Dear Guru I had air rifles in my formative years over 40 years ago and have recently had an itch to get back into the sport again. However, so much has changed in the design and performance of airguns that I have no idea what to look for when I go into a gun shop. Can you please give me some advice about what to look for and take into consideration when buying a new air rifle? Many thanks. KEITH
Hi Keith Do your research, either by reading magazines such as this, searching the Internet where there is a plethora of information about airguns, or go to a local airgun club where you can try many types of guns and talk in depth to people who are established shooters. Listen to what club members say and heed their advice. They will have spent more money on their hobby than you have, and probably bought a few duffers in their time so they will save you money, time and a great deal of frustration.
It’s not unsusual for club members to offer a few shots with their pride and joy, giving you the chance to try some models free of charge before you commit to one.
Never go into a shop and buy the first thing you like the look of; just because one gun is more expensive than the next does not necessarily mean that it is better. Consider the type of shooting that you want to do and choose which calibre would suit your needs the best. Decide if you want a spring-powered gun or a PCP (pre- charged pneumatic). If you go down the PCP route, then remember that you will have the added expense of all the charging equipment required, as well as the scope, mounts etc. Once you have decided, then go to a recommended dealer that provides good after-sales support. Go back to the club and join up and get shooting SAFELY.
Don’t forget that if you buy a PCP you’ll need filling kit which can cost a pretty penny