Airgun World - - Points Of You -


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


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


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


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.

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