A challenging and fun way to improve your shooting skill, is to use an airsoft pistol and P&S to shoot at empty pop cans tossed up in the air.

It should be done in your garage or other enclosed area, and if using an airsoft pistol is "legal" where you live.

It's a simple way to find out just how effective P&S is for close quarters shooting.

If you can consistently hit small rapidly moving aerial targets at close quarters with a shooting method, you also should be able to hit much larger targets easily at close quarters.

If you don't use P&S, how many aerial targets do you think you could hit in-a-row using an airsoft pistol and your method of shooting, and consistently?

0 - 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 or more?

I found that it is not easy to hit cans tossed into the air using an airsoft pistol, and even at close distances (9 to 12 feet).


However, after practicing (1 hour per day for a week), I was able to consistently hit 4+ cans in a row, and even more some times. I have hit 10 in a row, and 11 in a row.


Because airsoft BB's go all over the place, I put together a simple, cheap, and temporary shooting bay to help keep them in one area.

The bay consists of 4 old sheets. One was used as a backdrop, and 2 were used as sidewalls. The forth and two fluffy bath rugs were used as the floor and to "catch" and hold the BB's. The white specs on the black rugs are BBs. Small alligator clips were used to "stitch" the sheets together.

airsoft bay


To hold the pop cans for tossing, I used a small box that was placed on top of a step stool. It and the step stool are at the left in the picture.

I stood back from the bay with the pop can dispenser placed by my weak hand, so I could grab the cans and toss them up in the air and to the front of the bay. The speed of the cans, their height, distance in front of me, and their direction varied with each toss.

As any type of shooting can be dangerous, try this only at your own risk and expense. And always use safe gun handling practices.

Also, WEAR EYE PROTECTION and suitable clothing. I have had a BB hit my glasses and hard.


After I had been practicing about 1 hour per day for a week in July 2006, I was hitting 4 cans in a row.

I made a video and found based on the time line in the video that the time for both aiming and shooting, was .2 to .3 of a second. I also tried not to shoot until a can was below the top of the back drop sheet, and also before it hit the floor.

In Oct. 2006, and after some practice, I made another video. I hit 7 cans in a row. That video is 15 seconds long, and it is linked to just below.

Watch it, and ask yourself if you would be able to align the sights, or get a flash sight picture in the time available for taking a shot.

Note that my arm is not fully extended and neither is a sight picture used. I just pointed at the target and pulled the trigger. You will hear the 'wonk' or 'braank' sound of the cans being hit in the air as the gun is pointed and the trigger pulled.

Here is the 15 sec video.

Here is a link to the video on YouTube.

Here is a series of pics that show the throwing and shooting at cans 2, 3, and 4.

At 2:47 sec. can 2 is at the top right of the backdrop. At 2:60 sec., which is .23 sec. later, the sound of the can being hit can be heard.



At 4:67 sec. can 3 is at the top right of the backdrop. At 4:87 sec., which is .20 sec. later, the sound of the can being hit can be heard.



At 7:20 sec. can 4 is at the top right of the backdrop. At 7:33 sec., which is .13 sec. later, you can hear the sound of the can being hit.



Note: There was just not enough time for me to use the sights or a flash sight picture to track, aim, and shoot the small fast moving pop cans.

Here is a pic of one of the pistols used. I used this one sometimes, and the other, at other times. Both are "airsoft" BTUG -161 made by UHC and purchased for about $40 a few years ago from Blazing toys in CA http://blazingtoys.com.

The index finger rest attachment (aiming aid), is positioned so that when I grip the pistol, which has a big fat grip, the web of my hand will be up against the inner most part of the back strap, and my index finger will be pressed against the aiming aid. That assures index finger and barrel alignment.

I cut off part of the trigger guard and added a trigger extension to make it easier to pull the trigger with my middle finger. I would prefer to use a gun as is, but then I don't design or make them. Some newer automatic firearms, are flat sided which makes them ready candidates for use with P&S and an aiming aid.


Another Note:

After receiving 2 new gas airsoft guns in 9/06, I tried them out shooting at pop cans tossed into the air and in their stock configurations.

In my testing, I shot 2 strings of 9 hits in a row on pop cans.

So I asked myself, "Why do you think you need your aiming aid since it is obvious, that you can shoot and hit small aerial targets using AIMED Point Shooting, and without the aid?"

I answered myself with: "well a real firearm will be jumping and bucking in your hand when you are shooting multiple times and fast, so anything which can help you mechanically and automatically, aim naturally and accurately is good, and could be your life saver."


Here's some added technical info. in response to questions received.
The garage ceiling is about 10 feet high.

The top of the backdrop sheet is about 9 feet high at the ends, and 8 feet high in the middle.

I was standing about 11+ feet from the back drop sheet.

To keep the BB's in the shooting bay, I tried not to shoot until a can was around 8 feet or less off the ground.

From 7 off the ground, to 4 feet off the ground, seemed to be best window for shooting.

Also I used a mirror that was positioned so that my tossing the cans into the air and shooting at them, and the pop cans coming down in the shooting bay, would be captured in the video. That required my tossing the cans in a restricted shooting lane with my weak hand, which complicated the tossing process.

It is way more relaxing and easier to just grab a can, and toss it up in the air and to the front, and shoot at it. And even if the height, distance, and direction varies more.


Try shooting at aerials, and I think you will find that it will make you a better, if not a much better close range shooter.

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