DO I NEED A LICENCE TO OWN AN AIRGUN?
In England, anybody over the age of 18 can buy an airgun, as long as it is below the legal power limit of 12ft/lbs for an air rifle, or 6ft/lbs for an air pistol.
HOW DO I ORDER AN AIRGUN ONLINE?
Here at The Wolfman, we offer an extremely easy way to order online. Simply place your order before Tuesday 4pm, and we will deliver your gun that weekend. All we need to see is a Photo ID to confirm your age on delivery!
Many other companies require more red tape, and the ordering process is not as streamlined, often taking longer to deliver airguns. We guarantee that any order placed before Tuesday 4pm is delivered that weekend in England and Wales. No waiting extra weeks just because you live in Cornwall, West Wales or Cumbria. No extra delivery fees for living further away. Easy delivery, with no hidden fees. How buying an airgun online should be.
HOW DO I FILL UP MY PCP AIRGUN?
Many people use either hand pumps or dive cylinders. These are both effective ways to fill up your PCP air rifle. Hand pumps have been used since PCP’s were first invented and take a fair amount of effort and pumps to fill up your gun to 200 bar. Dive cylinders are newer and require much less effort to fill your gun. Simply attach the hose to your fill adapter and slowly open your valve to fill your gun. Recently, a new way of filling has come onto the market in the form of compressors. These are expensive bits of kit that require a fair amount of maintenance, but they mean that you have the convenience of filling up your gun without worrying about refilling your dive cylinder.
SHOULD I GET A.177 OR .22 CALIBRE AIR RIFLE?
This is the age-old debate between owners, which is better – the .177 calibre or the .22. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but both are very effective in what they do. For target shooting, the general consensus is that .177 is better, as the pellets are smaller and the trajectory is flatter, so they are a bit easier to shoot and see the results on card. It is a great calibre to use for hunting too, with lots of shots per fill, and it really does do the job when you are out on the field.
However, the main argument is for hunting. 22 calibre have bigger pellets, which means they have a bigger impact and carry more weight when shooting. The main downside is that a bigger and heavier pellet will have a more curved trajectory when shooting, so it is harder to adjust at longer distances. If you can account for that difference, then .22 is a great calibre to use.
To summarise, they are both great calibres, and both take getting used to – learning each guns and calibres capabilities. Both will get the job done, so it is really down to personal preference over anything.
WHAT IS THE BEST AIR RIFLE?
The best air rifle is different for every person, given what style they like, the price and their ability. Each person has their own unique style and preferences – so this is not something that we would be able to answer.
In terms of usability, quality and consistency, we rate the Daystate Red Wolf highly, but this is a high end PCP air rifle, which comes at a high (but well worth it) price. If you are starting out or haven’t shot an air rifle since you were a kid, then something like a Crosman Shockwave starter kit would be an ideal gun to help you get into the sport. It is a well-made and consistent quality air rifle, which doesn’t break the bank.
WHERE AM I ALLOWED TO SHOOT MY AIR GUN?
You are permitted to shoot on your own land, as long as no pellet leaves the boundary of your property. If you shoot at a target near the edge of your land, and the pellet ricochets and lands in your neighbours land, this is breaking the law.
You can also gain permission to shoot on other people’s land, but this has to be confirmed with the land owner, and again no pellets must leave the boundary of the permission. It is always best to get written confirmation to remove any doubts.
You are not allowed to shoot on any public property, including parks, public places or any land you do not own (other than a permission).
There are numerous shooting grounds and clubs dotted around the country, where you may be able to shoot, regardless of ability.
WHAT TYPE OF PELLET GUNS ARE THERE?
A pellet gun is what it says on the tin. It is a gun which can shoot pellets, commonly airguns. These can be split up into different types, consisting of Spring Powered air guns, gas piston air guns, precharged pneumatic airguns, pneumatic air guns and CO2 air guns.
Spring Powered Air Guns
Spring air rifles, or springers, contain a coiled spring inside the chamber, which is compressed when you cock the gun. When you fire, the spring decompresses and pushes a piston, which forces air to propel the pellet out of the barrel.
Gas Piston Air Guns
Gas Piston Air guns are similar to springers, but instead of a coiled spring, there is a gas filled cylinder. So, cocking the gun pressurises the air in the cylinder, and pulling the trigger decompresses the air, and propels the pellet.
Precharged Pneumatic Air Guns
Precharged Pneumatic Air Guns are new technology of airguns and contain a cylinder with highly pressurised air. This is normally around 200-250 bar depending on the gun (your car tyre only has around 2-2.5 bar). PCP air guns are virtually recoilless and are very high powered. However, they do have to be filled externally via hand pumps, air cylinders or compressors, which can be expensive to use.
Pneumatic Air Guns
Pneumatic Air Guns, or variable pump guns have a piston and a cylinder, which is compressed by pumping the gun. Each pump gives the gun more power, up to a limit, which gets stored in the cylinder. Pulling the trigger uses the pressure stored in the cylinder to fire the pellet.
CO2 Air Guns
CO2 Air Guns work in a similar way to PCP air guns, but instead of containing a cylinder with highly pressurised air, they use separate CO2 cartridges. When you fire, this releases a small amount of CO2, which pushes the pellet out of the barrel.
WHAT ARE AIR GUNS USED FOR?
Air guns in the UK have various uses, including target shooting, pest control, and recreational shooting. They are commonly used for small-game hunting and plinking.
HOW MUCH IS AN AIR GUN IN THE UK?
The cost of an air gun in the UK can vary significantly depending on the type, brand, and features. Entry-level air rifles can start at around £200, while high-end models with advanced technology can cost over £1,000.
WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL AIR GUN AVAILABLE?
The most powerful air guns in the UK are typically precharged pneumatic (PCP) rifles. These rifles can generate high muzzle velocities, but it’s essential to adhere to legal power limits when using air guns for hunting.
CAN I LEGALLY DEFEND MYSELF WITH AN AIRGUN IN THE UK?
In the UK, air guns are not considered suitable for self-defence. The law strictly regulates the use of firearms for self-defence purposes, and air guns are primarily designed for recreational and sporting activities. Using an air gun for self-defence can lead to legal consequences.