How Do Air Rifles Work?How Do Air Rifles Work?


Air rifles are an excellent alternative to firearms for hunting and target shooting. They provide adequate power for small game and predators and are usually quiet enough to avoid disturbing your neighbors or family when firing indoors. They also eliminate the need for a background check and do not require a safety or training certificate. They are great for children, or for adults who do not wish to handle a traditional firearm. Additionally, they can be fired at indoor ranges without the risk of exposing shooters to harmful particulate byproducts that can impact human health.

All air rifles operate on the same principle: pressurized gas (usually air or CO2) is used to propel a pellet or BB down the barrel and out the muzzle. The difference between them is how that pressurized air is stored, regulated, and released.

Variable pump pneumatic air rifles use a series of pumps to vary the amount of energy applied to each shot. The more pumps you apply, the greater the power level and accuracy of your shot. They are available in a variety of calibers from.177 to.22 and can be used for everything from plinking to hunting or pest control.

Precharged pneumatic air rifles have a built-in, refillable tank that contains compressed air. When the trigger is pulled, a valve opens and a set amount of compressed air is released to propel the pellet or BB down the barrel. These guns can be used an unlimited number of times, but the compressed air will eventually deplete and the gun will need to be recharged.  air rifles