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.
This is the magic question everybody wants to know, but nobody can answer! Each barrel is made slightly differently, and will prefer different pellets, even if it is for the same gun. At the end of the day, the main thing you will be looking for is which pellet gives you the tightest and most consistent groups.
For backyard shooting, or plinking as it is more commonly known as, a cheap pellet will always be our recommendation. You don’t need anything fancy, and a cheaper pellet will suffice for short range fun shooting. As long as the pellet is loaded properly, you shouldn’t have too many issues using them compared to a more expensive one – just don’t expect any tight groups or major accuracy! Our recommendations are [H&N Excite Econ, H&N Excite Spike, RWS Geco Diablo, Marksman Domed]
Lots of different people prefer different types of hunting pellets, but a general consensus is heavier pellets or hollow points. Heavier pellets tend to carry more energy on impact and are effective at pest control. Hollow point pellets are designed to expand on impact, with a higher power rifle leading to more expansion.
Lighter pellets can often give great results and work well in many different guns. They travel faster due to their weight and can be shot more easily especially from air pistols.
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 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, through the form of compressors. These are expensive bits of kit which require a fair amount of maintenance, but mean that you have the convenience of filling up your gun, without worrying about refilling your dive cylinder.
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.
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.
Again, this comes down to personal preference. There is a plethora of high-quality replicas out there, as well as super fun air pistols and more. In our view, a great replica air pistol is the Colt SAA Peacemaker, made by Umarex. It takes you back to the Wild West and Spaghetti Westerns, whilst still being built to last. Another great gun is the Crosman 2240 – a solid, all metal gun which packs a punch.
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.