Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr had unexpected benefits.

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Feeling nostalgic for the days of misspending my your at shooting galleries at Volksfests in Germany when I was stationed there I found out I could get a version of the gallery rifles we used. It's the Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr, and it's basically a BB gun. a 6.4 lbs bolt-action with an average velocity of 435 fps. Lots of fun for backyard plinking. I reset my four-inch hanging steel air rifle target to about 25 yards and have fired hundreds of rounds at it in the last week.

The unexpected benefit is that my off-hand rifle-shooting skills have improved dramatically. OK, duh. Fire hundreds of rounds and if you don't improve you're doing it wrong. But it genuinely hadn't occurred to me that this would happen. It's a good thing too; my skill in this area has been deteriorating over the last few years.

Anyway, this thing is a hell of a lot of fun for $170!
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Is it spring or air powered? Years ago I bought a Crossman Pellet pistol to dispatch the rabbits that were using my garden as a buffet line so I put a target on a piece of hardboard and hung it on my fence for target practice. The first pellet I fired hit the bull dead center and ricocheted directly back and hit me in the chest. Just something to keep in mind.
 
Is it spring or air powered? Years ago I bought a Crossman Pellet pistol to dispatch the rabbits that were using my garden as a buffet line so I put a target on a piece of hardboard and hung it on my fence for target practice. The first pellet I fired hit the bull dead center and ricocheted directly back and hit me in the chest. Just something to keep in mind.
It's a spring-piston air gun
 
In the Army, in Germany, my company had a team that competed in air rifle competition. This was 1969. Targets were shot off hand at ten meters. We competed against the Germans and, of course, we regularly got out butts handed to us on a plate. The rifles we used looked like the OPs post. I think it was ten shots per target but I don't remember. I shot egg sized groups. The German's put em' all into one hole.

Of course, a few beers were involved. German beers, which got us a bit loopy and just got the German's warmed up!!
 
I have always felt I really learned to shoot a handgun from shooting a Crosman 1377 pump up pistol. I could shoot that in the back yard in town and no one knew I was target practicing. I also shot my Benjimin pump 22 a lot in the yard. I killed a lot of squirrels with that rifle.

I have a Beeman 177/22 combo that is a break barrel. A really powerful gun. I am sure it was made in China. Shoots good. I have never used it on a squirrel. But I bet it would do a number on one.
 
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