THE WINNER IS ...
The editor tells us who won the readers’ survey prize
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.
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.