WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR
If you turn to page 32, you can read my report on an excellent day out at Air Arms. Ten lucky readers were invited to the Air Arms factory to learn how their stunning and accurate rifles are made, followed by an excellent lunch. Whilst I was there I got my first look at their new Galahad bullpup, or ‘sport pup’ as they call it. Many readers will know that bullpups are not my cup of tea, so I was interested to handle this brand-new gun and I asked Air Arms about the motivation that inspired bringing such an interesting new gun to the market.
The answer was that they’re responding to demand. Many of their international distributors see a growing market for such guns, and were keen to offer an Air Arms version. The research and development time needed to prototype and fully develop a brand-new gun is incredible. The one you see in the picture is, in fact, version seven. That’s right! They designed, drew, machined and built six different versions before the production gun was signed off. That’s a massive financial investment and a credit to the company for ensuring that every detail was spot-on before they began production.
Many people assume that bringing a new gun to the market is easy, but believe me, they’re very wrong. Full production of the Galahad will begin soon and I’ll be first in the queue to get a sample to review, and report back to you. Whether it changes my mind about bullpups remains to be seen.
All this handling of new rifles reminded me that the way a gun fits your individual physique is an often overlooked element of accuracy. Your dream rifle really does need to fit you correctly; it doesn’t matter if it fits your friend, or some hotshot at your gun club. To make my dream gun fit me better, I’ve had an adjustable cheek piece fitted, as you can see on page 76. The Daystate Huntsman Regal is already one of the best handling guns on the market, but this improvement takes it to a new level. I’ll let you know how the project progresses as the year rolls on.