The editor takes on readers’ ideas at the Northern Shooting Show
What a pleasure it was to meet so many Airgun World readers at the Northern Shooting Show. The show itself was absolutely fantastic, and in its third year seems to be going from strength to strength. In the 30-odd years I’ve been attending shooting shows and country fairs, I don’t recall speaking to more readers as I wandered around the stands.
The feedback we get from meeting and speaking directly to so many of our readers simply cannot be overestimated. When someone cares enough to take time out of their day to give their opinions, ideas, encouragement and constructive criticism, I genuinely can’t thank them enough. I have pages of notes, scribbled in my shamefully untidy handwriting, and all input will be considered, I promise.
Among the visitors to the Airgun World/Air Gunner stand were two men, each with a harrowing story to tell. Both were the victims of Lyme disease, an extremely serious bacterial infection, spread to humans by the bites of infected ticks. The UK medical services are diagnosing around 3,000 new cases of the disease every year, and the consequences can be extremely serious. The guys I spoke to had life-changing effects following their exposure to Lyme disease and both pleaded with me to run a feature on how to avoid infection and how to recognise the symptoms of it.
As you’ll see, we’re carrying that feature this month, and it will be supported by another one in our sister magazine, Air Gunner. From around now until October is the peak time for exposure to Lyme disease, so we’re not wasting a minute giving you the heads up. Please study the article and make yourself aware of the facts around this awful disease, and as always, prevention is way better than cure.
I’d like to sign off this month with another vote of thanks to all who expressed their support of this magazine and those who contribute to it. Over the weekend of the Northern Shooting Show, we had wonderful people offering our writers days out in the field with them, or handing out invitations to clubs, or simply shaking our hands and thanking us for what we do. It’s incredibly humbling when good people show such consideration and I’d like you all to know how grateful we are for it.
… AND REALLY FINALLY!
On the subject of shows, as we went to press, it was confirmed that the super-popular Kempton Park Airgun Collectors’ Fair will be held at Kempton Park Racecourse on the 1st of July. That’s July the 1st, and not in October as we believed last month, OK? Come and meet John Milewski and hundreds of friendly airgun enthusiasts, as you browse thousands of guns, gear and the occasional gadget. With a bit of luck, I’ll see you there!
Have a great month, until next the next one. I
Great weather, perfect venue and enthusiastic show-goers made for a fantastic Northern Shooting Show.
The show organisers are definitely seeing the bigger picture.
Seeing the sights of the NSS.
Information and enthusiasm at every turn.