Q: I’m planning to buy an air rifle to keep down the rabbits in our pony paddocks. I notice that a lot of airgun shooters fit their rifles with sound moderators — surely there isn’t much need to reduce the volume of an air gun’s muzzle report?

Q: You would be surprised just how much of a crack an airgun can make — especially pre-charged models. An airgun-specific sound moderator from the likes of Huggett, Air Arms, BSA, Weihrauch or Daystate can hush an air rifle’s muzzle report to the merest of whispers.

Keeping an airgun quiet is a great aid to stealth and helps when carrying out discreet pest control close to buildings. A whisper-quiet muzzle report should also be very beneficial when you are shooting rabbits in the vicinity of horses and ponies.

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