Points of You


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.

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