I'm Edwin Bumpass and I grew up on a farm in West Texas in the early 70's and my very first gun, outside of toy and cap guns, was a Sheridan 'Blue Streak' 5mm. When all of my friends had BB guns, I had what I Knew was the greatest big game rifle Ever! It took all sorts of vermin from in and outside the yard and kept the garden and flower beds clear of pests and rodents. Getting older, the next big move up was my own .22 rifle....of course, that was soon followed by a 20ga shotgun and now years later, literally hundreds of guns bought, sold, traded for, collected and prized! A Lot of those, I wish I'd had the forsight to keep, but sadly many have since gone down the road.
Several years back, when the ammo shortage was in full swing, I unknowingly went to wally world for my usual several bricks of .22 ammo to tide me over for a good weekend of plinking, and the guy behind the counter looked at my like I had lost my mind for even asking for anything rimfire!! Ok, same everywhere, no rimfire ammo at all! Glad I didn't shoot all of it...major rule of country living! Well, I Have to shoot, so I picked up a new RWS 34 combo in .177 and resumed my plinking...just at a shorter range. The more I shot it, the more I was taken back to my childhood of learning accurate shooting and making the one shot I had count.
One day, my Dad handed me a gun magazine with an article in it about a guy hunting feral hogs with a .45 cal airgun?! Really, I thought!? So began a research trail that has fueled a new obsession that has certainly changed the look of my gun safes! After literally months of of watching YouTube videos till my eyes were falling out and pouring over pages of options and reviews, I decided on my first PCP airgun.....an AirForce Condor SS in .25 cal. Boy, did I make the right decision! But, you know guns, you can't have just one.....or is it ten, or.....
So That is what has brought me to where I am now. Having pondered and pained, flipped and flopped over which gun to buy, the whys and why nots of all the reviews.....why does it have to be so hard? Why weren't there places where you could go and ask, "let me see that one", you know, hold it to see how it fits and feels, like with all the other gun shops?! These guns are substantial investments and it shouldn't be this hard. One thing I picked up from a couple of forums was that most of the times, there was nothing wrong with "refurb" guns....they were just returned because it wasn't the right fit for the customer and they took it in the shorts finding that out! But they didn't just buy the gun...they spent as much or more on all of the accessories that make their investment possible! That's a real shame because we have a sport that is so much fun, and amazingly affordable in the end, but there are those that have been soured on it because of the "wrong fit" of service or investment.
That is where AirGuns of Texas comes in! My goal is to be a stocking dealer of Quality lines of PCP, gas and spring airguns....and the accessories that make your choices complete and fun..... where you can come in and try a gun for size, fit and function, not leaving with something that will end up in the closet or for sale on ----List later on. What I know is that there has to be a better way to promote and build the sport of air gunning and I'm pretty sure that step is personalized service and helping educate customers on the aspects of the sport by showing them their options and Then accommodating their needs! I would have given anything for that experience, if for no other reason than to see the options I had before me, but to also lean on the counter and listen to "shop talk", learning from the experience of others around me.