Big-bore fan

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

I am re­ally en­joy­ing the mag­a­zine, es­pe­cially more re­cent ar­ti­cles on big bore air ri­fles. They are great fun to use once you master them and get the right ammo to fit the bore. I wanted to ask if you could re­view the air Ven­turi Wing­shot, and if there are any UK im­porters. I think it would be pop­u­lar here be­cause I used one whilst in the USA and al­though it was more chal­leng­ing to shoot than a con­ven­tional shot­gun, its lim­i­ta­tions would be handy when shoot­ing crows or pi­geons around silage clamps, where its com­par­a­tive quiet­ness and lower ve­loc­ity would re­duce the chance of spook­ing live­stock and caus­ing ric­o­chets. PETER

Hello Peter It’s good to hear your en­thu­si­asm for big bores here in the UK. I find them in­ter­est­ing, but then I find all guns in­ter­est­ing, and I’m not sure of their place in the Bri­tish air­gun scene so far. Clearly they need to be on a firearm cer­tifi­cate, which adds cost and com­pli­ca­tions to their own­er­ship. That be­ing said, I know plenty of peo­ple who have high- power, .22 cal­i­bre guns on their FAC, so it’s clearly not too oner­ous to deal with the po­lice and pro­vide the ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity. They seem like a lot of gun for our big­gest quarry an­i­mal, the rab­bit, which would only weigh around 4lbs for the big­gest spec­i­men. You most cer­tainly don’t need 150 ft.lbs. to kill one cleanly. Per­haps long- range tar­get shoot­ing is their forte, but I don’t know of any com­pe­ti­tions in the UK that spe­cialise in that area. Ed

Big- bores add an­other di­men­sion to air­guns

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