i could never figure out why anyone other than a child or a person with an injury would prefer them but i have learned to say, "to each their own."
i shot one off hand at a sporting event at 25 yards. having never shot one before i expected to be quite horrible but then i hit a penny sized dot dead-center and realized it's a rifle with no recoil and without the range. lol
You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?