Edi­tor’s Wel­come

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Our sport can be what­ever you want it to be, says the edi­tor

It’s been a month of re­flec­tion, as this time of year al­ways is for so many of us. Re­mem­brance ser­vices, the sym­bol of the poppy and fundraiser events quite rightly take cen­tre stage, as we pay trib­ute to those who gave so much that we can live as we do to­day. As you’ll see on page 50, fol­low­ing a won­der­ful fundrais­ing raf­fle in­volv­ing a cus­tomised PCP and the staff of Ron­nie Sun­shine’s air­gun su­per­store, I had the priv­i­lege of pre­sent­ing a sig­nif­i­cant cheque to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bri­tish Le­gion.

The whole oc­ca­sion was ex­tremely up­lift­ing and there was even time for a bit of coach­ing, as I gave the win­ner of the raf­fle, and with it a su­perb ri­fle, scope, mounts and hard case, a few point­ers on ba­sic tech­nique. Dur­ing this coach­ing, I was re­minded of the in­cred­i­ble ef­fec­tive­ness of the all-tooin­fre­quently ap­plied tech­nique of fol­low-through. This prompted me to pro­duce a quick one-pager on this es­sen­tial phase of our shoot­ing cy­cle, and you can find it on page 24. Please check it out, ap­ply the sim­ple ac­tion, and I prom­ise your shoot­ing will im­prove in­stantly. De­vel­op­ing proper fol­low-through tech­nique is a mas­sive game-changer, and it won’t cost you a penny.


Our main test and cover star is the Air Arms Galahad, a top-of-therange, pre-charged pneu­matic, in full ben­e­fit of its man­u­fac­turer’s renowned ‘rolling devel­op­ment’ pro­gramme, while over at page 109, our Tech­ni­cal Edi­tor, Phill Price, tests the Umarex Perfecta RS26. The Galahad’s ad­justable butt pad prob­a­bly costs as much as the en­tire RS26, yet both ri­fles are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing per­for­mance in their own ways.

I used both on our club range and while these are about as far apart on the air ri­fle scale as it’s pos­si­ble to get, they com­bined to demon­strate the in­cred­i­ble breadth of op­por­tu­nity our sport pro­vides. Each is ex­tremely good at what it’s sup­posed to do, and snip­ing ver­min with a Galahad, or chal­leng­ing your­self with a back gar­den plink­ing ses­sion along­side the RS26, would make any shoot­ing ses­sion a thing of pure en­joy­ment. That’s the thing about our sport; it can be what­ever you want it to be, from ca­sual plink­ing, all the way to Olympic glory. Speak­ing of which ….


On page 62 you’ll see the re­mark­able Barry Dag­ger, one of the finest tar­get shoot­ers this na­tion has ever pro­duced. In the early days of Air­gun World, be­fore we had field tar­get and hunter field tar­get com­pe­ti­tions, 10-me­tre match shoot­ing was heav­ily re­ported on and Barry fea­tured reg­u­larly. As one who has read ev­ery is­sue of this magazine, I think it’s great that Barry and his ex­ploits are back within these pages. It’s won­der­ful to see you again, Barry, and many thanks to his friend Paul for writ­ing a truly ex­cel­lent study of the great man.

Right, that’s it from me for an­other month. As al­ways, it’s been a plea­sure putting to­gether this, the last is­sue bear­ing the ‘2018’ date – where on earth has this year gone? – and I’ll see in the Jan­uary 2019 mag’, which I al­ready know will be just as packed as this one!

Take it easy, ev­ery­one. I

Great work, ev­ery­one!

The man him­self. Barry Dag­ger re­turns to the pages of Air­gun World.


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