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Offline Gambo

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #400 on: March 16, 2017, 07:32:40 PM »
Questions questions........

Errr, I dunno off the top of my head (forgive my memory, I'm gettin' old don'tcha know?), but may have it written down somewhere.....so I'll have a check and report back.

I do remember it favoured 5.52 AAF's (as do the majority of PCPs, except weedy seven seven ones owned by women)......and the reason it is ooh sooooo quiet, is coz the silencer is a QGSII.

As it was the only one of those silencers I had, I was tempted to swap it for for an empty toilet roll tube that had been sprayed black, and stuffed with sound deadening used bog paper, Tampax fluff, all wrapped up with an Always Ultra with the lockable core....... in the hope that Blerky wouldn't notice...........but as the QGS worked really well on that rifle, and also accuracy was at it's very best with it fitted, I relented and left it on.......but if Blerky wants to swap it for summat cheaper, nastier, and much louder, then I'll see what I can do, coz that's the kind of thoughtful guy I am! ;)

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #401 on: March 17, 2017, 07:35:02 AM »
 :D

The book says it can deliver 50 shots from a full (200) tank.

I'm going to try it over the chrono at the range to see where the "sweet spot" is. If the book says "50" I expect it'll be 40 at consistent power.

I'll have to see if I can get my hands on some manly .22 AAFs. I'll be trying it out with my JSBs initially.

As for the cotton-packed silencer; it's performance was marred by just one thing. The outer coating has a rubbery, almost tacky feel to it. Gambo, did you hollow out a black dildo to make it?
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #402 on: March 19, 2017, 11:20:57 AM »
Now that I have a gun again it was off to the range on Friday.

Ironically I got a call on Friday morning from the gun shop to say my Terrus was back. So I picked that up and went off with TWO guns!

I also picked up some AAF pellets as Gambo had said something about the Hatsan favouring them. These are they:



The trepidation and anticipation built and built. My fingers shook as I loaded the mags of the Hatsan. I popped one into the breach (is that correct?), cocked the gun and let rip.

Incredibly a little flag saying "Bang! Love, Gambo x" did NOT appear from the end of the barrel. What I got instead were heads turning next to me. "That's bloody quiet," says the guy beside me. "Yes," I replied. "The bloke who sold it me made the silencer out of tampax and a toilet roll tube."  :D

So, I zeroed it in at 30 yards and here's the first group of 10 :



I don't think that was too bad. The new scope took a little getting used to and I still have some progress to make there.

Next up I shot three groups of 10 with the Hatsan and then three with the Terrus. Here are the results (the Hatsan is the left-hand column):



What I learnt from that target is that my Terrus needs a couple of clicks to the right and the Hatsan maybe one more up.

Now, The groups for the Hatsan could probably be even better if I were shooting it like a target shooter. You guys may correct me if I'm wrong but what I was doing was taking a shot, moving the gun enough that I would be forced to find the target again and taking another shot. My thinking is that "out in the field" no two successive targets will be in the exact same place (bunnies move apparently). Do you lot think this is a reasonable approach to hone one's skills?

There was, of course, carnage but the only evidence I could find was this poor fella:



How did the Hatsan compare with the Terrus? Well, the Hatsan was VERY quiet, VERY composed and, with a ten-shot magazine installed, VERY quick and FUN!!!! The Terrus, on the other hand, made a little more noise, kicked like a mule (I forgotten how much) and was a completely different type of fun.

Which is best? Both of them! It's horses for courses isn't it? My lads will definitely favour the Hatsan because it's more "sniper"ish. I like the Terrus because of the feedback and the challenge. They both have their merits. When I'm next at the range I'll be taking and shooting both again (why not?) and when I finally get out into the field I'll take both there too.

@Gambo - It's a great gun and the scope and silencer are great additions. Cheers, buddy.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #403 on: March 19, 2017, 01:24:02 PM »
You're very welcome Mr Blerk, I'm glad you are enjoying the rifle, and I hope you manage to give it more use than I was able to.


Those groups are more than good enough to humanly dispatch live quarry at, or under, the same range at which you produced those target cards. Longer ranges will have those groups opening up, and so I would respectfully suggest more practice would be needed enable you to hunt quarry at further distances. ;)

I know that rifle is more than capable of producing fingernail sized groups at 40 yards......so it's now down to you as a shooter to practice enough so as to exploit the accuracy potential contained in that rifle.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #404 on: March 19, 2017, 08:23:41 PM »


 I'm glad your happy with your new rifle , I felt certain you would be. :D

 
 It's a serious business killing vermin , it's got to be done efficiently every time.
 It's different outdoors shooting at a living creature compared to shooting off a bench in relative comfort at a bit of paper. :)
 
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #405 on: March 20, 2017, 09:38:42 AM »
shooting at a living creature compared to shooting off a bench in relative comfort at a bit of paper.

That's certainly true!

Most people experience something called 'Buck Fever' when aiming at a living creature, because you are highly aware of the responsibility you are placing upon yourself to dispatch it cleanly and quickly, without inflicting any suffering. Obviously those emotions don't happen when shooting at an inert piece of paper.

Your heart rate will increase, nervous shakes will show themselves, and you may even start to cold sweat. All of those need to be taken into account, and controlled.....but you'll never learn how to without doing it first.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #406 on: March 20, 2017, 09:41:03 AM »
Oh! I forgot to tell you about the epilogue to my visit to the gun shop and the "plead ignorance" advice I got from Chatter.

When I went to pick my Terrus up on Friday I mentioned to Worker that I was uncomfortable with Chatter's advice. I said you can't legislate for what people like Camo say on the unwashed side of the counter but shop staff should know better.

Worker was in complete agreement and said that "words had been had" after I'd left the shop that day. Worker considers himself to be a professional gunsmith and, as such, walks on the correct side of the line.

I'll continue to use the shop and seek Worker's advice etc. I'll just steer clear of Chatter.

If anyone in the Sheffield area is looking for a decent gun shop feel free to visit South Yorkshire Airguns and ask for Adam.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #407 on: March 20, 2017, 09:53:27 AM »
Most people experience something called 'Buck Fever'

I remember that from times as a kid when my Dad and I would go fishing and we'd need to finish of the catch (we'd eat our catch, not just throw them back).

Strangely, despatching rabbits was never a problem. My grandparents and parents kept a number of rabbits which my sister and I considered to be pets. The adults considered them to be a crop! I occasionally helped "get one ready" for a rabbit pie.

And when we all went camping for our summer holidays my Dad would try to take out rabbits on the evening drive home from the pub so we'd have something different to eat for dinner the following day. I always saw this as a bit of a hunt/sport.

Now that I think of it; my family have been a little harsh on rabbits over the generations.

BUT! I do appreciate that I cannot just walk into a field full of fluff and cotton-tails and go mental. No, I DO need to practice and build confidence as well as ability.

Ideally I need to get some outdoor practice in too. Either that or find some way to lure vermin into a portable 30yard corridor that I can carry around in a backpack.  ::)
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #408 on: March 20, 2017, 03:53:29 PM »
Field craft my friend, field craft is key.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #409 on: March 20, 2017, 04:01:46 PM »
Last time I got crafty in a field the wife slapped me.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.