The Truth About Airguns

For those interested in learning marksmanship or getting in more range time at a reasonable cost, compressed air-powered guns are a fantastic choice. Unlike a rimfire rifle, they are FAR quieter and can be shot in public places without the worry of spooking game. Quality air rifles can be competitively shot with group sizes that rival most rimfires, and are a great option for hunting and pest control.

The term “airgun” is often misunderstood, even by those who own and use them. It can mean anything from a 10-pump, pellet shooting air pistol to high-powered, pellet-throwing, target-shooting air rifles. The confusion comes from the fact that, like many words, it is a broad term and can be applied to a wide variety of firearms.

Most airguns are classified by the type of power source they use: spring piston, pneumatic, and CO2. An airgun’s power source dictates how it works, what types of projectiles it can shoot, and its maximum potential energy level.

Traditionally, most airguns used a spring to compress a volume of air in the gun’s barrel. This air then pushed a pellet down the gun’s bore or barrel, similar to how a percussion cap and primer ignited gunpowder in an early weapon.

With the introduction of pre-charged pneumatic and magnum break-barrel air rifles, pellets were designed to be more durable than traditional designs. The higher velocities of these newer airguns can cause lightweight pellets to over-deform and tumble in flight, reducing accuracy. To combat this, many manufacturers produce heavier than standard pellets to prevent over-deformation and increase stability. airsoft guns

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