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False Spring,  Anxiety, and Luck

Spring is right around the corner and not a moment too soon. Granted, here in the South we didn’t have all that hard of a winter.  Yes, in spite of my chin whiskers, winter is not my favorite season– even if it is a mild winter. We’ve had our first taste of spring already.  Actually, we’ve had two waves of spring.  Down here we call them the “Fool’s Spring and the “Spring of Deception”.  These gloriously warm days tend to come in February or early March.  


Poor kids in this state share a common spring break week and, nearly without fail, winter rears its ugly head around the third week of March and we are threatened with cold rain or snow, or cold rain, hail, snow, and tornadoes all together. Then, spring finally arrives in earnest in the last week of March.  That doesn’t mean that cool temperatures are completely off the board, but it does mean that the average day will have long stretches of time where you can go about in short sleeves very comfortably. 

Some Days it’s Chicken, Some Days it’s Feathers

It is during this lead up to the spring season that one ponders the calendar very carefully. There’s only so many weekends and, it being spring in the south, about half of those weekends will be rain soaked duds. It’s part coin-flip and part wishful thinking. As an old friend used to say, “Some days it’s chicken, some days it’s feathers.” 

Just feeling the warmer temperatures is enough to inspire outdoor activities, and one of my favorite activities is, quite naturally, shooting.  This year I am looking forward to breaking out one of the newer rifles in the Umarex catalog, the Zelos PCP.  

I’m excited about the opportunity to shoot this rifle for some very pertinent reasons.  Firstly, I appreciate the bullpup design.  While they aren’t optimal all the time, they are cool and sweet most of the time.  Secondly, the Zelos represents a new step for Umarex. This isn’t our bread and butter type item.  We’ve made our name in replica BB guns and have expanded into  air rifles in a measured fashion. These days, PCPs are biting off a bigger and bigger share of the airgun pie with each succeeding year. The Zelos represents a step farther down this path of airgunning excellence. 


 If I had to put a third and final point to my reasoning, it would simply be that I love to shoot!  With target shooting, the first competitor is myself.  Secondly, it is a competition with anyone else you are shooting with. Friendly competition is fun, even if you aren’t the super competitive type. 

Looking Forward with Excitement

So, yes, I am excited about this rifle and getting out to the range with it. I am excited about the warmer temperatures and those glorious sunny days that this spring (hopefully) has to offer. I am also excited about 2024 in general. I think this will be a really good year for Umarex USA as a company. We will have a whole slate of new products hitting our warehouse at various points throughout the year, and based on the feedback we have received so far, it would appear that these items will be well received by the various category customers they are intended for. 

In fact, if you happen to be headed to the NRA Annual Meetings and Expositions in May, you will certainly want to stop by the Umarex booth as we will have one of our hot new airguns available for sale right from the show floor.  Yes, a brand new product that you won’t be able to get anywhere else first. If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is. 

With all that said, if you are within a day’s drive, come see us in Dallas.  We promise it will be worth it.  And be sure to take advantage of the spring weather, no matter where you are. 

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