As Memorial Day weekend approached, I thought I’d pick up a new B-B-Q gun. Not wanting another Colt Python or Smith & Wesson wheel gun, I wanted unique. I wanted an assault rifle. Something not in my current inventory. Perusing the inventory of my local Cabela’s, I found it.
Finally! Something that uses readily acquired components to fire. Something I could use to kill pests during any season!
The Bug-A-Salt 2.0 is a mini pump action shotgun. (Although by definition, it is illegal to use within my city limits. YMMV) After wrangling my a-salt rifle out of its packaging, I read through the instruction manual and loaded it up with a table spoon of salt.
Bug A-Salt 2 also has a side viewing port to check on available ammo supply.
Taking a few practice shots, I was able to gauge the shot pattern. The spread isn’t bad. It opens up about an inch for every foot of travel. Shot density is pretty good at 3 to 4 feet. Enough to kill those annoying flies that can plague an outdoor feast.
For seasoning something on the grill, I’d suggest standing back about 4 feet. That gives you about a “minute of burger” grouping. Adjust accordingly if you have high blood pressure. And don’t worry much about what’s beyond your target on the grill, it goes up in flames.
The sights are really of no help. But what the heck, this is a spray and pray type of weapon. Just aim in the general direction of your airborne target and pull the trigger.
Which brings me to an annoying point; every time you pull the trigger, it reactivates the safety. You must disengage the safety for every shot. Even being the safety Nazi on the range that I am, that’s more than a bit annoying for a salt gun.
Still, even with the crude sights, I managed two confirmed kills.
Ratings (out of five stars):
Accuracy: * * * * *
It’s a shot gun.
Ergonomics: * * * *
The grip angle seems a bit off for me. But it points pretty well
Reliability: * * * *
Haven’t had any malfunctions. The automatic safety thing is pretty annoying.
Customization: * *
WTF? No rails. Anywhere. How can I mount a light for night-shooting mosquitos?
Overall: * * *
At an MSRP of $49.99, it’s a bit expensive for a range toy. But it sure comes in handy now that sunny days are here again and I’m using my pellet grill more than a few times a week. Bonus; I get to practice my wing shooting at the same time!