How to Choose an Airgun

It is an incredibly difficult task for people to choose airguns, with many great options to consider including the 22 air rifle and more. With such a wide range of airguns and rifles now available, each claiming to be the best, it is no wonder that a growing number of people, especially beginners, are struggling to make the best choices. In line with this, to make the decision process easier, today we are going to be providing a few basic tips for those looking to buy new airguns. We are going to be listing a few questions that you need to ask yourself should you be looking to buy a new rifle, keep on reading…

What is your intended use?

You need to know what you intend to use your air rifles for, this could be that you intend to use it for a range of purposes, however all the same you need to answer this question. Knowing what you are going to be using your gun for will enable you to know what to look out for in an airgun.

Some airguns are designed for shooting targets for example, whilst others are more appropriate for hunters. It is always best to buy a gun that is recommended for what you would like to use it for and if you are ever unsure what particular guns are for don’t hesitate to ask your air rifle supplier.

How far will you be shooting?  

The majority of airguns available on the market fall into four categories, these are:  light, medium, high and super-magnum. Generally speaking light guns are for target shooting and perform best when shooting roughly 35 yards, medium powered guns shoot best around 50 yards and high and super-magnum guns performing pretty similarly, able to shoot at in-between 65 and 80 yards depending on which rifle is purchased. When looking at rifles you will find that they usually state how far they shoot, making your life easier and allowing you buy a gun that is appropriate for your needs.

Other things to consider

In addition to asking yourself these two questions, when looking to buy a new air rifle, whether you are a beginner or enthusiast, these are other things that you need to take into consideration, including but not limited to the following:

  • Gun type
  • Fit and finish
  • Power
  • Features
  • Trigger quality

We truly hope that this guide can help you to choose an airgun that is suitable for your needs; however urge you not to buy a gun unless you are 100% certain. If you feel as though you need more advice and guidance, don’t hesitate to visit your local airgun store where you will likely find that there is someone waiting to help you.

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