I like to shoot targets and varmints in my backyard. To make it more challenging I use an air rifle instead of an actual rifle. I recently investigated air rifle scopes as a way to improve my aim. Largely it is due to my age and my declining eyesight. I noticed I wasn’t hitting my targets as well, and trying to hit a squirrel or a praire dog was next to impossible! They’re quick little critters and you really need to steady your aim to hit one. Before anyone makes noises about shooting these creatures, down here in Texas they are pests.
If you don’t take these animals down, they cause all sorts of damage to your property and will eventually ruin a lawn. Everyone down here hunts these critters. For the last six months I wasn’t hitting any of them, so you can imagine what my property started to look like. There were holes everywhere and I wasn’t about to keep spending money to repair the damage. So I went online to find information about getting a scope and also a way to secure my weapons. I have a kid who likes to shoot, but he is only allowed to do so if I am present.
So we ordered a scope and a new gun safe and went to work. We attached the scope to the air rifle and went out back and started shooting. Not only did my aim improve, my son’s did as well. We dropped a lot of prairie dogs and then started shooting at some bottles. Before I was only hitting maybe five out of ten, but with the scope I was consistently hitting nine out of ten. Best thing for me is that after we finished up I was able to secure the rifle so my son can’t get to it.