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The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:53:13 PM »
Name the goofiest thing you’ve ever done with an airgun that made you slap your own head, avoid mentioning it for all the embarrassment it would cause you, or make you laugh at your own silliness.

Time to confess.

When I was a kid I came close to closing my Diana break barrel on the web of my hand many times, until I finally actually did it. And yep it hurt like hell, and yep I hollered, and yep 50 years later I still have the scar. Wanna see?


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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 10:27:20 PM »
No thanks, I can visualize it well enough. Ouch!

Let's see, confessions...

- When I was 7 and the very proud owner of a lever action, 300 shot BB gun (the fat barrel shroud was a reservoir for BBs around the soda straw barrel - a baby rattle of a rifle every time I'd load a shot), I had a bully of an older 'friend' who was always finding ways to get me into trouble. One sunny afternoon a female cousin the same age as me wandered up to where we were standing around, me with my Daisy. 'Friend' convinced me to shoot my cousin in the butt. I took some convincing. Argued for a couple of minutes. Really didn't want to get in trouble. But I was a softie and ended up doing it, and got in a LOT of trouble. She had a little blood blister on her backside.

- A few years later I'd graduated to a break-barrel Czechoslovakian .22", which was somewhat accurate. At age 10 I was trying to become something of a hunter with the thing, practised a lot of standing shots. One chilly winter day I was in the yard, trying out different holds with my left hand, and noticed that the further out I held the rifle, the steadier my sight picture became. So I just kept going... and eventually fired a shot just as the web of my finger and thumb slipped up part way in front of the muzzle. Heck of a blood blister for me, but luckily that rifle wasn't all that powerful, so didn't quite break the skin. Told my mother it was a ricochet off the steel pipe on at the end of the clothesline. Don't think she bought it.

- When I was 14 I'd become quite a good shot, had upgraded to a more powerful Diana in .177", and could pretty well hit whatever I meant to hit. Was hanging around with my younger brother, both of us looking for things to shoot at, when a little yellow finch landed atop our tall pine tree about 25' away and 25' up. Singing its heart out, stupid teenaged me only saw a target. So I turned to my brother and said 'Hey, watch this!' and turned back towards the bird, rifle hanging by my side. I swung it up and shot from the hip, grabbing the thing with my left an instant before pulling the trigger. That little bird dropped lazily down through the pine needles and sang no more. Not a goofy thing really. More an awful thing. And I was deeply ashamed, and I called a friend who I knew wanted that rifle badly and offered it to him for $13. He came over right away and I didn't shoot any sort of gun outside an amusement park arcade for about 35 years. Back into it for some years now and greatly enjoy shooting, but I'm careful about it in my middle age. Wouldn't want to hit anything I'd regret.
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 06:50:09 AM »
At about 10 years old I had my trusty Daisy 1994 and 600 acres of dairy farm to create mayhem. I was fascinated by the little discs of glass that would sometimes be made when striking bottles, windows, etc. with a bb gun. My stepfather had a 55 Chevy parked in a field (which I assumed was trash)  I put the barrel of the gun up to the rear window (all glass is of course intact on this car) and tried to knock out one of those neat little discs. Of course that didn't happen; the whole window spider webbed and fell into the back seat.

I hosed down the staging corral at the milk barn for 25 straight days before school.
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 08:43:27 AM »
Bet I'm the only guy who has ever fired his barrel through the Chrony....  :o

I sleeved a barrel with a carbon-fiber tube and then installed it into the receiver with three set-screws, tightened securely against the carbon shell.... The first time I fired it, the barrel came out and flew the length of my shop, skidding to a stop against my target backstop.... After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I went and collected the barrel, and here is what I found....



The carbon-epoxy laminate is very hard (so the screws feel tight).... but has little shear strength.... There was a 1/2" OD O-ring that the end of the barrel seated against in the receiver, so the force on the end of the barrel was the area of that, less the area of the .257 cal bore.... at least 442 lbf. at 3000 psi (maybe 588 lbf. if the barrel started to launch before the pellet moved).... That just stripped the screws right through the outer layer of CF.... I drilled through the CF tube and set the screws into pockets in the steel for the second shot, and no more problems....

 

and NO, I didn't get a Chrony reading on the barrel....  ::)

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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 09:41:14 PM »
Had to be around 6 or 7 years old when my father passed me down a Daisy Red Ryder. Not sure how the new ones are but back then if you fired the gun with the lever open it would snap shut like a rat trap....very hard, near enough to break your hand. Well needless to say I guess I just had to do it once and THWAAAP!!!! &$"@! Down on my wee little fingers. Ouch, still remember the pain. Can't say I've done much after that other than shooting at things I should not have been shooting at, typical kid stuff. Haha
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 04:03:20 PM »
Mine is a one sentence.

I shot Travis's Chrony.  It still worked but I felt like Crap.


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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2018, 04:10:18 PM »
Mine is a one sentence.

I shot Travis's Chrony.  It still worked but I felt like Crap.

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Went to the Richmond range a few weeks ago with Chrony in tow.  Set it up and the range master was amused. Said he's yet to see one that hasn't been shot.  :o


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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 06:09:00 AM »
I've shot mine so many times, I've had to glue the second screen together with a piece of 1/8 inch chrome steel to protect it! It just goes with the territory! That is why, everybody should have a Labradar.
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2018, 04:42:39 AM »
was zeroing my .22 streamline at the local indoor club and I cocked and loaded the rifle, then noticed I needed to move the rifle a bit to the left and it slipped of a ghetto rest made out of a carjack.

My finger was on the trigger the whole time so I shot the floor  :-[

I dont think anyone noticed but theres still a mark of shame that I see every time I go there.
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 06:10:48 PM »
As a child I used to shoot nails out my Benjamin 397, as well as rocks and anything else I could shove down it. It wasn't that I didn't care about my gun, I just had no notion that such things weren't good for the rifling. I'm not even sure I knew was rifling really was all about.

Since I've been into airguns as an adult, I dropped my prize custom Marauder on a hard floor because I forgot to put the securing screw thru the stock into the gun. I ended up rebuilding the gun but for weeks it felt like I had killed my best friend.

I do lots of stupid, ham fisted things all the time. Usually relating to stripping the heads off of alan screws or smashing delicate transfer ports that get stuck. Over time I've acquired enough spare parts that I can now build 2 complete Marauders from parts I have laying around, except one of them would need a breech.


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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2018, 03:45:52 PM »
In my youth, I had a BB gun which I would use in "fun, new ways" (in adult-speak, recklessly).
I don't remember what make it was but it fit a wooden matchstick perfectly in its .177 barrel.
The game I made up was to duct tape firecrackers on the backyard brick wall of our house.
Then I would shoot individual matchsticks at the firecrackers in an attempt to "light 'em up!"
It worked and left some scorch marks on the blonde bricks.  I had a few "scorch marks" on my blondish backside.

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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2018, 06:11:43 AM »
As a youth, back in the 70's, my best friend and I were shooting our air guns. I had the barrel of my Winchester 425 pulled down with the breach exposed. Before I pulled the barrel up into the cocked position my buddy spoke to me. As I turned to see what he wanted I inadvertently touched the gun's trigger causing the barrel to fly up and hit me in the head. I saw stars for a few moments and had a six inch long whelp on my head for a week.

I lost track of the gun but a few years back it returned to my possession. I took it to have it repaired by my Airsmith and recounted this story to him. I asked him to check the barrel to see if it was bent. After inspecting the rifle he advised that the barrel was NOT bent but assured me that the barrel hitting my head was the only thing that saved the gun from damage all those years ago.

After an overhaul by my Airsmith the gun continues to be a great shooter and I'm glad to be reunited with her.
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Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2018, 06:20:28 PM »
Not with an airgun directly, but during an airgun event....

I took my staple gun to put new targets on my backstop.   The backstop was flexible so I put my hand behind it to hold it steady while I stapled on the new target.

Stapled right through my fingertip, even made a tiny hole in my fingernail on the other side.   

You could find me the rest of the day by following the drips of blood.....
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