Back behind a gun
I recently returned to airgunning after a break of some 16 years, and a few weeks ago had the pleasure of taking a friend’s eldest son, Jim, 11, and daughter Sarah, 15, to a Young Shots day held by Bisley, at Braidwood in the Scottish Borders. (Not their real names as they’re under 16) It’s open to all 10-16 year olds, with guided experience on the pipe range, clays, and the airgun range. The family moved here from Kentucky six months ago, and have a very different background in gun culture, so Sarah in particularly was very nervous about shooting a gun and what to expect.
Just want to say what a fantastic time they had, and to see the smiles and enjoyment on the young ‘uns faces was priceless. The Bisley staff were excellent and great with the kids too.
Jim decided he would choose to take up airgunning of the three sports experienced; Sarah said the same, but would also like to try more clay shooting. Since the visit, the gunroom manager has asked if they will be shooting again, and praised them on their exemplary behaviour.
It’s events like these, open to the youngsters who are the future resource of our sport, that we need more of. I am now working towards creating a new airgun club in the Borders which will have an emphasis on the youth, hopefully linking in with the Scouts etc, and with luck, will have a club name and premises to shout about to the your readers. Your excellent magazine and the Young Shots day have confirmed that I never lost the love for airguns. Best regards, NICK Hello Nick It’s great to hear that you all had so much fun and all credit must go to the good people who looked after you so well. Please let me know when you get your club up and running so that I can publicise it in Air Gunner and help readers local to you to come along and join. Ed.
A new gun club on the Borders is great news!