Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 60

Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Jim Romanelli

Besides being a lot of fun to shoot and compete with, airguns provide a much less expensive way to practice for when you break out your “bigger” guns.

Airguns
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Y INTRODUCTION to shooting came about when we visited my uncle’s farm. The first gun I shot was a Remington Model 121 pump action .22 Long Rifle. With our limited visits, though, my dad thought that those intermittent sessions were not enough to re-enforce lessons learned in safety and marksmanship, and because we lived in a neighborhood with houses fairly close together, shooting a .22 or any other kind of firearm was out of the question. To remedy this, he bought a low velocity Daisy pump action repeating BB rifle for my brother and me. Dad suspended a heavy carpet so the BBs would not ricochet off the cement wall, and he placed a saw horse in front of it to place tin cans and suspend targets on. A tube of BBs cost about a dime back then, so when he bought two tubes they would last us months, as we’d recycle the spent BBs time and time again, and provide shooting lessons and fun (always in his presence). As time went by and we moved farther back to make the targets more challenging, we noticed the slow BB in flight and learned a little about trajectory and sight adjustment. Being a smoothbore that threw a round projectile, the Daisy lost a lot of its accuracy at a short distance, which was about the limit of the distance of our ranch house basement. By the time we got to that point, the lessons were ingrained enough to where Dad would allow us to shoot downstairs by ourselves. Being in a neighborhood of baby boomer kids, all the dads seemed to have the same idea as my father, and it wasn’t long before we would join forces from time to time and have semi-formal airgun competitions. Well, that was 50 years ago and airguns have come a long way since then. Actually there is evidence that the evo-

THE CROSMAN Pumpmaster 760 variable pump air rifle is very popular. Introduced in 1966, more than 12 million of these classic airguns have been sold.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
First Archery Buck
Red Oak, White Oak
Just Like the Good Old Days
Step Back in Time
Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
What Goes Up . . .
First Time’s a Charm
100 Deer
The Brute
Flight 93
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Archery Buck
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Just Like the Good Old Days
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Step Back in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - What Goes Up . . .
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Time’s a Charm
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 100 Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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