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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2017, 07:58:57 PM »
I think all of us need therapy and we are having fun or we wouldn't spend all this money to have fun it is an addiction and I believe it is not for one on their first post to belittle all of the ones who are having fun.  If I didn't like airguns and this forum and the people on it I would surely jump and run.  I hope everyone agrees else with me.
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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2017, 08:14:51 PM »
I see it is confession time.  I will be 70 in one week.  That makes me a kid compared to Bob and Alan.  I feel younger already!
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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2017, 10:10:34 AM »
I'm going to answer my own question. Again.

1. I can shoot in the backyard with my less powerful / quieter models.

2. I can shoot in the backyard with my Sumatra with LDC, though it's probably a reach.

3. I can participate in offing the rodents that are currently plaguing me.  I'm up to perhaps a dozen rats, and one mouse with the Sumatra. It's more challenging than I thought and a heck of a lot funner than I anticipated.

4. I love the technology, the machining, the mix of steel and wood.

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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2017, 06:02:25 PM »
I'm going to answer my own question. Again.

1. I can shoot in the backyard with my less powerful / quieter models.

2. I can shoot in the backyard with my Sumatra with LDC, though it's probably a reach.

3. I can participate in offing the rodents that are currently plaguing me.  I'm up to perhaps a dozen rats, and one mouse with the Sumatra. It's more challenging than I thought and a heck of a lot funner than I anticipated.

4. I love the technology, the machining, the mix of steel and wood.

That was easy enough.  lol

I agree with everybody except Jay ---> "I find everything in life intolerable vain and quite frankly leaving a bad taste in my mouth".  You are either playing the devils advocate or you need therapy. What are you doing in an air gun forum?
Nobody has mentioned the most important reason to me, it's FUN.

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Welcome to the forum.

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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2017, 05:43:48 PM »
I bought my first air rifle, an a2a modified .25 marauder because of coyotes in a rural setting. A dragon slayer, a pair of aces, a cothran and a jkhan later.. I'm hooked. I'm continually impressed with how far the technology and tuning has come to date. A lot of great guys in the Airgun community that I am always learning something from. Cheap to shoot as far as pellets and custom ammo is concerned, and for the most part, quiet. No way I can shoot my pb as cheap or as often as I shoot my airguns. And basically.. it's just fun!

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« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2017, 02:38:25 PM »
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the economy of pb's
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Even if you got a good deal, ammo is $$$$$. It's like a printer you buy for $60 bucks, but then get hosed on the ink. That's if you can FIND ammo for it. During that crappy, years long ammo drought there was never a shortage of bb's and pellets.

My reasons
  • While the pb gun laws where I live are wretched, airguns are not considered firearms.
  • Quiet, I can stealth shoot in my small studio with springer pistols and 1377 with 3 pumps. CO2, sadly, too loud, but you can't have everything.
  • Pellets and BB's plentiful and CHEEEEEEEEEAP!!
  • Some REALLY nice replica's out there. Luger, Tokarev, Mauser broomhandle, 1911, 45 colt peacemaker, MP-40, etc.

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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2017, 04:29:05 PM »
Because I can.
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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #37 on: August 22, 2017, 11:18:47 PM »
My reasons:
  • Economy, if you are DIY
  • Can Plink in the backyard with the quieter models and keep in practice for the hunts
  • For me, the challenge of hunting larger game with big bores...very similar to archery.  Pb's are too easy IMHO.
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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2017, 07:50:12 PM »
I wrote an article about what airguns mean to me up in my subgate (yes, I know its time for more videos!)

When I got into PCPs, they were and are about quiet hunting and I felt like they gave me an advantage against animals and (to some degree) other hunters. Florida used to have a loophole in its night hunting regulations that allowed all non-game animals to be hunted at night with any weapon of one's chosing so long as one did not use a light. Enter my first .25 Marauder and a digital night scope. I intended that rig to be used for quiet control of hogs, coons, and coyotes on my deer hunting properties. I then got hooked. To this day I've killed few hogs with an airgun and no coyotes (still kill a lot of coyotes with powderburners because that's usually what's in my hand when I see one), but I've had a heck of a time blasting pest coons with my Mrod and now my Flex. To the point I've come to love ambushing coons more than any other kind of hunting I do. If only Florida allowed deer and turkey hunting with an airgun, an airgun would be all I'd use outside of archery season.

So at some point I've come to enjoy airguns as a more satisfying way to hunt, not just a more efficient way.

I'm not that into plinking. Its fun, and I like to set up in my yard (now that I have a lot of space to safely shoot on). But its always more about getting out there and popping off some prey with it. More recently I have come to enjoy 100 yard shooting with both my .25 Mrod and .30 Flex.

I did find a lot of fulfillment in modifying my Mrod for high power. I learned a lot about how airguns work and the principles of tuning. But at the end of the day, when I rebuilt Uglrod this year, I ended up setting my Mrod back up at a regulated 40fpe for several clips on a stock tank and regulating my Flex down to 74fpe for near 60 shots on a 3600psi fill. I've learned that efficiency and quietness please me more than uber power on most of my setups, and that the uber power doesn't kill any better on many animals than 75% or so of that power. So I'm not into modding anymore as a hobby to itself. I do have the confidence that if one of my guns breaks down, I can do what I need to fix it given the right parts. But otherwise I'm content to set my guns up and then leave them be once I come to a power, efficiency, and quietness level I'm content with.

I'm several years into the hobby, and so far its not getting old with me. In fact I'm finding that my friends and family are getting the airgun bug after they play with mine and there's a joy in spreading my addiction to others. My brother and I recently spent a great Saturday plinking with his Texan and my Flex and Mrod. We had matching Benjamin pumpers as kids, and I think those childhood memories of those very fun times with our pumpers tie into the joy we get with airgunning now.

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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2017, 09:52:45 PM »
Awesome Bullfrog!

Welcome back. Your words read like your North Florida accent. I have family in that neck of the woods. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Re: Why Airguns?
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2017, 03:26:58 AM »
I'd reply why just PBs. The many advantageous properties of airguns have already been well addressed here and I feel the same way.
Like many of us I don't limit my shooting fun to just airguns or PBs but shoot both. They each have advantages and disadvantage so by combining them I can have the best of both worlds.
 
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