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G'day from downunda!

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by AFRO408, May 10, 2015.

  1. AFRO408

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    I'm an almost retired Gunsmith, from the New England area of Australia and have been shooting air guns for about 50 years.
    Cut my teeth on an old, smooth bore spring gun, that had no stock, but my mate and I killed a lot of mice with that gun and had lots of fun with it.
    When it got a bit weak, we would dismantle it and stretch the spring out, using his old man's vice and a pair of fencing pliers. We even made new buckets, from old boot leather and used to crack up in fits of laughter, when the gun diesled, from the sewing machine oil we used to lubricate everything. :D
    I made my first pump up air rifle, in the late 70's and built it around an old .222 barrel. The slugs were a bit loose, but it was effective and killed well at close quarters. I gave it to my apprentice and he used it to shoot the starlings, that were damaging his fathers Avocado crop.
    My next air arm, was a powerful Condor spring gun by Dianawerke, in .177 and I used it for quite a few years, till it went to a better home.;)

    I am now the proud owner of a Hammerli AR20 and absolutely love it. :) It's the first PCP rifle I've owned and shooting it is totally different.
    I do a bit of target shooting, with both .22 RF and centerfire calibres and am just getting into it with the AR20. I also use it to decimate the sparrow and starling population around here and any rabbits that venture onto our place, are very nervous indeed! :lol:

    Cheers,
    Tony.
     
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    Hi Tony, Welcome along to THE forum, Hope you enjoy your stay with us. Starlings and sparrows are getting very scarce in the UK now with all the barn conversions and modern airtight housing and as such they don't get shot here! It must be great growing avocados though,I love those things!!!!
     
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    Thank you Andy-K2, Reaper 6, Trippleteer & gantongunner.

    Trippleteer, I bet that there are a LOT of people, who would send back every single one, of the little darlings! ;)
     
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    Hi mate, good to see you here, welcome and enjoy, atb.
     
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    A very warm:welcome: to this merry band of guys n gals Tony, it’s good to have you join us…………...… :thumb:
     
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    Cheers, chevin and Tadpole. :)
     
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