Summer is winding down, but what does that even mean this year? Whether or not the kids go back to school is still up for grabs but what isn’t up for grabs is the fact that August is the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s National Shooting Sports Month. What is the National Shooting Sports Month all about? It’s about getting you and new shooters out to the range to experience the joys of the shooting sports. It’s about trying something new. It’s about bridging the chasm between non-shooters and shooters. It’s about supporting the 2nd Amendment with responsible and positive actions that can be used as an example to detractors.
August, therefore, is a month that even we over here in the world of airguns can look forward to. And speaking of airgunning, one way we are supporting the NSSF in their celebration of all things shooting is to give the gift of shooting to a lucky winner. We’ve put together a package that any shooter can appreciate. Let’s take a look at it. First off it’s hard not to notice the Umarex 850 M2 CO2 powered bolt action residing at the heart of this sweet little package.
The Umarex 850 M2 is actually a familiar face in the Umarex catalog. Sharp eyed folks will recognize that this rifle looks a lot like the Hammerli 850 Air Magnum and they would be right. We’ve re-worked a few things about that classic rifle and brought it back up to speed for this decade. Accessory mounts are included with the rifle now and the redesigned stock has a snap-on cheek riser that that makes settling in behind a scope a cinch. The 850 M2 still uses the same magazines that the older version used which means getting spares is not going to be a problem now or in the future. Also not changing at all from the original is how accurate this German made rifle is. Great trigger, easy operation and shot-after-shot pellet stacking performance have given this rifle the reputation it carries.
While the 850 M2 is a joy to shoot, some joyful targets are sometimes exactly what the doctor ordered. The Big Blast Exploding Target Caps are a real fun way to liven up the range. I know, many people shoot airguns just because they are quiet. But for some folks shooting without a big boom is just not shooting. The perfect solution for winning powder shooters to airgunning, and a perfect match for the NSSFs Shooting Sports Month, are Big Blast Caps. Simply save up a few “soda style” bottles (thin water bottles don’t have the right threads on the neck) install the Big Blast Cap and pump up to the correct pressure. Set the target out at a safe distance and let some lead fly! We’ve shot big two-liter bottles, one-liter, 24 oz., 20 oz. and 16 oz. bottles and some water bottles that have soda bottle style threads. They all work great with a pellet rifle that shoots above 500 FPS. We’ve also shot Big Blast capped bottles with firearms and archery devices, too. For an aerial display, put a little colored water, flour, or chalk in the bottle before topping it with a Big Blast Cap. The added weight will help keep the target upright and you’ll get a nice visual to go along with the blast!
What prize isn’t complete without a little swag? We’ve gotcha covered here, too! Topping off this package is one of our one-size-fits-all Umarex hats and a highly coveted PVC hook and loop backed patch. While the hat isn’t a rare item, the patch is certainly not something that everyone and their dog has. The lucky winner will be able to represent their favorite airgun brand in style!
CLICK HERE to fill out the entry form so you’ll be eligible, but don’t wait around! The last day to enter is August 31st, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time! And one last thing, be sure to tag your shooting related social media posts with the hashtag #letsgoshooting