The airgun thread - lets see where this goes.

1911

Expedition Leader
I found this thread as I sit here an wait for my Crosman Nitro Venom air rifle to show up. It's my first air rifle, so I'm pumped (sorry for the cheesy pun). Hopefully tomorrow will be spent shooting several pellets to break it in and work on sighting the scope.
I've had a Crosman Nitro Venom for about a year, and like it really well. It's done for a ton of squirrels and some crows on my place. It's very accurate once sighted in, but the range isn't great and the trajectory is not flat - you must sight it in for the one distance that you will shoot at most. I have enough experience with mine now that I can make longer-than-sighted shots by a slight elevation of the cross hairs.

A really nice feature of the "nitro" models is that you can leave them cocked for extended times without harm.
 

JPsLC

Observer
I've had a Crosman Nitro Venom for about a year, and like it really well. It's done for a ton of squirrels and some crows on my place. It's very accurate once sighted in, but the range isn't great and the trajectory is not flat - you must sight it in for the one distance that you will shoot at most. I have enough experience with mine now that I can make longer-than-sighted shots by a slight elevation of the cross hairs.

A really nice feature of the "nitro" models is that you can leave them cocked for extended times without harm.
Yeah, I like the ability to have it cocked for an extended time without worrying about spring fatigue. It didn't arrive in time to get to the range to start the break-in and sight the scope, so I'm antsy for the weekend. I'm in the city limits, so there aren't many options for shooting in the backyard.

My plan was to sight the scope to be dead-nuts at 30yds, and use windage to compensate for longer shots. Do you know what the flight path looks like out to that range?
 
I have amassed a collection of air rifles as of late. .457 caliber Texan that will drop deer at 150yds easily. .257 caliber Condor that will take coyotes at 200yds no problem. .25 caliber Escape that is fairly awesome with only a 12" barrel and capable of taking good size game to 75yds. All these are from Airforce out of Texas. They all have shrouds from R and L Airguns in Colorado that make them very very quiet. I recently got a .410 shotgun that is deadly with #4 or #6 shot out to 25-30yds on birds. I have just started to load the .410 up with 3 or 4 roundballs from the Texan and it is pretty darn impressive when that wad of lead hits.
 

4runnerteq

Explorer
Went home and got out my old Benjamin-Sheridan 20 caliber. Me and my my 17 year old son shot for about an hour. First time its been fired in 5 years probly. Bought it used about 20 years ago for $25. PUmped 5 times, still very accurate. I think the guy I bought it from had it more than 10 years.
 
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EMrider

Explorer
Went home and got out my old Benjamin-Sheridan 20 caliber. Me and my my 17 year old son shot for about an hour. First time its been fired in 5 years probly. Bought it used about 20 years ago for $25. PUmped 5 times, still very accurate. I think the guy I bought it from had it more than 10 years.
The old Sheridans are still highly sought after. They were probably also the high water mark for multi pump airgun quality and popularity.

There are many springer and PCP designs available today. Very few pumpers.

R
 

kojackJKU

Autism Family Travellers!
Fellow Canadians, if I order a few higher power airguns from depot, will I get hung up at the border, or as long as I have my acquisition licence I am good to go.
 
Reviving an old thread here since I haven't seen anyone really talking about them on the board. We shoot a couple airguns. Lately though, an FX Impact X .30cal has been the ticket. Most of us as travelers, or Overlanders, don't really touch on the subject of hunting or protection. Airguns fit the bill through and through. No paperwork to cross state lines, some international borders and can legally hunt with them in most places in the world.

It's also alleged that Lewis and Clark used air rifle(s) on their expedition. As well as some armies! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girandoni_air_rifle

Much of the basic tech hasn't changed by much. Still air tanks, can pump by hand, or other fill methods.

Going to reference PCP - similar type to the Lewis and Clark rifle - Pre Charged Pneumatic

Some pro's ------\

- carrying a couple thousand rounds of pellets or slugs is compact and lightweight compared to Gun rounds
- can charge the air tanks up with a hand pump, portable SCBA or SCUBA tanks, portable Fill stations and now some 12v pumps for vehicles, anyplace that fills paintball guns and scuba tanks.
- Little to no recoil
- Legally suppressed with NO paperwork or tax stamps. Making these near silent with the exception of some action noise and a whistle of the projectile depending on the power of the rifle airgun
- can shoot thousands of rounds without heat issues in the barrel
- since there is a lack of heat and recoil issues, generally they are laser accurate with repeatable accuracy and groups
- normally easily serviceable and tunable in the field
- selection of ammunition/ pellets/ slugs is broadening daily as is barrels, - because of this, lots of the barrels are interchangeable.
- similar to regular ammunition - you can be as selective in them as you want. Measuring diameter, straightening skirts, weighing them etc. Similar to reloading competition shooters.
- you can make/ swage your own ammunition in the field or at home if you so desire.
- some are interchangeable calibers.
- range is less than a powder burner
- great warranties and vendors that support them
- more......

Cons --------/

- generally cost of investment to get started with PCP's is more than any other airgun / pump/tank
- specific pellets can become scarce at times
- generally a little heavier than a regular powder burner
- consumables are O-Rings
- range is less than a powder burner
- more......

FX Impact X - http://www.fxairguns.com/rifle/impact/



FX Impact X .30cal.jpg


For traveling, I really like that this one is a takedown. Just a single bolt can remove the barrel, a twist of the tank, and quick releases on the scope rings and or the atlas bipod and the rifle is pretty compact. This particular one is based loosely off the AR platform so grips and rail accessories are vast and interchangeable. Like any rifle, optics matter. We went with a New Hawke Sidewinder FFP 56 flavor route. Any unlike a regular rifle, I can increase and decrease the power of the rifle on the fly with the turn of the knob on the right side of the air rifle.

Yes, there are also PCP pistols as well.
 

waveslider

Outdoorsman
Pound for pound, its quite possible that my AirForce Talon in .177 has taken more game than any other rifle I own. Kodiak Match ammo. I don't have time for anything that can't hold a quarter minute of accuracy and it does it all day long. I like the look of that FX gun and anyone willing to put an Atlas on an airgun will be welcomed around these parts.

That said, our suppressed TacSol X-ring rifle gets the nod when the shot counts for predators such as skunks, badgers and trash pandas.
 

robert

Expedition Leader
The only airguns I currently own are an old Daisy Beretta 92 CO2 pellet pistol and a KSC G series Glock 19 copy airsoft. I've owned a handful of Daisys and Crossmans as well as a Sheridan and a Benjamin but they've broken, been given away or lost in moves.
 
Pound for pound, its quite possible that my AirForce Talon in .177 has taken more game than any other rifle I own. Kodiak Match ammo. I don't have time for anything that can't hold a quarter minute of accuracy and it does it all day long. I like the look of that FX gun and anyone willing to put an Atlas on an airgun will be welcomed around these parts.

That said, our suppressed TacSol X-ring rifle gets the nod when the shot counts for predators such as skunks, badgers and trash pandas.
That Talon is a nice PCP - How do you fill yours? Tank? Fill station? The loathed hand pump!?

Same here with taking game. We take more game with the AirRifles than any other platform. Hog too. Will be doing deer this year as well. Always have loved Atlas products. When these push the price point and accuracy off a large portion of powder burners, you have to treat it the same or better with the matched accessories ;)🧜‍♂️😏 - Been eying a FLIR for it too.

The TacSol isn't a slouch either. Had hands on with one last year. One sighted in, it was nice at the range.
 
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