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Air weapon

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Andy, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Andy

    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    Why do Basc use the word air weapon for airguns and don't use it for a shotgun or any other gun or bow.

    Here's whats on wikipedia for weapon.

    A weapon is a tool employed to injure, defeat, or destroy an adversary.<sup id="_ref-0" class="reference">[1]</sup><sup id="_ref-1" class="reference">[2]</sup> Weapons may be used to attack and defend, and consequently also to threaten or protect. Metaphorically, anything used to damage (even psychologically) can be referred to as a weapon. A weapon can be as simple as a club or as complex as an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    So anything can be used as a weapon, but Basc use the term air weapon and never shotgun weapon or anything else weapon. :(
     
  2. EX Mod Cog

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    I know what you mean, but when you think about it, most airguns are used for hunting - so there's nothing wrong with calling an airgun a 'weapon', it's just that they're not used against other people.
     
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    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    I'd say most airguns are used for plinking/target shooting.

    Shotguns seem to be the tool for hardened bank robbers, so lets start calling them shot weapons. :D
     
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    AIR WEAPON sounds bad air rifle is what they should be referred to
     
  5. andyhawkx3

    andyhawkx3 Major Poster

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    My misses as got a hot-air weapon, it damages my ears:(
     
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    Not being funny but is it because BASC consider Air 'weapons' to be inferior to those that use 'proper' guns?, i.e shot guns and live ammo rifle. I've personally come across quite alot of snobbery in the past, air gunners typically being branded as inferior, chavs, pikies etc, etc. The reason I shoot airguns is cos I like the stealth, discipline and silence not because I can't afford to go to pheasant shoots or stalk deer.

    I think it's sad they are using language like 'weapon' - yes it is a weapon but shouldn't be associated with weapons like knives that are used for hurting people. Unfortunately, call it a weapon and that's the first thing people will think.
     
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    spot on the man above
     
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    I refer to my 'air rifles' as rifles.

    I do not make a distinction between an air rifle and a live firing rifle, and as such, treat them both with the same respect.
     
  9. andyhawkx3

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    Yes l have come across, that in the past..but l have a shotgun semi-auto..but l prefer to us my airgun, it take more skill, to shoot a airgun and it what you are shooting at than a shotgun, also a bigger buzz...so the snobs can get stuffed.
    But there again snobbery works both ways... there has, at least once where a bullet< as in gunpowder/TNT cartridge shooters, tried to make the connection, to us on this forum, and they have/his, has been given the same snobbery back...so whats to do:confused:
     
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    I'm the same as chiz

    All the same to me

    Cheers Lee
     
  11. Rockabilly

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    a weapon is only dangerous as the person holding it.
     
  12. andyhawkx3

    andyhawkx3 Major Poster

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    Never a truer word spoken or written:up:
     
  13. topcat

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    was that the man who would like to of seen airguns licenced
     
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    What does she call your weapon :D
     
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    A very good point.

    But my point is, just because it's an air rifle, doesn't mean you should treat it with any less respect. You start being lenient about it, accidents will happen. There have been many instances of people getting killed by air rifles, just as there have for any other kind of rifle.
     
  16. andyhawkx3

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    Spit:D
     
  17. andyhawkx3

    andyhawkx3 Major Poster

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    whom, you tell me
     
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    My sentiments entirely...well said. My venomviper is definately a weapon, but only in the eyes of rabbits etc ! I prefer to refer to it as my rifle as that is what it is. When I eventually get my .22 rimfire that will be called the rifle, and the VV will become simply 'air-rifle'
    Ken
     
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    Not proper guns?
    That is a good thing with the current antigun atmosphere!
     

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