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  • Birthday 26/03/1965

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    Obviously shooting, our dogs and industrial heritage

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  1. This is an easy one, here we go in a nutshell ALL PCP's make the most incompetent shooter look extremely good. What you choose therefore is down to your budget and personal taste. Don't forget if you need a sexy name on it, that's extra. Won't make you shoot any better. Springer's require a bit of effort, they can return good results but you have to put the hours in the perfect the technique. Not rocket science, just a bit of commitment. At this point you will get recommendations of what's 'best'. They well may be but are they the best for you? Also remember a PCP requires support equipment. Most, again, will say you MUST have a dive bottle or compressor. This is nice but not strictly true. There are perfectly workable options that are available. Springers are free in that regard. This is a real world account of airgunning. The BIGGEST thing to remember whichever path you choose is to enjoy it for what it is, take your time, practice and don't get hung up on pellets!😳😄
  2. Obviously company standards vary. Transport will never be a 9-5 job, days can be long and nights out a possibility. If you break it down the hourly rate isn't great but if it's what you do, you will do it regardless. Current other works four on - four off which suits. She occasionally gets a call if they are a driver down but she can refuse without repercussions. To all the delicate blossoms prodding a keyboard, it probably wouldn't suit. It's not for me either, but she loves it. Now is the time if your that way inclined 👍
  3. The company my other half drives for (Class 1) are openly recruiting now. Trouble is, they are based in North Shropshire. No much good if your near Blackpool I know. That said, they do look after their drivers. They don't give new drivers the keys, pat them on the head and tell them to get on with it. She received the comprehensive driver induction they offer to all. There is a driver shortage, been that way long before Brexit and the media scaremongering. You should be able to pick and choose with your skill set. Hope you find something 👍
  4. Must be easier just to count the shots? After all, with an Ultra, that's not a big number to remember. 😗
  5. Let's be honest here, being a PCP, it will be 'accurate' and being AIr Arms it will be over priced and over hyped by the popular Airgun press. So far, so good, business as usual. Styling is either a yes or a no, no real debate there. Can't see many being used 'out in the field' or HFT competition and certainly not bench rest. So what's it for then? Some serious plinking seems likely because you happen to like the styling and that's pretty much what's left. Before the hate let's be clear here, I do like the AR15 style platform and the first time I saw this offering I was excited but knew the price was going to be high for a plinking/informal target rifle once you had added the standard AA tax. It will be a guaranteed good seller and every review undoubtedly positive, AA are a big sponsor after all. Personally, I like it.
  6. I've had my Umarex M4 for some time and find it a 'challenge' at best. Most of which is down to the ergonomics, trying to mix replica with a break barrel. Underneath all that plastic is a very capable air rifle if you concentrate, much like any Springer. Trigger on mine is 'adequate' but then again it's hardly a match rifle. Think you need to love the M4 platform to buy one obviously. It's far from perfect and incredibly heavy for reasons I can't fathom. I also find I have to be in the 'mood' to have a session. It's not a casual shooter. Since I took the picture I've changed out the scope for a cheap and cheerful red-dot. More than adequate out to my max 30 yards.
  7. The publics idea of shooting in general is poor with airguns at the bottom of the list. The populous may be ill informed when it comes to many aspects of the various shooting activities but they know that airguns require no licence and therefore, by definition, the individuals who have them must be using them for ilicidid reasons. Pointless jumping up to disagree, it's the public 'perception' solely I'm going on about here. That said I'm sure we all know that one 'shooter' who's actions and ethics are, at best, questionable. We can be our own worst enemy. Can anything be done, more importantly, does anybody actually care enough to even think about doing something? Standard common sense mantra suggests we should conduct ourselves with an air of professional competence whenever and wherever we are shooting. We need to be safe and considerate. Whilst I have not the time or the inclination to debate how any introduction of a licence would fall at the first fence, which it would, think about it a little longer before kicking off. Most are happy to spend a small fortune on equipment and sundry items but the idea of parting with a relatively small cost for a licence brings out the worst. A few questions regarding the reasons why an individual needs an airgun in the first place, storage, basic requirements all seem fair questions to ask on the application. With a licence required to purchase an airgun I truly believe would help our standing with the general public. Anybody found without a licence would also need to be dealt with quickly and harshly before any trust in the 'system' becomes a given. Non of these thoughts will trouble anybody and are extreamly unlikely to be implemented any time soon. The cost of the infestructure would never pay for itself, let alone make the public 'safer'. There also needs to be a will and that's most definitely not there.
  8. Trouble is they may have a point. Obviously not all air gunners are irresponsible swan shooters but the public perception suggests that we are. A quick glance at most FB Airgun related pages tells you all you need to know about the idiots, like this neighbour, who are out there. If it happens again then maybe a quite word. Even if he had taken the pigeon at that range (both unlikely and unethical) there was no intention for picking up after. Random pot-shots at anything is not a good thing. Luck tends to run out. I would be concerned at any undue attention it could bring your way.
  9. Your quite right I didn't weigh them or sacrifice a first born - my bad. 😄
  10. Out of curiosity and boredom, the first tin of 'decent' pellets purchased I selected 50 at random. These were then lovingly checked for any deformities, washed, dried and lubricated. They then lavished in their own clean foam lined tin for those special occasions. Oddly enough the remaining 450 rewarded me with the same accuracy in every respect. I've not repeated the exercise since. Those who do will no doubt say it's necessary and a must. I'm not one of those.
  11. Still waiting. Yes its only a sticker but any idea when?
  12. Rockhamster

    Which one?

    Whilst I'm sure the answers are perfectly valid, how do you know if a gun preferred by someone else will be good for you? If I was spending good money why would it be acceptable to assume it needed 'tuning' before even pulling the trigger? Deep down you know what you want, go with your gut.
  13. Pistol shooting is more involved than shooting a rifle. A red dot or laser isn't going to help if you haven't mastered the basic fundamentals and mechanics. Pistols are often deemed 'inaccurate' but the reality is that the expectations of the shooter are massively optermistic and there is no understanding with what's required. My Gamo P900 fitted with a cheap red dot. They can have there place.
  14. Fully understandable. I have no doubt that it will turn up. Feel stupid asking. Thank you for taking the trouble to reply. 👍
  15. What is this obsession with 'tuning', often before even the first shot? Buy a rifle of your choice, spend some cash on a tin of pellets and see how you get on. 'Accuracy' will only come with practice.
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