THE SHOW MUST GO ON! John Milewski backs a win­ner at the Ep­som Arms Fair

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Ihad in­tended to con­tinue the Haenel bolt-ac­tion airgun story this month, but have re­ported on the Ep­som Arms fair in­stead, for rea­sons that will soon be­come ap­par­ent. The well-es­tab­lished Kemp­ton Park Fair was booked to take place at Bis­ley, but with barely a week to go, the NRA pulled the plug on the event.

Peter and Liz Bin­field had no in­ten­tion of let­ting the trade or pub­lic down and were able to move the out­door event to Ep­som in Sur­rey – the home of the Derby. I’m not go­ing to go into the rea­sons be­hind the NRA’s de­ci­sion, be­yond com­ment­ing that Bri­tain’s premier shoot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion was es­tab­lished to pro­mote shoot­ing sports and col­lect subs from clubs and in­di­vid­u­als to do so. Con­versely, Peter and Liz Bin­field paid for the grounds out of their own pock­ets to pre­vent can­cel­la­tion.

Rather than a gen­eral over­view of the event,

I’m go­ing to break from my usual re­port­ing for­mat and fo­cus on a couple of air­guns I was shown; one new and one old.

Tim Dyson brought hun­dreds with him as usual, and showed me a very nice RWS C225 in its orig­i­nal deluxe case, com­plete with a range of orig­i­nal ac­ces­sories. This pis­tol was made on the suc­cess­ful Umarex ro­tary pel­let mag­a­zine prin­ci­ple and is a copy of the SIG 225. Un­like the Walther CP88, 1911 and Beretta 92FS, the C225 had a short pro­duc­tion run and is there­fore harder to find to­day.


Tim’s pis­tol was fully tricked out as a race gun, which is a term associated with cus­tomised prac­ti­cal pis­tols and this one was a beauty to be­hold. A bar­rel ex­ten­sion and faux com­pen­sator added weight up front, whilst a bridge mount held a red-dot com­pe­ti­tion sight in place over the pis­tol’s frame. My late friend, Mike Herod, once owned a plated C225, and I re­mem­ber Mike point­ing out the pis­tol’s fea­tures be­ing ‘Just like a proper SIG’, as he put it. Mike was de­scrib­ing the de-cock­ing lever that mim­icked the one on the SIG, and freely ad­mit­ted this unique fea­ture had sold the pis­tol to him when it was demon­strated to him in a shop.

The case oozed qual­ity and as I dis­cussed the pis­tol’s mer­its with one of Tim’s cus­tomers, I felt a tinge of jeal­ousy that Tim had placed the set to one side for my fel­low ad­mirer. ‘What a pis­tol to re­view!’ I thought. Mind you, I would prob­a­bly have soon re­moved the red dot and fit­ted a stan­dard bar­rel to re­turn the pis­tol to its orig­i­nal com­pact state, so it’s prob­a­bly just as well be­cause it looks to have gone to some­one who will use it in ‘race gun’ for­mat.

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