Wow, the amazing Uncle Jock reader appreciation free gun contest has turned out to be, well, an amazing experience. The response, I think, was pretty spectacular. Some 34 individuals entered the contest, some with more than one entry. And the quality of the entries was high, which made deciding on a winner very difficult.
Ultimately, I did pick a winner, but before we get to that, I have made a decision that the quality of entries was so high that I have decided that everyone who entered the amazing Uncle Jock reader appreciation free gun contest will receive a copy of my book “Elliott on Airguns” on CD. Now, lest you get confused, this is NOT an audio book. It is a collection of thirty of my articles written for Precision Shooting magazine or The Accurate Rifle magazine and presented in pdf files on the CD. You can read the stories on the disk, or you can print them out and read them that way. In any event, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.
And now, the envelope please . . . the winner of the Benjamin Trail NP XL 725 is Robert Weaver from Fort Washington, MD.
Here is his winning entry:
“What I like best about airguns is…well, that they’re air GUNS. They’re not air toys, not air pellet launchers, they’re guns and when I do what I’m supposed to, the pellets go where I intend.
Disclaimer: I generally shoot outdoor conventional (bullseye) pistol – a lot. And the only two things that count in bullseye pistol are sight alignment and trigger control. And I’m painfully aware that when I don’t do what I’m supposed to do with my .22 and .45 pistols, the holes in the paper aren’t where I want them to be – and that holds true for my airgun, too.
I can practice with my airgun in my basement all winter – all, cold, rainy, snowy, wind-out-of-the-north-and-I-couldn’t-get-to-the-range-if-I-wanted-to winter with the confidence that when the weather warms up, everything that I’ve practiced all winter transitions to my bullseye guns. What do I practice? Sight alignment and trigger control.
I like it that my airgun shoots better than I can. I know those holes in the seven (and yes, six and sometimes five-ring) are NOT the guns’ fault, that they’re indicators that something I did between picking the gun up and setting it down again wasn’t done properly, and I need to work on whatever it was. Sometime I actually know what that is.
I like it that I can practice for pennies on the dollar compared to what I spend on .22 and reloading components for .45 ammunition, and that that practice is every bit as meaningful. I like it that I can shoot indoors without hearing protection and without having the house smell like a mixture of my favorite gun-cleaning chemistry mixed with primers and gunpowder. OK, my wife likes that more than I do, but still…
And I like it that when I step up to the firing line at my club’s matches, I’m with a whole bunch of men and women, from all walks of life, of all ages, and I’m not competing with any of them. I compete against me, and sometimes I win, and sometimes I don’t, but I ALWAYS have a good time competing, and I always manage to both learn something from one of the better shooters, and teach something to one of the newer shooters. It’s just me and my airgun, and I like it.”
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
– Jock Elliott