After being tempted by a flash sale announcement from Sig Sauer, I relented and ordered the Precision Super Target air pistol along with a can of pellets. I figured that if I can’t make it to the range, I’ll at least be able to plink at home.
It is a solid hunk of metal, a hair over two pounds of it, and it kinda sorta vaguely resembles the venerable P210 which I got to ogle and dry fire once at the local gun shop. The Super Target is a single-shot pellet gun that you charge by hand using the built-in lever pump, which means that you don’t need to feed it CO2 cartridges like other airguns. It sports a 7.5" rifled barrel and sends a .177 pellet downrange at up to 350 feet per second.
In practical, restless-from-lockdown terms, this is a lot of fun to shoot.
I’m grateful for a lot of things, including a garage that I can use as a makeshift practice space where I’ve set up a pellet trap with a hair over 21 feet of plinking distance.
After reading the manual and giving the Super Target a quick wipe down to get some of the packing oil off, I had a quick target session in the garage.
Not too bad at 7 yards. With zero recoil and almost no noise, comparing an air pistol to a firearm is like putting a bicycle next to an F-15. With that said, I can’t imagine flying a fighter jet to the grocery store is terribly practical.
After having punched 10 holes in the stock Sig paper target that was included with the pellet trap (and not having brought any extras), I tore a sheet from a notebook and went for another round of practice.
The single shot experience forces you into a wholly different tempo of target practice, and I’m finding it quite a zen-like exercise in focus, acquiring sight and target pictures, and paying attention to the trigger press and follow-through.
Again, it’s not the same thing as hitting the range, but it is scratching an itch while allowing me to work on elements of marksmanship at home.