The end of an era?
I have to say that I was shocked to read Charlie Portlock’s article about stopping using springers for hunting. I thought he was a real springer fan and would always be loyal, but it seems not. I have to say that his experience mirrors my own. For decades I shot a highly tuned Weihrauch HW77K that I believed was the very best airgun in the world. I knew it like an old friend and shot with it like an extension of my body. However, my hunting buddies bought PCPs and began to rave on about just how accurate they were, so I asked to borrow one. It was an early Air Arms S410 that had been used hard, but I was immediately impressed by the recoilless action and silent discharge. Begrudgingly, I put the 77 away and bought an S410 of my own and I’ve never looked back. My ability to place the pellet with precision is just so much better with the new gun. I still love my 77 and I’ll never sell it, but you just can’t ignore the advantage brought by pre- charged guns. PHIL Hello Phil That’s a real coincidence because I shot a tuned HW77 before I bought an S410 as well! It was a long time ago and, like you, I find the benefits the PCP offers are just too good to pass up. Unlike you, I sold my 77 when I was short of cash, which was a terrible mistake that I regret to this day. I don’t even have a photo of it to look back on. Ed.
Some love springers but the PCP advantage is hard to ignore