Points of You

Here’s where you have your say and ask your ques­tions about what mat­ters to you

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MORE IS LESS?

A few words, if I may, on the sub­ject of FAC air ri­fles. I am 66 years of age and have hunted and fished since my school days, a long time ago. I have rim­fire and shot­guns, but sub-12 ft.lbs. air ri­fles are my first love. I have owned FAC guns, a Theoben .20 at 30 ft.lbs., and a Daystate .22 do­ing 40. I no longer own these ri­fles be­cause I had end­less prob­lems with seals etc., although the guns were brand new.

If you do an ar­ti­cle on FAC, I feel that you should point out the cost, pa­per­work, gun cab­i­net and li­cence fees, and I can say from ex­pe­ri­ence that their re­sale value is the pits, and they gulp air like a sur­fac­ing whale.

To be hon­est ,I see no rea­son for them be­cause a de­cent hunter can do as well with 12 ft.lbs. and I never read the col­umns of Mick Gar­vey – no dis­re­spect to Mick – peo­ple like Phil Hard­man, Char­lie Port­lock and the late, great John Dar­ling, are real air­gun­ners and hunters in my view.

If I’m hunt­ing with 12 ft.lbs., I get far more sat­is­fac­tion by cleanly dis­patch­ing a rab­bit up to 40 yards with my AA S400, than at 80 yards with my rim­fire, which I use for pest con­trol, not hunt­ing. No dis­re­spect in­tended to any­one; it’s a great mag’ – been read­ing it for years. BARRY ROONEY

Well, Barry, you have ev­ery right to your opin­ion, mate, and no doubt some will fully agree with you, but hav­ing used FAC-rated and sub-12 ri­fles for hunt­ing, I can con­firm that there are plenty of sport­ing chal­lenges, and prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions, out there for both. We’ll be do­ing that ar­ti­cle, soon, and I prom­ise it will con­tain all as­pects of high-power air­gun­ning. – Ed

FAWCETT’S RE-FOUND

I had been try­ing to track down a cer­tain type of pel­let that was rec­om­mended for my new We­b­ley Raider 12 – Ac­cu­pel FT. Not all deal­ers seem to stock them, but those who do vary the price by as much as 50% – from £8 to £12, so I’d re­signed my­self to sav­ing up for a big mail-or­der de­liv­ery.

Our fam­ily has a car­a­van near Mil­nthorpe in Cum­bria, and my fa­ther-in-law sug­gested a full-English break­fast at the Wellies Café, just down the road at Green­lands Farm Vil­lage, Carn­forth. This was orig­i­nally a work­ing dairy farm, now con­verted into a num­ber of units, such as wine and cheese mer­chants, and I no­ticed a large ban­ner on one of the out­build­ings – ‘Fawcett’s Coun­try Sports’. Cu­rios­ity got the bet­ter of me so my wife agreed that I could have a look around for a few min­utes whilst the ba­con and sausage was be­ing pre­pared. The penny soon dropped; I had been call­ing into the Lan­caster City Cen­tre shop for years, but hadn’t re­alised they had moved in March. They are not a ded­i­cated air­gun shop – they cover other as­pects of shoot­ing and fish­ing too – but it’s still a fam­ily-run con­cern and the ic­ing on the cake was to find the Ac­cu­pells at a rea­son­able price, so I stocked up.

I was so en­grossed in chat­ting to the staff that I re­alised half an hour had passed so I hot-footed it back to the café, and the price of break­fast was cov­ered by what I saved on

postage. If you have kids to keep amused whilst you browse, they have an open farm/play barn, too.

So the moral of the story is, some­times you find what you seek in the most un­likely of places, and by pure chance. I would be in­ter­ested to hear if other read­ers have come across hid­den gems on their trav­els, be it the shops them­selves or the items they con­tain, or those that have re­lo­cated premises. AN­DREW ED­WARDS

A BRACE OF BOOKS?

Con­grat­u­la­tions to you and all the team at Air­gun World on your 40th birth­day.

I think that now would be a good time for you to bring out a book on your air­gun­ning life – you al­ready have some ma­te­rial from last week’s Air­gun World about WH Smith, and so on.

Would it also be pos­si­ble for Rosie Barham to put her Per­ils and Pit­falls se­ries all to­gether into a book? I truly hope that this would be pos­si­ble. All the best to Air­gun World and an­other 40 years STEPHEN

Thanks for the kind words, Stephen, and Rosie will read this so she can add her an­swer as she sees fit. As for me, yes, I will be do­ing a book one day, and be­lieve me I do have more than enough ma­te­rial for it. I’ll re­veal more as the plans are fi­nalised and I hope you’ll like it. – Ed

Rosie replies: I wrote Per­ils and Pit­falls in the early ‘90s, Stephen. Dave’s an­tics would be frowned upon un­der to­day’s health and safety guide­lines, but some of the less con­tro­ver­sial sto­ries are within the De­li­cious Ver­min!

MORE ABOUT THOSE MILBROS

The an­swer to Adrian Har­ries ques­tion on page nine of your sum­mer mag­a­zine is: Mil­bro Cale­do­nian pel­lets are avail­able presently from any SMK dis­trib­u­tor. They are avail­able in .177 and .22, on page 35 of the SMK cat­a­logue. CLIVE

TO­TALLY OUT OF LINE!

I was very dis­ap­pointed on hol­i­day, when I started to re­lax and read my Sum­mer is­sue of Air­gun World, to find that some of the pages were sta­pled to­gether, out of line and with the edges trimmed off. This made it im­pos­si­ble to read some of the ar­ti­cles that were in­cluded in it. I should there­fore be pleased if there is any­thing that you can do about it for me. R.E. BURKILL

There cer­tainly is, Mr Burkill. Please for­ward your full ad­dress and we’ll send you a new mag­a­zine by re­turn. Thanks for bring­ing this to our at­ten­tion, and be as­sured we’ve al­ready taken it up with our print­ers. – Ed

THAT CAL­I­BRE QUES­TION

Help, please. I want an air ri­fle to con­trol ver­min in my gar­den, mainly grey squir­rels and rats. I live in a re­mote lo­ca­tion and have a half-acre gar­den. I like the look of the Air Arms S410 car­bine and it fits my bud­get, but I have no idea which cal­i­bre to choose – .22 or .177. Can you ad­vise, please? RUS­SELL BARLING

Rus­sell – the ‘cal­i­bre con­tro­versy’ has raged for as long as any­one can re­mem­ber, but the sim­ple fact is, ei­ther will do the job, pro­vided you place the pel­let cor­rectly.

AN­OTHER CON­VERT

Af­ter read­ing your ar­ti­cle in the cur­rent Air­gun World on the bullpup conversion kit, I im­me­di­ately rang the help­ful gang at BAR to or­der a kit for my Air Arms S410. It duly ar­rived the next day, and con­tained ev­ery­thing as you de­scribed ex­cept any form of in­struc­tion leaflet. How­ever, your step-by-step in­for­ma­tion shown in the mag­a­zine was spot on, and the trans­for­ma­tion from car­bine to bullpup ri­fle was com­pleted in un­der 15 min­utes. I am de­lighted with re­sult and it will make a fine rat­ting gun in con­fined spa­ces. RON WIN­TER

I’m glad the fea­ture helped you, Ron, and you’re right, that S410 bullpup will be a splen­did piece of kit for rat­ting, and for many other ap­pli­ca­tions. – Ed

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

I would like to con­grat­u­late you on a great mag­a­zine and ev­ery­thing you have done in the world of air­guns. You are a true gent! I was won­der­ing if you could tell me what hap­pened to Jim Wy­att, and his cousin, Carl. I started with air­guns in the mid-1990s and waited avidly for each is­sue of Air­gun World, and Jim and Carl’s lat­est ad­ven­tures, but hav­ing only re­cently got back into air­guns af­ter 20-odd years, it feels like I’m a novice all over again and I can­not be­lieve how things have come on! Please keep on keep­ing on with the world of air­guns, Terry. It was great pick­ing up a new is­sue of Air­gun World and see­ing your fami­lar face again. PAUL HAM

Hi Paul, and thanks for those too-kind words, mate. As far as I know, Jim and Carl are still do­ing their stuff, although it’s been a long time since I’ve seen them. Wel­come back to the best sport on the planet! - Ed

SWEET SO­LU­TION

Af­ter read­ing Mr Dean’s let­ter, I was most sur­prised by your com­ment. I’m sure many of your read­ers didn’t know that you are left-handed and trained your­self to shoot right-handed. I had to do the same be­cause I learned to shoot in the army be­cause when us­ing a semi-auto weapon, the spent car­tridge would hit you in the face should the weapon be used left-handed. Us­ing a PCP, it’s not too dif­fi­cult, but a springer re­quires more prac­tice. Now, to the point of me writ­ing: I know you use the ‘both eyes open’ tech­nique, and I’d never even heard of this un­til see­ing Amer­i­can Sniper and then your teach­ings to Nay­lor, but how on earth do you stop your dom­i­nant eye from tak­ing over? I can’t seem to do this. When I look through my scope with both eyes open, what I see through my left eye sort of takes over and the sight pic­ture isn’t clear. So how do I get around this?

Also I came up with an idea re­cently; I was tuck­ing into some Cad­bury’s Roses, and thought that the plas­tic wrap­pers would make a good gun lamp fil­ter – ob­vi­ously, with the foil re­moved. They work very well, although some need dou­bling up. I have tried them on my Tracer lamp and I hold them on with rub­ber bands.

Fan­tas­tic mag’, Terry. Thanks, mate. DAN HOLME

BACK TO THE FU­TURE 1

As I write, I’ve just fin­ished re-read­ing your 40th an­niver­sary spe­cial and all I can say is, wow! What a fan­tas­tic jour­ney Air­gun World has been on dur­ing its four decades! I’m a few years older than you, Terry, and although I didn’t get the mag­a­zine from the first is­sue like you did, I wasn’t far be­hind and I have been there ever since. I def­i­nitely re­mem­ber the ‘car­toon’ is­sue and like you I wasn’t a fan, but thank good­ness we’ve come a long way since then, in more ways than one.

One ques­tion if I may: If you could go back to the good old days be­fore precharged pneu­mat­ics cost the same as a sec­ond-hand car, and scopes could be used with­out us need­ing a de­gree in physics, would you do it? Hon­est an­swer now.

Thanks for a great mag­a­zine and here’s to the next 40 years. GOR­DON MAR­SHALL

Hand on heart, Gor­don, while the ‘good old days’ were fan­tas­tic in their own way, I wouldn’t swap them for the ad­vance­ment and progress of to­day. Be­sides, those older air­guns are still there if that’s what you pre­fer, mate. –Ed

BACK TO THE FU­TURE 2

I have to say that the 40th an­niver­sary is­sue is the best Air­gun World I’ve ever seen. I’ve been read­ing the mag­a­zine for over 30 years, on and off, and the sight of those old cov­ers fea­tures and contributors re­ally took me back to my teenage years. My sons are keen air­gun hunters, with all the mod­ern kit, and I’m sure they think I’m kid­ding when I tell them I used to hunt very suc­cess­fully with a Weihrauch HW35 and open sights. I was a bet­ter stalker in those days, but the fact is I brought home plenty of rab­bits with that HW35. In fact, af­ter read­ing last month’s is­sue I may well get an­other one. Keep up the good work and I’ll see you at the Mid­land Game Fair. RON MERRIWEATHER

As far as hunt­ing with the HW35 goes, Ron, it’s a case of ‘you and me, both’, mate. I shot lit­er­ally thou­sands of rats, rab­bits and pi­geons with my ’35, al­beit from fairly close ranges. I’m glad of op­ti­cal as­sis­tance these days, mind! Ed

Mick Gar­vey uses FAC and le­gal limit ri­fles – but is one more wor­thy than the other?

It’s al­ways more about proper place­ment than cal­i­bre, or even power.

Some­thing def­i­nitely amiss, here. If any other read­ers see any­thing like this, please let us know.

This is where Fawcett’s used to be, and now it’s at Green­land’s Farm Vil­lage, Carn­forth, Lan­cashire. If you’re in the area, pop in.

The S410 bullpup means a ‘Win­ter’ of dis­con­tent for Ron’s rats!

Gor­don Mar­shall is pleased we’ve come a long way from that ‘car­toon’ is­sue, but would he still pre­fer the ‘good old days’?

Class is per­ma­nent, as they say, and the HW35 is one classy sporter.

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