I have had a pretty hit or miss experience with my Crosman Sierra Pro 1000. I really enjoy plinking and shooting at varmint targets, and of course, squirrels, which is the reason I got this airgun in the first place. I have been frustrated with the gun’s accuracy, exchanging my first Sierra Pro, and wondering if my current Sierra Pro’s scope is defective. So I enjoy shooting, trying to hit my targets, but I am frustrated with my lack of ability to hit bullseye on targets about 15-20 yards away. Seems like it should be simple.
I have managed to take out a couple of pesky squirrels, but not with clean shots, which is disappointing. I want to eliminate the pests, but I do not really want to see them flop around and suffer. The first one I took down with a shot in the chest. It flipped and flopped for about ten seconds before calling it a day. A couple of weekends ago, I took out another squirrel, but the results were far worse. A shoulder shot sent it back into the top of the pecan tree. An hour or so later I saw it struggling down the tree; I guess it did not have the strength to remain up in the branches. I was able to get close enough for a head shot to put it out of its misery.
I decided to get the gun sighted properly before taking on another squirrel. I decided to get out the Black and Decker Workmate to try to stabilize the gun. What a difference. While the gun is not perfectly sighted, it shows vast improvements. I did not realize how unsteady my aim was, but the Workmate allows me to let it do the holding or gives me a place to rest arm. Either way, the steady results are much improved over my freestanding aiming techniques.
Hopefully my next update will have me shooting nice groupings, on center.