Every time I pick up a BB gun I find myself in the backyard with my Dad at six years old. Shooting my old Daisy BB gun at a cardboard box. A 15 foot target taped to the box and doing my darnedest to keep them all on the box.
Over the years I got to play with that BB gun a lot and it helped me to learn how to line up sights and squeeze a trigger, because if you jerked the trigger it was a foot off and you could watch the BB miss the box or whatever your target might be.
Naturally like every kid turned loose with a BB gun I shot at something that caused the BB to ricochet back. That was a hard lesson, but not soon forgotten. I’m in favor of letting kids learn a few hard lessons so long as they don’t loose and eye in the process. I seem to recall a Christmas Classic Movie that focuses on that very concept?!
Well the folks at Air Venturi have an answer for the BB ricochet of our youth. They plan to stop them with Frangible BBs. Most of the time I hate “New and Improved” ideas because the standard steel BB we all know. And, when it hits something hard if fractures and falls apart, unlike the old steel BB we all know and love.
Many times I am not a fan of the “New & Improved” product, they tear away some memory or valuable lesson from our youth. This one I can get behind though. It allows the BB to travel at a velocity about 10% faster than the common steel BBs we all know and love and when they hit something hard, instead of bouncing back they turn to dust on the spot. You can even call them “Green” because they contain no lead.
Next some Nam-by-Pam-by will tell us the kids have to wear a dust mask when they shoot these new Frangible BBs. I draw the line there, just take the kids out and have some fun introducing them to the fun of the BB gun.