December 16, 2005
They make those?
I remember getting a Daisy pump BB rifle for Christmas when I was eight years old. I loved it. I didn't have enough ass to cock it without putting the butt on the ground and using both hands and most of my body weight to operate the pump, but I managed. My father put me through some intense gun safety training, and then turned me loose with it.
I finally wore that gun out, and I never did put out an eye.
I thought I had a bad-ass rifle, because the magazine held 50 BBs. I could fire quite a while before I had to reload. Today, I read this post and realized that I was born too soon. The writer poo-poos single-shot BB guns.
Of course you should teach them control and accuracy first, before you even consider buying them their own BB submachine gun, but once they're safe and knowledgeable in their practice of weaponry, I see no reason not to give them something that operates on a slightly more... tactical... level.
HOLY SHIT!!! A BB submachine gun? I don't recall ever seeing one of those when I was eight years old, and I damn sure would remember something like this or like this. I also would have lusted my heart out for that awesome sucker.
I'm gonna run out tomorrow and look for one. That would make an excellent Christmas present for my son, but if it's as cool as it looks, I might buy TWO and keep one for myself. Heh. Let a cat fuck with my mockingbird's nest next year when I have a loaded EAA Baikal DROZD or an MP-55D submachine gun by my back door.
I'll play Gat the Cat with his predatory ass.
(I also agree with his other suggestion about the big, honking Erector Set. Do your kid a favor. Get him off his ass with something FUN to play with that doesn't involve a television screen.)
I remember getting an erector set when I was 9 years old..DAM! I had more hours of just plain FUN with that thing than any other toy I ever got.
I wonder if either of those bb MG's are availible around here..The munchkin would sure enjoy that....IF she could ever get it out of the old man's hands, that is :) She does pretty well with the single shot BB pistol I bought her last year...time to upgrade!
I can give you a range report on the airsoft. Very cool. Fires (smaller than .177) plastic bb's on full auto. Holds about 100. Runs on batteries. More or less safe for Kids, as long as there's eye protection. Won't leave a mark if hit from 30'+. Prime activities in our pasture are bumblebee and wasp anti-aircraft missions. You'd be suprised at how many stinging critters a second grader can blast from the skies with a bottle of bb's. Would be purrfect cat deterrence.
They're cheap, too. Here in Texas, all the big sporting goods places have them (Academy e.g.). Found where the paintball stuff is.
They had a booth at Six Flags over Georgia back in the 70's and 80's that had air powered BB machine guns that shot a "tube" full of BB's at a star shaped target.
If you managed to shoot out the entire star from the paper target they gave you a prize.
I used to give away a giant stuffed animal to some unsuspecting little girl every time I handed them my money.
The only problem with those guns was that you needed a backpack air compressor to operate them.
A friend of mine has one and it is a blast.
Oh, fuck BB guns and erector sets ROCK ON ICE. In THIS country, if you grew up without a BB gun and an Erector set, check between your legs for balls.
I got one of the Drozd SMG's as soon as I heard EAA was importing them from the ruskies. No cardboard box has been safe around here ever since, and I believe walmart has started stocking extra C02 just for me.
They're ridiculously fun. You can spray 30 rounds downrange in about four seconds on the 600 rpm setting, and they even make spare mags for the thing. The really nice part is that the magazine contains both the BBs and the C02 cylinder, so you can let them heat up between reloads.
I'm not sure if many local distributors carry them, but you can get them from any number of online retailers. I can personally vouch for Airgun Depot. I've bought quite a number of things that go pop from them, and they've always offered prompt shipping and excellent support.
You can also get them directly from EAA.
Remember, the Drozd fires actual .177 cal. metal BBs.
The AirSofts fire those little blue pellets. (Part of the reason the Drozd is more expensive, I imagine, is all the extra mass it has to throw around ammo-wise.)
Different tools, different jobs.
I got my BB gun for Christmas in 1958. We drove down to Brunswick from Augusta to visit my uncle and I must have emptied 20 pounds of lead BBs into the Satilla River shooting at trash as it floated down stream. Ah, those were the days.
Kit over at ForeverVain.com recently posted something on that Baikal deal. Reviews were good, but I cannot find a link at this moment, just the range trip (http://www.forevervain.com/gallery/v/gunpics/range-112505/))
Baikal is an honest to God real gun making company if that helps your decision any. I've got a number of firearms that have come out of the same plant over there and if there's one thing them commie bastards figured out how to do was make small arms.
I've got 4 Airsoft guns, and I can vouch for the fun factor. I've got a single shot pistol, a semi auto pistol, a single shot rifle (H&K MP5 replica) and a full auto M16 replica.
All I can say is:
FULL AUTO ROCKS!!!!
Plus, me being an old softy or someshit, I prefer them for chasing critters away, as it just stings 'em a lil bit, and doesn't kill them.
A quick blast from the semi-auto pistol convinced Mr. Woodpecker that the maple tree in the front yard would be a better place to drill than in the eaves above my bedroom!