Airgunning

Find out everything you need to know about airgunning, from getting started to everything you need to know to hone your skills.

What is airgunning?

Airgun shooting is one of the most popular shooting sports in the UK, with more than six million air rifles estimated in England and Wales.

Both professional and amateur pest controllers commonly use airguns, mainly due to their quiet operation and the low cost of ammunition.

Airguns are also used for both formal and recreational target shooting with targets ranging from simple ‘bullseye’ paper targets in indoor ranges, to more complex ‘field targets’ that are set out in woodland and represent typical airgun quarry.

The affordability of airgun shooting makes it the perfect introduction for young people into the sport of shooting, where all of the basic principles – including safety – can be learned.

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Return of the springer

BSA has recently launched two new spring-powered air rifles, both of which are being manufactured in the UK.

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The best of both worlds?

FAC-rated air rifles offer versatility in a wide range of shooting situations, but UK shooters have been slow to catch on.