Just earlier today it was announced that the pentathlon would stop using air pistols and start using laser guns. This change will be in effect for the 2012 Olympics.
Now, I am not going to pretend to know a lot about the sport, but I think i have a pretty good grasp on the differences between a laser gun and an air pistol.
I think this is one of those situations where technology has gone too far. When it comes to sports, it’s important to keep the event true to its original design. Now, I will assume that the pentathlon started by using REAL guns instead of air guns.
I understand that people running around shooting live rounds may be considered dangerous if not controlled correctly, but I just can’t wrap my head around people calling air pistols unsafe.
COME ON PEOPLE!!!!
I don’t know about you, but I have been shot with a BB gun. It stings, but it didn’t kill me. I think that’s probably the outcome you would find if someone in a crowd also got shot with the air pistol.
Plus, the people handling these pistols aren’t exactly beginners. They are Olympians! They know how to handle the thing.
Here’s another article about this. It has a video where the pentathlon chief is explaining how some countries don’t like the air pistols and that’s why they are switching to laser guns.
Now am I just being a “gun loving American” here? Or is this completely nuts?
On top of all of this, I can’t help but think that there would be a difference between an air pistol and a laser gun. Is there a recoil on the laser pistol? Can wind speed effect a laser pistol?
Doesn’t using a laser make this sport quite a bit easier?
What do you think? Does switching from air pistols to laser pistols seem like a bad decision, or am I completely wrong here?
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