Are you among those readers are asking for more pistol features?
Do the readers of Air Gunner want more pistol articles? Let the editor know
Iread every communication that arrives at the Air Gunner editorial office and I study each of our ‘Survey’ forms as they come in. The information I’m gaining is really valuable because it helps me build a picture of our readership, and more importantly what you all want to see in our magazine. My most recent batch of letters, survey forms and emails contain several requests for more features on pistols, pistol-related products, and instructional pieces on how best to use both. In fact, I received so many pro- pistol notifications, I grabbed the first chance I could to take the latest Glock 17 and Umarex RP5 pistols to the range to find out what they, and the pleasures of pistol shooting, were all about.
TIME FOR SOME FUN
I soon found out, as I completely lost track of time because I was enjoying myself so much. That enjoyment comprised the same mix of challenge, reward and the pure enjoyment of blatting targets with an airgun, albeit that these pistols were both powered by CO2.
Then, realising the longer range accuracy potential of the Umarex RP5, I started to become more ‘serious’, in that I began to push out the ranges of my targets and concentrate more on my technique. It was at this exact point that I realised how little I know about how best to shoot a pistol. Basically, I was making it up as I went along, which isn’t how my rifle shooting techniques have been developed.
I shoot my rifles using techniques I’ve learned from genuine experts, either directly through one- to- one coaching sessions, or through studying features in Air Gunner and Airgun World. I hunt with my rifles and I have a duty to get it right in the field, so that fact alone drove me to seek proper coaching and to deal with my shortcomings until I was good enough to hunt humanely. Those requirements don’t apply with pistol shooting, so I guess I haven’t bothered to push myself into any level of competence. Well, that needs to change, and fast.
As it happens, Thomas Whyte-Venables, the son of a friend of mine shoots 10- metre air pistol for Team GB, and he has kindly offered to give me some proper coaching, which I’d like to pass on to our readers – if that is, indeed, what you want. I’ll be having the lessons, anyway, because as editor of this magazine, I’ll need to know what I’m talking about when it comes to shooting airguns of all kinds, but that coaching will be all the more rewarding if I can pass on the tips and principles that have made Thomas such a shooting star.
There are other pistol- based disciplines, of course, and if you’d like us to explore those too, we’ll be more than happy to do so. Just keep those communications coming in – and we’ll do the rest!
“I realised how little I know about shooting a pistol. Basically, I was making it up as I went along”
All sorts of pistols deserve all types of features, or so it seems