Seven Quick Tips About Airguns

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1. Airguns Can Make You A Better Hunter

Anyone who’s ever spent time trying for a clean look at a barking squirrel knows doing so rivals the challenge of stalking any of North America’s trophy game. It’s in these woods where young men and women hone their skills and learn to listen and to observe their surroundings. Today’s airguns from Crosman and Benjamin are capable on a wider range of game for year-round opportunities.

2. Airguns Have Two Zero’s (Points of Impact)

To become proficient with an airgun, knowing the two points of impact of your rifle or pistol will help you in any shooting situation. Airguns generally shoot low velocities so the trajectory is an arc with the pellet path actually crossing the plane of impact twice – once on the way up the arc and again as it descends along the arc.

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With just a little bit of time on the range you can determine your gun’s zeroes and put them to practical use in the field.

3. 48 States Allow Some Form of Airgun Hunting (we’re looking at you Pennsylvania and New Hampshire!)

The top two reasons for owning an airgun: teaching and hunting, including pest control. States have recognized the capabilities of airguns have grown beyond starlings and squirrels and adjusted their regulations accordingly. Today, nearly every state allows for some form of hunting with air power and in recent years many have opened new opportunities for big game including whitetail deer, mule deer, hogs and javelina.

Click here for a chart of species that may be hunted with an airgun in each state.

Learn how to work with your state wildlife agency to expand opportunities.

4. Try the Artillery Hold for Accurate Break Barrel Shooting

We get this question a lot, “I just can’t seem to get any good groups out of my [GUN NAME HERE].” It never gets tiring educating folks on the importance of how to properly hold a break barrel. The act of a piston firing forward is a violent one, with a lot of torque and energy being suddenly released. The tendency is to grip the gun tightly in an effort to control it. The proper response is to let the rifle do its thing and if you do, you just may surprise yourself with how accurate you can be.

The artillery hold requires the forward hand to be flat, allowing the rifle’s forestock to rest with no restrictions:

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5. Your Airgun Likes A Particular Pellet. Find It.

Airguns are not much different from their fire-breathing brethren in that it may take a few tries to determine what your gun “likes”. Once you find the pellet that shoots best, stock up, because the fun is just getting started.

We’ve put together sampler packs to help get you started:

.177 Ultimate Sampler Pack

.22 Ultimate Sampler Pack

After all that shooting, don’t forget the Complete Airgun Maintenance Kit.

6. For Family & Friends, Include An Airgun For the Best. Day. Ever.

What’s inexpensive to shoot, makes little noise and levels the playing field between kids and adults? Crosman airguns.

Success in shooting is not dependent on physical size so put out the swinging targets and grab a Crosman (or four) for some backyard fun. They’re quiet so it won’t ruin the barbecue and junior just may show up the ol’ man for bragging rights.

7. The Best $5 You Can Spend

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10 Comments

  1. Edward Covington says:

    All very interesting. I appreciate the information. I am having a hard time getting a good group with my Benjamin NP. I think it just needs some more breaking in and possibly a different pellet. I will keep after it though.

    • Bobby L McCook Jr says:

      Keep shooting!!! Make sure you clean the barrel throughly before you start and after every 100 to 150 shots. A new barrel needs at least 150 pellets thru it before you even think about sighting in good.

  2. I got My First airgun from My Father when I was eleven years old. He shower me the way to behave regarding security etc. The same rules that I later on had to follow in the Swedish Marine (military). Today I’m 62 years old and I have myself teached My 3 children the same way to begave regarding Guns. Last month I bought a Crosman 2240 and sittning right now in My backyard practice target shooting on empty Beer cans with it. Great fun and a great product. Göran/Sweden

  3. Susan Pulling says:

    I just received our new Challenger PCP. The trigger guard is very, very loose. We used an allen ken to tighten the screw, but that doesn’t seem to effect how loose the guard is. Can you tell me how to tighten it?

  4. Rick says:

    Lately, when I try to replace the CO2 cartridge, as soon as I tighten the screw on my Crosman 1077 RepeatAir rifle, all the air rushes out of the cartridge, rendering it useless. I am using new Crosman Powerlet cartidges. Whats going on here? Anyone have an answer?

  5. Steve Lawrence says:

    I need a Value tool for a Benjamin air rifle Model #342 made some time in 1960 – 1970 and for a Benjamin pistol Model # 132 value tool
    Can any one help? I’ve looked every were.

  6. H. Wieland says:

    I’ve pretty much settled on the 2240 but I don’t want to buy crosman 2240 modified it and then have to buy a steel barrel for sights, and handles… I can’t find what I want for sale. sigh…

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