This is a guide for those already have an idea of air rifles and have experienced using one. You don’t have to be an expert in using an air rifle for you to fully understand this guide, but you just have to know the basics.
Air rifles: Advanced guide
The stock must be synthetic and all waterproof. The rifle should have an automatic silencing system so it won’t produce too much noise and cause a disturbance. It should have a .177 caliber if you are going to use it for killing small game and at least .243 caliber for killing medium sized animals. The spring piston repulsion must be strong, but without creating too much recoil. Ideally the gun should be able to shoot at 800 to 1200 FBS for faster moving targets. It should also have a recoil pad to absorb shock.
The scope should be 4×32 so that you will have a big objective lens that will be able to gather enough light for your eyes. It should be made with a non-reflective coating to avoid targets finding you in your spot when light touches your gun. The scope should not be too heavy because it will add more weight to your rifle and you’ll find it harder to carry. The scope should have a cover and must be fog proof, waterproof and shockproof. If the scope is not shockproof, the recoiling might cause it to break.
A good air rifle should not cost below $150.00 and scopes will usually cost 3 to 6 times more than the rifle.
Ease of use
You should be able to use the gun easily and not have a hard time cocking the gun. It should also not be too heavy or too complicated.
The trigger weight should be at least 3.75 lbs. and some come with a dual trigger pull so you can adjust the trigger weight in case you have a hard time.