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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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…

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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…

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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…

garden airgunning

Garden airgunning

If you have a moderate sized garden then you probably have enough room to set up a shooting range for an air rifle. Long warm evenings mean you can enjoy a spot of airgunning after work and improve your markmanship along the way. It’s also a good time to introduce…

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What’s the best camo pattern for airgun hunting?

Q: I’m new to airgun hunting and plan to invest in a camouflage suit so I can get closer to my quarry. What’s the best pattern to go for? A: It’s difficult to recommend one camouflage pattern over another, but it makes sense to choose one that gives a close…

best PCP air rifles

Three impressive PCP air rifles for under £500

PCP air rifles are relatively cheap, easy to shoot and given a decent backstop you can even practise in the back garden. Perfect for pest control and ideal around a farm yard if you need to get rid of vermin with little risk of damage to property or stock. Why…

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Shooting rats in broad daylight

The vast majority of my winter rat shooting is done during the hours of darkness. My usual routine is to arrive an hour or so before dusk so I can set up in time to catch the early action and shoot on into the night until activity tails off. Going…

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Why airgunning is the most noble of shooting sports

Setting up airgunning as the noblest of shooting sports probably sounds like a tall order to many — it certainly does to me. Airgun shooters wear funny clothes, we get excited about shooting rats and grey squirrels and we don’t like to pay for our sport. More to airgun shooters…