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Old 12-29-2018, 9:38 PM
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Default Is it legal to shoot a pellet gun in my backyard in Shasta County?

Somewhat impulsively, I bought a pellet pistol for the family this Christmas, thinking that it would be fun to shoot soda cans in the backyard on days when we can't get to the local shooting range. I remember my dad shooting a crow or two with a "pump up" pellet gun in our yard when I was a kid, and I assumed that this was legal and safe. Now I'm researching pellet guns and they seem to be more powerful than I thought they were. The airgun that I bought is a CO2 powered Sig 226 replica that shoots a .177 caliber pellet at an advertised 480 fps. I bought non-lead PBA Raptor 5.1 grain pellets, which supposedly give a velocity increase of up to 25%.

But now I'm reading that pellets can possibly travel hundreds of yards, and that shooting them is illegal in many places. I live in a semi-rural area in Shasta County. I'm far outside the city limits of Redding in an unincorporated area. There is a creek behind my house, with houses on the other side of the creek about 150 yards away. I'm 99.999% confident that I can shoot downwards off my back deck without launching a pellet across the creek, but I'm not sure if this is legal.

I'm having no luck on Google. Can someone clue me in or do I have to call the Shasta County Sherrif's Office to learn about airgun laws and safety? Will I need to buy a pellet trap? Thanks for any help!
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Old 12-30-2018, 9:30 AM
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Since it seems each municipality has it's own set of rules, just call the local authorities and they will tell you the rules in your area.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:08 AM
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Is this the pellet pistol that you bought?

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Old 12-30-2018, 11:33 AM
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From what you describe I'd think you're fine. Most cities ban shooting pellet guns via municipal code. You would need to see if the county has any ordinances. I'd think you could build a nice large trap and be fine though.
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Keep in mind that in cold weather a CO2 powered gun loses power.

https://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2005...n-powerplants/

During cold weather you can set up an indoor target range. Just put up a suitable pellet/BB trap and you're good to go.
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Old 12-30-2018, 1:39 PM
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If nothing else, fill a box with sand, large enough that you can't miss it, and fire away.

Don't shoot if you can't contain the round to your property.
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Old 12-30-2018, 1:52 PM
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I thought you asked if you can shoot a .30 cal rifle in your backyard. If you don't live in the city, then you should check with the county. More likely in your rural area, no one cares if you shoot air guns as long as you don't shoot at anyone or animals.
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Since you are outside of Redding in an unincorporated area, only the county ordinances will affect you.

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9.10.030 - Unlawful discharge of a firearm or other weapon.

It is unlawful for any person to fire, discharge, shoot or utilize a firearm, BB device, crossbow, bow, sling or slingshot while located on any trail, or within one hundred feet from the center line of any trail, within the Sacramento River rail-trail system and at the Keswick Lake boat launch facility, or within one hundred feet thereof.
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Best silent pellet trap is duct seal from home Depot. It's a brick of clay like material that traps the pellet.
Line the back of a metal box with it.
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Thanks, folks!
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Couple of things you might not know. CO2 airguns do not shoot well in temperatures below 60 degrees and a 5 grain pellet at 480 fps will not travel that far, maybe 50 to 60 yds.
I shoot compressed air competition air guns that shoot an 18 grain pellet @ 900 fps and they can travel up to 250 yds but the drop at 50 yds is almost a foot plus even a 10 mph cross wind will push it 6 inches one way or the other.

As to weather its legal or not where you live it probably has more to do with how much property you have and how far away the closest residence or road are from where you are planning on target shooting.

personally I would not think you would be able to shoot it well much over 15 yds anyways. As someone else said make a safe backstop and have fun as in the country no one is going to care anyways.
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are pellet and airsoft guns considered the same in the eyes of the law? airosft uses an air pump to shoot plastic bb's
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Okay. Thanks folks.
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are pellet and airsoft guns considered the same in the eyes of the law? airosft uses an air pump to shoot plastic bb's
in my city they are.

my city requires that the BB or Pellet, if fired, have no way to exit the area it was fired in. A trap is required.
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My favorite pellet target trap is to take a cardboard box and fill it with this:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubberific-...-Mulch/3199901

If you want durability, you can wrap the box with duct tape. This will catch the pellets and then you can melt them down and cast them into real bullets if you'd like.

Cheap, and a 10" cardboard box filled with it will actually stop a .22lr
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