POINTS OF YOU

Airgun World - - Points Of You -

Rowan En­gi­neer­ing to have an ad­justable butt plate fit­ted. You can imag­ine my de­light when the staff at Rowan sorted through their stock of 21 plates for a close match, fit­ted it, and even turned down screws to fit! Fur­ther, they car­ried the gun into the work­shop be­cause I’m heav­ily dis­abled – left leg am­pu­tated above the knee, and left hand badly dam­aged – and on top of all this, they only charged me the £55 for the butt plate, so you can see that this was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

ALAS­TAIR MCKNIGHT. Alas­tair, the guys at Rowan En­gi­neer­ing have a great rep­u­ta­tion for top qual­ity prod­ucts and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice, and it’s easy to see why when cus­tomers are treated as well as you were. Well done, Rowan En­gi­neer­ing. - Ed

ANY IN­TER­EST?

I was won­der­ing if an ar­ti­cle about my Mk1 .22 We­b­ley Vul­can would be of any in­ter­est to you and the es­teemed read­er­ship of AGW. I in­tend to strip the old girl down and give it a re­lube and pol­ish, and then carry out some more chrono’ tests to see if there’s any im­prove­ment!

PAUL EL­LIOTT

Paul, we’re al­ways in­ter­ested in what our read­ers are up to, and your ar­ti­cle seems like just the thing for us. If you need to talk to us about it, just get in touch and we’ll give you all the ad­vice you need, mate. - Ed

LONG-RUN­NING AIRGUNNER

I’ve just re­tired af­ter a long and event­ful work­ing life. I’ve re­turned to air­gun shoot­ing too, af­ter a break of some 30 years dur­ing which I be­came a very keen run­ner and coach. Well, hav­ing re­turned to airguns I am over­whelmed at the choice and type of gun avail­able. Thirty years ago, CO2 guns were FAC; PCP was in it’s in­fancy, and gas-ram was owned by Theoben. BB guns were mere toys. I now own a CP99 and a BSA Light­ning and in­tend to join a club when we move to Devon. I’m in­trigued by ‘Tar­get Sprint’; I might be a bit slow for the ‘sprint’, but as a run­ning coach I could help with the run­ning train­ing, work­ing on speed and en­durance, should any­one want help.

BERNI DUT­TON

HAPPY AN­NIVER­SARIES

I fi­nally man­aged to sit down and read the an­niver­sary edi­tion of Air­gun World magazine back to front. I don’t of­ten feel com­pelled to email magazine ed­i­tors, but I would like to say thanks. Yours and Dave Barham’s ar­ti­cles rang so many bells and brought back happy mem­o­ries of air­gun­ning – great pieces of writ­ing and truly in­spir­ing.

I’ve bought Air­gun World or Air Gun­ner monthly since 1992, when I was 12, in­wardly di­gest­ing ar­ti­cles from you and many oth­ers, in­clud­ing of course, John Dar­ling. I still en­joy go­ing into WH Smith’s to buy it!

My first ri­fle was an HW30 that I still have to­day, and I have to say that air­gun hunt­ing, and just be­ing out in the fields, is still mag­i­cal and has seen me through some dark times; in 2010 I was made re­dun­dant from the RAF, lost my house, sep­a­rated and di­vorced, and worst of all my mum was very ill. How­ever, be­ing out hunt­ing, lit­er­ally for days on end in the snow of that win­ter I’ll never for­get, was good ther­apy, I think! I’m now 37 with a de­cent job, lovely wife and a 7-month-old daugh­ter who I hope will join me out in the fields – funny how stuff works out.

For a bit of feed­back, please re­mem­ber the av­er­age guy on the street. We can’t all af­ford top-of-the-range guns, fancy scopes and cloth­ing! Any­way, keep up the good work and thanks again for the ar­ti­cles. MATTHEW PS: Phil Price is a great editor for Air Gun­ner, and I look for­ward to the route the magazine takes.

Thanks for your kind words, Matthew, and Phill ap­pre­ci­ated them, too. Don’t worry, Phill and I will never for­get ‘the av­er­age guy on the street’, and our mag­a­zines will al­ways cover the hard­ware and top­ics our read­ers ask for. It’s the only way it works for us. - Ed

HIS­TORY MYS­TER­IES

Has AGW ever done an ar­ti­cle on the his­tory of Air Arms, or any of the Bri­tish air­gun mak­ers for that mat­ter, and their early guns? I ask be­cause re­cently I was able to shoot one of their early air pis­tols (photo at­tached) that I never knew ex­isted, and was told that only 86 were made. It got me won­der­ing how many other lit­tle gems they made in the past that never saw mass pro­duc­tion.

This air pis­tol is well en­gi­neered, but too heavy for one-handed tar­get shoot­ing - great trig­ger, though. I’m mainly a tar­get shooter, but also a col­lec­tor hav­ing amassed over 50 airguns from early BSAs to Steyr LP10s and Ul­ti­mate Sporters, so I al­ways find some­thing of in­ter­est in the magazine.

GRA­HAM BATSON

Well, Gra­ham, Be­lieve it or not, I’m due to speak to our res­i­dent air­gun his­to­rian, John Milewski, on this very sub­ject. Ba­si­cally, watch this space! – Ed.

Matthew, like our own Dave Barham, has some won­der­ful air­gun mem­o­ries.

Many will re­mem­ber the Air Arms PP1, and it’s high time we fea­tured the his­to­ries of our air­gun com­pa­nies, so that’s what we’ll do.

Born-again airgunner, Berni Dut­ton, has no plans to slow down when he moves to Devon!

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