The editor enjoys his first experience of a target sprint competition
It’s been an uplifting month for me, as you’ll see when you turn to page 38 of this issue, where I give my thoughts on the rapidlyemerging sport of target sprint. Those thoughts are immensely positive, too, and that positivity began on a recent Friday morning, when I happened to be sitting in my man cave, writing, and the BBC morning TV news showed people shooting airguns.
My hand instictively reached for the remote control and I sent the TV volume rocketing, fully expecting another ill-researched hatchet job, but it was nothing of the sort. The report concerned a forthcoming target sprint event, and it was entirely positive; the reporter even had a go, and ended by saying there would be another report in the news the next morning! Amazing. I really had to find out more about this.
OFF TO GLOUCESTER
I knew Air Arms was the major sponsor of target sprint, so I phoned its MD, Claire West, who’d also seen the TV news broadcast, and she invited me along to the event where the report had been filmed. Two days later, there I was, along with Dave Welham and Mark Camoccio, my shooting friends I’ve known for the best part of 30 years, and we all agreed we were witnessing something very special. We’d been in at the start of field target shooting, and the three of us instantly recognised the energy and enjoyment we saw at that target sprint event. It was a fine thing to see, and it I drove the hundred miles home with a contented smile on my face.
Target sprint can be pretty much whatever it wants to be, including a full Olympic sport, and everyone at this magazine wishes it well. When the mainstream media reports positively on shooting, and on airguns in particular, you know someone’s doing something right. Long may that continue.
HAVE I SOLD OUT?
On a slightly less positive note, I’m under attack on the letters page from a chap with whom I’ve had many a good conversation, during which we agree on most things, airgunwise at least. Not this time, though. I’m being accused of converting to ‘the dark side’, due to my confession last month that I actually see the value of some of the ‘tactical’ rifles I’ve tested over the past few years. I’d like to know your thoughts on this, and please don’t spare my blushes – as if you would – because this magazine exists to serve its readership and the best way for us to do that is for you to communicate directly your thoughts and feelings.
From studying your responses to our readership survey, I know that plenty of you own so-called tactical air rifles, but it’s not just their fans we want to hear from. Airgun World seeks to cater for as many airgunners as possible, so please let us have your opinions on this, and any subject about which you feel strongly.
That’ll do from me this month. Have a great time out in that autumnal air, and I’ll see you in the December issue. December? Blimey, where has that year gone!
All the best.
Target sprint. We shouted and cheered because it made us excited.