Points of You
Here’s where you have your say and ask your questions about what matters to you
RIGHT ON TARGET
It was great to see a feature on target pistols last month. I’ve been asking on my competition entry each month, so maybe you do listen. It inspired me to get out my old Aeron Brno B96 and have a bit of fun. I definitely need a little bit of practice, and with John Milewski’s techniques each month, I’ll be seeing you at the Olympics in 2020 – if only as a spectator!
Keep up the good work, and maybe we will see some more target pistols in the coming months. MUZZIE
We listen to every suggestion, Muzzie, I promise you that, and there’s a chap in a feature starting on page 86 of this issue who may well be at those Olympics, too. Thanks for the kind words.
My small garden backs onto a wood, and after about four years, I’ve had a visit from a nuthatch - what a lovely colourful bird they are. They always prefer to take their dinner into a nearby tree to eat it in the upside down position. I also have visits from the occasional greater spotted woodpecker.
I did enjoy the grey squirrels running around the canopy until they found a way to attack my bird feeders, by rocking them to the ground, or hanging on to the nut holders. No matter what I did, I could not stop them, so I bought a BSA.177 airgun and declared war on all the grey, bushy-tailed rats, but even after I’d bagged a few, they still keep coming. I’m really enjoying myself during daylight hours, and I’m never lonely. Good sport eh?!
The fact is, Dennis, if the food is there, those squirrels will probably keep coming. Stay on duty, mate – our native reds need all the help they can get. – Ed
MAKING LIGHT WORK With all the talk at the moment about lasers being shone at aircraft and even RNLI lifeboats, and possible restrictions on their sale, I recall how a laser on air rifles was useful. I was plinking at my garden range and after I’d changed the paper target, and was walking back toward the house, I could ‘feel’ a pair of eyes watching me. It didn’t bother me, I was doing nothing illegal, no pellet was going anywhere apart from the backstop. On the second trip to change the target, I took a quick glance up to next-door’s bedroom window and the eyes were there – my neighbour’s nine-year-old boy. I got on with my then neighbour – she’s moved now – and a few days later, I told her that her son could do some shooting with me.
I put an old Crosman laser on my BSA Ultra, roughly sighting it in so that I could see where he was aiming whilst he looked through the scope. This idea was very successful, and we had a great time – an experience he will never forget. So, used correctly, lasers have their uses. WAYNE HODGE. WIN A DAY’S HUNTING? Hunting with a UK limit 6 ft.lb pistol is a no no, but there is still ample opportunity to use the pistol in your own home. Indeed, I knew of a pistol shooter who lived in a flat, practised in his hallway, and was good at the 6-yard target, but if you have a 12 ft.lb. rifle, the same opportunities are a bit different. There are many who would like to hunt, but just can’t get the permission to do so, and it might not be easy, but how about a competition prize of the opportunity to go hunting with one of your merry team of hunters? With your many contacts in the sport, could this be possible? What a great prize in the Christmas bumper issue this would make! A good rifle and a day’s hunting, to be taken at a convenient time. Oh, and please don’t let the comp be ‘spot the difference’. Let’s have a completion worthy of a great prize. As Loyd Grossman would say, ‘it’s over to you’. WAYNE HODGE
Food for thought, there, Wayne, no doubt about it. I’m sure our resident hunters, Mick Garvey and Phil Hardman, would be up for it. I’ll have a think about that one. – Ed CHEAP AND EXTREMELY CHEERFUL I’ve been shooting for many years, but family and work really limit my time. The latest pre-charged technology sits locked away, unused and I was close to selling up completely when I happened across the CP1 CO2 air pistol in my local tackle and surplus store – £100, target styling, lots of potential. Here was a little pistol that might just work in the back garden; low power, easy to silence, easy to add a shoulder stock and, most importantly, accurate.
I bought the CP1 on impulse, took under an hour to cobble together a functional shoulder stock and was soon zeroed. It might not be pretty, but it certainly shoots, at around one inch groups at 20 yards, often better, and with a silencer fitted nearly inaudible for the neighbours.
Back at the shop and some months later, a new pistol carbine by Swiss Arms caught my eye. The same concept, but a springer and very similar to the RO72 I owned in the ‘70s. For £100 it was worth a try, and in no time I had a stainless barrel sleeve and scope fitted. The sleeve aids cocking, improves the balance and quietens it down. This little carbine is pretty much perfect for casual, back-garden plinking. The trigger is basic, but it will still group under 1.25 inches at 20 yards with the scope fitted. I’m shooting more often now, and enjoying it. The guns are quiet and accurate, my neighbours are unaware, and the low power keeps things safe. I might have better, more expensive guns, but these cheap little Chinese airguns are getting all the use. Thank you SMK! ANDREW BLAKESLEY GREAT SERVICE I’m a long-time reader of Airgun World, and I recently bought an FX Wildcat and took it to
John Milewski has inspired Muzzie to train for the Olympics!
They may look cute, but the grey squirrel is one of the most destructive pests in the UK.
Do you fancy winning a day in the hunting field with either of these gentlemen?