“Never go back,” they say. “It’s never the same.”Hmmm, but what if you’d had a great time? Or even if you’re just curious? Covid 19 has wreaked havoc since its arrival, and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future, at least until effective vaccination is a realistic prospect. For now, it’s all about adapting to regulations, guidelines and circumstances.
Way back, in a different lifetime it almost seems, in the May issue of ‘Air Gunner’, I wrote about Soggy Solutions – or what I decided to do, in order to get shooting in the face of interminable rain that rendered my permission virtually impassible. So I went to Washington Air Rifle Range (W.A.R.R.), in Tyne and Wear, to meet Ian and Michael and to sample what their range had to offer. Needless to say, I enjoyed a fantastic visit, trying the well-designed challenges of the long and short ranges.
I was also delighted to see the great work done by our editor and art director for my article, knowing that it would do a fair job of promoting this range and airgun ranges in general, but that satisfaction was very short-lived, overtaken by this global pandemic and the unprecedented lockdown. Months of forced inactivity later, I was able to make a return visit to see how Ian and Michael were dealing with the difficulties posed to their business.
Firstly, they had survived, but would not have done so without the Government’s small business support scheme. The struggle to recognise the terms of their Business Interruption Insurance is ongoing – an experience shared by very many businesses, I believe, but this is where the doom and gloom ends. This range is pushing forward with improvements, accelerated during lockdown, and in part, available to shooters using the range’s Covid management arrangements.
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ROLL OUT THE JUGGERNAUT!
Through exhaustive testing by its Accuracy Research Team (A.R.T), Daystate continues to develop its Rangemasterbranded airgun ammunition in collaboration with the world's fines pellet manufacturers. The latest launch is the Juggernaut - a .22/5.5mm calibre slug.
The Missing Link?
Our Guru explains the importance of fitting proper scope mounts … properly
Dave Barham reveals the long-awaited Sentry PCP from Lee Enfield Guns Ltd
W.A.R.R. On Covid!
Peter Yeats reflects on how times are changing for our beloved sport due to Coronavirus
On The Case!
Mark Camoccio delves inside the rather splendid Ogden’s Quick Slip Rifle Case
Home On The Range
Dave Barham explains the ins and outs of the extensive Rangemaster brand of pellets from Daystate
Gary C's HFT Report
Gary Chillingworth reports on the Mile Oak ‘Welcome Back’ Shoot and 2019 Southern Hunters
Jamie Chandler reveals how using decoys over stubble can bring excellent results when targeting pigeons, sometimes!
Mark Camoccio reveals how correct gun fitting can improve your marksmanship
Gary Chillingworth reveals the new Optisan Cp 10 x 32 and CP 3-12 x 32 scopes designed specifically for HFT shooters
DANCE | FASHION | INSPIRING SITES
Dynasty is back— and so is the backstabbing. Michael Michele spills the tea on the buzz-worthy new season.
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
HOW TO STOW, CONSERVE OR GENERATE DRINKING WATER IS KEY FOR ANY OFFSHORE SAILOR. TOBY HODGES SURVEYED THE 81 SKIPPERS OF THE ARC 2020 FLEET FOR TIPS
What we’re raving about this month
SOUND OFF What's on your mind?
FOUR SURE I have been watching GH since I was in the womb and have continued watching into my adulthood. This is the first time I am reaching out because I am just so disappointed in the decimation of some beloved couples. Although I understood the Chase/Sasha/Michael/ Willow switch, I was ecstatic when the truth was finally revealed. But in just a few short weeks, the attempt at rekindling the former romances was dismantled. I absolutely love the dynamic between Chase and Willow. He has such a pure love for her; it’s beyond endearing. Sasha clearly loves Michael, as well, so I was shocked to hear them say it wasn’t working. Willow and Michael are just not a good fit for each other. Nothing against the actors — they are phenomenal. And now to ruin the relationship between Jordan and Curtis? I adore them together. I am truly hoping the writers will see that breaking up actors with insane chemistry is just plain wrong. Thank you for continuing to be the only magazine I read!
For Crypto, The Price of Success May Be Regulation
Governments could finally target the anonymity that makes Bitcoin a haven for hackers
It Was Stuffed With Unforgettable Co-workers
WORKING WITH: TONI MORRISON, 1960S–1980S
Locher Room Talk
Alan Locher’s YouTube show, THE LOCHER ROOM, which reunites fan faves from all across the daytime dial, marked its first anniversary on April 2. Here, Locher reveals how the show came to be — and thrived.
NAWF DALLAS ARCHIE LEE214 ROCKSTAR
What defines his Boss Mann is the ability to provide for his family; Archie is a person that doesn’t need handouts and is self-driven. Archie shared with Boss Mann magazine about his process for evaluating life; he recommends always giving it some thought before you speak. He also suggests moving wisely and doing your research with any business venture. Having confidence in what you believe in is key to your success.
Michael B. Wood
After a full day of gardening with his wife, Mike Wood died on April 2, 2021, suddenly and serenely under a spring sky full of birds, serenaded by peepers, at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a very full life.