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Basics of Rifle Shooting with Air Rifles

Rifle shooting is a skill that one gains with practice. There just isnít another way. In some ways, this is even more true with air rifles than bullet-firing powder guns, primarily because muzzle velocities vary a lot more and the ammunition is lighter. If youíre working on improving your rifle shooting prowess with air rifles, here are some tips that may help.

Wind Factors

Perhaps the most basic thing to keep in mind about rifle shooting skill is that some factors are beyond your control, and therefore must be taken into account. These include wind speed and direction (in relation to how your shooting range is set up). Because air rifles have comparatively lower muzzle velocities and lighter ammunition, even a light breeze will often affect your aim. A good tip, therefore, is to vary your practice range set-ups. Shoot into a stiff breeze one day, then fire at your target with a helping wind the next. And donít forget crosswinds!

Temperature Factors

Another weather factor in rifle shooting with air rifles is temperature. Depending on the power plant in your gun, cold air can seriously affect its performance. Pneumatic guns, in particular, are notoriously inconsistent in terms of power if used where the winters get significantly colder. Itís a good idea to practice during all four seasons, so you can learn what your airgunís particular quirks are.

Gun Limitations

Finally, keep in mind that rifle shooting success is nearly impossible if you practice unrealistic scenarios. Air rifles designed to be effective up to a maximum distance of 400 yards, for instance, shouldnít be expected to hit targets at 450 yards with any consistency, regardless of how accurately you aim. Read the documentation that came with your airgun, and work on practicing within your modelís limits. Good luck!


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