Editor’s Wel­come

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The NEC is a great venue for the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show, says the editor

The much-an­tic­i­pated Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show at the NEC has come and gone and the re­ports I’ve seen have been hugely pos­i­tive. No doubt the opin­ions of show-go­ers of all kinds will be find­ing their way to the BSS or­gan­isors for quite a while, yet, and hav­ing con­trib­uted my own views, I’m as­sured all will be con­sid­ered and all nec­es­sary ac­tion taken. You’ll find our Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show spe­cial re­port on page 11 of this is­sue, where I’ve done my best to squeeze as many high­lights as pos­si­ble into four pages. Truth to tell, we could have de­voted this en­tire is­sue to what was go­ing on over those three days at the NEC, but we’re sat­is­fied that all of the best bits will find their way into this mag­a­zine as they be­come avail­able for test­ing. Ex­cit­ing times ahead, ladies and gen­tle­men, of that we may be cer­tain.


On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of you who came to the Air­gun World/Air Gun­ner stand to ask about my dodgy knee and to dis­cuss ideas for this mag­a­zine. I was truly over­whelmed by your kind en­quiries, with many of you shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and tips on how best to man­age a messed-up cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and torn menis­cus, which is what the prob­lem turned out to be. I’m do­ing my best to re­fer to it in the past tense, be­cause I want the re­stric­tions it brings to be out of my life. Af­ter all, as I write, in a very few days, I’ll be board­ing a plane for Nurem­berg and the IWA show, where once again I’ll be strolling hap­pily, through mile af­ter mile of aisles and ex­hi­bi­tion halls, with not a trace of a limp and a smile on my fas­ci­nated face. I hope. Al­ter­na­tively, I’ll Vel­cro on my Robocop knee brace, neck a bunch of painkillers, and go with a fixed gri­mace. Either way, I’ll be there, and I’m al­ready ex­cited.


An­other personal high­light for me, was a visit from my lit­tle mate, Alan. I have a photo of Alan on my office wall, not only be­cause he’s a top lad, and do­ing re­ally well at school, but be­cause Alan and his fam­ily epit­o­mise so much of what is great about our sport. Alan’s air­gun­ning is still in its for­ma­tive stages, but he’s al­ready show­ing those price­less qual­i­ties of en­thu­si­asm and re­spon­si­bil­ity, plus he’s hav­ing a won­der­ful time do­ing so. Safe, pro­duc­tive, en­joy­ment is what our sport is all about, and my lit­tle mate, Alan, is liv­ing, smil­ing proof that, when we show our young­sters the way, they couldn’t choose a bet­ter sport.


Our sport is also about gen­eros­ity and putting some­thing back, and this is per­fectly demon­strated by the lads at Ron­nie Sun­shine’s and their char­ity raf­fle in aid of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion. Turn to the BSS fea­ture to find out what that’s all about, and please, if you can, get in­volved.

That’s it from me, and thanks again for com­ing to see us at the show. Your help with the pro­duc­tion of this mag­a­zine is truly ap­pre­ci­ated.

All the best. I

My top lit­tle mate, Alan. He and his fam­ily rep­re­sent so much that is great about our sport.

What a won­der­ful ges­ture from the Ron­nie Sun­shine’s team. Please sup­port them in their ef­forts to raise funds for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Editor Re­minder - The May is­sue is on sale on Wed­nes­day the 11th of April!

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