Pure Joy

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

It was with ab­so­lute de­light that I read the ar­ti­cle ‘A Lit­tle Bit of Ev­ery­thing’, in the De­cem­ber is­sue of your mag­a­zine. To me, it re­flected the nostal­gia and pure joy of airgun shoot­ing and re­minded me of my first air ri­fle - a Diana - and the hours of fun shoot­ing at my plas­tic sol­diers in the back gar­den. Alas, now as a fam­ily, we haven’t got an end­less sup­ply of money, nei­ther do we have a car, which makes both £1600 ri­fles, £ 400 scopes, or trips around the coun­try out of our com­pass. We do how­ever enjoy ‘back gar­den’ air­gun­ning. I have a few knock- down tar­gets set up in safe po­si­tions in the gar­den and a gallery- type tar­get that sup­plies end­less hours of fun. Yes, we tend to choose the cheaper end of the air ri­fle spec­trum, and open sights, but this in no way di­min­ishes the joy we get from our shoot­ing or in­for­mal com­pe­ti­tions. I am al­ways pleased when the post­man de­liv­ers your mag­a­zine, read­ing it sev­eral times, won­der­ing if one day I will ever be able to join the realms of those HFT shoot­ers, or have a 100-acre shoot. In the mean­time, would it be pos­si­ble for you to in­clude a few ar­ti­cles for those peo­ple with back­yard ranges and lim­ited in­come? We all enjoy ‘Air Gun­ner’ and con­tinue to enjoy the fun that air­gun­ning pro­vides for the whole fam­ily. Ray Arm­stead

Hello Ray, I’m glad you en­joyed the ar­ti­cle. Plink­ing is the start­ing point for many of our read­ers, some of whom are happy to con­tinue do­ing just that, whilst oth­ers spread their wings and go on to other parts of our sport. We reg­u­larly cover plink­ing guns and I’ve asked one of our writ­ers to look at back-gar­den tar­gets and pel­let catch­ers for an up­com­ing ar­ti­cle. Ed

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