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Airgun Hunting / Rotund Rattus Rattus Rolls Away
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:53:38 AM »
5:11 AM, do you know where your rat is? I heard it before I saw it, "Feed Me!".

Took me forever to line up this shot. Turns out I had computer glasses on yesterday and didn't realize it. It would explain why every thing was fuzzy yesterday and why this morning my scope was fuzzy with my normal glasses on. Oh the stress of not seeing reticle when you have a fatty in sight. Anywho, shot went in neck and traveled most of the length of the body and exited back.

No blood!

25 yards, .25 Sumatra Carbine, my 11.5" foot for comparison.

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Drill baby Drill!
« on: September 16, 2017, 12:15:38 PM »
Not sure why I thought of whistling projectiles, but I did and have been for a couple years now. This morning I googled and
low and behold look what I found!

Love this channel.

I'm a gonna cast a whole bunch of .58 and .45 round balls and drill baby drill!

Airgun Hunting / It was YUGE I tells yah!
« on: September 06, 2017, 02:05:46 PM »
35 yards, Sumatra .25 Carbine with my new SWFA 42x10 scope with so super tiny cross hairs.


What is wrong with this grown man?

Police took a Tiburon man’s pellet rifle into evidence Saturday after he fatally shot a doe and a fawn on his property. (Tiburon Police Department photo)
A Tiburon man was arrested after fatally shooting a doe and her fawn that were eating his yard plants.

The animals suffered side wounds and died a prolonged death, according to the Tiburon Police Department and Marin Humane. The fawn lived somewhat longer than its mother.

Mark Thomas Dickinson, a 54-year-old pilot, was booked into Marin County Jail on an animal cruelty count, police said. He was released on bail pending further review by the Marin County District Attorney's Office.

Dickinson did not respond to a request for comment but referred the inquiry to his lawyer, Charles Dresow.

"The Tiburon police should not have arrested my client and booked him into jail," Dresow said. "He had no intent to be cruel or to harm the deer. Rather he was simply trying to scare them away from consuming new landscaping."

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. Saturday at Dickinson's residence on Mar East Drive, where a landscaped slope leads from the street down to the bayside residence.

A neighbor called police after hearing shots and seeing a flashlight beam outside. Police arrived to find the injured deer and called in Marin Humane, the animal welfare organization, said Tiburon police Sgt. Steve Hahn.

Both deer died before an animal control officer could reach the site, which is at the eastern tip of the Tiburon Peninsula.

Police contacted Dickinson, who said the deer were eating his landscaping. The weapon was a high-powered Gamo pellet-gun with scope, laser and flashlight attachments, Hahn said.

"They died agonizing and painful deaths," Hahn said.

Marin Humane took the dead animals for examination, said spokeswoman Lisa Bloch. The organization will conduct X-rays to see where the pellets penetrated the deer, she said.

Bloch called the incident "really sad and disturbing."

"It did cause great suffering," she said. "There's all kinds of ways to keep deer from eating your landscaping. Their only crime was eating vegetation. They weren't menacing anyone. No one was in danger."

The website for Gamo markets its guns for hunting small game such as rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and crows, and as "pest control" for "nuisance animals such as mice, rats, birds and snakes."


To Mac 1 Air Gun store owner Tim McMurray, passion and a clear mindset are key to hitting any target. However, he believes that a field target and bench rest-competition airgun can hit the target just as well.

What began as a passionate hobby for McMurray’s grandfather, Les McMurray, soon morphed into a full-fledged business for air gun assembly. Today, the company works out of Signal Hill at 1886 Freeman Ave.

McMurray followed in the footsteps of his grandfather. He grew to assemble and sell high-end air guns that are used to compete at both national and international levels.
“My grandfather started this company in 1932,” he said. “It was the Great Depression era, and everybody was trying to figure out how to get some work.”

I've been chewing on making a few improvements to the forum to make it easier to:

1. navigate
2. help with engagement

Stuff Done:

A month or so ago I added the YouTube Mod which makes it infinitely easier to add YouTube videos. Or at least I think it's easier.

Have increased file sizes allowed for images.

Stuff to chew on.

1. Add alternative dropdown navigation to the site so you can change to a different board from most any page. I'm wondering about building out a dropdown like the GTA has or similar.

2. Adding Karma or Like Buttons on each post.  GTA just added Like Buttons. We could fiddle around and make Like = Flipping Awesome, Cool!, Yay!, Love, etc.


Anything else you'd like to see?

Any problems?


Airgun Hunting / Oh RattusRattus I Think That Was a Missus
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:20:04 AM »
Fuzzy arsed eyeballs at 5:41am and when LED is dim.

Ding dang durnit!

Took two screenshots, superimposed, erased the area where the pellet scraped the base on the top layer, and added a green arrow for trajectory so I could see how close I was.

Airgun Hunting / RatusRatus Resistance is Futile
« on: August 30, 2017, 10:18:59 PM »
Watched this rat for over an hour on the backside of the tree trying to get the gumption to go for the peanut butter. Finally he gave in and I gave out a dose of lead.

Video failed, again. Bah.

Whoops premature post, just got #2 of the night. Beaned him at 35 yards. Hard to see...

Airgun Hunting / Rattus Rattus Knockus Sleepus
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:26:15 AM »
3:40 AM can't sleep, so out the backdoor I go, Sumatra in hand. Set upon tripod and wait pointing at the main bait station 25 yards away, for the two fat sibling Rattus Rattus who had just been tag teaming the peanut butter. I waited ten minutes and they didn't show.

Hmm turned my attention to the top of the hill bait station and saw a teen Rattus leisurely munching. LED was pretty dim at this point but I took the shot. Hit him a bit toward the pooping end but it didn't last but a few seconds. This shot is fairly difficult as I'm shooting up my pretty steep back yard 35 yards away. But I made up for a miss around mid night. Patience Grasshopper!


Airgun Hunting / It's up to us to stop the Ratpocalypse!
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:52:11 PM »

America Is on the Verge of Ratpocalypse
Warmer weather is fueling a rodent surge, straining public health systems and the economy. It's time for the federal government to step in.

Bobby Corrigan is the rat master. Some call him the rat czar. To others, he is simply a rodentologist, or as NBC recently described him, “one of the nation’s leading experts on rats.” Call him what you want; he is mostly alarmed. “I travel all over the world with this animal, and the amount of complaints and feedback and questions I hear right now are all, ‘We’ve never seen rats in the city like this before,” he said. “They’re all expressing the same concern: Our rat problem is worse than ever.”

What they don’t know is how this all will end. Houston, Texas, is seeing a rat spike this year, and so is New York City. In Chicago, rodent complaints for the early part of the summer have increased about 9 percent from last year, forcing city officials to start sprinkling the streets with rat birth control. Philadelphia and Boston were recently ranked the two cities with the most rat sightings in the country. And it’s not just this year; as USA Today reported last year, major cities saw spikes in rodent-related business from 2013 to 2015. Calls to Orkin, the pest control service, were reportedly “up 61 percent in Chicago; 67 percent in Boston; 174 percent in San Francisco; 129 percent in New York City; and 57 percent in Washington, D.C.”

It’s no surprise that rats thrive in cities, where humans provide an abundance of food and shelter. But experts now agree that the weather is playing a role in these recent increases. Extreme summer heat and this past winter’s mild temperatures have created urban rat utopias.

The rest of the article:

Airgun Hunting / 4:30 am Rat call
« on: August 23, 2017, 07:12:47 AM »
Yep the little buggers hardly come out when I'm awake. But this morning woke up at 4:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. So I checked Arlo and the original feed station was busy. Grabbed Sumatra and let myself out the back door. Set up on the tripod and struggled to see the feeding station much less any critter. LEDs  were dim at this point.

But I let my eyes adjust and a minute later I could just make out the outline of this rat. Squeezed trigger and goodnight rat. Pellet went in one side and out the other. :)

gotta fix sensitivity of this camera since its late recording.

Bottom hole on target is the pass thru.

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Cats, hrrrrmph
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:16:50 AM »
Cats. Damnit.

Airgun Hunting / RatusRatus Pain in the Neckatus
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:10:08 PM »
Rats are on to me. Most of the time they don't show up till past midnight now. Most of the big ones are avoiding my free food stations with a lead trimming.

Have set up two new stations. First one I put to sleep one and that was it. Set up another station up the hill as far as I could safely shoot or miss. Gave them a week of free food and tonight I said enough. Set up after I saw one very young rat dashing in and out for food. I waited this one out with half a dozen dashes and it hesitated half a second too long. One shot, one dead rat. Beaned it at 35 yards with the Sumatra .25.

The stink is off!

Big Bore Airguns / Worn the heck out
« on: August 09, 2017, 06:29:47 PM »
My son and I had a 3 hour chunk of time to mess around with today. So, we headed to the Richmond Rod and Gun Club to make some noise.

Of course I wanted to take just about everything. But the load got a wee bit heavy.

Stuff we took:
1. Sumatra Carbine .25
2. DAQ .58 Pistol
3. DAQ .58 Short Rifle
4. 909s .45
5. Mossberg 12 gauge
6. Big SCBA tank
7. Small tank
Assorted stuff, including blanket, rests, ammo etc.

We set up at the 50-100 yard range and stuck to 50 yards. Wind was a hooting. And we were surrounded by loud powder burners fling brass all over.

My son preferred the Sumatra and shot it a bunch. I wanted to get some time with both DAQ's and the 909s.

Never did get decent groups with either DAQ but neither are the least bit broken in. The DAQ rifle is a bloody beast. Louder than some powder burners there and it kicked with authority.  I got two shots before it was time to refill. This rifle had the trigger damaged in shipping and I am now convinced it needs to go back to Dennis. It's got a hair trigger and the "safety" notch does not properly catch. As a result that last shot seems to dump the remaining air. My SCBA tank drained pretty quickly.

The DAQ pistol is way less of a beast compared to the rifle. No comparison. It was not at all sighted in and I struggled with it for a while. I think it's much better suited for a shorter range, but I'll reserve judgement until another outing.

909s seemed, well, like a peashooter compared to the big DAQ. I will give it a tune with the African Air Ordnance kit I got.

The Sumatra was, well the accurate, reliable and powerful Sumatra I've come to love.  Definitely need to tune that trigger. Both Korean guns have absolutely the worst triggers in the world. Immagonna fix em.

We had a good time and ran out our two hours. Didn't take the Mossberg out of the case. Next time.

I am worn out. I think all the hauling did me in. Or was it that DAQ?

Tank is at the fire extinguisher shop for it's now $14 fill up. If I were to shoot the beast more often I can see another tank will be needed. Oh and I shot up a lot of .58 roundballs. Time to cast more.

NorCal Air Gunners match Saturday August 12th at Cordova Shooting Center in Sacramento

August 6 2017 at 11:46 AM   

Ronnie Easton Match Director in Sacramento  (Login Thumpman1)
Field target Match on range 1 on the trap lanes.

set up time 8am
sight in 9am
match @ 930

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Ronnie E

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