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I made someone at the range very happy last week

Forums General Discussion I made someone at the range very happy last week

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    Saltlake58
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    When I got to the range, a regular noticed I was shooting an air rifle and said he'd like to shoot one some day.  So, after I got setup, I called him over and let him have a go.  To set this up, I use 3 inch targets with half inch bullseye's at 75 yards.

    I coached him on cocking, loading and getting the gun ready to shoot, and stepped back while he got the feel of the gun.  

    Fired one shot, SMILED and said, I'm not taking another shot, I might screw it up.  He didn't want to mess up a perfect target with a bullseye on his very first shot out of a PCP.

    I did encourage him to take at least one more, and no, not a bull, but only a half inch away.

    Considering how much trouble I have doing that' was extremely jealous, but happy his first experience with an airgun was a GOOD experience.

    After I got done shooting, I cut his target out of my paper and gave it to him.  He was showing it to everyone when I left.

    Love this sport!

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    L.Leon
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    Great story, it's alway a plus to make someone at the range happy. I've met many good friends at the range.

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    triggertreat
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    Great outing and kind gesture by you!  I have not had anyone ask to shoot my airgun (.357 Slayer) at the range, but bringing an airgun to a range sure does draw others over to check them out.  It can be hard to focus on any goals one may have, but you do get to meet a lot of people when curiosity gets the best of them.  Some also come over after groups at 100 yards impresses them.  I had no idea I was being watched by so many at other stations until they come over and mention the groups shot.  The Slayer shoots groups impressively well.

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    Saltlake58
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    There are a few of us with airguns that the range masters are getting to know.  I've been shooting there for a couple years now and the Saturday team knows me fairly well.  They even know my favorite lane.  It's fun pulling up by someone that's having trouble with their expensive rifle, can't group (most of the time, too much gun, too much power), and my little pellet gun outshoots them.  Must admit, it's fun!

    It's also fun when they ask how long it took to get my tax stamp for the moderator.  Then they begin to understand why I like airguns so much.  No governmental interference!  

    That tends to get the conversation going on what an airgun can really do.  I enjoy that!

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    Bowhunter73
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    Just about every time  go to the range I have folks come over and ask me what I'm shooting they can't believe it's a air rifle, I usually ask them if they want to shoot it, most do and then it's fun to see the expression on their face at the recoil and when they hit the bullseye.

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    Saltlake58
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    Bowhunter73

    Just about every time  go to the range I have folks come over and ask me what I'm shooting they can't believe it's a air rifle, I usually ask them if they want to shoot it, most do and then it's fun to see the expression on their face at the recoil and when they hit the bullseye.

    Exactly!  they had no idea airguns could be so much fun

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    triggertreat
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    Bowhunter73

    Just about every time  go to the range I have folks come over and ask me what I'm shooting they can't believe it's a air rifle, I usually ask them if they want to shoot it, most do and then it's fun to see the expression on their face at the recoil and when they hit the bullseye.

    I suppose I could ask the most interested one if they would like to shoot an air rifle.  There are strict rules there at the range and all conversations with others are usually during the 15 minute cold lines after the 200 yard loop walks as the noise and ear plugs hamper communications while shooting on the limited two-hour time slots for a lane.  There are 18 lanes so it can get quite busy just before deer season when I typically go there.

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    islandmanstx
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    That was very nice of you 

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    Saltlake58
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    triggertreat = I understand range limitations.  Luckily this range is setup a bit differently.  The range I was on is 25, 50, and 75 yards.  The 100, 200 and 300 lines are a separate range.  That range was packed with deer hunters sighting rifles.  I was on the 75 yard line, and there were only 4 or 5 of us on 24 lanes.  Pretty quiet that day.  When deer season is over, I might hop over to the 100 yard line and try my luck.

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    triggertreat
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    Saltlake58

    triggertreat = I understand range limitations.  Luckily this range is setup a bit differently.  The range I was on is 25, 50, and 75 yards.  The 100, 200 and 300 lines are a separate range.  That range was packed with deer hunters sighting rifles.  I was on the 75 yard line, and there were only 4 or 5 of us on 24 lanes.  Pretty quiet that day.  When deer season is over, I might hop over to the 100 yard line and try my luck.

    Yes, a 100 yard range limit, but can move the target stands to 75 and 50 yards, too.  They have pipe holders for the stands recessed in the concrete with markings for the distance and slot numbers.  They also have a separate pistol range.

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