Is a rangefinder essential?
My 18-year-old son is interested in taking up air rifle shooting and has been told that he will need a laser rangefinder. Is this really an essential piece of equipment or will he be able to get by without one?
Laser rangefinders are useful tools for fast and precise range calculation. They are, however, far from essential. Though your son might eventually want to invest in one, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to shoot his airgun accurately without one.
I would suggest that your son starts out by zeroing his gun at 25m or 30m and then shoots paper targets at closer and further ranges to gain an understanding of the pellet’s trajectory. He can then apply hold-over and hold-under to shots to compensate for the rise and fall of the pellet, but he will need to know the distance to the target to do that.
If he intends to shoot live quarry he can estimate range by setting up shots over predetermined distances, either by using decoys and baits or by using landscape features such as fence posts and trees as range markers. MM
Laser rangefinders are handy accessories for airgun shooters but there are other ways to calculate the distance to your target