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Air Rifle's Explained

Buying an Air Rifle can be confusing if you don't know where to start, and we can't tell you exactly what the right Air Rifle will be for you, however we can guide you to make a decision that will be best suited for you! So we'll give you 3 simple questions you need to ask yourself before you purchase an Air Rifle.

What will I be using it for?

The first thing that needs to be decided when purchasing a Air Rifle, is what are you going to be using it for? If you're going to be hunting then a spring powered robust Air Rifle like the Weihrauch HW95K would be the ideal Air Rifle for the job. However if springers aren't for you, then you could go down the Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) route and get a BSA Scorpion or a Daystate Huntsman. PCP Air Rifles will offer multi-shot, unlike springers which are all single shot, having multi-shot means that you can easily load your magazines and load them in when hunting, without having to fumble around with single pellets. PCP Air Rifles also have less recoil than Springer do, which can help towards accuracy. The only drawback with PCP Air Rifles over Springer Air Rifles is the fact that with a PCP Air Rifle you will need either a hand pump or a diving bottle in order to fill it up with air, meaning that they can be more expensive then their lower priced Springer relatives which require no air to be supplied as they are powered by gas struts, so are often the more cost effective option.

What calibre do I want to shoot?

Once you've made a decision on what you will be using the Air Rifle for, and what type of Air Rifle you would be interested in, then you need to decide on what calibre you would be interested in shooting. The most common calibres are .177 or .22. The .177 is normally good for target shooting, as the pellets have a flatter trajectory, whereas the .22 is good for hunting as the pellets are heavier and slower, which means it transports more energy to the quarry you are hunting, this makes sure that your shot provides a clean kill. Although you can use both the .177 and .22 for hunting, if you're inexperienced in the field the best option to go for is the .22 because you are more guaranteed to have a clean kill than you would with a .177. There is also a .20 calibre, but this is more rare of Air Rifles and therefore pellets can be harder to source, so this is something you need to be aware of if you wish to purchase a .20 Air Rifle. There's also a .25 calibre, however under 12 ft/lbs these aren't as affective, so would only be useful for more close range shots.

If you're not interested in hunting and are more interested in target shooting or Hunter Field Target (HFT) Then you can use most types of Air Rifles, including Springers and PCP's. Most shooters on our ranges prefer to shoot with a PCP as these offer a more accurate shooting experience, and are easier to shoot for beginners, especially as they have a recoil action. However that doesn't mean that Springers can't shoot with amazing accuracy either! If you want to shoot single shot with a PCP many PCP Air Rifles will have single shot trays that will convert the rifle from a multi-shot into a single shot. 

What will my budget be?

So once you have the purpose of your Air Rifle in mind as well as the calibre and type, then the next thing to consider will be your budget constraint. The more that you spend out on an Air Rifle, the higher the quality of the Air Rifle will be, so this is definitely a factor to consider when it comes to purchasing your Air Rifle. Though if you're not wanting to spend a huge amount on an Air Rifle, or if you're looking to buy an Air Rifle for a younger person, then there are plenty of affordable Air Rifle options to suite your budget that will do the job just as good as a £1,000 Air Rifle. There are plenty of brands out there, and many shooters may be biased to one brand of Air Rifle, but don't feel like you have to be tied down to one particular brand of Air Rifle, different brands shoot differently, so find the perfect match for you based off of your own decisions!

We're always on hand to offer expert advice, with over 100 years of collective experience between us, we can answer any of your questions. You can also browse all our new and second hand air rifle all in one place here.

Author: Tilly Washer. Last Updated 17.05.2018