THE SHOW MUST GO ON! John Milewski backs a winner at the Epsom Arms Fair
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.
THE RWS C225 TARGET SET
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.