Reply To: The gun you like the most and why.
Hello everyone! I’m a new member here as I joined just today. I hope to have a positive experience, exchange helpful information and ideas, and just basically have a great time on this forum.
Anyway, to contribute to this thread, of the airguns I currently own, I have to say that one gun I like the most is my Air Arms TX200 spring-piston rifle. Aside from the fact that I don’t need any charging equipment to get it to shoot, the main reason why I like it is that it taught me how to really shoot and develop discipline in shooting. When I first started shooting the rifle some several years back, I had problems doing so accurately. I was so frustrated at the time I surmised that it was the barrel (after ruling out the other parts of the gun) that caused the problem of puzzling and inconsistent POI from a variety of pellets I tried. I did everything to try to get it to shoot well; I swapped scopes and I tore into the gun many, many times in an attempt to diagnose the issue and try to make it the most smooth-shooting springer I could. I even jammed a cleaning rod from the muzzle end out of desperation on more than a couple of occasions. Heck, I even thought I damaged the crown at that time. But I tell you, I was so disappointed in the gun. It wasn’t until I really began to pay attention to my shooting technique and the mistakes I was making. I practiced and practiced until I learned to develop a consistent and proper method of shooting my TX. And then one day, it all clicked. Not long after, I was shooting pellet on top of pellet with it.
My TX has been through hell with me, and if it had any emotion back then, it probably would’ve been crying because of what I was doing to it. It was this gun that had taught me how to really stack pellets and account for everything that goes into a perfect shot. To this day, whether it is shooting it, my Cricket, or Air Arms S410, I implement the same shooting technique that I had developed from the training I had gone through with it. It is simply what I’ve gotten out of my time spent on learning how to effectively shoot my TX why I will never let it go. It became like the one teacher I had in my middle school years whom I was very displeased with from the beginning to the middle part of the school year but later developed a huge respect and admiration for because of the important lessons I had learned from him.
I cannot give the recognition which I have given to my TX200 to my Cricket, S410, or the Airforce Condor I used to have even though they all are also able to stack pellets. My TX200 is the only one that deserves it. It has remained stock all the way — no Vortek, V-Mach, or Maccari parts in it (except for longer-lasting tough-core breech O-rings). It has gone through a total of four mainsprings and five piston seals. I think that’s a testament to how much I shoot it.
Personally, I’d say that if one really wants to learn how to shoot an air rifle (or even a firearm), he or she should do so with a springer especially because of the strict shooting discipline it demands. Bar none! A spring-piston gun will humble a shooter who claims that it’s primarily the gun and not the person pulling the trigger. In fact, I am more impressed with a shooter who can shoot a springer with precision at 30 yards than a shooter who can shoot a PCP accurately at 50 yards.
Here is a photo of a 25-shot group done not too long ago with my TX200 at 27 yards with Beeman Kodiak 21-grain pellets.
And here’s my TX pictured alongside my other current PCPs.