7 Reasons For Adult Airgun Popularity
Snuggled up in wrapping paper under your Christmas tree this year might very well be an elongated package that reminds you of a similar present you received in your childhood. That’s right. You just might find a Crosman airgun hiding under a bright, red bow.
Adults all across the United States are discovering that oodles of fun comes in packages marked with the numbers .177, .22 and .25. Shooting airguns has never been so popular. Why? I’ll give you seven good reasons.
If you’re thinking airguns are just for kids, consider: The majority of airguns on the market today are sold strictly to adults for adult use. And adults, being savvy, experienced shooters, require guns made to last decades.
And consider this: Olympic athletes compete in biathlon and, yes, air rifle events. What’s more, it’s nothing for competition shooters to place 10 consecutive .177-caliber rounds within the same hole in a target’s bullseye.
Most of us aren’t that good, but air rifles today are capable of routinely hitting a dime at 50 yards, pushed to velocities exceeding 1,000 feet per second.
The precision, fit and finish of high-end airguns — check out the Benjamin Marauder series — are comparable to any custom firearm and can be matched with accessories, adjustable combs, scopes and other optics that will make you realize you left the playground long ago.
More Hunting Opportunities
Hunting with air-powered rifles is one of the oldest of all hunting methods, dating to the 16th century. Fortunately, more state wildlife agencies are recognizing airguns as legitimate hunting tools.
While airguns of .50-caliber and larger have taken big-game animals such as wild hogs and elk, most hunters who use airguns target small game and pests. Varmints and rodents can be shot year-round in most states, filling in for the times between seasons for squirrels, rabbits and other small game.
For animals such as rats, squirrels and crows, most high-powered air rifles that produce roughly 1,000 fps in .177, .20 or .22 will be more than sufficient. For small-game hunting up to and including raccoon-sized game, consider magnum powered .20, .22 and .25 calibers a more suitable choice. Like all hunting, if the effective range of the firearm is heeded (in the case of most air rifles this is under 40 yards), and shots are placed properly, humane kills are the result.
Hone Your Shooting Skills
Big-game hunters have found tremendous benefit practicing in the off season with an air rifle because it’s inexpensive, virtually noise-free, can be done in their backyard, and they don’t get pounded repeatedly with recoil. If those aren’t reason enough to buy an airgun, I don’t know what is.
Take that recoilless, quiet gun into your backyard, set up a target some 30 or 40 feet away, check the backstop to ensure safety, then assume any shooting position you want. Squeeze the trigger. Squeeze it again. And again. Whether prone, sitting, standing or shooting from a bench, all of that target practice is bound to make you a better shooter. Besides, it’s just a lot of fun.
Come to think of it, invite your pals over for a little shooting competition. Pretty soon, you will all be better marksmen eagerly awaiting the next hunting season.
Did I mention airguns are quiet? You won’t bother your neighbors by shooting an airgun in the backyard, and if you’re in the field, the loud report that comes from powder-based bullets will be missing. That means game animals that spook easily won’t become alerted.
You can leave the ear protection back with your other shooting gear, too.
Guys are famous for not reading instructions and following directions. Fortunately, maintaining an airgun is remarkably simple.
Any object made up of numerous parts requires some care and maintenance to stay in prime condition. With airguns, it starts with reading and following the instructions provided in your Crosman owner’s manual.
From a light coating of oil on barrels and other exposed metal surfaces, to a light amount of lubricant on the seals of an air or CO2 gun, maintenance duty will require just a few moments of your time.
If you’re tired of shelling out hundreds of dollars every time you take your firearms to the shooting range, you’re going to really fall in love with Crosman’s airgun ammunition prices.
Try $13.99 for a 500-count of .177-caliber Super Point 7.9-gram Premier Pellets. Or, if you’re planning to stay on the range a bit longer, you can dive into a box with 1,250 of those same pellets for just $29.99. (I’ve done the math: That’s 2.3 cents per round.)
Want to try something with a bit more hunt to it? How about the .22-caliber Benjamin Hollow Point? You’ll get 500 of them for just $12.59 at www.crosman.com.
Environmentally friendly .177-caliber Lead Free Super Points come in 250-count tins for $10.99, or in .22-caliber for $16.59.
Not convinced? Stop it, you’re killing me. But read on for No. 7…
So it’s a dreary day outside and you’ve watched all of the romantic movies you can stand for a Saturday afternoon. Don’t let the weather stop you from sharpening up on those shooting skills!
Fix up a proper backdrop with a heavy tarp, canvas or a rug behind a target, and you’re looking at hours of marksmanship honing and friendly family competitions without having to leave the comfort of your house.
And once the weather clears, you can move the games outside with very little hassle.
It’s easy to see now why an airgun under your Christmas tree would be a great thing. Santa Claus will certainly understand. After all, what do you think he does the other 364 days of the year?
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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com