This is only the second in this series, but it’s already becoming one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever done for this magazine. Tom works in the Airgun World advertising team and after expressing his interest in the K98 Mauser lookalike from Diana, I asked him to explain the rifle’s appeal. This turned out to be based purely on the rifle’s looks and its lack of ‘complication’.
I then asked Tom to do some homework on the K98, and being a young person he turned immediately to the internet and downloaded a selection of reviews. Incidentally, these reviews all referred to the K98 as a gas-ram, hence the reference to that effect in last month’s magazine, but it’s definitely a springer. Anyway, with Tom showing the enthusiasm of the super-keen novice, I arranged a trip to my club at Bisley, where for the first time in his life, Tom would spend time shooting airguns.
On the appointed day, Tom rocked up refreshingly early and he was soon signed in and decorated with his visitor’s tag. Next came the compulsory safety lecture and with it the assurance that he would be supervised at all times. Tom was obviously raring to go, so I began to unbox the Diana K98 in preparation to letting him shoot it. Then, Tom’s eye was caught by a full-on field target rifle, owned by one of the Bisley members, which was resting on a firing-line bench.
Noticing Tom’s interest, the owner of the rifle asked him if he’d like a go with it, and before I could sort out the spring-powered, open-sighted K98, Tom was being coached in the use of over three grand’s worth of FT kit.
THAT CLUB THING
This sort of thing happens all the time in airgun clubs throughout the UK, and from personal experience, it always has. Time after time, I’ve seen airgunners sharing their precious guns and gear and it’s just one of the aspects that makes club membership such a fine thing to