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01-01-2009, 06:02 PM
Ok ...we all know that BR shooters are crazy. I have two girls who have decided to join our local BB gun team. Of course can't let them shoot something ugly or inaccurate.

Doing trigger work on a trigger made out of plastic was quite a task. I also couldn't add a textured butt plate - only allowed to modify the stock piece. So i checkered it. The screw in the center is a weight system.

I also must say thanks to Charlie Hood who donated two shooting mats when he heard about the girls. Thanks Charlie.




01-01-2009, 06:17 PM
YEAahhh BAYbeeeee!!!

I like'a d'ose FLAMES mon, a nice flame y'ob makes it shoot faster...


01-01-2009, 06:30 PM
It's a fine town in America that has a local BB gun team. We'll be rootin' for the girls to tie for first place ! Let us know how things finish up.

01-01-2009, 07:32 PM
Nice work on those 499's! Nothing better than starting with a BB gun. Teaches safety, trigger control and nobody gets the flinches from the recoil. I am 57 years old and have re-kindled my love of BB guns. My shooting hat wears a vintage "Daisy Air Rifle World-wide Safety League" "SHOOT SAFE BUDDY" pin from the 1940s. The Daisy safety pledge from the buttstock of my model 25: I PLEDGE MYSELF TO PROTECT PEOPLE ANIMALS AND PROPERTY IN MY COMMUNITY BY ALWAYS AIMING AND SHOOTING MY DAISY SAFELY

01-01-2009, 07:40 PM
I have two girls who have decided to join our local BB gun team.

You might want to check out the Airgun Forum here at Benchrest Central. I don't think many people recognize that there is one. It's a sleeper. It's just above the Gunsmiths Forum.

01-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Who has dies for custom BBs?

01-02-2009, 04:29 AM
Tom, Funny you should ask....but we don't use BB's.

They are not very round - after building a gauge to sort BB's by size and learning that "Precision" BB's vary in Diam by as much as .007, we use steel Balls for bearings.


Roger T
01-02-2009, 10:20 AM
where do you get the Ball bearings from ? interesting idea.cost etc ?

01-02-2009, 10:53 AM
What sort of accuracy do those target BB guns produce?

01-02-2009, 01:56 PM
designed for 5 meter 3 posistion competition, They can get under a .25" at that distance, fps about 375.
You might want to look into the .177 bb's from Hornady, lot less bounce back than steel ones. Course you can't use a magnet to pick them up when they are spilled (trust me it will happen) Took a year to get them all out of the carpet.

Dave Rabin
01-02-2009, 02:14 PM

When you showed us that BB rifle at the last match I knew you would come up with something ingenious. They look great and I'm sure will be the best shooting guns on the line.

Having gotten tired of you beating us like an old rug, I suggest you shoot one of them at our next match. Show your confidence in your work!


01-02-2009, 03:17 PM
The Bb's can be had from MSC or Mcmaster Carr - look for steel balls.

The girls shoot 5 meters standing, sitting, kneeling, prone. Prone the can keep 1/4" groups - standing and kneeling is another story.

Dave - i tried shooting them - standing, I can barely keep ahead of the girls..I guess Physical ability comes into play shooting positions. I think I will stick to Benchrest...not to mention, the girls laugh when I try to get up after shooting kneeling position for 10 minutes. Man that makes my legs go to sleep and takes a good 10 minutes of hobbling around to get back to normal.

I have 5 kids and they all love to shoot. At a recent Christmas party, one of the Grandparents seemed shocked when told by the youngest (8) he was already shooting a real rifle (22LR). She looked at me and started to question if this was true. Before I could defend myself, our oldest daughter(19) jumped in instead and asked grandma "Are you kidding? This is Scott's house, everybody shoots."

01-24-2009, 04:46 PM

This is Sarah(L) and Claire after their first match. Both did fantastic and lead their team to a Third place finish out of 10 County teams. In addition, Sarah took 1st place in overall standing position with a score of 91 out of 100. That was out of more than 70 kids.

02-10-2009, 03:11 PM
E gads! On the new list of things not to do. Don't let your kids take their Medals to school to show off. Especially when there is a picture of a rifle on them.

Luckily one of the reasonable teachers got wind of it and made sure they got home quietly.

The next day she took her winning target to school - and that's OK....just no pictures of guns.

John S
02-10-2009, 06:19 PM
The biggest problem with BB guns is that the BB's can bounce back.

Hopefully everyone wears safety glasses, even those in the peanut gallery.

Stay safe and have fun.

05-04-2009, 08:04 AM

Well after 6 hours of practice every week for four months - Claire's Team finished 5th in State out of about 40 teams.


sorry the picture is fuzzy - Claire ended up ranked 2nd in the county, and both girls shot very well in State for first year shooters.

As you can see- this team is dominated by females as are many of the teams.

Roger T
05-04-2009, 10:49 AM
Congrats. to all......as far as being the lone boy in the group I see it as him having ENHANCED dateing possibilites.:) .Seriousley I wish our schools would allow such an activity (Shooting).but they are dominated by the ANTI's:(

scott mims
05-04-2009, 11:05 AM
your a good dad. Also thats 2 more BR shooters coming up.

Tony Shankle
05-04-2009, 11:11 AM
Looks like a couple of High Power shooters! YEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWW! 91 out of 100 standing...we may have another High Master on the way! Get those girls a tube gun!

That is really great!

I see the slings, are they allowed jackets and gloves?

05-04-2009, 11:55 AM
Let me know when you are ready to upgrade :D I also have a BR scope mount for this rifle;)


05-04-2009, 12:11 PM
no jackets or gloves. Everyone shoots the same equipment so as not to become an equipment race.
Don't ask how I know - but you are also not allowed spray "stickum" on your clothes or body.

Claire really got dialed in the last 6 weeks at one point shooting a 98 out of 100 in prone (hitting a bb size dot at 5 meters is a ten). On the 98 she shot nine 10's and an 8. At this point Claire can WAY out-shoot me in any position.

Sarah peaked early and never really got back into her best form before state. Her team finished 15th. It has been a great experience for both of the girls and myself as well.

The sad part - Sarah "ages out" so she can't shoot next year - unless she goes to a different class. Claire is a relative youngster - she is two years younger than most of her teammates, so she could really be a force next year and the following year. She says she wants to go back to softball.

Dave Rabin
05-06-2009, 01:01 PM

I am very happy for you and your girls, and likewise applaud your efforts in supporting them.

Has Sarah (or you) considered prone smallbore? We have a really good program at River Bend and there are many people there who would be glad to show her the ropes. We have had several "juniors" shoot in our matches. If you're interested, let me know and I can discuss with you when I see you Saturday.


05-06-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks Dave - I will see you Saturday. The only problem with smallbore is that practice time becomes an issue - With air rifle we practice in the basement.

I assure you - Sarah has been given every opportunity to continue shooting - CMP 3 position, 4-H 22 rifle team, 4-h precision air-rifle, Smallbore. She has been given her "choice" of any shooting sport she wishes. Wife wasn't real smiley about precision air rifle when i told her the rifle was $2500 but still - Sarah picks - we will be there.

Claire, on the other hand, learned yesterday that she has won a bid to the BB Gun Nationals in Kentucky in July. Looks like another two months of practices.
But the pressure is on, last year Claire won State female individual in archery and went to nationals only to crash and burn. This year she claims she is ready to redeem herself.