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
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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!