Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

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.

En­joy your­self.

Don’t for­get that if you buy a PCP you’ll need fill­ing kit which can cost a pretty penny

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