Red or white

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

I have a ques­tion. I have an Air Arms S400F air ri­fle. I shoot HFT, punch pa­per and also shoot rab­bits af­ter dark. Your com­ment in March’s Air Gun­ner ar­ti­cle ‘New Kids On The Lamp’ made me won­der whether it re­ally was ad­vis­able to use a coloured gun-lamp, as op­posed to a white one. When I shine my red lamp on rab­bits, most to­tally ig­nore it and don’t even look up. Why is that? Is it true they can’t see the colour red, or do they sim­ply ig­nore it? I would pre­fer to use a white lamp. Would the beam not show a clearer ret­i­cle and per­haps have a fur­ther reach, or should I stick with red? Re­becca

Hello Re­becca This is a real old ch­est­nut that’s been ar­gued over again and again. For I’ll of­fer my ex­pe­ri­ence, re­mem­ber­ing that there’s no sci­ence be­hind my opin­ion, just what I’ve seen. I don’t be­lieve that adding coloured fil­ters pre­vents rab­bits from see­ing the light. I base this on the ob­ser­va­tion that as the lamp­ing sea­son moves through the year, rab­bits learn that a light means trou­ble and run, no mat­ter what colour it is. I’ve tried ev­ery colour and even laser light and wary rab­bits re­act to them all. My be­lief is that fil­ters gen­er­ally re­duce the to­tal amount of light emit­ted and a dull light is less shock­ing than a bril­liant one, so the an­i­mal’s re­ac­tion is some­times less ac­tive. For this rea­son, I use the low­est lamp power I can that al­lows me to see rab­bits clearly enough to make pre­cise shot place­ments and no more. This is why a vari­able-in­ten­sity lamp is my top choice. Ed.

Above: Do red lamp fil­ters make a dif­fer­ence? I’m not sure ...

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