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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
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, 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
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.
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
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.
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!