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6 Things You Should Know Before Playing BB Gun Games

6 Things You Should Know Before Playing BB Gun Games

BB guns are used all over the world to practice and play games. There have been arranged games in Japan and other parts of the world where participants actually target each other with BB guns.

A BB gun is actually either a spring, gas or pressured powered gun that shoots a relatively harmless metal ball.

Considering its cultural significance as well as the varied use, BB guns are good for all-purpose entertainment and gaming. But before you start playing BB gun games, here are few things you must know:

1. BB is associated with this gun due to size of its steel balls

BB is not the brand name but it has been associated with this due to the size of its steel pellet used in the gun.

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The normal size of the steel pellet used in the BB guns is 4.4 mm and highest size steel pellet is called OO. However, BB became the generic name and is now widely associated with this type of gun.

2. Anything fired from a BB gun is not penetrated

Probably the most obvious reason BB guns are used to practice target shooting is the reason that bullets actually do not penetrate the object.

They normally bounce off and can hit other people or objects once they rebound.

3. Do not hit a hard surface near to you

The pellets used in BB guns are made of steel and though they are harmless, they can still cause minor injury.

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Avoid practicing on the hard surface especially if it is near to you as the bullet can rebound from the hard surface and hit you back.

Always make sure you practice from an appropriate distance.

BB guns can be lethal If they are used from a very close range. Their effectiveness decreases as the distance increases. Therefore if your target is nearby and is soft target i.e. humans, they can cause serious injuries.

Always make sure your kids do not have access to them.

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4. BB guns are not airguns

BB guns are often mistaken as air guns, but they are not the same. BB guns are often made as generic guns, while air guns are made to mimic the real guns.

Air guns are manufactured and operated in a manner that closely resembles the real life guns whereas BB guns are not made in that way.

5. BB guns are good for pest control

If you are a farmer or have a large garden, you need a BB gun to rattle birds and other insects that are harming your crops or gardens. BB guns are good for long-range targets and are therefore effective at shooting small game.

6. You need to buy an expensive gun for improved accuracy

BB guns are more effective at smaller ranges. However, if you want more accuracy and control, you need to invest money in a good quality BB gun.

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Cheaper BB guns cannot target anything beyond a certain point. Therefore, their effectiveness is really limited to a very select range and distance where it can give some sort of accuracy.

BB guns are a good way to sharpen your shooting skills and become more accurate at targeting. You need to practice more and be more cautious when operating them.

Children should ideally be given toy BB guns instead of actual BB guns and must be supervised. It is always wise not to hand them over them to kids under any circumstances unless they are of plastic.

Be mindful of these tips when using a BB gun for fun or sport. While they may seem harmless, they can cause injuries if not used properly, so be safe around them.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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