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Can I Dry Fire my Air Rifle?

I remember my Dad telling me in our old back garden about 40 years ago to never fire our Air Rifle without a pellet in it. So, I never did. I didn’t really question it, just bowed to his superior knowledge. Then, when my son started learning how to shoot a few years back I told him exactly the same …

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Why Does My Air Rifle Not Fire?

It can happen to any of us. If you own a set of airguns for long enough then eventually one will fail. It won’t be when you’re plinking in your garden though by yourself. It’ll be when you’re showing off your finest rifle or when you’ve traveled 100 miles with your best mate for a weekend of shooting in your …

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Why Is My Air Rifle so Loud?

A neighbor of mine recently bought an air rifle for one of their children. It was their first one and they were massively excited to receive it. They seemed to be having fun plinking in their garden but when I asked about it they said the child wasn’t really enjoying it much. When I asked why they told me it …

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Why does my airgun smoke?

I was showing my son one of my Air Rifles recently when he asked why there was smoke coming out of it. He wasn’t complaining, he thought it looked cool. Apparently, it was not dissimilar to how ‘real guns’ look when they’re fired on television. It only happens to one of mine currently so this immediately became his favourite. Anyway, …

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Why is my Air Rifle Inaccurate?

It may not be solely your fault that when you pull the trigger the pellet doesn’t hit the target. There are, perhaps rather surprisingly, a lot of variables involved and if you’re getting annoyed with yourself for continually missing the bullseye then perhaps you should stop beating yourself up. At least initially anyway. Once you’ve ruled out any environmental and …

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What Types of Pellets Are Available For my Air rifle?

If you’ve just started shooting you may be under the impression that your choices are simply limited to the caliber of the pellet and although arguably, you’re broadly correct it’s actually far from the truth. Depending on what you’re shooting and what you’re actually shooting at, will dictate what type of ammunition you should be using. It’s one of these …

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What Types of Air Rifle Are There?

Recently, my son and I were in an airgun shop looking at all the varieties of weapons available to us these days. It dawned on me that there are a lot of choices these days and how difficult it must be for someone just getting into the sport to know what type of airguns are available and also what type …

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What’s the recommended age for a bb gun?

Ball Bearing (BB) guns are incredibly popular and can be great fun. However, you do need to weigh up the dangers and risks of using a bb gun with the pleasure and life-skills the usage will bring. But what’s the recommended age for someone to starting using a BB gun? The answer actually depends on two things, firstly any laws …

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What are the most popular Air Rifle calibers?

The airgun (or air rifle) typically shoots pellets or ball bearings (known as BB’s). If you’re choosing an airgun and don’t know what type you should be looking for then you may end up buying something that is totally inappropriate for you or for the environment you’re shooting in (or for the thing you’re shooting at). It’s not possible (in …

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How Far Will a .177 Caliber Air Rifle Shoot?

This is something my son asked me recently and I discovered I actually had no idea whatsoever what the answer was. So, I thought I would perform some investigation myself. To get a meaningful reply to this question, as there are so many variables involved, we do need to be quite specific about what Air Rifle we’re using as well …