WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR
Of all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, how to get permission to hunt has been the enquiry more times than all the others put together. I know from my surveys that over 80% of you hunt, or would like to, and hunting guns are far and away the biggest sellers. Finding somewhere to enjoy our sport is difficult, I’m afraid to say, and I’ll tell you why in the form of a question. If a stranger knocked on your door and asked if he could shoot in your garden, what would you say? Would you wonder if he was safe? Would you be concerned that he might steal your lawn mower? You’re not going to just say yes, now are you?
When we ask a farmer if we can shoot on his land, his feelings are just the same. He might worry about his buildings, his farming equipment and a careless pellet causing damage. Allowing an armed man to wander around your land isn’t something to be done lightly. By allowing you to be there he could become responsible for your actions. Of course, a hard-working airgunner can offer a valuable service free of charge, but you’ll have to gain his trust first.
On page 92, I’ve offered some thoughts on how you might achieve success in finding a permission by using some lateral thinking, and remember, never give up. Your chance is out there somewhere.
I’ve been shooting a remarkable Co2 rifle this month that really is like nothing else I’ve ever tried. The SIG MPX is a perfect replica of the centrefire, sub-machine gun, offering rapid-fire action, all in a fully UK legal package. I had a blast with it, as did my friends who simply loved it. Turn to page 45 for my full report.