AGE IS NO BARRIER
I read with much interest Barry Rooney’s short letter on page 10 of the October issue. I am also 68, and very much enjoying my shooting, albeit mainly on the range and plinking. In the past I had a couple of 12-bores and shot as an invited gun, often in a syndicate, but a shoulder problem caused a rethink and not wanting to give up the sport, I took to air rifles. Gradually, I acquired an EV2, BSA Ultra multi-shot and a Styer LP50, and then because of family commitments, they ended up in storage.
A couple of months back, a friend was coming from the furthest point in Cornwall to
have his FAC-rated rifle serviced in Peterborough, and was staying with us overnight. I asked him if the gunsmith he was going to bought guns, and if he would take them along and sell them for me, but my friend persuaded me to keep them and take up the passion again.
Since then, I have joined a new club and can confirm that I am really enjoying what I was missing, to the extent of expanding my range to a springer so that I didn’t have to rely on a bottled air supply all the time. My wife bought me a new TX200 HC and scope for my 68 birthday, just on 12th September gone.
I don’t consider myself a senior citizen, and certainly don’t feel like one. Whilst I can enjoy such times I will, and hope to do so for many more years yet.
I was up at the range only last week and a newcomer was there, shooting with his son. This gent was considering buying a Weihrauch. My gun club gives a discount for senior citizens and I was not sure of his age ,so had to ask him. He was 77. I hope in ten years I am still doing what he does.
What a splendid letter, Derek, and like you, I hope I’ll still be enjoying my airgunning when I’m as old as Barry. - Ed