I saw in the April issue that you threw down a challenge to any airgunner who thought that he or she could do better than Gary Chillingworth in shooting small groups at 70 yards outdoors in the real world, where hunting actually takes place. I enjoy reading some of the online airgun forums and I noticed that lots of people were talking about it, but I didn’t see anybody take the challenge on. I did the same with people I know who like to brag, but none of them would put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. After you placed the challenge, Terry Doe did it too in Airgun World, and it’s been all over the forums, so please tell me – has anybody put themselves forward yet? I bet the answer is no, and I know why. It’s because nobody can and they know it. THOM BLACK
Hello Thom I don’t know if I should be happy or sad to tell you that you’re quite right, nobody has taken the challenge on. I have heard a few people still claim that they can kill rabbits cleanly at long range every time, but strangely, when I ask them to demonstrate their skills, they become less keen. Perhaps I should be happy that people are finally facing the truth, which is that airguns are short-range tools and that the real hunting skill comes from getting close enough, not fictional longrange sniping. I’ve duplicated Gary’s test many times over the years hoping that I’d find a better pellet, rifle or some other technological advantage that would make the difference, but none did. Our pellets are drastically affected by the wind and nothing at the firing point will ever change that. Ed.
Can you do better than this? I know I can’t