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.
BOTH ENDS OF THE SCALE
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 ….
A SHOOTING STAR RETURNS
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!
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Great work, everyone!
The man himself. Barry Dagger returns to the pages of Airgun World.