BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER: Part 5
The SHRED-ER from BUG-A-SALT.
This report covers:
- Keeping it charged
- Not for flies
- No geckos
- Well, YEAH!
- Shot count
- Your turn
Today we look at the BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER after some time has passed. We are now down the road a bit, and I feel more comfortable talking about the BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER.
Keeping it charged
As I mentioned in Part 4 I’m keeping mine charged with CO2 all the time. As a result, I’m using it far more. I have a couple things to tell you today and then I want to hear from you guys who have these and have used them.
As we move from summer into the days of long shadows, all the bugs and creepy crawlers are moving into the house to find cozy places to sleep and to lay their eggs. I have several minor intrusions happening, which the SHRED-ED deals with, now that it’s always ready.
The first surprise came several weeks ago when I spotted a black beetle crawling out from under my couch. It was a hard-shelled beetle so I didn’t give the SHRED-ER much of a chance, but I was wrong. It blew the beetle apart from 5 feet!
From five feet away the SHRED-ER blew this hard-shelled beetle apart. The head is to the right, one leg is at the top and the main body is at the left.
I was surprised when I saw what the SHRED-ER did to the beetle. That gave me the confidence I needed to shoot a cricket. I also shot a spider on my front walk and blew it to pieces. I SHREDDED it!
Not for flies
I don’t use the SHRED-ER for flies. Now that I have my BUG-A-SALT 2.0 working well with the smaller salt crystals, I reserve it exclusively for flies. They will usually stay still while I get to within 3 feet, which seems to be the 2.0’s best distance. The number of flies in the house has decreased while the other bugs have increased, here at the end of summer.
Wasps still avoid the SHRED-ER. When I see one in the garage with the outer door open I go in the house and grab the revolver. But apparently they spread the word that I’m coming, because when I get back out there, they’re gone.
This is the time of year when gecko lizards also try to come into the house. They are good bug killers, so I leave them alone, as long as they stay outside. I don’t allow them in the house. Fortunately, my cat, Dale Evans, likes to hunt them. I find tailless gecko bodies all around the house. I see her stalking them a lot but I have never seen what she does when she gets one. From the evidence it seems she bites their tails off then bites the bodies one or twice. I find the bodies around the house with their hands held up like they are in a stickup. They are always dead but not eaten. I think she eats the tails because they keep wiggling after they separate from the lizard. Best of all, she doesn’t throw them up like she does bugs.
I had John McCaslin and Yvette Hicks from AirForce Airguns and Martin Rutterford from RAW over to the house a few weeks ago and Yvette asked me to show Martin all my neat airguns. Well, that would take some time, so I just showed him a few. Then I dragged out the BUG-A-SALT and the SHRED-ER and the party got interesting. The BUG-A-SALT 2.0 looks more powerful than the SHRED-ER, so I rigged up a little demonstration. There was an empty aluminum beverage can on the coffee table, so I asked Martin to shoot it with the 2.0 from three feet. When he did the can just wobbled a little. Then I asked him to shoot it with the SHRED-ER from the same distance. The can was blown clear off the table! Martin smiled and said he had to get one for himself, and John McCaslin was already on his smart phone, searching for one on the internet. That’s the best demonstration I can think of to portray the difference between the spring-piston powered 2.0 and the CO2-powered SHRED-ER. And those two guys build airguns!
Getting a shot count with the SHRED-ER is difficult when you remove the CO2 cartridge after each use. But I have left the current one in for 44 shots and the gun is still shooting strong. I am going to estimate there are at least 50 good shots per CO2 cartridge.
A couple days ago I was getting ready for this report and I saw another spider on my front walk at 4 a.m. I grabbed the SHRED-ER and shot from 5 feet (spiders are very wary and I can’t get close to them). After the shot the spider ran away and went down a crack in the walk. I thought that was odd, since I had shot a similar spider at a similar distance a few weeks before and was successful. It was time to check where the revolver was shooting, because this time I know that I used a 6 o’clock hold on the spider’s body.
This tinfoil target told me the SHRED-ER pattern is right on for a 6 o’clock hold on the spider’s body from 5 feet. But the spider may not have been hit by as many salt crystals as I would have liked.
The pattern on the tinfoil told me the gun is shooting right on. The spider I drew is perhaps 3/8-inches high and maybe wasn’t hit by enough salt crystals. I see that the densest part of the pattern is slightly to the left of the spider’s body. That was either me or perhaps I need to adjust the rear sight to the right a bit. But I’m splitting hairs. The target spider was hit.
I want to hear from those of you who either have a SHRED-ER or are using a pellet revolver to shoot salt at insects. Different parts of the world will have different experiences just because of the local game. For example — does anyone have experience shooting carpenter bees? If I still lived in Maryland they would be my number one targets.