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.
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 FactorsAnother 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 LimitationsFinally, 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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