Airguns are often much cheaper, easier to purchase and are also much cheaper than a firearm. There are many uses of air rifles like airguns can also be utilized, indoors and in several places where firearms can lead to trouble and legalities. Modern air weapons, however, have opened the doors for more interesting avenues with new models and technologies.
Earlier air rifles were mostly constituting of a single loaded capacity, since they were needed to be cocked for every shot. This meant compression of a spring to make it shoot-ready. The handicap against firearms was therefore multiple shot capabilities.
Air rifles can be used for several purposes or for several things, some of the uses of air rifle listed below :
1. Sports Shooting
There are various events like Olympics and other related games which hold events with air rifles and air pistols. Such air guns are used to shoot paper targets in 10-meter indoor ranges.
2. Long Range Shooting
Quite often athletes go to levels such as hurdle races and moving (or running) targets, mainly made of metal, to excite the events. Outdoor events of 50 meter and 100-meter-wide range are very common in many places around the world for heavier air rifles (.25, –30 and 50). Such events are known as ‘Big Bore Air Gun‘
Plinking is basically an informal target shooting to whatever target which is safe at hand. It is generally described as a recreational air gun shooting sport in the backyard and on metal targets. It does not include adding scores or major competition and is seen as a common hobby for many shooting enthusiasts the world over.
4. Pest Elimination
When it comes to pest elimination tools, air guns act as a proven tool to do so. Various videos can be easily identified being posted on internet related to this. For example, shooting rats is using such air guns is quite common, other types of vermin are also prime targets for air gun lovers. High powered air rifles are also known to target down much larger animals. There are example cases where deer, dogs and pigs have been shot down with air guns.
Since 17th century there were footprints for air rifles being used for hunting with guns powered by filling in air using a pump. Many Deer and Wild Boar used to fell prey to these air guns. But most of these old timers are not around now.
These air guns are widely used for training purposes like in several defense, security and other departments, all over the world to provide initial levels of training. The reason being that these are not only cheaper, but also requires less recoil management aids in improving aiming and other techniques.
6. Veterinary Use
Compressed air guns, especially have the ability to muster good and controllable speeds, and are pretty silent, generally used in Zoos and other wild animal parks, as a tranquilizer and to helps in delivering other vaccinations through dart type projectiles.
Various different types of air guns are used for construction purposes to drive in nails and related items. They can also be termed as ‘Nail Guns’. However, this does not actually come under the exclusivity of arms and such, but it is interesting to know that Nail Guns have increased working speeds to large extents, however has caused too many causalities to be considered safe.
History shows that air weapons were also used in the military as they could carry faster with fewer noise and no smoke (with no exposure to their locations) than their contemporary musket weapons.