DEAR AIR ARMS.
Not that you'll be reading this, and even then, you'll just ignore it as always, anyway, but here goes.
This thread and others here is displaying the result of what you have to do to your beautiful Pro Sport Flagship rifle, if, like me and many more admiring affectianados of this stunningly beautiful rifle out there, you happen to be gifted with being left handed and you want one for yourself.
At present, it's either a case of you having to grit teeth and set to work on reshaping and adapting the grip and butt-stock after forking out over £550:00 or dream on!
Not everyone has the will or even the nerve to set to work on that finest-quality Manelli Turkish walnut stock with varying grades of sandpaper and start radically reshaping and remodelling the grip and removing the roll-over comb and reduce it to a perfect eye-line and relief for a low-mounted 40mm scope.
I am quite honestly fed up of you telling me for over twenty years now, that the TX200 is the perfect alternative rifle. Honestly? No it is certainly not.
It's a great rifle I will admit, I've owned a couple of these in the past. My TX200HC .177 carbine was a stunningly accurate performance hunting gun. Alas my TX200 .22 rifle was not so hot, but, that's another story. But there is one small niggling detail of contradiction you've overlooked here.
By your own defence of the Pro Sport whenever it is compared to,the TX200 by people outside your company and, by your own contradictory publicity and advertising media, you claim the Pro Sport is an altogther superior rifle, internally at least, to the TX200 series, even though the exterior appearance of the (same) Walther Lothar barrel and cylinder look virtually the same as eachother. With only the cocking handle design of one being the identifying feature over the other's external bar paralell with the barrel.
So by directing us left handed shooters to your TX200 series, you are infact, offering us an inferior alternative? Well that must be true isn't it? The Pro Sport is the flagship of your range of three underlever spring rifles and thus, we are being deliberately denied the right to own the flagship rifle for ourselves.
I do not agree with the pathetic excuses you repeatedly trot out, that you would only be able to order a small number of left hand stocks and the high cost these would result in the final price of the rifle, that would put most left-hand buyers off.
If this is a sales-strategy to protect and ensure sales of TX200s to left handed shooters... you are doing so at the cost, or actully the loss of sales of Pro Sports to what amounts to a whole third of the shooting community! 1 in three people are left handed. That's the size of the potential market you are losing out on. That's another contradiction in terms.
Losing huge sales potential of one product in order to bouy-up sales of another. That is utterly incomprehensible to me as a sound business strategy.
If you can at least have Minelli make your TX200 stocks in left hand formats, you can do the same with the Pro Sport. I can assure you there is no issue of any difficulty with loading via the right-hand port, I can load mine with either my left or right, lying prone, standing or kneeling. All we need, is that gorgeous stock of yours to be the right way round,- Left handed!
It surely only requires the computer programm that makes the stocks to be symmetrically reversed and a few other bits of minor computer- jiggery pokery and away you go. It's not as if you haven't done this before, with 48 Left handed Pro Sport stocks with right handed actions produced some years past now, so, the pattern programme must surely exist? Or can be made so once again?
But alas, no. Being a British business brings with it a certain level of inherant incompetence in your business strategies. Like this one, that is costing you one third of the world's air rifle consumer-business market. God knows it's good enough to be a world-class leading product; as your publicity banner so proudly tells us. What a shame your thinking is not on the same scale, alas!
Looking forward to improving on another beautiful Pro Sport stock at some future date.
Yours very sincerely and in continued hope of a change of heart.