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