With reference to the recent article by Charlie Portlock on mental health issues, I commend both he and the editor in relating their own experiences; the only appropriate word is ‘bravery’. Although I have no illness myself, since my wife has been ill there are many mornings when it is a challenge to get out of bed.
I bought copies of Air Gunner and Airgun World about 18 months ago to revisit my youthful airgun enjoyment. I then bought several airguns and now the first thing I do every morning – even before my wife gets her breakfast in bed – is to plink away at a few targets in the garden. It may seem stupid, but it is a purely pleasurable distraction from the problems of the coming day. I never thought something so simple could help to relax me. Thank you for your excellent publication, with its nononsense, practical and approachable ways. PS. Do you think that I could get pellets on the NHS? D. WILLIAMS
Hello Mr Williams I think that you have encapsulated the approach that Charlie was describing, in your morning plinking sessions. Our airguns can be a pleasant and practical distraction from life’s everyday chores and as such, a little well- deserved pleasure away from the humdrum practicalities of getting the day done. It’s in the taking control of our lives that we find freedom and reclaim our pleasure, so I’m sure that you’re doing just the right thing as you shoot your rifle each morning. Long may you continue to enjoy your guns. Ed.
When you’re concentrating on that target, life’s cares take a back seat