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Should this article be in Wikitionary? JoeBoucher 23:49, Jan 22, 2004 (UTC

I just expanded this one to include more material. A lot of the material needs to be better sourced but then, by definition, plinking is not the subject of very much scholarship. A basic definition of plinking ought to appear in any dictionary.


Is this a US only usage, what is it called in other English speaking countries?GraemeLeggett 08:59, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

As far as I know, plinking is an informal American term. If anyone knows specialized terms from other variants of English or other languages, including those would be a nice addition. On that point, the article needs a more global perspective. As a child and for most of my few adult years I had never heard of or used the term plinking. I called going to the range or going to plink in the woods the same exact thing: "shooting."

  • Well, here in Brazil we call it "Tiro ao alvo" (which means "target shooting"). I'd never heard about the word "plinking" too - in English, I would call it "target practice". But i agree that the ricochet of a bullet actually sounds like plink. (talk) 15:54, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

during the Gulf War - Which One? Gulf War I, II or III?[edit]

Which one? Gulf War I (Iran-Iraq) it is not (as plinking is an American English term and US soldiers weren't involved) But does it refer to Gulf War II (1990) or the current one (Gulf War III starting in 2003-today)? The link suggests Gulf War 1990, but the term Gulf War itself is not definite - it's ambigious.

--Soylentyellow 08:40, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Shorten this article[edit]

This article needs to be no more than 30% its current length. It is largely unsourced ramblings about the benefits of plinking. It is not scholarly or even necessary. It should definitely be shortened and be just an entry in a dictionary. It should maybe even just be merged into an article on shooting in general. Articles like this make people distrust wikipedia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:05, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

I agree with the above poster. This is a very poorly written, unsourced article. It definitely does not meet Wikipedia quality standards. -Series8217 (talk) 07:18, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Lead Pollution[edit]

Of all the things that have been marked Citation Needed in this article, this claim is prominently missing that disclaimer. It definitely needs it, especially when one considers that modern ammunition very seldom uses lead. (talk) 18:45, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

What? Most are made of lead. I'm less concerned about the effect on the environment than the effect on people handling the ammo. Folks loading the ammo have it on their hands and can get it in their mouths inadvertently...cigarette smokers especially. You might try reading Bullet#Materials to see the vast majority of commercially-sold ammo has lead. The article doesn't mention air rifles which are every bit as popular as the .22LR for plinking. The most common caliber in the US for air rifles is the .177 calibre which is almost always lead shot pellets...there is also .22 lead pellet rifles & pistols as well.
⋙–Berean–Hunter—► ((⊕)) 22:53, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Neutral Point of View[edit]

The tone of the article is completely one sided. There are few sources, and those that do exist are at best instruction guides on plinking. Even with a brief "common criticisms" the article seems to be more of a how to, and why you should plink, than a discussion of what it is. For these reasons I nominated it for a neutral point of view check. Aptoumanoff (talk) 03:59, 23 September 2014 (UTC)