In my last post I mentioned a recent trip that I took back to Afghanistan. Things can get pretty intense for the guys over there. It can help immensely to find a way to blow off steam on a regular basis. Shooting has always been a favorite past time of mine, but in a combat zone you get more than enough of that.
But I did manage to bring along one of my favorite air rifles on this last trip. And it made for some fun r and r while we had some downtime. Back in the States I would enter shooting competitions on a pretty regular basis. While the standard rifle competitions are fun, I find I actually enjoy myself more at the air rifle competitions. I guess it just reminds me of being a kid back in Texas shooting cans and bottles in the backyard.
Some of these rifles are crazy accurate. From 20m you can make a 10 shot hole that’s only the size of a dime. Of course the more high powered your gun is the more recoil you get. This makes accuracy a bit more challenging, at least until you get the hang of managing the recoil.
While in Afghanistan we had some time to burn one day, so I figured I would set up a little friendly competition between me and some of the guys on the post. My air rifle is basically completely silent, so we had no concerns about riling up the natives.
There were a couple of pretty serious sniper types at our post and I figured it would be good fun to have them try their hands with a pellet gun instead of a .50 cal turban toaster.
I was pretty impressed with the results of the guys shooting with what basically amounts to a BB gun for them. After a few shots, all the sniper guys had pretty much dialed it in and were able to shred the same hole in the target over and over again. We placed a friendly wager for a case of beers on who could make the best 10 shot hole. Ended up being for a case beer once we got back to base. I can honestly say that out of 8 guys I was only able to manage 6th place with my own gun. Pretty surprising.