What is an affordable startup handgun?

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What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by dHb » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:00 pm

Any suggestions on what would be good equipment to start with?
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by Mac » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:29 pm

The trouble is knowing what "good" means for each individual.

Many are competing with 2240s and P17s and doing just fine. Most of the 2240s have at least been modified with a steel breech and some are topped with red-dots or scopes. Most of the p17s are shot with open sights or red dots. The 1377 and 1322 format have also had good success, if you do not mind pumping the gun about six times for every shot.

The Izzy 46M is also a good choice and can also have a red-dot added. I use a TAU 7 with a scope, but have shot it with all three sight options. I also use an AA Alfa pcp pistols sometimes. All three of these guns are deadly accurate. There are match pistols from Steyr, Anschutz and FWB being used and I am sure you know how accurate they are.

There are a few HW40s, HW75s being used and some modified Crosman Mk1s and Mk11s.

I guess you choose your price point and put the sights you enjoy shooting on the pistol, set it up so you know where it hits from 10 to 25 yards and finally, find a shooting position that allows you to shoot most accurately.
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by FTguy » Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:45 pm

Just ordered a new Hatsan AT-P1 in .177 to shoot PFT with from Dan...
The version Dan sells is designed for the Canadian market <500fps... He lists them on his website at $425 .. I'll post a bit more on that model after getting acquainted with it...
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Post by dHb » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:17 am

FTguy wrote:Just ordered a new Hatsan AT-P1 in .177 to shoot PFT with from Dan...
The version Dan sells is designed for the Canadian market <500fps... He lists them on his website at $425 ...
What's his website?

I could blow the dust off my old Walther CP2 but fitting a scope may be a chore...
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by Mac » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:36 am

Talk to Len (Leonardj) if you are interested in mounting a scope on a match gun. If it is possible, Len can do it.
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Post by FTguy » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:14 pm

X2 regarding talking to Len about mounting a scope...

Here's the Link to Dan's site .. sniperairguns
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by Mac » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:05 pm

I don't think your CP2 would be much different from Len's rig in this topic:

http://ftcentral.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=19

Could mount a scope or red-dot.
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by dHb » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:10 pm

After looking at all of the European 10m pistols at the SHOT Show, I came home and bought An Air Arms Alpha pistol to begin dabbling in PFT. Airgun Source had a good price and shipped the gun amazingly quickly. Now to experiment with optics...
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Re: What is an affordable startup handgun?

Post by Mac » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:31 pm

The ease of mounting optics is certainly one of the strong points of the Alfa. Mounting a red dot or scope is really easy. Shooting with the iron sights is fun as well.

The ability to adjust the power sure helps as well, since you can tune it to the pellet you intend to use. The fact that it is pcp also means the temperature is not a crucial as it is for CO2.

I like mine.
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