Calling flyers — the marksman’s goal

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Introduction
  • What is a called flyer?
  • Airguns are unique
  • How are flyers called?
  • I became a better shooter
  • The skill transfers


Today’s report was at the request of reader Chris USA. He responded to a comment made by reader Matt61,

On “called flyers”, what is that exactly? Do you call it (before) the pellet hits ? or,…is it a choice you make (after) the shot hits ? Follow through and keeping the eye on the target, after the shot,…I find that most of the time that I know (before) the pellet hits that I messed up. It’s an instinct, but one I am still working on.

Do you call a “flyer” after or before the shot hits ? If before,…you better be pretty darn quick about it !

The conversation went on to question how it was possible to call a flyer that left the airgun in a few milliseconds. Do humans really have reaction times that fast? Not really, but reaction time has nothing to do with calling flyers. read more