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Never lend anyone your Rifle.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by the ratcher, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. the ratcher

    the ratcher Engaging Member

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    Hi all I have been an air gun shooter for well over 40 years and have always had one golden rule to never lend out my gear.
    Two week's ago a trusted friend asked if he could lend one of my Rifles to shoot some rabbits that were eating all the veg in his garden.
    As I was going on holiday for a few days and foolishly agreed to loan him my BSA R10 mk2 . I went round to his house and showed him how to use it as he had only ever used springers in the past.
    After a few shots he was shooting very tight groups on paper targets and handling the Rifle like an old hand so I had no worries about leaving the gun with him. Before leaving I gave him a tin of gun oil and an oiled cloth and told him to spray a small amount of oil on the cloth and just wipe the metal work down with it.
    Now fast forward to yesterday.
    Jacko returns the Rifle in perfect condition but says it is not as accurate as it was when he got it. Never mind I said I will soon put that right.
    This morning I got up early and went out to one of my permissions to zero the Rifle and it was all over the place after having a good look at it I realised he must have sprayed about half the tin of oil into the action. When I got home I started to wipe the oil out of it but it was hopeless so I ended up having to remove the anti tampers and totally strip the gun down to get the oil out of the hammer assembly the knock off valve chamber and the bolt action. I got it all put back together at about 6pm tonight put the buddy bottle back on and to my utter amazement it has no leaks. So it will be out in the morning with my chrony to make sure all is well and if its not at least I can get in to the right places to make sure it is.
     
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  2. timmytree

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    I don't mind anyone using my rifles when I'm there to keep an eye on things but the few times I've been asked to lend one I always give them the same rifle, an old Cometa 300 springer. They can't do much damage to that, a few more dings or scrapes won't make any difference. The PS and S200 never go out of my sight.
    Friendships can go too far!
     
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    Jacko is forgiven we have been through a lot over the years and he is the one man you could always count on when the Censored hits the fan that said next time he will be getting one of my old HW77'S to use. Well young Muttley has just walked through the door so we will go and check the R10 over and then see if we can bag a few bunnies for the pot
     
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    I second this sentiment, only this weekend I let my father-in-law plink away in his back garden with my TX200 after giving him a run down on do's and don'ts.. I left him to it for 5 mins whilst I made us a brew, popped back out and took over only to find a series of dinks in the stock just ahead of the trigger... he'd used a metal garden chair as a rest.. Aghhhhh :eek:

    G
     
  5. SteveO

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    I keep a tactical stocked stoeger X20 just for this type of scenario, I don't trust myself with a nice beech or walnut stock let alone anyone else and I do like to help others learn and enjoy a shooting experience... but not at that expense.

    They get the unbreakable gun that can be thrown on the floor! :D
     
  6. gixxer

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    Thankfully you had the knowledge to fix it .
    My friend lent out his childhood webley Vulcan for a few weeks,it was mint original
    It came back all scuffed up ,I was gutted for him .
    We had our first rifles together at 11 ish
    Careless no need ,amazes me how some people have no respect for others belongings.
    Atleast your mate didn't abuse it just lack of knowledge.
    Glad its all ok
     
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    I leant a Supersport to my sister in laws man to deal with a rat - that's singular there was only one rat involved. After a couple of years of asking I went & got it, my sister in law fetched it from the bedroom & I found it was cocked & loaded, for all I knew since he'd borrowed it - luckily I'm not one of those people that pulls the trigger to see if a gun is loaded...
     
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    I kept my BSA metro mk5 that I'd had from brand new and hardly used at my parents house. One day my day says can I let my nephew borrow it. Didn't like to say no as had been there fore 20 odd years, few months later I think I'd be happier with it back.

    all deny he even had it, totally gone.......never again
     

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