Editor’s Wel­come

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The editor puts a pos­i­tive slant on the in­evitable changes in our lives

It’s be­com­ing ob­vi­ous that the ef­fects of this global pan­demic are likely to change the way we live for quite a while, and maybe even for­ever. That’s a bit of a heavy state­ment with which to wel­come our beloved read­ers to this month’s Airgun World, but it’s true, all the same. The way this mag­a­zine is put to­gether has changed con­sid­er­ably, with all of us work­ing from home most of the time, and meet­ings now vir­tual and con­ducted via Zoom or Teams. There’s no pop­ping out for a cof­fee, or dis­cussing plans over a pint, these days, and our of­fice is some­thing we briefly visit to col­lect parcels, sort com­pe­ti­tion en­tries, take stu­dio pho­to­graphs, or to use the pho­to­copier.

ADAPT AND OVER­COME

Truth to tell, we’ve all adapted to our ‘new nor­mal’ far more eas­ily than most of us imag­ined, and whilst I miss my lovely col­leagues, I cer­tainly don’t miss the daily drive. Like mil­lions of oth­ers, we’ve had to adapt and over­come, and I’m proud of how our mag­a­zine has be­come, for some, a source of en­cour­age­ment and a wel­come di­ver­sion from the tra­vails of these try­ing times. Yes, folks, things have cer­tainly changed, and in this is­sue you’ll see how some of us have re­fo­cused our shoot­ing to bring us some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. In fact, this month’s Editor’s Test is ded­i­cated to just that, via the per­for­mance of the Air Arms S500 Car­bine. Let me know what you think, OK?

FROM VIR­TUAL TO RE­AL­ITY

Else­where in this is­sue, you’ll find Phil Hard­man and my niece,

Bella, us­ing our sport to pro­mote some good old fam­ily fun, and if ever there was a time we needed more of that, it’s now. I al­ready knew the value of air­guns as ther­apy, but these chal­leng­ing times have con­cen­trated that value, and there’s rarely a day that passes with­out a let­ter, email or call un­der­lin­ing that fact of our cur­rent life.

We re­ally do need our pos­i­tive di­ver­sions, and in so many ways, the more in­dul­gent and ‘point­less’, the bet­ter. So much of our lives is taken up with ‘nec­es­sary’ stuff, that to take a few hours out and do just what we want to do, just be­cause we en­joy it, is lit­tle short of price­less.

CARE FOR THE CAR­ERS

Those of us who care for oth­ers, and that’s most of us in some form or an­other, ac­tu­ally have a duty to also take care of our­selves, be­cause if we burn out, we won’t be able to do what we need to do for those who de­pend on us.

Thus, our di­ver­sions and in­dul­gen­cies are ac­tu­ally es­sen­tial main­te­nance, with­out which the wheels of our so­ci­ety would fall off. So, al­low your­self those vi­tal breaks, and en­joy to the full your trea­sured time-outs – and the world will be a bet­ter place if you do.

Take care, look af­ter each other, and stay safe, ev­ery­one. I

Re­minder - The Novem­ber is­sue is on sale on Wed­nes­day the 21st of Oc­to­ber!

Tak­ing a sin­gu­lar ap­proach, via the Air Arms S500 Car­bine.

Young Dylan swapped his vir­tual shoot-’em-ups for the real thing and he’s lov­ing it!

Editor

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