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Anyone shoot air rifles here ?

VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
edited December 2015 in The cake stop
I purchased a gun ages ago and have only just got round to using it and kind of like it.
Anyone here shoot ?
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  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,207
    used to in my early teens, was a good shot, but it brought out my inner sniper and i got in parental trouble over this - didn't aim at people, just pinned a few down :)

    had a pistol in later years, but gave it up before the ban, not into guns per se, just enjoyed target practice, the necessary calm/control and focus to be precise
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I used to shoot and have a couple of air rifles. An ancient .177 which is a bit weak and a .22 which I can't get zeroed.
  • I shoot 10M Air Pistol. I tried 10M Air Rifle, but found it too difficult, so I stuck with the pistol. I've been doing it for 2 years now, and I'm steadily improving. I really enjoy it. I also shoot 25 yard .22 LR prone, which I also really enjoy.

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  • bianchimoonbianchimoon Posts: 3,942
    used to in my early teens, was a good shot, but it brought out my inner sniper and i got in parental trouble over this - didn't aim at people, just pinned a few down :)

    had a pistol in later years, but gave it up before the ban, not into guns per se, just enjoyed target practice, the necessary calm/control and focus to be precise

    As this, use a zoraki alecto pistol for 10m target practice, purely as sungod says for hand/mind. breathing control, tho recently decided to cheat and put a red dot sight on (amazing bit of kit for £20) you'd find it difficult to miss anything with one of those on
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,156
    I used to use a .22 air rifle with telescopic sights back in the day.
    I was once (and once only) firing at a metal target when the ricochet came straight* back and hit the sights.

    Does that count as shooting a rifle?


    * I thought I was being clever by shooting at an angle but that angle coincided with the bore rifling angle.
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  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    Im far from a good shot but it seems enjoyable and I'm trying to find things to do whilst I'm not working.
    I like it and have a decent rifle so will spend more time having a go at getting better. Just wondered who else here also did it.
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  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 1,773
    A bit off topic but my father in law has a Paralympic Gold for Air Rifle and Air pistol shooting.

    Of all of the many sports medals he has (he was a semi pro footballer, Chelsea apprentice and county everything prior to his accident), his favourite is not the clutch of Paralympic medals (he has 5 I think) but one from a small regional shooting championship.

    Despite being the 9th best shot in the world regardless of ability at the time, my FiL was not allowed to represent the "full" (ie able bodied) British Team as him being in a wheelchair was seen as being an advantage. The chap who won the World Title that year was British and my Father in Law (an obdurate bloke to say the least) beat him in the subsequent regional championship and still maintains he was shafted in their refusal to let him compete at the "full" Worlds
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  • NeXXusNeXXus Posts: 854
    Prefer shotguns and clay shooting. Used to be a decent enough shot 8-9/10 clays :) Never my own guns and out of practice now.
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  • SCR PedroSCR Pedro Posts: 912
    I used to. Then I took an arrow in the knee.
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  • I do.

    I have shot air rifles since i was 11.

    I`ve had probably around 40 or 50 over the years, but at present only use a Daystate Mk4is

    Pre charged pneumatic with an electronic trigger.

    It`s filled the freezer many times over and is the go to tool for many pest control jobs.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 6,724
    used to in my early teens, was a good shot, but it brought out my inner sniper and i got in parental trouble over this - didn't aim at people, just pinned a few down :)

    had a pistol in later years, but gave it up before the ban, not into guns per se, just enjoyed target practice, the necessary calm/control and focus to be precise
    Just out of interest are all air pistols banned or just a certain calibre?
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 14,769
    used to in my early teens, was a good shot, but it brought out my inner sniper and i got in parental trouble over this - didn't aim at people, just pinned a few down :)

    had a pistol in later years, but gave it up before the ban, not into guns per se, just enjoyed target practice, the necessary calm/control and focus to be precise
    Just out of interest are all air pistols banned or just a certain calibre?

    Here you are Sean

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  • mamba80mamba80 Posts: 5,032
    I do.

    I have shot air rifles since i was 11.

    I`ve had probably around 40 or 50 over the years, but at present only use a Daystate Mk4is

    Pre charged pneumatic with an electronic trigger.

    It`s filled the freezer many times over and is the go to tool for many pest control jobs.

    Is that an FAC one? a great rifle, with amazing potential for hi power.
    Though i totally agree pneumatic is the way fwd, i do like my HW80, with a spring, guide and seal from an american tuning firm, great fun and very practical, even if it does weigh a ton.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 6,724
    used to in my early teens, was a good shot, but it brought out my inner sniper and i got in parental trouble over this - didn't aim at people, just pinned a few down :)

    had a pistol in later years, but gave it up before the ban, not into guns per se, just enjoyed target practice, the necessary calm/control and focus to be precise
    Just out of interest are all air pistols banned or just a certain calibre?

    Here you are Sean

    http://www.airgunshooting.co.uk/expert-advice/airgun_law_in_the_uk_1_1111764
    Thanks Bally
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  • No air pistols are banned, in fact no handguns at all are banned, they are just restricted.

    Certain air pistols fall under sec 5 licensing. Any with cartridge air capsule systems, and any with over 6ft/lb muzzle energy.
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,156
    I used to borrow my dad's .22 air rifle. His allotment was a great place to set up some target practice with milk bottles, biscuit tins, pensioners...
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  • Smokin JoeSmokin Joe Posts: 5,669
    I've got two rifles, a censored SMK that wouldn't burst a balloon and a full power .22 Kral with a red dot sight, used mainly for pest control.

    I've also got a Gammo P23 .177 Co2 pistol that fires BBs and pellets but I'm not a great fan of Co2, effected by temperature too much.
  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    I used to, I don't any more.
    . . .I'm trying to find things to do whilst I'm not working. . .

    Why not take up cycling? Lots of people on here do it. :D
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  • VTechVTech Posts: 4,736
    I used to, I don't any more.
    . . .I'm trying to find things to do whilst I'm not working. . .

    Why not take up cycling? Lots of people on here do it. :D

    Im actually getting back into it :oops:
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  • DesB3rdDesB3rd Posts: 285
    I used to go through cans of pellets as a kid; in my mid teens I could take money from older relatives betting on the number of pennies I could plink at 30 yards.

    Fished out the rifle when I was home about a year ago (probably the first time in 10 years) and couldn't lay down a half-decent group - there seems to be a real knack to shooting a spring-gun well and I've lost it...
  • priorypriory Posts: 743
    I used to be a pretty good shot and for several years had a marksman badge in the forces, which was roughly 5 out 5 .762 rounds inside a sixpence at 25yds with a leaf sight.
    when my boys joined the cadets we bought a cheap air rifle. We could not get better than 2inch group at 12 yards, so I thought I was just old and knackered; but the local gunsmith said he was surprised I could hit the target at all, as basically what we had was little better than a musket, and the more you pay the better they are. So don't be too hard on yourself.
    my boys were later very good shots. practice is good.
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  • symosymo Posts: 1,743
    What you thinking of going for Break barrel or pre-charge?
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  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    Used to shoot when I was a teenager mostly in the garden and surrounding countryside for woodies and rats but also at a local club which was fun. I had a .22 Webley Omega which the local shop had tuned up. It's still being used (although not by me). Solid rifle.
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  • Riding my bike a while ago in the middle of nowhere and saw a bloke with an air rifle at the side of the road. He was throwing a dead blackbird into the undergrowth. I felt sad. I hope the above enthusiasts are happy to shoot at inanimate objects.
  • If they shoot those censored squaking magpies I'd be happy :)
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  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    If they shoot those censored squaking magpies I'd be happy :)

    I've been told that magpies are, like all members of the crow family, very clever. To the extent that if you shoot one when there's another one around to witness it, you won't see any in your garden for months. Never having shot anything living I couldn't tell you how true this is though.
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  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Hate, hate, hate the b'stard things.

    I literally poo myself the minute I see any kind of weapon with rounds in/around.

    But that's just me.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,163
    Hate, hate, hate the b'stard things.

    I literally poo myself the minute I see any kind of weapon with rounds in/around.

    But that's just me.

    Bollox. You just don't like the mess they make.
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  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    Bollox. You just don't like the mess they make.

    I literally poo myself

    In fairness, I don't think anyone likes that kind of mess!!
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 23,428 Lives Here
    Bollox. You just don't like the mess they make.

    I literally poo myself

    In fairness, I don't think anyone likes that kind of mess!!
    Probably more so if you spend time fixing that kind of mess on a large scale.
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