Best Air Rifles for Youth and Beginners

By Published On: 16 October 2023Categories: Air Rifle UK

Getting started with air rifles as a youth or beginner can be an exciting yet daunting experience. With so many models and options available, it can be tough to know where to start. 


The good news is that there are plenty of high-quality, beginner-friendly air rifles perfect for getting into the sport. Here are some of the top options to consider: 


Crosman Inferno

One excellent choice for juniors and beginners is the Crosman Inferno. This air rifle comes ready to go right out of the box with fibre optic open sights and a lightweight synthetic stock. The Inferno is a smooth shooting, easy to handle gun ideal for plinking and pest control at short ranges. Its simplicity and reliability make it a great way to learn the basics of shooting an air rifle. 


Though it doesn’t include a scope, the Inferno’s open sights allow new shooters to concentrate on developing skills like breathing control and trigger squeeze. The lack of complex accessories also reduces cost, making this an affordable training and recreational rifle. 


Crosman Fire

The Crosman Fire brings a blend of power and precision to beginners thanks to Crosman’s patented Nitro Piston technology. This innovative system provides reduced recoil and quieter shooting compared to traditional break barrel designs. The Fire’s rifled steel barrel delivers excellent accuracy, while the two-stage adjustable trigger allows shooters to customise the pull weight and length of travel. 


This pellet rifle also comes equipped with a 4x32mm CenterPoint scope for taking aim at distant targets. Between its enhanced firing behaviour and magnified optics, the Fire lets new shooters build skills easily. The lightweight synthetic stock and forearm help keep this rifle comfortable and controllable during extended range sessions or small game hunts.


Crosman 2250 Ratcatcher 

With its reputation for manoeuvrability and power, the Crosman 2250 Ratcatcher is a classic air rifle perfect for taking out garden pests. Despite its lightweight design, this CO2 powered gun delivers impressive knockdown capability within its effective range.


The 2250’s rifled steel barrel promotes pinpoint accuracy when targeting rats, mice, or other unwanted visitors.


Kral Devil

This spring piston airgun provides full power in a straightforward package. With its fibre optic sights and vented recoil pad, the Kral Devil enables accurate shooting with comfortable handling. Moreover, the sculpted muzzle brake contributes to smooth cocking and follow-up shots, offering a powerful, reliable performance without breaking the bank. 


Kral NP02 

Designed for high performance in a compact package, the Kral NP02 gives beginners a feature-packed PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) platform. Its sleek walnut stock and aluminium receiver make this rifle as stylish as it is capable. 


The NP02 comes complete with a hard case, two magazines, a single shot tray, and a fill probe. Capable of firing multiple shots per fill, the NP02 delivers excellent power with minimal recoil, making it a worthwhile investment.


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From spring piston to CO2 to PCP, you can find a model matching your interests and budget. 

Avoid extremely powerful models with excessive recoil or noise, and instead choose an accurate, lightweight rifle that fits the shooter properly.


Let The Wolfman help you select the perfect air rifle to start your young shooter’s lifelong shooting journey. Visit our online store and discover our extensive range of rifles. We provide free UK delivery and same-day dispatch on all orders placed before 11 a.m.

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