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