posted on May, 21 2020 @ 06:02 PM
Now admittedly, I'm a centerfire rifle/pistol guy, but there are times when a centerfire cartridge is not the right tool, and we have some of those
situations on our property (i.e. in between buildings, short range, etc.). So I needed something which could take out vermin without worrying too
much about stuff down range two miles. As a kid I always had a pump BB gun (Crossman 760), and that thing was a tack driver, but it's been lost for
ages. I kept hearing about some of these modern air rifles, but was pretty 'meh' to the idea. Then I decided I really needed something like
I looked and basically you have two choices (well three, but the 3rd isn't really a portable option). The first is a CO2 rifle which requires a
cartridge, and the other is a spring loaded break-action rifle. I opted for the latter. In the latter option I found two derivatives, silenced and
unsilenced. Silenced???? Who would need to silence a BB gun, right? Well, these are no ordinary "BB guns"! That was my first lesson. These
things will shoot a pellet at over 1,000 FPS, and they're not quiet. In fact, they're louder than a .22. So if stealth is your thing, silenced is
the way to go. I bought a silenced version.
First shot. Hmmmm...sounds pretty loud to me, where's the silencer? Then I took my second shot at a pesty rabbit. I missed (gun was new), but he
didn't hear a thing, and sat right there for my second shot. So I can hear it, but you can't hear the shot downrange. Perfect.
Power? Oh man! These guns shoot only pellets, no "BBs" like the days of old. And some of these pellets are pretty impressive. I opted for a .17
caliber (you can get .22 cal), primarily due to the variety and availability of pellets. A HP pellet at 70 yards will do a number on a gopher, or
other destructive vermin, as in DRT (Dead Right There)! And they can't even hear it, the shot hits before the sound. (figure sound is about 760 FPS
depending on elevation)
So, anyone else have experience with these things? Kind of impressive actually, and this is coming from a big time centerfire rifle guy.