Do we really need it?
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?