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Is my pistol up to it?

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by MFCGunner, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. MFCGunner

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    Hey all

    im just really getting into shooting so I want to have some half decent kit :)

    to compliment my Webley raider 10 shot I have the Webley tempest .177 pistol

    is it up to the job of close range killing? Ratting etc?
     
  2. JD

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    You would need to get the Tempest chrono'd first Mfc, if it's pushing 3.5-4 ft lbs,

    5 yard rats should be ok, but only if you know you can hit them with a head shot.
     
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    Yer I used to have one and used for just that as stated get the power tested though be best for you and the humanity of the rat ( if that bits right )
     
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    Ok chaps

    can I get it tested at a local gun club? Or is there a specific place
     
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    Your club will be fine mate,
     
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    Out of interest, having never owned a pistol, what's the limit on them ?
     
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    6ft.lb sir
     
  8. MFCGunner

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    Thanks chaps!

    its blasting straight through an empty miniature heroes tub from 10 yards...that's my testing done for tonight lol

    merry Christmas folks
     
  9. ste

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    Ye they are a nice pistol and I would think if you was shooting rats 10-15 yards it's a good distance
     
  10. Honest Bob

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    I got one several years ago, with the same thing in mind, found that it was not suitable for the job. Got a king rat instead. I recently traded the Tempest in for a Webley Alecto, a far better pistol for what you have in mind.
     
  11. Meteor62

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    I cleared a shed years ago of a mouse infection with a webley premier .22
     
  12. cloverleaf

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    Use the rifle - that's the right tool for the job.

    If you want a laugh try hitting a 5p piece consistently at 10yds with the pistol - this will illustrate why the rifle is the correct tool and the pistol isn't ;)
     
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    Yeah the rifle is the correct choice but I was wondering if the pistol is a handy backup if I've ran out of shots
     
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    If the 10 shots you already have in the gun, plus the other 10 in the spare mag aren't enough; I don't think an extra one from a single-shot pistol will change much :p

    In the time it takes you to pick up, cock and load the pistol you could have chucked another mag in the rifle. You certainly don't want to be leaving the pistol lying around loaded either..

    The only use a (sufficiently powerful) pistol has in pest control is dispatching trapped quarry IMO. No point having one for close-dispatch if shooting them since again, another shot with the rifle would be quicker, easier and more humane.
     
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    agree with post above , even a rat deserves a quick death ,
     
  16. JD

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    Are you saying a pistol is not practical Clover ?

    We are not talking of extreme ranges, even 5 yds might be to far for some, but when it gets close up and personnal,
    sod trying to shoulder and aim a rifle.
     
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    i can hit a 5p coin at 10 yards consistently with my red dot sight and my webley alecto ,no problem and its smack on 6 ft lbs in 177 cal.
     
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    Hi there if I was going to shoot rats with a pistol I would make sure I would pick one with plenty of power such as the 2240 or 2250 or the alecto but no further than 10 yards as the kills need to be clean and humane.
    Atb kev02 :)
     
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    Spot on Kev :up:
     
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    Ive always found the reality of hunting with a pistol very different to theory. I could hit a 5p at 10 yards etc but with live quarry you havent got all the time the world to aim and fire it is a different story. I have previously used a HW45 to dispatch the occasional rabbit when in Yorkshire but this was usually because it wasnt safe to jump over the stone walls with a rifle so had the pistol as a back up.
     

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