Things Break

I haven’t posted in awhile, it’s hard to remember to. Nobody has commented and there’s been no following to maintain for, yet. Hopefully there will be some participants to keep me writing for, until then this is kind of a personal journal, a place to record some thoughts and experience, and hopefully some wisdom. My insights may be of little consequence, but there might be someone that finds something helpful or interesting, sooner or later. So I’ll keep writing.
Today I feel it is appropriate to discuss the fact that – things break. We buy things and can grow very found of them and they can break. Often times airgunners like to fiddle and tinker and see how we can change things to work better or different. If you haven’t been in the sport long, you’ll soon find it may be hard to resist opening up that new airgun and tweaking the trigger or lubing this and smoothing that, but take this word of advise, things break. Little springs can go flying, screws can get stripped, etc etc. Until you are at a point that you feel comfortable to work on them and risk turning them into paperweights, as I occasionally do, enjoy the warranty and leave things alone. Do the regular external maintenance and have a nice thing last awhile. I say this from my point of view, I can’t ever leave things alone, and often get past the point of return. I’ve destroyed numerous air guns, changing this and doing that, and rarely am glad I did. I’ve wasted a lot of money with my curiosity. Yes, things break, and can sometimes easily be fixed, but, like they say, don’t fix what ain’t broke.
So that’s all I have to say for today, I recently had another of these “messed it up” scenarios, and thought I might save someone q nice airgun and a few bucks by letting you all know this. Don’t be like me, utilize the warranty! Thanks for reading, RifledDNA.


Speaking of….

So there is always a problem with the internet and social media that is sometimes hard to avoid, attitudes and arguments.
So speaking of mountains out of mole hills, its very easy to get into big messes of attitude while interacting with people on social media outlets, you’ve, most of the time, never met the person or persons, you can’t be sure of their intentions, though, sadly, they’re often all too clear, and neither party wants to back down when there is the separation provided by cyberspace. Arguments quickly escalate and become a contest of who can, in essence, be the meaner person.
Immaturity is a slick trap, and its all too easy to fall in.
The reality is this, no one ever wins, and in a contest of vulgarity, the victory is no winner at all. Its not hard to lash out, and its very hard to stay out if the vacuums of negativity, but knowing when to ignore things, or how to handle them maturely, is a greatly overlooked quality in society today, especially on the web.
There will be no recognition when you ignore a rude person, possibly even the opposite with more rudeness, but patting ourselves on the back should not be taken for granted. Why? Because it is our opinions of ourselves that matter, that guide our decisions, that determine our self worth, and help people decide their opinions of us. PSA over, lol, be happy people, shoot safe, and Let em Fly!

Mole Hill Mountains

Good day everybody! Who are you?…….
Today was tough to find something to fling at you, I haven’t been feeling very well having caught a serious skin infection after visiting a hospital with an open wound on my hand. Its more common then I would ever hope because it can be very dangerous. If you are not aware of this growing epidemic in the US, I suggest you research it, MRSA, or methicillen resistant staph aeurolus, and keep yourselves protected as best you can. So the topic of this pellet is not my unpleasant ailment, but the nature of its cause.
Such a small thing, this little bacteria, and it is everywhere all the time, but we would rarely ever notice. How but the opening line of this article? Switch the three letters in how to who and you’ve been asked a totally different question, and been singing the oldies… The point is that little things are huge, they can change things in a big way. A microscopic organism can easily kill us, a missed typo can cause serious confusion, a seed grows an apple tree and fills bushels of fruit for years and years. Little things we do can affect us for the rest of our lives.
I can only imagine how many examples could be given, but I have just one more. In the world of airguns we deal with little steel balls and lead pellets, but they have big impact when they fly towards the target. Sometimes we are too excited to slow down and make sure things are safe where we are shooting. When I was young I did break a window or two, and Im sure there are kids out there today that will do the same. Here is where I say always be careful when shooting and setting up targets and backstops, but that’s only skin deep. The real meat and potatoes is that your life is led by you and you alone, and decisions made will have repercussions. Whether its a broken window or accidentally injuring someone, or, deciding to be attentive to your health BEFORE putting yourself at risk. We make a million decisions everyday, some are big, most are small, some are so small we didn’t even know we had a choice, but we do.
So, who are you? Someday the little choices of today will define our biggest problems, or, successes, of tomorrow…
Good day everybody. – RifledDNA

Finding Time

Here is the post I was talking about, I thought it disappeared, luckily it was saved into s draft and i didn’t know it…
Hello again, sorry Im behind with this weeks flier, this is not the only thing I am behind on, so don’t feel too bad. Good things can come from being in the right place at the right time, even if you think your late.
At my local department store I was having some tires changed and mounted on my truck. There were only two guys working the garage and they were swamped. Not knowing they were short handed, I dropped of my keys and went about browsing the store, well, the sporting goods section of course. After a long examination of the flashlights, I landed on the new Bushnell TRKR series and the T225L, which turned out to be an awesome flashlight with a red night, blue blood tracking, and super bright white modes. It wasn’t expensive either. Any way, back to the story. It took me well over a half an hour to choose the light, and with some other wandering it was about an hour before I headed back to the auto shop to check out how it was going because they had not called me. My vehicle had not been brought in yet, never mind finished. I was not to irritated, I enjoy wandering around the department stores. It was almost another hour that the work was not done yet, I had run out of adventure in the store, and was growing impatient. I found myself bck in sporting goods and there were three peoples there, two sons and a father. They were trying to decide what pellets to buy for the new Ruger blackhawk elite one of the sons was being blessed with. They had a tin of ultra light non-lead pellets in their hands. I struck up a conversation and congratulated the new gun and said it was a good one. I own a blackhawk and could not be happier with it. I learned quickly that they had NO knowledge of airguns, pellets, and were buying their first gun. I was lucky then to be given the opportunity to explain about pellets, pellet weights, and what works better in different types of guns, and that the ultra light pellets they were looking at were not the best fit for that gun. I had a great time passing on a ton of pellet wisdom, and when I was finished, the son getting the Ruger, after thanking me for all the information, asked “I have one more question, where does the air go?”. I gladly explained how a breakbarrel worked, and how you needed nothing but pellets, which they were glad to hear.
This encounter was a very positive one, I helped get a group of new airgunners rolling with a little bit of important info, and encourage them to visit pyramyd air for more info and shopping selection. I am a big supporter of pyramyd air and have learned an immeasurable amount from them, and made some great purchases. The point of today’s pellet lands on two things, never miss an opportunity to help your fellow man, and always know that things happen for a reason, you are never where you weren’t meant to be. This incident is a small showing, but I like to take my time and embrace what comes next, especially in airgunning. It takes time to get where we want to be, to get the kinds of things we want, and missing a chance to embrace the sport, and new followers of it, will certainly slow you down.
Thanks for reading, and happy/safe shootin’! RifledDNA

Why Do We Do It?

So I know I haven’t posted in awhile, why? Well I’ve been extremely busy, but that’s no excuse. I wrote a lengthy post and when I hit back to exit editing it went back to the previous page, erasing the entire thing. Still not good enough.
The post that disappeared was about being in the right place to have advised a first time breakbarrel buyer about the pellets and the guns. I really helped these guys out and got them off with a huge head start. The post was amazing, helping this father and sons was an event, but I didn’t rewrite it. Why? Why have I neglected to return since then and either write the post again, or anything else? Because life can be discouraging. Sometimes things just bum us out. The long, well written post goes missing. The scope just will not zero.
We are often worked to the bone, with less to show than before we started. We try our best, but somebody’s not satisfied. Some times we make out and things work out, other times we’re just out, out of luck, out of ammo, out of Co2, down and out. The kids aren’t listening, the battery dies on the phone same time as the car. There’s a fly in the soup, one way or another. So why do we do it? Why do we make the soup? Why do we have kids or cars or jobs? Why do we shoot if we cant always hit the bull?
Sounds like a silly question when we put it like that, doesn’t it?
Have a good day airgunners, and keep shootin for the bull…… RifledDNA


There’s a lot of talk on other forums about what constitutes accuracy. Everybody has their own idea of what level of accuracy is satisfactory for them and their type of shooting. Some airgunners are trying to stack pellets at fifty yards. Some only care if it hits a soda can close enough to its center from much closer ranges. Neither can tell the other they aren’t shooting accurately enough. If it fits your own style of shooting and puts a smile on your face, then its good shooting. Anybody saying you need to hit within a certain space over a certain distance has got it all wrong. They are seeing things through the tunnel of their own shooting style and expectations, and they are putting false ideas into other airgunners that they aren’t shooting well enough. That’s no good. Airgunning is about having fun, and nobody’s going to have much fun trying to satisfy other peoples expectations of what’s good enough. If someone says “I just put 3 shots into an inch at ten yards! Nice!” What do you think should be said to that? It should’ve been five, or ten shots? It should’ve been a half, or quarter inch? It should have been 25, or 50 yards? Those are your standards, and you just crushed someone’s excitement for their accomplishment. Maybe they aren’t at the level you are, maybe they don’t expect the things you do. What should be said is nice job. That’s it. But that is not what you read or hear and it is disappointing. Unless your in the competitive level of airgunning, there is no standard or set of measurements you need to live up to. There is only you and your targets and if you hit them and your happy then you are at the standard.
Next time you hear what accuracy is “supposed” to be, please respond that that may be what you expect, but that’s overzealous for my type of shooting. Keep in mind everybody is at a different level, but its good to know what you like to aim for….. Say this and wait for the stuttering to commence. – Safeshootin’, and of course, Have Fun! -RifledDNA

Airgunning Stigmas

Hello again, today I want to touch on a couple things real quick before we let this one fly, one is that today is not Sunday. This pellet comes from the fact that a conversation I had recently really bothered me and was something important I thought should be written about. The scheduled Sunday pellets will always hit their mark, but sometimes something will pop up that will be a good subject for discussion and instead of waiting we’ll write it up right away. Like having a weekly time to go shooting but things free up and you get out in the middle of the week. Never a bad thing.
Next thing real quick is that we are still unable to upload pictures from our own files. As soon as we get this wrinkle smoothed, there will be experiments, tests and a generally more interesting site for you to visit. Sorry about this and thanks for your patience.
So here it is, as the title foretells the topic for today is airgunning stigmas. There are a number of stigmas that airgunners must endure. The one that prodded me to get writing today is that airguns are weapons, and that “tinkering” with “weapons” means that you are some kind of recluse bomb making radical. This comes from a family member of mine, upon hearing that I would love to live in the woods or desert and be able to hunt more freely, likened me to a unibomber type isolationist. They were of course joking, but I was really offended. The fact that I enjoy hunting does NOT mean I enjoy violence. And the tools for my hobby I do not consider weapons. Weapons are for the injury of human beings. Weapons for hunting are tools, and airguns for target shooting or hunting are tools either way. There is nothing in the world of airgunning more prominent than the safety of everyone involved. Working on airguns and enjoying the simple life in the great outdoors and seeking the basic satisfaction of the hunt has as much to do with cowering terrorists plotting destruction as an honorable police officer does with an SS officer during the holocaust. They both wear uniforms, and that’s about it. One is sworn to protect people, as airgunners are in their rules of safe shooting, and the other wants to hurt people and has no respect for human life.
The appearance of the airguns often make people nervous as they are commonly confused with the weapons that take lives. How unfortunate that some people might confuse our morals for that of someone that takes lives because of this.
Most stigmas of airgunning stem from the misconception that airguns are weapons, how curious that a whole other set of stigmas arise from another misconception, this one on the other end of the spectrum, that airguns are toys! There is embarrassment for airgunners when they are looked at as childish for playing with toys. There is such a lack of knowledge among non-sporting peoples, and even among some firearms shooters that have no experience with airguns.
At the same time that airgunning is becoming more public, so is the hatred of guns and anything that looks like one. Just as we gain a foot we lose a mile. The fact of the matter and the point you should take from this is that airguns are not toys, they are not weapons, and they certainly don’t define a persons morals. Airguns are tools for a shooting sport, a sport that goes above and beyond to promote the safety of its bystanders and participants. Airguns are equipment for physics experiments. They are tools for hunting small game. Airguns are made for airgunning, nothing else, and the confusion needs to stop. – Safe shooting, RifledDNA