This report covers:

  • You Tube
  • Why read this blog?
  • So what?
  • Summary

This is a strange report. And it’s one that many of you need.

You Tube

How many of you use You Tube as a place to learn things? Raise your hands. I use it that way, too. It’s great for many things, but not for everything. Some things have to be experienced to understand. For example, you want to know what a nuclear blast sounds like, so you visit You Tube, looking for a report.

If you took the time to watch that film you got an idea of what I’m trying to say. There is no way that any audio speakers on earth can convey the sound of a nuclear blast. If they could they would destroy themselves, because it is the blast wave (the pressure of the sound) that destroys things with percussive force. And that wave moves out at 100 times the speed of sound — a fact I didn’t know until I watched that video.

Soooooo —- what does that rock band really sound like? You have their records, but is what you are hearing real? You rockers know that the answer is no. You have to be there to understand.

And so it is with a great many things. I can tell you that two plus two equals four and you can put coins or grapes on the table and see for yourself. But if I tell you that a TX200 Mark III is super pleasant to shoot — that’s a nuclear explosion.

I can tell you that Tune in a Tube really works, but once more it’s a bomb blast. You have to experience it for yourself.

Why read this blog?

If that’s true why bother reading this blog? Well, the answer is in that video I asked you to watch. There is no way you can know what a nuclear blast sounds like without experiencing one, but the narrator in that film goes to great lengths to explain what you cannot experience personally.

And that is what I try to do in this blog. On the days when I’m not testing things, like today, I try to explain what’s going on, so everyone will get a better understanding. I didn’t tell you about the guy at my church shooting gallery who walked up confidently and told me he knew all about shooting because he had shot an AR-15. Then his first comment on picking up the BB revolver was, “Man, this thing is heavy!”

Yes, it is. And a one-half-inch movement of the muzzle upon firing will throw the BB off by several feet at 5 meters.

Another guy — Mr. Vain who doesn’t like to wear his glasses — knows for certain that the sights are off on my revolver. That, despite the fact that they aren’t off for me or for several of the better shooters.

So — which one are you? Are you the guy who buys that Ultra-TestosterOH-NO! rifle at the discount store for $119 and then declares that pellet guns can’t hit the broad side of a barn from inside? Or are you the guy who watches, reads and learns before he buys an HW 30S, and begins a lifetime of airgun enjoyment?

THAT, my friends, is why old BB Pelletier jumps up and down and shakes his pom-poms when a Dragonfly Mark 2 comes out! That multi-pump is a nuclear explosion that has to be experienced to appreciate.

And again that is what BB was attempting to do when he described how it feels to shoot a TX200 Mark III that’s been tuned with a Tony Leach 22 mm piston.

I care about you guys. I appreciate that Jim in Keokuk, Iowa, only has the money (and not very much of that) to buy one air pistol. Mrs. Jim is as concerned with this purchase as he is, because the washing machine is starting to make noises that the repairman said are terminal. So I told Jim about the Beeman P17. I knew it was a good gun, and, if the bad luck gremlins got into Jim’s new gun before he got it, reader 45Bravo (Ian McKee) could show him how to reseal it for pennies (actually four dollars).

Just ask reader RidgeRunner if BB didn’t pester him into buying that ancient BSA underlever that founded RidgeRunner’s Home for Wayward Airguns. BB knew he couldn’t go wrong with that purchase, so he whipped out his magic wand and uttered his facilitating spell that made RidgeRunner go for it. And today Mrs. RidgeRunner trusts BB just as much as he does. She knows I will describe the nuclear blast to the best of my ability and also, if it is a fizzle, I’ll tell them.

So — what good does this do for the guys in Slovenia and San Francisco? These guys have limited access to airguns. They watch BB dance his happy dance with the Crosman Fire but, short of buying one, they don’t know what they don’t know.

Well, they do know a few things. They looked at the groups that BB says he shot at 25 yards. One was five pellets in 0.537-inches at 25 yards. That’s like watching the blast of a hydrogen bomb on You Tube. Obviously it’s loud and, from the size of the ships shown at anchor at the base of the fireball, it’s very big. How does that compare to the first atomic bomb blast at Trinity, New Mexico?  Well, let’s see. There were people standing in trenches 5.7 miles from ground zero at Trinity. If anyone had been within 5.7 miles of ground zero of the Bikini Atol test of a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb, they would have been vaporized.

Five pellets in 0.537 inches between centers is five pellets in 0.537-inches. Doesn’t matter who shot it; that’s what it is. If a 0.537-inch group at 25 yards is acceptable to you, there you go. It doesn’t matter how much gas costs in San Francisco or why, the Crosman Fire once put five pellets into 0.537-inches at 25 yards.

So what?

What I’m saying is, you have to look at the things you can see and then read about the things you can’t see. If someone says, “Dude, this thing is awesome!” How does that compare to 0.537-inches at 25 yards? The first one is a hydrogen bomb on You Tube and the second is as close as you can get to experiencing the reality of the blast without being there.

Summary

I told you that today’s report was strange. Whether or not it was one you needed is up to you.