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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.