This report covers:

  • Start
  • Field Target
  • And the point
  • Bow Bully
  • Crosman Fire
  • Turned it aroun
  • Taking the time
  • Reasonable expectations
  • Summary

I was all set to test the Crosman Fire breakbarrel rifle in a special way for you today when I read several of the comments to Hank’s guest blog yesterday. I just had to comment on what I read. I’ll do the Fire tomorrow


Let’s start with the guy Hank got his new FX Crown rifle from — the guy who wanted to shoot pigeons at 150 yards after seeing it on You Tube. Why do that? I suppose that in some way it seemed cool to the guy. We all understand that. I see Glenn Campbell playing the William Tell Overture on You Tube and it makes me wish I could play guitar that well. Heck, I wish I could do anything that well!

Field Target

I remember when I competed in Field Target I was always at the three quarter mark. In a 60-shot match (that I set up) I would get 43-46 points. It didn’t matter whether I shot a TX 200 Mark II or a PCP, I always finished in that range. And there was a guy who only shot the course offhand, and he shot a tired old HW 77. He always finished in the top two or three shooters with a 54-56. 

One of our targets was a turkey at 50 yards. It had a one-inch kill zone and was the tallest target we had. When you dropped him he took over a second to fall. We called him, “Long Tom.” That was the toughest target we had, except for a 10-yard target with a quarter-inch kill zone that was close to impossible to drop.

Well, the guy shooting offhand dropped Long Tom almost every time while yours truly probably got him one third of the time. The shootoffs for tying scores at the end of the match were invariably at Long Tom and this guy would just keep on dropping him from the standing position until he missed. And sometimes he didn’t miss and won the match.

And the point?

The point is — that guy knew his rifle. We had another guy who spent a fortune on new rifles, scopes and even scope mounts! Yep, I saw a $500 scope mount back in the 1990s. And $2,000 scopes were common. And most of the time the guy with the HW77 would beat him — forcing him to go out and buy another new “can’t miss” rifle. The funny thing was, that guy was also a good shooter. But he never shot the same rifle long enough to get used to it. 

Bow Bully

The Bow Bully wrote a recent blog titled Does your Bow need a Back Bar Stabilizer? To that report reader CBS responded, “You’re kidding, right? No? Gadjetry anyone? What, …no electric motor to handle the draw weight?
Oh for the good ol’ days of aesthetically pleasing, satisfyingly effective, longbows/recurves, etc.
Look at your photo, …how is that machine even a “bow”? Where is the “bow” part? Does it come with a psychiatrist to help you determine what ELSE you probably need to make you a real archer? I will buy the latest iteration when someone designs an arrow-launching something that will go hunting for me while I sit home watching tv, and will bring back its (my) prey all cleaned and packaged ready for the freezer or cooked ready for the table! The something will of course have selected only a wall-mount worthy trophy victim, and will have mounted and placed the head over my (gas) fireplace. Then, when my friends see it, just let them try to say I’m anything but a mighty hunter!
This reminds me of the sportsman-like method of hunting deer employed by some of my fellow firefighters in my home state of Florida – pull up to a hammock in the everglades, set the dogs loose to chase out the deer, and shoot them from the elevated bed of your swamp buggy with your semi-auto as they struggle through waist deep water and sawgrass.
I think I’m gonna get a taller soapbox so I can be a little closer to God when I ask Him why He made me so much better than everyone else. ( …and modest, too!)”

So, a lot of people get it. It’s not the equipment — it’s the person. Whether playing guitars or shooting air rifles, it all comes down to the person doing it and not to the equipment. Yes — good equipment does play a part, but the person using it has to know what they are doing.

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Crosman Fire

As I mentioned I was about to shoot the Crosman Fire for accuracy this morning. But I made a change to the rifle and I felt very sure it would have a positive impact on the results. How much of an impact? Well, the Fire is already accurate, so we have to start from there. When you start from a good place the amount of increase, if any, is small. On the other hand if you sit on the couch and watch Glenn Campbell and then take up the guitar there will probably be a guitar for sale cheap in the future. Of course you bought a good guitar because nobody can play a cheap one that well.

Well, maybe. But how about this cigar box guitar?

Not too bad for a homemade instrument!

Turned it around

So, Hank saved that FX Crown by turning it back into the 30 foot-pound PCP it was meant to be. And BB intends showing the Crosman Fire off tomorrow in all its glory. It’s a $140 rifle (and scope combo) that’s worth the price IF the owner takes the time to become good with it. 

Taking the time

“Taking the time” may mean doing what has to be done to get the rifle/pistol shooting its best. That’s what we are doing with the Crosman Fire.  Or it may even include the shooter taking the time to learn how to shoot better so he can take advantage of all the capability of the airgun in question. 

Reasonable expectations

Now, on its best day the Crosman Fire will never be as accurate as the TX 200 Mark III with the Tony Leach tune that I applied — not even on that rifle’s worst day. Still the Fire is far more accurate than we have come to expect from Chinese-made breakbarrels. I chose to write about it the way that I am because I wanted to show everyone how much potential is hidden away in seemingly inexpensive air rifles. But, in order to see that the shooter has to do his or her job and the rifle has to do its job. Both things have to perform to their best to get a good result. None of this opening the box and then shooting pigeons at 150 yards.


It isn’t the equipment; it’s the shooter. So if you’re on a budget, the cheapest thing to work on is you.