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Olympic air rifles turning heads with futuristic looks

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By JOHN MARSHALL

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glorified video game

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Good fun and lots of controlling your breathing.

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@therougou Esport pro players work as hard as olympians.

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Do these "Athletes" do stretching, sit ups, and weightlifting daily? Sort of like Paralympics for non-paralympic people.

What is their traing? Why is this a sport?

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Americans winning medals for shooting; there's something to ponder on.

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That's a hell of a lot of tech and augmentation to shoot a target that's just 10 meters away.

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Admit it: Hearing about air rifle at the Olympics conjures up images of athletes firing wooden-stocked, pump-action BB guns at ominous cowboys and targets that spin when hit.

For Americans maybe...

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Ok John Marshall let see if know what type of pellet is used Point or dome head. No, you can't answer that because the fact is you interview one one for your items above and your researched done on the internet and written in your bedroom.

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The US also swept both men's and women's skeet shooting golds

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Here are some useful details to put things into perspective. The bullseye at 10m is the size of the period "." at the end of a sentence. The rifles weigh a few kilograms and the shooters need to fire 100's of rounds in a match and the difference between gold and not medaling is less than 10mm. That is 10mm in variation from ALL shots fired during the entire match. Stand up and hold a water bottle out at arms length and then point at the period at the end of a sentence 10m away. If you miss the bullseye by more than 1mm a few times then you've lost the match. The shooters are fit because then need to keep bone-bone contact for stability and they will slow their breathing for each shot.

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John-SanToday  07:44 pm JST

Ok John Marshall let see if know what type of pellet is used Point or dome head. No, you can't answer that because the fact is you interview one one for your items above and your researched done on the internet and written in your bedroom.

I'm pretty sure neither. Wadcutters are used in competition.

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I saw a clip of the woman's competition.

I was like, why do they have so much unnecessary crap on?

I mean, I guess it looks cool, if you're inside of Contra or Tron or something.

But what sniper is wearing all that stuff on a rooftop?

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This sport proves yet ancther use of guns that is non-lethal; hope the libs don't watch though--they will want to put an end to this fun too.

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This sport proves yet ancther use of guns that is non-lethal

Remind me, what are the other non-lethal uses?

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All these nay-sayers, I'd like to see you try to hit a 10 meter target with regularity, and consistency. I'd bet you would appreciate what these athletes have to do to be an Olympic marksman.

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Lots of snarky comments here.

Shooting is more a mental sport than a physical one. Requires a lot of concentration, precision and mental discipline. And that is not even considering the adjustment one needs to make to become accustomed to the hardware that is mentioned in this article.

If golf (a good walk spoiled) can be considered a sport then shooting is definitely a sport.

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"Do these "Athletes" do stretching, sit ups, and weightlifting daily"

To become a competitive shooter a lot of physical exercises (especially to strengthen shoulders, wrists, arms and fingers) are required. Apart from that, most shooters have to develop mental stamina and endurance.

Of course, one can't compare shooting with a purely physical sport but that does not mean that any Tom, Dick or Harry can suddenly take up shooting on a whim and become good at it.

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"Remind me, what are the other non-lethal uses?"

Self defense for one.

Ask anyone who lives in places where crime rates are high and cops cant be counted upon. Or those who live near forests where attacks from wild animals are a real threat. In my country there are frontier areas beyond the reach of the state where insurgents are active and owning guns is a necessity.

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"Remind me, what are the other non-lethal uses?"

Self defense for one.

I think you need to look up the word 'lethal'. It doesn't mean what you seem to think it does.

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Whether this is a "sport" or not is debatable.

I love shooting my air-rifles at targets. It is similar to golf, bowling, darts, tennis, volleyball, fishing, or any other activity where placing an object in a specific location is the goal.

It is relaxing and requires both body control and mental control skills.

Best of all, I can't worry about work or the gutters or the mortgage and still hit the target center. Plus it is legal to shoot in the back yard and mostly free after the initial costs. 1000x cheaper than golf and 50x cheaper than bowling. Bowling and frisby golf (also known as disc golf) with friends are both fun too.

https://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/05/29/shooting-v-s-golf-shooting-wins/ has a great image. More Americans visit the shooting range each year than golf.

Standing makes target shooting much more difficult. Kneeling is a little easier and prone is the easiest of the Olympic sport positions. Depending on the wind and other atmospheric conditions, all can be difficult.

Pellet rifles aren't considered lethal, except for fairly small critters and is often illegal. Anyone who has ever been hit by a pellet in the leg or belly knows that it hurts and may need medical attention, but only an extremely lucky shot would kill a human. Just like throwing darts or a bowling ball.

A bad day of target shooting is mostly frustrating, just like a bad day of golf. A good day hitting the targets releases feel-good endorphins.

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StrangerlandToday  04:41 am JST

I think you need to look up the word 'lethal'. It doesn't mean what you seem to think it does.

Is that what you 'think'? Charming.

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