Jamie Chandler falls in love with a multi-shot break-barrel from Spain
Jamie goes from a mild dalliance with a Gamo Maxim Elite at the British Shooting Show, to full-blown commitment
Those of you with keen memories and sharp eyes who read this glorious tome regularly, may remember that back in March’s issue, Phill, the editor, included a snap of me at the British Shooting Show, on the plinking range. I was having a plink with the Gamo Maxim Elite, their multi-shot springer and, in all honesty, it was brilliant fun. I love a bit of springer action but as the finger fairy has still not had the decency to rock up at my house, no matter how many dandelions I leave under my pillow at night – that’s a medically proven fact, right? It’s not just playground rumour from 35 years ago? – I still have yet to be blessed with them and so multi-shot and springer in the same strap line was possibly airgun nirvana to me and the thousands of dropped and wasted pellets that have gone before.
Now, I know that the ASI/El Gamo Paratrooper from the early 1980s had a multi-shot option, and BSA led the way in serious, springer multi-shot designs with the famous and much praised Goldstar under-lever, using the same pellet magazine as my Super 10 at the time, but I never managed to get my mitts on one of those. Both the Goldstar’s strong used price point and annoying habit of being snapped up by a collector, just before I saw the advert has left me multi-shot bereft, so when offered by Gamo to borrow the Maxim Elite for a week or two, I nearly bit their arms off.
So, a quick history lesson before I continue, to help you to contextualise where I’m thinking. A Belgian engineer, Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir is credited by many as having developed the first internal combustion engine in 1859. It was a single- cylinder, two-stroke engine which burnt a mixture of coal- gas and air ignited by a spark-ignition system. He patented it in 1860 and it led to what sits on our driveways today, some 157 years later. Moving on, Daimler, Mercedes and Rolls Royce all used the, by then, somewhat developed and upgraded engines to create horseless carriages of opulence that Victorian tycoons relished in order to demonstrate their success to the rest of the still horse- drawn world. It wasn’t until 1908 and Henry Ford’s revolution in manufacturing, and mass appeal price points created the Model T, that cars became available to the pockets of the American masses and got us all to where we are today.
The Maxim Elite is long but well balanced for precise shooting