Pis­tols for ver­min

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I’m look­ing to pur­chase a ‘si­lencer’ for a .177 CO2 air pis­tol to re­duce sound when shoot­ing at ver­min. I have re­cently bought a si­lencer, but it was rub­bish and made no dif­fer­ence to sound sup­pres­sion what­so­ever. Can you as­sist, please?

John Kennedy

Hello John Please stop shoot­ing at any­thing liv­ing with a pis­tol. They’re sim­ply not ac­cu­rate enough to place a pel­let con­sis­tently, and pre­cisely where it’s needed to en­sure a clean kill. The CP88 you men­tion is also very low-pow­ered, mak­ing some­where around 1.5 ft.-lbs. at the muz­zle that drops even lower by 15 yards. The proper tool for ver­min con­trol is an air ri­fle, which will al­low you to be far more ac­cu­rate whilst de­liv­er­ing suf­fi­cient power for a clean kill. Ed.

Even a mod­estly priced ri­fle is a much bet­ter tool for hunt­ing du­ties than any pis­tol

Pis­tols are great fun, but not for hunt­ing of any kind

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