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  1. Airgunforum, what future?

    I don't know what's upset you, John, but right now the need for tech support is at its greatest, especially for handling new members, so without your help, I reckon we're well and truly screwed. DaveL
  2. Airgunforum, what future?

    What have they said, John? Could you share with Matt and me by email, please? I haven't had a communication from them, so I'm still totally ignored after trying to smooth things over with that dratted man-hater! I guess she was a failed test pilot for a broomstick factory. Dave
  3. Airgunforum, what future?

    There has been no deliberate dragging of feet. John B was in the midst of building works and we needed to wait for him to communicate with NatS. Clearly, John read the thread's drift differently as, frankly, I was quite amused at the way it had meandered to and fro in a manner that is so typical of the small band of users. I don't know what has passed between NatS and John-B. I'm in the dark over that. Nat, would you kindly let me know what has passed between you and John? I was willing to hand over to you, but without John's co-operation, I don't think it can be made to work. As it stands at present, I agree that there's little to enthuse anyone to keep the forum going but I have indicated some of the things needed to make it viable once more. Those were merely suggestions to give any prospective owner a hint of what's needed, together with the new owner's own ideas. Eaton Rifles, your analysis of my intentions offends me. You don't know me, or my circumstances and you're clearly no friend of mine so I hope you go sow your nasty opinions elsewhere. To those who have offered financial support, I thank you but I don't need it. What I need is freedom from the shackles of a forum that I don't have the time or energy to inject some new life into. Requests have been received to copy certain information from the forum and I ask that patience be shown. Whatever the outcome, nothing will be wasted. DaveL
  4. Airgunforum, what future?

    NeilS - John B's presently up to the earballs with building mods to his home, but will contact you soon. Monty - have you seen the index files for most of the tech sections? That represented our state of the art before facebook et al emerged but who knows what new BBS software may embrace? I too would like to see a far better indexing system on the forum because the best I could come up with - a file named INDEX - seemed to be beyond the wit and ken of many users, judging by the number of moans I used to receive. Once pointed to the INDEX file, the penny dropped and users were happy. We used to put up pix of different guns and give a rundown on them. That stopped when the people who drove the forum at the time exhausted their inventories. Only rare contributions from users. We used to do stripdowns and rebuilds but that suffered a similar fate, probably exacerbated by AT, so there's nothing on here about guns that are 10 years old or less. I used to put the stuff up on the forum, but it's been so long, I've forgotten how to do it. I asked the question about what future the forum had precisely to get the for's and against's out in the open, to help facilitate a decision. John and I have merely propped up this forum for some years because we were out of shooting. My error is in not having asked the question sooner but it's easy to drop into a routine. Get on computer, do emails, do forum, go look at stuff you're actually interested in and so on. That's my poor excuse. I do apologise sincerely for my tardiness. DaveL
  5. Airgunforum, what future?

    John B presently hosts the forum on his site and he'd probably be happy to continue for a small fee, but that's my speculation. I've asked John to contact NatS because they will probably speak the same language. I have my hands rather full with matters domestique at the moment, but have a ruck of passwords etc. at the ready for now. To those who can't help with running the forum, rack your brains to think of things that are and are not possible to do to set the forum apart once more, as it was in the past before everyone else decided to catch up. Think of material you could provide that could add to the "library" as it was once called. THAT is supporting a forum as distinct from being a USER of a forum. C O N T R I B U T E. Moderators should be willing to take on an area of responsibility, such as keeping he listings of manufacturers and gun dealers up to date. Incidentally, we also pioneered things behind the scenes that helped make all the forums places where the cheats and swindlers found it heavy weather to get up to their mischief, but users weren't able to see its success. I'm sure many would chuck a buck in the hat, just as I would, even though the forum is no longer something that's at the top of my list of interests. My hopes are that it would be administered competently, moderated firmly and FAIRLY in an even-handed manner, in keeping with the standards we set out in the very beginning. Pressures can come from different places, such as when there was the anti-tamper debate on here, where discussion was suppressed elsewhere. We weathered that storm and were able to show that anti-tamper protected the manufacturer and not the end user, but that's old material now. So, guys, please stop squabbling, be friends and push in the same direction. That way, something good can come from this handover. DaveL
  6. Airgunforum, what future?

    I am offering to GIVE the forum to a suitable successor. Whoever invented the idea it's for sale needs to clean his glasses, so let's stamp on that piecee of "false news" straight away. John and I have PROMISED to give support to a successor during a handover period that does NOT have time limits. We keep our threats and promises and so don't make a lot of either. John presently hosts it for free so I don't know what hosting would cost. Some time ago, I bought lifetime support for the board's software but frankly, I've forgotten what that implies. John hasn't updated the forum to the latest version because the present state is adequate for the level of use. Last May I purchased 2 years of domain registration and totally ignored the buckets of spam trying to sell me the same registration for a vast sum or the system would disappear. It's still here. Yes, I've had enquiries to purchase the domain name, mainly from American sources but they were wasting their time. It NEEDS some dynamism, some updates, some mods who would do some work and some members who would contribute material. For the remaining membership, you shouldn't forget that you are USERS of a facility provided for your convenience. DaveL
  7. Airgunforum, what future?

    In the beginning and for some years, we offered to re-draw expertise into fairly well written articles - BUT - it relied on members committing their expertise in writing and submitting it to the editors on the forum. We had some contributions that verged on the unintelligible, but even those contributions were turned into understandable English and were always credited to their original authors. Some were reproduced as submitted but as other forums copied the ideas, so material supply was diluted. When material was in short supply, the management team wrote material under various pseudonyms but it wasn't possible to continue just on the contributions of the very few, so material dried up and since then, nothing has been submitted for years and years. Moderators came and went. Too often they went after they agreed to update and maintain a section of the forum. Often they just disappeared without a word and this has left maintenance to John B and myself for the last few years. Perhaps the title was desirable but any work associated with it was not. I guess it's nothing new to the few who really run things. Now, with both John and myself on the outside of shooting, we're looking to hand over the reins to new blood or to bow out as gracefully as possible. Dave
  8. Airgunforum.net is looking for a new owner. Hopefully, one with fresh and new ideas. It started life on 12 December 2001 thanks to Alf Wheeler. I joined on 16th December. Alf and I worked together through some difficult times and I think the hassle from other quarters grew too much for Alf, so he gave the forum to me. We had lots of new ideas and it made this forum an interesting one for many, however, new ideas are soon copied by others, so it wasn’t long before staff on here ran out of ideas to enhance the board and keep it moving. My own shooting was curtailed by eye problems and John B’s work demanded more of him, so involvement and interest in airgunning flagged for us both and ownership of the forum was taken by Ray (Raygun) for a short while. Sadly, Ray developed lung cancer which was not diagnosed until quite late. He seemed to have responded well to treatment, however, an attack of pneumonia proved too much for his weakened system and he passed away. He is greatly missed. Since then, John B and I have maintained the forum as a going concern with John B hosting it on his personal webspace, but membership activity is very low and concentrated mainly in the FT, FT Hunter and SAR forum. I visit the forum at least once per day to do any necessary admin., but there are no new ideas or stimuli to get things working again. It’s decision time. Either the reins of the forum are passed to another person – with full support from both John B and me or it closes down. John and I will honour our promises, unlike some fly-by-nights, but that’s another story. In May of this year, I registered the domain name for two years but the software is out of date and although I bought lifetime support from the authors; that seems to have gone to the wall. So please feel free to post your comments on this thread and feel free to PM me if you have something positive to offer. Failing a change of ownership, I propose closing the forum on or around its 16th anniversary. Dave L
  9. ***PLEASE READ***

    Hi All. As this is now the most used area of AGF, would you please read THIS so that you will be prepared if this dose of "False News" comes your way. Many thanks. DaveL
  10. isp airstream

    Wow! Holly, as much as that? Stick a stamp on the tenner and post it where the sun don't shine Cheers. DaveL
  11. isp airstream

    Be prepared for Shaun's dad to give you the evil eye if you ask him to do a stock. He hates doing them but when he does, the result is up there with the best. I have an Airstream that Shaun restored and serviced but I've never had chance to shoot it at a target because of an eye problem. I recall shooting it over the chrony some time ago and even without sorting its preferred pellet or leading the barrel, it was impressively consistent DaveL
  12. BASC appoints new chief executive A NEW chief executive has been appointed to lead the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Ian Bell will join the BASC team in February 2018. Ian, a brigadier in the British Army, will take up his position at BASC at the end of his current deployment as Commander British Forces Germany. He joined the army in 1983 and later commanded 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. Ian has a life-long passion for fieldsports and first joined BASC as a Young Shot. He is currently President of the British Forces Germany Game Shooting Association and a long standing member of the Defence Deer Management Organisation. Ian said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed chief executive of an organisation which has worked over many, many years to protect and promote shooting. I am passionate about shooting and fieldsports and determined to ensure the association remains at the forefront of the UK’s shooting community. “BASC’s membership is at record levels because it is fiercely committed to representing the interests of its members. For the future well-being of shooting sports, it is essential that BASC continues to connect with its members and continues to be a vibrant organisation that can deal with all the challenges ahead.” BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “We are delighted to have chosen Ian to fill the biggest job in shooting. Throughout a rigorous recruitment process, it was obvious he has a passion for shooting and a clear vision for where he wants to take BASC. “Shooting is enjoying a golden period of popularity, but there are many challenges in the months and years ahead, not least of which is the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. BASC’s council is confident that, in Ian, it has found an outstanding individual with a huge amount of leadership and strategic experience and the drive to ensure BASC remains the voice of shooting. For more information, please contact BASC's press office on 01244 573007 or email press@basc.org.uk A photograph of Ian Bell is available here: https://basc.assetbank-server.com/assetbank-basc/images/assetbox/e87998f0-1bd7-4524-ac1a-7a22abf2c09e/assetbox.html -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are receiving this message from Garry Doolan, garry.doolan@basc.org.uk at British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC). United Kingdom, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, Wales, LL120HL garry.doolan@basc.org.uk
  13. Book a place at BASC Scotland-sponsored fundraising clay shoot Bookings are now being taken for a charity clay shoot organised to raise funds for the Royal Marines Association. BASC Scotland will sponsor and support the shoot at County Clays in Dunkeld on October 6th and 7th. Prizes up for grabs include a Browning B725 Black Hunter shotgun. There is also a BASC trophy to win. Proceeds will go to people who have been affected by serving and to family members who may have lost loved ones. Jake Swindells, BASC Scotland's country officer, said: "We are very proud to support such a worthy cause. The event is being supported by some impressive manufacturers and suppliers and BASC is very happy to do the same. The proceeds from the event will go a long way to helping those who need it the most." For more information, visit https://www.rma-charityshoot.com/events-and-tickets -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are receiving this message from Debbie Collins, press@basc.org.uk at British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC). United Kingdom, Marford Mill, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL12 0HL debbie.collins@basc.org.uk
  14. Kevin works his way up to scurry league success A man who has previously occupied every place in the winning line-up of one of Britain's largest gundog events has finally taken the top spot. Kevin Warburton won the BASC Chudleys Scurry League 2017 at the Midland Game Fair with his Labrador Echo with 92/100 points. Matt Dutton, one of BASC's game and gamekeeping officers, said: "For winner Kevin and his dog Echo, this was their first year as a pair competing in gundog events. Kevin and his other dog KD, Echo’s Mother, have competed in the BASC Chudleys scurry league since it began and over the years the duo have occupied every other place on the winning line up except for first place. However 2017 was finally Kevin’s year and he and Echo earned their well-deserved first place. “The final was a great culmination of the scurry league event. It was hotly contested in a very sporting way by all the finalists and Kevin came through to be a popular and deserving winner on the day." Mr Warburton said: “This is the fifth year I have competed in the BASC scurry final having been placed in the top five each year but never achieving first place. The competition gets harder and harder and the handlers and their dogs continue to improve, but it has been fun and enjoyable making new friends and having a great time. “This year I started competing with Echo, using the scurries to assist with my gundog training in the field. Throughout the scurry season, Echo has continued to develop and improve and so I was delighted when on the day it all went to plan and we managed to win the final. I would like to extend my thanks to all the sponsors who have generously provided such great prizes for a great competition." More than 1,600 individuals entered the scurry competition which ran at shows throughout the spring and summer of 2017. Eighteen finalists took part last weekend. Following a run-off tiebreaker, second place was awarded to Nick Wilkinson with his dog Kiwi (80 points) and third place was taken by Lucinda Southern and her Labrador Macy (80 points). Fourth place was taken by Trevor Linfoot with his Labrador (and scurry veteran) Bob (70 points) and fifth place was awarded to Shelley Sandiford and her Labrador Theo (63 points). The finalists had accumulated the highest total of points over 10 qualifying events throughout the year involving various disciplines including obstacle scurries, water retrieves, long retrieves and pick-and-mix retrieves. The final involved five individual scurries over a testing course that included mixed unseen and marked dummies, long retrieves and a partridge pen. Sam Horrell, chief executive officer at Dodson & Horrell, the manufacturer of Chudley’s dog food and main sponsor of the BASC gundog programme, presented the prizes to the winners. The total value of prizes in the final exceeded £8,000 and included Chudleys dog food, a Sherlocks dog kennel, Tuffies dog beds, Percussion clothing, Sporting Saint dummy launchers, Ogden’s shooting supplies game bags and Jack Pyke gilets. All 18 finalists received personalised commemorative clothing, a gundog dummy launcher and a bespoke game bag. Keith Welsh who gained the most points in qualifying for the final was presented with a Lintran dog box. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are receiving this message from Debbie Collins, press@basc.org.uk at British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC). United Kingdom, Marford Mill, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL12 0HL debbie.collins@basc.org.uk
  15. BASC urges Welsh government to promote shooting sports in schools BASC has urged the Welsh government to encourage state schools to promote shooting sports as a way of making young people more active. BASC has focused on shooting’s health benefits in its written submission to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s inquiry into physical activity of children and young people. Highlighting statistics from the Personal Value of Shooting Study completed last year, the UK’s largest shooting organisation has called for young people in state schools to be given the same opportunity as those in private education. Dr Peter Marshall, BASC’s best practice development officer, said: “Participation in shooting is growing, with at least 76,000 active participants in Wales. Shooting is open to all backgrounds, ages and abilities and is an activity that people can take part in throughout their lives. Education is a key part in learning to shoot which will instil good habits and high standards. “Many children from private schools get to enjoy shooting as part of their extra curricula activities. However, these opportunities do not seem to be afforded to children at state schools. “School children should be given the same opportunities whatever their background or education. It’s important to remember that shooting is a socially inclusive sport, which is safe, fun and in which boys and girls can compete on an even keel.” The Personal Value of Shooting Study reported that 88 per cent of those who shoot felt it provided them with moderate to high intensity exercise while 92 per cent of those who responded believed they would spend less time on outdoor recreation if their involvement in shooting stopped. Dr Marshall added: “Shooting is a good tool for getting children out of the classroom and engaging them with the countryside. The health benefits to being in the outdoors are well evidenced and should be available to as many young people as possible. “BASC welcomes the Welsh government’s decision to analyse the physical activity levels of its schoolchildren and hope shooting will be recognised for the opportunities it provides.” In its response to the consultation, BASC has offered to provide shooting introductory days to Welsh schools based around the association’s previous engagement with the pioneering West Rise Junior School in Eastbourne. Duncan Greaves, BASC council member for Wales, said: “BASC is open to running introductory days to shooting sports in Welsh state schools. “We have provided primary school children at West Rise Junior with an annual opportunity to have a go at clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting and learning about the important role that shooting plays in the management and conservation of the British countryside. It has proven extremely popular with the children and is a model which could be rolled out elsewhere.” For more information, please contact BASC's press office on 01244 573007 or email press@basc.org.uk. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are receiving this message from Garry Doolan, garry.doolan@basc.org.uk at British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC). United Kingdom, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, Wales, LL120HL garry.doolan@basc.org.uk