Points of You
THE AIRGUN WORLD FORUM FOR YOUR RANTS, RAVES AND Q&As
Here’s where you have your say and ask your questions about what matters to you
Firstly, I just want to say thank you for keeping me occupied during my time in hospital for an operation. An elderly gentleman, John, in the bed next to me saw me reading this month’s issue and then told me that he is a fellow airgunner and has been for 30 years. This then sparked lots of interesting conversations during which, needless to say, I learned a thing or two. After speaking to him, he encouraged me to join a club. It was such a nice feeling to share stories with a fellow airgunner – if you don’t belong to a club you start to feel quite alone – so I’d like to say thank you to that kind gentleman for making my time in hospital very positive.
Another thing he persuaded me to do was to invest in a quality springer. He raved on about how mastering the springer would increase my shooting ten-fold, and I have to say, after reading your magazine for nearly a year, that statement seems to be a common thing, so I’ve just put £50 in the pot and am saving for a HW97KT.
This experience has been a really positive one for me. I’m only 22 and I feel that this has encouraged me to start pushing my skills and I’m looking forward to meeting more people like John. NICK ROLT
Great letter, Nick, and I can only occupy John’s advice to you, and everyone. A good springer and a good airgun club are a potent force for improvement. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and an equally rapid increase in your development as an airgunner. – Ed
Your recent artical about Bill Sanders’ rifles reminded me of the Shamal FT when it first appeared in Airgun World. I fell in love with it, but sadly, it was out of my price range at the time. However, I have found a stockmaker who will make the Shamal FT stock to fit my AA S400 action. Any ideas where I could get dimensions, please? WAYNE GEORGE
I’m sure the ever-helpful people at Air Arms will put you on the right track, Wayne. Contact them at www.air-arms.co.uk and the info you need will be supplied. Good luck with the new stock option! – Ed
IDEA HAS LEGS
I had a bit of spare time over the Christmas break, so I decided to have a go at something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I thought that you might be interested to see it. I was originally going to make a full-size, folding, shooting table, but then decided that I wanted to have something a bit more compact that could easily be carried around. So, remembering that I had an old camera tripod in the cupboard under the stairs, I set about making a shooting rest. Just a few scraps of wood, a couple of screws, and an hour later I had put it together. The tray is attached to the tripod via a central nut and bolt and because it all collapses so well, it (the tray) doesn’t need to be removed, and can stay attached.
Just a few things to note: because the tray is larger than the support bag – extended for holding pellets etc – it’s attached to the tripod centrally under the bag; i.e. it’s offset to maintain stability and the tray has a lip of wood around it to stop the bag and bits sliding off.
Also, because of the adjustability of the tripod, the height and angle can be finely tuned whether used on a table or directly on the ground, and important to me, it’s usable whether you’re a lefty or a righty. The tray can be swung round so the pellets are on the left or the right
These old camera tripods are as cheap as chips and easy to get on eBay, or in a charity shop and literally, any old scraps of wood will do. I’m treating this as a Mark 1 because now knowing it works really well, I’m going to hunt down a more substantial tripod. A tripod can cope easily with rough and uneven ground, and it doesn’t need to be on a resting bag. It’s excellent if using a bipod, as well.
Next, I’m hoping to convert a wooden stock into a camo stock using Realtree vinyl. Would you be interested in the stages and photos of that? MIKE WATKINS
Mike – we’re always interested in readers’ DIY projects, especially when they work as well as your tripod rest seems to. – Ed
I’ve just received my February edition of Airgun World and – wow! – you chose my request for the Idleback chair. I am so honoured that you took the time to understand how much this could change my, and my family’s, shooting life. I can’t wait to receive the chair and get out to try it.
Thank you very much. STUART
Congratulations, Stuart, and by the time you read this you should have your fantastic new Idleback chair. Do send us a report on how you’re getting on with it, please. – Ed
REG OR NO REG
Could we have an in-depth article about the pluses and minuses of regulators? Why have one if you are able to get stunning accuracy, as with the Wolverine 2? Is it more to do with just saving air to compensate for a not-so-perfect, air-release system? Have Daystate got to the point with pure engineering levers and the advanced Harper system when a regulator is deemed not necessary anymore? Back-to-back accuracy tests with the Renegade and Pulsar seem to give identical results, why?
The Daystate Wolverine 2 and Renegade have no regulator; Air Arms FTP900 does, then you can buy the Air Arms Galahad with or without. It would be very interesting to see a back-to-back test with those two. Again, is this more about a very price-conscious marketplace? PETER FINCH
I agree, Peter, it’s an interesting topic and one we’ll definitely be exploring in the very near future. – Ed
EDITOR NOT BONKERS – SHOCK!
Hands up on this one, Terry. When I read the November issue, I thought you’d totally lost the plot when you claimed that many Air Arms TDR owners don’t use the takedown option on their rifles. I thought, as I’m sure most of the readers did, ‘Why buy a takedown if you’re not going to take it down?’ Then I bought the new S510 TDR and, guess what? After taking it apart and putting it back together a few times, it now lives, permanently assembled, in a standard soft rifle case. I realise that I love it on
its merit as a super-handy, lightweight sporter. Sure, I can take it down if I really need to, but until that day comes I’ll just use it as a ‘normal’ rifle, and it’s serving me very well indeed, as dozens of rabbits, rats and the odd crow could testify!
Apologies for doubting you, Terry, and keep up the good work. STEVE FULWORTH
It’s always great to get confirmation that I’m not really losing it, Steve, even though some might disagree with you, mate! – Ed
A BLOOMING DAISY
I was delighted to read Phill Price’s review of the Daisy 880 because it was the very first rifle I bought my daughter, many years ago. Although a BB gun, its key advantage was that it could shoot lead pellets; she never shot steel BBs with it. Roll forward many years, and Anne was bitten by the HFT bug, using a variety of PCPs and springers in both .177 and .22. She began shooting the UKAHFT National series and in 2012, it happened. ‘I wonder what the Daisy would do?’ A few practices at a local club showed that the Daisy was quite capable of tackling an HFT course, although fixing a scope on top had to be done with fully adjustable mounts because the rifle grooves were not exactly precision machined. The result: a complete UKAHFT series shot with the Daisy, Ladies class, of course. She received great support and interest from all other shooters and not a bit of ridicule … such is the camaraderie around. You always knew where she was on the course by the ‘clack, clack, clack’ of the pump handle charging the rifle, and the cheers as a target was plated or, not infrequently, a kill was achieved. She did not win any prizes for her scores, but all credit to her, she was never the lowest scoring shooter and on some occasions actually beat seasoned PCP shooters. This was truly the spirit of HFT.
The Daisy was put away at the end of the season, but who knows, it might yet see more competition. NAME SUPPLIED
BLASTS FROM THE PAST
A message for Gary Wain, the pellet guru.
I just recently managed to acquire a full pack of vintage Sussex Sabo pellets, complete with assembly pen and wondered if you would like the use of some for a future pellet test. The current common knowledge on them is that they were expensive and inaccurate. Looking at them, I imagine they would suffer from massive over-penetration, and the small mass, all close to the bore axis, would mean little gyroscopic stability. That said, I wonder how they would perform out of an FAC gun at high velocities to get faster spin and more stability. This might also give them better energy retention. I don’t think wound damage would improve, but they might work well for long-range target work. I’m think along the lines of the recent article on the Extreme Benchrest competition in Arizona, where 100 metres-plus is the goal. Not sure how fast a pellet can be run out of the airgun, though. I suspect the limit is the speed of sound at the pressure of the driving air in the barrel. The issue then becomes one of getting far enough above the speed of sound in ambient air to prevent the pellet dropping sub-sonic before reaching the target.
Anyway, the offer is open to you. I might also test a few of my Webley Senior to compare against the Imperial Wasps I normally use. I hope the Sabos don’t turn out to be better, since actually using them would be prohibitively expensive. I paid £30 for 111 pellets and Sabos! Given that the Webley is used for a couple of monthly competitions with the UBC, it could get pricey. Suddenly, centre-fire rifle rounds look cheap by comparison. There won’t be any charge to you, of course. I just want a few of them to be used, and a review published, which would be better than the whole lot sitting on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. GAVIN REA-DAVIES
WAS IT THE EDITOR?
I drove past the Airgun World office the other Monday morning and I’m sure I saw the editor going into the building with a briefcase and a gun bag. Does he really get there at 06.30, or did my eyes deceive me? I’d have thought someone of Terry’s years and service would have been entitled to a bit of a lie-in of a morning. Mind you, if he is there that early in the morning, it’s great to see that he’s still so keen! Thanks for a great mag.
PHIL THE BUILDER
Yes, Phil, that would have been me, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to embrace the new day … after several cups of coffee. We country boys are usually up before the lark and I’d rather be sitting at my desk than sitting in traffic. Plus, I really am still that keen! – Ed
HOORAY FOR THE UBC!
What an energetic, inventive and friendly lot the Umarex Boys Club members seem to be. I’m not a member, yet, but even so I really look forward to the UBC feature every month, if only to see what new means of getting enjoyment from airguns they’ve dreamed up this time. We need more people like this in our sport, and please pass on my appreciation of a job, not only well done, but done with a smile.
I couldn’t agree more, Peter. Paddy Egan and the UBC lads are the epitome of the true spirit of airgun shooting, and we’re proud to have them with us. – Ed
An Air Arms S410 in a Shamal FT stock? Wayne George thinks it would work.
Airgun enlightenment can find us in all sorts of places – as Nick Rolt found out.
Stuart and his family will get full support from their new Idleback chair.
Mike Watkins has come up with a neat DIY idea, and we’re always keen to see more.
A takedown that stays assembled? More common than you’d think.
It doesn’t have to be hi-tech to be fun!
We’re sure Gary Wain will be interested in these examples of airgun ammo from yesteryear.