Buying your first airgun

by B.B. Pelletier

This is a topic that disturbs me, because never before have there been so many choices in airguns. And most of them are the wrong choice for a first gun. I get private contacts from people asking me questions like, “Which should I buy — the Gamo Hunter Extreme or the Walther Falcon Hunter with Nitro Piston? I want a gun for shooting long range and for occasional hunting.”

That’s the equivalent of a 16-year-old driver asking whether he should buy the Ferrari or the Dodge Viper because he wants a car with some zip. Buy either car, and he’ll end up in the ditch or worse. Fortunately, both cars have exclusionary price tags that keep a lot of 16-year-olds away. However, in the world of airguns, the super-magnums are priced very affordably, so a first-time buyer can afford to get something completely inappropriate. read more