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My Daisy 953 Target Pro



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Not long ago, I purchased two Daisy 953 Target Pro air rifles.
These models had been discontinued by Daisy since the introduction of the Daisy Model 901.
I didn't know this action had taken place.
But, when I learned the fact the model was dropped, I made a concerted effort to buy a New Old-Stock example.
Long story short ... I found two at New England Airgun Inc. - without hesitation ... bought both.

After shooting the Daisy 953's I realized, I should have bought one a long time ago.

5-Shot at 10m
Aperture Sights
Standing with Arm Supporting Forend Steadied Against Rest
Inexpensive Crosman Wadcutters
The single-stroke pneumatic with a clip-feeding mechanism is a lot of fun to shoot.
Not having to fumble with loading the small .177 pellets is a real convenience for an older fellow like me.
And, makes firing-off a shot-string quick and without loading frustration - love this feature.
Out-of-the-box, the trigger isn't bad.
But, for competition use ... it is very lacking a light trigger.
And, certainly could benefit form the Pilkguns trigger modification.

But, for my purposes ... plinking, informal target shooting, bug busting and practicing general marksmanship
the 953 works well-enough.
I'm more than satisfied with the over-all performance of my 953s.
In the near future, I plan-on scoping one of my 953s and installing AR-15/M16 style peep sights on the other.
I like peep sights.
The OEM aperture sights are fine.
But, they don't allow for gauging missed POIs ... the rear sight assembly covers too much of the sight picture.

The link below provides a good description of the handling characteristics of my 953s.

Reference: Discontinued Daisy 953 Target Pro
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My Daisy 953 Range Set-up

This is the range I've set-up for shooting my Daisy 953.
The bricks are strategically placed at various distances relative to a short-range single-stroke pneumatic.
The nearest brick with seven-objects on top is sitting at 25 feet.
The next farest brick is sitting at 10-yards.
And the deepest set of three-bricks are at 10-meters.
The target objects are small pecans that roughly measure one-inch long and 3/4ths-of-an-inch wide.
I orient the pecans to present the smallest silhouette possible.
Now, if I've done my math correctly, a 1-inch target at 25-feet is the equivalent of a 1-foot target at 100-yards.
This can present a challenging shooting session.
However, the aperture sights of the 953 can make quick-work of the pecans.

After I loaded-up a couple of clips, I begin my iron-sight marksmanship session at the 25-foot mark.
And then, I move-on to 10-yards.
Lastly, after I'm completely warmed-up, I finish-off 3-clips at 10-meters.
As the distance to the targets increase ... so does the challenge become greater.

An interesting observation, at such close distances, the pellet is still rising to intercept the line-of-sight.
And, as the range increases a sight adjustment is required in-order to maintain a center-mass POI, .
I had to dial-in some DOWN elevation - at first, this was counter intuitive.

Besides myself, the house finches are the other beneficiaries of my shooting session.
Although the low-velocity Daisy 953 doesn't smash the pecan to bits and pieces.
The slow-moving 7.4g Crosman Destroyer EX pellets do break-open the pecans so the House Finches have access
to the meat.

By the way, I also use my M417 with Leaper's UTG M4 Carry Handle Sights on the same range.





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