Gun shop fans
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.