Points of You

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

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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?

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