Sport Shooting with Air Rifles, Piston Rifles Versus PCP Rifles

Sport Shooting with Air Rifles, Piston Rifles Versus PCP Rifles. The sport of sport shooting is very interesting and attractive in itself, but if we involve bullet and arrow launching instruments with PCP technology it becomes much more exciting. Today we are going to talk about the sport of sport shooting with air rifles with PCP technology and its available models.

Sport Shooting with Air Rifles (1)
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Traditional Piston Rifles Versus PCP Rifles

As we all know, in piston rifles their main characteristic is the brittle barrel that allows the piston chamber to be reloaded when the barrel breaks, so far so good, we have become accustomed to them for decades, it is probable and perhaps a 100 % correct that we all have had a piston rifle as the first air rifle we used when starting out in the sport of air rifle shooting.

Piston rifles over time have become very very cheap without losing quality, this is because the piston rifle loading system is not advanced, it is rather mechanical.

The accuracy of a piston rifle is quite good, if it is used correctly continuously it does not require demanding maintenance.

Regarding the speed they reach and the caliber in which the piston or spring compressed air rifles are presented, we have that calibers of:

  • 4.5mm with a speed of 220 meters per second
  • 5.5mm with a speed of 180 meters per second
  • 6.35mm with a speed of 140 meters per second

Likewise, the terminal velocity of the shot depends on the quality of the weapon and the finishes in the manufacture.

Sport Shooting with Air Rifles (1)
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Regarding PCP rifles

These rifles are currently the most appreciated by the community of athletes and lovers of shooting with compressed air rifles, the technology of Compressed gas guns, also known as CG guns, has evolved very well, if a user wishes to practice sport hunting the Compressed gas guns or PCP rifle is the best option.

The firing process in a PCP rifle is at first glance similar to that of a spring or piston air rifle, the rifle accumulates air which is then pushed into the barrel to propel the pellet to a very high final velocity. But they begin to differ when we see that we can regulate the air valve to be released according to a precision that we want to give to each shot.

Regarding the speed they reach and the caliber in which the PCP compressed air rifles are presented, we have calibers of:

  • 4.5mm with a speed of 340 meters per second
  • 5.5mm with a speed of 270 meters per second
  • 6.35mm with a speed of 220 meters per second

As we can see in all the most commonly used calibers, PCP rifles far outperform piston or spring air rifles, these PCP rifles are very simple and easy to maintain, it is likely that if the user uses low quality pellets metal residues remain in the barrel and therefore you must be aware of taking greater care in cleaning.

CONCLUSION

From what we have seen today, if we want to learn the sport of shooting with a compressed air rifle, we can start with a piston rifle and then, as we gain experience, move on to a PCP or Compressed gas guns, also known as CG guns.

Big Bore Gamo Big Bore TC35 PCP Air Rifle

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  • 422 FTLB (190 grain pellets) / 1, 000 fps
  • Single shot for maximum ammo flexibility
  • Integrated noise dampening
  • Adjustable 2-stage trigger
  • 1 year

Gamo Urban PCP Air Rifle, 22 Caliber, Black

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  • caliber: 0.22
  • velocity: 800.00 ft/sec
  • Warranty: One year limited warranty
  • Precharged Pneumatic, 10 rds, CAT Trigger

Benjamin Armada BTAP22SX PCP-Powered Multi-Shot Bolt Action .22-Caliber Pellet Hunting And Target Air Rifle With 4-16x50 mm Riflescope , Black

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  • PCP-POWERED .22-CALIBER AIR GUN – Great for target shooting and medium-sized game hunting
  • REVERSIBLE BOLT-ACTION - For right and left-handed sportsmen.
  • MODULAR DESIGN WITH RIFLED BARREL - Quiet and versatile with on-board air pressure gauge.
  • 10-ROUND ROTARY CLIP MAGAZINE - Multi-shot capable, delivers speeds up to 1000 fps
  • 4-16X50 mm RIFLESCOPE - With a multi-coated lens for accuracy downrange

Umarex Gauntlet PCP Pellet Gun Air Rifle, .25 Caliber

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  • Offers the performance of highly expensive PCP air rifles for a fraction of the price; Provides up to 35 regulated shots from one tank fill
  • Built-in regulator delivers consistent, regulated velocity from shot to shot for long, flat shot strings; Provides outstanding accuracy for hunting, Field Target competition, and plinking
  • Incredibly quiet shooting; Includes 2 rotary mags (8-round capacity)
  • Features an integrated 11mm dovetail rail for scope mounting; Easily adjustable comb height with just the turn of a knob
  • Shoots .25 caliber pellets at up to 890 fps; Compatible with spare magazine part number: 2252613

Gamo 611006875554 Swarm Whisper Air Rifle, .22 Caliber,Black

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  • The GAMO Swarm Whisper Air Rifle features the IGT (Inert Gas Technology) piston that allows higher velocity, less vibration and a longer lifespan than traditional spring powered airguns
  • The Whisper Technology makes this gun really quiet, and you will appreciate the reduced recoil thanks to the buttpad equipped with the Shock Wave Absorber
  • All-weather synthetic stock with black rubber inserts
  • Package Dimensions: 47.7" L x 7.1" W x 2.7" H

Gamo Swarm Magnum G2 .22, Multi, 0.22

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  • ✅ [High Powered Air Rifle] Up to 1,300 FPS with alloy .22 Cal. Pellets
  • ✅ [Inertia Fed] 10X GEN3i technology includes our revolutionary horizontal inertia fed magazine integration
  • ✅ [10 shot Pellet Rifle] 10 shot Magazine: Simply break the barrel and fire for lightning-quick follow-up shots
  • ✅ [Gamo's Quietest Air Rifle Technology] Whisper Fusion noise dampening technology. The quietest Gamo noise reduction technology
  • ✅ [Gas Piston Power] The IGT Mach1 Gas Piston replaces the standard spring power plant with an Inert Gas Cylinder, but the IGT MACH 1’s monster 33 millimeter cylinder delivers more velocity and terminal penetration

Hatsan Piledriver Big Bore PCP .50 Cal Air Rifle

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  • IN THE BOX: 1 x Hatsan PileDriver Big Bore PCP .50 Cal Air Rifle
  • Genuine bullpup design, manual loading, side-lever action, pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) Air Rifle
  • Unique gas piston hammer spring design. Locking elevation adjustable cheek rest.
  • Elevation & fit angle adjustable soft rubberized butt pad.
  • Long combination optics rail accepts both 11 mm and Picatinny scope mounts. Max Velocity 850 fps. Muzzle Energy 800 ft/lbs.

Gamo 611006335554 Swarm Fusion 10X GEN2 Air Rifle, .22 Caliber,Black

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Features

  • ✅ [High Powered Air Rifle] Up to 1,000 FPS with alloy .22 Cal. Pellets
  • ✅ [Inertia Fed] 10X GEN3i technology includes our revolutionary horizontal inertia fed magazine integration
  • ✅ [10 shot Pellet Rifle] 10 shot Magazine: Simply break the barrel and fire for lightning-quick follow-up shotsot
  • ✅ [Gamo's Quietest Air Rifle Technology] Whisper Fusion noise dampening technology. The quietest Gamo noise reduction technology
  • ✅ [Gas Piston Power] The IGT Gas Piston replaces the standard spring power plant with an Inert Gas Cylinder
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