. Doug enjoys Field Target shooting, too.

Doug Wall. Doug has shot airguns since he was a kid (about 50 years ago). He also shot competitive smallbore rifle while in college. He loves “project guns” of all types, particularly springers. One of Doug’s other businesses is violin repairs – if you need a violin repaired, check out Wall Independent.

Sean McDaniel. Sean has been shooting airguns since 2010. He says: “My father invited me to shoot WFTF with his Steyr and I was hooked – having no recoil and being able to see the dot appear right where you were aiming just fascinated me. The following year I purchased my Gen1 Marauder at the Crosman event and have been shooting it ever since in the Hunter division. I started the Rochester Brooks Gun Club Field Target in 2015 and continue to be the Match Director for their monthly Field Target events as well as the Crosman CAAFTC. I enjoy airgun hunting squirrels and rabbits when time permits”.

Eric Brewer. Eric is a Mechanical Engineer by trade.  He is an Army Veteran who learned foundational shooting skills during his time in the military.  Eric has been shooting air guns competitively since 2013, choosing to shoot Springer air rifles because he enjoys the added challenges involved in shooting them well.  This includes tuning his own guns and designing custom parts to improve upon accuracy and efficiency.  Eric is always willing to take the time to talk to people who want to learn more about the sport or who would like “hands-on” assistance with shooting Piston-Springer air rifles.

Field Target Editor:

Greg Shirhall. Greg found the joys of airgunning later in life, but since that time he has gone all in. He is the Match Director for the Air Rifle Field Target program at Broome County Sportsmens Association (BCSA) in NY State where he continues to learn from the veterans and is more than willing to pass on his knowledge to those just entering the sport of Field Target.


Ron Jones. Ron is a retired Michigan Pharmacist who has written extensively about the history, development and sporting application of shotguns for Muzzle-loader Magazine and Shotgun Sports Magazine. Recently, he renewed a dormant infatuation with the BB and pellet guns of his youth, and will be sharing his experiences with HAM readers as he explores our vast new world of airguns.

Technical Editor:

Bob Sterne. I loved my BB Gun and Airguns when I was a kid, and kept my Slavia 620, which I bought in the late 60’s, up until I retired in 2007, when I rebuilt it and shot my first Grouse…. and I was hooked (again). During all those intervening years I worked as a Chemist, a car mechanic (my Dad was the BC Morgan agent), and then for 30 years designed and built my own R/C Racing Yachts, at the highest level of International competition. Just before I retired, I worked part time in a Machine Shop. I progressed from Springers to Pumpers and CO2, and when the Discovery came out, PCPs. They fascinated me, and my analytical mind reveled in all there was to learn, and the development possible. I have always tried to document and explain my projects on the various Forums, and enjoy the technical and theory very much. I believe that boattail bullets are the future for high-powered PCPs, although the learning curve is steep. I live in Coalmont, BC, Canada (Pop. 85), and will be 70 this year (2018). Too much to learn – too little time !


The Verdi Group


Jessica Skorich


Stephen Archer. Stephen is a “happy plinker” with air rifles.

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