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  1. DaveL

    Does anyone make there own airgun parts

    Did you make the stock as well as the action, Jeff?
  2. It's one smart spambot as many of the comments passed seem pertinent to the topic that has been read. Matt has managed to turn off guest posts, thereby saving my sanity! Whether that's good or bad is a matter of opinion. I couldn't find the blighter to check out his email address, so I'd really appreciate a "how to" either by pm or email, please. Cheers. Dave
  3. A bit of an eye catching title, but it's aimed at a guest, a non-member, who seems determined to send Admin a response to every post he reads. So far he's sent a couple of hundred - YES, A COUPLE OF HUNDRED - responses over yesterday and today. He's using the option to report posts to admin so I'm swamped with these rubbish, one line comments. Join the f'ing forum or f-off, you troll! Apologies to the people who have figured out how to use the forum properly, but what this means is that all guest comments and queries have been banned. DaveL
  4. DaveL

    (New Video) Ataman AP16 Pistol Review -World's Top PCP Pistol

    Pellet sizer sizes are usually chosen to best match the barrel on any given airgun, so if you have several guns, you may end up with an equal number of sizers or more, depending on how many different size sizers were tried to best match the particular gun. As it's available in .22 cal only, it would not interest the target shooters but would probably make a good, though very expensive, ratter. Even then, here in the UK with its low cap on muzzle energy, I'd guess a .177 would still be the gun of choice for a ratter as the trajectory would be less like that of a mortar LOL! The pistols look nice but somehow seem to me to be very nose-heavy. Also, I'm really surprised that an expensive pistol like the silver one you showed didn't have the cylinder pressure gauge "the right way up." Of course, here in the UK, we're limited to 6fpe for air pistols and they need to be darned difficult or impossible to adjust upwards. If an air pistol is taken for testing by the police, the lab they use may very well tinker around to try to get the pistol over the legal limit and if it does exceed that figure, you're in dead trouble because the pistol then becomes a firearm and its possession is treated just the same as if you had a .44 cal Desert Eagle. I know which I'd prefer but the "ban this, ban that" brigade have this country in a stranglehold. Do take care when waving a laser around because a reflection back into your eye can cause permanent damage. What was the power of your laser? Generally, 5mW is about the max available to the general public and even that power is very dangerous. They are, unfortunately, often abused by idiots and can cause permanent eye damage. The battery will be a lithium polymer giving 3.7v which is close to the ideal voltage for a green light emitting diode. As Matt says, please put your next contribution in the video section. Your videos are extremely good and much appreciated. Cheers and thanks. DaveL
  5. DaveL

    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
  6. DaveL

    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
  7. DaveL

    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
  8. DaveL

    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
  9. DaveL

    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
  10. DaveL

    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
  11. DaveL

    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
  12. 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
  13. DaveL

    ***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
  14. DaveL

    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
  15. DaveL

    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