Plink­ing ther­apy

Air Gunner - - YOUR LETTERS -

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

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