Agree with that, Mike. But at air gun distances you are much less likely to see noticeably different wind speeds and certainly much less likely to see different directions of wind. But in general I agree that any shooting does help one learn to observe and estimate wind.
My Beeman R9 in .177 caliber spits out a 10.3 grain Baracudda Match pellet at 785 fps. The zero distance for my rifle is 30 yards. At that distance the drift for a 5 mph cross wind is .8 inches.
I have an HW95 in the same caliber and the same pellet is moving a little slower out the muzzle at 772 fps. The drift at 30 yards for a 5 mph crosswind for a slower moving pellet is .9 inches.
For those of us that like to seek perfection when zeroing a rifle a slight breeze can be frustrating. As you know there are times when you cannot feel any wind from where you are shooting but it exists down range.
At the range that I am shooting at now, I notice the dust kick up behind the target paper when I shoot. I've learned that when the dust kicks up and doesn't drift to one side AND if
I don't feel any wind when taking the shot then my result on target is valid. It is valid from the standpoint that there was probably no wind acting upon the pellet.
On the other hand, when I make a shot and I see dust move to the side then I know that the wind is indeed acting on it, even though I didn't feel or see anything else indicating a crosswind. The dust moving in a left or right direction has told me that I can discount that shot in evaluating my grouping to set the zero for the rifle.
This has helped me immensely with zeroing the rifle and evaluating its accuracy.
On the HW95, I have a cheap 4X leapers scope on it. The Mil-Dots are not a one mil value. The spacing is three mils. Normally that would be an undesirable feature. However, once I did the mil-dot math for three mils, I have discovered the fun of shooting an air rifle at soup cans at 100 yards! I've done this with my Diana K98 and Beeman R1.
The HW95 has a drop of 29.6 inches from a 30 yard zero to 100 yards or 8.2 mils. The drift for a 5 mph crosswind at 100 yards is a whopping 10.9 inches or 3 mils! I have yet to determine how much change in elevation I need for various headwinds and tailwinds. So it's by SWAG that I determine how much to aim up or down for a head wind or tail wind.
I shoot the air rifles off a benched bag when shooting at the 100 yard soup can. On a calm day I hit the target about 75% of the time.
This is with a .22LR not an air rifle but I produced a video of shooting at a cow bell at 300 yards. It's a boring video unless you like long range shooting. So I won't be offended if anyone decides to only watch a little of the video. The idea that I try to enforce with this video is the effect of the wind on the diminutive .22LR at that distance.
Whether it is with a PB or an air gun, I've learned more about shooting on windy days than on ones that are calm. One of these days I'll make a video of shooting a springer at 100 yards.