Airgun shooters

We owe a lot to the humble airgun. For many of us air rifles are a gateway to the sport, such is their accessibility. Through airguns we learn the basics of safe gun handling, how to zero a scope and the art of shooting straight.

There is nothing more fun than a plinking session in your backyard and with pellets being relatively cheap, it is an economic way of keeping your shooting skills sharp. Even now I return to my spring gun to ensure my marksmanship is up to scratch.

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You need to use decent ammo that suits your barrel if you want to get the best from your airgun.

Airguns are also a very useful tool for pest control. A sub. 12ft/lb. precharged pneumatic air rifle will deliver a precise and deadly despatch to a rat or a squirrel in a confined space and can also help control larger species such as rabbit or corvids.

Some of us move on to other kinds of shooting and some of us stay loyal to our shooting roots. But either way, it can be agreed that the airgun has earned an important place in our sport.”

Matthew Clark, Editor Sporting Gun magazine

Advice on buying air rifles

We regularly review air rifles for all types of airgunners – from guns for beginners to guns for the experienced veteran.

Looking to buy an airgun new or second-hand? We look into best buys, from the smallest to the most generous budget.

Got a query about airgun pellets? You’ll find articles on ammunition too.

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Tips for airgunners

5 tips for airgunners

Mat Manning offers five key tips for airgunners to improve their fieldcraft 1. Go on a reconnaissance mission Reconnaissance around your shooting permissions will help you to target the right places at the right time but all wildlife observation is beneficial — whether in the field, car, park or garden. Observing…

air rifles for pest control

10 top airguns for pest control

Modern airgun shooters are spoilt for choice when it comes to air rifles for pest control.   Daystate Red Wolf  RRP: From £1,899.99 This British gun is far from cheap but it’s one of the finest pre-charged airguns in the world and its performance more than justifies its price tag.…

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13 airgun questions we’re often asked

Even if you’re an experienced airgunner, you’re going to have a few airgun questions from time to time. Here are some of the ones we’ve most frequently asked by readers. Q: Which pellet is best for my air rifle?  It all depends on whether your air rifle is spring powered,…

air rifle maintenance

5 air rifle maintenance questions answered

Your questions on air rifle maintenance answered 1. How can I tell if my air rifle needs a service? Q: Does my .22 air rifle need a service? I have been using a Webley & Scott Mark 3.22 air rifle, which I acquired new in 1974. It has never been serviced…

Top five PCP air rifles for under £700

Buying a precharged pneumatic airgun (PCP) isn’t cheap. First off there is the rifle, which will cost a few hundred pounds. Then there’s the scope plus the air bottle or pump and that’s going to be around £200. The good news is that after the initial outlay you’ll be set…

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Five of the best pre-charged airguns for under £500

Although some people have the skill to shoot very precisely with spring-powered airguns, pre-charged (or PCP) models are generally easier to shoot accurately because they don’t recoil. The extra engineering involved in producing that recoilless firing cycling has tended to make PCPs more expensive than springers, but the price gap…

best air rifles under £500

Six popular air rifles for under £500

One of the greatest appeals of airgun shooting is its affordability. For a few hundred pounds — and sometimes significantly less — you can pick up an air rifle that should give years of reliable service. With Christmas looming large 
on the horizon, it is likely more than a few…

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Will a budget air-rifle really do the job?

Airguns are not only my hobby, they are also my livelihood, and as someone who subscribes to the adage that you should always use the right tool for the job, I like to use the best shooting equipment that my budget can stretch to. However, not everyone can justify forking…

rats in hen house

Dealing with rats in the hen house

Having an air rifle in the house often proves handy for impromptu backyard pest control. My airguns are called into action in the garden to deal with marauding grey squirrels, but more recently it has been dealing with rats in the hen house. Grain attracts rats We keep hens and…

spring-powered airgun or a PCP

Should I buy a spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Choosing the right airgun can present the newcomer with a minefield of choices, and picking a power source is usually the biggest quandary. For decades, spring-powered airguns were the only option but over the past 15 or so years, precharged pneumatics — often referred to as PCPs — have really…

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FAC airgun accuracy – how can you improve it?

Q: I have recently switched from a sub-12ft/lb air rifle to an FAC-rated pre-charged model producing muzzle energy of around 40ft/lb and my results have so far been very disappointing. My old air rifle is capable of grouping pellets within half an inch at 30m, whereas the high-powered one is…

best calibre air rifle

177 or .22, .25 or above… which should you pick and why?

I shoot pretty much everything from sub 12 air rifle up to fairly hefty centerfires. Trust me calibre isn’t everything. It’s all about picking the right tool for the job and for 12flbs shooting you need to think long and hard before straying away from .177. The problem is ‘boys…

Night shot with air rifle

Air rifle ballistics – what works, what doesn’t and why

The airgun industry, like any business has to reinvent itself on a regular basis. Styles come and go, upgrades are introduced and so called ‘game changing’ enhancements announce. Recently all it’s been about bullpups and tacticool design, next year it will be something else in the endless effort to keep…

FAC rated air rifles

Air rifles – does more power mean greater range?

When set up properly, legal-limit air rifles are extremely accurate tools, and that precision can more than compensate for their modest power when coupled with a sound knowledge of fieldcraft. Get in close and shoot with precision, and delivering a lethal strike to the small kill zones presented by typical…