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I hate air weapons

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Meteor62, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Meteor62

    Meteor62 Major Poster

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    I hate the term "air weapons" for me it conjures up something sinister about air guns and puts them in the same category as chucky sticks and flick knives. I mean you don't hear people refer to shot guns as shot weapons or bullet guns as powder weapons. Thoughts?
     
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    I always use the term Air Rifle when talking about shooting, as weapons tend to make people think of hunting and we all know that shooting is not just about hunting but more so for target shooting.
     
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    I agree a weapon is meant to cause injury or worse, not the sort of term we should be using when refearing to air guns.
     
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    i agree, weapon to mean seems "illegal" when its in this context,

    ie: the gang of men fought with weapons, or a weapon was brandished during the robbery.

    its a sinister term and one not best fitting with our sport, we use air guns to plink or hunt not brandish at quarry to rob them
     
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    I agree, I own an air rifle and thats it.
     
  6. Cymru-Dave

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    Agreed.
    Weapon definition :-
    1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
    2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire.

    That's not what I use mine for!
     
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    I agree too, I don't like the term weapon when applied to air guns.Anyway, can a sub 12ftlb air gun really be described as a weapon?Personally I don't think so!
     
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    The government say any gun that can produce power of 0.74ftlb or more is a lethal barrelled weapon.:)

    I agree it's not a nice sounding term but I don't think we will get rid of it all the time it's used in legislation.
    Conspiracy theorists jump in:):):
    Cheers Andy
     
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    I don't like the term weapon; I also don't like the term "air gun", as a gun doesn't have a rifled barrel. For me it's an air rifle or an air pistol.
     
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    Unfortunately there are many definitions for the word weapon. Although many of us don't like to think of our rifles as such things, in the case of eradication of vermin or hunting for the pot, they are exactly as stated!
     
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    Surely that would make them a tool; I see them as necessary equipment to do a job.
     
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    Agreed, it does sound sinister calling it an air weapon, especially for those whose sole purpose is to target shoot.
     
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    I agree, a kitchen knife could be used as a weapon, but generally it is a tool for doing a job. Nobody goes into John Lewis asking for a 8" chef's weapon, and before some clever b****r chimes in, yes, I do know what I just typed there.

    Dave
     
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    when I talk to my work mates,i just use the term "shooting" and leave them to think about it,and make there own minds up,if any want to know more about what sort of shooting then I tell them
     
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    I always refer to my guns as air rifles. What about golf clubs they can make a nasty weapon but I'm sure if a golfer turned around and said I'm going to the car to get my bag of weapons out it wouldn't go down well!
     
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    The Scottish executive have, in my mind, have purposely used the term "air weapon" in the legislation for air gun licensing in Scotland. It helps them get public backing for it if they see weapons being controled rather than sports equipment.
     
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    I haven't a problem with the hunting perception it's the perception of weapon meaning against a person
     
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    There used to be a shop in Solihull called city air weapons and firearms, I never went in but had a mental image of shotguns rim fires deer hunting and all other respected guns on one side of the shop and butterfly knives, crossbows and air rifles on the other
     
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    8 inch chefs weapons are always blunt. :D
     

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