Because my lamping nights are now at an end I recently offered my Riflecraft TMR1 foxing rifle in .22/50 to a firearms dealer in East Anglia - I'll go no closer than that - to sell for me.
Well, the bloke in the shop took a dislike to it which, I suppose is fair enough if "tactical" style rifles aren't your thing but when he said he'd never heard of a "truck gun" a little bell in my mind started to tinkle gently and I went back to collect it. No question of "Customer is always right, I'd better find out about this rifle of his" more a case of "not sure I know how to sell this".
The "riflesmith" then weighed in with his opinion which had shifted a tad since I had left the rifle with him just a week earlier. "Take for example your trigger mate, it's rubbish" and proceeded to tell me that he'd had the action out of the stock and that I didn't have a Rifle Basix trigger at all. He cited the length of pull and the shape of the safety catch.
I had time today to drop the action out of the stock and here is what he failed to notice when he had dropped the stock off the action:
As to the "absolutely shocking" length of pull? Sure, it's not the way I've got the triggers set up on my range rifles but the trigger is adjustable for length of pull and if you're used to lamping off the back of a truck in the middle of winter with gloved hands, and you've been doing so for twenty-odd years you might just develop a preference for being able to get a gloved finger safely through the trigger guard onto the trigger and settled onto the target before touching off a round. Maybe that's how I've been managing to kill foxes with this rifle for the last few years....
My point in all this? Simply a reminder that not everyone tells the truth all the time and that if you're a buyer then caveat very much emptor!