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No, I haven't gone mad, but have a yen for something a bit "zen-like" that I can practise both right and left-handedly and perhaps improve my ageing hand/eye co-ordination. I had considered archery but, as Kristina reminded me, I couldn't possibly pull back a bow with my arthritic arms/shoulders. I have therefore had the notion of learning the art of using an air pistol and joining a local club for target shooting.

I would appreciate any advice from air gun fans out there as to what pistol to purchase. I have settled on a spring powered model firing .177 (or perhaps .22) pellets, and the price has to be less than £100. I do not want to make the mistake of getting a cheap underpowered or "rough" model but I do have to consider keeping the price within a strict budget. The problem of recoil means that I would probably be better off with a heavier model rather than a lightweight pistol.

Thanks guys - any help greatly appreciated.:)

 

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I would certainly try before you buy , the reason I say this is because some spring powered pistols can be difficult power up ( I was thinking of your Arthritic arms/shoulders)  . Have you had a search for a local club ? I would arrange with the club secretary to have a visit to the club and try some of the air pistols and air rifles that the club may own also some members may let you try their pistols under supervision. 

I owned a Crossman 2300 Co2 pistol which was good but then i got into the whole modding scene and converted it into an air rifle , the Crossman 2400 "ratty" is also quite good but that is an air rifle rather than pistol but incredibly light weight. I then decided to change a SMK from Co2 to HPA whcih was rather powerful in fact I think that one is still in my loft somewhere. The only problem with using Co2 is you get less power in cold conditions. 

I hope you have a steady hand because from experience even the lightest of pistols are quite heavy after a time with the out stretched shooting position. 

@johnbaz is probably the best to give advice , have you seen his collection ? it is out of this world . 

Good luck with your search and one final piece of advice I will give is be careful because it starts out being an air pistol and then an air rifle , then you put in for your firearms certificate which opens the door to rimfire rifles and shotguns .... I do miss my Rimfire rifles. 

cheers John 

 

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28 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

No, I haven't gone mad, but have a yen for something a bit "zen-like" that I can practise both right and left-handedly and perhaps improve my ageing hand/eye co-ordination. I had considered archery but, as Kristina reminded me, I couldn't possibly pull back a bow with my arthritic arms/shoulders. I have therefore had the notion of learning the art of using an air pistol and joining a local club for target shooting.

I would appreciate any advice from air gun fans out there as to what pistol to purchase. I have settled on a spring powered model firing .177 (or perhaps .22) pellets, and the price has to be less than £100. I do not want to make the mistake of getting a cheap underpowered or "rough" model but I do have to consider keeping the price within a strict budget. The problem of recoil means that I would probably be better off with a heavier model rather than a lightweight pistol.

Thanks guys - any help greatly appreciated.:)

 

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5 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

Thanks guys - any help greatly appreciated.

Co2 powered target pistols are available for around £90.

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No idea what they are like.

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If I was you I would be looking at Co2. Some of the newer Co2 pistols have very little recoil. I would say if possible, try before you buy. Any good gun shop will let you handle the pistols and should be able to offer you advice on what you are potentially going to purchase. Let us know how you get on, and if you take the plunge what you went for.   

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Thanks guys. I shall certainly take the plunge slowly - no targets as yet though as a moderator of the Forum, a few names might be up my sleeve, so to speak.:laugh:

Seriously though, I shall go to a proper gun shop and have a look as well as get advice on local clubs and/or target ranges. The problem at the moment is the fact that the clubs in my area are not adjacent to easy public transport links, which means begging lifts from my already pressured Kristina. I would certainly like to join a club because there will be experienced target shooters who will no doubt be able to help me with advancing my ability. My right hand trigger finger is now rather badly arthritic and I am planning to learn to use the pistol left-handed, rather as I learned to use the mouse on my computer with my left hand.

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2 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

Thanks guys. I shall certainly take the plunge slowly - no targets as yet though as a moderator of the Forum, a few names might be up my sleeve, so to speak.:laugh:

Seriously though, I shall go to a proper gun shop and have a look as well as get advice on local clubs and/or target ranges. The problem at the moment is the fact that the clubs in my area are not adjacent to easy public transport links, which means begging lifts from my already pressured Kristina. I would certainly like to join a club because there will be experienced target shooters who will no doubt be able to help me with advancing my ability. My right hand trigger finger is now rather badly arthritic and I am planning to learn to use the pistol left-handed, rather as I learned to use the mouse on my computer with my left hand.

I have not used them but have seen good reviews for Bravo One Field Sports who are in Fort Road, Newhaven tel: 01273 968511.

They stock air pistols and BB pistols which fire small plastic pellets. With BB pistols you have to have one in a bright colour unless you take part in airsoft (a sort of war game where you shoot at each other). 

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Thanks for that tip, dear Richard. Bravo 1 is actually almost opposite my local Italian cafe where I spend many mornings drinking coffee and chewing to cud of conversation with local friends and acquaintances. AAH, the good life... Oh, and Bravo 1 apparently has good reviews but the problem is lack of available stock, and when I went in there the other day, the assistant was friendly but only seemed to have a few air guns relevant to my needs. The shop hasn't been established very long, but long enough for it to have built up the sort of stock it advertises as specialising in. I was surprised at the general lack of stock of all kinds - the shop didn't seem to have advanced much since it originally opened, and I also don't think it has an online  shop as yet.:)

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1 hour ago, Always"watching" said:

Thanks for that tip, dear Richard. Bravo 1 is actually almost opposite my local Italian cafe where I spend many mornings drinking coffee and chewing to cud of conversation with local friends and acquaintances. AAH, the good life... Oh, and Bravo 1 apparently has good reviews but the problem is lack of available stock, and when I went in there the other day, the assistant was friendly but only seemed to have a few air guns relevant to my needs. The shop hasn't been established very long, but long enough for it to have built up the sort of stock it advertises as specialising in. I was surprised at the general lack of stock of all kinds - the shop didn't seem to have advanced much since it originally opened, and I also don't think it has an online  shop as yet.:)

Hi Always"watching". Just a thought on your condition. You would need to spend a bit more of your hard earned, but you cab get pistols that have triggers that are actually a switch, therefore requiring very little pressure to discharge the pistol. I'm not sure how much you would be looking at for a pistol with this type of trigger but it may assist you in your shooting venture.

Regards, Paul.:thumbsup: 

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Having shot a fair bit of stuff, I would look at a good air soft Co2 powered pistol.

 

The reasons being. 

 It's an expanding market so parts are easy to come by and reviews are plentyful.

You can get both plastic and metal ammunition, so can even set it up somewhere that having a powerful air pistol would limit you.

You can often 'dial' the power.

The ability to use it semi auto is alot better than rack and shoot.

 

 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 09:23, Always"watching" said:

No, I haven't gone mad, but have a yen for something a bit "zen-like" that I can practise both right and left-handedly and perhaps improve my ageing hand/eye co-ordination. I had considered archery but, as Kristina reminded me, I couldn't possibly pull back a bow with my arthritic arms/shoulders. I have therefore had the notion of learning the art of using an air pistol and joining a local club for target shooting.

I would appreciate any advice from air gun fans out there as to what pistol to purchase. I have settled on a spring powered model firing .177 (or perhaps .22) pellets, and the price has to be less than £100. I do not want to make the mistake of getting a cheap underpowered or "rough" model but I do have to consider keeping the price within a strict budget. The problem of recoil means that I would probably be better off with a heavier model rather than a lightweight pistol.

Thanks guys - any help greatly appreciated.:)

 

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good show;  pellet or BB?     i bought a early jap.  made,  co 2,  copy of a luger,  semi-auto for that same reason.  vin 

 

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Thanks for those interesting and helpful replies. It does seem that "people with air guns are a bit "persona non grata" at the moment, and I can understand why with the reports in the media of sea gulls, cats, dogs, and even people being shot by idiots with air guns.  The irritating thing is that I am about as aggressive as a new born lamb and have no intention of roaming around the countryside firing off my pistol at anything I see... I just want to learn to shoot well, improving my poor hand-eye co-ordination and developing the use of my left hand. In fact, I shall be having my second cataract operation, hopefully in the spring, and it would be great to enjoy some target practice as my eyesight starts to improve after surgery. I also do have a sort of idea that target shooting is a good way to "slow down" a bit, mentally, and do something that I have never tried before; indeed, the one-at-a-time loading of a spring piston pistol actually attracts me as a mode of keeping my tendency towards impatience in check.

I have been doing some research into local shooting ranges and clubs, and it is evident that there are some really well-organised clubs out there, but not as many as I would have expected. I also came across persons trying to organise places to shoot targets, and I am surprised that there aren't more shooting ranges for air guns out there. Interestingly, there is a very local archery club which has an indoor set-up for shooting during the winter very close to me. I don't see why sports centres can't host air gun shooting in the same way as archery, although I suppose I can foresee certain problems that might arise, and we go back to the problem of irresponsible shooters mucking things up for those of us who want to do a bit of serious target practice.

I am still in the process of working this through to see what the possibilities are before I launch out and purchase an air pistol. So, watch this space...:biggrin:

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On 08/12/2017 at 14:45, vinn said:

defination of ambydextory:  shooting accuratly with both hands. vin

 Being ambidextrous in Manchester

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hi Honour,as a regular target shooter,for your needs i would suggest a single shot co2 powered calibre .177 air pistol.the pistol advised by Wrench is an excellent choice..most gun clubs will only allow .177 calibre to be shot on their ranges.spring powered air pistols are good fun but after reloading them 50 times in a session it can be quite tiring even for the most able bodied of shooters.i co2 capsule will last at least 30 shots and reloading is simply a matter of putting a pellet in the breech.ask your local club if they have any club guns which they can loan you for your use at the range.my club has this facility.it is an relaxing hobby as you suggest also a great sense of achievement is felt when your scores improve with practice..

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Kind of reminds me of being a kid when everybody had some sort of air gun and off out up the woods trying not to get shot by stray pellets.

You'd never get away with it these days.

:laugh: :laugh:

Two old telephone directories taped together some paper targets or an old dart board, a box of darts and off you go in the comfort of your own front room.

 

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17 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

Kind of reminds me of being a kid when everybody had some sort of air gun and off out up the woods trying not to get shot by stray pellets.

You'd never get away with it these days.

:laugh: :laugh:

Two old telephone directories taped together some paper targets or an old dart board, a box of darts and off you go in the comfort of your own front room.

 

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ever heard of "parlor pistols"? you don't have to join a shooting club !  vin

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