Apologies but I didn't know where else to post this.
I'm from the midwest and don't have the luxury of shooting outdoors throughout the year. Actually, all of my shooting is done at indoor ranges.
To make sure I get a lot of trigger time, I've invested in a couple of airguns.
I've been shooting in my basement for the past 8 years and I must say that it helps when I go to the range and shoot my other guns. I've got a pretty big basement and I've got my pellet trap set exactly 45 feet away. I find it very relaxing sometimes to shoot my airguns.
The IZH was a little on the pricy side but on a good day I can put the pellets on top of each other (Lasik surgery really helps). I've also justified the cost with my savings in ammo. I can buy a 500 tin of wadcutter pellets for $6 at the sporting goods store. You can't even find good .22 ammo for that price anymore.
For those who haven't tried airguns, I strongly suggest you do. It's cheap and it racks up your trigger time!
I have a Russian IZH 61 by IZH-Baikal.
I've had it for a number of years. I didn't pay much for it and I'm amazed at how accurate it is for such an inexpensive air rifle. Only a single pump too! Does great on pigeons.
The Izzy is a great pistol for entry-level 10m shooting, and also makes a pretty decent silhouette shooter as well. I have a cheap Simmons red dot on mine, and I do pretty well with it at our Field Target club. Also great for just keeping the skills up for when you can't go shoot the powder-burners.
I've shot 10m pistol and rifle for quite a while, and for competition I use an Anschutz CA and a Steyr LP1P. I also have an FWB P-70 modded to shoot Field Target as well. I also collect older 10m weapons, and have some really nice rifles and pistols that date as far back as the sixties. One day I'll have to take some pics and post them here. These older target weapons are very fun to plink with, which I can do in my backyard or aux. garage. I have a scope mounted on a Diana 66, and at 10 meters I can shoot the gnuts off a gnat. I can literally choose which half of a housefly to cut off with that rifle, which never ceases to amaze me.
I also have several hunting-style air rifles as well, including a modded Air Force Talon that shoots .22 pellets at over 1k ft./sec., accurately. It's hell on jackrabbits and squirrels....
WOW! That's a nice collection you have there Mr PhilR.
Nice looking rifles you got there.
When the time comes that I bump up my budget for the high end airguns, those are definately the ones I want! Excellent choice.
Originally Posted by PhilR.