Any other airgunners here?

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    Any other air gunners here?

    Airgunning is a hobby that I picked up quite by accident, and without ever expecting to. I build bird houses, and provide housing for purple martins and bluebirds on my property. When I first got into purple martins, I learned that sparrows and starlings are aggressive competitors and have displaced many of our cavity nesting native songbirds, so I hesitantly bought a cheap air rifle from Walmart and started teaching myself to shoot. After spending time at the shooting bench, I learned that I loved target shooting, and although I don’t *like* shooting pests, I do it regardless of my impulses.

    This all started about 1 ½ years ago, and has turned into a passion of sorts. I joined an air gunning forum a few months ago, and started learning more and more about the sport. My love of target shooting has turned into a love of collecting air rifles. Here’s a few pix of my collection so far:

    1994 Crosman model 2100 (an inexpensive but very accurate multi-pump pneumatic)
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    1991 RWS Diana model 34, made in West Germany before reunification
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    1963 “Benjamin Franklin” model 312
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    1976 Winchester model 435 (made by Diana in Germany for Winchester)
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    Early 60’s Diana model 50
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    And the queen of my collection, a 1981 Feinwerkbau 124
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    I shoot clay targets. I have a target thrower and we get together and shoot for stuff , Knives & money its allot of fun. If you like shooting I would recommend it. The flying targets are a challange but with practice you should do ok. And you can get a shotgun like a .410 that barely has any kick to it. We usually shoot all day its a blast!!!
     
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    That's pretty cool. Do you shoot clay with airguns or pb's? I'm just now starting to learn how to target shoot off-hand. It's been a big challenge for me, lol. It is getting better though. :)
     
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    I guess airguns would be too slow for shooting clay, huh? Just occured to me, duh. :D
     
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    Hi Lizzie, I own an old Beeman C-1 and an even older Diana Model 35 built pre WWII that I still use. It's deadly on wasps!
     
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    Wow- my Winchester 435 is a Diana 35, and my favorite gun to shoot. If I could find 10 of them, I'd buy them, lol.
     
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    Sound like a blast. I see allot of people who are into paint ball guns and joining clubs and having tounamemnets. It doesn't matter what you shoot the sport is amazing!
    Guns are fun!
     
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    Yes it is! I bought mine from a returning GI back in 1950 when I was a kid. It has no original finish left but as is usual with German weaponry it still works as good as the day they made it!
     
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    Agreed- one of these days, I'll have to see if I can hit a moving target, lol. :D
     
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    No doubt about it. The old German-made are my favorites. They were built to last. There's an oldish Russian model Baikal IJ22 that's built like a Sherman tank. I don't have one, but if I ever see one up for sale, I'm getting it. They aren't nearly the precision pieces that the Germans made, but tough as boot leather, and easy to disassemble and work on. I'm sure you old gun has leather seals. Do you ever oil them? They'll last longer and the gun will perform even better if you do. You can use neatsfoot oil, just a couple of drops in the transport tube opening every now and then.
     

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