Gun shop fans

Air Gunner - - Your Letters - Andy Ed­wards

My shoot­ing pal, John, and I de­cided to try a dif­fer­ent gun shop and make a trip of it, to Kirklees Guns, Hud­der­s­field. We took our pass­ports be­cause we were cross­ing the Pen­nines, and li­cences in the hope of a deal. John was after a left-handed S410 and I was tempted by the 14- shot ca­pac­ity of the new We­b­ley Raider. We ar­rived at 10am to find a no­tice say­ing ‘open­ing at 11’. For­tu­nately, I had brought copies of Air Gun­ner and Air­gun World, so we grabbed a copy to pass the hour.

After the poker-faced hag­gling was con­cluded – re­mem­ber, York­shire­men have a rep­u­ta­tion for fru­gal­ity – we got into some friendly ban­ter with the staff and other cus­tomers. One chap was seek­ing guid­ance on his first PCP. Mark, the man­ager, asked our opin­ion be­cause he is more of a shot­gun­ner, by all ac­counts. John and I must have ex­uded an air of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence – nice to be con­sulted!

I’ll con­clude with the thought that you shouldn’t go shop­ping on a Satur­day morn­ing if in a rush be­cause they take time to look after each cus­tomer’s needs, no mat­ter how much or little they are spend­ing. It was good to meet Mark and co, to have a laugh and a joke, so I’ll make the trek back across the M62 when my Raider is ready for col­lec­tion. Hello Andy A good gun shop is a won­der­ful thing and some­thing to be cher­ished and sup­ported. They’re not just for buy­ing things, but places where good ad­vice can be shared from ex­pe­ri­enced shoot­ers to new­com­ers. This is a valu­able ser­vice that the In­ter­net can never of­fer. Often shoot­ers meet up and have a cup of tea dur­ing the quiet times, but of course, we need to un­der­stand that Satur­days can often bring more cus­tomers than all the other days of the week added to­gether, so then is not the time for a long chat. Ed.

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