Back be­hind a gun

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

I re­cently re­turned to air­gun­ning af­ter a break of some 16 years, and a few weeks ago had the plea­sure of tak­ing a friend’s el­dest son, Jim, 11, and daugh­ter Sarah, 15, to a Young Shots day held by Bis­ley, at Braid­wood in the Scot­tish Borders. (Not their real names as they’re un­der 16) It’s open to all 10-16 year olds, with guided ex­pe­ri­ence on the pipe range, clays, and the air­gun range. The fam­ily moved here from Ken­tucky six months ago, and have a very dif­fer­ent back­ground in gun cul­ture, so Sarah in par­tic­u­larly was very ner­vous about shoot­ing a gun and what to ex­pect.

Just want to say what a fan­tas­tic time they had, and to see the smiles and en­joy­ment on the young ‘uns faces was price­less. The Bis­ley staff were ex­cel­lent and great with the kids too.

Jim de­cided he would choose to take up air­gun­ning of the three sports ex­pe­ri­enced; Sarah said the same, but would also like to try more clay shoot­ing. Since the visit, the gun­room man­ager has asked if they will be shoot­ing again, and praised them on their ex­em­plary be­hav­iour.

It’s events like these, open to the young­sters who are the fu­ture re­source of our sport, that we need more of. I am now work­ing to­wards cre­at­ing a new air­gun club in the Borders which will have an em­pha­sis on the youth, hope­fully link­ing in with the Scouts etc, and with luck, will have a club name and premises to shout about to the your read­ers. Your ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine and the Young Shots day have con­firmed that I never lost the love for air­guns. Best re­gards, NICK Hello Nick It’s great to hear that you all had so much fun and all credit must go to the good peo­ple who looked af­ter you so well. Please let me know when you get your club up and run­ning so that I can pub­li­cise it in Air Gun­ner and help read­ers lo­cal to you to come along and join. Ed.

A new gun club on the Borders is great news!

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