Smart Shot BBs from Air Venturi

Tom R
by Tom R

“You’ll put your eye out…” BB guns. Sheesh, I haven’t thought about those in a long time, especially with the availability of AirSoft. Looks like Air Venturi is working on solving a problem which, honestly, I don’t remember having (though I was a young’un at the time).

Air Venturi, an exclusive airgun, airsoft and ammunition importer of leading international airgun brands, astonishes airgunners with news of the first notable BB safety innovation in nearly 100 years. The groundbreaking new Smart Shot BBs feature a double coating of copper plating surrounding heavyweight, lead shot. Since resistance to ricochet is exceptional with the new Smart Shot BBs, many safe options for various types of hard targets and shooting disciplines are now available to shooters.

“You know the BB gun in your closet collecting dust because you can’t shoot it in your basement or backyard for fear of ricochet? Well now you can enjoy it again with Smart Shot BBs,”

I suppose it would be fun (and a little nolstagic) to get some tin cans and an air rifle and go plinking again. As far as shooting indoors with it, I may (as an ornery child) have put some holes in drywall in my bedroom with normal BBs. Anyone else have some stories of BBs from their childhood (or for that matter, current life)?

I guess it would probably be a simple (and less dangerous) way to introduce the grandkids to the wonders of shooting.

What do you readers think? Is it worth “reinventing” the BB? Do you think this would increase adoption?

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Tom R
Tom R

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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  • Sulaco Sulaco on Nov 02, 2015

    Have a cousin that was walking along a beach (nearly 45 years ago now) with cliffs above it. Some *{){Y{{) (&( fired a BB gun at him from on top of the cliffs. Hit and blinded him in his left eye for life. They never found the shooter. Projectiles fired at speed at people are dangerous and unpredictable even the lowly BB. These new ones MAY offer some protection from ricochete rounds more the better in an urban enviorment.

  • Nick Bruns Nick Bruns on Nov 03, 2015

    Lead BB's aren't a new idea. Gamo makes them if I remember right for springers. Good idea though and would reduce ricochet, but probably not in lower-power air rifles. I lost count how many times I've been hit by a ricochet. Safety glasses back then 23 years ago) were an afterthought and so was proper firearm safety, although I exercised it pretty competently (Dad was a Sheriff). You just learned NOT to shoot things that would cause ricochet, which for me was glass bottles, cars, action figures, sheet metal, and boards (until I got a more powerful rifle). There was no airsoft. My friends and I have had BB pistol fights with those BB pistols from Crosman that you cocked every shot. You could do it pretty fast with practice. It wouldn't hurt unless it hit you on a finger, temple, or face. Never been hit in the eye. Imagine running through a hail of BB's across open ground at 10 yards! Fun! That was as close as we got to Battlefiend or Call of Duty!