Points of You

THE AIR­GUN WORLD FO­RUM FOR YOUR RANTS, RAVES AND Q&As

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Here’s where you have your say and ask your ques­tions about what mat­ters to you

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE LOVELY

Sorry to hear about your leg in­jury, Terry. I kind of know how you must feel. Some years ago I had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with my shoul­der joint, but that is all behind me now. Par­don the pun. I just want to say that I went to the NEC Shoot­ing Show on Fri­day 16th Fe­bru­ary. I had a good long chat with Claire, (Air Arms MD) and bought a tin of Di­abolo Field .177 pel­lets with a free AA pel­let pouch, all in a nice lit­tle black carry bag. Then I moved on to look at more stands in­clud­ing your Air­gun World mag­a­zine stand and had a chat, then on fur­ther. By then it was time for a sit down, a cup of tea and a toasted tea cake. I went out the hall en­trance to a tea bar op­po­site, and en­joyed the rest and snack. Once re­freshed I went back into the hall and I re­alised that I hadn’t got my lit­tle bag, so straight back out to the tea bar I went. Oh great joy! I thought my bag was still there, but my joy turned to dis­may. When I picked up the bag, the tin and pouch had gone.

Yes, I know it was my own fault, but I am a 72-years-young man and had I tried any­thing like that when I was even younger, I would have had a boot you know where, up to the third lace hole. So, to who­ever helped them­selves to them, may you have a bad day in the field and a worse day at the range. I sup­pose it’s not all bad – they left me the bag. Keep up the good work, Terry.

BRIAN GREEN

Quite lit­er­ally a mixed bag of a day for you, then, Brian. So sorry to hear about you los­ing those pel­lets, but the good news is, the lovely folk at Air Arms re­mem­ber you and have agreed to help you out. Please email me your postal ad­dress and I’ll pass it on. All’s well that ends well! Terry

LOS­ING SIGHT?

I read with in­ter­est the re­cent re­view of the SIG P320 by John Milewski, par­tic­u­larly his com­ments re­gard­ing the pis­tol not hit­ting at the point of aim, and his thoughts on ad­just­ing the ‘fixed’ rear sight hor­i­zon­tally by mov­ing it in the dove­tail.

My own par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est is in air-pis­tol pa­per-punch­ing, and ac­cu­racy is there­fore of para­mount con­sid­er­a­tion when pur­chas­ing air pis­tols. I have a mod­est col­lec­tion of eight pis­tols, in­clud­ing a 1930s We­b­ley Se­nior, and cur­rent mod­els in­clud­ing Umarex Berettas and Walthers, all of which had or have since been fit­ted with ad­justable open sights.

I am dis­in­clined to ex­tend my col­lec­tion by in­vest­ing around £200 in a pis­tol with fixed sights, which might or might not hit at the point of aim. In this re­spect, most pis­tols cur­rently on the mar­ket ap­pear to have fixed open sights and no op­tion for fit­ting ad­justa­bles. Whilst recog­nis­ing the aim to achieve re­al­is­tic repli­cas of orig­i­nal firearms and to achieve cost-ef­fec­tive prod­ucts in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket en­vi­ron­ment, is it not pos­si­ble for man­u­fac­tur­ers to de­sign a sim­pli­fied ad­justable sight, pos­si­bly based on a dove­tail rear sight with a small fix­ing screw to al­low for hor­i­zon­tal ad­just­ment and with ver­ti­cal ad­just­ment achieved by adding or re­mov­ing shims?

My 1930s .22 We­b­ley Se­nior, which I have owned for 60 years, came fit­ted with a ‘prim­i­tive’ rear sight com­pris­ing a small notched steel plate se­cured by a screw in a slot­ted hole that al­lowed for hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal ad­just­ment. This ar­range­ment has served me ad­mirably. I am not sug­gest­ing a re­turn to this his­tor­i­cal level of en­gi­neer­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion, but I can’t help feel­ing that some­times ‘the old ones are the best’.

AN­THONY BY­ERS

Has An­thony got a point, here, and should we for­sake a bit of ‘re­al­ism’ for a dose of prac­ti­cal­ity? Over to you. - Ed

GE­O­GRAPH­I­CAL ER­ROR

I’ve just read your on­line RTI Pri­est air­gun test. I must say, it was very pos­i­tive and deeply explained, maybe I’ll buy it, but as al­ways – or I should say some­times – I have no­ticed one

part of text where I deeply dis­agree. It is your state­ment about coun­try of ori­gin, it’s not Slo­vakia but Slove­nia. No par­tic­u­lar harm been done there, maybe some had spot­ted it, but I come from the coun­try of its ori­gin and you should have been more thor­ough. Al­to­gether, keep up the good re­views and tests.

JERNEJ

Apolo­gies for the er­ror, Jernej, but the coun­try of ori­gin de­tails were sup­plied and I pub­lished them in good faith. In fu­ture, if there’s any­thing I write with which you strongly dis­agree, please let me know and we can ex­change views. Thanks for the feed­back. – Ed

TANKS FOR THE AD­VICE

Could you do a ar­ti­cle on how to safely use and store an air tank. I re­cently wrote on the BSA R10 Face­book page about be­ing care­ful when us­ing and stor­ing an air tank.

Some of the replies I got were, ‘it’s an air tank what can go wrong with them?’ I re­ally think we need some ad­vice on this im­por­tant sub­ject.

BOB NEW­TON

Great idea, Bob, and Dave Barham has been com­mis­sioned to do just such an ar­ti­cle. This will in­clude ad­vice on where, and where not, to store your tank at home, how to trans­port your tank safely, plus some gen­eral points of safety. Look out for that one and feel free to share it. – Ed

WHAT ABOUT .20?

First up, con­grats on a well-bal­anced mag­a­zine, there is al­ways some­thing to pique the in­ter­est. Gary Wain’s ar­ti­cles on the search for ‘the per­fect air­gun ammo’ was most en­joy­able, but it started me think­ing – all test­ing was done on .177 and .22 pel­lets. What­ever hap­pened to .20? About a year ago, it seemed to be the com­ing thing, with sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers sug­gest­ing they were go­ing to be of­fer­ing some mod­els in that cal­i­bre, yet it seems to have fallen of a cliff. I don’t re­mem­ber see­ing any in-depth com­par­isons with the ‘stan­dard’ cal­i­bres, so what hap­pened, just not enough in­ter­est? I’d like to know, maybe an idea for an ar­ti­cle?

NEAL JONES

Maybe that’s a fu­ture ar­ti­cle for Gary to re­search, Neal? Does .20 re­ally of­fer any­thing sig­nif­i­cant in terms of per­for­mance? Over to Gary on this one. – Ed

TOO MUCH DE­VEL­OP­MENT?

I know I’m go­ing to be seen as some old stick in the mud for this, but I think airguns have gone too far now. Last months mag­a­zine showed Daystate ri­fles that cost thou­sands of pounds and I think that goes against what airguns have al­ways been –easy to use and af­ford­able to ev­ery­one. When I was a lad and get­ting into this sport, the BSA Air­sporter was the ri­fle I dreamed about and as soon as I was work­ing I saved up and bought one. Now, de­spite work­ing for more years than I can re­mem­ber, I still couldn’t af­ford one of those lim­ited edi­tion Daystates! Surely, it’s time we looked at what made airguns so pop­u­lar in the first place and went back to our roots, in­stead of pro­duc­ing more guns that can only be en­joyed by a very few of us.

I’ll be in­ter­ested in what you think of my opin­ion, al­though I’ll un­der­stand if you don’t want to up­set the man­u­fac­tur­ers or the lucky few who can own th­ese airguns.

Les­ley Porter­house

I can kind of see what you mean, Les­ley, but I’m go­ing to have to dis­agree with you on this one, and that has noth­ing to do with my want­ing to avoid up­set­ting any­one. The fact is, the tech­ni­cal pro­gres­sion of airguns is just that – progress. It’s hap­pened ev­ery­where else in our lives, and airguns are no dif­fer­ent. Be­sides, there are more lower-priced airguns around now than ever be­fore, so if the mod­ern guns aren’t for you, you still have plenty of al­ter­na­tives. Oh, and you’d best not look too closely at this month’s Editor’s Test ri­fle! – Ed

Would ad­justable sights make own­ing pis­tols like the SIGP320 more en­joy­able?

Neal Jones thinks it’s time Gary turned his at­ten­tion to .20 cal­i­bre.

Has air­gun de­vel­op­ment gone too far? Les­ley Porter­house thinks so.

The Pri­est orig­i­nates in Slove­nia, not Slo­vakia, as re­ported in De­cem­ber’s is­sue.

It’s es­sen­tial that we know how to store and look af­ter out air tanks.

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