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I have just read an article with great interest in the October issue of Airgun World. I had been waiting for the issue of your great magazine for some time, so can you imagine the excitement when I received a telephone call from Gweneth at the local newsagents in Crickhowell to say that it had arrived!
My query relates to page 26 titled, ‘The Stun Gun’. Gerald Cardew explains these fabulous guns beautifully and I am particularly interested in the pistol version of the tranquiliser gun that Don Lownds has been developing. The thing is, Mr Cardew does not mention where I might be able to buy such a pistol, so any information would be appreciated. GARETH
Erm … I strongly suspect that the postal service in downtown Crickhowell may be a tad slow with its delivery, Gareth. Please pop in to see Gweneth and if the front pages of the newspapers show the DeLorean Car Company going bust, you’ll know you have a problem, OK? - Ed
A POINT OF SAFETY
It was nice to see a review of the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 in the September issue, and as James Thornber says, it’s a different gun, rather than another Remington/Colt/Taurus 1911. If only these amazing guns had been available when I was kid.
However, I would like to point out one error in this article. He makes a big point about the gun having a safety catch, which he says only the .22LR version has on the firearms. This is wrong. Smith & Wesson offer all calibres with a safety catch. These days quite a few semi-auto pistols come with optional different trigger or safety systems. Those details aside, good review. Keep up the good work. AL LUCK
MAKING IT BETTER
Having just finished reading the September issue of AGW, your editor’s statement sparked a series of thoughts on ways to enhance this already packed magazine, mainly by encouraging up-and-coming youngsters and new members to understand our sport.
I believe there are two recommendations that certainly helped me during my earlier days in airgunning, starting in the Army Cadets and later in life after taking the ‘Queen’s Shilling’. The first one is posters. These proved to be a tremendous asset, mainly shown as schematic and descriptive, simple, easy-to-read, and
portraying subjects such as; guns, with arrows showing major components, safety items, magazine housing/release catch, cocking handle, butt, stock, and so on.
There are so many airgun clubs, training organisations, country shows, scouting groups … to mention just a few, for which a whole variety of A1/A2-size illustrations could be used to explain; the basics, before handling airguns or pistols; UK law regarding purchase, ownership, storage and transporting; safety regulations and precautions. You could explain disciplines; FT, HFT, hunting. Include the various types of airguns; pistol, PCP, springer, gas-ram, CO2; the types of quarry species – pigeons, rabbits, rats and certain members of the crow family – plus a whole host of subjects covered by AGW. Perhaps the manufacturers and suppliers would help to fund it.
My second suggestion aims at a simple, centre-page pull-out, containing the same subjects as mentioned, and more, but collected monthly and placed into a purposemade A4 folder, purchased by readers. These pull-outs would be a great asset to each AGW or Air Gunner reader as a constant reference when undertaking scope-fitting, zeroing, night-device aids and so on. It could be called the ‘Airway Code of Practice’. I’m sure all our AGW shooting ambassadors would be the ideal people in producing such articles – key factors being simplicity and instructive content. DAVE HOWARD
Thanks for that, Dave, and you’ve certainly given us plenty to think about. What do other readers think about Dave’s suggestions, and do you have any of your own to add? - Ed
As a recent newcomer, two years ago, to shooting air rifles, having shot various weapons in the military, I was amazed at the completely different technique needed. My first rifle was the Remington Express Tactical .22 springer, recently reviewed in Airgun World, a great gun to start in the sport. Then I decided to buy a Hatsan 44 .22 PCP, which was different again to a springer, but another great gun.
I’ve just started to use H&N copper-coated pellets, and they seem to give more dramatic damage to the tins that I shoot at. Does anyone have an opinion on the fact that these pellets could cause more barrel wear than lead pellets?
Great mag, by the way. NAME SUPPLIED
I’ve been reading your magazine since I was a boy, and that’s too many years ago for me to count. I always enjoy what you write, even if it’s about a gun I’ll never be able to afford, so thanks for all the years of keeping me entertained. Now for a complaint and I bet you knew that there was one coming, didn’t you?
We need more articles on basic DIY, and doing things to our guns that the average airgunner can do. Jim Tyler has all the gear and all the ideas, and I love reading his stuff, but there’s no way I could do what Jim does if I tried for the rest of my life. Please can we have those simple fixes that make so much difference to our sport?
Keep up the great work. LARRY BENNETT
SHORT ‘N’ SWEET
First, let me say what a great magazine Airgun World is – a tip for you; a beach ball, half inflated inside a camo headnet, makes a handy-sized lightweight rifle rest. MARK ELDRIDGE
I was wondering about joining an airgun club, but I’m worried that the members will give me a hard time because I’m a total novice and my gear is about as basic as it gets. I’ve heard stories about people being snobbish at airgun clubs and if that’s how it really is then it’s not what I want at all. Please be honest with me. Am I just going to be a laughing stock if I turn up with my ancient HW35 and basic scope? PETE RALPHS
Pete, please go ahead and join an airgun club, and shoot your HW35 with the pride such an iconic air rifle deserves. I’ll be amazed if anyone treats you or your hardware with disdain and I strongly suspect the reaction will be more one of admiration than anything else. It was an HW35 that changed the game for me
all those years ago and, like so many in this sport, I still have a tremendous affection for it today. More importantly, every newcomer to every club deserves friendship and a warm welcome, and I’m pleased to say that’s usually what they get. – Ed
I borrowed your ‘Essential Air Rifle’ book from a friend last month, and I can only say that it has done more for my shooting than anything I’ve ever tried before. I know you wrote it 20 years ago, but the techniques and advice in it hold just as true today.
My question is an obvious one; when are you going to write an updated version that includes everything else you’ve learned in the past 20 years? I’m sure it would be a bestseller. Also, are there any more copies of your book available? My mate wants his one back and I’d like a copy of my own.
Love the magazine by the way. GLEN PERCELL
Thanks for the kind words, Glen. Blimey, was it really 20 years ago I did that book? Well, I guess it’s time I wrote an update, then. Actually, I have been thinking about it and along with the instruction, there are plenty of tales to tell, which I hope readers will find entertaining. As for more copies of the original, I have just two left and I don’t know of any more, but I’m sure they must be out there! – Ed
Please thank Russ Douglas for his top-quality work in your magazine. He has made a great publication even better by offering practical, highly readable and enthusiastic advice to those of us who aren’t as ‘able’ as we’d like to be.
Russ shows what’s possible with the right gear and the right attitude, and I’m sure he inspires more shooters than just me with his contributions for Airgun World. PHILLIP MCCARRY
Is there any way that I can get you to give me lessons on how to shoot, Terry? These days, I can get private tuition on just about everything, including my other loves of clay shooting, golf and fishing, but there doesn’t seem to be anything available on airgun shooting. Surely it’s high time people like you and the other experts offered one-to-one coaching. I’m sure it would prove very popular and I would sign up for a course right now, so you’ve already got your first client. COLIN FORMBY
I can see your point, Colin, and I know the top competitors in our various sports take advantage of coaches, but as far as I know there aren’t any ‘experts’ giving paid tuition. The fact is, like most experienced shooters in this sport of ours, I’ve always done my best to pass on anything I believe will help a fellow airgunner, and the best advice I can give is to join a club and learn from the top shots there, OK? – Ed
Where’s the catch? Al Luck says he’s found it.
Most of us can’t do what Jim does, but the basics are always handy to know. Point taken.
All airguns have their preferences and peculiarities, but the greatest difference of all is the lies in the technique required for springers and PCPs.
Russ Douglas has quickly become a hit with our readers – and rightly so.
Over 20 years ago, eh? Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!
Andy Calpin, one of our sport’s finest ambassadors, offers his considerable wisdom … without charge.
This rifle and any responsible owner should be welcome at every club in the land.