How to choose the correct compressed air rifle for Small Game

Gamo Swarm Magnum Swarm Magnum Air Rifle

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When we go on a route of the Small Game and how we have seen previously in our articles, the two most important things to achieve an effective hunt are the precision of the aim and the force to kill the prey of the compressed air rifle.

Whether squirrels or other types of pests will be out of line when we have high precision in the telescopic sight and enough power for a successful first shot.

Of course, we all know that the higher the power of the shot, the greater the noise that a stampede can cause in the rest of the dams, or in all if the first shot failed.

Now, to recommend an air rifle, which we have done here before, in a general way but not until now for the Small Game, we must follow some advice.

Trigger limits and trigger range for small game

Each model has a different range, some very similar, so much that there is almost no difference when choosing one or another compressed air gun, when our checklist is reduced to that, but let’s see some considerations, about limits and firing range according to the rifle :

  • Lightweight model: used to control pests that involve short-range shooting or plinking.
  • Medium model: Increase the power to collapse the dams with a single shot and the range goes from 30 to 50 yards.
  • Magnum Model: The range is from 50 to 70 for this class of compressed air rifles.
  • Super Magnum Model: These models go much further, this class of compressed air rifles has a large 75 to 85 yards.

In this section we will recommend the following, and if you are serious about the sport of small game or pest control, a light model will not be the right one, as it would limit your range a lot. So the ideal would be to think of the Magnum and Super Magnum category in such a way that it not only serves the weapon to hunt squirrels but for slightly larger prey.

Finishing and construction details

The vast majority of modern compressed air rifles are made of synthetic material, so they are lighter and more durable, being built in this type of material they are more stable and balanced.
Almost always the manufacturing finish of a compressed air gun gives an indication of its final performance, so we must pay attention to this.

A simple sight or telescopic sight?


In general the air rifles do not have a range greater than 85 yards and when they pass from 70 yards the precision is diluted, so the simple sights that already come with the weapon will not work properly so you should think about acquiring a telescopic sight as long as it has an adequate magnification for the weapon being used; Since the following occurs, a very powerful optical magnification tends to blur the lens and make it less accurate.

A sensitive but soft trigger


A very hard trigger causes the weapon to be pulled when it is fired and a very sensitive trigger would cause false shots to occur earlier than expected, and consequently the dams would flee.

If your budget allows you to acquire a high-end compressed air gun, it is likely that the trigger sensitivity can be adjusted to your liking in such a way that bad situations do not occur, some may not take this into account but it is important to note in our checklist.

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