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Wayne Post
  • CHARLES GLADLE: A fun alternative to the real thing

  • Remember those old BB guns? Today they have grown up and become sophisticated and accurate air-powered pellet guns that draw the attention of shooters the world over.

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  • Remember those old BB guns? Today they have grown up and become sophisticated and accurate air-powered pellet guns that draw the attention of shooters the world over. Yes, my call to arms is for you to get serious and look into today’s pellet guns. Given what is happening, politically speaking, across our country this may be what we end up with unless Albany and Washington want them banned too. We face a mountain of new laws being proposed at the state and national level and now our 2nd Amendment rights are in the hands of the most dangerous individuals in our society, our elected politicians.
    Our struggle to maintain the right to keep and bear arms will continue as we pour in more of our time and money to fight these laws. So in the meantime, I’ve got a great idea for all of us who enjoy shooting sports, varmint hunting or back yard plinking. Put down those .22s and rifles of all calibers and pick up one of today’s air-powered guns. The air gun has changed, and modern technology has improved this centuries-old concept. The sport was initially dominated by the .177 cal pellet, but today choices include a multitude of quality guns packing more of a punch to include .20, .22 and .25 caliber pellets.
    This has become a very serious shooting hobby led by the Olympic biathlon, where cross country skiing and highly accurate marksmanship utilize air-powered pellet rifles. A growing number of rod and gun clubs now include shooting time and competitions for air-powered guns.
     
    Immediately you will benefit from one big positive, and that’s the price of ammo. For less then a penny a round you don’t need deep pockets to shoot all day on the cheap. We know that the government has caused mayhem in the gun industry, forcing escalating prices for guns and ammunition, and the shelves are all bare.
    This is an excellent alternative that is both challenging and down right fun. The big box stores as well as our local gun shops and the internet marketplace opens up a world of choice, price levels and sophistication with various types and styles of air-powered guns. Costs range from about $100 up to several thousands for air guns, giving you the opportunity to stay sharp, improve accuracy and do it all at rock-bottom prices. You would be amazed at the men, women and children (from age 12 and up) that can make you mighty hunters look like armatures at a competitive shoot.
    There are air guns with scopes and iron sights, many with rifled barrels and adjustable trigger muzzle pressures that go up to and beyond 1,500 feet per second with an accuracy factors up to 50 yards and then some.  Powered by pneumatic pressure tanks, CO2 capsules and the trusted spring pressure air chamber power models are available.  
    Page 2 of 2 - So while we fight for our rights we can save money, have fun and learn to master the exploding sport of air powered rifles and pistols. These guns are now considered an essential as a survival tool for hunting small game and some say they can even sub as a weapon for personal protection. I now own three and enjoy them all on a daily basis.
    Charles Gladle lives in Rushville.

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