The editor hides from the rain, and asks us all to be gun safety aware
As I write, it’s 8pm and a dull, persistent, wind-blown downpour is spattering the windows of my office. This is exactly how it’s been on the three previous nights I’ve arranged to accompany our Airgun Student, Naylor Ball, on a photographic mission to capture his success with the new Night Stalker night-vision system from AC Guns. Naylor’s getting on well with the Night Stalker, and he’s keen to share his findings, rain or no rain. He’s keen, young, Olympically fit, and would hardly blink an eye at walking about in winter rain half the night. I’m not remotely like that any more, and I told Naylor to go test the Night Stalker in the rain, and that we’d feature the test next month. Apologies to those awaiting the second part of that test, and sorry if you think I’ve wussed out, but getting older without getting smarter simply isn’t part of the deal. From what I’ve seen of that Night Stalker unit, it’s definitely worth waiting for, and it will be in next month’s issue, I promise.
IDLEBACK CHAIR COMPETITION
What an amazing response we’ve had to our Idleback Chair giveaway, as unveiled last month. The entries are piling in, and it’s obvious that I’m going to be seriously challenged to decide which of our worthy applicants is awarded this wonderful prize. That decision will be made for next month’s Airgun World, and there’s still time to get in touch and tell me what an Idleback chair could do for you. Good luck!
As you’ve probably already noticed, there’s a leaflet enclosed within the magazine, and I’d like to make a personal plea to everyone to study it carefully, then to make sure we’re all complying with its advice, before spreading the vital message it contains. Airgun World will be helping to distribute this leaflet and thereby to pass on the advice it contains. More information on the leaflet can be found on page 28, and if, like me, you wince at the use of the term ‘air weapon’, please be assured that this is used purely because that’s the official reference found in the Firearms Act. I still hate that term, though.
The outcome of the Government review of the regulation of airguns is yet unknown, and as soon as all relevant information has been compiled and the official statements have been issued, we’ll produce a comprehensive breakdown on what, if anything, this means to us. For now, please carry on enjoying our fantastic, safe, rewarding and productive pastime, and I for one am convinced we’ll be doing just that for many, many years to come.
See you next month.
Naylor and the Night Stalker may be able to shrug off winter rainstorms, but I can’t.
The superb Idleback Chair - and it could still be yours.
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