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Air/pellet pistol in the house for post-surgery entertainment?

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by Pizzapinochle, Feb 11, 2014.

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  1. Pizzapinochle

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    I just had shoulder surgery and will be on the couch for a bit. I JUST realized that a pellet/bb pistol might provide a lot of one handed entertainment.

    With a pellet trap, seems I could plink away from my couch just fine.

    I don't know much about air guns, what type should i try to find that is easily operable with one hand?

    Any other advice on this endeavor?

    Many thanks, sitting bored on the couch drives me nutso.
     
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  3. ChaoSS

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    Just a heads up, there is an air gun board on this forum.

    Look for something powered by co2. You don't want to be trying to cock a gun with one hand. A crosman 2240 would be a good choice, although the .22 pellets it uses are a little bit more expensive than something in .177. There are a couple of revolvers that look pretty fun as well, and may be easier to load one handed.
     
  4. Pizzapinochle

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    Yeah, noticed the air gun section after posting, but will check around there.

    The 2240 looks good, but the single shot breech loading would probably be tedious one armed.

    Will a similarly priced CO2 with a magazine from wally be reliable? Looking at this...

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-C41-.177-Pistol/15103398
     
  5. Garak

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    Get an electric airsoft pistol, they're really cheap to shoot and usually have large magazines, and can be fired full auto as an added bonus (in case you get bored). A CO2 model works fine also.

    Ordinary pellet guns tend to leave lead shavings and dust all around the pellet trap.
     
  6. Armor Snail

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    Lethal Enforcers anyone?
    I still have mine.
    Great if your a wheel gun fan. Lol
     
  7. mf-dif

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    You want a CO2 gun. Two types you can get, a semi-auto pellet or bb gun. They each have their advantages/disadvantages.

    BB guns can be more realistic...in the sense that they make more of them with blowback slides that feel like .22lrs in recoil action. They typically have more moving bits to play around with like again racking the slide, moving hammers etc. But they are not as accurate. Smooth barrels.

    Then there are pellet guns that are much more accurate. Rifled barrels so they can be as accurate as you can shoot...but they don't have blowback actions. So less moving parts.

    I have 1 of each kind for sale if interested. ;)

    Walther PPK/S and M&P Full Size.
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=743245
     
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  8. JSH1

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    Your choice of gun will depend on what you want to do with it. If you just going to shoot cans I would get an airsoft gun. The ammo is cheaper and you don't need to worry about lead dust, shavings, pellets in your house. However, they aren't target guns and you should be happy with 2 inch groups at 10 yards. I sold my airsoft gun because it simply wasn't accurate enough to shoot paper targets. (I had a $200 one so it wasn't because the gun was cheap)

    If you are going to do precision target shooting you need a pellet gun with a rifled barrel. The Crosman 2240 is an excellent choice and is an excellent value. It is also a gun with a huge accessory catalog so if you decide you like air guns you mix and match barrels and such to convert it to a carbine or rifle in the future. I have a Crosman 2400KT from the custom shop and love it. I shoot it more than any of my firearms because I can walk out to the garage and shoot any time I want. A good shooter can put all their pellets in a hole the size of a nickel with a 2240.

    I made my own pellet trap using a cardboard box and old carpet. I just cut the carpet a little oversize and stacked 8 layers in the box then turned the box on its side. The 2240 will put pellets through 3 layers of carpet.
     
  9. ChaoSS

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    Reliable, yes, probably, but not what you want.

    Some may disagree with me, but you do not want airsoft or a bb gun. Those can be ok for certain types of training, especially force on force training, and other realistic types of training. You are laid up with a bad arm, you want to target shoot. You need a pellet gun for that.

    Furthermore, shooting steel bbs at a steel pellet trap is a bad idea.

    Pellet dust shouldn't be a problem for a pellet gun putting out 400 someodd fps.

    Also, I may be off base here, but I think that loading pellets into a breech like a 2240 will be easier with one hand than loading bbs into a magazine with one hand.

    Look at PyramydAir for awhile, browse around, but the more I think about it, the more I think the 2240 is the best bet for you. The .22 pellets should be pretty easy to load. The price is higher, but not unreasonably so, unless you are pretty broke.
     
  10. Pizzapinochle

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    If i had planned ahead on this, i'd be buying. But, gotta find something local. But, you all gave me the info i needed, thanks!
     
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    So, I'm all about having some shooting fun while laid up in the house. Just be careful of what you use for a target. About 30 years ago I was bored senseless and decided to shoot pellets in the house for fun. All was well until I got bored of shooting at a home made trap. To this day I still don;t know why I decided to take the pellet gun into the bathroom with me. While sitting on the toilet I thought that plinking objects on the sink (hair brush, toothbrush, etc.) was fun until I took aim on a chapstick just begging to be destroyed. In my arrogance I failed to observe the can of shave cream behind the chapstick. A moment later, the hissing sound of the shave cream can spinning in the sink was my indicator that I missed the chapstick. I immediately realized then that the little white dots of shave cream were not only all over me but also the walls, ceiling and floor of the bathroom. The following 2 hours of cleaning established my personal rule that I would never, ever again, shoot any type of firearm in my place of residence again.

    Blessings,

    Paul
     
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    Marksman still makes a spring pistol that will shoot bbs and pellets or darts single loaded. I have one and it shoots darts well.
     
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    mf-dif writes:

    The Gamo PT85 and PT25 pistols have both features. The draw is that, since some of the gas is used to cycle the slide (for realism only), the shot-count per canister is reduced.

    I believe the Umerax gun that replicates the Beretta PX4 also has both features.

    hartcreek writes:

    That one was my first gun of any kind. Paid ten bucks for it, I think, around 1984. Still have it lying around somewhere. Never tried it with either pellets or darts, but BBs tended to land in different ZIP codes from each other. (sometimes two or three would come out at a time!)
    I'll have to dig it out one of these days.
     
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    Which is why a gun with blowback isn't the best idea for what he's trying to do. Something simple is better.


    I have a bb gun that I bought to practice with, and I didn't realize how badly inaccurate most bb guns are. This thing is full size piece of paper at ten yards inaccurate. Not much fun, tbh.
     
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    I started shooting air rifles after my surgery....Nerve damage in the left arm, and they replaced some disc's in my neck....I was down for a month.

    You really want CO2, pumping or a springer is a non option. I just got an air rifle and used a rest.

    You really don't want anything that shoots BB's they are not very accurate....add to that they will bounce.

    When you do buy get a few different kinds of pellets, air guns a re a little like 22's some like this pellet, others will hate it.

    Now about 5 years after my surgery, I am still not 100% and never will be, I still shoot my firearms, but I also shoot my air rifle quite a bit.

    I ended up with a QB78 from archer airguns....I really did not want to spend a great deal of money on something I did not really know much about. This is a very nice and very accurate air rifle.....I know you said pistol, but I really wanted to say you can also go down the rifle road if you want.

    Good luck to you and get well soon.
     
  17. Pizzapinochle

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    Found a used walther c99 replica from a local. CO2 is a bit ricky to load, but the accuracy is fine for shooting at the rag filled box at the other end of the couch. Semi-auto with 18 bbs means i can punch a nice little hole where the bullseye used to be. So far, good fun.

    I would definitely go with something different if really trying to be accurate, but for "bored on the couch" conditions, pretty solid.
     
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    The "S&W 586" from Umarex is a pretty decent CO2 pistol.

    http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/tag/smith-wesson-686-co2-revolver/

    It's less "toylike" than a lot of the Umarex CO2 pistols designed to mimic various real handguns. You can get a "stainless" version, but the "magazines" only come in black, so they won't match the "stainless" gun.

    Accuracy is very good. The gun can be shot either single- or double-action and the double-action trigger is surprisingly good.

    As far as operation, it can be easily shot with one hand. Loading the gun and replacing the CO2 cartridge should be possible with one hand. I won't go so far as to say it would be easy but I don't believe it would require any "heroic measures" to accomplish the tasks.

    The power level of the gun is such that it should not be excessively difficult to make an effective target trap, but if you are not inclined to projects at this time, any decent airgun target trap will work.

    For indoor use, I'd go with something like the following:
    http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Air_Venturi_A_G_E_Quiet_Pellet_Trap_Incl_Ballistic_Putty/1018

    It is quiet, and since it traps the pellets in ballistic putty, instead of allowing them to hit a steel backstop, there will be no lead dust or fragments to worry about.
     
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    That's a nice pellet trap.I like making things like that and the "ballistic putty" is that Duct Seal they sell in Home Depot or Lowes. I think Ace hardware also carries that stuff too.
     
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    Get a laserlyte system. You can use your actual pistol(s) with it and practice from the couch. Better than cleaning up airsoft, safer than shooting pellets indoors.
     
  21. JohnKSa

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    It is certainly true that you can substitute Duct Seal for the Ballistic Putty--I have a lot of Duct Seal in my pellet trap. But I'm not 100% sure that they're exactly the same thing. The Duct Seal I purchased myself seems like it might be slightly less dense and more "kneadable" than the Ballistic Putty that came with my trap.

    Of course, it might just be that they were two different kinds of Duct Seal. Hard to say.
     
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  22. OcelotZ3

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    LaserLyte is not a bad idea. It's more enjoyable (generally) with the blue gun since you don't have to re-rack the slide every time.
     
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