Yepper. I got a Umarex Colt Defender BB pistol and then a Crosman Colt Python pellet pistol. I have mounted a red dot on the Python. I have set up an inside 'range' in the basement and built a pellet trap. I also made an outdoor target gizmo that includes metal spinners, the little clay discs from Daisey, and multiple paper targets. Oh, I also plink the soda cans before they go into the recycle bin.I just bought a Daisy 15xt co2 pistol for practicing at home.
I just wanted something to practice when I'm not able to go to the range.
Does anyone else do this?
Anyone who has held his aim for more than five seconds probably will notice an increasing movement of the front sights.
When you first start shooting that movement starts far earlier than five seconds. That is because you are using both voluntary and involuntary muscles to aim the gun.
You mentally tell your muscles "aim at the target and hold steady" and your voluntary muscles attempt to do just that. But they need the assistance of the involuntary muscles and those muscles must learn how to work together to create the steady hold.
From a shooting point of view, that is probably the most important thing you will gain from shooting pellet guns.
You will also learn to concentrate on the front sights.
Keep in mind that a good quality pellet gun is more accurate than most gun powder powered hand guns.
I have a Baikal target airgun. It is a low end 10 meter competition model. The gun is capable of putting 10 rounds at 33 feet through a single hole of less than .250" (using .177 pellets). There are better weapons that can do better. All of them easily outshoot my capabilities.
But the point is that if you are able to hit the bulls eye on a 10 meter target (from ten meters) you have mastered the sight picture and you've mastered the practice of keeping your attention on the front sights, and you've conditioned your involuntary muscles to work in coordination with your voluntary muscles.
And you've done this for approximately $0.01 per shot. And you can practice every day in your basement.
I would guess that most members here:
1. Would benefit from additional shooting time
2. Cannot get to the range every night of the week
3. Have budget constraints that limit the total number of rounds that they can shoot.
Additionally, some people totally get off on the noise and recoil and the excitement associated with shooting live ammo. Those things can be a distraction when it comes to working on your sight picture aiming skills.
I think that an airgun is a fine way to improve your shooting skills. I don't really think it is necessary to have the gun match your current weapon or to have a semblence of recoil. It does have to be accurate so that you can judge your improved skills. That is why bb guns would not meet my criteria. The bbs fly all over the place and you cannot learn anything useful from them.
This is a Baikal 10 meter pistol: IZH-Baikal IZH 46M Match Pistol. Air guns - PyramydAir.com
They don't list the weight in the specs so I just weighed mine: Two pounds, ten ounces (42 ounces, about the same weight as an all steel, full-sized 1911)