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Please convince me to keep my Springer

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Stevematthews79, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Stevematthews79

    Stevematthews79 Active Member

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    Hi - new to the forum nice to meet you all. You may have seen my post in Swaps Wanted, thought I'd carry on my thread here as it may be more appropriate here now. I bought a TX200HC and a logun solo a few years ago when I lived in Cumbria and was a member of the local range. Circumstances changed for me before I got a chance to be shown how to shoot the springer properly and I had to move back to North Yorks. I have the land to use my guns, however there are no local gun ranges/clubs where there are the experienced shooters who can show me the correct technique to shoot my TX. I bought the TX originally with the intention of learning how to shoot properly and now feel that it is wasted on me. If anyone has any links to useful posts, any good advice or knows someone/where near harrogate where I could go to learn the art of shooting springers I'd appreciate the help. I can see the appeal of the springer as the shot feels more satisfying than the recoil-less PCP, however the frustration of not knowing where I'm going wrong is starting to take the fun out of it. I probably have a ropey technique when it comes to the Solo too, but the lack of recoil is more forgiving when it comes to technique IMHO. I don't want to part with the TX without at least giving it a fair go and would appreciate any comments. Help please!!:confused:
     
  2. Rockabilly

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    hi mate try to practice as much as possible its the only way.
    have you not considered a theoben gas ram air rifle?
    feels just like a springer but far less recoil!
     
  3. EX Mod Cog

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    I tried to find some guides to shooting springers on Google but didn't have any luck, so I'll try and expalin ...

    Basically, it's all about holding the gun right. You need to have a loose grip - let the gun recoil in as it wants to, don't try and hold it in a rigid position.

    Because of this, it's not recommended that you use a bipod when shooting a springer, the same goes for resting the rifle on gate posts, etc, because you need to let the rifle recoil. You can shoot a springer prone, as long as you hold it the same way.

    With your left arm (or which ever you use to grip the fore-stock) you can create a fist and put this under the rifle. This way you're not holding it, but rather supporting it.

    Get some practice in, remember what's been said here and you should have it in no time :up: I've only ever used springers so far, and from my point of view they're not hard to use once you know how.

    Keep your TX200! They're great rifles :) you'll miss it once it's gone.
     
  4. jamjon

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    I've allways shot springers and i'm about to get my first pcp but i will be keeping most of my spring guns. I would suggest you keep the springer and save up for a good second hand pcp. If you want advice pm me and i'll give you my phone number and i'll be happy to go through anything you need help with in learning to shoot the air arms.
     
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    I'm also about to get my first PCP, I've had various springers in the past and I'm down to just one at the moment, I'll probably be keeping that to have a play about with, they're very different to shoot, and better for plinking.
     
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    I love shooting springers i like being able to pick it up grab a handfull of pellets and go shoot i don't have to worry about filling it up. but due to being ill and having various operations the lighter weight and low recoil of the pcp is going to be a benefit to me in the next few months as i heal up fully. But i will never be without at least two springers a fixed barrel underlever and a break barrel.
     
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    Are you pulling the trigger fast when taking a shot..?

    Try squeezing it slowly until you feel it stop at second stage, then when on the target just squeeze a bit more to fire.
     
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    Air Arms have good triggers :up:
     
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    You have your self a very good springer, i would just advice you to practice more. Many pcp users still love their springers and have both types of airguns.
     
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    Indeed they do :)
     
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    Had a long chat with steve last night about shooting springers and think i've convinced him to keep it
     
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    That's good :up:
     
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    this video is on PCP's but by wearing a glove you will find these positions to be good

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sa7ODrtWMY"]YouTube - FT shooting positions[/ame]


    also by tuning the power down to 10ftlbs you will find the rifle more accurate than 12ftlbs rifles when shot on a hard surface
     
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    Thanks people had some useful info in the last 24hours to improve my shooting. Glad of the advice and appreciate it. Good video covering stance - time for me to get rid of some bad habits I think. I'll keep you all posted on how I'm getting on with non-pcps.
    Happy shooting
     
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    Ok you can accuse me of giving in too easily, but I did trade my TX. I'm not a complete traitor tho gone for a theoben gas ram not another PCP :D. Instantly felt right, might just have been a case of the TX not being the gun for me as Jamjon mentioned when I spoke to him. Going back to basics using the open sights first, then fitting my scope in a few weeks. Going to concentrate on technique before worrying about accuracy. I presume one follows the other anyway. Biggest mistake was me holding the gun too tight and not following the shot thru. I'll let you alll know how I get on :up:
     
  16. jamjon

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    good move like i said the gun needs to fit you if you need anymore help give me a call anytime.
     
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    Sure things will be fine Steve,keep at it mate :)
     
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    practice more and more it will all come together,theres not too many of uss can use a springer that well these days,thats why there always up for sale good luck mate.
     
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    I have kept my BSA Lightning even after buying a PCP, I use it as well soemtimes, for one thing it's harder to shoot than the PCP because of the recoil, but this in fact helps me shoot my recoiless PCP better

    Also, it's always handy if there is a problem with my PCP, for example, it runs out of air, I just turn to the good old springer so I can still go shooting

    I personally will never part witht the springer, it's a perfect back up gun
     
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    i use my BSA metior for plinking too:up:

    helps me when i go back to the PCP
     

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