I took a mate of mine out today to have a play with the air rifle on one of my shoots. I had my .22lr and he was carrying the airgun. We walked around for some time and then decided to climb up on some silage bales because I had a couple of ricochets and decided the ground was just too baked to shoot as I normally would.
We'd been up there for about ten minutes when a policeman walked across the field. Already my brain was assuming the worst as I'd left my wallet at home (no ID) and my FAC is in for variation so didn't have that either. He seemed pretty cheerful so I relaxed a bit, but then he ruined it for me completely! "hi, how you doing" I said as he walked over. "not bad thanks lads, yourselves" was his reply. At this point I'm feeling fairly happy that he's just coming over for a chat so not too tense at all. "So what brings you all the way out here then?" I asked. "Well we've had a report that someone's been shooting at the trains" he said! "Oh great" I said, "and there was me thinking I was going to have a nice relaxing evening! Who told you that?"
Well after a pause that felt like an eternity he smiled and said "just kidding, I don't suppose you've seen any kids on a mini moto come this way have you?" Well **** me! Since when have coppers had a sense of humour? All I can say is he had me there, we were sat right next to the railway line and I was just picturing me and my mate getting carted off to the nick accused of all sorts of terrible things and this guy obviously just felt like having a bit of a laugh at our expense! In the end I went home with nothing having a good chuckle to myself, but at that moment I just wanted to curl up and die. He didn't even ask for my FAC, just wanted to know how we were getting on?!
If we have any police officers on here, make a mental note on this one chaps..... You're not funny, not even slightly. My life has just been considerably shortened by the stress your colleague put me through for that brief moment! Lets just stick to being poker faced and to the point shall we? I can cope with that!