December 26, 2006

Soft my bruised body!

A word of advice for all the parents out there; Just because the box says Soft Air, it doesn’t mean the little plastic BBs come out softly.

For Christmas Boopie received a soft air handgun, shotgun and M-16 (fully Automatic). I figured these would be good starter firearms to get him used to modern firearm safety. We even gave him an electronic target system so he could practice his aim. Thinking these couldn’t be that dangerous, I didn’t see how it would hurt anything. I mean c’mon, they are spring-loaded firearms that shoot plastic BBs. What’s the worst that could happen?

A series of BB sized bruises all over me is what could happen! And before you go yelling, “You shouldn’t be shooting each other with the guns”, we weren’t. I was catching ricochets off of the targeting system. Hell the shotgun is strong enough to have broken the plastic backing on the target box. I put up a backdrop to keep the little plastic BBs from going everywhere, but they would ricochet off of that. I was hit in the leg arm and shoulder. Those little buggers hurt. Hell, one stray shot may or may not have broken a window in a neighbor’s garage.

I’m just glad I bought him protective eyewear. We don’t want him to shoot his eye out.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at December 26, 2006 07:33 PM | TrackBack


Posted by: Graumagus at December 27, 2006 11:20 AM

You must bruise like a ripe bananna...giggle...snicker...

Posted by: spurs at December 27, 2006 03:43 PM

Oh we already knew that, that's why when we got one for Ringo all the boys got eye protection and anyone out there with him when he's shooting at the targets has to be wearing eye protection. My son's buddies all have these air soft guns. To me it is a GREAT opportunity for us to hammer home all the gun safety rules.

Posted by: Bou at December 27, 2006 10:40 PM

Yep. I'm getting Elderspawn one. He has some BB guns, but we have to shoot in the basement (damn subdivision rules!) and it's less likely to bust a window than the 650+ fps single shot that will shatter a window at 200 yards. Contagion knows of the gun I speak of and knows it will bust a window at quite a distance...

And that's all I'm going to say about that :)

Posted by: Graumagus at December 29, 2006 12:39 PM


What you thinking about it?



Posted by: pedrucho at February 28, 2007 09:37 PM