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#11 neondog

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:11 AM

I did the same also but after stalling out just below the gold rank in competitions, I tried a home made sight that eventually took me from twelve bull's eyes out of thirty shots up to eighteen bulls out of thirty at ten meters. It is a simple piece of plastic with a hole that hugs the barrel and then I trim the width so that when I look at the target there is just a small gap between the two "ghost sights"  and trim the height until I start hitting in the upper half of the bullseye. 

 

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#12 NaturalFork

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

I did the same also but after stalling out just below the gold rank in competitions, I tried a home made sight that eventually took me from twelve bull's eyes out of thirty shots up to eighteen bulls out of thirty at ten meters. It is a simple piece of plastic with a hole that hugs the barrel and then I trim the width so that when I look at the target there is just a small gap between the two "ghost sights"  and trim the height until I start hitting in the upper half of the bullseye. 

 

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That is a pretty good idea. I didnt think sights were allowed? Or is that not considered a sight? Or are they completely allowed? 



#13 neondog

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Almost any front sight is allowed. It is possible however to attach a tube almost as long as the blowgun to the front of the blowgun and have the same advantage as a front and rear sight. This would be frowned upon. Rear sights are currently forbidden along with lasers and in the USBA red dot sights are also taboo. 

 

There is at least one class in Germany that does not allow any sights,

 

The good news is that there are currently talks going on in France and Germany about establishing an Open Class in which anything goes except compressed air and maybe gyroscopes! I have always been in favor of high powered "big, strong, fancy, powerful" blowguns but I love to compete and hate to cheat so I went along with the original IFA competition guide lines.

 

Waiting for the other countries to agree on whether or not they want smaller targets, longer blowguns or greater distances introduced in this new classification.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

I like rules and prevention of cheating in tournaments. But, I am a bigger, faster, stronger, type of guy. I really hope the members here can innovate and maybe even take the sport to a new level, much like we have in the Slingshot world!
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#15 neondog

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Four or five years ago the national rules for the US allowed only 40 and 50 caliber barrels and unmodified wire target darts. Commercial blowguns were almost unheard of in Germany at that time but there was a good sized blowgun community there with home made equipment. I tried for some time to sway the NSBA and then the ASBA to reconsider relaxing the bans on custom equipment with no results. About three years ago out of frustration, I launched the USBA and the competition (ASBA) folded despite my offers of co-existence such as that by the AFC and NFC in football.

 

I am seeing an increase in the rate of growth in this sport both here and abroad and I'm very optimistic about it's future.


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#16 Gigmaster

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:40 AM

I do instinctive shooting.



#17 Teach

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:42 PM

I do instinctive shooting.

This is how I shot as well until this last week. I read about the two barrel picture and shooting between them at the target and Pow! I can't believe I did not see this sighting picture until now and I like to think I can shoot a BG fairly well. LOL with big slap upside the head!



#18 Chimes

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

Yup, it's parallax aiming for me as well. 



#19 Chips

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:24 PM

Strangely, I have never noticed the "ghost barrels" thing. I have only ever seen one when I aim. Maybe this is because my blowgun has an "iron site" at the end... I implement a method I learned through archery, in which I slowly hover around my target whilst aiming until the moment when I think I am on perfectly on target, then I shoot. This practice allows me to shoot accurately without interference from the movement created by blowing. What I have described may inadvertently lead you to believe that my style of aiming is a lengthy process when compared to the norm, however, it doesn't need to take more than 3 seconds, maximum. 



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

Welcome to the forum Chips


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