Author Topic: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?  (Read 263 times)

mcoulter

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Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:06:51 PM »
I have buddy at work who shoots PBs, but has not shot any airguns in a very long time.  He seems interested (he went to a local gun store asking about air rifles...)  I'm encouraging him to stop over and shoot some of my airguns.  This I think is the holy grail of hooking other shooters.  What are the other techniques or tactics to get other people into the sport?

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Re: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018, 05:21:22 PM »
The thing that got me interested was watching YouTube videos, especially those that highlight shooting competitions. I also enjoy watching the gun review videos.
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Re: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 08:16:40 PM »
Airguns for most us fill a niche that powder burners can't do. Quiet, cheap to shoot (cheap to buy is another story), easy on the body, shorter range requirements, and the fact that it's unique. I can say without hesitation that most non-airgun folks are blown away by the power of modern airguns, especially big bore. I can't count how many times I've heard, 'No bleepin' WAY!!' when I'm bonging slugs off of a 200 yard steel plate. That's attention getting, but then shooting enthusiasts start to see the finer details of smaller calibers and the tack driving accuracy and shot count at closer ranges.

Best analogy I can think of...It's like drag racing. Someone who's never been before and experiences top fuel; it's something you don't forget and it can hook a fan for life. But they also become a fan of the sport, and appreciate the other classes of racing...brackets, alcohol, bikes. The big power turned their head, and the rest takes care of itself.
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Re: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 08:59:51 AM »
The thing that got me interested was watching YouTube videos, especially those that highlight shooting competitions. I also enjoy watching the gun review videos.


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Re: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 09:04:26 AM »
And Steelhead, the most powerful AG I have shot is a power-tuned Cricket .25.  I think it was shooting at 60 FPE or so.  I've never actually shot a bigbore, but I can imagine how the drag racing analogy works!
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Re: Strategies for hooking other shooters on air guns?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 12:31:07 PM »
And Steelhead, the most powerful AG I have shot is a power-tuned Cricket .25.  I think it was shooting at 60 FPE or so.  I've never actually shot a bigbore, but I can imagine how the drag racing analogy works!

A 60fpe airgun is a hoot. The smackdown on a rat is amazing.

I will say my DAQ .58 Rifle makes me flinch like a powder burner makes me flinch. It puts the whack on whack. Just wish I shoot it more often, and wish I could hunt deer and piggies with it here in California. Sigh
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