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Airgun Hunting / Slow tonight. Baby rat or mouse?
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:49:45 PM »
At 25 yards this was one dinky target. Made a mess. I suspect no more rats tonight.

Airgun Hunting / Ratso Bros
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:08:03 PM »
Took four shots, retrieved 2 rats. I am pretty sure the other two connect as I could hear them thrashing in the leaves after getting whacked. Maybe I'll find them in the morning.

Airgun Hunting / A Young Ratso
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:23:35 PM »
Only had one shot last night, which I took. This young one fell to the Sumatra. Video did not capture the moment, but I will say the rat dropped dead on the spot. Something dragged it off last night. Maybe the skunk, maybe Raccoon.

After I hit the bed they come out of the woodwork. Of course.

Time to sight in other rifles at the 25 yards. I'm thinking QB78 or maybe the RWS 350 Magnum.

Poking around I came up with a very small list of Airgun Clubs.  I'd like to show them support by adding Airgun Clubs, Organizations and Airgun Ranges. Please add any Airgun Clubs, Organizations, and Ranges. I'll add them to this list, and perhaps better organize them.
  1. American Airgun Field Target Association - AAFTA
  2. Badgerland Airgun Club - Bristol, WI
  3. Bayou Airgun Club - Baton Rouge, LA [Facebook]
  4. California Airgun Shooters Association  - Southern California
  5. Can Manglers of Ohio Airgun Club
  6. Columbus Muzzleloading Gun Club (Central Ohio Airgunners) - Ohio
  7. Dallas Field Target Club - Texas
  8. Phoenix Airgun Clup - Mesa, AZ
  9. Southern Michigan Gun Club
  10. Tennessee Valley Airgunners - Huntsville, AL
  11. Yegua Airgun Club - Texas (Facebook link)
  12. The Villages Air Gun Club
  13. Arlington International Airgun Club
  14. Buckley Wood Airgun Club
  15. Scunthorpe & District Airgun Club
  16. Tayside Airgun Club
  17. Wisconsin Airgun Club
  18. Fort Airgun Club - Wales
  19. Airgun Club Map - Europe
  20. Airgun Club Map - US

Airgun Meets and Shows / The California Airgun Shooters Association
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:29:54 PM »

Purpose of the Club is to organize airgun shooting activities among its members and guests. Educate shooters about safe gun handling and marksmanship.

Promote organized airgun rifle and pistol events to encourage good sportsmanship,
honesty, self discipline, and team play.

Airgun Meets and Shows / Diablo Rod and Gun - Airgun Field Target
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:23:55 PM »
Airgun Field Target is an outdoor venue, utilizing precision high-power air rifles (sometimes air pistols). The reactionary, steel animal targets are designed to fall only when the pellet hits the “Kill Zone”, requiring target-rifle accuracy. Targets are then re-set with a cord from the shooting position. The distance to the targets varies and is unknown, adding an element of range-finding ability (similar to hunting in the field). All types of air rifles may be used (but NO BB’s) and we do have some loaners available. Junior shooters are welcome and as always, they shoot FREE when accompanied by an adult club member.

Cost of the match is $5.00

Airguns have grown up…….Give it a try !

For more information, contact Patrick Radler,


Air Gun Field Target
Where:  Action Pistol Range
When:  Every third Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
1/15, 2/19 (Swapmeet/BBQ/Target Maintenance/Match), 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17 TBD

Air Gun Fun Day 9:00 – 1:00 pm
1/29, 5/28, 7/30, and 10/29

Air Gun Benchrest 1:15 pm
1/29, 5/28, 7/30, and 10/29


Air Gun Silhouettes $14 member $21 non-member
Air Gun Field Target $12 member $17 non-member
Air Gun Fun Day $12 member $17 non-member
Air Gun Benchrest $6 member $6 non-members if paid participation and fees with AG Fun Day
otherwise separately $13 member $19 non-member

Airgun Hunting / Dead Rat Down x2!
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:01:49 PM »
Flashlight is 3.75" long. I think pellet entered chest and went the length of body...

Airgun Hunting / LED's and other other stuff
« on: July 14, 2017, 12:59:28 PM »
Some LED's and other stuff.

Size of the rat's I'm shooting. Some are even larger than this, and they are getting fat.

The LED's are cheap-os from Amazon. The remotes only work within a few feet. So unfortunately, I can't turn the light off from across the yard.

My shooting position from corner of house, shooting uphill. The rats are so skittish, I'm convinced they see me at 25 yards. Shot a young one last night, and as usual, the rest of them make themselves scarce for at least 1/2 an hour. I went to find the varmint after shooting it, and I could hear them chattering in the trees. I think they were saying, the human is here, run!

Right now my system of using the LEDs is working. I'm considering setting up another station.

Airgun Hunting / Identify this Critter Please
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:43:50 AM »
This varmint is under my house.  I am not entirely sure what it is, though I have a funny and bad feeling I know.

I think I found an entrance to the crawl space, and I've sprinkled flour around it. Tonight after dark I'll have a look see and determine if the critter has left.

Airgun Hunting / Rattus rattus aka Roof Rats
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:32:45 AM »

These are the rats I'm watching and shooting when I get a chance. As far as I can tell I have just about an unlimited number of these varmints. They are an invasive species, and I hate them. They get in my attic, they get in the crawl space, and they get into my cabinets via the crawl space. I plug holes as I find them, but I am convinced the main source of these rats is from my neighbor's yard. She feeds them, the possums, skunks, coons etc with huge bags of dog food and other delicacies. This is WAR.

I have chickens, and their run is an attractant. I set up mouse and rat traps on a regular basis, and kill many mice this way, and I pick up an occasional Rattus Rattus.

By far I see more rats next door than my yard. I can out at night and shine a flashlight into the trees and will up to a dozen rats at a time running around.

The roof rat's scientific name is Rattus rattus and is one of at least two introduced rats that occurs in California, the other being the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus). The Gambian pouch rat (Cricetomys gambianus) of Florida has not yet established itself in California. Roof rats were common on early sailing ships and apparently arrived in this country by that route. This rat has a long record as a carrier of plague, aka black death (see Eric Burdon & The Animals: The Black Death from Winds of Change album). Sometimes confused with mice.

Three subspecies of Rattus rattus have been named, generally identified by their fur color:

The black rat, R. rattus Rattus Linnaeus, is black with a gray belly.
The Alexandrine rat, R. rattus alexandrinus Geoffroy has an agouti (brownish streaked with gray) back and gray belly.
The fruit rat, R. rattus frugivorus Rafinesque, has an agouti back and white belly.
Crossbreeding between subspecies has often occurred, resulting in unreliability in identification by color. Roof rats are typically 13"-18" long, including the tail, which is longer than the rest of its body - it is this long tail that most readily distinguishes the Roof Rat from the Norway Rat, our other commonly found rat. Roof rats are sleek, slender, agile, and have large ears...

Airgun Hunting / RatuRatus Deadus
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:54:16 PM »
First shot of night, first view. 25 yards, victim lit by red led light. I have lit reticle turned off. .25 JSB Heavies.

Patience grasshopper, patience is the key!

Mama rat showing junior the free delicious eats. Doh!

Airgun Hunting / Young Ratso
« on: June 30, 2017, 11:14:51 PM »
The rats are increasingly skittish, arriving later, and not sticking around. Looking at the surveillance videos the young ones come early and the really big ones show up well after midnight and closer to daylight.

This one slinked in and I took a body shot as it's outline gave me little to aim at.

Airgun Hunting / Ratso Eraticous
« on: June 26, 2017, 09:58:34 PM »
One shot, one kill. These buggers are hard to shoot. Won't sit still for squat. Then they make themselves scarce after I make a shot.

Airgun Hunting / Ratso Deadoh
« on: June 25, 2017, 09:59:43 PM »
I have been patiently training the rats with free peanut butter. I have seen as many as three rats feeding at the same time. Gave them free peanut butter for a week, then I put up a red led light, and gave them a few days to get used to that.

Tonight I got out the Sumatra and waited till the first Rat showed. They are still skittish and don't sit still for more than a second or two. First shot a kill! Second shot a miss I think as I've not found the body.

Funny thing, I left the rat on the stairs for a couple minutes while I put away the Sumatra. Came back to see an almost all black Skunk dragging it under the fence.  :o

So much fun! 25 yards away with the Sumatra Carbine in .25 on lowest power + 5 clicks with JSB Jumbos. Shot leaning on a camera tripod.


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