This report covers:
- The value of YouTube
- What else there is
- The deal
- Off track?
- Lucky you
- Why bother with this?
- I gotta tell you
Today I’m going to talk about what you get when you buy something sight unseen. And the discussion is going to run deeper than that, because what works for one person may not work for another. Actually I think the comments to this report may be better than the report, itself. Let’s get started.
The value of YouTube
Remember the blog a few weeks back talked about the atomic bomb and how there is no way you can hear that sound on your smart phone or computer? That holds for a lot of other things, as well. I have taken up the ukulele and before I bought one I “researched” it on YouTube. Now, who do you suppose has videos on YouTube about ukuleles? Times up. If you guessed welders, guess again. The people demonstrating the ukes were/are all great players. So the instruments all sound fine. I know — who would have thought?
But YouTube does have some value. And you’re going to see it today.
How does this apply to airguns? Well, if I shoot a super-small group with a certain airgun it means I am able to do it. What does it mean to you? That’s where the comparison breaks down. I may be a better shot than you. Or I could be lying about the groups I shoot. I don’t, but how can you tell?
So, maybe the accuracy of an airgun as shown in this blog/the sound of the ukulele played on You Tube isn’t the best evaluation criterion. But what else is there?
What else there is
There are people you can trust. You don’t have to spend weeks or longer to find them. And it’s what they say and don’t say that should guide your decision to trust them — not how accurate they are with a certain airgun.
But there is a deal and here it comes. If the rifle in question shoots small groups CONSISTENTLY, that might be something to pay attention to. For example, consider the Air Arms TX200 Mark III. Want to know why I am always touting that air rifle? Because over the 28 years I have been writing about airguns and the hundreds of TX200s (Marks I, II and III) that I have seen or read about, only one person ever told me that his wasn’t accurate. When something like that happens I begin to suspect that maybe it isn’t the rifle. Maybe in this instance it’s the shooter?
This is why I recommend TX200s so often. I know for certain that the customer cannot go wrong. Now, as it turns out someone on this blog is having trouble with his .22-caliber TX right now. We would like to hear a report, please. We want to help.
My brother-in-law, Bob, is a blog reader. He tells me he reads the blog every day, like so many of you. Years ago Bob wanted an accurate pellet rifle– but:
1. He has arthritis and didn’t want an airgun that’s hard to cock.
2. He didn’t want to become “an airgunner” (more on that in a bit).
3. He doesn’t like to use open sights because his eyes are bad and he wears glasses.
So, many years ago I gave Bob a Hakim that is :
2. Easy to cock
3. Possible (though not easy) to scope
The result? Bob still has that Hakim and he tells me he still shoots it. He sends me pictures of targets like the one above from time to time that show great groups. In other words, Bob shoots his Hakim (and likes it?). But that isn’t all.
Bob doesn’t want to become an airgunner (why would anyone want that?) but a while back he asked me about the Umarex Synergis. He saw I was testing one and wanted to know if it really was as accurate as I was showing. No, Bob. I’m a liar and I shoot all my targets from two feet. You know better! Yes! The Synergis is just as accurate as I showed.
Anyhow, Bob bought a Synergis because it’s a repeater and he has trouble loading those small pellets into a rifle one by one. That’s the first time I ever heard of that problem (I’m being facetious — guys tell me things like that all the time). And he sends me photos of the groups he shoots. But Bob’s definitely not an airgunner. Oh no. Definitely not!
He was invited to come shoot airguns in a nearby neighborhood with a bunch of guys who are airgunners. He went and he liked it. He’s not an airgunner but he likes shooting his airguns with guys who are.
It may sound as if I’ve wandered off track, but that’s not the case. We are talking about who you can trust to tell you whether a thing you’re interested in is worth your time and money and I’m giving examples of how you know. I have another Bob story.
About eight years ago Bob wanted a centerfire rifle that was more powerful than his AR-15 that shoots the .223 Remington cartridge. He bought a .308 Winchester and I told his sister who was my wife that he wouldn’t like it. It was going to kick him too hard.
Bob bought it to shoot wild pigs, which are more than plentiful here in Texas. Well, guess what? That rifle kicked his teeth loose! So I found a surplus Mauser that had been chambered for 7.62X39mm. It was scoped and could put five into less than one inch at 100 yards. Edith and I bought it as a Christmas present for Bob, but she passed away unexpectedly two months later and I gave it to him early. I believe he has taken at least one pig with it, thus far, and he now reloads for it. That rifle doesn’t kick hard, is accurate and is everything Bob wanted.
So Bob knows a guy. Maybe some of you know a guy, too. A guy who won’t steer you wrong, if you will just listen.
And all of you do know a guy. In fact you know several guys. The readers who comment on this blog are the guys you know and you can read what they say and take their measure. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses — including me. The thing about it is, very few people know their own strengths and fewer still their weaknesses. But they don’t have to know them as long as you do. Then, when someone you trust says something about an airgun that’s in one of his strong areas, you have something you can trust. And when several trustworthy guys say the same thing, you can count on it even more.
Why bother with this?
You bother with this if you are about to take a major plunge, — a large financial risk. Until then this is all gibberish. But when you need to know and a guy you trust tells you the RAW HM1000x LRT PCP Air Rifle is capable of putting ten .25-caliber pellets into a one-inch group at 100 yards, which is exactly what you are looking for, you are on the right track!
I gotta tell you
Tomorrow I’m going to go back to the Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr BB rifle and I have some good news for you. No — it’s still made in China, so if that puts you off, nothing has changed. But something about the rifle has changed. And you will hear it here first. Stay tuned.