THE WIN­NER IS ...

The ed­i­tor tells us who won the read­ers’ sur­vey prize

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The lucky win­ner of our pop­u­lar Reader Sur­vey com­pe­ti­tion is re­vealed

We’ve been run­ning a reader sur­vey over the last few months and I’d like to thank ev­ery­body who took the time to share their thoughts on the mag­a­zine as it stands, and how they felt it could be im­proved for the fu­ture. I was de­lighted that so many of you re­sponded be­cause it helps me to un­der­stand ex­actly what you want. For me, the most strik­ing im­pres­sion is just how var­ied our read­ers’ in­ter­ests are, with re­sponses ex­press­ing plea­sure in ev­ery kind of air­gun shoot­ing, from vin­tage pis­tols to high-power hunt­ing ri­fles. You also told me that all of our con­trib­u­tors have their fans – un­sur­pris­ingly, the ones who write about the reader’s spe­cial area of in­ter­est. As with pre­vi­ous sur­veys, it was clear that we air­gun­ners are older chaps – the youngest re­spon­der was 53 – and it was sug­gested that older peo­ple have the time and enough dis­pos­able in­come to en­joy our great sport. I wonder if hav­ing time to re­lax and shoot is the real key. Younger peo­ple of­ten have very busy lives and maybe strug­gle to find time for their hobby, but later in life come back to the sport they love. It’s a story I’ve been told so many times, and a num­ber of sur­vey re­sponses said ex­actly that. We also had a wel­come num­ber of new­com­ers to the sport, who asked for ba­sic in­for­ma­tion to help them find their way through the maze of tech­ni­cal terms a sport like ours is bound to have.

TOP PRIZE!

We put all the re­sponses into a big box and ran­domly se­lected Stu­art Woodliffe, from Bridling­ton as the win­ner of the Aztec Op­tics 3-18 x 50 scope. This su­perb op­tic is worth £ 375 and is im­ported by Xabla Ac­ces­sories (www.xabla.co.uk), of­fer­ing a list of fea­tures as long as your arm. It’s a very mod­ern scope with a huge range of mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, and side­wheel par­al­lax ad­just­ment that can be en­hanced by an over­size wheel that al­lows it to be used as an ac­cu­rate rangefinder as well. Even though the sur­vey is now com­plete, I’m still very keen to hear your views on the mag­a­zine and what you’d like to see in­side. My email ad­dress is [email protected] archant. co.uk and I wel­come your thoughts on the fu­ture of Air Gun­ner at any time.

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