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uring my years of
involvement with this
magazine I've been prir,y to
some moderately
astounding developments.
I've been up-closeand personalwith John THE EIG DIFFERENCE
Whiscombe's recoil-eliminating contra- The barrelswe're all using at the moment
pistons, I was there when John Ford and have rifled bores. This rifling comprises
the. late, great Gerald Cardew came up the time-proven combinatjon of grooves
with the GC2 and proved that airgunners and lands, arranged in various twist rates
would pay seriousmoney for a better rifle, and patterns, which impart spin to the
and I've been in on head-shakingly clever pellet, which in turn stabilisestt in flight.
stuff from every genius m th"e" airgun Rifling is a sciencein itself and creating it
business. How lovely for me, then. fhis a technical skill that will make or break
time around, I think I may have hit the the performance of the gun. Ben Taylor's
jackpot. barrel gives a discrete nod of respect to :r
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Ben Taylor has come up with a new these fundamental principles of accepted
barrel system and if it continues to wisdom, then promptly sticks two fingers
develop at the rate it's going now, it could up to them.
change the face of shooting. Not just Basically, and I mean basically, the
airgun shooting, but pretty much every Smooth-Twist features a non-rifled
form of shooting where a single projectile bore for the vast majority of its length
travels down a bore. That includes * that's the 'Smooth' bit - morphing
ever¡hing from . f77 match to fullbore into a unique twist for the final few
live ammo, taking in .22 air and rimfire, centimetres. That final twist imoarts
plus all manner of 'calibres, formats and spin to the pellet and a slight choke to
applications along the way. The future for the barrel's muzzle, but while rt's doing
Ben's new barrel could involve terms like
'global
shooting phenomenon', or it could
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these things, it's also doing more than
most people believe. That 'most
simply be the biggest thing to hit people' certainly included me, until I
airgunning. . .like ever. saw it and shot it for mr-self. As
As it stands, Ben's barrel will certainly previously stated, I still struggled to
make you read some of this article over accept what was going on before my 1i' r
" and over again,mainly to see if either Ben eyes, but the proof was there and i
Thylor or Terry Doe has lost the plot. We
:,r?ffiffi eventuallv u.."tt"d it.
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