The majority of what you may know about air rifles is more than likely incorrect. For instance, consider the fresh crop of lightning fast .177 caliber units that can deliver upwards of 1600 fps. You would assume that they must be really good, right? That would be incorrect. The vast majority of them are actually quite lousy. They tend to be hard to cock, quite loud and they are among the hardest guns to accurately shoot.
When searching for an ideal air rifle/gun, it is imperative that you keep in mind that they operate, essentially, in a parallel universe to that of other guns. There are completely different rules that apply to them. As an example, should you fire 7 grain and 14 grain pellets, simultaneously, from identical air rifles, more than likely the heavier pellet will overtake that of the lighter one at either 30 or 40 yards. Why is that? The answer is air resistance. Due to the fact that pellets have very little momentum in addition to being quite light. Therefore air resistance will increase with the cube of the speed of the pellet, which will result in the doubling speed with increase the air resistance eightfold.
Additionally, as pellets approach the sound barrier, the air that is around it can become fairly turbulent. You will need to note that more turbulence translates into decreased accuracy. Additionally, keep in mind that breaking the sound barrier causes pellets to fly more like teal not so much like projectiles. Those that are serious enthusiasts or shooters will want to remain at 900 fps or below.
Why are Most Calibers Sold Near Me .177
The reasoning behind most local retailers selling .177 caliber air rifles is due to the fact that many municipalities consider anything above .18 caliber is considered to be a standard firearm. Therefore, remaining below the threshold results in less paperwork. With that being said, the lower caliber air guns require the use of fast, light pellets that can be hard to shoot straight. In addition, .177 calibers are generally spring piston guns that tend to generate two types of recoil. These includes forward recoil when the piston that slams into the wall of compression chamber and backward when the spring releases. This is why the vast majority of air rifles jump about like a squirrel hopped up on Red Bull.
What is needed for Accurate Shooting?
Primarily, the recoil will need to be allowed to happen with the assistance of an artillery hold. This will involve simply holding the gun loosely and allowing it to “float” in the hands of the shooter while maintaining aim. Should the pellets that accompany your respective gun not group, you will need to purchase an assortment of heavier pellets to see which best fits the gun.
Most importantly, you will need the right gun for you and your skill level.