Air Gunner - - Ed's Welcome -

This is a strange month for me be­cause one of our long­est-stand­ing con­trib­u­tors has health prob­lems and can­not de­liver his usual four-page col­lec­tor’s ar­ti­cle. I’m proud to say that we have one of the most re­spected writ­ers and most knowl­edge­able col­lec­tors in the world of air­guns writ­ing for Air Gun­ner, in the form of John Atkins, who has been a loyal sup­porter of the mag­a­zine for sev­eral decades. I hope he’s well again soon so that we can once again de­light in his ex­per­tise and knowl­edge.

Need­ing some­body to cover for him, I con­tacted an­other wellloved col­lec­tion ex­pert who writes for our sis­ter mag­a­zine, Air­gun World. John Milewski told me that it would in­deed be an honour to fill the pages whilst his col­lect­ing hero re­cov­ers. He con­tin­ued to say that John Atkins was a huge influence on him and had in­spired him to col­lect and to write about air­guns. This all has the feel­ing of the pro­tégé stand­ing in for his men­tor and with plea­sure, and I’m truly touched by the re­spect be­tween the two men.

Although I know many of you will miss Mr Atkins’ words this month, I’m sure you’ll find Mr Milewski’s ar­ti­cle very en­ter­tain­ing and en­joy­able too. I’m also sure that, like me, you’ll all wish John a com­plete and speedy re­cov­ery. Ed.

Col­lect­ing can be fas­ci­nat­ing and ex­pert guid­ance is in­valu­able


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