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Airguns to get us through the shortages?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Guvnor, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. Guvnor

    Guvnor Member

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    Was thinking of getting an air rifle to weather the current shortages. Can only imagine how long this panic buying will go on for. I cannot find .22lr on the shelves anywhere. Air rifle would be a low cost way to get your plinking/target shooting fix. And some states allow air rifles for small game seasons. i will be looking into it...just a thought.
     
  2. 1911 guy

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    I do it all the time. An old pump crossman with a pretty bad trigger makes me break position every shot and manage a trigger worse than any of my "real" rifles. Sight alignment drills are good, too, no matter the rifle or airgun. The principle is the same.

    Pretty much, I'd say go for it.
     
  3. r1derbike

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    I have 12 air rifles. Three pre-charged pneumatics (2 long guns, one pistol converted to a carbine) that I use exclusively for varmint and paper. Pump-ups, CO2, break-barrels. Went crazy. One match .177 cal. pistol. Years and years of collecting. 5 pistols from break-barrel, CO2, single-pump, multi-pump, pre-charged.
     
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  4. 230RN
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    I've been practicing indoors with a bunch of airsoft clones for years and have an ancient Feinwrkbau break-action in .177 which is fun.

    Also recently got a propane-powered "green gas" gun in MKIV persuasion that is so realisic in in feel, heft, and action that it's unbelievable. Too powerful for indoors, though.

    Accurate, too. They've got some doohickey in the barrel that spins the plastic BB.

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    230, I have one like that as well, a sig clone since that's what I use. Very good for draw-fire drills, trigger is nothing like a real gun.

    It does take a stout target, I use 3" of the blue foam insulation backed by an old slab of drywall.
     
  6. r1derbike

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    LMAO! I have an old grenade box filled with 55 lbs. of HVAC putty bars, and use it to attach my targets. My pre-charged pneumatics give it a run for its money. My .22 cal. Benjamin Marauder with pellet head size I matched from Germany is the worst on it.
     
  7. Guvnor

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm thinking of starting with the Benjamin 397 rifle. Is this a good starter air rifle?
     
  8. KevininPa

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    Airguns are great!

    Went from pumps to springers and finally an AirForce Talon SS. It's my main pest control gun now. Used to use .22s and a .410 before. Every couple of years I end up with a family of snakes in the concrete well house. I use a RWS springer pistol to clear that. Don't care about individual snakes. Families gotta go! The RWS is perfect. Just enough velocity to do the job without a lot of ricochet factor to damage anything. And I've had that a long time, I'm real good with it. Just wish I was as good with my FEG Hi Power. :eek:
     
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    Excellent choice. Go for the .22 model though for pest control or some small game. Airgunners rule: .177 for feathers, .22 for fur. Headshots only for humane kills.
     
  10. goldie

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    Ive had a beeman R1 for over 15 years,as well as a beeman P1 pistol, Feinwerkbau 80 pistol. always nice to have on a snowed in day,& 10.00 or less per 500rds for high grade pellets,& no restrictions.
     
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    I have a Daisy 822 (.22 multipump) that I got for Christmas when I was 14. I don't remember the last time I shot it.

    I bought a Crosman 1077 last spring. It's a .177 12-shot rifle. It's OK, I wish I would have known about breakbarrels before I bought it, but wanted a repeating pellet gun.

    I just bought a Crosman 1377 pellet pistol and fired a few shots through it. It has a cult following, and people love to modify them.

    I also own a couple of airsofts, but they're more like toys than "weapons" because they barely dent a pop can.
     
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    A quality air rifle will do the trick for you. I wouldn't waste time or money on the toys though.
     
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    Air guns are pretty economical to shoot even if you buy match pellets.

    I shoot a .177" Anschutz 2001 and use match pellets. A 500 round can costs about $15 for decent match ammo. People think air guns are a joke until they see the 10-meter targets. The X-ring is 0.200" in diameter and you're using .177" pellets.
     
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    Another thing to be careful of are the tacticool air guns.

    I've seen a ton of the Crosman M4-177 rifles at stores that are just a Crosman 760 pellet/BB rifle dressed up to look like an M4. The 760 costs $35-40 while the M4 costs at least $70.
     
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    Not that I'd want to be limited to them, but my air-guns have been a wonderful adjunct to my gunpowder-firearm inventory for practice and pest control. I have a Beeman P1 pistol and a Diana RWS Model 52 .22 rifle -- the latter I've had for at least 15 years, and it is as accurate and powerful as the day I bought it.


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    I have a .177 Gamo thats taken many a bird and rabbit.

    1000FPS break barrel, 500rds for $6.

    1 shot, 1 kill at 50 yards no problem
     
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    There is a thread over in NFW discussing air guns too. I have a few (two are really the kids'). If ammo costs and availability aren't more reasonable by spring, I'll be shooting them more. I was looking into getting a gas power pistol also.
     
  18. goldie

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    There is a lot of fun shooting that can be done with airguns,too. those plastic army men,necco candy,are just some of the targets that are fun to shoot with airguns.No powder to breathe in, very quiet to shoot,they really have alot going for them.
     
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    SHHHHH,
    Best keep quiet about this. We don't want em clearing those shelves too. This can be our little secret or the next thing you know we'll be paying $500 + for an airsoft pistol. :neener:
     
  20. Mousegun

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    RWS model 48 here. If I had it to do again it would probably be the model 54 or model 56. They are springers in which the entire barrel is on a floating rail that slides back a bit to absorb the spring shock. This design enhances the accuracy of the guns tremendously but makes them very pricy.

    If you can accurately shoot an air rifle, you can accurately shoot just about anything. The hold and follow through on an air rifle is paramount for straight shooting.
     
  21. FiremanJim

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    LOL,

    It's funny ya'll talking about airguns now that real guns are scarce.
    I miss my AR so much that I'm buying a KWA Mk18 clone just because it's almost like the real thing. I also bought real gun furniture for it, like a vltor stock, KAC grip, Ergo grip Eotech sight,and Troy RAIL, just to dress it up.

    It's sad really. T_T

    But I'm hoping that when the craze dies down, I can take all the stuff off the airsoft gun and be able to put it on a REAL Mk18 clone.

    Wont be the same till then. but at least I'll have something to fill the void.
     
  22. xfyrfiter

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    I have been shooting air almost as long or longer than powder. 1'st was a daisy pump bb rifle. I practice almost exclusively offhand with my Gamo springer, and it will absolutely improve your rim and centerfire shooting. Follow through, trigger control and breathing are learned through reps, and muscle memory is almost instinct after 50+ years of shooting them.
     
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    Yeah -- I wish I had bumped up to a higher model of RWS also. :(

    Having said that, every RWS I've ever handled, from their lowest economy models on up, have been beautifully crafted machines.


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    I grew up shooting air rifles, so I was already a decent shot by the time I moved up to firearms.
    I also have owned airsoft revolvers and 1911 clones that funcionted realistically enough, that when I went to rental ranges and fired the "real McCoy" for the first time, I did reasonably well with loading/unloading and firing.

    On a more serious note, this strikes me as a form of "settling for less." I shudder at the idea of a possible dark future in which air rifles are really common, firearms and ammo are rare, and one day someone in a legislative body somewhere says, "we need to license, limit and regulate these terrible air guns..."
     
  25. Isaac-1

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    Like others have said air rifles can be usefull on small game, etc. I have a Marauder .25 PCP rifle, it fires a 28 grain pellet at 900 fps, this is fairly close the balistic performance of a .22 Short.
     
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