AB­SO­LUTE BE­GIN­NER

Airgun World - - Notes On A Novice -

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.

FIRST EX­PO­SURE

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

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