I was talking with a friend recently about the usefulness of air rifles as a prepping tool. Initially the idea caught him off guard. Aren’t air rifles just BB guns like kids get for Christmas every year? The answer may surprise you.
The new breed of air rifles are actually quite powerful. Much more powerful than the simple Crossman BB/pellet gun I had when I was a kid. Some can shoot a pellet at around 1300 feet per second! They’re also much more accurate and quieter too.
But what use would a prepper have for an air gun? Most of us already have rifles and handguns for hunting and self defense. Why throw a less powerful weapon into the mix?
For me there are several reasons I like the idea of adding an air rifle to my collection. First of all you can shoot them just about anywhere as long as you’re far enough away from any buildings (local laws vary but are generally pretty loose, check your own laws before you head out shooting). This means that a lot of us that don’t have easy access to a gun range can practice our skills much closer to home. Some of you may even be able to use your air guns in your own backyards.
Second of all I think air rifles are a great item to have around not for self-defense but for defense of property and crops. If you’ve got a substantial garden (or even a modest vegetable plot) an air rifle is a great way to keep crows, gophers, and other pests out of your plot. Chances are the neighbors aren’t going to mind the modest “pop” that comes with firing one of today’s air guns. They may very well take offense at a live round though, even a light .22.
Finally, they can actually be very effective at taking small game. Furthermore, they do it quietly. If you’re trying to not attract attention to yourself then using a pellet gun to take a few rabbits or even geese or wild turkey is an excellent option.
Don’t believe the new breed of air rifle is that good? Check out these guns from Gamo’s line of Adult Precision Airguns. They’re really cool and some even come with an integrated noise suppressor, making them even more discreet.
Personally, I’ll be adding one of these to my collection in the very near future.