Hunting Air Gun

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No matter what hunters use now – any sort of high-powered hunting rifle – it’s a given that their first rifle wasn’t a .30-30, a .30-06, a shotgun or even a rimfire rifle. Like the majority of hunters, I started out with something simple: a basic air rifle.

Like a lot of hunters, I began as a kid who chased sparrows and mice all over our farm and its barns with a simple BB gun. We spent many hours pinging cans for target practice.

As my expertise slowly grew over time, I preferred a Benjamin Marauder model with multi-pump capability. It was a more flexible tool in my hands and I could do far more work than dreamed of with the simpler gun. Around that time, another family member got his hands on a Crosman multi-pump and the real qualities of an air rifle in the right hands became fairly obvious to me. As I look back, it’s hard to believe that air rifles have grown into quality hunting tools.

While technology has been good to the hunter, the reality is that civilization has slowly encroached on the places we used for hunting. The fields of youth are gradually disappearing, and in this environment, the sport of hunting has had to change too. Bows have become even more popular than before, owing to its flexibility and ability to be used where stronger firearms aren’t accepted. Along the same lines, air rifles and their flexibility is becoming increasingly more attractive to would-be hunters and veterans alike. That’s not even mentioning the increased power and accuracy rifles of today have that dwarf the models I grew up with. Many hunters do not realize that an Air Rifle is actually more accurate under 50 yards than a firearm.

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Gamo Silent Cat Air RifleGamo Silent Cat Air Rifle
  • Caliber: .177
  • Velocity: 1200 feet p/ sec
  • 4x32 scope with 1-piece mount
  • Very Accurate
4.2 Stars

1, 053 Customer Reviews
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Daisy 880 Powerline Kit
  • 880 air rifle kit
  • 500 Daisy pellets, and 750 BBs
  • Multi-pump pneumatic rifle
  • Wood-grained Monte Carlo stock
4.1 / 5 Stars

522 Customer Reviews
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Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle
  • Spring-piston break-barrel single-shot
  • All-weather stock
  • fiber optic sights
  • 4x32 scope and mount
  • velocity,1000.00 ft/sec
4.4 / 5 Stars

349 Customer Reviews
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Gamo Hornet Air Rifle
  • .177 Caliber
  • Up to 1,200 fps, PBA Raptor ammo
  • Single break-barrel cocking system
  • Fluted polymer jacketed steel barrel
  • 4x32 air riflescope
4.3 / 5 Stars

439 Customer Reviews
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Gamo Big Cat 1250 with Scope
  • 0.177 caliber single shot
  • 32-millimeter objective rifle scope
  • 1250 feet per sec
  • Single cocking system
  • Synthetic stock
4.3 / 5 Stars

407 Customer Reviews
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Benjamin Titan GP Nitro Piston Air RifleBenjamin Titan GP Nitro Piston Air Rifle
  • 4x32 CenterPoint Scope
  • Thumbhole Stock
  • Gas-piston 11mm scope dovetail
  • 4x32 scope & mount
4.3 / 5 Stars

222 Customer Reviews
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Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump Air Rifle (.177)
  • Crossman Firepower 5-shot pellet clip
  • BB reservoir holds up to 350
  • Adjustable stock
  • Loop slots for a sling
  • Dual aperture rear sight, wind age & elevation adjustments
4.1 / 5 Stars

165 Customer Reviews
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Winchester Model M 14 Semi-Automatic CO2 Air Rifle
  • .177 cal. BB or pellet ammo
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • 16 shot BB or pellet clip
  • CO2 Semi-Automatic Action
  • Rugged composite stock with fixed front and adjustable rear sight.
3.8 / 5 Stars

234 Customer Reviews
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Ruger Air Hawk Combo Rifle

  • Spring piston break-barrel
  • Single-shot cocking mechanism
  • Adjustable fiber optic rear sight
  • fixed fiber optic front ight
  • 4x32 air gun scope with mounts
4.3 / 5 Star

167 Customer Reviews
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Benjamin 392 Bolt Action Variable Pump Air Rifle
  • Monte Carlo stock in American Hardwood
  • Rifled brass barrel
  • Fully adjustable sights
  • Shoots up to 685 FPS / 14.9 FPE
  • Single shot bolt action powered by variable pump
4.2 / 5 Stars

292 Customer Reviews
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The Modern Air Rifle: Understanding The Various Types Available

Today’s hunter has so many options when it comes to picking out the best air rifle model on the market. Multi-pump models – the type that needs the hunter to pump the chamber repeatedly to store compressed air, released when the pellet is fired – are still the rifle of choice for many. That’s especially true for rifles that fire .20 and .22 caliber pellets, perfect for smaller game and pests.

Plenty of people also consider break-action (or spring piston and break-barrel) type rifles. The difference between these rifles and the other models is that they’re hinged in the back, and dipping the barrel downward forces a piston inside the rifle against the inherent pressure of a spring. When the rifle is fired, the piston is pushed forward by the spring, compressing air that’s expelled behind the firing pellet.

It’s not hard to see why others love those rifles – they’re very powerful – but there are always consequences when adding power and a quick, single movement.

It’s because of what happens when the break-action rifles are fired. Usually, both piston and spring are launched before the pellet leaves the barrel. This means that there’s likely to be some recoil even before the pellet leaves the chamber. This means that you’re sacrificing precision for power, so keep that in mind.

Another break-barrel issue is that the pellet is what creates the seal between the cylinder and the bore, so if you ever fire the rifle without a pellet inside, the piston whacks the cylinder. Over time, this is likely to cause major damage to the cylinder and quite likely ruin the rifle in the process.

Crosman Corporation came up with another way to build a break-action rifle. This new brand doesn’t use a spring to push the piston when fired by a hunter.

It utilizes compressed nitrogen – in a chamber built into the rifle – instead of a spring. When cocked and fired, the expanding gas pushes the piston forward as it compresses air and shoves it toward the pellet in the chamber. Crosman calls it the ‘Nitro Piston,’ and it’s lighter and quieter compared to similar air rifle models.

The other air rifle model choice available to hunters are pre-charged pneumatic rifles (PCP for short). These types of rifles have been around for hundreds of years, dating back to Lewis and Clark’s famous voyage in the early 1800s. The PCP moniker comes from the fact that the air is compressed before firing off any pellets whatsoever.

In Lewis and Clark’s case, they had a pump for their rifle, which had a reservoir available to fill with compressed air.

The advantage of a rifle like that is the reservoir can be filled enough that multiple shots are possible without refilling.

Today’s PCP rifles can store about 2000 to 3000 psi. What that means for hunters is they would be able to fire off anywhere between 25 to 30 shots before stopping to refill. It’s important to note that refilling the reservoir can’t be done with a regular pump, there are special pumps available and you’d need to do anywhere from 100 to 200 pump strokes.

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In whatever caliber you choose a Benjamin Marauder or a Crosman or one of the other well known brands the modern Air Rifle is a superb weapon. At closer range it is more accurate than a firearm and over longer distance the pellet loses speed quickly so the chance of injuring another hunter or bush walker is drastically reduced. Do your research and read the reviews via the links above to ascertain what is the right gun for you and consider the pros and cons of the various caliber- .177, .22, .25 or larger calibers – the PCP rifles are very good when it comes to accuracy and power, making it an attractive choice for the air rifle shooter.

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2 Responses to Hunting Air Gun

  1. carmo pereira November 6, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    I want a powerful air gun to shoot monkey . please suggest I do have a gun known as donumbergoliwalla but it not good enough to hit monkey..

    • Don Smith November 15, 2016 at 4:33 am #

      I like monkeys. So I would prefer it very much if you do not shoot it. Perhaps you could befriend it and you will be happy ever after.

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