By Tom Gaylord
Reprinted by permission from AIRGUN ILLUSTRATED © Copyright 2002 All Rights Reserved.
With the great number of models and powerplants plus the huge price spread in airguns today, picking one specific gun is a challenging task. It's even more difficult for someone new to airgunning who has to learn the technology before making a choice.
You want to get something right away, but how do you know whether it's the right gun? If there were airgun stores in most big cities the problem would be somewhat easier to solve, but even then how would you know whether you had found exactly what you wanted?
To narrow the field, you need to answer some questions:
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This gives you a rifle you can shoot quietly in the basement and also hunt larger airgun game at longer ranges.
There are many other questions to ask, but these are the most important ones. The obvious question not yet addressed is, "How much do you want to pay?" It was left off the list because it is either a non-issue or else it is so important that it defines the answers to all the other questions. You can avoid most of the price pitfalls by doing some research of your own. This magazine is the best place to begin, but printed catalogs offer a lot of information as well. Listen to what people say about the guns you are interested in, but be skeptical of individual opinions. When you hear that 90 percent of the shooters like a certain model, though, there's a pretty good chance they agree for a reason.
The bottom line is this: what you buy should be close enough to what you initially want to determine if airgunning is the sport for you. If it is, you haven't bought the last gun you'll ever own.
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