Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by Jim bicknell, Dec 3, 2019.
Hi all I have just joined the forum and wondering if anyone still uses a whiscombe
Welcome to STB Jim. As far as Im aware nobody uses a Whiscombe in FT or HFT for that matter.
They are very heavy and rather outdated now, they are more of a collectors item, very rare and expensive.
Thanks for your reply only asking as I still have mine.
If you have one, then there is no reason not to use it.
I think Tom Egil Overland from Norway shoots FT with one and I'm sure there's a couple of shooters from USA that use one as well.
Was thinking of selling it and getting something more suitable
I shot John's gun when I met him at a comp, lovely man ,fabulous gun
I would suggest that if you like your Whiscombe and it put pellets where you want them to go then have a bash with it.
If it is accurate it is never outdated!
More suitable for what?
If you are shooting competitions that are not timed then there is no advantage to using another rifle, springer or pcp. My Whiscombe was every bit as accurate as anything else I had access to, and as a reviewer at the time, I had access to...everything. The only disadvantage of the Whiscombe was the time it took to cock and load, but like I say, that was only an issue at timed events like BFTA GP's.
Shoot it for a while and see if you still enjoy it, if you don't it will be very easy to sell, if you do.... job done.
Crazy to sell it
They're only going up in value
Quite a few regions run to BFTA rules Neil, so it's not just GP's.
I understand that Rob, which is why I said timed events like BFTA GP's.
It comes across that timed events though are something special. In CSFTA we have timing right down to club level because we run to BFTA rules, the BFTA being the governing body. I know some regions don't but we like to think FT exists beyond the BFTA and the national series
.....as do FFTA now. We may be the East Anglia 6-finger brigade, but we knows what clocks are!!
Thanks for all your replies I have someone interested
In it so will see what happens.
We are slowly drifting that way Rob within SWEFTA as we will be for 2020 season running to BFTA course rules, but at the moment Timing is a step to far for most down here, Anyway we have a reputation to maintain as being the troublesome region ..lol .. !!!
Yep, understood. Timing I always felt was a push but it came from the region and clubs so I never had to even make the case for it... they wanted it. I personally prefer it but like other aspects of FT I think there can be one set of rules but not all have to apply at different levels. In my opinion the needs of a World Championships are different to a club and it should be a 'need' that drives a rule.
I use one to stir my tea with ??? HOLLY
i heard on sunday that john whiscombe had passed , his funeral was last week .... very sad .... ive shot a few different models thanks to an old member of my club that owns 5 or 6 ..... could be more by now .... amazing engineering to make work they way they do