2020 PRO Series
|Scope||Nightforce ATACR 5-25x56 F1|
|Bag||Armageddon Gear (or Reasor Precision)|
I can so relate to Ralphie from the classic movie, " A Christmas Story." When I was 10 mom and dad got me a lever action BB gun for Christmas straight out of the Sears catalogue. It had too much plastic on it and it was kind of cheesy, but I liked it better than the socks I got every year. Every day I would come home from school and head to the basement where I would punish circles drawn on a piece of paper taped to a cardboard box filled with newspapers. This was the highlight of my day. Yeah, I ran that lever action like John Wayne in pissed off mode. Yeah, the smoothbore 230 FPS .177 BB gun produced two inch groups at 30 feet. But it was my precision rifle, and I loved it. Until, it broke. A very sad day. So mom and dad told me that if my next report card was good, they would sponsor me with a new pellet gun. So after two months of burning down homework assignments and pop-up tests, the report card came and I crushed it. That's right, cleaned the report card, all A's. So dad took me to the gun shop and I can still remember the guy pulling the gun down from that rack and handing it to me. It was a Benjamin pump action .177 pellet gun with a wood stock and a rifled barrel. "So what is the velocity?" I asked the man. "About 750 FPS with ten pumps" he said. So I looked at my day and said, "Pretty cool." But in my mind, I had a, "Holy shit! 750 FPS" moment. Yeah dad, this is the one. In the box it went. So after school I came home and took the new Benjamin out of the box and headed to my private range in the basement. I immediately pumped it up to 10 pumps, go prone and broke the shot at my cardboard box 30 feet away. This is when I learned what 750 FPS was. The pellet went through the box and made a dent in the newly installed paneling behind the box. Mom and dad never quite noticed the damage and I was good with that. Current day ranges have the 3200 FPS rule. My private range is mom and dads basement quickly adopted the five pump rule. That Benjamin pellet gun really started it for me. Testing different pellet shapes and weights to see what worked best. And I eventually got a 2x7 Bushnell scope for the gun which only kicked me into the rabbit hold of optical requirements (I still have the scope). One more good thing came out of a pump pellet gun. The constant pumping of the forend gave me gorilla strength in my right arm. I went through junior high school undefeated in between class fight club type arm wrestling. So when I say to myself, "OK, do I need another expensive rifle?" I validate my purchase by referring back to my childhood air rifle time and convince myself that if I was interested in guns four decades ago and still am, I probably will not outgrow it anytime soon. Thank you mom and dad for not being anti-gun lefties. And thank you for introducing me to a sport I still enjoy today.
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