It does my heart good to see so much air gun geekery on display in this thread. Anyone who has secretly wondered if they needed a Beeman Pell-Size is OK in my book.
I recall a few years back in my first house having a casual buddy drop by while I was busting squirrels and starlings with an RWS Model 34. I had an ideal shooting platform from a second story window, and when I showed him the rifle, scope, binos, wind flags I'd put out in the yard and the sandbag rest to shoot from he was obviously amused. When I showed him my range card, where I'd divided the yard in sectors to calculate point of aim required, he was incredulous. After he potted his first starling, he was hooked.
One thing for the potential backyard safari gunner to consider is that even a CB cap launched from a single shot .22 counts as a firearm if the neighbors get spooked and summon John Law. When you try to explain to the ballistically uninformed and uninterested judge that it was only a lil' ol' CB cap that doesn't make any noise, he's liable to decide you're a nutcase with a silencer. If it's an air rifle, it is more apt to summon visions of Ralphie and his gen-you-wine Red Ryder with the compass in the stock. It would be best to check all laws in your area, of course.
The most recent addition to our household air arsenal was a Gamo Cadet for the boy (No, really, it was for the kid! Honest!). Despite it's being purchased as a basement paper puncher, it's already accounted for a rat and a couple starlings, even here in the heart of deepest, darkest, Pacific North West suburbia, surrounded by ever vigilant, militant vegan hoplophobes.
I may not see any kids wandering free and easy toting Daisy and Crossman shootin' irons any more, like they did around here when I was a steely eyed twelve year old clutching a pneumatic 760 with a real rifled barrel, but at least in one little postage stamp backyard, the spirit of Red Ryder and Little Beaver endure!
"He must be a king. He hasn't got Williams all over 'im!" - cb91710
I spend my knights at the Veg Table.