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Late June 2017. We’ve had a week of glorious sunshine in the South … temperatures in the 80s and a real feeling that we’ve shaken off the cold and blue skies, and summer is heading for Home Farm.

Rain or shine, our bird feeders are mobbed from dawn to dusk. They all take their turn, and, apart from the blackbirds, there’s not too much squabbling. It’s all very British. Then in drops a gang of long tailed tits. Everyone else scatters as they attack the food, hanging every which way on the fat-balls and peanut holders. Then, they are off before you have time to wipe your nose and pull your ear.

Last weekend it was sunny and warm enough to bring out butterflies, bees and a magnificent 4ft long female grass snake which made her way across the front of the house towards an old compost heap where she must have some eggs. It was also warm enough to have a barbecue with some friends. We set up targets in the garden for a bit of airgun fun (airfun?). In pride of place on the ‘range’ was my old Webley Hurricane pistol, handed down by neighbour Stan, a retired Polish WW2 fighter pilot who lived 3 fields’ distance away. Stan was a hoot, There were always laughs, stir, commotion and tales from his old Spitfire days! Stan would concoct his own lemon vodka at home. It was the best. So was he. Anyway, we crowded round the air pistols to choose our ammunition. I’m a big fan of airgun darts at gatherings like these as they’re great fun for all ages. I always buy a minimum of 5 packs of 10 multi coloured darts so I end up with 10 red, 10 blue, and the same numbers of green, black and yellow. It makes it easier for people to have a decent number of their own single competition colour. There’s talk, as usual, of ‘darts affect barrel rifling’ – this is a myth in my opinion. Ask anyone who claims this just how they know it and you’ll hear something vague such as “Oh, well, everyone knows that…”. Well, I’ve never found the slightest damage to barrels which, after all, are made to withstand all manner of wear and tear. It’s the mohair flights which have most contact with the barrel. So, I say load up – and take aim. Our visitors found them a lot more accurate than they thought…and a lot more fun!

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Here in the USA, airgunning is still a growing industry and the sports and activities involving airguns continue to grow and spread throughout clubs and local groups. And one event, which is catching on quickly, is airgun dart games! Thanks to the fine people at Milbro Sports in the UK, a proper dart has been reintroduced into the US airgun market. Available in .177 or .22 caliber, these Mohawk darts can be identified by the black streak woven in through the traditional 4 colors of yellow, blue, green and red. This feature marks the Mohawk dart and identifies the quality in the design. Capable of being shot through smooth or rifled barrels, Milbro claims that no harm will come to the rifling because the mohair is the main point of contact with the barrel. The Milbro Mohawk darts are best shot through low-powered air rifles or pistols, and are not suitable for use in a magazine fed airgun.

Mohawk darts are available in either .177 or .22 caliber.

So, pull out your old air pistol, dust off your low powered spring rifle, and get get an inexpensive dart board out. We promise you will have hours of great fun! We did, and so did the 100+ people at last years Extreme Benchrest event, where we first debuted these fine darts in a fun shoot! If you cannot locate a shooting club locally to share this great activity with, we highly recommend you start your own amongst friends and family. With the cold weather going around the country this winter, think of all the fun you could still be having indoors with your favorite airgun and a pack of Milbro Mohawk darts!

Leave us a comment with your airgun/dart stories, or share your ideas on some good games to play using these Milbro Mohawk darts. And please remember, that while these reusable darts are fun, and can be used in a game like traditional darts, they are still dangerous.  Eye protection and safe gun handling rules still apply and caution should be taken by the shooter and anyone nearby.

Until Next Time,

Get Out (or stay in) and Shoot!