Do we re­ally need it?

Air Gunner - - Your Letters - CLIVE ELMSLEY

I’ve been hunt­ing for over 40 years, and when I started I used open sights and a break- bar­rel springer that pro­duced around 10 ft.lbs. on a good day, from which I shot ei­ther .22 Beatall Waisted pel­lets, or Eley Wasps if I was flush. I filled count­less bags with this ba­sic com­bi­na­tion and that begs the ques­tion, do we re­ally need the hi- tech hard­ware we’re us­ing to­day?

Your var­i­ous ‘Big Tests’ show us ri­fles that cost any­where be­tween £ 500 and £1500, plus var­i­ous high- power op­tions, and I re­ally don’t think the pover­tys­tricken young shooter I was when I started could even hope to be­come in­volved in this fan­tas­tic sport at those price lev­els.

Per­haps it’s time we went back to ba­sics, if only for the sake of those think­ing of tak­ing up the sport? Hi Clive. First, as far as ‘need’ goes, most of us don’t need to go hunt­ing in the first place, but as hunters we’re obliged to do what we do to the very best of our abil­i­ties, and the ‘new tech­nol­ogy’ def­i­nitely helps us to do that. Most of the things we use in our lives, cars, do­mes­tic ap­pli­ances, com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and the like, have ad­vanced beyond any­thing we could have even imag­ined 40 years ago, so why would air­gun gear be any dif­fer­ent?

Im­por­tantly, the mod­ern ver­sion of your first out­fit is still avail­able to our new­com­ers, only it’s highly likely to pro­duce bet­ter per­for­mance at a com­par­a­tively lower cost. Per­son­ally, to para­phrase a politi­cian of yes­ter­year, when it comes to air­gun hard­ware, I be­lieve we’ve never had it so good. Ed.

Do we ‘need’ such hi- tech hard­ware?

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