Edi­tor’s Wel­come

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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.

SE­RI­OUS STUFF

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.

THANKS AGAIN

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.

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