Points of You
Here’s where you have your say and ask your questions about what matters to you
Delighted to see the article about UBC pistol comps in the May issue of AGW - well written and very informative. Let’s hope that it will result in even more people ‘joining in’ and having a go at a fun comp that is very different to just precision target and tin-can shooting. I’m a self-confessed addict - just finished doing my entry for May. There’s a Police Rifle comp too, for long-gun shooters! JOHN BEDFORD
I read with great interest Karl Reah’s article in this month’s AGW, especially the part regarding the Original P6. Should one in .177 be available for sale, please contact me
Keep up the good work with the mag’ and I hope you all keep well PAUL
SMASHING THE ATOM!
I went to the gun show in February to purchase a Nightmaster Atom NV, and I got the last one they had – great! Unfortunately, this old fool that I have become took a tumble down the stairs at home and, in the process, tore my shoulder ligaments, so I had to have reconstructive surgery. I have not been able to shoulder a rifle since February until now, and the first job I did was to set up my new Atom NV add-on. I could not have been more disappointed. I followed all the instructions and seemed unable to get the cross hairs in focus, then I had my ‘eureka’ moment. Top tip coming up:
I took an old pair of reading glasses, cut the right-eye plastic lens out of the frame, ground the elliptical-shaped lens so that it was more rounded, and fitted it into the rubber eye-piece. The result is that the cross hairs are now as sharp as a pin, and it has been so successful that I put 10 pellets into the bull, making a half -inch whole at 30 yards sighting range, in pitch-black darkness.
So, in conclusion, if there are any shooters out there like me, whose eyesight is not what it was, and they are thinking of purchasing an Atom NV, don’t be put off – it really works! DAVID BRINKWORTH
CAN ANYONE HELP?
I’m wondering if you can help me out. In your May issue, page 11, titled ‘Age No Concern’, you have a Britannia pictured. I have a number of these and one with a serial number 776. It is featured in ‘Airgun Hobbyist’ (USA) vol.6 no.4 Oct/Nov/Dec 2016 issue. The follow-up on this gun is featured in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue, and there the problem lies. I have tried all avenues to purchase this issue, but to no avail, so my only hope is that perhaps your team could possibly acquire this for me through your
network of contacts. I would be very grateful and willing to pay all relevant costs incurred. FRED ANDREWS
That item was part of the letters page in our sister publication, ‘Air Gunner’, Fred, and so far our enquiries have yielded very little. So, I’ll throw open your request to the readership. They often work wonders for us and I hope they can do the same for you. -Ed
First of all, many thanks for an excellent magazine. I had my first 12-bore at the age of 14, I’m now 76, and after a lifetime I have come into the sport of FT & HFT in the last 12 months. I’ve been amazed at the complexity and skills, not to mention enthusiasm, required to master modern day, air rifle technology.
The main point of this letter is to encourage you in your ‘help the disabled’ project. I am now wheelchair bound, an above-knee amputee, plus various other hindrances, one being an inability to lift a gun due to severe osteoarthritis.
To overcome this and to enable me to continue the sport, I was persuaded, with reluctance, to join the air rifle division at my shooting ground. I transferred from a wheelchair to an all terrain buggy with a revolving seat, and the help of an improvised photographic tripod, plus a dedicated wife to lift the gun into place. No, I can’t be competitive, but who cares? I enjoy the company of a great set of guys and gals and the facilities of probably one of the best shooting grounds around, (www. throckmortonshootground.co.uk ) run by Alan & Sandy Bewley and a dedicated team.
Having been severely disabled since the age of 21, I have learned that life doesn’t stop and if you want to do something badly enough there are people around who are willing to give you the opportunity and assistance to achieve your goals.
Keep up the good work Terry, and you disabled people get out and enjoy a fantastic, affordable sport. Anyone who can get to the shooting ground at Throckmorton, near Pershore, Worcs. (directions on their website) will get a very warm welcome.
What a great letter from Andrew! I phoned him to ask if he’d do a club profile on the Throckmorton shooting ground for us, and as you’ll see on page 98 - he kindly agreed. - Ed
Although not a disabled shooter myself, I was very interested to read Steve Conner’s article, which was very enlightening. It made me think that I might be able to help with an easy-tomake aid to the problem he was describing with adjusting telescopic sights. I made a very similar aid for removing the filler caps on my chainsaw that are always very tight and difficult to unscrew, and thought I could adapt it to fit a scope. So, I made one as a trial and have attached the photos.
Basically made from a scrap piece of plywood – ply is best due to its strength – and very few tools, just two measurements are needed; the diameter of the cap and the diameter of the adjuster. The slot in the ply needs to be just slightly bigger at the opening and a tad smaller at the closed end, so that it acts as a wedge. The attached drawing shows the dimensions for my scope, which will change for other makes and types, of course, also the length of the piece will need to suit the hand using it. Mine is probably a little too short and could have been an inch longer – sorry, showing my age – that’s 25mm.
I hope it’s of interest to readers who have trouble with scope adjustment and although basic, it might just do the job. Great mag’, keep up the excellent work. MIKE WATKINS
Great idea, Mike, and I’m sure our readers will find your DIY ‘scope spanner’ extremely useful. - Ed
I read Airgun World from cover to cover every month, as I have for over eight years now, and I always think how great it would be if we could spend a day or two actually talking to the editor and his contributors. I know you appear at various shows and game fairs but it would be so much better if you could all turn up at a single venue, without the usual distractions.
I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd and attend conventions on a regular basis, and these are incredibly popular. I’m sure it would work with the Airgun World team, so please give it some serious consideration.
Live long and prosper! CALLY HENDERSON
Erm … I’m sure we’d all have a wonderful time, Cally, but pinning down the entire AGW team for a whole weekend would be slightly more difficult than defeating The Empire or making the jump into hyper-space … or something. Apologies for mixing my sci-fi metaphors, and I promise I’ll bring up your suggestion at the next production meeting. - Ed
WHAT, NO TOM?
I read with considerable dismay that last month’s issue marked the end of young Tom’s contribution to Airgun World. As a cynical old git of 66, I find the enthusiasm and lack of world-weariness of Tom and your Airgun Student, Naylor Ball, quite refreshing. I understand that Tom probably has better things to be getting on with, and that nothing stays the same, but I hope he won’t be replaced by someone without his unsullied take on things. Sometimes, just sometimes, we of the older generation can learn from the young, you know.
COME ALONG JIM!
In the April edition, Mark McMurray asked when Jim Tyler would be releasing his ‘technical airgun’ book. I noticed that you skilfully deflected the enquiry toward Jim, and that there was no answer to it in the May magazine. Has Jim declined to answer, or is something else going on?
Please find out when Jim’s book is coming out, because I assure you that lots of us ‘technical airgunners’ are absolutely desperate to read it. ROGER LOUTH
Roger – I assure you there’s nothing ‘going on’, it’s simply that Jim hasn’t yet completed his book to his satisfaction. Jim’s a bit of a perfectionist to say the least, and that book will get the go-ahead only when he is absolutely certain it’s ready for release. I’m sure it will be worth waiting for, though! – Ed
COME ALONG PHIL!
I’m an avid Phil Hardman fan and I had the privilege of meeting him at a show last year, where he confirmed that he was ‘definitely going to write a book’. Since then I’ve heard nothing more and I’m hoping Phil hasn’t gone off the idea.
Please can you tell me if he’s still going to do the book and, better still, when it’s likely to be on sale.
Keep up the great work. DAN STANNISH
As far as I know, Phil’s working on his book right now, Dan, and you’re not the only one who has asked us about it. Having hunted with Phil, I have nothing but admiration for the way he goes about things, his attitude and the amount of thought that goes in to everything he does. I’d like to read Phil’s book, too, so come on young Hardman – get it sorted! – Ed
Below: The Umarex Boys Club is always finding new ways to enjoy our sport.
Below: Karl Reah’s amazing airgun find has captivated our readers – and Paul would like to buy into it!
Can any of our readers help Fred?
Below Left and Right: Sometimes the best ideas are also the simplest.
Below: Tom has been a popular contributor during his short time in the pages of Airgun World, and no doubt he’ll be back to add his youthful wisdom. - Ed
Above: Jim’s masterwork is in demand!
Below: Get that book done, Phil. Your public demands it!