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About pianoman

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  • Birthday 10/10/1957

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    Bomber County. Lincolnshire.
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    A lifelong spring air rifle enthusiast and hunter since age 8 (in 1965)Starting with a Webley .22 given to me by my Aunt from Australia. Served 12 years in the RAF Regiment as a marksman and Senior NCO Precision Weapons and Tactical Warfare instructor and examiner. I've owned many spring air rifles over the decades but, PCPs are not my cup of tea. Ugly things with no soul! I love Weihrauch and Air Arms spring rifles and currently, I own a beautiful HW77 .22, an HW80 .22, A .177 HW97K which is an amazingly accurate rifle and a .177 TX200HC carbine. I love teaching and developing shooting skills in young people and fostering a better discipline to both this sport and as a life-skill. I work now as a professional aviation artist and painter. And as a professional sessions musician and live stage keyboards player.

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  1. Try a Pro Sport in your favourite caliber. Utterly reliable, accurate as a top PCP and classic-rifle beautiful. And...Having got one of my own...... An LGU is calling me...... !
  2. I never use a single-piece mount on any of my air rifles. Certainly not my PCPs. A two-piece mount set allows you to position the scope perfectly for eye-relief and better weight distribution over the rifle with more freedom of positioning movement than any single piece I've used in the past. Just my view of these. Simon/Pianoman.
  3. Thanks for clearing that up Mitch. Have just had a Google search of this particular golden gun. Er..Nope! I'll hang on to what I already have thank you. Serves me more than well enough! Best wishes to those that want to spend on this one. Simon
  4. £4,000 for the new FX Impact. Did I read that figure correct? FOUR GRAND FOR A SUB-12 FT/LB AIR RIFLE?? Among my springers and a beautiful and regulated Daystate Regal .177... I have a Webley FX2000. 22. One hole accurate at 30 metres. It cost £350 with a lovely Tasco scope, sling swivels and sling plus £140 for a decent volume air bottle and hose. Then, I have a Webley Axsor .22. Beautiful walnut stock. One hole accurate with JSB Heavies, Bushnell Banner 6-18x50 scope and slip. Got it all in a straight swap for Helen's Daystate Huntsman Classic .177. Both rifles are
  5. Maybe I've had bad luck but a number of Hawke scopes going broke is not going to inspire great confidence. I have no doubt there is a lot of you lads here who are mystified by any poor reports of this brand. However...The Endurance scope I sold with my HW97 to Mark was a really beautiful scope. Not a cheap one either! It cost well over 200 quid but it was absolutely fantastic on my HW97 .177. My eyesight has aged a bit and I can't see a sharp sight picture with fixed focus scopes so, l have to use adjustable focus Objectjve lenses. It was a sad day when I sold that combo but,
  6. Hi JakeFury. I no longer entertain anything by Hawke. Their scope mounts are crude monkey metal that only seem to last any long term use on PCPs. I have had Airmax scopes and even a higher spec Sidewinder all go kaput on my spring rifles. They just don't seem to last repetitive recoil after a few years of regular shooting use. I wouldn't even bother putting one on my FAC HW80. 22. It will smash a cheap scope in no time. They start out well enough and, with their chair gun software, a Hawke scope with an SCB12 reticle I had, was absolutely brilliant on my HW77.22. I swore
  7. My apologies Dervburner. I read your noted rifle only after I posted the thing up. Bit worrying as I never miss details like this.... usually. I've already started reaching the top of my stairs now and wondering, what the bloody hell did I come up for???? Best regards Dervburner. Simon
  8. Hi Dervburner I shoot a wonderful 23 year old HW80 .22 on my ticket at about 22 ft/lbs and it loves H&N FTT 5.53. I zero my scope at 25 meters range and use the faster speed to hit rabbits clean through the head at normal range distances before they can bolt clear as they can with sub 12ft/lbs. 22. What rifle are you using with these pellets? Best regards Simon/Pianoman.
  9. Hi LuneRanger and young Miss LuneRanger. Welcome to the best air rifle forum going! All the advice the lads have given is 100% sound. I cannot speak for the Gamo Phox I have no experience of it. But the BSA Ultra is a brilliant little rifle for both of you to use for target and hunting. Phil's note about the WEIHRAUCH HW110 is definitely worth your considerations too. Within your budget, factor in a quality scope for your rifle. A 4-12x50 is more than enough a telescopic sight set-up for your rifle choices. Hawke, MTC. Nikon. Bushnell are four major manufacturers of
  10. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad Jamie. Sincerest condolences and sympathies from me mate. Lost my own dad four years ago now. Miss him every day. Best regards Jamie. Simon.
  11. HI THERE JIMMY!!! Thanks so much for replying to this my hearty. We are both very well. I'll call you up before the weekend and we'll catch up. Good to read you are both on the road to wellbeing again. Helen is so pleased. A big thanks to you Si. All our love Simon and Helen. Xxx
  12. Thanks so much Si. Knew you'd help me out! I'm fine and very well thanks mate. Take care. Simon.
  13. Good evening Gentlemen. Could any of you who know our Jimmy and are in touch with him, let him know me and Helen are thinking of him and Nicola. He's been through the ringer with his family and I don't have his contact details. Had them here but they have disappeared. We just want to chat with him and see how he and Nicola are at present. If anyone could message me a contact phone number for him, I'd be very grateful. Thank you lads. Simon/Pianoman.
  14. What... Devburner? I cannot see your post my friend.
  15. Gentlemen thank you for the previous compliments about my Springer shooting. I've been at it over 50 years now and never had time away from shooting. So you just learn a lot like that. All this talk of a left hand Prosport has got me seriously thinking of one in .177 now....But that 750 quid price tag..... But it would mean a completely unaltered walnut stock. To be fair to my existing Prosport .22 as far as tuning goes, it was brilliant out of the box... but... it came with a steel spring guide which twanged the spring a fair bit. So, it was Charlue Caller's expertise on spri
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