For those unfamiliar with it, Demolition Ranch is a channel that indulges in some degree of legal hyperbole (so it will say a gun is illegal due to features even after ATF has said it is legal. Not lying so much as pointing out the silly in some laws. Like a .22 Magnum pistol that shoots 2 bbl at once, so two shots with one pull of the trigger. It’s a revolver, so you get all of 4 trigger pulls. Yes, the law says a machine gun is any gun that sends more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger, but the ATF correctly said, um it’s a revolver…) He also likes to shoot up a lot of junk and generally act a bit over the top excited. I’m pretty sure it’s an act for ratings… Oh, and he also tends to put a mediocre pun at the start… I warned ya ;-)
In any case, here he shoots a .50 Cal air gun. (All while saying it’s like a firearm, but not… Um, no. It has no fire…) The good thing is you get to see how well it does on water jugs (through 2 gallons) and a watermellon (busts it up) as well as how the arrows do (very accurate and certainly enough to take down a critter – but through a stiff target you can lose the base of the arrow).
The bottom line is that, as long as you get a pump that will fill it during an Aw Shit, it looks like a very nice “game getter” solution for the Prepper. Not going to hold off the Zombie Apocalypse, but frankly you ought not be trying to do that anyway…
It is a bit louder than I’d like, OTOH, I can probably shoot it ‘ear plugs only’ and be OK.
Do I really have any need for one of these, at all? Nope.
Will I ever go out hunting critters for dinner? Almost certainly nope.
What would I do with it, really? It would be a neat toy for pretending to deal with the EOTWAWKI. It would also be something I could own, and shoot, without nearly the PITA involved in using a real firearm. So were I to get a few acres of “fishing hole” land in Florida, I could have a little personal gun range and shoot “stuff” with this without nearly the fuss involved in “Real Guns”. Hitting tin cans with a “BB Gun” isn’t nearly as much fun as a .50 Cal ;-)
Will I get one? Maybe someday. Not any time soon though. I have too much other stuff to get done first. I also need to do a bit more learning about air gun brands, calibers, etc. etc. In another video two guys in Texas pretending to be on a 30 day survival in the wilderness (really a set story line for their video with a ‘reality show’ degree of actuality… where they’ve set the rules for themselves and can ‘really’ quit any time) have one delivered (as they picked up the sponsor mid show…) via Drone. Yup, nothing like being in the primitive survival camp, eating Raccoon Bacon and having your “sponsor” deliver an air rifle via drone, complete with digital recording night scope…
But they did have to pump it up with the 4500 PSI “bike” pump and it worked.
So as an EOTWAWKI last ditch gun after your ammo is gone and society has not yet recovered, yeah, it would be a nice thing to have. In reality, a big jug of efficient powder, big box of primers, bullet mold, and Lee Loader would likely work better and last as long as the air pump and air gun seals & such…
Frankly, I’d rather have a cap & ball revolver and rifle and a gallon of black powder… but I don’t have them, either ;-0
BUT, for making a mess with full cans of cheap soda at 50 feet? Oh, this is a good choice ;-)